Versatile and nutrient-rich spaghetti squash lays the base to this recipe, while broccoli adds even more vitamin A to this Fall recipe. The best part of all? The mix of lower-fat cheeses that results in a dreamy, rich-tasting sauce you can enjoy sans guilt. Keep reading to get this delicious, comforting recipe.
- "Timber" — Pitbull, Ke$ha
- "Roar" — Katy Perry
- "Safe and Sound" — Capital Cities
- "Blurred Lines" — Robin Thicke, T.I., Pharrell
- "Pompeii" — Bastille
- "Work B**ch" — Britney Spears
- "Demons (Remix)" — Imagine Dragons
- "Best Song Ever" — One Direction
- "The Monster" — Eminem, Rihanna
- "White Noise" — Disclosure, AlunaGeorge
- "Don't Save Me" — Haim
- "Get Lucky" — Daft Punk, Pharrell
- "Slow Down" — Selena Gomez
- "Under Control" — Calvin Harris, Alesso, Hurts
- "Wake Me Up" — Avicii
- "Mirrors" — Justin Timberlake
- "Burn" — Ellie Goulding
- "Wild" — Jessie J, Big Sean
- "Applause" — Lady Gaga
- "Can't Hold Us" — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
- "I Love It" — Icona Pop
- "We Can't Stop" — Miley Cyrus
If this mix isn't your style, then check out all our workout playlists here to find something that suits your needs and taste.
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With a calendar full of holiday parties in December, it's easy to fall off your healthy wagon — and have a hard time climbing back on board! Who better to talk to about staying on track than The Biggest Loser trainer and fitness guru Jillian Michaels?
Jillian, who recently announced her partnership with Curves that kicks off in 2014, chatted with us about how she strategizes with clients to keep them on track during the holidays.
Don't resign yourself to indulging all month long! Jillian suggests picking "several days to indulge" — instead of the entire month. Plan in advance and know when you'll be taking part in celebratory meals and goodies. Once you have those dates mapped out, Jillian says "be sure to work out that day" so you have the calories to spare on holiday treats. Another holiday tip from the weight-loss guru: bring your own healthy dish to a party. Jillian says "that way you know there will be at least one healthy item to enjoy!"
Jillian's mantra when it comes to special holiday meals? "Moderation is key." If there are certain foods you just can’t omit from your holiday menu, prepare them, but always remember to eat with moderation in mind. We were also surprised to learn that Jillian doesn't believe in the word "cheat." Instead, she says "there are foods that are higher in calories than others, and I consume them in moderation." Jillian allows "20 percent of her daily calories" to come from foods that are less healthy like a sweet treat or the occasional cocktail.
Keep It Clean
While she allows space in her diet for less healthy food, Jillian doesn't take the word "food" lightly. She says that natural sources of sugar and fat are OK in moderation, but "fake sugars, fats, [food dyes], and flavors are never OK. They are not food." She's adamant about steering clear of these "fake foods" because she feels our bodies do not know how to process them, which "not only results in obesity but in disease." Jillian insists to "avoid those foods at all costs!"
I spent a good portion of the year sweating it out in my living room, (upsetting my downstairs neighbors) testing the hottest DVDs on the market. Here are the five standouts from 2013 that have earned a permanent space in my home workout collection.
Tracy Anderson Dance + Cardio
The reason celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Shakira, and Kirsten Dunst are hooked to the Tracy Anderson Method? The program delivers real results. Even if you can't attend class at her Brentwood studio, bring Tracy to your living room in her Tracy Anderson: Dance + Cardio DVD ($15). Tracy "performs" solo, offering two 30-minute dance routines that tone your entire body and get your heart pumping. For those self-proclaimed as having two left feet, this DVD is doable but will definitely keep you on your toes. If you're really concerned about keeping up, invest in Tracy's Method for Beginners DVD ($15) that makes sure you have every move mastered.
The Biggest Loser: Six-Week Cardio Crush
There are so many reasons I'm a fan of The Biggest Loser: 6-Week Cardio Crush DVD ($15) — OK, I'll be frank, Bob and Dolvett are two big reasons I love this pick. Effective and fast-paced, this six-week program offers three engaging workouts that build in intensity, plus a warmup and cooldown program to make sure your muscles get all the attention they deserve. Anyone who's a fan of The Biggest Loser — or is looking to transform their body in 2014 — will benefit from this DVD.
Sexy Abs Cardio Sculpt
Jeanette Jenkins is one of our favorite celebrity trainers, and we've been loving her new DVD Sexy Abs Cardio Sculpt ($10, originally $20). Featuring The X Factor judge Kelly Rowland, this 60-minute workout DVD combines different fitness methods like kickboxing, weight training, yoga, and even ballet, with Jeanette's signature moves that whip her clients into shape. For more info, check out our interview with Jeanette and Kelly where they discuss this project and share great healthy tips!
Doonya Bollywood Workout
This year, Bollywood-style dance workouts caught on for good reason, and The Doonya Bollywood Workout ($33 for three DVDs) is one of the most fun series I've worked out with to date. The Doonya Workout is a three-part series consisting of: separate beginner breakdown; cardio dance and conditioning; and abs, glutes, and cardio DVDs. Quality instruction keeps you connected to your workout from start to finish, and the two Doonya instructors, Kajal and Priya, serve as the perfect ambassadors for this high-energy cardio craze. Their infectious smiles and positive energy transcend the screen, helping you stay motivated as you feel the serious burn.
Jillian Michaels Yoga Inferno
Jillian Michaels promises, and certainly delivers, two intense workouts in her most recent offering of 2013: Jillian Michaels Yoga Inferno ($15). Yoga and Jillian seem like incongruent concepts, but surprisingly, the Jillian Michaels brand of no-nonsense motivation translates well to these two challenging and creative 30-minute sequences. This DVD somehow manages to toe the line in order to find that perfect sweet spot for an effective and quick yoga-inspired workout that mixes things up.
Just because running isn't a gear-heavy sport, doesn't mean the runner in your life won't appreciate a few gifts to inspire her training, lift her spirits when the going gets tough, and celebrate her big finishes. Here are some great ideas for the women on the run in your life.
— Additional reporting by Leta Shy
If you only have a short window to spare for a midday workout, try this challenging 20-minute treadmill routine. Beyond switching up the speed every two minutes, you'll also be changing the incline, which challenges the body to work even harder. Even after this short cardio session, you'll feel light, energized, and ready to power through the rest of your day. Keep reading for the 20-minute plan.
"Stay hydrated" is one of my most-loved health mantras, and a functional water bottle is a great gift for nearly everyone on your holiday shopping list. Whether you're perusing presents for a fitness buff, a friend looking to improve their health in 2014, or anyone who loves a good pop of color, click through all these options, and start checking friends and family off your list.
Ideally, there would always be time to cook a fresh, balanced supper every night, but life doesn't always work that way. Steer clear of dialing for overpriced, overindulgent takeout on busy evenings, and keep a handful of frozen dinners tucked away in your freezer for the nights you really need them. Check out this video to see the three light and tasty options I always have on hand.
If you're trying to get a friend or relative to hop on board the healthy train, you want to be sure not to overstep your boundary and give a gift that could potentially offend. A fitness DVD titled Cardio For the Overweight will definitely send the message that you think they need to lose weight — not exactly spreading holiday cheer, are we?
You just want to offer a healthy gift in a way that's thoughtful, sensitive, and effective. Here are some picks that are sure to inspire a healthy lifestyle without offending the receiver.
Curious if you should be working out when you're dealing with a bug? We spoke to endurance athlete and family physician and Dr. Cathleen London, M.D. about the advice she offers clients when they ask the same question. The rule that Dr. London sticks by is: "neck and up!"
If your symptoms are in your head, nose, or throat — and you're feeling up to it — it's fine to work out. If it's below your neck (or in your chest), Dr. London says to dial it back. This is the time when you've really got to rest. Working out with a chest cold is "asking for trouble," since it can exaggerate your pesky symptoms and prolong your bug. Dr. London is a big believer in listening to your body and giving yourself the time and space to heal, even when it's "frustrating as all hell!" You'll thank your future self, since taking it easy is the only way you'll feel better, sooner.
Dr. London also shared a few of the habits that she sees in people who manage through cold and flu season unscathed. The mainstays are plenty of rest, a healthy diet full of antioxidants, and staying hydrated in cooler temperatures, but she says that exercise is also a big factor.
Besides keeper you saner through the holidays, exercise supports your immune system because it reduces stress. While stress wreaks havoc on your mind, it can can also wreak havoc on your immune system. When the levels of the stress hormone cortisol are heightened, it leaves you immunocompromised. Working out regularly keeps your cortisol levels in check — and keeps you healthier and happier!
When she's not making us crack up from her crazy and clever produce-laden get-ups on Instagram, chef Laura Miller is busy creating recipes that are "Raw. Vegan. Not Gross." on her popular site, Sidesaddle Kitchen. We chatted with Laura to get the inside scoop on the healthy presents she's coveting and planning on gifting this holiday season.
The Ultimate Smoothie Sipper
Green-shake junkies in your life will love the Glass Dharma Beautiful Bends Glass Drinking Straw ($9). Laura calls this glass straw "the perfect solution" to your friend or family member who is always has "permanent green mustache" or is stocking up on single-use plastic straws. One of these glass beauties is an ideal stocking stuffer; Laura swears that "they [somehow] make everything taste better!"
Bright Knit BeanieLaura is "pretty obsessed with hats," especially those that are unique and come in bright colors. She'd love to give or receive this Bright Coney Hat ($60) from designer Annie Larson this year. Laura's a big fan of all her quality knitted goods.
The Tool That Turns Veggies to Spaghetti
As a raw- and vegan-cooking guru, Laura relies heavily on her vertical veggie slicer ($37, originally $60), calling it "the most amazing kitchen gadget!" She uses this appliance to turn zucchinis, sweet potatoes, or even beets into perfect uniform noodles. Laura is hooked, and she'd like to get one for everyone on her list this year.
The Best Day PackFor loved ones who want to head out for a hike, Laura suggests gifting an Alite Designs Ochiba Pack ($68, originally $105) for all their outdoor adventures. This colorful pack is waterproof, has an contrasting interior color to help you stay organized, and — Laura's favorite part — even has a place for a bike light.
A Fun, Fruity Phone Cover
Laura recognizes that this Watermelon Print iPhone skin ($15) is a little "off season," but she likes the idea of looking to this cheery case on a dreary Winter day.
Pretty Leash For a PupIf you follow Sidesaddle Kitchen on Instagram, you know that Laura has got one cute pup at home! She uses this Chaco Dog Leash ($15, originally $20) for "runs on the beach with my mutt." She will be buying one for all "her dog friends" this year.
Make More Use of Mason JarsWith a cupboard full of mason jars, Laura has found that a Cuppow Mason Jar Adapter ($8) makes her canning collection even more practical. When you're on the go, this BPA-free container fits snuggly on the mouth of your favorite mason jar to separate hummus from sliced veggies or dressing apart from a fresh salad. These little adapters keep things organized (and safe from a spill) in your purse or gym bag.
A Retro (and Indestructible) CoolerWhile semiutilitarian in design, we agree with Laura that this Stanley Thermos-Cooler Combo ($75) has got a "rugged, old-school" vibe to it. Yes, it's a little pricey; but this cooler promises to stay together even if you run it over with a truck or drop it down from a three-story building. According to Laura, this makes it "her kind of lunch box."
December is a month rife with temptations. Holding steady through the holidays and maintaining your weight is certainly admirable — especially when factoring in that you have less time to exercise and more events to attend. Play it smart, and avoid these common mistakes fit folks tend to make around Christmas and New Year's.
Feeling under the weather? One of the most important things to do when you're sick is to replenish your body's fluids. Hydrating with water is essential, but these elixirs take things one step further. Each includes healthy ingredients that alleviate your symptoms and help you feel better sooner.
Apple Cider Vinegar Brew
If you're working with a sinus infection, just one inhale of this warming pungent drink will help you breathe easy through your nose and feel less cloudy in your head. A helping of apple cider vinegar brew soothes your symptoms with cayenne's anti-inflammatory powers, while the vinegar boosts your immunity.
Actress Nikki Reed swears by this cranberry cleanse for a little daily detox, and this antioxidant-rich drink is also effective when you're feeling under the weather. The cranberry and lemon juice in this recipe support your kidney and liver and help flush out toxins from your system.
Fresh Ginger Tea
To clear up congestion or a sore throat, we love this old family recipe for fresh ginger and lemongrass tea. As an added bonus, this recipe also works to soothe an upset tummy!
The classic hot toddy is one of the healthiest low-calorie cocktails for the holiday season. With the help of citrus, honey, and cinnamon, some folks swear by this one as a surefire remedy to knock out a cold.
Not sure what to gift the free-spirited, sophisticated yogi ion your list? Take a tip from yoga superstar and social-media sensation Kathryn Budig. This LA-based teacher is always sharing beautiful photos on her Instagram recounting her globetrotting adventures and healthy, fun life. We discussed the items she'll be gifting and would love to receive this holiday season!
Wild-Printed Yoga PantsKathryn plans on getting Under Armour Women’s StudioLux Snakey Leggings ($90) for all of her girlfriends this year. The stylish style and print makes them a hit on and off the yoga mat!
Tasty Liquid SpiceThis liquid spice collection ($60) from Lucini Italia is a must have in Kathryn's healthy kitchen. The set comes with four infused oils that tend to add special "'what ingredients did you use?!' moments" at her table.
Essential Oils For TravelWhen she's traveling all over the world, Kathryn says she "can't live without" doTerra Essential Oils that keep her healthy. She's especially fond of their peppermint oil, the On Guard protective blend, and their DigestZen oil that aids in digestion. As a gift, she recommends the Family Physician Kit ($167) that includes all of her favorites!
Feel Good Food by Giada de LaurentiisFor anyone in your life who loves to spend time in the kitchen, Kathryn suggests the new Giada de Laurenttis cookbook Feel Good Food ($33) that focuses on easy, healthy recipes for any fitness lover who always loves to eat!
A Luxe Robe For Lounging
For those lazy days where you want to stay home — but not feel or look lazy — this Missoni Giacomo Robe ($365) is Kathryn's go-to garb. This luxurious robe helps her feel put together when she's home working on the computer and would love to gift it a friend this year.
Gift Card to Free People
Kathryn describes herself as "obsessed" with Free People, and says she "could easily live the rest of my life in only their clothing." This is one of those picks she'd love to receive — or give — to spruce her active wardrobe.
Life-Coaching SessionsA friend or family member who wants to start the new year out on a strong and positive note would benefit from amazing life-coaching sessions with Ashley and Elli from Agents of Change that can be done in person, on the phone, even via Skype. Kathryn explains that these women are "total game changers" and can help a loved one feel "poised, clear-minded, and optimistic." This would also be an awesome present to gift yourself this year!
Over-the-Top, Once-in-a-Lifetime Sandals
Okay, so these shoes are wild, but Kathryn's getting married next year and looking for the perfect shoe. She recognizes that these unbelievable Dolce & Gabbana rose-embellished cage sandals ($6,900) are a little over the top, but "but hey, a girl can dream, right?" If you want to make Kathryn the happiest bride-to-be this year, you know what to leave for her under the tree.
If you order a spinach and feta wrap from Starbucks every day, it's time to rethink this morning habit. While I appreciate the "cage-free eggs" and 19 grams of protein this convenient option offers, the wrap contains a number of preservatives and 36 percent of your recommended sodium for the whole day.
After reading The Spark Solution, I was thrilled to find a homemade option that's lower in calories and carbs and free of preservatives. Just like the original, this recipe is easy to enjoy on the go — and even cook up in advance for a busy morning. And once I took a bite, I was delighted that the flavor and texture of this homemade hack was far more satisfying than the fast-food order.
Keep reading for your new favorite quick breakfast.
The 80/20 principle is no diet — it's a lifestyle change that can lead to sustainable weight loss. Folks who have suffered on rigid, limiting diets in the past find that this new "rule" teaches them about balance and moderation, a concept that never exists in a fad diet. When you practice 80/20, you have the space to go out socially and enjoy a meal (or a cocktail!) with friends, but most importantly, it makes the whole clean-living thing feel doable for the long run.
The breakdown is simple: 80 percent of the time you focus on eating clean, good-for-you foods, and 20 percent of the time you have the freedom to indulge as you please. Don't be concerned about the math, but it's simple: if you eat three square meals a day, three of those meals every week are your 20 percent cheat meals; if you eat five small meals a day, then seven of those small meals are up for grabs.
If you're worried about loosening the reins, look to Hollywood for 80/20 success stories. When we spoke to Jessica Alba's trainer Yumi Lee, Yumi credited the 80/20 rule when it came to Jessica's ability to maintain her healthy weight. She explains, "You can't be 100 percent all of the time, but you can be 80 percent all of the time." Yumi recommends small, frequent meals throughout the day, aiming to make healthy choices 80 percent of the time.
Supermodel Miranda Kerr has also explained how the 80/20 rule has done wonders for her relationship with food. Without guilt on conditions placed on meal choices, Miranda says, "Food is my friend, and consistency is the key. I believe that everything in moderation is best." We could not agree more!
Do you already live the 80/20 way? Tell us in the comments!
Sometimes it feels like the gym is my second home — but I'll take the name "gym rat" in stride! If you can relate, you'll get a kick out of these GIFs.
When you walk in, you're pumped to see your favorite front-desk attendant.
You tend to get a little excited when your favorite treadmill is open.
You've got the class schedule memorized.
There is no new workout class you won't try! No matter how crazy the uniform . . .
You'll be rocking (at least part of) your gym gear at work.
Before you pencil in any extracurricular plans, you make sure they don't conflict with your workout schedule.
Because having to skip your favorite instructor's class brings you close to tears.
You have a go-to crew of workout buddies.
You're not afraid to lift.
People always comment on your great form.
But those compliments never get old.
You're rarely phased when someone hits on you during a workout.
Even if it's a trainer.
But most importantly, you know it's about more than weight loss; this is a lifestyle.
Working out makes you feel awesome!
And that's why you're committed.
The right music can act as your personal cheerleader during a tough run. Picking a playlist based on pace is helpful for training, but sometimes you're craving lyrics that will keep you inspired from start to finish. The following mix is full of upbeat tunes that span genres but have one thing in common: the lyrics tell you to run!