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  • 25 Snacks for 150 Calories - or Less!

    Hungry? We've got 25 waistline-friendly snacks to help you satisfy any craving.

    By Jessica Smith

    1. Going for a fun-size candy bar? Grab a KIND Mini Cranberry Almond Bar instead.

    One tangy, sweet, and nutty KIND mini Cranberry Almond and Antioxidants snack bar is only 115 calories. It's also full of vitamins A, C, and E and is the perfect substitute for a candy bar, says nutritionist Rania Batayneh, owner of Essential Nutrition for You in San Francisco, California.
    2. Craving potato chips? Try Annie Chun's Roasted Seaweed Snacks.

    With only 30 calories and 2.5 grams of fat per serving, these roasted sesame flavored seaweed snacks are a healthy (and tasty) alternative to chips, says Batayneh. Free of preservatives, they are also a great source of nutrients, so you won't feel guilty after eating (a lot) of them.


    3. Craving a crunchy, salty snack you can eat a lot of? Try popcorn.

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  • 3 Ways to Avoid Overspending Online

    Avoid the online sale traps! Follow these three tips before you click to buy.

    By Beth Kobliner

    You zip through a 70-percent-off flash sale online, waffle about the wedge sandals in your virtual cart, realize the deal's about to end, and - click! - they're yours. Sound familiar? To avoid overspending on sale items online, just follow these three tips:

    Related: 3 Women Who Learned to Be Happy Living on Less Money

    Hit "pause" if your dream dress is out of stock.
    If you log on for a Web-only sample sale and find your fave item already gone, you might be tempted to buy something else. In a recent study, shoppers were 47 percent more likely to purchase an item when a similar one was sold out. Tell yourself, "Try again tomorrow," and get outta there!

    Don't keep your credit card on file.
    Doing so puts you on the fast track to one-click impulse purchases. Opt to enter your payment info each time, and use those extra minutes for an Is it really worth it? gut check.

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  • Dear Whys Guy: "What's with the Bathroom Reading Material?"

    By Aaron Traister, REDBOOK


    "Why do men have no problem walking into the bathroom (private or public-as in my office!) holding a stack of newspapers or a book? Are they really not embarrassed?"

    Related: What He Secretly Doesn't Want to Do in Bed


    Not at all. Where else during my day am I going to get any alone time or a chance to do some reading and catch up on current events? And I might add that since everyone does it, and it's totally natural, maybe you shouldn't let a little embarrassment hold you back from experiencing some "me time." Besides who cares what other people think when you need to head to the bathroom to find out what's going on with the Strait of Hormuz?


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  • Are His Porn-y Emails Cheating?

    By Aaron Traister, REDBOOK


    "I don't mind my boyfriend watching porn, I know guys do that. But he gets all kinds of email solicitations from cheating and hook up sites-emails from addresses like, '' Does this mean that he is possibly cheating and I should ask him about it, or is this just normal "spam" that guys usually get after visiting porn sites? I don't want to freak out on him, but I don't want to be a patsy either. What say you?"

    Related: What He Secretly Doesn't Want to Do in Bed


    Free porn is about as healthy for your computer as unprotected sex with multiple strangers is for you in real life. If you keep rolling the dice eventually your computer is going to come down with something nasty; before I switched operating systems I crashed three computers thanks to free porn sites. My point is, it's probably just spam (although I never got spam - just viruses) but if it's something you're

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  • Why Do Men Scarf Down Their Food?

    By Aaron Traister, REDBOOK

    couple eating in kitchen


    "Why do men eat so freakin' fast? I can be just as hungry-even hungrier than my guy, and still it seems like he's shoveled down two heaping helpings before I've even finished half of my first plate. Are we secretly adversaries in an ongoing eating competition that I don't know about?"

    Related: Food Mistakes That Get in the Way of Healthy Eating


    Yes, you are food adversaries. I grew up in a house where I was in constant competition for the food on the table. My sister, my father, and I are like starving animals and I grew up eating my food quickly in effort to get first crack at the last meatball, or the last helping of pasta. It was a endless battle, and it's just a part of my persona now to fight for every last morsel on the table. The amount of food that a person with Traister DNA can put away freaks my wife out; once when I was having one of my food berzerker episodes at a restaurant she had to

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  • Moms' 10 Weirdest Tips for Saving Money

    By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK

    frugal mom
    My three boys didn't potty train until they were 4 years old. While this had many (many, many) downsides, the one upside is that since I spent so many years doing "the potty party" I learned a few tricks. My favorite one is to go to the thrift store and buy a huge plastic bag of Happy Meal toys for a dollar and use those as rewards for not making me change another diaper. The kids loved the toy, and I loved that they weren't all sugared up. But I'm not the only mom who's discovered an interesting frugal tip:

    1. "I save half-eaten apples, cut them up, cook them, and put them through a food mill to make applesauce to feed them that evening." - Lizzy

    2. "Before we went to Disneyworld, I bought real Walt Disney World 'souvenirs' on Ebay at a fraction of the cost." - Shellie

    3. "We buy oatmeal and wheat and sugar (and things like that) in bulk from a grain supply store instead of the grocery store." - Alice

    4. "I never buy

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  • When Babies Get Grabby: President Obama is Introduced to the "Fish Hook"

    By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK

    laughing baby

    On Christmas Day, President Obama paid a surprise visit to some marines stationed in Hawaii and got a little surprise himself. While holding Cooper Wall Wagner the 8-month-old did what any baby being held by a stranger does: he stuck his fingers in the President's mouth. I'll admit it: I watched the video about five times and laughed harder each time. It was kind of nice to see someone else on the receiving end of a handsy baby. And for the record, President Obama handled it every bit as well as a father of two should by laughing and removing the baby's hand.

    I don't know what it is - developmental stage? curiosity? lack of boundaries? - but babies have a thing for getting adorably up close and personal with not only their parents but random strangers too. Here are some of my favorite baby moves:

    1. The fish hook. Demonstrated so expertly on the President, this is where the baby will suddenly stick his hand in your mouth, often

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  • 8 Ready-to-Eat Holiday Party Treats

    By Lauren Oster, REDBOOK

    There's no feeling quite like having guests gush over a dish you've made from scratch. Then again, there's no feeling quite like turning up to your own party too exhausted to mingle because you've been slaving over a hot stove, either. By all means, take your time perfecting your famous pecan squares this year - then step away from the oven, bulk up your holiday spread with a few of these plug-and-play options, and spend your extra time applying a just-so holiday glitter treatment to your eyelids. (I'm kidding, sort of. God, I love glitter.)

    1. Marcona Almonds ($13.99)

    They aren't cheap-but they're sweeter, more delicate, and indescribably more refined than their traditional counterparts, and they're the go-to swank party snack around the REDBOOK office. If you're feeling like gilding the lily, warm them up in the oven and toss with a bit of olive oil and fresh herbs.

    2. Kitchen Table Bakers Aged Parmesan Crisps ($5.99)

    A great option

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  • Help: My Husband Spoils the Kids on Christmas

    By Aaron Traister, REDBOOK


    "Every Christmas, my husband goes really overboard buying presents for our kids. I tell him we don't need 50 more toys in our house (that they didn't even ask for, or know existed!), and that our kids need to learn that less can be more. But he's still shopping like a maniac. Any advice?"

    Related: What Your Man Really Thinks in Bed


    Whenever I get my kids more presents than they need, it's usually because deep down I'm giving them things I want. Does my five-year-old really need a Lego X-Wing in addition to the other stuff he's getting? Of course not, but I really want to help build that bad boy and drink in the wonder that is Luke's sweet ride. At some point, perhaps when your husband's building a Lego Hogwarts Express that both kids are totally disinterested in, or when he finds himself yelling, "Be more careful with MY authentic light up Light Saber!" he'll get some self-awareness and realize

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  • "Do Guys Care About Relationship Experience?"

    By Aaron Traister, REDBOOK


    "I'm a senior in high school and I have never dated, and I fear that this will interfere with dating in college. Do guys care if a girl has not dated before? Do they have a problem if someone hasn't had their first kiss by college?"

    Related: What Your Man Really Thinks in Bed


    I don't normally answer questions from teenagers because of my cursing and general inappropriateness, however I saw a lot of myself in this question so I felt compelled to give you straight (and hopefully appropriate) curse-free answer.

    Here's to late bloomers! I didn't have a real relationship until I met Karel at age 22, and I think that was a good thing. I didn't accumulate large amounts of unpleasant baggage, and I didn't have any weird expectations about what our life together should look like.

    People assume that there is some time frame that they need to conform to be normal, and that's just not true, despite

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