Although exercising will inevitably boost your mood, certain forms of sweating it out seem catered to specific moods. We've rounded up workouts to complement your different mental states, from road rage to a feeling of serenity. Tap through to see what type of exercise might just suit your mood.
We're always on the lookout for tips to make our healthy living goals easier. So whenever we interview a top expert on staying fit and eating healthy, we make sure to take what they say to heart. Read on for our favorite healthy advice we've received from celebrity trainers, nutritionists, and yogis this year!
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If you aren't familiar with lentils, then you should start working them into your cooking repertoire. They keep you full, provide a bunch of health benefits, and take about zero minutes to cook! The red and orange varieties are the quickest-cooking lentils, so they're the best ones for beginners to buy. If you're new to lentils or need to get dinner on the table ASAP, then try one of these three quick and easy recipes.
Lentil soup: This 15-minute lentil soup recipe from Martha Stewart is quick without sacrificing the flavor. The trick to the short timespan is to use precooked canned lentils. Start by cooking the vegetables in broth and adding lentils in the pot to warm.
Lentil curry: For a spicier lentil dish to serve over rice, try this red lentil curry recipe. Although it takes an average of 30 minutes to cook, most of that time is allowing the lentils to cook themselves. Need a quicker option? Try this easy recipe we found on SparkPeople. It only involves four ingredients, excluding the water, and can also be served over rice or on its own!
Cherry lentil salad: Lentils don't always have to be eaten hot. Here's a protein-rich yet light lentil salad recipe from Whole Foods. It involves pitted cherries, onions, and, of course, lentils. The recipe calls for green lentils, but you can opt for red if you need to speed up the process or happen to already have them in your cupboard.
We're in the final push of the holiday season, but there is still some celebrating to do — a few champagne toasts included! That being said, ring in 2013 on a healthy note with Giada De Laurentiis's favorite healthy indulgence: fruit-filled Bellinis. In an exclusive POPSUGAR interview, Laurentiis shared a few tips and tricks on how to enjoy this tasty treat during the most tempting time of the year.
The champagne- and fruit-filled Bellini, unlike most sugary cocktails, is a low-calorie option (only 78 calories per four-ounce serving), while fruit is filled with fiber and antioxidants. You can have the best of both worlds by blending a bag of frozen fruit with two tablespoons of sugar in a food processor, then adding a spoonful or two to a flute of champagne. If you are hosting guests, then consider making a Bellini bar with a a variety of fruit purees. Giada recommends raspberry, blueberry, and the classic mango. Finish off your party with light appetizers that aren't bread-heavy, like this spicy chipotle hummus dip served with veggies. Cheers!
The new year is almost here, so now's the time to start thinking not only about what your New Year's resolutions will be, but also about just how you're going to make sure you stick to them as the weeks go on. Here are some tips on how to plan ahead so you can stick with your fitness goals well beyond January!
End your year on a healthy note with a New Year's walk or run near you. Often referred to as resolution runs, many organizations and gyms host races that will not only give you a running start into the new year, but will also serve as motivation for moderation on New Year's Eve. Trade in your heels for a pair of kicks, and hit the streets — a short run may be just the thing to set you up for your best year yet!New Year's Eve Runs
New Year's Eve can be one of those holidays where plans and parties always seem last-minute or budget-breaking. Hit the town in a new way; sign up to race into 2013 with your friends. Some runs, like the 10th Annual Race Into the New Year 5K in Rehoboth Beach, DE, start early, setting you up for a healthy night. For those who want to ring in 2013 while running, consider a midnight run.
Races in Idaho Falls, ID; Castro Vally, CA; and Philadelphia, PA go well into the early morning and allow for festive attire and a glow stick or two. If you are anywhere near Brooklyn, NY, then beat the Times Square crowd and sign up for The Last Run of 2012 — Brooklyn's New Year's Eve 5K. With hot chocolate and fireworks, what more could you ask for?
New Year's Day Runs
If you need a little motivation to not go heavy on the punch bowl at your party, or just want a fun way to to put those resolutions to work, then sign up for one of the many New Year's Day runs around the country. Life Time Gym is devoting an entire day to a fresh start with Commitment Day, a series of 5K races in over 30 cities nationwide on Jan. 1.
Other wake-up runs are taking place in Surgoinsville, TN, and Salt Lake City, UT. For something really crazy, sign up for the Color My New Year Run in Oshkosh, WI. The New Year's Race in Los Angeles, CA, may not happen until Jan. 5, but the 5K or half-marathon will take you through the city streets at night!
To find more resolution runs near you, check out Active.com.
Cooler temperatures and the busy holiday season lay the cravings on heavy. While pasta certainly isn't an everyday food, for anyone looking for a little Winter comfort, each of these lightened-up pasta dishes will hit the spot.
It's almost time to ring in the new year, and we're thrilled to share what was in our sixth monthly POPSUGAR Must Have box. Your response over the past half-year has been overwhelming, and we can't wait to show you everything we put in our December box. Whether you're hosting a party of your own this year or getting ready to hit the town in your favorite sparkly dress, we have just what you need. Plus, it wouldn't be the holidays without a sweet treat and something to help warm you up. Happy holidays from the POPSUGAR Must Have team!
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