4 road-trip snacks that are healthier than gas station eats

Submitted by admin on Mon, 05/10/2010 - 12:54

Summer is just around the corner and that means that our weekends for the next few months are filling up with lots of road trips. My mother-in-law lives on Cape Cod, so we always plan a trip or two there to get in some beach time, and we’re finally going up to Acadia National Park in Maine for a weekend camping trip with friends. But the night before my husband, Dan, and I jump in the car, there’s one thing we always do: make some quick snacks.

Quick 500-calorie dinners to slim down for summer

Submitted by admin on Wed, 05/05/2010 - 11:39

I swim a couple mornings a week and recently I’ve had to share a lane at the gym pool (which almost never happens). I asked one of the other regular swimmers next to me why it was so crowded. Swimsuit season. (Click here for our easy, 4-week weight-loss meal plan to slim down in time for summer.)

Just like those resolutions in January, the anticipation of going out in public in a bathing suit is enough to get many of us flocking to the gym to drop pounds.

The best-kept secret of successful dieters

Submitted by admin on Tue, 05/04/2010 - 12:19

It’s a question that I would venture to guess every dieter has asked...even those who successfully lose weight, and keep it off. What’s the secret to losing weight?

As a dietitian, I get this question all the time—and not just at work.

The boring truth is that to lose weight you have to eat fewer calories than you’re burning. (Slim down in 4 weeks with EatingWell’s delicious weight-loss meal plan.)

What’s fresh: spring spinach and onion lasagna

Submitted by admin on Fri, 04/30/2010 - 13:09

A couple of weeks ago, my lovely colleague Penelope blogged about lazy lasagna & more sneaky comfort food shortcuts. I’m all about taking shortcuts, especially when I’m pressed for time and have to get dinner on the table fast (In fact, I’m the one who developed that “lazy” recipe for Inside-Out Lasagna in the EatingWell Test Kitchen.)

Margarita makeover: add this secret ingredient to make it healthier

Submitted by admin on Fri, 04/23/2010 - 09:46

Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner and I’ve been thinking about my party menu. I’ve got the main dishes covered but I know if I don’t serve margaritas at my Cinco de Mayo party, my friends will be bummed. I mean, what’s a fiesta without the “margies,” as my girlfriends and I endearingly call them?

Why your sugary diet may be putting your health at risk again

Submitted by admin on Wed, 04/21/2010 - 13:00

I know it can be hard to limit your added sugars intake—just last week I tried to drink a cup of coffee without any sugar thinking I might not notice. I did! But a new study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which adds to evidence that eating too many added sugars may be taking a toll on our heart health, gives us another good reason to keep trying.

Why the director of Food, Inc. still eats meat

Submitted by admin on Tue, 04/20/2010 - 12:39

Have you seen Food, Inc., the Oscar-nominated documentary exposing the inner workings of our industrialized food industry? As I recently re-watched the film’s interviews with experts like author Michael Pollan (find out the one food he won’t eat here) and took in the truths about how our food is grown, treated and processed, I was reminded of what a powerful influence this movie has been on how I, and probably many of you, make food choices and think about food.

5 ways to use up your leftovers: lemons, celery and more

Submitted by admin on Wed, 04/14/2010 - 17:26

As much as we try really hard in the EatingWell Test Kitchen to use the entire “thing” when we call for an ingredient (e.g., we like to call for a whole can of broth, an entire vegetable, etc.), sometimes we just can’t. And since I cook at home most nights, often from recipes, I know how annoying and wasteful that can be if I don’t think of a good way to use the leftovers before they go bad. I’ve composted my share of wilted celery bunches, dumped out moldy marinara sauce and forgotten about more than one half-used lemon in the back of my produce drawer.