by Kelly Senyei, Epicurious
Do you rely on the calorie count of foods to plan your daily caloric intake? If so, you may want to think twice before you take a bite into what you thought was a 250-calorie muffin. A recent video by the New York Times reveals that many packaged foods and restaurant dishes' calorie counts are more erroneous than accurate.
If the mere appearance of the caloric penalty of a dish on a restaurant menu hasn't been enough to sway your order, perhaps now the lingering doubt over the accuracy of those numbers may be the final blow to direct you to healthier alternatives. The Times tested the calorie count validity of five packaged and restaurant foods, and despite the small sample size, the results prove that the number of calories listed isn't always the number of calories you're consuming.
See more: How to Shop for a Better Breakfast at the Grocery Store
After hours of tests and research, food scientists at St. Luke's Hospital Obesity Research Center in New
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Thanks to the cold weather, takeout's becoming an increasingly frequent part of our lives, but that doesn't have to sabotage your healthy diet. Robyn Youkilis, national consultant for health for seamless.com, shares the nutritious picks that should be on your plate, from the local deli to your favorite Italian joint. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.Read More »from Healthy Picks for Every Kind of Takeout Craving
Pad Thai is a universal favorite, but it's also incredibly oily and eggy. If you love the stuff, ask for an appetizer portion, or try pad si-ew instead, a great dish into which to add a protein and extra vegetables. Chicken in a peanut sauce calling your name? Use Youkilis' sneaky trick, and order the sauce on the side along with an extra lime. Then, squeeze lime juice into the sauce, which will double its volume without adding any extra calories.
"In a deli, I tend to employ my good-better-best theory," says Youkilis. "You may not end up with the best option there, but you can end up with a good one." A whole chicken breast
Keep your home germ-free with these tips for cleaning your home1. Underside of Rugs
To remove dust and dirt that's gone deep down into the rug, simply flip it over and vacuum the underside.
The material they're made of - metal, wood, or fabric - determines how you dust them. For metal blinds, wipe with a sock lightly dampened with water or multi-purpose cleaner. For wood blinds follow the same procedure using only a little tap water. Do not overwet the wood and be sure to buff dry right away. For fabric blinds, go over the blinds with a dry microfiber cloth.
3. Credit Cards
These everyday essentials get handled by lots of people, and germs can lurk in the crevices around the numbers. Give debit and credit cards a quick cleaning with an alcohol wipe and let them air dry before placing them back in your wallet.
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Clean your can or the plastic liner in your utility room sink, the shower, or outside. (Be sure to
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Having stylish, functional furniture may be more important in the living room than it is in any home space! That's because we spend oodles of time here! It's where we watch TV, where we meet with friends and family when they head over for holidays or a routine weekend get-together. Thus, I've rounded up some of the trendiest and sturdiest of one living room staple: the coffee table! Of course, this piece of furniture is indispensable. It's where we prop up our feet after a long day at work, and where our guests set their drinks while engaging in casual conversation. If you nail nothing else when it comes to home furniture, nab an in-style, good-quality coffee table!Read More »from Easy Feat: 6 Modern Coffee Tables to Update Your Living Room
Here are 6 trendy coffee tables for your living room:
1.) Normann Copenhagen Tablo Table
Simple White Table
I love this coffee table by Normann Copenhagen. Its simple design allows for you to be creative in other areas of your home decor -- and it would fit in any living space!
Get it at Normann Copenhagen, $550.00
2.) Hay Tray Table
This tray would easily double as a modern and sleek coffee table!
Read food labels and avoid unhealthy ingredientsWhen we go grocery shopping, most of us think we're making healthy choices. But are we really? Joining Away We Grow host Diane Mizota is supermarket guru Phil Lempert, who will help to decode labels and reveal the top ingredients to avoid.Read More »from The Top Unhealthy Ingredients to Avoid
Related: Not so fast! Three tips for reading food labels
We all probably know that we should avoid salt, sugar, and fat. But Lempert notes that these three ingredients may have different names on a label. "So when you look at a label, you really have to be more detective-oriented to know what that sugar really is, what that sodium really is," he says.
Related: 8 alarmingly unhealthy snacks for kids
The key to decoding labels is to read the ingredients and then look at the nutritional facts panel. "In the case of sodium, just remember that baking soda or baking powder or anything that has the word sodium in it, that's salt," says Lempert. He adds, "Sugars can be high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, honey, dextrose, all these things."
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Mom can help with brushing teeth.
"Brush your teeth. Brush your hair. We only have 20 minutes to get out of here. Did you remember to go potty? Go potty! We've got to go in 15 minutes. Please, hurry up! You have to brush the back of your hair, too. Hurry up! We have to leave the house in 10 minutes! Five minutes! HURRY!"
I can't even begin to count the number of times I have called out that exact set of instructions in an ever more frantic voice as I tried to get my three kids all dressed, brushed and out the door on time. My friends tease me when I am late, which is too often. But I've been getting better, and today my family was 10 minutes early for our homeschool group activity. My friends were impressed. Here are some tips to help you get your kids in and out of the bathroom in 15 minutes or less so you can be on time, too.
Wake up early
A sleepy kid is a slow kid. Mine have actually fallen asleep on the toilet while I was trying to prod them along. If you have someplace to be, get your kids up at leastRead More »from Get Your Kids in and Out of the Bathroom in 15 Minutes
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