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  • 4 Ways to Add British "Flavour" to Your Olympics Viewing

    Just inMarmite time for the Summer Games: Here's a primer of quirky, iconic British snacks.

    1. Walkers Crisps: Yes, they're potato chips. But the nice thing is they have built-in portion control: They're usually sold in much smaller bags than the bags of chips sold here in the U.S. These "crisps" are made with 100 percent British potatoes, and contain no artificial colors or preservatives. Flavors include Worcester Sauce, Roast Chicken and Prawn Cocktail (only in Britain, eh?). If you find yourself in a pub, ask for the Walkers Cheese & Onion. They go great with a pint of bitter.
    Plus: 13 motivational sports quotes from Olympic coaches >>

    2. Pimm's: While strolling in London during the summer, you're likely to see Brits and tourists alike enjoying glasses of Pimm's, a classic summer drink. James Pimm began serving the Pimm's "house cup" (gin flavored with liqueurs and fruit extracts) in 1823 at the famous Oyster Bar in central London. You can also find Pimm's at select liquor retailers across

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  • 9 Motivational Sports Quotes from Olympic Coaches

    Herb BrooksHerb BrooksBring home the gold: Follow the winning advice curated from the country's top Olympic coaches to cross your own personal finish line.

    1. "Victory is in having done your best. If you've done your best, you've won." -Bill Bowerman
    The team: U.S.A. track and field, 1972. Bowerman, a former University of Oregon coach and co-founder of Nike, is widely credited with turning the town of Eugene into the running capital of the world (Olympic trials for track and field are currently held there).
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    2. "The key is not the will to win. Everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important." -Bobby Knight
    The team: U.S.A. men's basketball, 1984 gold medal; a pre-NBA Michael Jordan was a key player on the team. Knight was also coach of the Indiana Hoosiers from 1971 to 2000.

    3. "A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning." -Billie Jean King
    The team: U.S.A. women's tennis, gold medal winners in both 1996 and 2000. King was

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  • If the British Royal Family Competed in the London Olympics

    Royal SportsRoyal SportsKate, William, and the rest of the British royal family are bound to be keeping a close eye on the London Olympics: The royals do love sport. Here, their shot at Olympic glory:

    Princess Anne: In the 1976 Montreal Olympics, Princess Anne (daughter of Queen Elizabeth) competed on the equestrian team, the first royal to compete in the Olympics. She didn't win a medal.

    Zara Tindall: Anne's only daughter, Zara Tindall, is a leading British equestrian who was selected for the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, and now has qualified for the Olympic team in 2012.
    PLUS: 8 reasons marriage is better than the gym »

    Prince William: While Zara's cousin, Prince William, isn't an Olympics-caliber athlete, he is fit, as is his wife of one year, Kate. While at St. Andrews University, William played on the water polo team, was the rugby captain, and represented the school in cross-country running.
    Plus: 8 things not to do at the gym >>

    Prince Harry: William and his brother, Prince Harry, both play polo through

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  • Study: Cake with Breakfast? You'll Lose More Weight

    As a health book editor, I'm always on the lookout for new diet ideas, so a study presented last week at the Endocrine Society's annual meeting caught my eye. Researchers at Tel Aviv University randomly assigned 200 adults to eat one of two diets, each with the same number of daily calories (1,600 for men and 1,400 for women). While one group ate just a low-calorie, low-carb breakfast such as protein-filled egg whites, the other included something sweet in their breakfast such as a doughnut, cookie, or cake.

    Both groups lost weight initially, with an average of 33 pounds per person over four months. But over the next four months, the low-carb breakfast dieters regained an average of 22 pounds each, while the early-morning dessert eaters lost another 15 pounds each.

    Now, the #1 lesson I've learned in the 15 years I've been working on different diets is that pretty much any plan works if the calorie count is low enough. But it's intriguing that having dessert with breakfast could

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  • Does Gender Have a Color?

    BlueBlueWhen did girls get pegged with pink and boys with blue? According to Smithsonian magazine, the hues' history is a study in contradictions. In 1918, the trade publication Earnshaw's Infants' Department reported that "pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl."

    This sentiment stuck until the 1940s, when retailers sensed Pink.Pink.a shift in parents' preferences and navy became the more masculine shade. Then with the advent of women's liberation, many mothers declined rosier "girlie" tones for their daughters. Today, the pendulum has swung again, with Generation Xers opting to dress their girls in the pink items they were denied as children. This time, however, it's more than just color coding. What was then a simple pink blouse now gets a princess patch and a shower of glitter.

    According to researchers, kids don't understand gender until age seven, so we can assume that the

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  • 32 of the Easiest No-Cook, No-Bake, No-Fuss Recipes Ever

    Caprese SaladCaprese SaladGet out of the kitchen fast with enough delicious no-cook ideas to keep you cool all summer.

    1. Chilled Raspberry Shooters

    Serve this tangy mix of raspberries, sour cream, and cranberry juice in small glasses-guests can sip while they chat! Get the recipe at Taste of Home>>

    2. Blueberry Salsa
    Spice up your salsa with a new ingredient-blueberries! Serve this with tortilla chips for a substantial pre-dinner dip. Get the recipe at Southern Living>>

    3. Stuffed Medjool Dates
    Fill up on fiber, antioxidants, vitamin A, and natural sweetness with this fun Medjool date idea: stuff each with blue cheese and top with an almond. Get the recipe at Health>>

    Plus: Quiz: Name that classic candy! >>

    4. Curried Tofu Salad
    Make a lighter take on the classic curried salad with a starter made with mango chutney, grapes, and walnuts (eat it with chips as a dip, or turn into a sandwich). Get the recipe at Eating Well>>

    5. Sun-Dried Tomato and Artichoke Dip

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  • 4 Fast Ways to Get the Stink Out of Your Car

    These unconventional, green tips will help get rid of car smells and keep unwanted odors at bay.

    Sniff salts
    Pour fragrant bath salts into a loose-leaf tea strainer, and place it in the glove compartment for a fast refresher every time you pull out the map.

    Get a whiff of wax
    Drop a potpourri wax tart- commonly made by candle companies-into a cup holder, and take your favorite scent with you wherever you go.

    Dry and drive
    Lay fresh herbs, such as basil, on a piece of newspaper in the backseat and leave the windows rolled up to dry the leaves and banish bad odors.

    Sprinkle oil
    Shake a few drops of lemon or eucalyptus essential oil onto car mats for a naturally sweet scent that will last a few weeks.

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  • 10 Healthy Fast Food Choices that Satisfy Any Cravings

    ThinkstockThinkstockFan of fast food? You can make healthy choices. Too many people equate healthy food with pricy organic or specialized ingredients. It's time to see things more simply: Oven-roasted chicken is yummy, filling, and healthy-and still cheaper and better for you than its fried cousin. We've randomly chosen highly popular but not-so-nutritious foods in 10 different categories, and found healthier alternatives for each that cost the same (and often, less) money. Prices may vary based on location and time of year. Even so, these examples illustrate just how easy it is to make smarter decisions without worrying about cost.

    1. Fast-Food Dinner for Three:
    Craving: KFC 8-piece Bucket, $11.96 Extra Crispy breast 510 calories/33 g fat; drumstick 150 calories/10 g fat; thigh 340 calories/24 g fat; wing 190 calories/13 g fat
    Healthier Choice: Subway Fresh Fit 6-inch Oven Roasted Chicken, $10.50 for three subs 320 calories, 5 g fat

    2. Fast-Food Burger:
    Craving: Burger King Half-Pound Whopper, $2.39,

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  • 4 Tricks E-Tailers Use to Make You Buy

    Amazon.comIf you want to save money online, read this: here are a few sneaky ways retailers get you to purchase their products.

    Amazon: How does this e-tailer win us over? By becoming our default. According to Dan Ariely in Wired, we would rather shop at a place that has our address and credit card information on file than at one where we'd have to enter this information-even if it means paying more. As consumers, "we have a marked tendency to take the path of least resistance."

    Netflix: Because the movie-rental giant charges no late fees and lets you create a queue of what you want to watch, writes Ariely, you'd assume customers are getting their money's worth. This model actually exploits the gap between what people want to do in principle and what they want to do right now. Typically, you watch fewer movies for your monthly fee than you order.
    PLUS: 6 Oddball money making tips >>

    Groupon: By making a limited number of coupons available, this free-subscription, deal-of-the-day website makes us

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  • Food Fight Quiz: Processed Vs. Fresh

    Steak or hot dog?Steak or hot dog?Test your health knowledge as farm-fresh foods and their processed competitors go head-to-head: You might think it's always best to steer clear of processed foods but you'll be shocked to find that fresh isn't always best.

    1. Oscar Mayer Selects Angus Beef Franks vs. Fresh Sirloin Steak
    Hot dogs have come a long way. This new variety from Oscar Mayer contains no artificial flavors, colors, fillers, byproducts, or added nitrates or nitrites. And - get this - they're supposed to be eaten within 7 days of opening the package (not 7 years). But each dog still derives nearly 80 percent of its calories from fat, and contains 420 mg of sodium. Comparatively, sirloin is one of the leanest cuts of beef available, and it's a protein, B-vitamin, zinc, and iron warehouse that has just one ingredient (versus the wiener's 11). Plus: 8 fun ways to eat a hot dog >>

    And the best food to eat is…Sirloin Steak (with one important caveat)
    That is, you don't eat the whole piece. Here's the dilemma: A hot

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