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EatingWell Blogs (Page 6)

November 5, 2014 - 11:23am

I love sausage. More important, my 2-year-old daughter loves sausage, so if I can add it to something I’m cooking, there’s a good chance she’ll gobble it up. But we try to be mindful of what we eat, so I opt for turkey sausage.

Why? Nutritionally speaking, it’s a leaner choice than pork sausage, with roughly half the calories and only one-fifth the saturated fat per serving. In terms of flavor, I think they’re almost equal: like pork, turkey sausage spices up every dish it meets with a savory blast. So I always keep healthy links of turkey sausage in my freezer.

(What about chicken sausage? Most chicken sausage is sold precooked, so it’s not interchangeable in the recipes that we’ll get to later.)

Links of turkey sausage are great for making fast “no-recipe” meals—you’ll often find me stirring cooked turkey sausage into jarred...

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October 29, 2014 - 10:16am

Staying healthy while you’re flying can be challenging (especially if you’re stuck in the air during mealtime).

Luckily, it’s getting easier, as more airports are carrying healthy snacks like plain yogurt, nuts and dried fruit. With a little advance planning, you can pack your own healthy snacks—but that’s not always an option.

To help you make healthy choices at 30,000 feet, we scoured airline menus for nutritious airplane food that would fight off mid-flight hunger pangs. And although airplane food has a bad reputation, we were pleasantly surprised to find airlines carrying healthy in-flight eating options.

Our menu picks include a balance of healthy proteins and some healthy fats, both of which keep you from getting hungry better than sugar and other refined carbs. We also looked for dishes with whole grains, fruits and vegetables—...

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October 29, 2014 - 10:00am

The thinking behind the old saying "feed a cold, starve a fever" goes like this: fasting causes a drop in body temperature, which helps to fight a high fever, while eating raises your temperature, warming you up if you have a cold and keeping your sniffles at bay.

In some regards, starving a fever is sensible: a couple small studies tell us that fasting ramps up the part of your immune system that fights bacteria, which cause some illnesses like strep throat and ear infections. Eating, on the point of feeding a cold, seems to stimulate your immune system to attack viruses like the common cold.

But, unfortunately it’s not that simple: fevers can be caused by both bacteria and viruses. The flu, for example, is a virus. And sicknesses like pneumonia may be fueled by either a virus or a bacterium.

We need a lot more research to turn...

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October 17, 2014 - 11:16am

I love fall vegetables. I can’t think of one that I don’t like to eat. But even a vegetable lover can still get into a cooking rut. Particularly when fall’s bounty of colorful squash, leafy greens and hearty roots arrives and summer’s easy-to-love heat-loving tomatoes and peppers are harder to come by at the farmers’ market.

Since I need a little extra fall-vegetable-cooking inspiration right now, I thought you might too. Here are the best fall vegetables you should be cooking up, plus some pretty amazing recipes to use them in. And if good taste weren’t enough, there are some compelling health reasons to eat these vegetables too!


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October 16, 2014 - 1:00pm

I have a thing for chowder.

I am lucky that my mother-in-law lives year-round on Cape Cod: we visit there several times a year and I get to eat some of the best clam chowder—or as we say in some parts of New England, clam chowdah. (She’s in Massachusetts, after all.) In Maine, where I lived until recently, I consumed gallons of chowder in varying forms—clam chowder, corn chowder, seafood chowder, the list goes on.

I love to make chowder at home, too, and when the weather cools down, one chowder recipe or another appears on my weekly menu along with some homemade bread. (This one’s my go-to chowder recipe.)

Make It a Meal: Whip up one of these 10+...

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