I'm always surprised at how few people know a) how many calories they need each day, and b) how many calories they're actually eating. Perhaps it's just because I'm a registered dietitian and nutrition editor of EatingWell Magazine (OK, and a confessed nutrition geek).
Back when my parents were young, “salad” referred to any food bound together with some mayonnaise and maybe some chopped celery (think ham salad, apple salad, carrot salad). Nowadays, salad for me is more likely to feature vegetables, and mayonnaise is not the dressing of choice. But there are two exceptions—pasta salad and potato salad. Since typical versions of these dishes follow the basic equation of starch plus mayo, you can bet that both are high in calories…but which is worse and which is the better option? I did some research and found out.
When we wrote about 4 of the healthiest nuts to eat in a recent issue of EatingWell Magazine, some of you wanted to know why we left peanuts off the list. Our number one reason? They're technically a legume, not a nut. Despite that distinction, they do share a lot of properties with other nuts—they deliver heart-healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fats, vitamin E and zinc, for instance.
If my house was burning down, I’d try to lug every single skillet in my kitchen out the door with me (after first making sure my husband and dogs were safe, of course…) Sure, if you ask my husband, I have a few too many pans. But they all serve a purpose (and it’s great to have a few extra on hand when I’m entertaining or developing recipes). I’m not advocating that anyone take up collecting skillets like I do, but it is good to have a variety for different tasks.