I like food from all corners of the planet, but on Independence Day, I want All-American 4th of July recipes. I’m talking about foods that stick to your ribs, like juicy cheeseburgers, creamy pasta salads and sticky-sweet desserts—all washed down with a cold beer.
When we were kids, you were very grateful for the food on your plate—whatever it might be—and you finished every last morsel thank you very much. I’ve carried that mantra with me into adulthood, which does not bode well when I’m at some BBQ picnic having a standoff with the pound cake or craving an ice cream banana split sundae on a hot summer day. (Find 7 tricks to survive the temptations at summer BBQs here.)
I was in perhaps the best shape of my adult life when I met my husband seven summers ago. During those first few months our nightly ritual involved a bike ride, run or yoga class followed by a farm-fresh summer dinner and capped off with a bowl of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Not a bad way to start a relationship, huh?
I use my slow cooker (also commonly referred to as a crock pot) a lot during the colder months for hearty recipes such as rich braises and stews. But I think it’s an indispensable tool no matter what the season—even summer. Yup, that’s right, I said summer.
I use my slow cooker in the summer so I don’t have to turn on the stove or oven, which keeps my kitchen cool and comfortable. And there’s the added luxury of finding dinner ready when I walk through the door, so I have more time to enjoy the beautiful weather.
As a new mom, it is a big accomplishment for me to fit back into my skinny jeans again. After I had my son I was ready to say bye-bye to maternity clothes and then after a few more months, happy to pack up my transition clothes and roll out my pre-baby wardrobe. Unpacking each item, I felt like I was reconnecting with an old friend again, a piece of myself that I hadn’t seen in over a year!
I’m a sucker for a good deal. So whenever I see not-so-perfect organic tomatoes for $2 a pound or piles of corn at a rock-bottom price, I stock up. Find 20 quick summer dinners packed with fresh, in-season veggies here.
I just finished booking a week-long summer vacation at the beach, and I can’t wait! But a week at the beach also means a week in a bikini. I’m not sure which is going to be the bigger challenge—finding a week’s worth of bikinis that I actually like or making my body bikini-worthy.
But with this diet trick, I’m thinking looking good in the bikini may not be that difficult.
As a registered dietitian and nutrition editor at EatingWell Magazine, I’m someone who always tries to eat foods that are good for me. Until recently though, I didn’t extend this scrutiny to what I consume after I exercise.
Related: 5 “bad” foods you should be eating.
After going for a long run, I’d come home, feeling revitalized and spent, and mix up a sugary sports drink.
My dad is a gadget guy. (Seriously, have you ever met a dad who wasn't?) He also loves good food. So when it's time to give him a gift for Father’s Day, I like to pick something that satisfies certain requirements: it’s gotta be gadgety, it’s gotta be good and/or useful, and it must indulge his inner “foodie”. With that in mind, and with some help from my colleagues in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, who have tested these products, here are some of our top picks for dads—yours and mine:
I am mad about seafood. Madly in love with how it tastes of the ocean: light, healthy and fresh. Wild fish are the last truly wild (as opposed to farmed) food that’s a regular part of the American diet. Fortunately, more and more companies, ranging from Walmart to Whole Foods, are sourcing their seafood sustainably and labeling it that way. And now that so much of the seafood in the Gulf of Mexico has been threatened by the oil spill (Louisiana has been the second biggest harvester of seafood in the U.S.) there’s even more reason to watch what we eat.