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EatingWell Blogs (Page 9)

November 10, 2015 - 9:52am

Yogurt is packed with protein, probiotics and calcium—but if you pick the wrong ones, you’ll be spooning up loads of calories and sugar too.

Scope the sugar
Plain yogurt has a bit of natural sugar (from milk) but no added sugar. Flavored yogurts have as much as 15 grams of added sugar. To cut plain’s tang, add fresh fruit or a teaspoon of maple syrup or honey (about 5g sugar).

Choose your fat level
Nonfat has the fewest calories but new research has linked eating full-fat dairy with lower body weight. Low-fat yogurts are a nice middle ground—they still have a rich texture and some fat, but slightly fewer calories.

Probiotic power
Most yogurts have good-for-you bugs that can help keep your gut healthy. If you spot the “Live & Active Cultures” seal, it guarantees at...

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November 9, 2015 - 11:02am

It’s no surprise that we eat a lot at Thanksgiving—by one estimate 4,500 calories. And a whopping 1,500 of those calories are not from the big dinner, but from snacks and drinks.

Go ahead and enjoy your favorite holiday dishes (the ones you only get once a year), but to curb calorie overload, skip the foods you see more often and try to keep things reasonable for the rest of the day. Here’s how:

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October 27, 2015 - 8:28am

A glass of wine can easily fit into a healthy diet. But not every glass is equal. Many wineglasses are so big that you can end up pouring well over a standard 5-ounce pour. Here are three healthy hacks that can help you pour—and drink—a little less, without even realizing it. Cheers!

Take a bird’s eye view
Look at your glass from above as you pour and you’ll sip about 15 fewer calories. Why? It appears more full from above than when you look at it from the side.

See red
Picking red wine over white can help you dole out 9 percent less, since it’s easier to see how much you’ve poured. Red wine is a good choice, too, because it contains more antioxidants...

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October 16, 2015 - 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.)

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September 9, 2015 - 1:48pm

Your pets benefit from exercise the same way you do—it’s good for weight control, improves their mood and can be really fun! Pets that are not getting enough exercise may start to “act out” and show behavior problems like nosing through the trash, clawing furniture and chewing shoes. If your dog isn’t already active, slowly work up to a total of 30 to 45 minutes of walking per day.

Or be creative: swimming, agility, teaching new commands and getting involved in animal-assisted therapy are all great ways to get your dog exercise. Cats love to play with electronic toys, laser/pen lights, shoelaces and string toys. (Sorry, cat owners, there are no specific guidelines for felines.)

Remember, exercise alone (without proper nutrition) isn’t enough to keep your pet trim, but it does keep their minds active and their muscles strong. Do check with your...

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