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Carolyn Malcoun
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Food News Blog
August 21, 2009 - 11:00am

My husband laughed when I told him this, but when I “grow up” I want to be a school-lunch lady. Not the kind of school-lunch lady I remember from my school days: hairnet askew, dishing up “turkey gravy” over a pile of (surely instant) mashed potatoes. (Ew, did I really eat that?) I want to be the kind of lunch lady who cooks food from scratch and brings the kids to the school garden to pick fruits and vegetables they’ll actually eat that day.

(Get healthy eating guidelines for kids, plus recipes and more here.)

Getting Good Fats Video

Learning the difference between healthy and unhealthy fats is crucial to ensuring a healthy diet and heart. Simple swaps, like replacing the bacon bits on your salad with pieces of avocado, can dramatically improve your diet and reduce your lunch’s “bad” fat content. Here are some ideas for getting “good” fats while reducing your saturated-fat intake.

Pregnancy Diet: Tips for Meeting Increased Iron Needs Video

When you're pregnant, your need for iron increases; learn some easy (and tasty) tips for incorporating more iron-rich foods like chicken and black bean salsa into your diet. See our nutrient library to make sure you're getting enough nutrients during your pregnancy.

Quick Desserts with Ricotta Cheese Video

Think beyond lasagna when it comes to ricotta cheese. This protein-packed cheese can be used to create delicious, innovative desserts. See how you can mix ricotta with other tasty ingredients to create surprisingly low-calorie desserts.

Build a Healthier Lunchbox: Quick Kabobs Video

This creative lunch kebab is packed with delicious ingredients (low-fat Cheddar cheese, grapes and bite-size pieces of turkey), is low in calories and fun to eat!

Power Salad Video

Upping your dose of fruits and vegetables is easier than you think, because portion sizes are smaller than you think. Watch how to make an easy salad that's packed with 4 of your daily veggie servings.

Quick Healthy Desserts Video

Need a healthy, low-calorie and easy-to-make dessert that will keep you away from high-calorie, processed sweets? Here are 3 simple, fresh and delicious desserts that will not only satisfy your sweet tooth, but are also less than 125 calories each! This video shows you how to enjoy dessert the smart way.

Better Breakfast: Breakfast Parfait Video

Bored with your bowl of oatmeal and looking for new ways to get your morning dose of fiber, antioxidants and fruits? Try the EatingWell Breakfast Parfait, a delicious blend of yogurt, fruit and wheat germ. Watch other innovative ways the EatingWell staff creates healthy, energy-packed breakfasts that will get you going in the a.m.

Portion Control: Quick Tips When Eating Out Video

It can be very difficult to assess exactly how many calories are on your plate if you’re not sure what a reasonable portion should look like. There are, however, easy tricks to ensure that you’re not consuming more than you think. Follow the guidelines discussed in this video to learn how to gain control over what you eat.

Digestive Health: Eat More Fiber Video

3 Tips for Getting More Fiber

Find out how to improve your digestive health by eating more fiber—our food and nutrition experts demonstrate three quick, fiber-rich snack substitutes that can help put your digestion on the right track. See our digestive health center for more tips and advice.

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