When you order funnel cake or an ice cream sundae, you know what you're getting yourself into. But these seemingly healthy warm-weather staples might also make your jeans a little tighter if not consumed in moderation. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.
The nonfat label and 130 calories per half-cup sound almost too good to be true-and that's because they are. The posted nutrition information applies to a mere four ounces, which is far less than almost anyone eats, especially at the increasing number of self-serve chains popping up across the country. And while it may sound counterintuitive, you're better off with a low- or full-fat flavor. "The fat is what tells your body it's eaten," says Robyn Youkilis, a nutritional consultant for Seamless. "Your body gets confused by the chemicals, your cravings start to go crazy, and you don't know what's what." To keep portion-size under control, fill your cup halfway with fruit, then put your yogurt on top. If you're itching for something
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- Redbook | Healthy Living – Mon, Aug 12, 2013 10:03 AM EDT
When you order funnel cake or an ice cream sundae, you know what you're getting yourself into. But these seemingly healthy warm-weather staples might also make your jeans a little tighter if not consumed in moderation. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.Read More »from Watch Out for These Summer Indulgences that Can Add Up
Every couple argues, but these words will turn a spat into an all-out-war. Here, the phrases to avoid, and what to do if one passes your lips because hey, it happens. By Anna Davies, REDBOOK.Read More »from 10 Things to Never Say During a Fight
"I want a divorce"
In the heat of the moment, it's easy to say things you don't mean, but every expert we spoke with agreed that this statement can't easily be taken back-no matter how many times you apologize or swear you didn't mean it. "Statements like 'I'm done with this' or 'I'm leaving' breed insecurity," explains Judi Cinéas, a marriage and family therapist based in Palm Beach, FL. "I always tell clients that this should only be said if you're ready to sign the papers." So what happens if it slips? Apologize and explain that it will never happen again, but know it might be awhile before your partner fully trusts you. And it also may be time for you to do some soul-searching. If you truly blurted it out in a fit of rage, it could be helpful to work through your anger with a
Want to know how Kelly Osbourne lost almost 70 pounds and kept it off? No starving, just healthy eating. Three words: Pass the spoon and enjoy this guilt-free soup! REDBOOK.Read More »from The Soup that Magically Makes You Lose
"For me, eating to maintain or lose weight isn't about one food-it's about making healthy choices all day long," says Kelly Osbourne. "Something that helps me do that is preparing a big pot of soup on Sundays that's pretty much fat-free and can last the whole week. It's a quick and easy go-to, so when I'm hungry, I can just heat up a bowl-I have it for a snack, a meal, or even for breakfast. My favorite is a vegan butternut squash soup; when I make it for people, they always say, "This is the most amazing thing I've ever had in my life," so I'm really proud of it. And if you ever get stuck on the whole Do I want something sweet or do I want something savory? thing, this soup curbs both cravings. The best part is that it only tastes bad-for-you. I use coconut milk as a base-it makes the soup really rich, but has a
You can hardly drive three blocks these days without being tempted by a trendy fro-yo shop. But what's really in your favorite frosty treat? And is it actually a healthy snack? By Kim Tranell, REDBOOK.Read More »from The Truth About Frozen Yogurt
It might not even be yogurt
Here's the thing: To be considered yogurt by the National Yogurt Association, fro-yo must contain live and active cultures, a.k.a probiotics-10 million per gram, to be exact. While the most popular chains qualify (to be sure, check their websites for the Live and Active Cultures seal) and typically trend toward more natural ingredients, that fro-yo machine in the corner of your local deli may simply be spitting out glorified soft serve. "Lots of times, it's just low-fat ice cream mixed with a little yogurt-and tons of fillers," says Stephanie Middleberg, RD, a nutritionist in New York City. In fact, you may find everything from artificial protein sources to texturizing agents to dyes in the ingredients. Yikes!
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- Redbook | Shine Food – Wed, Aug 7, 2013 10:02 AM EDT
As someone who didn't grow up eating casseroles, I didn't understand what the fuss was-until I sat down with Carla Hall to try some of her delicious one-dish 'roles. The chef partnered with Country Crock to create a series of lighter casseroles that aren't your standard "Taco Supreme" fare. We also asked her to think outside of the dish to concoct a layer bake that's both a breakfast and a satisfying, healthy dessert. The result? This dish that's perfect for fall's cooler temperatures and back-to-school madness. By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.Read More »from Top Chef Carla Hall Has Us Sold on the Breakfast Casserole
Warm Peach-Granola Crisp
"This 'casserole' has baked peaches with a granola topping, and we added in blueberries, which shows you how flexible fruit is - you can use any one," says Hall. "It goes from a dessert to breakfast with protein from the nuts and Greek yogurt. You could also take the same recipe and make them parfaits for brunch."
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For the peaches:
6 peaches, sliced
If you're afraid to wear a bikini this summer because you're worried about a bloated belly, these foods may be the secret culprits. By Jane Bianchi, REDBOOK.Read More »from 9 Foods that Are Sabotaging Your Beach Body
"The more sodium you eat, the more water you'll retain," says Ruth Frechman, RD, founder of the nutrition consulting service On the Weigh and a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. When it comes to sodium, some of the worst offenders are soups; packaged deli meats; processed fare, such as cereal, crackers and pretzels; and frozen foods, plus surprising eats like ketchup, tomato sauce, and bread. Dietary guidelines suggest limiting sodium to 2,300 milligrams per day or less-stay below 1,500 milligrams per day if you're 51 or older, or if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease. Other strategies that help: working out, since you sweat out salt, and eating potassium, which helps your body excrete sodium.
Beans are high in fiber, which can make you feel gassy-especially
- Redbook | Secrets to Your Success – Fri, Aug 2, 2013 10:20 AM EDT
We've all heard the same budget-friendly travel advice over and over again, but there are tons of travel deals, ideas, promotions, and websites you likely don't know about. Check out these insider tips to ensure that you get the perfect trip for less. By Maitland Greer, REDBOOK.Read More »from Are You Spending More on Your Vacation Than You Should?
Select the right destination
Not interested in fighting the crowds? Not only can you save money by hitting a destination during its off-season, you can also see the sights in peace. Seasonal Rewards from Marriott Rewards provides a 25-percent discount on some of its most popular spots at non-peak times. For example, the Aruba Marriott Resort, which normally costs 35,000 Marriott Rewards points per night, can cost 26,250 points per night. Select hotels participate in Arizona and California desert resorts from June 18 to August 30, Las Vegas from July 1 to August 30, and the Caribbean from August 23 to November 23.
Further your savings by choosing an out-of-the-box, undiscovered destination, such as Nicaragua
- Redbook | Healthy Living – Fri, Aug 2, 2013 10:18 AM EDT
We're all for healthy eating around here, and the salad bar is one of the tastiest and easiest places to do just that. As of late, however, we've been noticing some ridiculous behavior that really got us thinking: What is it about salad bars that somehow transport everyone back to first grade? You get in line, and suddenly, it's all "Hey, no cutting!" and "Did you really just put your fingers in your mouth and then touch the same thing I'm about to?" We identified our biggest pet peeves and put together a simple list of ways to get your greens quickly, painlessly, and - most important - hygienically for everyone involved. By Paige Carlotti, REDBOOK.Read More »from 10 “Seriously?!” Things People Do in Line at the Salad Bar
These beautifully organized bins somehow lead to total anarchy. 1. Here's the thing about sneeze guards: While they're fairly useful at stopping people from spewing germs directly onto the produce, their efficacy level plummets if you sneeze into your hand and then pick up the tongs.
2. Save it for the water cooler, people. The salad bar is a place to toss some veggies onto a dish and get on with your
- Redbook | Love + Sex – Fri, Aug 2, 2013 10:18 AM EDT
Kate, Will, do you hear this? Your marriage is about to change in ways you may not have anticipated. By Sarah Smith, REDBOOK.Read More »from 10 Dangers to Your Marriage in Your Baby's First Year of Life
Things are about to change...1. The inability to think rationally when sleep-deprived. "Small annoyances can take on divorce-level importance," says Cathy O'Neill, coauthor of Babyproofing Your Marriage. Some of the best advice she heard in her and her co-authors' thousands of interviews for their book came from a new parent's mother: "You don't need marriage counseling, you need a good night's sleep."
2. The piles and piles of laundry. "The workload around the house explodes in a way nobody anticipates," O'Neill says. It creates not only chores that are nearly impossible to do with a tiny human to care for, but arguments over who should be doing them. Remember, O'Neill says: "The enemy is the laundry, not your partner."
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3. Mommy brain. We're not talking, "Oh, I'm so scatterbrained now." This is about the mental real estate now taken over
By Amy Shearn, REDBOOK.Read More »from My 4-Year-Old Doesn't Need High Heels
These come in Much has already been said about the trend of high heels and other "mini-me" versions of adult fashions. One complaint: They're a bit sexy for little girls who might still sleep in pull-ups. Another: They look "just like mommy's," which is what draws in many kids. Except a 4-year-old girl's job is not to imitate mommy, but to be her own tiny, forming human.
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I personally don't have to worry about it, because even though my daughter loves to clomp around in whatever high heels she can magically excavate from the inner reaches of my closet, she's more invested in being able to run around efficiently. Because really, maxi-dresses and wedges are not apparel for kids that age.
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For all my eye-rolling at Harper's preferred pink/sparkly/ruffly everything and deep inner longing for light-up sneakers, I also love how she is unapologetically, completely her. When she goes to pre-K in