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May 22, 2009 - 4:36pm

Make a fresh start this spring and learn to cook. And while you're at it, you can learn to cook more healthfully. I know, I know, if you’re not comfortable in the kitchen, cooking can seem a bit overwhelming. But if you’re armed with some basic knowledge and the right tools, cooking is easier than you think—really! And when you cook your own meals, you’ll eat better and save money—both good things, right?

1. Get the right tools. Like any good workspace, your kitchen needs to be equipped with the right tools, such as comfortable knives, mixing bowls and cutting boards. Use EatingWell’s Tools for the Healthy Kitchen as a checklist to see what you have and what you should consider investing in. You...

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May 22, 2009 - 4:36am

I love cookies! Hands down, they’re my favorite dessert.

People’s jaws, including a few of my co-worker’s, hit the floor when I say that. How could I, a dietitian, love something so inherently unhealthy—and (gasp!) eat them too?

Well, I do! But I like to keep my cookie needs in check—and not waste a day’s worth of calories fulfilling a craving—so I often turn to EatingWell’s cookie collection to find something satisfying, but not loaded with calories.

Here are my 5 favorite diet-friendly cookies (that don’t taste one bit diet-friendly). They’re all 100 calories—or less—so you can indulge without breaking the calorie bank.

Almond & Honey-Butter Cookies (94 calories...

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May 21, 2009 - 4:36am

Pop quiz: who gets a bigger mental boost from caffeine?

A. Men
B. Women
C. Neither

The answer? Drum roll, please…

A. Men. According to new research from the University of Barcelona, men feel more alert—more quickly—than women do after drinking a caffeinated beverage. In the study, participants sipped a caffeinated espresso (do you know the best coffees to drink?), then rated how alert they felt 10, 20 and 30 minutes later. Men reported feeling less drowsy after only 10 minutes and sustained the mental boost for the entire half hour. Women got a "kick" from the espresso, too, but rated it weaker than the men did. (Don’t drink coffee?...

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May 20, 2009 - 4:36am

When the weather turns warm and the days get long, my husband, Jon, and I start gathering our neighbors and friends for “firepit nights.” (A month after we moved into our house, Jon built us a huge in-ground firepit.) We’ll make burgers or some chicken, tofu or even grilled pizzas; everyone else brings sides, snacks and drinks to share. On a typical Saturday, the crew gathers around 4:30 or 5 and lingers well past midnight. Often, the eating gets out of hand. So that I can still stuff myself into my shorts the next day, I’ve found that it’s helpful to follow a few simple rules for smart eating at summer barbecues:

Contribute something that’s good—for you. If you bring a...

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May 19, 2009 - 4:36am

For me the best part of potlucks (besides how easy they are) is the fact that you get to nibble on a bunch of different things. I always head straight for the salads. Broccoli-bacon salad is one that appears over and over on potluck lineups. But usually it’s made with too much mayonnaise and bacon. (Bacon really seems to play an important role in potluck lineups…and for good reason. It’s delicious, but needs to be used judiciously to keep things healthy.) We made a healthier broccoli-bacon salad this summer with less bacon and low-fat mayonnaise. Our version has only 1 gram of saturated fat and 200 mg of sodium.

Get the recipe: Broccoli-Bacon Salad

When we got a request from a reader begging us to “please reduce the fat and sodium” in her recipe for seven-layer salad, we...

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