Craving something decadent, are you? Most truly scrumptious treats are off limits if you follow a vegan diet, since they tend to be made with butter, milk, and eggs. But this recipe is completely dairy- and egg-free. It pairs two complementary flavors together, complete with a satisfying crunch, all for under 200 calories per serving. They're a cinch to whip up and make a delicious after-dinner treat that's surprisingly low in sugar and also offers some fiber and protein. "Good for you" never tasted so good.
You can do anything for a minute! Equinox trainer Lauren Fairbanks shared this nugget of inspiration with me during a recent treadmill workout, which features 60-second bursts of speed. During the run, the pace for intervals keeps increasing until you get close to hitting a seven-minute mile — but only for a minute. With this quick-paced workout, you will likely not feel fully recovered before you start your next interval, but this will only make you a stronger runner. Lauren says, "You should feel pretty tired, or better yet, have a runner's high, after finishing."
Time flies when you're running fast; there's not a chance you'll get bored with this workout. Ready to put Lauren's one-minute mantra to the test? Check out the workout when you read more.
If you were to stop and go through the quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies weighing down your purse or cluttering up your car cup holder, how much do you think you'd collect? $10? $25? Well, according to the experts at Coinstar, the average amount cashed in for eCertificates and/or gift cards at their coin kiosks is a whopping $56 — twice as much as people think they have. Talk about a nice, unexpected chunk of change as we head into the holiday season (especially since so many of us go over budget on holiday shopping!).
Our advice to you: make every coin count! Take a few minutes to grab all the spare change "jingle-belling" in your purses, pockets, car, and desk drawers, then hit your local Coinstar kiosk, where you can turn the contents of your coin jar into cash or no-fee eCertificates from popular brands, including Amazon, iTunes, Gap, and Starbucks. Click here to find the Coinstar kiosk closest to you.
Now that you know there might be more change lying around than you think, what would you do with those extra pennies this holiday?
This award season, Jennifer Lawrence continues to shine on the red carpet. With multiple award shows — and time zones — now under her belt, it's a wonder that the starlet remains looking so fresh-faced and poised. To find out how Jennifer is staying healthy amid the award-show circuit, we went straight to her trainer Dalton Wong.
- Hydrate the right way: Late nights, Champagne toasts, and indulgent meals can leave even the most glamorous Hollywood stars looking a little tired. "Staying hydrated is vital and so important for training and also looking good on the red carpet," says Dalton. The trainer says that Jennifer starts each day with warm water with lemon, and continues to sip on water with added liquid chlorophyll to help keep her body balanced. To keep Jennifer from looking bloated in those body-hugging gowns, Dalton recommends that she drink peppermint tea. Toget in those quality Zs, Jennifer ends the night with a cup of soothing chamomile.
- Travel cures: "Flying across different time zones can really make you hold onto excess water," says Dalton. To ensure Jennifer never looks puffy, she drinks dandelion tea to help reduce water retention, and eats asparagus, a natural diuretic. Dalton also advised Jennifer to take a warm epsom-salt bath the night before a big event. Many believe that epsom salts helps to draw out toxins from the body and also soothe tired muscles.
- Posture makes perfect: Standing up tall is so important when you're on the red carpet. "By improving posture, you get an instant 'feel-good factor.' It also makes you look thinner," says Dalton. The trainer has worked closely with Jennifer on exercises and stretches to help improve her posture and says that "shoulders back, chest up, and tummy slight drawn in equals an instant boob lift plus tummy flattener."
— Additional reporting by Zelana Montminy
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I was no stranger to the freshman 15 in college — in fact, I experienced something closer to the freshman 30. It wasn't until I saw a photo of myself heading into my sophomore year that I realized I was carrying quite a few extra pounds and that it was time to do something about it. It took me a very long time to lose the weight (we're talking not until after graduation), all because I thought I knew what I was doing. Boy, was I wrong. Here are four things I wish I'd known at the start of my weight-loss journey.
You Can't Eat Peanut Butter Out of the Jar
While peanut butter is full of heart-healthy fats, it's not void of calories — one tablespoon contains 105. I found myself spooning it straight out of the jar, wondering why my jeans weren't any looser. This is important to remember with all healthy foods: just because they aren't considered junky, doesn't mean you can eat as much as you want. Be aware of portion sizes when it comes to whole grains, nuts, seeds, and health food store snacks.
Keep reading to find out what else I wish I had known about weight loss.
There are those who have their healthy routine down: they work out daily, drink enough water, eat well, and make sure to schedule enough downtime to relax and rejuvenate (and indulge!).
But living a healthy lifestyle through and through takes time and effort. It can be easy to turn one day of skipping a workout into a two-week date with your couch, or to be unable to resist the treats in your pantry. We all have parts of our healthy routine that are harder to stick with than others (I have a few to choose from, but I'd say my biggest neglect is drinking enough water). What about you? What part of your healthy routine do you find the hardest?
Jennifer Lawrence and Naomi Watts have been busy this award season, and both have been stunning on the red carpet. We talked to Jennifer's trainer, Dalton Wong, and Naomi's trainer, Simone De La Rue, about how they keep their clients in tip-top shape. Watch the video to learn how these two best actress nominees stay red-carpet ready.
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