Blog Posts by The Editors of EatingWell Magazine

  • Surprising Picks for the Best and Worst Energy Drinks

    Surprising Picks for the Best and Worst Energy DrinksBy Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., Nutrition Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    Energy drink sales are skyrocketing: from 2011 to 2012 they grew by 14 percent, a bigger jump than any other beverage category! That's not too surprising--who doesn't want to catch a second (or third) wind?

    Don't Miss: Are Energy Drinks Bad for You? Learn About the Health Side Effects of Energy Drinks Here

    But are some drinks better than others? Here we take a look at the calories, sugar and caffeine in some of the most popular energy drinks on the market.

    The Best: McDonald's Coffee
    (large, 16 oz., black): 0 calories, 0 g carbohydrate, 0 g sugar, 133 mg caffeine
    In general, straight-up black coffee is going to be a top choice for energy. Black tea is a close second, though it delivers less caffeine per fluid ounce. Research shows that, in small quantities, caffeine may boost energy, alertness and athletic performance. But it's recommended that you limit your caffeine to 200 milligrams at a time,

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  • Are Late Nights Making You Gain Weight?

    Are late nights making you gain weight?By Lindsay Westley for Eatingwell Magazine

    New research is bolstering how important sleep is for a healthy weight. When you're awake between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m., you're more likely to take in extra calories, says a study from the University of Pennsylvania. People ate an average of 553 more calories when they were kept awake until the early morning. But a lack of sleep affects more than just late-night eating. Next time you're tempted to burn the midnight oil, resist the urge. Here's why:

    1. You chow down in the morning.
    When you're groggy in the morning, you're more likely to eat more. Sleep-deprived participants reported being hungrier in the morning and ate larger portions at breakfast and for snacks the next day compared to participants who slept 8 hours. Researchers think that just one night of total sleep deprivation prompts you to eat more by boosting ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates your appetite.

    Related: Breakfast Foods that Help You Lose Weight

    2. Junk-food

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  • Snacking Mistakes that Can Wreck Your Diet

    Snacking Mistakes That Can Wreck Your DietBy Lisa D'Agrosa, M.S., R.D., EatingWell Magazine

    I am a bona fide snack lover. I always have snacks in my desk drawer at work, a piece of fruit in my purse and a bag of almonds in my car. Smart snacking-choosing healthy foods in portions of 200 calories or less if you're trying to lose or maintain weight-can provide instant hunger relief and be a great way to add nutrients to your diet. The right choices can help fill you up for fewer calories and power you through the day.

    But poor snacking habits can cause you to eat too many calories and do a number on your waistline. Americans now consume on average more than two snacks a day and a recent study found that snacking may make up one-fourth of our daily calories. Here are four easy solutions to common snacking mistakes:

    1. You Nosh on Empty Calories.
    Chips, candies, cookies are devoid of nutrients, don't fill you up and may have you reaching for more food sooner than you hoped.

    Solution: Choose snacks that pair

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  • How to Find the Best Healthy Tortilla Chips

    How to Find the Best Healthy Tortilla ChipsBy Lisa D'Agrosa, Associate Nutrition Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    Most tortilla chips contain just corn, oil and salt and less than 150 calories per serving-not bad stats for a food that normally gets relegated to the "junk food" aisle. We searched out the healthiest options (that still taste great). Here's what we found:

    Bye-Bye, Baked: The taste and texture of baked chips often leaves much to be desired and there's no real nutritional benefit. Baked have about the same calories as fried chips, but more carbs and sodium.

    Ditch the Bag: As tempting as it is, don't eat straight from the bag. Research shows we eat up to 80% more from a large container or bowl. Instead, measure out a single serving to enjoy.

    Sing the Blues: Blue corn tortilla chips get their color from anthocyanins, brain-boosting flavanoids, and contain slightly more protein than white or yellow corn chips.

    Brands We Love: Tostitos Simply Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips, Bearitos Blue Corn Tortilla Chips

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  • 5 Ways to Host a Healthy Super Bowl Party

    5 Ways to Host a Healthy Super Bowl PartyBy Hilary Meyer, Associate Food Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    My husband loves football. I love parties. So the Super Bowl is the one day a year when our interests happily meet. I love Super Bowl recipes, but I don't want to make our party a four-hour marathon of fat-filled dips, salty chips and calorie-rich drinks. So this year, I'm giving our party a healthier spin. And the best part is that it will be so subtle, no one will even notice. Touchdown!

    Here are 5 sneaky tips for throwing a healthy Super Bowl party:

    Don't Miss: Healthy Chip and Dip Recipes for the Super Bowl

    1. Create a Food-Free Space

    Create a Food-Free SpaceCreate a food-free space where your guests can mingle. Research shows that when food is nearby and visible, it increases your chances of eating that food. It's the old "out of sight, out of mind" principle. Keeping snacks in another room will help everyone save calories. Plus not having the bowl of chips in front of the TV will curb mindless eating.

    2. Offer Low-Calorie

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  • Lose Weight Without Dieting

    Lose Weight Without DietingBy Kerri-Ann Jennings, M.S., R.D., EatingWell Magazine

    Imagine a diet where you can eat anything you want. The catch? You only eat when you're hungry and stop when you're full. It's intuitive eating-a way of eating that helps people establish a healthy relationship with food and their bodies.

    I'd read a lot about intuitive eating from bloggers who've embraced the approach after years of dieting and said it had helped them to have a healthier relationship with food-they could eat what they wanted and still maintained a healthy weight. To learn more I interviewed Evelyn Tribole, M.S., R.D., the author of Intuitive Eating.

    As a registered dietitian, intuitive eating makes a lot of sense to me-it's an inherently healthy way to eat. Rather than focusing on some sort of external sense of what you should and shouldn't eat (such as in a diet), intuitive eating makes you the expert on how much, when and what you eat. This shift turns eating from a struggle to an enjoyable way to

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  • 4 Reasons You Shouldn’t Follow a Low-Carb Diet

    4 Reasons You Shouldn't Follow a Low-Carb DietBy Lisa D'Agrosa, Associate Nutrition Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    I can't imagine my life without carbs. I've never been a fan of low-carb diets--not only because I'd miss some of my favorite foods, but also because carbohydrates offer valuable health benefits. Carbs provide your body and brain with energy. Eating the right carbs can help trim your waistline and burn fat, and going low-carb may affect your mood and make you cranky.

    In case you've been confused by all the carb chatter here's what you need to know about why you should keep them in your diet.

    1. Carbs May Help You Lose Weight.
    All right, people, I'm shouting this from the rooftops because it's true--carbs don't make you gain weight! As a registered dietitian, I hear this myth about carbohydrates all the time from people asking for diet advice. Eating too much of anything--including carbs--will cause you to gain weight because you are consuming too many calories. According to a 2012 study in the Journal of

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  • 3 Surprising Diet "Wreckers" that Erase Your Hard Work

    3 Surprising Diet By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., Nutrition Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    I work hard for every pound of weight I lose (and those last few post-baby pounds were stuh-born). And I'm sure you do, too, so the notion that something beyond pure willpower is derailing our efforts to shed pounds is downright infuriating. To that end, here are 3 diet "wreckers" to be aware of. Don't let them erase all your dieting hard work.

    Diet Wrecker #1: Having A Morning Snack.
    People who didn't snack between breakfast and lunch lost nearly 5 percent more weight (an average of 7½ more pounds) over a year than morning snackers in a 2011 Journal of the American Dietetic Association study. Since breakfast and lunch can be only a few hours apart, researchers suspect that most morning snacks are fueled out of habit rather than hunger--and generally amount to mindless eating. So forgo your morning snack, unless you have to go more than four hours until lunch. When you do snack, choose a snack that's

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  • Beyond Olive Oil: 3 Healthy Oils to Cook With

    Beyond Olive Oil: 3 Healthy Oils to Cook WithBy Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., Nutrition Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    Cooking with oil--instead of lard or butter--is a healthier choice. Why? Plant oils have less saturated fat, are naturally cholesterol-free and often are a great source of antioxidants and vitamin E, which helps fight free radicals linked with premature aging and even cancer.

    Don't Miss: Which Oil Helps Burn Belly Fat? Find Out Here

    But before you start cooking with oil, there are two things you should know:

    1. Pay attention to smoke point. When you heat an oil to its smoke point (the point at which it literally smokes), the oil breaks down, harmful substances are created and the beneficial compounds of the oil are destroyed. Instead of memorizing the smoke point for each oil, a better rule of thumb is to just heat the oil until it shimmers.

    2. Mind your oil quantity. People often use too much oil, and the calories can easily add up. Try to stick to about 2 tablespoons a day--the recommended amount

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  • 5 Principles of Clean Eating

    5 Principles of Clean EatingBy Michelle Dudash, R.D.N., EatingWell Magazine

    Eating clean may seem like a new buzzy idea, but really it's about going back to some sane, basic healthy-eating principles. If you've lived by these principles for years, think of this as a helpful reminder. Clean eating means filling your plate with real, whole foods, eating a variety of vegetables, fruits and whole grains, moderate amounts of lean meats and sustainable seafood, dairy, nuts and seeds and healthy oils. Notice how you don't eliminate food groups? Eating clean also means choosing foods that are in season and limiting processed foods, salt, added sugars and unhealthy saturated fats.

    See: 6 Things to Ditch to Clean Up Your Diet

    These clean-eating tips will help you figure out how to clean up your diet and fill your plate with nourishing, gooble-me-up foods. So what are you waiting for? This year, resolve to eat cleaner, fresher, tastier for a healthier you.

    1. Limit Processed Food
    Some packaged foods--like

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