Blog Posts by The Editors of EatingWell Magazine

  • Healthy, Creamy Mustard Chicken Without a Drop of Heavy Cream

    Healthy, Creamy Mustard Chicken Without a Drop of Heavy CreamBy Wendy Ruopp, Managing Editor of EatingWell

    When it comes to food, "creamy" is such an enticing word, isn't it? It promises deliciousness and conjures up satisfying comfort food. It also usually conjures up a heap of calories and fat--but not this recipe for Creamy Mustard Chicken developed by the EatingWell Test Kitchen. Without using any heavy cream, this recipe delivers on velvety goodness while being kind to your waistline. In fact, it's even heart-healthy!

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    In just 35 minutes you can boil angel hair pasta, sauté the chicken and whip up the sauce, which features shallot, a splash of white wine and the eponymous mustard. You finish the sauce with just a bit of sour cream and fresh sage. Nestle the chicken on the pasta and top with warm, rich-tasting sauce--wonderful.

    Creamy Mustard Chicken
    Print, save and share this recipe!
    Makes: 4 servings, 1 cutlet & 1 cup pasta with 1/4 cup sauce each
    Active time: 35 minutes

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  • Is Your Workout Making You Gain Weight?

    Is Your Workout Making You Gain Weight?By Lisa D'Agrosa, Associate Nutrition Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    I love the pumped-up energy I have after a good workout. Plus I feel stronger--I am this close to being able to do a real pull-up. But if we're being honest, I also love the way exercising helps my body look. There's a certain satisfaction that comes with being able to zip up my skinny jeans easily. So when I'm diligently hitting the gym but my clothes feel like they're actually getting more snug, it can be frustrating to say the least. It turns out, when it comes to exercise, it's possible to get too much of a good thing when it comes to weight loss.

    Related: Breakfast Before or After Exercise--Which Torches More Fat?

    Doing more exercise does not always mean you'll lose more weight. As Karen Ansel, M.S., R.D., originally reported for EatingWell Magazine, exercising too much might sabotage your weight-loss efforts. Logging too many hours at the gym actually yields diminishing returns. Researchers put 61

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  • 6 Ways Cook Healthier in 2014

    5 Ways Cook Healthier in 2014By Hilary Meyer, Associate Food Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    If you're resolving to eat healthier this year, consider starting in the kitchen. Mastering a few easy cooking skills can do wonders for your health and your waistline. Here are a few simple tips to get you started:


    Be a Breakfast Chef1. Be a Breakfast Chef
    Regular breakfast eaters tend to be leaner, and breakfast-eating dieters are more successful at losing weight. What's more, studies have found that they also get more fiber, calcium, vitamins A and C, riboflavin, zinc and iron-and less fat and dietary cholesterol. But the key is a balanced breakfast. That means having whole grains, protein, low-fat dairy and a serving of fruit or veggies. The best way to achieve this is by making your own breakfast. It won't take you more than 10 minutes-really! Try oatmeal topped with fruit. Or scramble an egg with a little cheese and some chopped spinach. The more you make breakfast at home, the more routine it becomes.

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  • 5 Ways to Help Your Spouse Eat Healthier-No Nagging Required!

    5 Ways To Help Your Spouse Eat Healthier-No Nagging Required!5 Ways To Help Your Spouse Eat Healthier-No Nagging Required!By Breana Lai, M.P.H., R.D., Associate Food Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    My husband and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary this year. Our love of good food brought us together, but it's also taken a toll on our waistlines. And we're not alone. According to a 2007 study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, marriage goes hand in hand with weight gain. "In the first five years of marriage, women gained an average of 24 pounds and men gained 30 pounds," says Penny Gordon-Larsen, Ph.D., a professor of nutrition at UNC and author of the study.

    So we vowed to be healthier, together. But my efforts to lead us down a path filled with fruits, veggies and running came off as nagging. My husband had a point: telling someone they should do something feels like you're judging them and they want to resist. As a dietitian, I realized I needed him to want to eat healthier. And as a wife I didn't want to nag either-especially about weight, food or exercise (he has to do the

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  • 4 Need-to-Know Facts About Low-Carb Diets

    4 Need-to-Know Facts About Low-Carb DietsBy 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.

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    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.

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  • 6 Top Healthy Food Trends for 2014

    6 Top Healthy Food Trends for 2014By Jessie Price, Editor-in-Chief, EatingWell magazine

    Food trends, like fashion, come and go. But healthy foods are always a good bet-trendy or not. EatingWell's editors have their ears to the ground and their taste buds on alert for the latest in smart eating choices. As we look ahead to 2014, here are the healthy food trends that are sure to be winners: they're delicious and good for you too!

    1. Clean Eating Is The New Buzzword For Healthy
    Interest in healthy eating continues to surge and leading the way is the craze for everything "clean." What's clean eating all about? It means eating more vegetables, less meat, less sodium, watching your alcohol, limiting processed foods and choosing whole grains. In other words: it's basic, common-sense, good, healthy eating, which is what EatingWell's recipes and eating philosophy are all about.

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    2. Trash Fish Is The New Sustainable Seafood
    What happens to all those fish

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  • Last-Minute Thanksgiving Disasters (and Pro Tips to Fix Them Without Freaking Out!)

    Last-Minute Thanksgiving Disasters (and Pro Tips to Fix Them Without Freaking Out!)By Hilary Meyer, Associate Food Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    Even for a seasoned cook, pulling together a Thanksgiving meal can be an anxiety-provoking nightmare. Sure, things can go wrong. (Trust, me, I've had my share!) Maybe you don't have the right cooking equipment or your turkey is still frozen the morning of Thanksgiving. But cooking mistakes--even big disasters--don't have to ruin your holiday meal. There's usually an easy solution that can save dinner. I've collected five of the most common troublemakers--and surefire fixes to ensure your Thanksgiving celebration runs as smooth as…gravy.

    1. No Roasting Pan.
    It's Thanksgiving morning, you don't have a fancy roasting pan and the kitchen store is closed. Don't freak--you have options. Most conventional grocery stores are open the morning of Thanksgiving. Your best bet is to grab an aluminum roaster from the kitchen aisle. Better yet, grab two. A double layer will retain the heat better than a single pan. No grocery

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  • What Should You Make for Thanksgivukkah? Check Out This Fun, Delicious Menu for Thanksgiving + Hanukkah 2013

    What Should You Make for Thanksgivukkah? Check Out This Fun, Delicious Menu for Thanksgiving + Hanukkah 2013By Breana Lai, M.P.H., R.D., Associate Food Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    For the first time in our lifetime, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah will be celebrated on the same day, Thursday, November 28, 2013. (This won't happen again for another 77,000 years!) For my multicultural family (my dad is Chinese and Buddhist, my mom's a Jewish New Yorker), the convergence of these two holidays is special because both commemorate freedom and gratitude. Another perk of this rare holiday combination means two food-centric meals merge into one delicious menu that honors both celebrations.

    The menu I put together represents a mix of traditional favorites from each holiday that complement each other. While this menu isn't for a kosher meal, you can easily adapt the menu: just swap oil for butter in the Brussels sprouts and take a break between dinner and dessert--something you'll probably want to do anyway to fully savor this "historical" blend of flavors. I'm so excited for this festive

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  • How to Stay in Your Skinny Jeans During the Holidays

    How to Stay in Your Skinny Jeans During the HolidaysBy Nicci Micco, M.S., Content Director, Custom Publishing & Licensing for EatingWell

    The holiday season can be nutty. Between all the holiday concerts, parties, decorating and entertaining, you may not be quite as in tune with what, and how much, you're eating. Arm yourself with these stay-healthy strategies to maintain--not gain--weight during the holiday season.

    Challenge #1: Hard-to-resist homemade holiday treats.
    Stay-healthy strategy: If decadent holiday treats are your downfall, make room in your diet to eat them. Allow yourself one small treat per day--but plan for it by eliminating something else and be sure to account for the calories. If it's too tempting to keep treats in your house, say "no thanks" next time or, if you do give in, share some with a friend.

    Challenge #2: A decadent buffet spread at your friend's annual holiday party.
    Stay-healthy strategy: Don't graze. With all the nuts, crackers and cheese, veggies and dip, mindless picking can easily add up to

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  • Healthy Ways to Use Your Leftover Pulp from Juicing

    Healthy Ways to Use Your Leftover Pulp from JuicingBy Breana Lai, M.P.H., R.D., Associate Food Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    Juicing is an easy and quick way to get more healthy fruits and veggies into your diet. But what to do with all the leftover juice pulp when you're done? While the bulk of the vitamins and minerals are in your juice, the resulting juice pulp contains almost all of the fiber. Sure, you can always compost those shreds. But we came up with some ways to reduce food waste and get that unused fiber into your diet. Research shows that consuming fiber-rich foods is important for helping to prevent chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease, and it might boost weight loss by helping you feel full longer after you eat.

    To make use of this fiber from the juicing process, I tested two techniques: stirring it into chili and baking it into bread.

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