EatingWell Blogs (Page 8)
Ooh, the Fitbit. I’m completely addicted to mine. Thanks to my Fitbit, I’ve discovered I’m a bit of a sloth on nonexercise days. So now I’m the first person in my house to offer to run upstairs and grab whatever anyone needs. More steps!
I say the Fitbit—and other wearable trackers—are so worth it because they make you aware of your activity level (or lack thereof) and motivate you to move more.
There’s science to back me up, too: research shows that tracking your activity and/or being motivated to work out helps shed pounds.
Better yet, one study showed that simply wearing a tracker could help you lose as much weight as if you regularly attended in-person weight-loss sessions.
But if you take the calorie-burn number too literally you could end up gaining weight. How is this possible?
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Restaurants, particularly fast casual restaurant chains like Ruby Tuesday and On the Border, are not typically known for their healthy recipes. A single meal can easily bust your daily calorie allotment.
I took a look at some favorite dishes at popular chain restaurants to see how they stacked up against similar recipes we've created at EatingWell. I discovered that there are a few restaurant recipes—or “copycats,” if you could call these healthy impersonators that—you can make at home. Bonus: they all come together in 45 minutes or less.
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This is a big deal, kind of like a new iPhone release in the produce aisle. Say hello to the Kalette. You may not know this veggie yet, but you certainly know its parents: kale and Brussels sprouts.
Naturally cross-bred in England, Kalettes made their way stateside last fall and for us it was pretty much love at first bite. Look for them at Trader Joe’s (packaged as Kale Sprouts) or in a produce section near you. Try them roasted: the outer leaves crisp up like kale chips while the stalk stays tender and mildly sweet. Other ways to eat them: shredded in a salad, halved and sautéed as a pizza topper or in a frittata. They sure are cute… but luckily not too cute to eat!
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Sugar seems to be everywhere these days—in foods that taste sweet and even foods that don’t. It sweetens up everything from yogurts and coffee drinks to sauces and crackers to pizzas and salad dressings. Sugar goes by many names, but whether it’s cane sugar, syrup, honey or fructose, it pretty much gets treated the same way by your body.
Here are some of the 60-plus different names for sugar that may appear on your food labels.1. Anhydrous dextrose
3. Agave nectar
4. Beet sugar
5. Brown sugar (light and dark brown)
6. Cane juice
7. Cane juice solids
8. Cane sugar
9. Cane syrup
10. Carob syrup
11. Caster sugar
12. Coconut sugar
13. Confectioners’ sugar
14. Corn syrup
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If you’re trying to slim down, you might be entirely cutting out some of your favorite (perhaps not-so-healthy) foods—thinking that not eating treats will help you lose weight.
However, restricting foods that you enjoy can actually make you overindulge in them later, potentially undoing all your recent healthy-eating efforts, according to a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. You might not be successful at losing weight, despite your best intentions.
The lesson? You can keep your favorite foods around while slimming down. Here’s how to keep those favorite foods in your diet.
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