Blog Posts by The Editors of EatingWell Magazine

  • 4-Ingredient Maple Mustard Salmon in 15 Minutes

    4-Ingredient Maple Mustard Salmon in 15 MinutesBy Wendy Ruopp, Managing Editor of EatingWell

    With just 5 minutes of prep time and 4 ingredients you can produce baked Maple-Mustard Salmon for dinner that's ready to eat in 15 minutes. This super easy, healthy dinner recipe features the earthiness of mustard, the smoky sweetness of pure maple syrup and smoky spiciness of a little smoked paprika, plus heart-healthy salmon all baked fuss-free in the oven.

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    It's so fast that you'll want to make fast side dishes to go with it. Toss green beans with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and roast them on a baking sheet in the oven alongside the salmon. Make a pot of quick-cooking couscous or quinoa while the roasting is going on and everything should be ready at the same time. (Don't miss: How To Cook Quinoa)

    Here's the recipe:

    Smoky Maple-Mustard Salmon
    Makes: 4 servings
    Active time: 5 minutes | Total: 15 minutes

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  • 6 Quick, Healthy 400-Calorie Recipes for Dinner

    6 Quick, Healthy 400-Calorie Recipes for DinnerBy Michelle Edelbaum, EatingWell Digital Editor

    Trying to eat healthier and maybe even lose a little weight? Science shows that when it comes to losing weight, what's most important is how much you're eating. (See what a 1,200-calorie day of food looks like.)

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    Here are some delicious, satisfying and healthy 400-calorie recipes for dinner that are ready in 40 minutes or less to help you eat better and keep your calories in check so you can maintain or lose weight. Serve them with a small side salad to get an extra serving of vegetables for few additional calories.

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    Shrimp Fried Rice
    Makes: 4 servings, 2 cups each
    Active time: 40 minutes | Total: 40 minutes
    Cost per serving: under $3

    This healthy shrimp fried rice recipe is packed with vegetables and makes 4 generous servings, so you'll need to use a large skillet that is

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  • Foods to Help Treat SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

    Foods to Help Treat SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)By Gretel H. Schueller, Contributing Writer for EatingWell

    Winter brings short days and chilly temperatures, and you might find your mood mirroring these bleak winter days. Of course, many of us feel a little more sluggish during winter but for some people the winter blahs can develop into a more serious type of depression.

    In some cases, the winter blues develop into Seasonal Affective Disorder (aka SAD), a form of depression that begins in late fall, peaks in January and February and usually fades by early spring. Common symptoms of SAD include extreme tiredness--the kind that makes you just want to curl up under the covers and sleep until spring--an intense craving for carbs (especially sweets), irritability, weight gain and the desire to avoid social situations. About 6 percent of the U.S. population falls into its grips annually, and about 15 percent more suffer from a milder version of the winter blues.

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  • 2 Foods You Really Should Eat at Breakfast (but Probably Don’t)

    2 Foods You Really Should Eat at Breakfast (but Probably Don't)By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., Nutrition Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    Recently EatingWell asked our readers what they focused on when it comes to feeding kids breakfast. I quite was surprised by the most common answer. Many parents said they were focused on getting their kids to eat protein at breakfast. (Sound familiar? Find recipes for protein-packed breakfasts here.)

    Protein is an important part of a healthy breakfast--protein provides staying power to keep hunger at bay until lunch. A little bit of protein at breakfast in the form of milk, yogurt, an egg or peanut butter, for example, is a good idea, but you don't need to overly focus on it. We tend to make up for any protein we didn't get at breakfast at lunch and dinner, and overall Americans' daily protein intake is just fine.

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    But what you really want to focus on eating at breakfast are foods that most Americans don't get enough of in our diets. And for most

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  • How to Make a Healthier Bucket O’ Chicken at Home

    How to Make a Healthier Bucket o' Chicken at HomeBy Hilary Meyer, Associate Food Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    I love fried chicken and apparently I'm not alone. (You can buy fried chicken by the bucket at several popular fast-food chains.) The beauty of fried chicken is that it's cheap and delicious. The not so beautiful side is that just two pieces of extra-crispy Kentucky Fried Chicken comes in at around 490 calories. And that doesn't include those irresistible mashed potatoes and gravy either, which will add another 120 calories.

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    Can I do a better job of making my own version of a crispy "Bucket o' Chicken" without leaving the house, without using a deep-fryer and without blowing my calorie allotment for half the day on only one meal? Yes! In fact, you can do it for only half the calories and just one-fifth the fat and sodium of the fast-food classic. Here's how EatingWell's healthier

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  • Slow-Cooker Stout & Chicken Stew

    Slow-Cooker Stout & Chicken Stew for the Super BowlBy Wendy Ruopp, Managing Editor of EatingWell

    Whether you want a healthy comforting weeknight dinner or a delicious stew to enjoy on the weekend a warming bowl of slow-cooked chicken stew with stout fits the bill with two of America's favorites- chicken and beer.

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    This recipe for Slow-Cooker Stout & Chicken Stew has a lot of flavor and it's healthy too. It features lean chicken thighs and just a little bit of bacon, browned before going into the crock pot, a pound of baby carrots, half a pound of mushrooms and a savory layer of onion and garlic; near the end of cooking, peas are added for color and the final comfort-food touch. You can make it on a stay-close-to-home day, setting the slow cooker to High for 4 hours, or set your slow cooker to Low and come home after 7 or 8 hours to this hearty, substantial, savory, stout stew.

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  • 9 of the Healthiest Breakfast Cereals

    9 Of The Healthiest Breakfast CerealsBy Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., Nutrition Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    With more than 100 kinds of cereal in many grocery store aisles, choosing a healthy box can be like searching for a needle in a haystack. In order to spare your sanity and to help you make a healthy choice, we've done the work for you. (See What a Healthy Breakfast Looks Like.)

    We've highlighted 9 of the healthiest breakfast cereals on store shelves (listed in no particular order) that meet our guidelines for sugar, salt and fiber (see more details below). We've also outlined the key nutrition criteria you should pay attention to when choosing cereal so you can make a healthy choice.


    9 of the Healthiest Breakfast Cereals
    • Barbara's Puffins (Original or Cinnamon)
    • Uncle Sam Strawberry Cereal (or other varieties)
    • Kashi Heart to Heart Warm Cinnamon Oat
    • Post Bran Flakes
    • Cheerios
    • All-Bran
    • Kix
    • Familia Swiss Müesli (No Added Sugar)
    • Bear Naked Granola

    What Does a

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  • Budget-Saving Quick Pasta Bolognese

    Budget-Saving Quick Pasta BologneseBy Wendy Ruopp, Managing Editor of EatingWell

    So here we are in January--it's cold outside and yet we're trying not to crank the thermostat too high inside because the holiday bills are coming due and suddenly we're not feeling all that flush. (Guess we'll have to keep wearing those Christmas sweaters to stay warm.)

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    I'm also feeling the effects of overindulgence in December (OK, to be honest, overindulgence that started the day after Halloween when everyone brought their leftover candy to work). I wouldn't go so far as to call it a resolution, but I definitely want to get back to eating more mindfully this month.

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    You might think the combination of needing to save money, eat healthfully and get warmed up would be hard to satisfy with just one recipe, but this Quick Pasta Bolognese developed by the

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  • Retrain Your Cravings: 5 Ways to Learn to Love Healthier Foods

    Retrain Your Cravings: 5 Ways to Learn to Love Healthier FoodsRetrain Your Cravings: 5 Ways to Learn to Love Healthier FoodsBy Lisa Gosselin, Editorial Director, EatingWell Magazine

    Trying to clean up your diet and eat healthier this year but having a hard time loving the new healthy foods you should be eating? I'm the same way: there are so many bad foods I love and so many good ones I feel like I'm forcing myself to eat.

    9 "Bad" Foods You Can Feel Good About Eating

    The good news: in EatingWell Magazine, Holly Pevzner reports on new research that shows and curb your taste for those foods you may regret getting chummy with.

    Ditch These 4 Foods to Clean Up Your Diet

    The secret to learning to love healthier foods lies in using all five senses. "A food's texture, how it sounds, how appetizing it looks, and how it smells all play a role in flavor perception," says Barb Stuckey, author of the recently released Taste What You're Missing: The Passionate Eater's Guide to Why Good Food Tastes Good. Here are 5 ways you can use all your senses to learn to love healthier foods.

    1. Fool Your Nose

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  • One Surprising Possible Cause for Celiac Disease

    One Surprising Possible Cause for Celiac DiseaseBy Gretel H. Schueller, Contributing Writer for EatingWell

    If you go to the grocery store you'll probably notice that gluten-free products are more widespread than ever--everything from bread and pasta to chips and dessert have gluten-free versions. (Gluten is a protein primarily found in foods containing wheat, barley or rye.)

    And that's for a good reason: roughly 18 million Americans have some degree of gluten sensitivity, according to Alessio Fasano, director of the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research, and as many as 3 million Americans (about 1 percent of the population) have celiac disease.

    For people with celiac disease, the battle in their gut between their immune system and the gluten winds up damaging tiny, fingerlike projections called villi that line the small intestine and absorb nutrients. The damage prevents nutrients from being absorbed properly, causing a variety of health problems.

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