8 secret-weapon foods to power up your diet

Submitted by admin on Tue, 06/01/2010 - 17:34

It’s that time of year when I’m looking for an extra edge to stay slim and get in better shape. I’m already exercising regularly and eating well. (Try EatingWell’s 28-day meal plan of breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks to lose weight here.)

So in the interest of further powering up my efforts, I went looking for foods that do a little of the work for me. Here they are: 8 health-food superstars.

What’s Fresh: Sweet, luscious cherries

Submitted by admin on Tue, 06/01/2010 - 12:11

I have a hoarding instinct that kicks in when it comes to fruits like cherries that have such a short growing season (depending on where you live, roughly from June to August). I buy as many bags of cherries as I can get my hands on.

Of course I love eating cherries right off the stem but working in the EatingWell Test Kitchen has inspired me to get creative with my seasonal ingredients. (Get 25 recipes using fresh-from-the-farmers-market ingredients here.)

Why caffeine is worse than you think for sleep

Submitted by admin on Thu, 05/27/2010 - 11:57

I am a coffee lover! Truth be told, I cannot get through the morning without at least a cup (of the caffeinated variety!)—and I prefer more.

Get more of the coffee flavor you love with these recipes using coffee, including Hot Fudge Pudding Cake!

The health perks of coffee only add fuel to my habit: drinking coffee regularly can help lower cholesterol, and may reduce your risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

No-fail tips to overcome your fear of grilling seafood

Submitted by admin on Tue, 05/25/2010 - 12:30

I love cooking seafood on the grill because it’s so fast and, because most seafood is relatively mild, it readily absorbs smoky flavors. Plus seafood is  super-healthy—it’s an excellent source of lean protein and some types of fish, such as salmon, are good sources of omega-3 fats, which are good for your heart and your mental health. Click here to find out 6 of the best fish and shellfish to eat and 6 to avoid.

Healthy BBQ sauce taste test winner

Submitted by admin on Mon, 05/24/2010 - 11:25

As a professional recipe tester, I’m all for cooking techniques that produce the best results. But when it comes to good barbecue, sometimes the secret is in the sauce.

Get grilled chicken recipes that will make your mouth water here.

Barbecue sauce can make or break a meal. But it can also make or break your diet—especially many store-bought barbecue sauces, which can be loaded with sodium and sugar.

5 Tricks to Grill Your Way to Better Health

Submitted by admin on Wed, 05/19/2010 - 12:02

This time of year my husband is chomping at the bit to grill, grill, grill! He wants to grill everything—which is fine by me because not only is grilling a super-quick way to cook, but when it comes to lean proteins it guarantees flavorful, juicy results—without having to add a lot of fat or calories. (Or do extra dishes!)

Gas or charcoal? Get the answer in our 13 Essential Tips for Healthy Grilling here.

How to pack a picnic that won't pack pounds

Submitted by admin on Thu, 05/13/2010 - 12:13

I used to be into rock concerts packed with people, and the louder the better. Well, things have changed. I much prefer sprawling out on a checkered blanket on a lawn listening to live classical music. Not only is this more relaxing, but it allows me to do what I do best, pack an awesome picnic. Portability is key. But I also want to make sure what I’m packing in my picnic basket isn’t going pack on the pounds.

3 reasons you should snack on popcorn

Submitted by admin on Tue, 05/11/2010 - 11:50

A few years ago, I bought a hot air popcorn popper at a yard sale for 25 cents. It was one of the best investments I ever made. On the way home, I stopped by the grocery store to pick up a bag of popcorn kernels—for less than the cost of a bag of potato chips—so that I could pop a batch of fresh, hot popcorn right away. That was the beginning of my love affair with popcorn.