Are you a late-night snacker? While the myth that late-night eating is bad for your diet has been disproved, that doesn't mean that all snacks are created equal. The best late-night snacks are easy to digest — carbs are good, but not too much fiber, protein, or fat — so you don't lie awake from feeling too full. But if your late-night eating includes grilled cheese, ice cream, or gobs of peanut butter, here are a few healthier options for you. Make these ahead of time for quick snacking when the mood strikes!
There's nothing like a Summer workout outside when the weather's on your side, but unbearable heat and Summer storms can make outdoor exercise unbearable. And while there are many ways you can beat the heat — by welcoming a refreshing run in the rain, for example, or trading your regular run in the streets with a shaded tree-lined trail, sometimes it's just more convenient to forgo nature altogether in favor of a workout DVD at home or the always-predictable treadmill.
Tell us, when it comes to your Summer workout routine, where do you exercise the most?
Instead of sticking to your usual running routine this week, challenge your legs with a swim. Similar to running, swimming is an optimal cardio workout and an impact-friendly way to cross-train. A total-body workout, this intermediate swim includes sets geared specifically at your legs. Substitute it for one of your weekly runs, or use it to train for your next triathlon. It's a tough one, but your legs will thank you!Check out the workout after the break.
There’s nothing like the warm, fuzzy feeling you get when passing out gifts to the ones you love. Except maybe the incredible, thrilling rush that comes from scoring those gifts during the most invigorating shopping season of all!
This year, our friends at T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods are giving you more reasons than ever to celebrate your holiday shopping victories — by creating a series of fun and inspiring gifting “missions” that you can tackle weekly for a new chance to win!
Readers as well as our favorite lifestyle bloggers will be invited to participate in five missions across T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods stores, then simply share their experience via Twitter using the hashtag #TheGifter. Each week, one winner will be chosen to receive a $500 gift card! You can also visit #TheGifter holiday gifting hub to explore an ever-evolving gallery of amazing gifts at amazing values — check back often for fresh inspiration and fun ideas.
Make this holiday shopping season your most triumphant yet! The missions are already under way, so start making your gifting list, and click here for more details.
Baking calms the mind and feeds the soul, but all that buttery goodness can pack on the pounds. If looking to make healthier baked goods, omitting some or all of the butter from your favorite recipes greatly reduce the amount of calories, fat, and cholesterol in your sweet treats. There are countless ways to replace eggs in recipes, and here are healthier alternatives to using butter. These substitutes are great for vegan bakers too.
- Applesauce: Often used to replace oil in recipes, applesauce can also be used as butter alternative, and works best in cake-like recipes (like this Vegan Banana Apple Chunk Bread). Replace half the amount of butter in your recipe with applesauce; if the recipe calls for one cup of butter, use half a cup of butter and half a cup of applesauce. If you don't mind a denser, more moist bread, replace all the butter with applesauce to cut even more calories and fat.
- Avocado: Substitute half the amount of butter in a baking recipe with mashed avocado (it works well with cookies); use the same method as you would when using applesauce. Using avocado not only lowers the calorie content but also creates a softer, chewier baked good, and is perfect if you want to omit the dairy.
Keep reading for more healthy ways to replace butter in your baked goods.
Excess fat around the glutes, lower back, and abs all contribute to the muffin-top effect. Fight the appearance of bulge by strengthening and lengthening these muscles, helping to tighten the body along its sides. Prepare to twist, sweat, and feel the burn with this powerful sequence.
It was an action-packed week on POPSUGAR Girls' Guide! On Top That!, Tyler Oakley and Becca Frucht crowned their favorite celebrities with their custom high school yearbook superlatives, from biggest flirt to best hair and beyond — and hilarity ensued, as always. In the latest episode of Just Add Sugar with Brandi Milloy, we shared our take on the cronut, the mouthwatering doughnut-croissant hybrid that's sweeping the nation. We also debuted a new episode of The Sync Up with Veronica Belmont, taking you through all the hottest apps and gadgets you need to stay organized while on the go. Finally, Tess Christine taught us how to switch up your look from day to night in just a few steps in the latest episode of Get Ready With Me. Let us know what you thought of this week's episodes in the comments, and be sure to click the subscribe button below to never miss another episode!
If you're looking for a buff upper body, you need to try TRX. This form of suspension training takes body-weight exercises to a whole new level. We set up a TRX system on the roof of Equinox in West LA to teach you three arm and back exercises that will also kick your core into gear. Watch this video to learn more about how TRX works, and then try these moves at your gym.
If you're curious to learn more about TRX, read our interview with its creator, former Navy SEAL Randy Hetrick. He explains why TRX is good for endurance athletes, power lifters, and fitness newbies alike.
Winter outdoor workouts may require a lot of strategic layering, but Summer runs aren't all just fun in the sun either. Protect yourself from harmful rays by making sure you've layered up with this sun-protecting checklist for your next long outdoor workout.
- Sweat-wicking hat: For searing Summer days, you need a lightweight hat or visor that offers lots of shade without getting in your way. The Nike Featherlight tennis hat ($22) is adjustable and breathable so you won't overheat while you work out.
- Effective sunscreen: Whether you're out on a long run or bike ride, sunscreen that stays put while you sweat is important. If your outdoor workout is going to last longer than 30 minutes, make sure you apply sunscreen about 20 minutes before you make your way out the door. If your workout is going to be long, carry a sunscreen stick like the Environmental Working Group-approved TerraSport Face Stick SPF 28 ($10) and reapply every 1-2 hours. Learn more about how to pick a safe sunscreen here.
- Sport sunglasses: Your regular pair of sunglasses may block UV rays just as well, but if your workout is on the longer side you may want to invest in a pair of sport-specific sunglasses. These have details that you'll appreciate as you sweat through a hot-weather workout: nonslip nose pads, durable construction, and comfortable frames. Of course, look for lenses that block 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays; these Oakley Twentysix.2 sunglasses ($130) offer everything you need in sport sunglasses and have a stylish side too.
- UPF clothing: If you're fair-skinned or spending lots of time in high elevation or on the water, opting for UPF-rated workout clothes is a good idea. These clothes are rated based on how well they protect you from UV radiation; while all clothes provide some UV protection, clothes with a rating of UPF 15 or higher are constructed specifically to ensure they block many of these rays. Learn more about choosing UPF clothing here.