I eat breakfast every day regardless of the time of year—breakfast provides me with a much-needed morning energy boost and keeps me focused. And research shows that regular breakfast eaters weigh less and have an easier time keeping weight off. (Who doesn’t love that?)
In the cooler months, I almost always eat a hearty, healthy bowl of oatmeal. But in the heat of summer the last thing I want is a steaming-hot breakfast. Luckily, there are plenty of refreshing breakfast options to help me beat the heat and start my day right. Here are my 4 favorite breakfast ideas to stay healthy and cool all summer long.
My husband, Russ, is a pizza fanatic. A salad glistening with a thin coat of dressing is more up my alley. So to keep us happy, I started making both. Not just pizza with a side of salad, but a pizza that was a salad. A pizz’alad, if you will. A pizza that took the goodness of pizza—a thin crackly crust, the mmmm-inducing pungency of melted cheese—and combined it with the snap of lettuce and the virtues of farm-fresh vegetables. I know it sounds a little weird, but it has been a HUGE hit among my friends and family. It makes for a memorable meal where both pizza lovers and salad lovers can be happy. Top your pizza with salad and serve with icy beer, wine and no-fuss appetizers like olives and you’ve got a recipe for a relaxed get-together.
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It was easy to get my co-workers to tell me their favorite recipe from the latest issue of EatingWell—many of them had a hard time picking just one. Here are our “staff picks” from the July/August issue. We think you’ll love them as much as we do.
Our annual neighborhood summer potluck is next weekend. Something to look forward to, right? Hanging out in someone’s pretty yard while kids and dogs chase Frisbees and enjoy the sun… Why should I be nervous about that? At such an event you get to know your neighbors by their food offerings: one makes a killer potato salad, one makes a pasta salad that (unfortunately) looks better than it tastes, someone else brings deviled eggs that disappear instantly. None of those is me, though: I’ve usually kept it simple (and safe from food judgers like me) by bringing interesting beer to the party.
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Parenting involves compromises—anyone who’s ever had a 3-year-old pass through their lives can attest to that. Of course we hate to compromise when it comes to getting the light of our lives to eat things that are good for them—but when you want to feed them in a restaurant without a fuss, you’re grateful to the inventor of popcorn chicken.
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