Blog Posts by The Editors of EatingWell Magazine

  • Could eating with your friends make you gain weight?

    I think we all have one of these friends: she's thin and fit, yet when we go out to eat she packs away more food than a linebacker. Burger, fries and a shake? No problem. I'm often tempted to keep up: if she can eat it and look that good, I can too, right? (Look better in 4 weeks with our super-easy plan to slim down.)

    Not so fast, I tell myself, remembering what I read in our latest issue of EatingWell Magazine. A recent study in the Journal of Consumer Research found that female college students who watched a film alongside a researcher who was thin ended up eating almost twice as much as when they ate alongside the same researcher wearing a fat suit to make her look obese. (Find 3 foods to eat when you overeat here.)

    There are several reasons why I may not be able to keep up with my friend and expect the same results, according to the researcher, Brent McFerran, Ph.D.: metabolism, body size, genetics, activity level, age and gender all affect how much one can consume

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  • 3 foods that make us happy

    We all have bad days. And many of us, myself included, turn to tried and true comfort foods to lift our spirits. (I bet my friends Ben & Jerry are at your house too.)

    Hopefully your bad days are few and far between, but when they do unexpectedly pop up, here are three scientifically tested foods worth trying instead:

    Fruits & Vegetables (and other whole foods): Yes, you read that right-healthy, whole foods! In a recent study of close to 3,500 men and women published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, those who reported eating a diet rich in whole foods in the previous year were less likely to report feeling depressed than those who ate lots of desserts, fried foods, processed meats, refined grains and high-fat dairy products.

    Bummer, Ben & Jerry didn't make the cut…

    Previous studies have shown that antioxidants in fruits and vegetables and omega-3 fatty acids in fish are associated with lower risk of depression. Folate, a B vitamin found in dark green vegetables

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  • Philly Cheesesteaks—hold the steak!

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    There are many kinds of vegetarians out there. My version falls closer to the "selectatarian" category: I'm a used-to-be-meat-free-but-got-sidetracked-by-the-bacon vegetarian. I do eat meat once in awhile, but I like to limit it to special occasions.

    Whether or not you're a full-on vegetarian, there are plenty of reasons to eat less meat-even once or twice a week. It's better for your health, not to mention the planet. Plus, you can save a lot of money! With all those benefits, it's no wonder the Meatless Monday movement (meatlessmonday.com) is growing in popularity across the country. (Want to go meatless on Mondays? Here are 10 vegetarian recipes you must try.)

    For the most part, I love to let my veggie food be what it is: veggies. But sometimes a little irony is fun too. Recently, I was invited to a dinner where Philly Cheese

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  • Dinner-worthy sandwiches for $3

    I want cheap, fast food for dinner. I'm not talking about the stuff you get at the drive-through window. I'm talking about food that's healthy, that I can make at home, quickly. That's why I cherish the sandwich. Sandwiches are the ultimate ultra-quick dinner. I can whip up a satisfying dinner sandwich start to finish in 30 minutes or less without a hitch. To keep it interesting and feeling more like dinner, I change up what I make, and think beyond the deli-meat and cheese combos. What I put between my two pieces of bread varies each time, but what remains constant is the fact that sandwiches are budget-friendly recipes. At $3 a serving or less if you make it at home, that's nearly half of what you would pay for a sandwich at a store. Now that's my idea of cheap fast food.

    What are your favorite dinner-worthy sandwiches?

    Here are a few of my "go-to" sandwich recipes that take 30 minutes or less:

    Chicken Parmesan Sub (recipe below) You may disagree on whether the chicken

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  • What's Fresh: 5 common ingredients = 5 yummy dinners

    I don't know about you, but sometimes the last thing I want to do is plan a menu of meals for the week. When I shop during those I-don't-feel-like-planning weeks, I'm more apt to buy things that we always like to eat, then fill in the blanks with whatever I have in my well-stocked pantry when it comes time to make dinner. If you like to improvise when you cook, buying what looks good or is on sale at the store can save you money too. (Get quick dinner recipes that cost less than $3 a person.) Here are 5 foods I buy at the store when I don't feel like planning dinner, plus recipes to use them in.

    When you don't have a dinner plan, what go-to ingredients and recipes do you turn to?

    Ground beef-Dan and I both love a good burger. To switch things up a bit, I make Portobello & Beef Patty Melt (recipe follows). This diner classic gets a healthy makeover by replacing some of the ground beef with finely chopped portobello mushrooms, which add moisture and flavor. We like a smear of

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  • Lazy lasagna & more sneaky comfort-food shortcuts

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    I hail from a family of overachievers when it comes to lasagna. My sister makes her own fresh pasta and homemade sauce before assembling the actual casserole. It literally takes her all day-and the results are truly amazing-but for the rest of us normal people, that kind of dedication to a single meal is simply not realistic. Even without the special sauce and fresh noodles, lasagna can be pretty time-consuming, especially when all you have time for is a quick weeknight dinner after work.

    But if you could have lasagna in a snap any night of the week, wouldn't you? That's why this recipe for Inside-Out Lasagna (see below) is so genius: it's got all the lasagna elements-ricotta cheese, pasta and tomatoes-and skips the layering and long baking time to make a super-quick and satisfying meal in no time. Forget 2 hours: this meal is ready in

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  • 1 food that can help you sleep—and 5 that might not

    Since I've become a mom, it's a challenge for me to get enough sleep. It's become harder for me to fall asleep because I'm thinking about work, the baby, all the stuff that needs to be done around the house, what to make for dinner the next night...and the list goes on. (At least I've got a handle on the dinner thing-I either make one of these cheap, 30-minute dinner recipes or make a super-easy meal in my slow cooker.)

    I'm not OK with getting less than the recommended 8 to 9 hours per night, since sleep is so important to my health and my figure (research links weight gain with sleep loss). (Find 5 foods that do the weight-loss work for you here.)

    So in the interest of giving myself the best chance for a good night's sleep (especially with the spring time change), I took a look at advice from EatingWell Nutrition Advisory Board member Dr. Rachel Johnson on which foods and drinks can help promote better sleep. Here's what the research says:

    Carbohydrate-Rich Dinners

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  • How slowly are you SUPPOSED to be eating? (Find out for the easiest weight loss ever)

    I'm one of those people who lives to eat. I'm also a fast eater, or so I've been told. Put those together and that's a recipe for overeating. (The next time you eat too much, try one of these 3 antidotes to overeating.)

    It's wishful to think that I'll become someone who eats only to live, but surely eating slower would be wise. But how slowly should I be eating?

    You can save 70 calories by eating over about half an hour versus in under 10 minutes (my usual!), according to a University of Rhode Island study. This is because it takes your body 20 minutes to register fullness! If you ate slower at every meal, that would translate into losing about two pounds a month.

    (Are you obsessed with food? Take this quiz.)

    I don't expect to transform into a slow(er) eater overnight, so here are some other tricks that I've picked up to slim down:

    1. Use a smaller plate: As serving sizes have increased, so have plate sizes-and seeing appropriately sized portions swimming on a

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  • Hearty Irish Eats for St. Patrick’s Day

    I'm not Irish. Not even a little bit. Even though my green beer-guzzling days are behind me, I still get excited about St. Patrick's Day food. Now I pretend to be Irish in a more subdued manner, by cooking up a storm of Irish-centric meals the week of St. Patrick's Day. My Irish Lamb Stew (see the recipe below) hits my slow cooker early in the week, and I sop up the broth with the Irish soda bread I made over the weekend. I follow that with a couple of easy weeknight meals-sticking with my theme of course-so by the end of the week I'm about as Irish as I'm ever going to get.

    Here are a few of my favorite Irish-inspired recipes:

    Corned Beef Hash A comforting dish that we've given a more healthful profile.

    Oven-Fried Fish & Chips Fish and chips are traditionally sold wrapped in paper to soak up all the grease-not a good sign. To cut the calories in half and reduce the fat, we coat the delicate fish in a crispy cornflake crust and then bake it along with sliced potatoes.

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  • 5 super-delicious dinners from super-boring ingredients

    My husband had been doing more of the grocery shopping lately. While he loves fresh fruits and vegetables, let's just say that occasionally he buys some produce that is past its prime. I'd rather he not spend money on produce that's headed straight for the compost bin. (Find delicious dinner recipes for $3 or less in our Budget Recipe Collection.) There are a few fruits and vegetables we like to always have on hand for super-delicious dinners-broccoli, carrots, dark leafy greens, mangos and salad greens-so I typed up a few quick tips he can keep in his wallet for when he goes to the grocery store. Here they are, plus delicious recipes to use them in.

    What staple fruits and vegetables would you like shopping and storage tips for?

    Broccoli
    Look for: Sturdy, dark-green spears with tight buds and a high floret-to-stem ratio; there should be no yellowing.

    Store: Refrigerate in a plastic bag for up to 3 days.

    Make: Broccoli & Goat Cheese Soufflé (recipe below)-This

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