I guess because I’m a food editor at EatingWell, I shouldn’t be surprised that my friends were shocked when I told them I stopped for dinner at McDonalds on my last road trip. I know, I know, don’t I eat better than that? Well, quite honestly, I was in a rush to get out of town and beat the traffic, and there weren’t any quick and healthy options on the stretch of road I was on!
As a kid, I met the end of August with mixed emotions. I was bummed that summer vacation was ending. But I was psyched about my preseason gymnastics “clinics”—two weeks when I got to spend full days tumbling, mastering new tricks (and—ugh!—doing push-ups, pull-ups and other exercises included in our “conditioning” routine).
Bomb Pops were my favorite freezer pops as a kid. They are loaded with sugar and have red, white and blue stripes loosely representing the flavors cherry, lime and blue raspberry.
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Blue raspberry? Really? Raspberries aren’t blue. As a kid, I could have cared less. (Nor did I care that my mouth was stained an eerie shade of aquamarine for hours after my last lick either.) But today, I’m a little more conscious of what I put in my mouth.
In my house, I’m the lunch lady. One of the tasks that fall on my side of our family’s “chore chart” is to pack lunch for our son. This may not seems like a big deal, but I take my job very seriously.
While we’re apart for the day, I want him to have food that’s healthy, tasty and will feed his developing mind. But which foods will deliver the nutrients he needs for healthy cognitive function and memory?
I can pass up an entire tray of brownies, no problem. Cake? No thanks. Cookies? Blah. Not interested. But put a plate of French fries in front of me, and I become a ravenous fiend.
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What can you do when your kid refuses to eat the very foods he needs most? As a nutrition expert, I know that the correct answer is to keep introducing them. As a mom, I know that technique alone doesn’t always work. Sometimes, when it doesn’t, the “spoonful of sugar” method—pairing the rejected food with something the kid likes—does.
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Blockbusters and air conditioning make going to the movie theater one of my favorite summer indulgences. But the treats at the concession stand can turn an afternoon of laughs into a calorie-and fat-laden horror show. For example, if you go wild and order the biggest popcorn, a large soda and then eat half your friends’ M&Ms, you could consume nearly 2,400 calories—that’s like eating nearly an entire large Pizza Hut pepperoni pizza by yourself.
I’m always looking for ways (beyond crunches, aagh!) to keep my post-baby waistline trim. But I’ve learned about a cooking trick that goes beyond just eating low-cal to lose weight: there are actually two dinner ingredients that can help reduce abdominal fat.
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What’s a girl to do with buckets of fresh tomatoes, peppers and onions from her garden? Make fresh homemade salsa, of course!
Usually I’m the boss in the kitchen, but when it comes to salsa, my husband, Russ, is the man. His mother is from Mexico City, so he’s been eating salsa since birth. Good salsa, that she made by the gallon to feed her five kids for a little pre-dinner snack.
I’ll let you in on a little secret of mine: I don’t take a multivitamin. I know, I know, I’m a registered dietitian, how could I not take a multivitamin? Like some people go on and off the diet bandwagon, I go on and off the multivitamin bandwagon. It’s not for lack of trying, it’s just a habit that never stuck because I don’t remember everyday—and I get most of the nutrients I need from the food I eat anyway.