There’s something about spring fruits—plump cherries, tart rhubarb, juicy apricots and sweet strawberries—that I just can’t get enough of.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
I really truly love salad. When the weather gets warmer, I have one for either lunch or dinner every day—sometimes both. (Get 25+ recipes for side salads and main-dish salads.)
I always have one or two varieties of lettuce in my fridge, plus I grow my own salad greens.
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.)
Every year, I look forward to Cinco de Mayo. Of course I’m very happy for the Mexican Army’s successes over the French in 1863, but that’s not why I’m excited. Cinco De Mayo is the perfect excuse to finally crawl out of my winter cocoon and share some fresh, delicious Mexican recipes with my friends.
Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner and I’ve been thinking about my party menu. I’ve got the main dishes covered but I know if I don’t serve margaritas at my Cinco de Mayo party, my friends will be bummed. I mean, what’s a fiesta without the “margies,” as my girlfriends and I endearingly call them?