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December 23, 2009 - 1:36pm

Last year’s food trend predictions were all tied to the struggling economy: cooking budget-friendly recipes at home, dining out on the cheap and shopping for bargain ingredients. This year, the trends on the National Restaurant Association’s list of the Top 20 Food Trends for 2010 suggest we’re making decisions based on our health and the environment.

I’m glad that I can see the things I believe in—local foods, healthy meals and sustainable seafood—on this top 20 list, which is based on a survey of chefs across the nation. Here’s our take on the top trends, which we hope are here to stay:

Trends #1, 2, 5—Local-grown foods and drinks: Staying in touch with the seasons...

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December 23, 2009 - 12:49pm

My sister is trying to quit smoking for good. I know it’s really hard for her to kick the habit, so when I found out we were doing this piece in EatingWell Magazine that certain foods can help—or hurt—your chances of quitting, I knew I had to pass it on. Here’s the scoop:

According to a study out of Duke University, these 4 foods make cigarettes taste terrible:
• Fruits
• Vegetables
• Dairy Products
• Noncarbonated beverages, such as water and fruit juice

These three foods make cigarettes taste better (avoid!):
• Meat
• Coffee
• Alcoholic beverages

Researchers can’t explain why, but they think...

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December 23, 2009 - 12:41pm

We’ve finally reached the home stretch of the holiday season. There’s still too much holiday chaos to fully commit to my “healthier me” New Year’s resolution, but I’m ready to feel healthier and I do have a little black dress I have to get into for New Year’s…

So to detox from all that calorie-laden holiday fare I’ve eaten, I’m increasing my daily fiber intake in the form of nutrient-rich high-fiber foods. Why fiber? Recent research in the Journal of Nutrition suggests eating more fiber as a way to prevent weight gain or even encourage weight loss. Over the course of the two-year study, the researchers found that boosting fiber by 8 grams...

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December 23, 2009 - 12:34pm

As a nutrition editor, I read the health headlines daily. After just a few weeks (forget 12 months!) the news all starts to blur together. But there are a handful of health news stories that stuck in my memory because the information is so useful. Here’s a look back at EatingWell’s 10 top health stories of 2009:

1. New study says organic food is not healthier—is that really true? In July researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine reported that there was no nutritional difference between organic and conventionally produced foods. End of story? We don’t think so. Some studies show organics are more nutritious. Consider these findings and find out which...

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December 22, 2009 - 10:54am

As much as I love the parties, cocktails and delicious food on New Year's Eve, I look forward to New Years Day much more. Why? Because I've started a tradition of making a New Year's Day brunch for friends. I love crawling out of bed at my leisure, going straight to my kitchen to start cooking up some of my favorite brunch recipes (see this year's picks below) and sharing the first meal of a new year with people I love.

Here's my New Year's Day brunch menu:

Cheesy Polenta & Egg Casserole This memorable brunch centerpiece is rich with cheesy polenta...

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