What’s the best after-workout drink?

Submitted by admin on Fri, 06/04/2010 - 11:38

As a registered dietitian and nutrition editor at EatingWell Magazine, I’m someone who always tries to eat foods that are good for me. Until recently though, I didn’t extend this scrutiny to what I consume after I exercise.

Related: 5 “bad” foods you should be eating.

After going for a long run, I’d come home, feeling revitalized and spent, and mix up a sugary sports drink.

5 best kitchen gadgets to give dad

Submitted by admin on Thu, 06/03/2010 - 12:33

My dad is a gadget guy. (Seriously, have you ever met a dad who wasn't?) He also loves good food. So when it's time to give him a gift for Father’s Day, I like to pick something that satisfies certain requirements: it’s gotta be gadgety, it’s gotta be good and/or useful, and it must indulge his inner “foodie”. With that in mind, and with some help from my colleagues in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, who have tested these products, here are some of our top picks for dads—yours and mine:

Good Choices: 6 Fish to Ditch from Your Diet

Submitted by admin on Wed, 06/02/2010 - 12:16

I am mad about seafood. Madly in love with how it tastes of the ocean: light, healthy and fresh. Wild fish are the last truly wild (as opposed to farmed) food that’s a regular part of the American diet. Fortunately, more and more companies, ranging from Walmart to Whole Foods, are sourcing their seafood sustainably and labeling it that way. And now that so much of the seafood in the Gulf of Mexico has been threatened by the oil spill (Louisiana has been the second biggest harvester of seafood in the U.S.) there’s even more reason to watch what we eat.

8 secret-weapon foods to power up your diet

Submitted by admin on Tue, 06/01/2010 - 17:34

It’s that time of year when I’m looking for an extra edge to stay slim and get in better shape. I’m already exercising regularly and eating well. (Try EatingWell’s 28-day meal plan of breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks to lose weight here.)

So in the interest of further powering up my efforts, I went looking for foods that do a little of the work for me. Here they are: 8 health-food superstars.

What’s Fresh: Sweet, luscious cherries

Submitted by admin on Tue, 06/01/2010 - 12:11

I have a hoarding instinct that kicks in when it comes to fruits like cherries that have such a short growing season (depending on where you live, roughly from June to August). I buy as many bags of cherries as I can get my hands on.

Of course I love eating cherries right off the stem but working in the EatingWell Test Kitchen has inspired me to get creative with my seasonal ingredients. (Get 25 recipes using fresh-from-the-farmers-market ingredients here.)

Why caffeine is worse than you think for sleep

Submitted by admin on Thu, 05/27/2010 - 11:57

I am a coffee lover! Truth be told, I cannot get through the morning without at least a cup (of the caffeinated variety!)—and I prefer more.

Get more of the coffee flavor you love with these recipes using coffee, including Hot Fudge Pudding Cake!

The health perks of coffee only add fuel to my habit: drinking coffee regularly can help lower cholesterol, and may reduce your risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

No-fail tips to overcome your fear of grilling seafood

Submitted by admin on Tue, 05/25/2010 - 12:30

I love cooking seafood on the grill because it’s so fast and, because most seafood is relatively mild, it readily absorbs smoky flavors. Plus seafood is  super-healthy—it’s an excellent source of lean protein and some types of fish, such as salmon, are good sources of omega-3 fats, which are good for your heart and your mental health. Click here to find out 6 of the best fish and shellfish to eat and 6 to avoid.

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.