Think you're making the healthy choice when satisfying your afternoon craving? You might be surprised to learn which snacks pack more nutrients or less fat than other popular munchies. We pitted two similar options against each other, evaluated their nutritional content, and crowned one the superstar. Check out all 7 snacks here.
Half-cup of granola vs. one granola bar
Granola: 230 calories/10 grams fat
Granola bar: 120 calories/4 grams fat
Winner: Granola bar
Granola is in the cereal aisle, sure, so you'd never imagine just how loaded with sugar most brands are. Granola bars pack the same sugar, but at least the portion size is smaller so you consume fewer calories and fat.
Fruit-flavored low-fat yogurt vs. Greek-style low-fat yogurt
Fruit-flavored low-fat yogurt: 170 calories/1.5 grams fat
Greek-style low-fat yogurt: 130 calories/4 grams fat
Winner: Greek-style low-fat yogurt
Fruit yogurt has protein and healthy calcium, but it's secretly packed with sugar - sometimes as much
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Think you're making the healthy choice when satisfying your afternoon craving? You might be surprised to learn which snacks pack more nutrients or less fat than other popular munchies. We pitted two similar options against each other, evaluated their nutritional content, and crowned one the superstar. Check out all 7 snacks here.Read More »from 5 Surprisingly Healthier Snacks
- Cosmopolitan.com | Work + Money – Thu, Apr 15, 2010 5:20 PM EDT
We already endure enough stress when it comes to our jobs and bank accounts, but when finances start to pull our relationships under too, we truly spite this economy. So when we heard about new book The Secret Currency of Love, a collection of essays about how money affects relationships, we knew we had to chat with the book's editor, Hilary Black. Here are a few things she's learned.Read More »from The 4 Things You Must Know About Your Man's Money Habits
Q: How is the troubled economy affecting relationships?
A: When people are in fear of losing their jobs or money, it can cause an enormous amount of tension and fighting. Spending habits - like something as simple as going to a restaurant - can turn in to an argument and even tear people apart.
Q: So how can couples "recession-proof" their bond?
A: Use this as a time to find out how he deals with money. There are four questions you should ask him: How much does [he tend to keep] in the bank? Does he save for rainy days or does he splurge? Is he responsible with money? What about paying bills? And be
In the ABC Family flick Beauty and the Briefcase (airing April 18 at 8 p.m.), Hilary Duff plays a freelance writer who lands her dream assignment with-yep, you guessed it-Cosmo. We reveal what you see onscreen...and what working at Cosmo is really like. Watch our exclusive video from on-set of filming Beauty & the Briefcase.
The Cosmo Lobby
Onscreen: Rich colors and perfect movie-lighting characterize the editor's office in Beauty & The Briefcase.
The Real Deal: The real Kate's office shows off her love of funky animal prints and boasts a stunning floor-to-ceiling view of New York's Central Park.Sneak a peek at hot pics and get insider info about Beauty & the Briefcase!
Onscreen: Blond, single, and take-charge, Jaime Pressly did an amazing job impersonating Cosmo's Editor-in-Chief.
The Real Deal: Also a great-looking blond who's definitely take-charge, Cosmo's awesome real-life editor in chief Kate White is happilyRead More »from The Truth Behind "Beauty & The Briefcase"
Wish your had your gyno on speed-dial? Well, Cosmo has you covered. Whether you're concerned about a little bump on your breast or need to know what's up with your flow, our trusted docs answer your most frequently asked questions. Read on to get answers to your health dilemmas!
1) Do I have to tell my guy that I have a yeast infection?
Yeast infections are rarely sexually transmitted and healthy guys almost never develop them, so you shouldn't feel obligated to let him know. But you'll probably want to stay out of the sack until the infection clears up, since symptoms such as burning, itching, and lack of lubrication make having sex uncomfortable.
2) I get diarrhea during my period. What's up?
Blame it on natural chemicals called prostaglandins, which are primarily responsible for the uterine contractions that help expel blood from your bod. They can also trigger contractions in your bowels, resulting in diarrhea -- particularly during the first few daysRead More »from Answers to Your Most Embarrassing Gyno Questions
No matter how fabulous you are, there's a decent chance that your man's mom might be a total beast to you. According to Terri Apter, PhD, author of What Do You Want from Me? Learning to Get Along with In-Laws, 60 percent of women report having a negative relationship with their guy's mother (compared to just 15 percent of men who say they have tension with their significant other's mom). It may not be that she doesn't like you so much as that she's worried he'll need her less with you in his life. And sometimes she "adapts" by being critical, controlling, nosy, invasive...you name it. Save yourself the fury and headaches and be strategic right from the start.Read More »from How to Make Nice With His Mom
Problems with your own mother? Here's how to talk to her
Some women make the mistake of bending over backward to win a difficult mother's approval. This approach risks her taking advantage of your niceties and becoming a bully. You have to walk the line between acting like an alpha female while also being respectful to
Whether you've been stood up or are trying to get a creepy guy to lay off, commit the tips to memory and you'll be able to tackle any situation.
IF YOUR DATE DOESN'T SHOW UP: Resist the urge to call or text him to b---- him out. Instead, go ahead and finish your drink or enjoy that solo meal you've always said you'd have. If you tell your waiter or bartender your date didn't show, you may even get a free drink or app for being such a good sport and not bolting. If it turns out that he doesn't even have a good excuse for bailing, feel free to call him out on his inconsiderate behavior.
IF THAT CREEPY DUDE WON'T LEAVE YOU ALONE: Take a deep breath, straighten your spine, and be brutally honest. Women tend to feel guilty about being harsh, so they try to gently shoo a guy away- but it's tone that men respond to, not words. So wipe the polite smile off your face and bluntly say, "I'm not interested." Don't slip it in an apology or keep babbling. Just those three words - with aRead More »from 5 Quick Fixes for Dating Dramas
Some beauty looks are strictly for ladies night out. When you want to get your guy's attention, steer clear of these over-the-top trends and focus on what turns him on.
1) Fake Eyelashes
Hot date? If you're not skilled with faux lashes and glue, you may want to rethink falsies. "Men don't like anything that looks fake," says Fisher. "It's distracting, and they want to see the real you." Try one of these guy-approved beauty products.
2) Putrid Polish
The smell that turns off approximately 52 percent of guys? Nail polish! You know it's not his favorite thing, but you might not know how much those fumes bother him. "I can't stand the smell. It gives me an instant headache," says Scott, 28. Plus, it's a beauty ritual that doesn't resonate with most males. Not that you gotta bag your bright nails on his account-just try not to whip out the polish when you're watching TV together (or at least crack a window!). Plus: Find out what guys think about funky polish.
Putting on a bikini after a long winter doesn't have to be a torturous event. It helps to start with the right suit for your shape.Here's how to look smooth, bronzed, and gleaming all over. And check out Cosmo's fail-proof tips to looking amazing this summer.Beat Body Acne
Don't let eruptions on your back, shoulders, chest, or butt force you to eliminate slinky tops and skimpy bikinis from your warm-weather wardrobe. To ward off new spots while dealing with existing ones, start this daily blemish-busting regimen: First, cleanse the offending areas with a body wash that contains salicylic acid like Murad Acne Body Wash. Let the cleanser sit on your skin for a few minutes before rinsing it off so you can reap all the antiacne benefits. Postshower, spot-treat your zits with the same drying potion that you use on your face. These acne attackers will make your breakouts vanish.
2) Take Your Time with Hair Removal
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- Cosmopolitan.com | Love + Sex – Tue, Apr 13, 2010 6:45 PM EDT
It's no shocker that women are known for judging others, but did you ever think men might be guilty of it too? It's true...and you might be surprised to learn exactly what they're honing in on. Here are three things he notices the moment you meet.
You can work your butt off to come across well-a flattering, flirty outfit, big smile, witty conversation-but you can't do the same for your friends. Men know this, so if you're out with the gals, men look at them as representatives of all your personality traits-including the not-so-good ones. "I met a girl who seemed sweet at a bar. We chatted, and she invited me to hang with her friends," says Stan, 26. "Within 10 minutes, I realized they were all gossipy drama queens, and I bolted." If your friends aren't on the same win-him-over page as you are, head to your own corner of the bar.
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Guys pride themselves on being funny, so they look
This week marks one of our favorite times of year, Spa Week. During the week of April 12-18th, you can book a signature treatment (like a massage, scrub, or facial) for just $50 (that's more than half off in some cases!). It's the perfect excuse to get pampered without worrying about your wallet.
More than 800 spas nationwide are participating, so visit spaweek.com to find a spa in your neighborhood.Read More »from Four Ways to Make the Most Out of Spa Week
And so, in the spirit of pampering, here are a few tips to get the most out of your Spa Week experience:
Ask for samples: If you like certain products they used during your session, ask if the spa has any samples. That way you can apply them on your own to prolong the effects on your skin. Stretch your beauty dollars even more with these budget-friendly buys.
Steal a move: If there was a particular massage technique that felt amazing, ask the massage therapist to show it to you afterward-you may be able to get your guy to repeat it at home! Find out how to get even more