There must be something in the air, because I’ve talked about one of my favorite comfort foods—meatloaf—three times this week. One morning my office-mate and I discussed our common meatloaf craving, then my sister called the next day and asked for my favorite meatloaf recipe, then my friend e-mailed me the day after that wondering if she could substitute something leaner for the ground pork in her favorite meatloaf recipe. (The answer: of course.)
What’s your escape from a bad day? A massage? A walk with the dog? Or a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream? At one time or another, most of us have turned to food to soothe a negative mood. I know I have.
We use a lot of oil in my house. That sounds gross, I know. Let me explain. It’s really just that one of our healthy-cooking rules is to not use much, if any, butter. So when we need a little grease—be it in a skillet or a muffin tin—we use oil.
How many of us grew up eating grilled cheese sandwiches? As a kid, it was my favorite food for hot lunch. Even now, I still get weak in the knees for grilled cheese. And my husband, Colin, asks if we can have it for dinner at least once a week.
Three hours after I posted EatingWell’s healthier pound cake recipe on our Facebook page for National Pound Cake Day (yes, there is such a day—it was March 4), Carrie O. from Idaho posed a challenge: “If only EatingWell could lighten up the Grilled Cheesecake. It uses pound cake so you're halfway there!” Grilled Cheesecake? Oh boy.
Since I know we’re gearing up for dieting season, I think it’s a good time to confess I’ve never been a fan of fad diets. They make ridiculous promises. Sure, you may drop 10 pounds in a week eating cabbage soup, and little else, but it’s water weight, not fat. (What about fasting to jumpstart weight loss and other “too-good-to-be-true” diet claims?) Once you go back to eating like a normal person you’ll gain it right back.
This week I noticed many news media outlets were reporting that high-fructose corn syrup causes more weight gain than sugar does. The study everyone is referring to is out of Princeton and reported that rats given access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those exposed to table sugar, even when they consumed the same number of calories overall. My first reaction was, “Oh no!
I’m hosting Easter brunch this year. As if looking through my billions of brunch recipes trying to decide what to make wasn’t enough of a challenge, I’m also putting a cap on how much I spend. Budget-friendly recipes are a must. Can I really pull off holiday entertaining on a budget? I can, if I choose my menu wisely.
I think we all have one of these friends: she’s thin and fit, yet when we go out to eat she packs away more food than a linebacker. Burger, fries and a shake? No problem. I’m often tempted to keep up: if she can eat it and look that good, I can too, right? (Look better in 4 weeks with our super-easy plan to slim down.)
We all have bad days. And many of us, myself included, turn to tried and true comfort foods to lift our spirits. (I bet my friends Ben & Jerry are at your house too.)
Hopefully your bad days are few and far between, but when they do unexpectedly pop up, here are three scientifically tested foods worth trying instead: