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  • The 7 Best Lunchbox Snacks

    We asked nutritionists for healthy snacks we don't have to feel guilty about, then kids tried out their picks. These lunch-friendly foods received a unanimous "yummy!" REDBOOK.

    Justin's Organic Single Serve Peanut Butter Cup Is there any better combo than milk chocolate and peanut butter? This version is so natural it feels virtuous. ($0.99 each; for stores)

    Chobani Champions Tubes Low-fat Greek yogurt blended with real fruit in an irresistibly squeezable package. ($2.79 for 8; for stores)

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    Earthbound Farm Dippin' Doubles The carrot and ranch-dip combo is perfectly portioned, and the creamy dip is made with wholesome ingredients. ($3.39 for 2; for stores)

    Little Duck Organics Freeze Dried Tiny Fruits Kids will pop these like candy; good thing there's nothing but fruit in there. ($3.99 each; for stores)

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    Sabra Classic Hummus

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  • 7 Things We Learned from the Belly Melt Diet

    We spend so much time fighting our bodies with diets, but what if reaching your healthiest weight-and shedding inches from your middle-was as simple as listening to your natural rhythms and inner clock? These tidbits from a new book, are intriguing. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

    1. What The Belly Melt Diet is all about: "This plan will reset your hunger hormones to stop cravings. You'll eat at specific times so that the hunger hormone ghrelin (the substance that triggers cravings and makes you want to eat) is under control at all times. You'll be eating meals that provide the perfect balance of carbs, protein, and fats that will keep ghrelin under control but that will also stimulate you when you need it (during the day) and calm when you when you don't (when it's time to go to sleep). You'll also be choosing foods with nutrients that help you sleep better, which in turn helps reset your body clock so the weight will come off faster. You'll follow a 1,200- to 1,500-calorie diet." Ed note:

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  • The Anti-Aging Trick That's Right at Your Fingertips

    The anti-aging secret to looking smoother and glowier isn't at the bottom of a jar - it's at your fingertips. All you need are these simple massage moves and a few drops of oil. By Cara Litke Sullivan, REDBOOK.

    An anti-aging facial you can do at home
    Your mom probably told you not to touch your face, so the concept of rubbing your hands all over it may seem counterintuitive. But pros are big on massage: "It increases blood flow, which is what gives you that plump, glowing look, and firms sagging areas by improving muscle tone," says celebrity facialist Nichola Joss, whose clients include Kate Moss and Elle Macpherson. "Plus, it's really relaxing."

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    The key to an effective massage? Facial oil. "Oils are loaded with nutrients and allow your fingers to glide-not drag-along the skin," Joss says. For a D.I.Y. approach, use coconut oil, says Ellen Marmur, M.D., an associate clinical professor of dermatology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in

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  • Real Women's Craziest Turn-Ons

    Daniel Bergner's new book What Do Women Want? attempts to unlock "mysterious secrets" of female desire. (Hint: One claim details the search for female Viagra.) Except it's 2013-if you want to know, just ask. Our Facebook fans were more than happy to share what really gets them going.

    Randy and sandy
    "As a Jersey girl, hitting the shore every summer is a must. While we're down the shore, I'm definitely in the mood, but it's on the hour-plus ride back home that I really can't control myself. I can still smell the salty air in the car and on our clothes. My husband looks forward to coming home from the shore almost as much as going there!" - Kori R.

    Wild, wild west
    "Several years ago, my husband and I went to a photographer specializing in Old West photography. We wore costumes that looked like they were from the 19th century, and my husband's included a cowboy hat. In true 1800's fashion, we didn't smile in the photo. I can't tell you how much it turned me on to see my husband in that

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  • Why Would Anyone Send This Letter, Ever?

    By Sarah Smith, REDBOOK.

    The letter started circulating widely after singing duo Lennon and Maisy tweeted about it. When it comes to choices other parents make, I like to be balanced, see the other side, and tamp down judgment. But sometimes there is no other side.

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    In Newcastle, Ontario, this week, a mother sent an anonymous letter to Karla Begley, complaining (to put it mildly) about Karla's son, who is autistic. The letter is cruel. Reading is like getting a kick in the gut. The writer says astoundingly hateful things, from "he is a hindrance to everyone" to "euthanize him." What upsets me the most is that she signed the letter, "One pissed off mother." That means this woman has kids. What is she teaching them about people with disabilities or how to treat any person? We like to think that becoming a mom transforms you into a person with a second heart, full of love you never knew. But that doesn't always happen, and I've seen it myself.

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    When I was growing up, a mother in our

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  • The Beauty Secrets of Celeb Hair and Makeup Pros

    Celebrity hair and makeup pros know things the rest of us don't about uncovering every woman's gorgeousness. Read on for their secrets. By Nicole Cantane, REDBOOK.

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  • Now that many celebs are coming out about their infertility struggles and pushing motherhood off until their 40s, we're left wondering: What is the latest science available to women trying to conceive later in life? Dr. Shahin Ghadir, founder of the Southern California Reproductive Center-one of America's leading fertility clinics-breaks it down for us. By Meghann Foye, REDBOOK.

    There's so much talk about what's possible in terms of extending fertility into your 40s and beyond. What are the stats?

    The major issue is that more and more women are waiting until later in life to try to conceive. Biologically, this doesn't work for women. The decline of egg quality and count starts before you are even born. It happens again by the time you begin your menstrual cycle, and by 27 or 28 a regular decline in quality and quantity of your eggs begins. Women are coming into my office older and older. They learn that a 48-year-old celebrity had twins, and think, "Oh, if she can do it, then I'll

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  • 10 Fall Hair Colors that Would Look Amazing on You

    The weather's changing-and so should your mane. Whether you want to go darker, warm up with a vibrant red, or keep a touch of summer in your locks, these stars lead the way with to-dye-for shades. By Jennifer Conrad, REDBOOK.

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  • The Ultimate Guide to Mixing Prints

    Our favorite designers and most stylish celebs have made themselves clear: This trend is big for fall. And you can wear it too, says The Carrie Diaries' costume designer Eric Daman, who shared his inside tips for exactly how to rock the look. By Ava Feuer.

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  • The Adorable School Snack We Wish We'd Thought Of

    If both of you agree that ants on a log is getting a little old, add a fun new twist to snack time with this adorable, nutritious recipe. And, yes, it's fine to take some to the office for yourself. By Jane Bianchi, REDBOOK.

    Crispy apple-wiches
    Sandwiches made with bread are so last year-and not just for those who have given up gluten. Add more crunch with this fruity, protein-rich snack or meal.

    1 large apple
    1/2 lemon
    2 Tbsp peanut, tree nut, or seed butter
    2 Tbsp granola

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    Use an apple corer or melon baller to remove the apple's core. Cut half an inch off the top and bottom of the apple. Cut apple crosswise into four 1/2-inch-thick slices. They will look like bagels with holes in the center. Rub the cut side of the lemon over both sides of the apple slices to keep them from browning. Spread peanut butter on two of the apple slices. Sprinkle granola over the peanut butter. Top with remaining apple slices.

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