Blog Posts by The Editors of EatingWell Magazine

  • Hot fondue for a skinny Valentine’s

    Chocolate FondueChocolate FondueSpecial occasions like Valentine's Day can be tough on dieters, but there are plenty of healthy Valentine's Day treats that won't break the calorie bank (or your diet). Check out these delicious ideas that won't leave you, or your sweetie, feeling deprived:

    • Take the traditional approach of offering your significant other rich and delicious chocolate confections. Dark chocolate contains heart-healthy antioxidants and, savored in small doses, absolutely fits into a weight-friendly diet. A tasty (but trim) option: chocolate fondue (recipe below). Or make the gift an even bigger show of your love by taking the time to find yummy and healthy chocolate recipes and whip up a batch of "bite-size" treats.

    • Or go for the campy approach. Package up some almonds (like Spiced Spanish Almonds), which have as many antioxidants as a serving of broccoli or green tea, according to a 2006 study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, and add a silly "I'm nuts about you" note.

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  • Melt hearts with a healthy dose of chocolate

    Chocolate is definitely the way to my heart (and I make sure my heart gets some TLC at least twice a day!). I can think of very few things with chocolate that I don't like (chocolate-covered potato chips, gummi bears or bugs).

  • Hot bread for a healthy bod

    Honey Oat Quick BreadHoney Oat Quick BreadThe first time I baked bread from scratch was 10 years ago when I spent an entire weekend cooking and baking. I'd armed myself with the ingredients for a simple loaf of whole-wheat bread and went for it. I was rewarded with an apartment filled with the warm aroma of homemade bread.

    What better way to add some whole-grain goodness to your diet? (People who eat plenty of whole grains tend to be leaner and healthier than those who don't.)

    I was really excited when award-winning cookbook author Nancy Baggett shared 5 of her easy, amazing recipes for no-knead breads. I love dunking chunks of Crunchy-Munchy Corn & Millet Bread-a rustic round loaf that's crunchy on the outside and moist and soft on the inside-into creamy chowder. And chewy-crisp and fragrant Parmesan-Herb Focaccia goes well with any Italian food.

    Try Nancy's 6 tips for great no-knead breads and you'll be baking homemade bread in no time.

    Try this Honey Oat Quick Bread (recipe below). It has a yummy flavor

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  • 4 ways to stop cheating (on your diet!)

    Chile Con QuesoChile Con QuesoMy biggest diet downfall is tortilla chips. The problem isn't so much that chips are unhealthy, it's that I don't stop at one serving. Or two.

    For a time, I tried to keep the chips out of the house but that wasn't really fair to my husband, Jon. Plus, I missed them.

    So I figured out that I could enjoy my chips without going overboard by pairing them with yummy, low-cal Chile Con Queso. It may seem counter-intuitive that eating more would help me to eat less.

    But it works for me-and here's why: Grabbing a couple of chips on the fly always results in eating a few more chips… until I've eaten three or four times what I should. But my chip-and-dip combo is a legitimate "snack." I measure out a portion of the dip-a quarter cup, which has only 84 calories-and count out one serving of chips. Putting it all on a plate (where I can see it) makes me accountable in the same way that writing down what you eat does.

    Not everyone has an issue with chips. For you, maybe it's

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  • Waffles worth waking up for

    EatingWell WafflesEatingWell WafflesI'm pretty savvy when it comes to making healthy food choices. And at the very least, when I do make unhealthy choices, I usually know what I'm getting into. Waffles, however, seem to trip me up. When I selected healthy breakfast recipes for our cookbook EatingWell for a Healthy Heart with Dr. Philip Ades, I was surprised when I compared our healthy waffle recipes with traditional versions-waffles can be really unhealthy!

    Many traditional waffle recipes use melted butter in the batter. But for Dr. Ades, a leading cardiac researcher at the University of Vermont, using butter in recipes is an absolute "no-no." He's adamant about the importance of limiting saturated fat as part of a heart-healthy diet. (We had to keep all the recipes butter-free in EatingWell for a Healthy Heart, including our recipe for Amazing No-Butter Apple Pie!)

    Anyway, we developed this delicious waffle recipe (recipe below) that even Dr. Ades could approve of. Here's how we made it healthier:

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  • 5 skinny dinners to warm up your winter

    There are plenty of people in Vermont who relish the freezing temperatures and snow that come during the heart of winter. I'm not one. While my friends are out skiing, I'm in the kitchen, dressed in my most comfortable sweatshirt, looking for new dinner recipes that are low in calories, but big in flavor.

    Here are my 5 all-time favorite winter recipes (all with less than 370 calories and packed with lean protein and fiber-rich vegetables):

    Skillet Gnocchi with Chard & White Beans (recipe below): In this one-skillet supper, toss dark leafy greens, diced tomatoes and white beans with gnocchi and top it all with gooey mozzarella. Serve with a mixed green salad with vinaigrette.

    Turkey & Squash Soup: This Southwestern-inspired turkey-and-squash soup gets a little kick from crushed red pepper and some zing from fresh lime juice. You can use leftover turkey or chicken (instead of the cutlets); dice it and add a few minutes before serving. Serve with cornbread.

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  • 4 tricks for keeping the weight off

    EatingWell's Pepperoni PizzaEatingWell's Pepperoni PizzaDiet fads may come and go, but I know that I can always stay at a healthy weight by eating foods I love. I try to make most of my food choices smart ones but there's a place for pizza in every diet plan. No food is off limits as long as I keep calories in mind (and remember that 3,500 extra ones will cause me to gain a pound).

    Here are my 4 favorite tricks for keeping the weight off:

    1. I seek out yummy recipes that seem decadent but actually are low in calories and packed with healthful ingredients. One of the quick low-cal dinners I've been making a lot recently is Pepperoni Pizza (see recipe below): its cheesy, saucy topping hides the fact that it delivers only 280 calories per serving. (And it provides a healthy 25 percent of the daily value for calcium and it takes only about a half hour to make! What's not to love?)

    2. I know how many calories my body needs and generally what that looks like in a day of eating. If the pounds start creeping on, I write down

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  • Incredibly easy Buffalo wings

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    Boneless Buffalo Wings with Spicy Blue Cheese DipBoneless Buffalo Wings with Spicy Blue Cheese DipWhen it comes to watching the Super Bowl, I'm all about appetizers. So when I planned my Super Bowl party menu this year, the only hard part was deciding which of my favorites to make. Boneless Buffalo Wings with Spicy Blue Cheese Dip (see recipe below) made the cut without question.

    Not only are they incredibly easy to make, they're boneless so I don't have to worry about our dog sneaking discarded bones off the coffee table during the game. EatingWell's version is made with healthy white-meat chicken tenders dredged in seasoned whole-wheat flour and cornmeal, then pan-fried in just a small amount of oil and drizzled with a tangy hot pepper sauce.

    More awesome appetizer recipes for watching the big game:

    Southwestern Layered Bean Dip: Plenty of black beans, salsa and chopped fresh vegetables mean a healthy amount of dietary fiber in

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  • Skinny chips & dips

    Super Bowl Sunday is my favorite holiday. I've been watching football since I was a little kid and no matter who's playing, the big game is cause for celebration every year. My husband and I have a houseful of friends and a huge spread of all sorts of Super Bowl food. This year, we're going to host our game-day party at our family cabin in the woods.

    Chile Con Queso and Chile-Lime Tortilla ChipsChile Con Queso and Chile-Lime Tortilla Chips

    Chips and dips are always on the menu-they're easy to make and they're easy to huddle around. But this year I'll make healthier versions of some of my favorites. I'll help keep tight ends tight with lower-fat, warm and gooey Chile Con Queso dip (see recipe below) and zesty baked Chile-Lime Tortilla Chips (see recipe below). EatingWell's version of this popular Tex-Mex dip cuts the calories in half and reduces total fat and saturated fat by nearly 60 percent.

    French Onion Dip and Microwave Potato ChipsFrench Onion Dip and Microwave Potato Chips

    I'll stay away from dips that use boxed, high-sodium dry mixes with dehydrated vegetables. Instead, I'll win over friends with the rich flavor of our French Onion

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  • Can you zap fat with fat?

    One of my closest friends, who, for years, has listened to me talk about what foods are healthy and what foods are not, recently asked me if coconut oil could help you lose weight. Several readers have also asked me and the other EatingWell editors about the health benefits of coconut oil (which is laden with saturated fat) and now-when so many of us are trying to lose weight-is the perfect time to answer the question.

    Joyce Hendley, one of our contributing editors, sifted through the facts-and the fiction-in EatingWell's February issue to reveal whether or not coconut oil could help you lose weight.

    Some facts to consider:

    • Coconut oil may cause a slight (temporary) boost in your metabolism. Anytime you eat, the process of digesting food burns off about 10 percent of the calories you consume. So, if you eat 500 calories in a meal, your body uses about 50 of those calories to break food down into the energy that fuels your body. Read more about how the body digests
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