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.

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.)