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EatingWell Blogs (Page 4)

February 18, 2015 - 9:12am

Granola’s health halo can be well deserved; after all, it’s made with whole oats, nuts and dried fruit and most brands have 3 grams of fiber per ¼-cup serving. But they can be high in sugar and calories. Here’s how to pick the healthiest and tastiest.

Sugar Smarts: Almost all granolas have some sugar—it’s one reason they’re so yummy. Look for one with no more than 6 grams per ¼ cup.

Don't Miss: DIY Homemade Granola Ideas

Check the Calories: Granolas pack around 100-130 calories in a small 1/4-cup serving. That’s about twice what you’ll find in many cereals. So keep serving size in mind and try just a bit of granola on top of yogurt or ricotta with lots of fruit....

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February 17, 2015 - 9:45am

I’ve had countless friends ask me if they should “go Paleo” and while I don’t recommend the diet as a whole (read more about the pros and cons here), there are certainly some healthy principles that we all can borrow from the popular plan.

The Paleo Diet is based on eating like our ancestors ate, back when they were still hunting and gathering. It eliminates foods that weren’t around back then, which makes sense since we’ve certainly taken some steps in the wrong direction in the past many thousand years when it comes to the foods we eat. (I’m looking at you, neon-orange cheese powder and doughnut cheeseburgers.)

With that in mind, here are 5 Paleo Diet principles worth following to help you eat better in our modern world.

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February 11, 2015 - 2:09pm

My husband, Dan, actually likes Valentine’s Day, the Hallmark holiday of holidays. Flowers, cute cards, a little gift, a fancy dinner out or one made together at home (with plenty of good wine, of course). And maybe a back rub while we’re binge-watching Netflix, if I’m lucky.

But now we have an almost 3-year-old. Forget spending all day cooking fancy Valentine’s Day recipes. Rarely are we afforded the luxury of lingering over three-hour candlelit dinners. (Heck, we’re lucky if we can have a five-minute-long conversation while the kid is awake, these days.) But we’d still like to enjoy a nice meal together as a family. We’re fortunate that our daughter, Lila, loves to cook and eat. So I’m planning a menu that we can enjoy together.


So what’s on my Valentine’s Day menu?

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January 30, 2015 - 3:31pm

Fresh salads from a vending machine? Sounds too good to be true, but this healthy new lunch option for foodies on the go is a reality in Chicago, where Farmer’s Fridge vending machines dispense salads, sandwiches and veggie-packed sides.

Served in a reusable (or recyclable) jar, the freshly made vending-machine salads (about $7) are packed full of nutritious greens, fruits, seeds and veggies often sourced from local and organic growers in the region.

Menu staples include the Detox Salad, featuring organic kale and quinoa, sprouts, fennel, pineapple, blueberries and white beans, and a crunchy Thai salad, with napa cabbage, snap peas, cucumber and peanuts, all at the touch of a button.

Farmer’s Fridge founder Luke Saunders said he rotates in new flavor combos...

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January 14, 2015 - 2:05pm

When it comes to whole-wheat sandwich bread, there are a ton of choices at the supermarket. And not all are as healthy as they seem. Here, we break down the nutrition for you.

Numbers to Look For:
Serving Size: 1 Slice
Calories: Around 100 calories*
Fiber: ≥ 2g
Sugar: ≤ 4g
Sodium: ≤ 200mg
*Will vary based on size.

Look for the Word “Whole”: The first ingredient in your bread should be whole-wheat flour. Without the word “whole” in front of it, that wheat bread is made with refined grains. Don’t let the color trick you—just because it’s brown doesn’t make it whole-wheat; sometimes manufacturers add molasses or other coloring to darken the bread.

Be Sodium Smart: Breads and rolls are...

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