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  • Eat Healthy at the Beach

    Image By: Lee HarrelsonImage By: Lee HarrelsonSummer vacation eating can be filled with temptations so follow these simple strategies for eating healthy at the beach.

    By: Tammy Beasley, R.D.

    If you're heading to the beach this summer with family or friends, you can still keep your body swimsuit- and shorts-ready once you make it to the sand. Follow these simple strategies to stay healthy while still enjoying your summertime favorites.
    Related: Weight Loss Recipes and Tips

    1. Beware of drinking all of your calories. A pina colada or strawberry daiquiri (7 ounces) can contain over 500 calories and over 17 grams of fat. Drinks that are mixed with cream, milk, fruit juice or soda can pack more calories so take that into account when ordering.
    Related: Artificial Sweeteners and Weight Loss

    2. Budget your fats. If you know you want to order fried shrimp, strip the fat from your breakfast and lunch meals so you have room for extra fat in the evening. Just make sure you don't skip breakfast and lunch altogether.
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  • Airline-Friendly Snacks

    Instead of dashing through the airport looking for healthy snacks, make your own and tuck them into your carry-on.

    - By Anne Cain, M.S., RD., Senior Food Editor

    Pistachio Granola

    This crunchy treat boasts healthy fats and fiber to keep you feeling full. Snack on the granola by itself or purchase a carton of milk or yogurt once you make it through security for an energizing breakfast.

    Recipe: Pistachio Granola

    Mini Frittatas with Ham and Cheese

    These savory, bite-sized frittatas taste delicious both warm and at room temperature. Pack them in an insulated bag and keep them around when you need a high-protein mini-meal. Since these do have eggs and cheese, they're better suited for shorter flights.

    Recipe: Mini Frittatas with Ham and Cheese

    Healthful Fruit-and Nut Mix

    Throw together this combination of nuts and dried fruit as you race out the door. The combination of sweet fruit and salty nuts satisfies all of your cravings. Add a handful of dark chocolate chips for an

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  • Summer Food Survival Guide: Food Swaps, Synergies & Secret Sources

    Improve your health and give your body an extra boost of nutrients with these healthy eating strategies.
    - Holley Johnson Grainger, M.S., R.D.,

    Synergy, Swaps, & Secret Sources

    Summertime produce is packed with nutrients that offer protection against disease and contribute to general good health. And eating certain foods in specific combinations can actually double the disease-fighting potency. This is called food synergy, and when you combine it with other strategies such as finding the secret sources of nutrients and swapping unhealthy choices for healthy ones, your body will reap the benefits. Use these recipes and see how easy it is to swap, synergize, and find secret sources.

    Related: Summer's Best Ice Creams

    Randy Mayor; Melanie J. ClarkeRandy Mayor; Melanie J. ClarkeWhite Bean and Roasted Chicken Salad

    Pair 2 sources of zinc for maximum zinc absorption. Zinc helps to control your appetite, so you're less likely to overeat. Try this combination of chicken with white beans.

    Related: Top 10 Chicken Salad

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  • Healthy Cookout Menus

    Summertime barbecuing is healthy as can be when you use lean cuts of meat, top with light and flavorful sauces, and serve with good-for-you salads and veggies. - By Anne Cain, M.S., RD

    Pork Tenderloin with Spicy Guava Glaze
    Rubbing lean pork tenderloin with a fragrant spice mixture before grilling infuses flavor into the meat. Then, instead of a traditional barbecue sauce, brush the pork with a sweet glaze of guava paste, vinegar, and jalapeño pepper to add a tropical note to your barbecue. To carry out your island theme, serve the pork with rice and a mango salsa.

    Yield: 12 servings (serving size: 3 ounces pork)

    • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
    • 1 tablespoon chili powder
    • 1 tablespoon paprika
    • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
    • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 3 (1-pound) pork tenderloins, trimmed
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
    • 1/2 cup orange juice
    • 1/3 cup water
    • 1 tablespoon cider
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  • Perfect Potato Salad

    Pick your favorite potato salad from this collection of recipes featuring summer's most popular side dish.

    Warm Smoked-Trout Potato Salad

    Enjoy a small portion of this salad as a hearty side, or load up your plate for a filling main dish portion. Served warm or at room temperature, this potato salad features smoked trout highlighted with dry vermouth, fresh lemon juice, and a little horseradish.
    Recipe: Warm Smoked-Trout Potato Salad

    Savory Potato Salad

    The secret ingredient in this summer-ready side, lemon zest, adds a bright zip of flavor to the creamy Dijon-mayonnaise dressing.
    Recipe: Savory Potato Salad

    Creamy Red Potato Salad

    Serve a picnic-friendly side that's colorful, delicious, and clocks in at just under a dollar per serving.
    Recipe: Creamy Red Potato Salad

    Paul Revere Potato Salad

    You'll want to warn all your guests that this special side dish is coming. Update the traditional potato salad recipe by adding bay leaves, whole-grain mustard, and tarragon vinegarRead More »from Perfect Potato Salad
  • 7 Recipes to Make Before You Die

    Here are 15 classics that you should know how to make if you consider yourself an accomplished cook.

    Yeast Bread
    There's nothing more basic, yet more satisfying, than a loaf of homemade yeast bread. All the basic techniques of bread making are used in this recipe, so it's a good place to start if you are a beginning bread maker.

    Recipe: Simple White Bread

    Beef Tenderloin Steaks

    Knowing how to cook a great steak will always get you rave reviews in the kitchen. No grill required here-the steak is cooked on the stovetop. With this recipe you'll also use the technique of deglazing as you add liquids to the meat drippings to make the sauce. This classic combination of beef tenderloin, red wine sauce, and blue cheese is always entertaining-worthy.

    Recipe: Beef Tenderloin Steaks with Port Reduction and Blue Cheese

    Cream Pie

    Making a cream pie will earn you points in three cooking categories: pastry crusts, custard fillings, and meringues. Mastering any one of these

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  • Sexy Bikini Body Foods

    Add these healthy foods to your diet to lose weight and look hot in your itsy-bitsy bikini, short shorts, or mini skirt. - By Holley Grainger, MS, RD, Nutrition Editor,

    6 Foods for a Hot Bod
    Forget the latest tabloid diets and incorporate these six foods into your eating plan now for an ultra-desirable, beach-worthy bod. Each food group has an accompanying recipe to fill you up, keep you satisfied, and curb the need to cheat. Combined with a daily exercise routine, this sensible plan will help you lose pounds, get toned, and keep the weight off throughout the summer.

    Lean Protein
    New research is showing a strong link between weight loss and lean protein (fish, chicken, lean beef and pork, low-fat dairy, and eggs). In fact, it's being suggested that a reduced-calorie diet that's rich in lean protein, combined with a regular exercise routine, can help curb your desire to eat, build muscle mass, decrease fat mass, and increase metabolism.
    Recipe: Mediterranean Salmon

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  • Toast Cinco de Mayo with a Collection of Cocktails

    From Blue Margaritas to Lime-Chile Beer, liven up your fiesta with six new drinks. Salud!

    Cinco de Mayo
    Lime margaritas are not the only way to toast this important day. May 5th celebrates an important military victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla.(It's a common misconception that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico's Independence Day. That's September 16th.) Surprise your guests by serving these new recipes for delicious drinks with Mexican flavor. Salud!

    Start with Sangría
    Refreshing, fruity Sangría is a perfect choice for the wine drinkers at your gathering.
    Recipe: Sangría

    Last-Minute Sangría
    Guests on their way? Shortcut Sangría is a speedier version of the original recipe.
    Recipe: Shortcut Sangría

    Spice Up Your Beer
    Beer drinkers will love Lime-Chile Beer, a spicy twist on the traditional lime wedge in a beer bottle.
    Recipe: Lime-Chile Beer

    Mix Up Your Margaritas
    Sweet, juicy watermelon is the perfect complement to woody tequila in our Margarita de Sandia.

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  • Quick Taco Salad


    • 12 ounces ground round
    • 2 cups chopped yellow, red, or green bell pepper
    • 2 cups bottled salsa
    • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
    • 4 cups coarsely chopped romaine lettuce
    • 2 cups chopped plum tomato
    • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
    • 1 cup crumbled baked tortilla chips (about 12 chips)
    • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
    Related: Mexican Meals in Minutes

    Cook beef and bell pepper in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until beef is browned; stir to crumble. Add salsa; bring to a boil. Stir in cilantro; keep warm. Place 1 cup lettuce on each of 4 plates; top with 1 cup meat mixture. Sprinkle each serving with 1/2 cup tomato, 1/4 cup cheese, 1/4 cup chips, and 1 tablespoon onions.
    Related: Must-Have Margaritas

    Nutritional Information Calories:332 (30% from fat) Fat:11.1g (sat 4.8g,mono 3.5g,poly 0.9g) Protein:32g Carbohydrate:28.5g Fiber:6.3g Cholesterol:68mg Iron:5.6mg Sodium:908mg Calcium:348mg

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  • Top 10 Food Trends of the Decade

    Discover which trends topped the list for the editors at, and find out how you can get on the foodie bandwagon from the comfort of your own kitchen.

    Beau GustafsonBeau GustafsonSushi
    Sushi lovers always draw you in with that first California roll, don't they? Then it's on to crunchy shrimp and philly rolls, then nigiri and maki before you can say "edamame". If you'd like to get your sushi roll on at home, check out this great party idea and our guide to sustainable sushi.
    Related: 5 Asian Noodle Dishes

    Randy MayorRandy MayorBacon

    Few things in this world can tempt someone out of bed on a lazy Sunday morning more than the smell of bacon frying. Bacon is delicious with breakfast, chopped and spinkled on a salad, slapped on top of a burger, and wrapped around grilled seafood. It's also started finding its way into unique gourmet items, like Baconnaise and Mo's Bacon Chocolate. Expand your bacon horizons and check out our 7 Ways with Bacon.


    What's not to love about cupcakes? You can decorate them

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