10 secrets to throwing a fabulous New Year’s party

Submitted by admin on Mon, 12/20/2010 - 15:59
I have a girlfriend who is like a real-life Martha Stewart when it comes to throwing parties. She greets you at the door, hands you a glass filled with her latest signature elderflower-pomegranate-spritzer-with-a-twist cocktail and draws you into her cozy home filled with candles-a-burning, fire-a-blazing and an oh-so-perfect tablescape that would give even Sandra Lee a run for her money.

Meatless any day of the week

Submitted by admin on Mon, 10/04/2010 - 10:55

Many vegetarians start out the way I did: as 14-year-old girls. Quite a few also end the way I did: with fried chicken. In my case, vegetarianism was a brief fling, weighed down by the earnest food of the post-commune early ’70s. When I tried to share sprouted-wheat-soy-lentil loaves and the like, my friends and family always felt there was something (flavor, meat) missing.

Related: Flavor-Packed Meatless Meals in 30 Minutes or Less

Don’t cook? 5 of the simplest recipes to get started

Submitted by admin on Mon, 08/16/2010 - 11:02

I’m always baffled when people tell me that they never cook. Eating is a necessity, so cooking something at least once in a while shouldn’t be too far behind, right?

Maybe it’s not fair to judge, since I cook for a living. Even after a day in the EatingWell Test Kitchen developing recipes, I’ll often go home and cook dinner.

4 fast food dinners to steer clear of (and what to order instead)

Submitted by admin on Wed, 08/11/2010 - 11:45

I guess because I’m a food editor at EatingWell, I shouldn’t be surprised that my friends were shocked when I told them I stopped for dinner at McDonalds on my last road trip. I know, I know, don’t I eat better than that? Well, quite honestly, I was in a rush to get out of town and beat the traffic, and there weren’t any quick and healthy options on the stretch of road I was on!

Energy snacks for kid athletes

Submitted by admin on Mon, 08/09/2010 - 12:13

As a kid, I met the end of August with mixed emotions. I was bummed that summer vacation was ending. But I was psyched about my preseason gymnastics “clinics”—two weeks when I got to spend full days tumbling, mastering new tricks (and—ugh!—doing push-ups, pull-ups and other exercises included in our “conditioning” routine).

Low-cal homemade popsicles without the additives

Submitted by admin on Fri, 08/06/2010 - 11:56

Bomb Pops were my favorite freezer pops as a kid. They are loaded with sugar and have red, white and blue stripes loosely representing the flavors cherry, lime and blue raspberry.

Related Link: Healthy Recipes to Satisfy Junk Food Cravings

Blue raspberry? Really? Raspberries aren’t blue. As a kid, I could have cared less. (Nor did I care that my mouth was stained an eerie shade of aquamarine for hours after my last lick either.) But today, I’m a little more conscious of what I put in my mouth.

Foods that boost kids' brain power

Submitted by admin on Tue, 08/03/2010 - 11:39

In my house, I’m the lunch lady. One of the tasks that fall on my side of our family’s “chore chart” is to pack lunch for our son. This may not seems like a big deal, but I take my job very seriously.

While we’re apart for the day, I want him to have food that’s healthy, tasty and will feed his developing mind. But which foods will deliver the nutrients he needs for healthy cognitive function and memory?

Related link: How to Eat for A Sharper Mind at Any Age: 5 Brain-Boosting Foods