Blog Posts by The Editors of EatingWell Magazine

  • Fast Recipes for Winter Greens

    By Matthew Thompson, Associate Food Editor for EatingWell Magazine

    Fast Recipes for Winter GreensWhile many people think of winter as produce's "off" season, that couldn't be further from the truth. Even in the depths of February, you can find tasty veggies like tangy Brussels sprouts, creamy sweet potatoes and, my favorite, dark leafy greens like kale, Swiss chard and spinach.

    I love dark leafy greens: the varied shades-from deep jade to pale chartreuse-the rich, firm textures, the unforgettable flavors. They're also packed with nutrients. Dark greens like chard and spinach are high in vitamins A and K, while kale has almost as much vitamin C as an orange! I love to cook with them, too, though sometimes it's tricky to come up with ideas beyond your basic salad or braise. That's why I was so excited to head down to New York a few months ago to interview chefs at Mario Batali's Italian food mecca, Eataly. I got all sorts of tips about cooking and prepping greens from two veggie-savvy chefs, Kiah Lotus and

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  • 10 Bad Cooking Habits You Should Break

    By Hilary Meyer, Associate Food Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    10 Bad Cooking Habits You Should BreakSome habits can be tough to break. When it comes to cooking, you may have some bad habits that you're not even aware of. Some may be keeping your meal just short of reaching perfection while others may actually be hazardous to your health. Below are 10 common bad cooking habits that you should break:

    1. Heating Oil Until It Smokes-Most recipes start with heating oil in a pan. It usually takes a little time for the stove to warm up, so we pour the oil and then turn our backs on the pan to do something else while it heats. Before you know it, you see wisps of smoke, which means the pan is hot and ready for cooking, right? Wrong! Not only do many oils taste bad once they have been heated to or past their smoke point, but when oils are heated to their smoke point or reheated repeatedly, they start to break down, destroying the oil's beneficial antioxidants and forming harmful compounds. However, an oil's smoke point is

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  • 4 Celeb Diets to Avoid

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

    4 Celeb Diets to AvoidLet's face it: Hollywood makes losing weight look easy! Especially with all those toned bodies walking the red carpet this awards season. But if shedding a few pounds is on your to-do list, don't be so quick to follow in the footsteps of your favorite celebs.

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    Here are 4 popular celebrity diets to be wary of:

    1. Paleo Diet
    Megan Fox is rumored to have followed this diet, also called the Caveman Diet. On the Paleo Diet, you're supposed to eat like your ancestors, which means eating a lot of animal protein, "natural" carbohydrates (essentially fruits and vegetables) and some nuts.

    The Paleo Diet is high in protein and fat-and there's an emphasis on getting health-sustaining omega-3s into your diet from oily fish like wild salmon, game meats, free-range chicken and grass-fed beef, all of which can be pricier than their

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  • 5 Things in Your Kitchen that Could Make You Sick

    By Nicci Micco, M.S., Content Director, Custom Publishing & Licensing for EatingWell

    5 Things in Your Kitchen That Could Make You SickEvery year, 76 million Americans get sick from food, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Nothing you can do will ever guarantee 100 percent protection against foodborne illness, but taking certain precautions can help reduce your risk. Some of these protective steps are common sense, like washing your hands before you eat. Others aren't so obvious. Read on to discover five surprising sources of foodborne "bugs" in your kitchen, we've written about in EatingWell Magazine, and how to protect yourself.
    Related: 10 Rules for a Healthy Kitchen

    Kitchen threat #1: Your kitchen sponge. When participants in a study from NSF International (an independent public health organization) swabbed various items in their houses, the kitchen sponge was by far the germiest. In fact, it harbored 150 times more bacteria, mold and yeast than a toothbrush holder. "You pick up bacteria when cleaning, but

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  • Secrets to Delicious Healthier French Toast

    By Emily Kennedy, Recipe Developer & Tester for EatingWell Magazine

    Secrets to Delicious Healthier French ToastThere is a small café called 3 Squares a few miles from the EatingWell offices that makes what I consider to be the world's best French toast. It's nothing fancy-made with challah bread and served with cinnamon whipped cream, sliced berries and bananas. It is the kind of breakfast that I crave, and I have made it my mission to figure out how to make it (and make it healthier) at home. Here are my secrets to perfect, healthier French toast:

    Get the Right Bread: You want bread that does not have too chewy or tough a crust or too many holes. This means steer clear of your beloved French baguette and fancy artisan breads. And while bread made from white all-purpose flour may taste good, it won't do much for you nutritionally. But you don't have to sacrifice taste to get the benefits of fiber from a whole-grain bread. To make a tasty, whole-grain French toast, I like to use a medium-density, semi-soft bread like

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  • How to Cook Brown Rice Perfectly

    By Wendy Ruopp, managing editor of EatingWell and Cassidy Tawse-Garcia, editorial intern for EatingWell

    How to Cook Brown Rice PerfectlyI'll admit that I have had my share of mishaps when it comes to cooking rice. Sometimes when the top came off the pot I'd find a mushy, sticky mess. Other times, the grains were burnt and stuck to the bottom. I always use brown or wild rice. Even though these "real" whole grains take a bit longer to cook, they are worth the wait: unrefined grains maintain more heart-healthy vitamins and antioxidants. Plus, they are high in fiber, which is important for a heart-healthy diet.

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    Since brown rice is such an important and healthy staple in my kitchen, I figured it was high time to get smart about rice-cooking techniques. Through trial and some errors, and talking with our cooking experts in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, I've gleaned these tidbits

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  • 7 Superfoods to Naturally Lower Cholesterol

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

    7 Superfoods to Naturally Lower CholesterolIf you have high cholesterol you aren't alone: nearly half of all American adults have high cholesterol. Not all cholesterol is bad, though. Your body makes its own and uses it for important functions, such as producing cells and certain hormones. But too much of this waxy substance in the blood clogs arteries.

    Though your genes determine how much cholesterol your body produces naturally, your diet plays a role too. If you're worried about your cholesterol, aim to eat less saturated fat (found in red meats, butter and full-fat milk and other dairy) and more fruits and vegetables. Add these foods to your diet, too, which Peter Jaret wrote about in EatingWell Magazine and research has pinpointed as cholesterol-friendly.

    Related: What You Can Do to Raise Your "Good" HDL Cholesterol
    10 Steps to a Healthy Heart

    1. Almonds
    Substances in almond skins help prevent LDL "bad" cholesterol from being

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  • 4 Foods to Help You Focus Better

    By Kerri-Ann Jennings, M.S., R.D. Associate Nutrition Editor for EatingWell Magazine

    4 Foods to Help You Focus BetterIf you think cognitive decline isn't something that starts to happen until after age 60, think again. A new study from the British Medical Journal showed that cognitive decline-a decrease in memory and reasoning capacity-can start to affect our brains as early as 45! Give yourself a mental boost now with these four foods.

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    What to Eat for a Healthy Heart and a Healthy Mind

    Leafy Greens
    A 2006 study in Neurology showed that people who ate two or more daily servings of vegetables, especially leafy greens, had the mental focus of people five years their junior. Have a big salad for lunch; serve some sautéed spinach at dinner.

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    Whole Grains
    Studies show that eating a breakfast of whole grains helps sustain mental focus better than a morning meal of refined

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  • 4 Ways to Cook Dinner Faster

    By Hilary Meyer, Associate Food Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    4 Ways to Cook Dinner FasterBefore I had a baby, one minute was one minute. Just 60 seconds. And I had a lot of minutes. I could use them where I wanted, and mostly I chose to use them at dinnertime-leisurely pulling a meal together, eating slowly, sipping wine, then cleaning up. Fast-forward nine months and now my dinnertime routine looks like an episode of Iron Chef. I'm scrambling around, food is flying off the cutting board and I'm yelling, "Hurry up!"

    I'm trying to bank some minutes. I'm now acutely aware of their value and the prospect of having a few of them set aside at the end of a long day after the baby is asleep makes me giddy. Sure, I could just call for takeout, but I don't want to be the mother who develops healthy recipes for a living, then feeds her family Chinese takeout from down the street three times a week. And I don't want to set the precedent that dinner is a race either. So I'm going to use some time-saving shortcuts to

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  • Super-Fast Valentine’s Desserts

    By Matthew Thompson, Associate Food Editor for EatingWell Magazine

    Super-Fast Valentine's DessertsFor my wife and me, Valentine's Day is a bit of a conundrum. Sure, we want to celebrate-who wouldn't want an excuse for a delicious, romantic meal with their special someone-but at the same time, this holiday falls on a Tuesday and Tuesdays for us are…problematic.

    If you're like us-a married couple both working full-time jobs and still trying to have a life outside of work (crazy idea, I know)-weeknights can get packed quickly. While it's easy to romanticize the idea of a Valentine's Day spent exchanging tender glances over a rack of lamb or enjoying soothing all-day couples' massages at a local spa, in reality most weeknights we're lucky to find the time to eat a quick meal together and wash the day's dishes before crashing for the evening. The idea of turning Valentine's Day into a huge production is exhausting for both of us. Who's gonna clean the dishes?

    Time to Cook? Try These Valentine's Day Dinner

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