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EatingWell Blogs (Page 4)

September 25, 2014 - 11:42am

Picking out healthy and filling breakfast foods at the grocery store can feel pretty overwhelming. There are thousands of options to choose from, but it’s hard to tell which are the healthiest choices.

We put two popular fast and filling breakfast foods head to head to find out which is healthier: this or that? For a quick, easy breakfast that will fill you up, which is a better choice—1 cup of toasted-oats cereal with 1/2 cup low-fat (2%) milk or 2 slices of whole-grain toast topped with 2 tablespoons peanut butter?

The Winner: Peanut butter with whole-grain toast takes the slight edge for the win, but both of these are actually healthy options that will fuel your morning.

Here’s why we picked the toast—and an explanation of why both are nutritious breakfasts, as Joyce Hendley originally reported for EatingWell...

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September 25, 2014 - 12:14am

Picking healthy foods at the grocery store, especially for kids, can feel pretty confusing. There are thousands of foods to choose from. But how do you know if the ones that seem wholesome and nutritious actually are?

We put two popular drinks head to head to find out which is healthier: this or that? When it comes to picking a refreshing and fun beverage, which is a healthier choice—low-fat chocolate milk or 100% fruit juice?

You want something that packs in nutrients and keeps you feeling full if you’re out for a hike or on the go all day. We put two snack foods head to head to find out which is healthier: this or that? Granola bars or trail mix?

The Winner: Chocolate milk is the better pick, as Joyce Hendley originally reported for EatingWell. Here's why:

The Sugar Story: On the...

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September 24, 2014 - 10:17am

As the leaves on the trees change from green to yellow and red, the cooling weather means one thing for me: it’s pumpkin time.

Starbucks rolls out the Pumpkin Spice Latte, Halloween pumpkins start bringing their glow to the farmers’ markets and gardening stores, and my Pinterest board lights up with pumpkin recipes.

Pumpkin and all types of winter squash have always been a favorite food of mine. So it’s a good thing they’re loaded with vitamin A, vitamin C and fiber, because I’m planning to eat my fair share as fall in Vermont is already settling in.

To keep things easy, all these recipes use canned pumpkin. But if you would like to use fresh pumpkin or squash, cut a small, 4-to-6-pound pie pumpkin or winter squash in half and remove the seeds. Lightly coat the inside with oil and roast at 350°F until very tender, 50 minutes to 1...

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September 22, 2014 - 3:57pm

The sky's the limit when it comes to smoothie combinations you can whip up in your blender.

And while you don't always need to follow a recipe, if you're not careful even green smoothies packed with things like kale or bananas can easily turn into sugar- and calorie-bombs.

So we've done the calculations for you to get a super-healthy, delicious green smoothie every time.

Try one of our suggested green smoothie combos below—and check out our other recipes—or create your own favorite flavor!


Liquid - 1/2 cup: You’ll need some liquid to get everything whirring in your blender, but choose wisely. Skip juices—they’re high in sugar (even when they’re 100% fruit juice).

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September 19, 2014 - 3:02pm

Granola bars are convenient when you’re on the go, but some varieties have such a hefty sugar load they may as well be sold in the candy aisle. You can't assume all of them are automatically healthy.

Here's how you can find the healthiest granola bars:

Star Ingredient: Make sure oats are the first ingredient listed on the package. This healthy whole grain is a good source of fiber, which helps keep you full and is good for your cholesterol. If rice or rice flour is listed, make sure it’s brown rice (it’s a whole grain), otherwise it’s refined.

Chewy vs. Crunchy: Crunchy bars tend to have a shorter ingredient list than chewy bars, but a package may have about 50 more calories because they usually come in pairs. If you’re looking for fewer calories go for chewy, or have just one of the two crunchy bars...

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