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  • Eat These Protein-Packed Breakfasts to Lose Weight

    To feel full longer, build muscle, and yes, drop pounds, chowing down on lots of protein in the A.M. is key. If you're bored with your morning meal, try these fresh recipes. By Jane Bianchi, REDBOOK.

    Buckwheat pancakesBuckwheat pancakes
    Instead of using a typical pancake mix that includes enriched, bleached white flour and sugar, make healthier flapjacks by following this recipe, which contains 13 grams of protein, from Eating the Alkaline Way by chef Natasha Corrett and nutritional therapist Vicki Edgson.

    Eggs, lentils, and spinach
    Timothy Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Body, lost 25 pounds of fat when he changed his diet. One tenant he stands by: Resting metabolism increases about 20 percent if your breakfast calories are at least 30 percent protein. His favorite consists of eggs, lentils, and spinach. Whether you prefer your eggs hard-boiled and eaten separately or scrambled and mixed with the other ingredients, you'll still absorb the essential nutrients that they contain. To get 31 grams of

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  • The Best Girlfriend Getaways of 2013

    Family vacations are great, but time away with you best friends is an emotional necessity, too. To make sure you pick a place worth your cash, we've scoured the country for the top spots to relax, bond and try new things (I.e. cocktails.) If you "forget" your phone in the room, we promise we won't tell. By Meghann Foye, REDBOOK.

    The Wild Dunes Resort, Charleston, SCCharleston, SC
    Charleston is one of the best girlfriend-getaway destinations for so many reasons-a rising food scene, some of the prettiest colonial-era streets, and an easygoing culture that accepts nightly partying as the norm. Try the responsibly-sourced, low-country farm-to-table fare at Husk, and grab the famously delicious and dense coconut cake at Peninsula Grill. Then enjoy the surprisingly forward-thinking side of the city with a detoxifying hour-long session on the amethyst bed at Seeking Indigo, a wellness center and boutique located on King Street, and founded by an a New York refugee in serious need of a lifestyle change. We suggest booking a

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  • The Cocktails You Loved in College — All Grown-up

    Gone are the days of cheap liquor and discount beer; it's time to graduate to some more sophisticated versions of your old favorites. REDBOOK.

    Stoli Lemon KissInstead of a Lemon Drop...
    Stoli Lemon Kiss
    1 part Stoli
    3/4 part fresh lemon juice
    3/4 part simple syrup
    Dash of grenadine

    Build the first three ingredients over ice in a highball glass. Stir and top with grenadine.

    Instead of a Jack and Coke...
    Pedro Cardamom Collins
    1.5 oz. Brugal Extra Dry Rum
    .5 oz Cardamom Syrup.
    75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

    Shake and strain into Collins glass with ice. Fill with club soda, garnish with a lemon wheel.

    Created by John McCarthy, Greenwich Project.

    Related: The Hottest Summer Drink Trends of 2013

    Instead of a Slurpie and Vodka...

    Bella Sorbetto
    1 scoop of softened sorbet
    1 oz Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
    4 oz Prosecco

    Shake Solerno and sorbetto in a cocktail shaker without ice. Pour into a martini glass or Champagne coupe and top with chilled Prosecco.

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  • Say Goodbye to Age Spots

    A sprinkle of freckles is sweet - but age spots and brown patches are signs of serious sun damage. Don't worry, you can give them the slip. By Cristina Mueller, REDBOOK.

    Starting in our mid-30s, sun exposure can cause some skin cells to go into overdrive and create too much pigment, resulting in those dark buggers called sunspots (or age spots). "Women who are fair or Asian are the most susceptible," says Valerie Callender, M.D., an associate professor of dermatology at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC. Other times, revved-up cells cluster together and cause melasma, which creates brown or blue-gray patches. "It's more common in women with darker skin, women on birth control pills, and pregnant women," says Amy Lewis, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine. Okay, so we pretty much all get some kind of spots, but new treatments can even out your skin and help keep it clear.

    Related: 100 Swim Essentials Under $100

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  • 12 Ways to Cut Hundreds of Calories at Your Next BBQ

    Feeling anxious about what to eat can sabotage a summer cookout, and that's no fun at all. Let us do the worrying for you, and slim down your grill fest with these skinny swaps - they're so simple, you hardly have to think about them. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.

    1. Be sides savvy
    Take advantage of fresh and tasty seasonal produce while slimming your waist: Trade a side of traditional creamy potato salad for sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions tossed with fat-free Italian dressing and you'll save yourself 258 calories.

    2. Dip wisely
    Instead of coating greasy chips with fat-packed sour cream, try serving baked tortilla chips or better yet, whole-wheat pita wedges with low-fat refried beans and chunky salsa. The swap makes a big - 109 calories to be exact - difference. Bonus: It's a tasty way to sneak in an extra serving of veggies.

    3. Load burgers with flavor, not fat
    These sneaky ingredients will make chicken or turkey burgers taste so much better, not to mention up their healthiness

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  • Breaking News: Workouts Are Now Down to Four Minutes

    By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

    Can you tell we're excited? A new Norwegian study has found that you may be able to get real benefits from as little as four minutes of exercise, less than the length of some songs on your playlist.

    Related: 25 Lazy Ways to Burn Extra Calories Just Like That

    Previous research has found that interval training for 16 minutes prompted the same changes in muscle cells as 90 minutes of moderate cardio activity. Now, in a further attempt to buck the, "I just don't have time" excuse, we've done one better.

    Related: 21 Ways to Burn Fat Faster

    Researchers split 26 overweight, sedentary but otherwise healthy middle-aged men into two groups: those who ran on a treadmill at 90 percent of their maximum heart rate for four-minute intervals separated by three minutes of recovery, and those who did one, equally strenuous four-minute run. After 10 weeks, both groups benefited equally, increasing their endurance by an average of 10 percent, improving metabolic and

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  • You Won't Believe Who Jennifer Garner Credits for Her Marriage

    By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.

    Ben Affleck's acceptance speech for Argo's Best Picture win at the Oscars is one that will go down in history. While thanking his wife, Jennifer Garner, he remarked that "marriage is work," and the public didn't take kindly to that comparison. Affleck and Garner even tried to explain what he meant on an episode of Saturday Night Live, but it just added more awkwardness to an already uncomfortable situation.

    Related: Your One-Month Plan to a Closer, More Loving Relationship

    Well, it turns out Affleck isn't the only member of his marriage who can make sort-of-joking-but-also-not-really statements to the press. On an episode of Draft Day, Jennifer Garner credited the Red Sox winning the 2004 World Series for her marriage. "If they hadn't won that year, I don't think I'd be married with three kids," she said. "Because I think I would have been considered a jinx. Boston fans are pretty serious about superstition."

    Related: 50 Old-Fashioned Cheap Thrills


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  • 3 No-Bake Piecrusts for Summer Days

    Because the last thing you want to do right now is turn on your oven, or grab a rolling pin. Chef Carla Hall shows you how to pull off an easy pie crust recipe in 20 minutes flat. REDBOOK.

    The basic recipe
    Choose your cookies, then break them up into large pieces with your hands over the bowl of a food processor. Blend until the texture resembles a coarse meal. Add the butter and salt, and pulse until combined. Place the mixture into a 9-inch pie dish, pressing it into the bottom and up the sides of the pan to form a crust. Chill until firm, about 10 minutes, before adding filling.

    Related: 31 Days of Artisan Ice Cream

    Pretzel-shortbread pie crust

    1 cup crushed pretzels (about 4 oz)
    1 cup crushed shortbread cookies (about 3.5 oz.)
    ¾ stick unsalted butter, melted
    ¼ tsp salt
    1 Tbsp crushed pretzels, for garnish

    Related: The Hottest Summer Drink Trends of 2013

    Chocolate pie crust
    2 cups crushed chocolate wafers (about 8 oz)
    ¾ stick unsalted butter, melted
    ¼ tsp salt
    1 Tbsp

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  • 11 Things You Do that Make Him Crazy — and Not in a Good Way

    Usually, your guy can't get enough of you. Which is why he's willing to deal with these behaviors that may seem NBD to you, but drive him up the wall. By Anna Davies, REDBOOK.

    Your accessory attachment
    "Our bed is pretty much overtaken with pillows, and she wants me to stack them neatly on the chair every night. Also, if I take a nap, she'll sometimes even pull a pillow out from under me because she says the pillow is 'not for sleeping.' Then why is it on the bed?" - Dave W., 37, Savannah, GA

    Your media multi-tasking
    "Listen, I'm not into The Real Housewives, but I am into my wife, so I'll agree to watch the show with her. But I mean, one show. She's switching channels so often, and then, when I ask a question, she looks at me like I'm a moron. Somehow, she's managed to follow three storylines perfectly while I can't even keep up with what channel we're on!" - Chad C., 41, Seattle, WA

    Related: Your One-Month Plan to a Closer, More Loving Relationship

    When you drop the F-bomb (not

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  • Summer's Biggest Beauty Trend is Bobs and Bright Lips

    From Hollywood A-listers to top models, celebs have been rocking this fun-but-polished look from day to night. Get on board with the trendy combo to make a fresh, bold statement. By Paige Carlotti, REDBOOK.

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