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  • 6 Surprising Nutritional Powerhouses

    Surprising nutritional superfoods

    Think citrus fruits are the leading source of vitamin C? These sleeper hits of the nutrition world will make you reconsider your next bite.

    1. Red Pepper
    If you want to boost your vitamin C by stocking up on citrus fruits, you're on the right track: A medium orange has 70 mg of vitamin C, just 5 g shy of your daily quota. But - surprise! - 1/2 cup of red pepper boasts even more: 95 mg.

    Bonus: 1/2 cup cooked broccoli has 51 mg of Vitamin C, more than two-thirds your daily quota.

    Related: Healthy-Eating Lessons to Steal from Vegetarians

    2. Artichoke
    A diet high in fiber helps you maintain a healthy weight and lowers your risk of diabetes and heart disease. Women under 50 should eat 25 grams of fiber a day, and those over 50 should get 21 grams. A cup of instant oatmeal has 4 g, and 1/2 cup of beans can pack more than 7 g. But artichokes have them beat: A medium one packs 10.3 g of the good stuff.

    Bonus: Lesser-known fiber superstars are raspberries (8 g per cup)

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  • The Easiest Way to Make Classic Chicken Noodle Soup (Use Your Slow Cooker!)

    Chicken Noodle SoupChicken Noodle SoupWhen making chicken soup from scratch, a slow cooker is the perfect cooking method. A long, slow simmer time allows the ingredients' flavor to develop fully.

    Serves: 6
    Yields: 6 main-dish servings
    Total Time: 8 hr

    Related: 16 Healthy Slow-Cooker Meals

    Ingredients:
    - 8 cup(s) water
    - 4 medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch slices
    - 4 medium stalks celery, cut into 1/4-inch slices
    - 1 small onion, chopped
    - 2 bay leaves
    - 1/2 teaspoon(s) dried thyme
    - Salt
    - Ground black pepper
    - 1 whole(s) (3 1/2-pound) chicken
    - 3 cup(s) egg noodles, uncooked

    Related: The 6 Biggest Mistakes You're Making With Your Slow Cooker

    Directions:
    1. In 4 1/2- to 6-quart slow-cooker bowl, combine water, carrots, celery, onion, bay leaves, thyme, 4 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Place whole chicken on top of vegetables. Cover slow cooker with lid and cook as manufacturer directs on low setting 8 to 10 hours or on high setting 4 to 5 hours.

    2. Transfer chicken to cutting board. Discard bay

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  • 11 Exercises that Do More Harm Than Good

    Dangerous exercises you should never do

    Now that you're building a healthy body with a steady gym routine, do yourself a favor: Don't waste time with ineffective or downright dangerous moves. We'll tell you which exercises to skip.


    Seated hip abductor machine
    You think you're working the outer thighs in hopes of blasting away those saddlebags. Unfortunately, the bad news here is twofold: When you're seated in this position, the abductor muscles of the outer thighs aren't actually doing the work. Instead, the piriformis muscle, a small deep hip muscle, is. And when this guy is worked too hard, it can get angry and pick on its neighbor, the sciatic nerve, possibly leading to painful sciatica.

    Besides, you can't blast away fat on a specific body part - better known as spot reduction - by working just those particular muscles anyway. "This machine totally ingrains that myth," says Irene Lewis-McCormick, MS, CSCS, a personal trainer in Iowa. The only way to reduce trouble spots is by changing your diet and doing

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  • Pumpkin Bread with Zero Saturated Fat and Cholesterol!

    Healthy Makeover: Pumpkin BreadHealthy Makeover: Pumpkin BreadTreat family and friends to our slimmed-down quick bread. Gone are the traditional version's 3 grams of saturated fat and all the cholesterol (thanks to egg whites and a blend of low-fat yogurt and canola oil). No one will suspect you've tinkered -- a slice is that good!

    Related: Get Your Pumpkin Fix! 23 Delectable Pumpkin Desserts

    Serves: 16
    Yields: 1 loaf
    Total Time: 1 hr 10 min
    Prep Time: 20 min
    Oven Temp: 350

    Related: Lighter Versions of Your Favorite Fatty Fall Foods

    Ingredients:
    - 1 cup(s) (packed) light brown sugar
    - 2 large egg whites
    - 1 cup(s) pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
    - 1/4 cup(s) canola oil
    - 1/3 cup(s) low-fat plain yogurt
    - 1 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
    - 1 cup(s) all-purpose flour
    - 3/4 cup(s) whole wheat flour
    - 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) baking powder
    - 1 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
    - 1/2 teaspoon(s) ground nutmeg
    - 1/2 teaspoon(s) baking soda
    - 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt

    Related: Cozy Minus the Calories! Slimmed-Down Comfort Food

    Directions:
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 8 1/2" by 4 1/2"

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  • The One Anti-Aging Ingredient Every Woman Needs

    The one thing a woman needs in anti-aging creamThe one thing a woman needs in anti-aging cream

    In our September issue, we announced the winners of our 2013 Anti-Aging Awards for skincare! The entire project took over a year to complete: We screened a whopping 349 products and tested 84.

    Looking back at the items we evaluated in 2010 for our very first awards we were able to see new trends in the skincare industry. One of the things that surprised us the most was that more and more day creams included retinol or other vitamin A derivatives - the star anti-aging ingredient that in the past was reserved for nighttime, as sunlight can render it inactive and it may even increase the skin's susceptibility to the sun.

    Related: 5 Things You Didn't Know About Retinol

    This time around, several of the products we tested in the SPF day cream category included these ingredients. Our advisory board of dermatologists vetted all of the creams before we tested them and assured us that they were okay to give out to our panelists as the Vitamin A derivatives used in our choices are not

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  • Pour Yourself a Cup from a Single-Serve Coffeemaker on National Coffee Day

    Celebrating National Coffee Day

    September 29 is National Coffee Day and for me that's cause for celebration! There's nothing I like better than a big cup of steaming hot freshly brewed Joe! And while I'm a coffee purist...I pour boiling water over freshly ground coffee in a Melitta filter...I've been pleasantly surprised at what a great cup of coffee, espresso, or even a latte you can now get from a single-serve coffee machine.

    Related: 4 Surprising Facts About Caffeine

    Let's face it - when you're running out of the house in the morning, whether it's to get the kids to school, yourself to work, or even to do an errand at the post office or the library, even seconds matter. With a Bunn My Cafe Multi-Use Brewer ($137 on amazon.com) you can brew a perfect cup in barely more than a minute. Another bonus to this model: You can opt to use your own ground coffee instead of K-cups or pods.

    Sometimes you like a plain ole cup of java? Sometimes you crave a creamy cappuccino, a green tea, a hot cocoa, an Arnold

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  • 8 Awesome Allergy-Friendly Foods for Kids

    Allergy-friendly food products for kids

    There are few subjects that I'm as passionate about as finding fun foods that are suitable for my 10 year old with multiple food allergies. Imagine going to a birthday party and needing to avoid the pizza and cupcakes, or passing by the ice cream truck parked outside school every day as your friends line up for a cone. When Drew was diagnosed with a food allergic condition (eosinophillic esophagitis, if you're wondering) two years ago, it became my mission to serve him food that matches the experience his friends were sharing. With the help of these products, I've been able to do that! Here are some of our favorite kid-tested foods to add to make your celebrations more memorable.

    1. Daiya Pizza
    My sentiment for this pizza boils down to two words: Life changing. For a kid with a dairy allergy, pizza had been off the menu for some time. I've made various attempts using mini bagels, tortillas, and English muffins (and Daiya's shredded cheese), but nothing has come close to this

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  • The Only Way to Make Mac 'n' Cheese

    Mom's Mac 'n' CheeseMom's Mac 'n' CheeseWho doesn't love a big bowl of pasta coated in a creamy, cheesy sauce? Our version of classic mac 'n' cheese is just how Mom used to make it.

    Related: 16 Delicious Dinners You Can Make with Your Slow Cooker

    Serves: 4
    Prep Time: 45 min
    Cook Time: 20 min
    Oven Temp: 350

    Related: Tasty New Takes on Classic Chicken Dinners

    Ingredients:
    - 1 package(s) (8 ounces) elbow macaroni
    - 3/4 cup(s) (about 1 1/2 slices bread) fresh bread crumbs
    - 4 tablespoon(s) butter or margarine, melted
    - 1 small onion, finely chopped
    - 1 tablespoon(s) all-purpose flour
    - 1/4 tablespoon(s) dry mustard
    - 1 teaspoon(s) salt
    - 1/8 teaspoon(s) ground black pepper
    - 1 1/2 cup(s) milk
    - 8 ounce(s) (2 cups) Cheddar cheese, shredded

    Related: Cozy Minus the Calories! Slimmed-Down Comfort Food

    Directions:
    1. In 3-quart saucepan, cook macaroni as label directs. Drain well.

    2. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease 9-inch square baking dish or casserole. In small bowl, toss bread crumbs

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  • Perfect for Fall! Classic, Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

    Butternut Squash Soup with SageButternut Squash Soup with SageThis soup is a creamy combination of classic autumn flavors: butternut squash and sage.

    Related: 10 Mouthwatering Butternut Squash Recipes

    Ingredients:
    - 2 medium (2 1/2 pounds each) butternut squash, each cut lengthwise in half, seeds removed
    - 4 tablespoon(s) olive oil
    - 2 medium stalks celery, chopped
    - 2 large shallots, thinly sliced
    - 1 medium carrot, chopped
    - 3 sprig(s) fresh thyme
    - 1 bay leaf
    - 1 tablespoon(s) chopped fresh sage leaves
    - 24 sage leaves, for garnish
    - Salt and pepper
    - 1 carton(s) (32-ounce) chicken broth
    - 2 cup(s) water
    - 2 ounce(s) French bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (2 cups)

    Related: 14 Ways to Use Fresh Apples

    Directions:
    1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line 15 1/2" by 10 1/2" jelly-roll pan with foil. Place squash halves, cut sides down, in prepared pan and roast 45 minutes or until very tender when pierced with knife. Cool until easy to handle; with spoon, scoop squash from shells and place in large bowl. Discard shells.

    2. Meanwhile,

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  • 5 Mistakes You Make Using Your Vacuum

    Get the most out of your vacuum

    A vacuum cleaner is one of the most versatile tools in your housecleaning arsenal, but only if you take care of it and use it correctly. Avoid these mistakes, to clean faster, easier - and smarter, too!

    1. Waiting until the bag or dust cup is full to empty it
    Even though some vacuums have "check bag" indicator lights, it's best to check the bag yourself and change it when it's no more than three-quarters full or empty the dust cup after every two to three uses. This will keep your vacuum's suction strong and cleaning performance at its peak.

    Related: Must-Know Household Tips For Quicker Cleaning

    2. Cleaning with a dirty filter
    You're not removing allergens as effectively if your filter is clogged with grime. You don't have to change the filter as often as the bag, but if the filter shows signs of wear, or is excessively dirty or torn, it's time to replace it. For HEPA filters, a good rule of thumb is every six months or every sixth bag change. Check the owner's manual

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