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Brazil: They eat a superfood side dish almost every day.
Rice and beans are such a part of daily life in Brazil that the phrase is used colloquially to mean "the foundation" or "the basics." Brazilians know that beans alone are low in calories and fat, high in fiber and complex carbs, packed with antioxidants and can help stabilize blood sugar levels. Combine them with rice, which has some of the essential amino acids lacking in beans, and the pair becomes become a complete protein. What's more, compared with typical Western food, a diet consisting of primarily rice and beans lowers the risk of becoming overweight by about 14 percent, found a study in the journal Obesity Research. (Just be sure to keep the ratios even and not skimp on the beans.)
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The spice turmeric is well known for giving Indian curries their yellow color and their slightly peppery taste. Turmeric has also been in the
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The Sweet Potato Pie with Spiced Up Flavor
Tanya Holland, the chef at the soul-food restaurant Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland, California, considers intense flavors a hallmark of her cooking. "Ingredients are superimportant, but you've got to know how to embellish them," she says. For this Sweet Potato Pie, she enhances the candy-like flavor of fresh sweet potatoes with brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg.
Get the recipe: Sweet Potato Pie
Photo: Maria RobledoThe Apple Pie That's Worth the Wait
Just as some fruits taste better when they're at peak ripeness, there are desserts that taste better when you let them sit for a day--and this apple pie is one of them. Make it the day before, so the juices have time to thicken, and you'll be rewarded with a perfectly rich and beautiful pie.
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A crust of crushed walnuts and gingersnap cookies isn't just an unusual way to jazz up classic
- Oprah.com | Love + Sex – Wed, Oct 16, 2013 6:17 PM EDT
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What 'crazy' am I holding back?
In the getting-to-know-you phase, when we're presenting the very best, borderline-Stepford-wife version of ourselves, there are certain things we hold back. They're our things--anything from resisting the urge to adjust his collar, because the little way it flips up at the back taunts your inner desire for orderliness, to the fact that your guilty pleasure is reading bodice-ripping romance novels--the campier, the better--and you dream of writing your own someday.
Not talking about that part of you is like trying to hold a beach ball under water--it's manageable for a while, sure; but eventually, it bursts to the surface. And occasionally, it pops you in the face. Your partner doesn't have to love it (or even get it, really), but if you're interested in this thing going farther, he deserves the chance to know that it's part of who you are. After all, if he's worthy ofRead More »from The Scariest Dating Questions You Need to Ask Yourself
- Oprah.com | Shine Food – Tue, Oct 15, 2013 4:59 PM EDT
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German Winter Stew
Pork shoulder is juicy and savory, economical and pairs wonderfully with autumn (and winter) flavors. One of the tastiest--and easiest--ways to cook it is in this hearty German stew, which combines the meat with two types of apples (Granny Smith and Red Delicious), green and red cabbage and egg noodles. It's truly a no-brainer meal: After some quick prep work, you can let the dish simmer for a few hours, and then it's ready to eat.
Get the recipe: German Winter Stew
Photo: Ditte IsagerThe New Way to Eat Sweet Potatoes
This lighter alternative to a typical tailgating dish uses sweet potatoes--the ubiquitous cold-weather vegetable--in an uncommon way: as taco filling. You sauté the diced sweet potatoes in olive oil, and then pop them into the oven for 15 minutes so they're soft on the inside and just lightly crispy on the outside. Piled into tortillas with black beans, pepper and cheese, they're an autumnal take on a much-loved meal.
Get the recipe: Roasted Sweet Potato and
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If you have one minute...drop and do 10 push-ups (or 20, or 5).
There's a reason that push-ups are every trainer's favorite exercise: They engage muscle groups in the arms, chest, abdomen, hips and legs; they don't require any equipment; they're endlessly adaptable (you can work them into a yoga routine; add jumps to turn them into a cardio move; change your hand position to make them a triceps toner). More important to most of us is the fact that these intense moves get results. "Female clients have told me that they've seen noticeable differences in their arms after doing daily push-ups against a wall or on the edge of a sink," says Shirley Archer, a certified fitness expert and a co-author of Weight Training for Dummies. In as little as two weeks, the exercise should feel easier (no more soreness!), says Archer, and you may see a visible difference in muscle tone after four to eight weeks, depending on your age and your exercise history. Here's how to do push-upsRead More »from 7 Ways to Get a Better Body in 30 Minutes or Less
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Setting Your Internal GPS
You have to know where you want to go (and who can help you get there) in order to point your life in the right direction. Are you searching for someone to travel around the world with you? Then perhaps the home-owning workaholic with the needy wolfhound will never be more than a fun distraction until your next flight. Are you just looking for a fun distraction until your next flight? Terrific. But be clear with Mr. Wolfhound about this from the outset, so as not to break any hearts (including your own).
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Knowing When to Close the Tab
The problem with anxious Internet stalking before meeting IRL is that you tend to find whatever it was you were looking for: the accomplished ex-girlfriend, the misspelled "its", the disparaging tweet about your favorite Orange Is the New Black episode. Then again, you'd feel really silly if you went on a date with a registered sex offender because you hadn't done your due
- Oprah.com | Shine Food – Thu, Oct 10, 2013 5:28 PM EDT
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Use Cheddar to Turn Tater Tots into a Real Meal
Sandy Pollock and Crystal Cook, aka the Casserole Queens, can do wondrous things with the most basic ingredients--and usually, one of those items is cheese. Witness their Tater Tot Casserole, which uses just six ingredients (plus salt and pepper). It's a delicious combination of ground beef, mushrooms and tots, laced with shreds of sharp cheddar cheese.
Get the recipe: Tater Tot Casserole
Photo: Paige GreenEmphasize What Really Matters in Mac 'n' Cheese
We hear you, devoted Velveeta fans, but let us explain: the combination of mild and slightly sweet Fontina, sharp and salty blue cheese, tangy Pecorino Romano and almost fruity Parmesan is absolutely worth the few extra minutes spent with a box grater. Add butternut squash and sage, and the humble mac 'n' cheese tastes totally new (and outrageously good).
Get the recipe: Penne Pasta Quattro Formaggi with Butternut Squash and Sage
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There are so many ways to
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Meet Your New After-Dinner Drink
Naturally caffeine-free chicory-root tea can relax your mood and possibly your digestive tract, as well, says Beth McDonald, an integrative and sports nutritionist at the Continuum Center for Health and Healing, an integrative health program affiliated with Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. Chicory, which usually has a roasted-coffee flavor, is known among herbalists for helping to move things along. Chamomile tea has a similarly sedating effect on the digestive system.
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You figure that a few sips of port wine--often served at restaurants as a digestif--won't take up any more room in your stomach. The problem is that port and sherry contain fructose, which can be difficult for your system to absorb, explains Cynthia Yoshida, MD, a Virginia-based gastroenterologist and the author of No More Digestive Problems. This sugar passes through
- Oprah.com | Work + Money – Tue, Oct 8, 2013 9:30 PM EDT
By Jenna Pincott
One Brain-Boosting Germ
We all know that outdoor time can do wonders for our performance. But there's a surprising new reason: a bacterium called Mycobacterium vaccae, which lurks in the soil. When biologists Dorothy Matthews and Susan Jenks fed this single-celled bugger to lab mice, the animals became calmer and navigated mazes twice as quickly as those that weren't exposed--an edge that lasted more than a week. The bacteria, which are often inhaled when we are in contact with dirt (gardening is one potential route), influence the "gut-brain" axis and stimulate neuron growth. (Matthews and Jenks found evidence that the new neurons produce the anti-anxiety neurotransmitter serotonin.) While research is under way on how M. vaccae may similarly retune our brains, consider trekking your way to the top.
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Set the Scene with a 5-Minute DIY
"A centerpiece--whether it's on your coffee table, dining room table or in a breakfast nook--is an easy way to make a big impact. I like cutting apart grapevine wreaths and placing them around a tall candle in a large vase. It takes just a few minutes to put together, and it costs less than $10." -- Kelly Rowe, founder of LiveLaughRowe.com
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Photo: Rebecca Hansen for Style Me PrettyShow Off Your Pumpkin in a Whole New Way
"Pumpkins can be used for far more than just jack-o'-lanterns. Fill them with fresh, vibrant flowers or tuck a bottle of cold apple cider inside and you have something that is entirely unexpected." -- Abby Larson, editor and founder of StyleMePretty.com
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"I'm seeing a lot of people turn to colors like orange and deep red, colors that had been unfashionable for a while. To help delineate the seasons in your home, use pillows. GetRead More »from 7 Ways to Decorate Your Home for Fall