By Lisa Lillien, REDBOOK
Q: "I'm a chocolate freak. How can I satisfy my cravings without downing a bag of M&Ms?"
A: This is a question I get asked so often! The key is to think single-serving snacks. Most sugar-free chocolate pudding cups, for example, have 60 calories or less. I also love Skinny Cow's fudge bars, at only 100 calories a pop, and Vitalicious VitaTops Deep Chocolate muffin tops - for a reasonable 100 calories, you get nine grams of super-filling fiber and a treat that tastes like a brownie. But for those times when a girl just has to have a candy bar, I'm a fan of Q.bel Dark Chocolate Wafer Rolls, which you can find in most health-food stores: They're crispy and creamy at the same time, and each roll has only 60 calories.
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- Redbook | Healthy Living – Thu, Feb 16, 2012 1:44 PM EST
By Lisa Lillien, REDBOOKRead More »from Ask Hungry Girl: How Can I Satisfy My Chocolate Cravings?
By Betsy Stephens, REDBOOK
REDBOOK's Wedding Dress Challenge can get you back to your sexy bride body. First, learn how to avoid these traps that make coupled people up to 9 pounds heavier than singles in the first place.
1. The couch. Maybe you're reading this on your sofa, curled up next to your guy, with one hand in some munchies. No one blames you - vegging together is one of love's great pleasures - but "most of the time that couples spend together is sedentary, and it often involves eating," says Jeffrey Sobal, Ph.D., a professor of nutrition at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Don't worry, losing weight doesn't have to interfere with your bonding. Just find ways you can be active together, things that don't revolve around food, suggests Sobal. Sex does count, but you need to do a bit more - bike, hike, dance, take a walk after dinner. Whatever activity you choose, aim for at least 30 minutes, three to five times a week. Here's a crazy idea: If you don't have a family dogRead More »from 4 Ways Marriage Makes You Fat
By REDBOOKRead More »from 5 things good partners say to each other
In the same way that knowing a few key questions makes it easier to navigate a foreign country ("Où est la toilette, s'il vous plait?"), a few rudimentary phrases can help see you out of a relationship rough patch.
Be honest: Says veteran marriage counselor Randi Gunther, Ph.D.: "In my 40 years of listening to couples, I've noticed that the best communicators use the same words, and I'm always surprised by how few people know them." Practice these if you want your relationship to last longer than the average trip to Paris.
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1. "We're in this together." Says Gunther, "Marriage is full of trials. If your spouse tells you he lost his job, for example, you have less than five seconds to react in a way that bonds you and proves that your relationship is stronger than any difficulties. Let that window pass, and doubts arise."
2. "You're better at this than I am." "It's a huge asset to a relationship if both partners can own up to their weaknesses.
- Redbook | Parenting – Thu, Feb 16, 2012 10:47 AM EST
By Charlotte Hilton Anderson, REDBOOKRead More »from Great Mom Debate: Do You Let Your Kids Spend Their Gift Money Any Way They Want?
Pokemon cards are the bane of my existence. It's not that they're always underfoot or that they get lost on the school bus or traded for Tootsie rolls. It's not even that they're a poorly illustrated game based on completely arbitrary rules. (Although now that I type that I can think of at least 10 adult games that fit that same description.) No, it's the fact that they feel like a waste of money to me. Every time my son gets a gift card or money, he wants to go to the store and load up on little pieces of paper that will probably be exactly like the 200 other little pieces of paper in his collection.
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I just don't get it. Obviously I was never into baseball cards as a kid. "Wouldn't you rather get a new book? Or a magic kit? You can use those lots of times," I'll bargain. If that doesn't help I'll pull out the big guns: "What about some new Legos?" Nothing works. The only thing that can talk him out of
By Krista Bennett DeMaio, REDBOOKRead More »from 10 Ways to Get a Sun-Free Tan
We spend a lot of time reminding you to stay out of the sun, but that doesn't mean we want your skin to look pasty and blah. We're all for radiance, even a little tan, as long as you get it the safe way - that is, from a compact, a cream, or a bottle. Check out these bright ideas for the best spray tan or faux glow that money can buy.
1. Skin sloughers: Get a quick brightening boost by peeling away the dull stuff at skin's surface using an AHA such as glycolic acid. New at-home peels get pretty close to the results you'd expect from in-office versions. Try Brazilian Peel, $78 for four weekly treatments, which has a whopping 30-percent glycolic-acid peel and a self-neutralizer that gradually deactivates the acid over a 10-minute period.
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2. Smarter self-tanners: The latest self-tanners are made to suit your every need: For more moisture, try Hawaiian Tropic Island Radiance Sunless Tanning, $9, shown, with
- Redbook | Parenting – Tue, Feb 14, 2012 3:15 PM EST
By Charlotte Hilton Anderson, REDBOOK
Another day, another book criticizing American parents. When I saw the early reviews of Bringing Up Bebe by Paula Druckerman, a book about what one American mom learned about parenting from living in France, I was all set to hate this book. I rode the Tiger Mom roller coaster with everyone else last year, experiencing the highs of moral superiority when Amy Chua berated her young daughters and then the lows of realizing my kids were never going to play in Carnegie Hall. So swap out Chinese for French and it's the same old story of how American moms don't push hard enough, coddle too much and let their kids run their lives, right?
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Yes, actually. And Druckerman may have a point. In her essay for the Wall Street Journal provocatively titled "Why French Parents are Superior" Druckerman shares many anecdotes about French parenting but they all boil down to this: French parents believe that
By Kim Haasarud, REDBOOK's Mommy Mixologist
Skip the overpriced Valentine's Day prix-fixe meal at your local restaurant and add some spark to your homemade meal with these sexy drinks.
Sparkling Chocolate Truffle
4 tsps chocolate shavings
¾ oz white crème de cacao (or Amsterdam Chocolate liqueur, if available), plus extra for martini rim
¾ oz vanilla liqueur
splash of Nocello (walnut liqueur)
1 oz Ballatore Red Rosso Spumante
Wet the rim of a martini glass or shot glasses in white crème de cacao and dip into a plate of chocolate shavings. Set aside. In a cocktail shaker, combine the ¾ oz qhite crème de cacao, vanilla liqueur, and Nocello with ice. Shake vigorously. Add the sparkling wine and stir. Strain into a 5-oz martini glass or in 2 shot glasses.
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Very Sexy Martini
3 to 4 raspberries, plus 1 for garnishRead More »from Sexy Valentine's Day Cocktails
5 to 7 mint leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz simple syrup
1 1/2 oz
By Kate Bongiovanni, REDBOOKRead More »from Apps to Keep the Whole Family Healthy
Given that an estimated 15,000 health apps were introduced this year alone, it's nearly impossible to figure out which ones are worth downloading (after all, you've got Angry Birds to play). So we turned to the experts: These are the real must-haves.
Doesn't it always seem like your kid gets sick when the doctor's office is closed? This app by the American Academy of Pediatrics lets you compare your child's symptoms to photos of ailments and helps you determine whether you should go to the ER, wait a day to call your pediatrician, or simply treat the problem yourself (the app provides reassuringly detailed instructions on exactly how to do so).
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Lose It! (free)
Enter your weight-loss goals and Lose It! determines the daily calorie budget you need to slim down. Plug in the foods you eat and the exercise you get each day and the app will calculate the calories you've eaten and burned. (It's
- Redbook | Author Blog Posts – Mon, Feb 13, 2012 5:53 PM EST
By Aaron Traister, REDBOOK
Let's start with the misses, the low lights, and the general suckiness because, really, that was most of the show. Seriously, when It came to the performances it was like watching the Flyers play the Rangers: You're sitting there thinking, "How do you not show up for this one?" Whitney Houston, the biggest voice in music, just died unexpectedly. This is the woman who formed the Holy Trinity of Pop Music in the 80s along with MJ and Madonna, and you give Paul McCartney 20 minutes to sing his new stuff!?
Okay, let's get into it:
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- Redbook | Parenting – Mon, Feb 13, 2012 5:25 PM EST
By Charlotte Hilton Anderson, REDBOOKRead More »from The Great Mom Debate: How Generous is the Tooth Fairy at Your House?
Paying money for the privilege of filching blood-spattered corn niblets from under my kids' pillows for the sole purpose of perpetuating a myth about a fairy who collects baby teeth (Where do they go? And for what purpose?) has always seemed to me to be one of the stranger rituals of childhood.
Don't get me wrong, I thought it was a momentous occasion when each of my children lost their first tooth. Pictures were taken. Grandparents were called. And yes, the Toothy Fairy came that night and left each newly minted Alfred P. Newman a dollar. But kids have a lot of teeth and the entertainment factor wore off quickly, both for me and for them. After a while, the Tooth Fairy got forgetful and a little resentful at our house. She started leaving IOU notes. And flossing tips.
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Until the day disaster struck. You know those "It happened to me!" motherhood cautionary tales? I lived one. My two sons found