Blog Posts by The Editors of EatingWell Magazine

  • Give Your Fridge Some Love! 6 Trouble Spots to Target

    Give Your Fridge Some Love! 6 Trouble Spots to TargetBy Gretel H. Schueller, Contributing Writer for EatingWell

    Think you know it all when it comes to the hardest-working appliance in your kitchen? Exposed to spills, smells and overloading, fridges don't often get much appreciation. Most Americans only clean their refrigerators once or twice a year. Yet a clean, organized fridge helps keep food fresh for longer, reduces food waste and minimizes the threat of food contamination. Take a few minutes to spring clean your fridge this month and make sure to address these 6 trouble spots.

    Don't Miss: 5 Risky Refrigerator Mistakes You're Probably Making

    1. Blast Odors Naturally
    The best way to prevent odors is to regularly clean shelves and to store leftovers in airtight containers. In fact, food should always be covered to keep it from drying out and absorbing odors. To clean and fight smells in one go: Wipe the fridge interior with a mix of 2 tablespoons baking soda and 1 quart hot water. Rinse with a damp cloth, then dry with a clean towel.

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  • Sips of Spring: 7 Fresh Juices Packed with Produce

    Sips of Spring: 7 Fresh Juices Packed with ProduceBy Breana Lai, M.P.H., R.D., Associate Food Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    Excited to start making your own healthy, fresh juice at home? We've created the 7-day juice plan below to be a start to harnessing your juicing enthusiasm! (Note: This is not a juice fast- these juices are meant to be consumed in addition to regular meals and snacks, not as a meal replacement.) You'll find tips and recipes to help you get started juicing or, if you're already a home-juicing enthusiast, to give you new ideas for your juicer, a shopping list, how-to-juice tips, juicer-buying advice and method for how to juice with a blender. Each of our 7 healthy homemade juice recipes provides about a quarter of the average daily recommended fruit and vegetables per glass (5 ½ cups for a 2,000-calorie diet). Several studies show that adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet can improve your mental health and sense of well-being, yet most of us don't get enough. While smoothies generally contain more

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  • 3 New Reasons to Drink Coffee

    3 New Reasons to Drink CoffeeBy the Editors of EatingWell Magazine

    Go ahead, brew and pour. Previous studies have shown coffee can lower your risk of diabetes, liver cancer, Alzheimer's and skin cancer.And as contributor Emily Rogan wrote about In the new issue of EatingWell Magazine, here are 3 new reasons to drink your coffee and feel good about it.

    1. Boost Your Blood Flow
    A new study presented at an American Heart Association meeting found that young adults who drank a cup of caffeinated coffee boosted their blood flow compared to when they drank decaf. Researchers looked at blood flow in the finger, which indicates how well the body's smallest blood vessels particularly, the inner linings of these blood vessels work. Studies have linked poor function of this lining to an increased risk of heart attack, heart disease and stroke. The researchers suspect that caffeine opens up blood vessels and has anti-inflammatory properties.

    2. Improve Your Outlook
    Researchers at the Harvard School of Public

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  • Should I Try the Fast Diet for Weight Loss?

    Should I Try The Fast Diet For Weight Loss?By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., Nutrition Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    I was recently asked by a reader if she should try The FastDiet to lose weight? Don't be fooled by the book title. The FastDiet (Atria, 2013), by Dr. Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer, doesn't call for a total fast--or eating quickly. Also known as the 5:2 diet, it has you adopt a lifelong pattern of fasting two days a week and being "gloriously free from calorie counting" for five days. On those two fasting days, you can eat 500 or 600 calories--for women and men, respectively.

    The promise is steady weight loss (about a pound per week). And in theory you don't pig out on your eat-what-you-want days because your stomach shrinks and can't handle large volumes of food. The added benefit is better health. The science supporting fasting is growing: research findings from lab animals suggest intermittent fasting may lower your risk of cancer, delay the onset of dementia and Alzheimer's and improve your body's

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  • 3 Awesome Healthy Pasta Sauces (and Tips to Pick a Good Jar)

    3 Awesome Healthy Pasta Sauces (and Tips to Pick a Good Jar)Lisa D'Agrosa, M.S., R.D., Associate Nutrition Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    It's hard to beat the ease of opening a jar (unless, of course, it's screwed on super-tight) to help bring pasta night together in a flash. Different flavors by the same brand can have very different ingredients and nutrition stats, so check the labels even when choosing between almost identical-looking sauces. And when it comes to buying a healthy sauce, you get what you pay for. The premium brands ($7-9) we tested had cleaner ingredient lists and tasted better than the $3-4 sauces. To find a sauce that's good for you, here's what you need to know.

    1. Calorie counts
    Who knew something that's predominantly tomatoes could vary so greatly? Sauces on the shelf have anywhere from 40 to 110 calories per ½-cup serving, depending on how much oil is added and how thick the sauce is.

    2. Watch the salt
    Many sauces clock in at 500 mg or more per ½-cup serving (about 20% of your daily limit).

    3. Not too

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  • How to Make Your Own Homemade Yogurt

    How to Make Your Own Homemade YogurtBy Breana Lai, M.P.H., R.D., Associate Food Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    There are plenty of good reasons why yogurt sales have increased by 40 percent over the past five years. High in protein and calcium, and a probiotic powerhouse (if it's got the live and active cultures label), yogurt is a magnificent food. Not only is yogurt simply delicious alone as a healthy snack or breakfast, it's also an extremely versatile cooking ingredient. It works as a lower-calorie and lower-saturated-fat replacement for cream, mayo, oil and sour cream in many recipes.

    With so many varieties available in the store, I never thought I would make yogurt at home. But after trying it out it in the Test Kitchen, I'm a homemade-yogurt convert! Making yogurt at home is actually really easy. The best part: you save money and you can control the flavor, thickness and quality. Plus, if you want, you can strain it to make Greek-style yogurt. Now that's personalized yogurt!

    To make your own yogurt, you'll need 4

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  • Your Day in Sodium

    Your Day in SodiumBy Karen Ansel, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., contributor for EatingWell Magazine

    Most of us eat about 3,400 milligrams of sodium a day. Downsizing our sodium intake to 1,500 milligrams daily would have major health benefits, slashing 16 million of the nation's 68 million cases of hypertension and saving $26 billion health care dollars, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Even if most Americans were interested in eating less sodium, whittling our intake down seems like a nearly impossible task. That's because sodium saturates our food supply, occurring naturally in many foods but also lurking in foods that don't even taste salty. Even the healthiest diets pack stealth sodium: this day delivers about 4,000 milligrams. With a few easy swaps, you can slash that number to 1,500 milligrams or less.

    Don't Miss: How Much Sodium Do You Need?

    1. Breakfast
    You start your day with a serving of bran flakes with raisins and skim milk.
    Your sodium: 262 mg
    Lighten it: Even

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  • How Much Sodium Do You Need?

    How Much Sodium Do You Need?By Karen Ansel, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., contributor for EatingWell Magazine

    We crave it. We love it. It's not surprising why: salt makes food taste delectable. It helps keep food fresh and safe from spoilage. We also need salt. We literally can't survive without sodium. Salt (a.k.a. sodium chloride) is our chief supply of this mineral, which helps our muscles contract, sends nerve impulses throughout our bodies and regulates fluid balance so we don't become dehydrated.

    But for more than four decades, health authorities have urged us to consume less salt. That's because salt is roughly 40 percent sodium and too much of it can elevate blood pressure. In your body, sodium acts like a magnet for water, pulling fluid into your bloodstream. That excess liquid increases the pressure in your blood vessels and over time can damage their linings, potentially causing blood clots to form. Once those blood clots develop, they can eventually cause blockages that can lead to a heart attack or

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  • Top 10 Sources of Sodium in Food

    Top 10 Sources of Sodium in FoodBy Karen Ansel, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., contributor for EatingWell Magazine

    These 10 foods dish up 40 percent of Americans' sodium, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Don't banish them altogether, just shop smart and compare brands for the lowest sodium option.

    Don't Miss: How Much Sodium Do You Need?

    1. Bread
    Bread itself isn't exceptionally high in sodium. A slice contains anywhere from 50 to 230 milligrams. But collectively we eat so much of it that the milligrams add up.

    2. Deli Meats
    Not only is salt added for flavor, but so are sodium-laden preservatives, such as sodium nitrate, to lock in moisture and improve color.

    3. Pizza
    The trifecta of dough, cheese and tomato sauce make this American favorite a top source of sodium. And that's before salty toppings like pepperoni or sausage.

    4. Chicken Dishes
    Whether homemade, store-bought or packaged, it's what's added to the chicken dishes that makes them sodium-heavy. Plus, some raw

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  • 5 Not-So-Obvious Diet Mistakes Everyone Makes

    5 Not-So-Obvious Diet Mistakes Everyone MakesBy the Editors of EatingWell Magazine

    When it comes to watching your waistline, you know it's important to control your portion sizes, cut back on calories and eat more fruits and veggies. But are some of your other habits hindering your efforts? Watch out for these 5 trip-ups that contributor Karen Asp wrote about in the March/April 2014 issue of EatingWell Magazine.

    1. Eating Out Once a Week
    Restaurant meals typically deliver more calories than homemade ones. And dining out even just once a week could hinder your slim-down efforts. Women who ate lunch out at least once a week lost an average of five pounds less over the course of a year than those who ate out less frequently, according to a study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (Eating breakfast and dinner out, by the way, had a similar effect.) Although researchers can't say that dining out definitively caused weight gain, knowing how many calories you're getting "can be more challenging when you

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