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EatingWell Blogs (Page 7)

September 7, 2016 - 9:39am

Despite the fact that most of us aren't professional athletes, it's still a good idea to fuel your body when you're active. Buying sports drinks, gummies, gels and bars can get expensive—not to mention, they can have some questionable ingredients. So it's a good thing recent studies have shown that foods you probably already have in your pantry can work just as well. Whether you're training for a marathon or just lacing up for the first time, here are some simple sports nutrition tips on how you can feed your inner athlete naturally.

Pictured Recipe: Creamy Blueberry-Pecan Overnight Oatmeal

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September 6, 2016 - 9:26am

My dad's Lebanese, so cooking up recipes infused with Middle Eastern flavors is well within my comfort zone. I have multiple containers of tahini in my pantry, my spice jars of allspice, cumin, marjoram, sumac and oregano are always full, and when I visit my family, I leave extra room in my suitcase so to bring home jars of Dad's pickled turnips.

Middle Eastern food is all the rage right now, thanks to the popularity of chefs like Michael Solomonov and Yotam Ottolenghi. And that's great for us all, since we can find more—and better-quality—Middle Eastern ingredients at many large supermarkets.

Related: Middle Eastern Mezze Recipes

While some classic Middle...

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August 30, 2016 - 12:11pm

After work most nights you'll find me in the kitchen. I pour a glass of wine, get organized and start cooking. I listen to the radio. Or chat on the phone. I'm not in a hurry. I buzz along at my own pace, winding down from the day.

But I've got two things going for me: no kids and a husband who loves to eat late. My laid-back take on cooking most nights is not the norm. The editors here at EatingWell tell me about it all the time. Take our senior food editor, Carolyn Malcoun. She gets home by 6 and the whole family is sitting down to eat by 6:30 every night. She's a speedy cook, plus she's got some tactics, like meal planning and shopping on the weekends, that help her get it done.

Even for me there are times when I'm tired...

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August 30, 2016 - 9:49am

Nothing beats that summer taste of sweet, smoky ribs or barbecued chicken. But many barbecue sauces are loaded to the max with added sugars. Here's how to find the best BBQ sauce at the store that's tasty without going overboard on the sweet stuff.

Must read: A Dozen Ways to Use a Bottle of BBQ Sauce

A completely unsweetened barbecue sauce won't taste right—you need some sugar to balance the tang. But when we surveyed 50 different sauces, nearly half had...

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August 24, 2016 - 11:18am

Lately I’m trying to appreciate and cultivate simple pleasures in my daily routine—little things that bring me joy (and reduce my stress levels). Things like: sitting at the table at mealtime, taking a walk with my family after work, having baked potatoes for dinner. Baked potatoes!

The ultimate comfort food—starchy and warm and filling—baked potatoes are the perfect antidote to a chilly autumn night. It’s amazing how something so wholesome, so available and inexpensive could be so delicious too. But it’s true.

Related: Twice-Baked Potatoes and More Diet-Friendly Comfort Foods

What about the carbs, you say? I say, what about them, indeed! I’ll admit, I too avoided...

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