EatingWell April 2021

What's for dinner? Is it healthy? Is it easy? If you ask these questions, Eating Well is for you. The magazine "Where Good Taste Meets Good Health," Eating Well delivers the information and inspiration you need to make healthy eating a way of life with great, easy recipes (most take 45 minutes or less), the latest nutrition science, gorgeous photos and crisp, evocative prose.

United States
Meredith Operations Corporation
10 Issues

in this issue

3 min
innovation at work

This issue features stories focused on what’s next in food—so naturally, I’ve been thinking about innovations. It has me feeling lucky to live in Charlotte, the Vermont town (population 3,754) where EatingWell was founded, because it gives me a front-row seat to some cool developments. Thanks to a history of conservation, there’s plenty of active farmland here, but what’s growing on it is changing. As in much of New England, the dairy industry—which had dominated this area for more than 150 years—has experienced a massive collapse in the last decade. Although there are still a few dairies hanging on in Charlotte, the array of offerings grown and produced here has ballooned to include all sorts of goodies you might not have found just 20 years ago. We have several diversified operations…

2 min
what’s trending on

1 Brunch Around the World Taste our favorite global recipes. Think: shakshuka (above), idli, congee, chilaquiles, quiche, miso soup and much more. 2 Sodium Swaps Fresh herbs, flavorful spices and other smart add-ins go a long way toward punching up dishes sans salt. Steal our tricks, plus learn how curbing sodium can help your health. 3 30-Day Sustainable Eating Challenge Green up mealtime with recipes featuring better-for-the-planet proteins and ideas for reducing food waste. WE ASKED YOU: If you could invent a kitchen appliance of the future, what would it do? Empty the dishwasher and put the dishes away, à la “Rosie” from The Jetsons! —ladyface2354 Something to figure out the recipe to “I don’t know” or “I don’t care” when I ask my family what they feel like for dinner!! —jahnineblosser De-stem, remove seeds and…

2 min
bee the change

Here’s What the Buzz Is All About When people find out what Elaine Evans, Ph.D., does for a living, they inevitably ask, “How are the bees doing?” As an extension educator and researcher at the University of Minnesota’s Bee Lab, her job is to not only protect these pollinators, but to galvanize the general public to pitch in, as well. Statistics show that one out of every three bumble bee species is in decline. Honey bees, too: last year, U.S. beekeepers saw 44% of their colonies die off—due to climate change, habitat loss and infectious pathogens—the second highest colony mortality since 2010. The good news, Evans says, is that anyone can pitch in to save the bees by simply snapping and sharing a photo. Crowdsourcing efforts known as citizen science programs have…

2 min
breathe easier

More than 25 million Americans have asthma, a chronic inflammatory condition in the airways that can cause wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath. Symptoms can be triggered by a host of things, like pollen, changes in the weather or airborne irritants like smoke or dust. And while medication is often the front-line way of managing asthma (along with avoiding suspected culprits, when possible), new research is discovering that healthy lifestyle choices, including the habits here, can help too. Fuel with Flavonoids People with asthma have inflamed airways, making them more sensitive to outside irritants. But antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies may quell that inflammation and ease symptoms, according to a review published in the journal Nutrients. The researchers found that eating produce was associated with less wheezing and lower overall asthma severity. Additional research…

2 min
walk this way

Ever since I started Nordic walking on the paved trails where I live in Indiana, I’ve drawn a lot of attention to myself. People comment on the poles I use, shouting funny things like “Where’s the snow?” or “Are you asphalt skiing?” I honestly don’t mind. It’s a chance for me to rave about the health benefits of the sport. (And little do they know: I’ve competed in Nordic walking for almost a decade, snagging six world championships and six world records. Two still stand.) The quirky-looking activity is common in parts of Europe, where it started off as dry-land training for cross-country skiers and then became a favorite mainstream form of exercise. As with cross-country skiing, you use specially designed poles to propel yourself forward. Nordic walking poles are shorter…

3 min
the problem with compostables

There’s no doubt that plastic poses a significant problem for our planet. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, only 8.5% of plastic gets recycled. The remainder, over half of which is single-use products like packaging and takeout containers, ends up in landfills (or, worse, littering streets, parks and oceans), releasing greenhouse gases and pollutants as it very slowly breaks down. This has spurred demand for alternative single-use items made from plant materials, such as corn or sugar cane, that can be composted instead. Comparing Carbon Footprints Composting food scraps and other organic waste returns nutrients to the soil and reduces methane emissions from landfills. But research doesn’t paint such a rosy picture for compostable products. A 2020 review published in Environmental Science & Technology compared the environmental harm across the entire…