16 foods to get you in the mood.Aphrodisiac foods, including asparagus, bananas, chocolate, figs, and oysters, are renown for sparking romance.
According to European lore, this member of the lily family could set just the right tone for your romantic evening in. In 19th-century France, grooms were given three servings of this natural aphrodisiac before - ahem - moving on to dessert (of the calorie-burning sort). The added ginger will help stimulate the circulatory system.
Long regarded as a symbol of fertility, almonds are high in vitamin E, magnesium, and fiber. But it's the aroma that makes this dish a sensual feast - the smell of almonds is said to arouse desire and passion in women.
As shapely as a woman, this creamy fruit was once regarded as so obscene in Old World Spain that Catholic priests forbade their parishioners to eat it.
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The phallic shape of this potassium-rich fruit makes it an aphrodisiac food acknowledged the
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16 foods to get you in the mood.Aphrodisiac foods, including asparagus, bananas, chocolate, figs, and oysters, are renown for sparking romance.Read More »from 16 Aphrodisiac Foods that Put You in the Mood
Start our day off with a juice cleanseStart your day by consuming 100 fewer calories. "It's a relatively small amount of calories that you'll hardly notice," says Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, author of Belly Fat Diet for Dummies. In other words, you won't feel hungry.
1. At breakfast: Go on a juice "cleanse."
If swigging OJ is among your morning rituals, skim your portion in half. Six ounces of juice (of any kind) contains about 100 calories, and if you're drinking from the standard 10- or 12-ounce bottle, you could be downing twice that amount. Better yet: Eat an orange instead (you'll get more fiber, making you feel more satisfied and helping you eat less) or switch to water. To add flavor, mix one ounce of fruit juice into the water or freeze 100-percent fruit juice in ice cube trays and add one or two cubes to the water, says Palinski-Wade. Or, extract flavor from fruits, veggies, or herbs and infuse them in your water with Zing Anything bottles.
2. At breakfast: Make over your milk habit.
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- Good Housekeeping | At Home – Thu, Jan 17, 2013 12:28 PM EST
Anderson Cooper tests our VIP winnersOf all the appliances, gadgets, cleaning formulas, clothes, and other items GHRI pros reviewed in the past year, these breakthroughs - guest-tested by Anderson Cooper - stood out for the ingenious ways they solved everyday problems.
GE Profile 36" French Door Refrigerator ($3,000)
This futuristic fridge has the only refrigerator filtration system that removes 98% of five common pharmaceuticals - from painkillers to hormones - and an easy-access filter that makes it more likely you'll change it on schedule. Also cool: The hands-free "Autofill" water dispenser uses sound waves to detect and fill a glass, bottle, pitcher, or coffeepot - no hovering!
Samsung LED 8000 Series Smart TVTV on Command
With its ability to respond to voice commands and gestures, this TV is truly a first. It lets you go remote-free (but comes with standard and touchpad ones), offers full Web access, and has an arsenal of apps. Other pluses: itsRead More »from 2013 Good Housekeeping VIP (Very Innovative Products) Awards
The latest gadgets aren't just for early adopters. This year's exciting new products debuting at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) - from supercharged glasses to nearly break-proof phones - promise to be more advanced, connected, and user-friendly than ever.
Nexia Home Automation1. Connected Home
Last year we saw the Jetsons' home come to life - fridges that stream Twitter updates, washers and dryers you can program from your phone, thermostats that learn your schedule, and more. This year the connected appliance category is only growing - with all the big manufacturers showcasing how you can integrate all your devices and streamline your routine using the cloud and your mobile phone. Our hope is you may soon be able to control everything from one app - and some outlets are trying to make this reality. For instance, Lowes' Iris home connectivity hub helps bring everything from your home security system and lighting to your appliances together into one easy-to-access place.
LG On Now2. Smarter TVsRead More »from Top 10 Tech Trends of 2013
Easy tricks make a delicious meal out of boring canned soups.January is National Soup Month! To me, that means steaming bowls of nourishing, comforting broths and bisques on freezing cold days. A few of my favorites: "clean-out-the-fridge" vegetable, Japanese-style ramen, and - for those especially sniffly times - chicken noodle.
Related: Classic Chicken Recipes Updated
Often, though, I'm a little too busy working or running errands or simply dealing with life to even think of making anything from scratch-a premade bowl can do the trick. I sometimes buy from one of the many soup chains around here, but even if you're just opening a can or a carton, you don't need to be stuck with a plain-Jane soup. Try these fun (healthy) additions:
- Diced fresh avocado or cucumber
- Greens - prewashed baby spinach or baby kales - no chopping necessary! Just stir into the hot soup until wilted and tender
- Cubes of lowfat tofu
- Frozen (thawed) edamame, peas, corn - stir into hot soup until warmed through
- Cooked brown rice (frozen,
Save time with these organizing tipsTired of tidying up your home only to watch it get messy the next day? Set your organization priorities straight with tips from Carolyn Forte, director of GHRI's Home Appliances and Cleaning Products department. You may be pleasantly surprised at where you can skimp.Read More »from 6 Areas of the Home You Don't Have to Organize
Organize This: Your desk doesn't have to be spotless, but develop a system to keep track of important documents such as bills, leases, and insurance contracts. When uploading photos from a vacation to your computer, initially group them in a folder labeled with the destination and year of the trip. You can always rename individual files later.
Skip That: Immaculate bookshelves shouldn't be a priority, as long as books are in their place. And, unless you own hundreds, you will not save much time organizing tomes by genre or author's last name.
Related: 31 Days to Decluttered
Organize This: Cut down on meal prep time by uploading your favorite and most frequently cooked recipes to your computer. Keep
How to sleep soundly through the night1. Sleep Killer: Too Much CoffeeRead More »from 9 Causes of Insomnia – and What to Do About Them
Caffeine blocks the sleep-inducing action of the brain chemical adenosine. It can also reduce the amount you make of the sleep hormone melatonin. Not only will it lead to trouble dropping off, but also you'll sleep restlessly. In an Israeli study, subjects given caffeinated coffee had about half as much melatonin in their systems as those who were given decaf. They also took twice as long to fall asleep and slumbered an average of 79 minutes less.
Solution: Drink early, but not often. Limit caffeine consumption to 250 milligrams a day (about 16 ounces of coffee), the amount most of us can handle without its causing bedtime troubles. It takes about six to eight hours for your body to clear enough caffeine to avoid its interfering with your sleep, so put your cup down by 2 P.M.
2. Sleep Killer: Too Much Light
While playing a few rounds of Words With Friends on your iPad or spending two hours in front of the tube may help you wind down, your body's
How to sleep better tonightYou have no idea why, but night after night you have trouble nodding off. These bedtime rituals may help you get some more shut-eye.Read More »from 8 Simple Little Ways to Fall Asleep Fast
1. Take a bubble bath: The hot water relaxes your muscles and raises your core temperature. When you get out of the tub, you temperature will start to go down, mimicking what your body normally does to trigger melatonin production, says sleep expert Michael Breus, Ph.D. Why bubbles? "They form a layer of insulation on top, which keeps the water hot longer."
2. Pour yourself a bowl: The classic sleep Rx of cornflakes and milk has scientific-backing. The fast-acting carb in the cereal increases tryptophan levels, upping the zzz-inducing brain chemical serotonin. Milk contains melatonin, a.k.a. the sleep hormone.
3. Turn down the thermostat: It's more comfortable to sleep in a cool room. But you don't want it to be too cold, either. Experiment to find your just-right temp.
Related: 9 Reasons You Can't Sleep (and What to Do About Them)
Should you take supplements?Your body responds best to vitamins and minerals found in food. But not all essential nutrients are easily absorbed, which means some of us may not be getting what we need. Determine if you need to add to your diet with the latest research on nine popular vitamins and supplements.Read More »from The Truth Behind 9 Popular Vitamin Supplements
Vitamin E is an antioxidant, a substance that protects against the effects of free radicals - cell-damaging molecules that can play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Vitamin E also boosts your immune system. However, you may not need to add it as a supplement, warns Andrea N. Giancoli, RD, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. "Most people get enough vitamin E from the foods they eat," say Giancoli. "Good sources are vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, and leafy greens. Vitamin E is also added to foods like cereals as a natural preservative." Another reason to stick with food sources: Vitamin E supplements may be harmful for people who take blood thinners and other
CarrotsIt's that time of year...when we look at what was hot in the last 12 months and will be in the dozen to come. After reviewing my list of 10 top predictions in food for 2012, I'm happy to say, I went 10 for 10. Every single prophecy from pickles to slow cooking came true. What should you expect to be seeing on menus, in supermarkets, and trying at home in 2013? Here's what I'm seeing in my crystal ball.
Carrots Move over kale and Brussels sprouts. Some of New York City's trendiest and priciest restaurants are already giving carrots pride of place on their menus. At the uber chic, super-expensive, four-star Eleven Madison Park, carrot tartare is prepared to order tableside. Empellón Cocina on the hip lower east side serves roasted carrots with mole poblano and yogurt to die for. Also up and coming: cauliflower and parsnips!
Juice, Juicing, and Juicers They're back and more popular than ever! While here at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, we believe in filling up onRead More »from 10 Top Food Trends for 2013