I was well into my first week of cooking and eating 500-calorie dinners five nights a week as part of our 500-Calorie Dinner Challenge when I realized: cooking meals to help you lose weight is all about making it work for you. My challenge? I’m just too busy. Last week I was in Philadelphia to go on QVC to sell our new EatingWell 500-Calorie Dinners book, and the next morning I was back in the office in Vermont at 7 a.m.
As a new mom I don’t have a lot of time for exercise. So when I do get moving I want to make the most of it. I love it that there are foods I can eat to help me get more out of my workout. (Find 10 breakfasts that help you burn more fat during your workouts here.)
So it’s been a few days, and so far, I’m sticking to my New Year’s resolution to eat better. It’s around this time when I usually sabotage my efforts by giving myself a “reward,” in the form of a tasty treat, for staying on track. That usually involves a decadent chocolate dessert that doesn’t exactly fit under the healthy-eating umbrella.
I’ve never been able to diet. I can’t do it because I enjoy eating too much. (And since I’m a food editor, it is a hazard of the job!) Plus I never want to feel like I’m depriving myself. But like most people, I have a few extra pounds around my middle that I can’t wait to trim.
My BFF Jessica e-mailed me yesterday: she and her husband are trying to lose weight. To make their resolution a reality, Jessica decided she’s going to change what she makes for dinner, so she asked me for quick, healthy dinner recipes they can learn to make this year to eat healthier.
“I’m working so hard and I still can’t lose weight.” As a nutritionist who specializes in weight management, I’ve heard this a lot over the years. Yes, these people usually are working hard. Often too hard. One of the biggest mistakes people make when they’re trying to shed pounds is to focus on the wrong things: false promises, unproven gimmicks, misguided perceptions about what it means to diet. (Twelve things you should focus on if you really want to lose weight.)
I love throwing parties. It’s a great way to get all of my friends together without all of us ringing up a hefty bar tab at our favorite watering hole. (Plus, we can listen to music we like!) The key to being the hostess with the mostest is being armed with some ridiculously simple crowd-pleasing appetizer recipes that come together in minutes. That way you don’t have to stress out doing anything too complicated before the party starts, and once your friends come over you can actually spend time hanging out.
Other than my cat’s birthday, I don’t throw many parties. Most nights my husband and I are content with our quiet unsocial life and casual approach to dinner—it only has to please us. But since the holidays are here, I’ve got the urge to throw another leaf in my dining room table, get out the matching plates and invite people over for dinner.
Easy, fast and delicious: that’s my kind of entertaining. Here are a few fabulous easy quick dinners that are festive enough for a holiday dinner party:
We’ve finally reached the home stretch of the holiday season. There’s still too much holiday chaos to fully commit to my “healthier me” New Year’s resolution, but I’m ready to feel healthier and I do have a little black dress I have to get into for New Year’s…
I've made a New Year's resolution that I think I'm actually going to stick to this year—I'm going to eat healthier. I know that to make this work, I'll need to prepare meals that are packed with healthful ingredients that keep me satisfied—such as whole grains, lean proteins, fruits and vegetables—so that I'm not tempted to reach for junk food.