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  • 13 Skinny Summer Snacks You've Never Tried Before

    We're all about eating between meals, which every nutritionist and study assures us is a good thing. The key is come 4 p.m., choosing something that's both healthy and satisfying. These fresh ideas will do just that on the hottest days. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

    Chocolate fudge popsChocolate fudge pops
    If you're craving something sweet, cocoa-filled, and a bit better for you than a chocolate éclair, try Relish author and The Chew co-host Daphne Oz's chocolate fudge pops. To make six, blend 13 ounces of lite coconut milk, five tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder, two tablespoons of raw honey, one teaspoon of pure vanilla extract, and one-quarter teaspoon of salt, then pour into ice-pop molds and freeze for at least two hours.

    Mango and avocado yogurt
    At Chobani's New York store, members of the 4 o'clock rush are wild for this seasonal, salsa-esque concoction, which you can easily recreate at home. Top a half-cup of 0% Plain Chobani Greek Yogurt with two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, one

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  • 6 Things You Should Know About Whiskey

    Everyone in your crew making the move from vodka cranberries to whiskey punch? You're not alone. Before you go hitting up your local liquor store for more Jack Daniels, read this primer on what to know about the real stuff. By Meghann Foye, REDBOOK.

    "What would you like to know?" asks Sean Muldoon, the North Belfast native and founder of the much acclaimed high-end cocktail tavern The Dead Rabbit, ready to show off his prize collection of whiskeys and punches. We've just met at his bar, which opened six month's ago in New York City's financial district. Muldoon's made it his mission to collect more than 60 different kinds of Irish whiskey, which to his estimation, is more than any other bar in New York City. I ask him to tell me everything he knows about the spirit, only to realize that could take years. Instead, I settle on the basics:

    1. Just drink it. I ask Muldoon what you should look for when tossing the stuff back. The pete-y aromas? Smokiness? Any other words I'd written down from

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  • Pastry Chef-Approved Cookies for Only 3 Weight Watchers Points

    After committing herself to Weight Watchers, the chef and restauranteur Sarabeth Levine devised this treat recipe that costs a mere three points. REDBOOK.

    Sarabeth Levine's Morning CookiesMakes 48 (3-inch-diameter) cookies.

    1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
    1 tsp baking soda
    3/4 tsp salt
    3/4 cup coarse whole-wheat flour
    1/4 tsp grated nutmeg, freshly grated
    1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
    4 biscuits (3.3 oz) Barbara's Shredded Wheat Cereal, crushed into small pieces
    2 1/2 oz coconut, unsweetened, desiccated
    12 oz unsalted butter (3 sticks), at room temperature, cut into small pieces
    1 cup superfine sugar
    1 cup light brown sugar
    1 1/2 tsp vanilla
    Zest of 1/2 lemon
    3 eggs, at room temperature, beaten


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    1. Position racks in the center and top third of the oven and preheat to 350ºF. Line four half-sheet pans with parchment paper.2. Sift the all-purpose flour, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl. Add the whole-wheat

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  • 5 Celeb Chefs Reveal Their Weight-Loss Secrets

    Can you really lose weight when food's your passion - and your profession? Get inspired by these pro chefs who overcame their own daunting diet challenges. By Amy Ahlberg, REDBOOK.

    Andres MerazStay on schedule
    Never let yourself go too long between meals, or you'll be tempted to overdo it with between-meal bites," says Andres Meraz, chef de cuisine at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach's DiLido Beach Club. "Being a chef can be very challenging when it comes to slimming down. I taste everything and I am exposed to so much food, so it can get tempting to eat everything in sight." His solution? Sticking to a strict schedule: breakfast at 8, lunch at 11:30, a light snack at 3, and dinner at 7. "Spacing out my meals and being consistent has helped me reach my target weight." In one year, Meraz lost about 50 pounds, and has successfully maintained his new weight. "I am motivated by the way my body feels and the energy I have since the weight loss," he adds.

    Related: 25 Lazy Ways to Burn Extra Calories

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  • Summer 2013's Hottest Beauty Trends

    From must-try hairstyles to making green juice work for your complexion, get warm weather-ready with 15 of-the-moment ideas. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.

    Go for a top knot style
    "With inspiration from celebrities like Jessica Alba and Kourtney Kardashian, this hairdo is a go-to this season, perfect for day or night," says Adrianne Johnston, a stylist at Chicago's Maxine Salon. "Pulling up long hair is a must for women during the warmer months, and the top knot is a confident, sexy style." Johnston says the key to achieving the perfect top knot is to not pull it too tightly - if you do, it will look severe and painful rather than fun and effortless. Keeping the knot looser will also add dimension and show off your color. Then, spread it out a bit with your fingers. "Sunlight will hit the knot and look spectacular," says Johnston.

    Paint your digits in pastels

    "Pastels are the hot trend for spring and summer in fashion and beauty. We're seeing lots of manicure and pedicure looks

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  • Dessert Trend We Love: Boozy Sweets

    By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

    Why order a cocktail when you could devote your libations and the full attention of your taste buds to an alcohol-infused dessert? Among some of America's best chefs, the answer appeared to be no reason at all.

    At the 2013 Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America Awards, talents from the country's top restaurants and bakeries showcased some of their greatest creations, and the results were mouthwatering, to say the least. And from sake, to amaretto, to the edible version of a dark and stormy, spirits reigned supreme. Our eyes, and our taste buds, are still going gaga over these bites.

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    Malcolm Livingston II's (WD-50, NY) mango puree, compressed mango, sake caramel, lemongrass infusion, syrup and puree with sheep milk yogurt sauce and smoked cashew nougatine.Malcolm Livingston II's (WD-50, NY) mango puree, compressed mango, sake caramel, lemongrass infusion, syrup and puree with sheep milk yogurt sauce and smoked cashew nougatine.

    Related: The 13 Most Exciting Chocolates in America

    Laurie Jon Moran's (Le Bernadin, NY) Dark and Stormy. Laurie Jon Moran's (Le Bernadin, NY) Dark and Stormy.

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    Andy Chlebana's (Joilet Junior College, IL) chocolate raspberry cremeux, chocolate mousse, amaretto ice cream, violette liquor bonbon, crispy raspberry foam, and sugared almond.Andy Chlebana's (Joilet Junior College, IL) chocolate raspberry cremeux, chocolate mousse, amaretto ice cream, violette liquor bonbon, crispy raspberry foam, and sugared almond.

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  • 12 Yoga-Inspired Hangout Clothes

    Thanks to chic brands like Lululemon and Athleta, a gym visit isn't necessarily required just because you don comfy workout clothes. Get in on the trend with these less mainstream options, and you'll never want to button your jeans again. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.



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  • Are Graphic Scenes on TV Actually Ruining Sex?

    By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.

    Do you remember the first time you felt palpable sexual tension and chemistry between two characters on TV? For me, it was on Dawson's Creek. The writers had finally realized that the whole Dawson/Joey storyline had fizzled, and somewhere along the way, Joey started having a much more interestingly charged dynamic with Pacey. Nevertheless, this was still The WB in the late nineties, and save for some heavy making out, most sexual congress was merely alluded to instead of being depicted, which was totally fine for my 14-year-old imagination.

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    This, of course, isn't the case for sex on TV in 2013. Even on Gossip Girl - which aired on The WB's successor, The CW - teenagers graphically groped one another in the back of limos, on pianos, and wearing as close to nothing as Standards & Practices would allow when they actually did do it in a bed (and how utterly boring this seemed in comparison to every other escapade). Plus,

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  • The Best Girls Night Out Spots in the U.S

    You want to see your friends at a place where you can let loose with all the favorite women in your life, but not compete behind a velvet rope or scream over the music. These awesome places all around the country hit that perfect mix of chic-cool-fun. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.

    Holstein'sWatch the club from above
    Two words: Vegas, baby! Marquee inside The Cosmopolitan may be a go-to clubbing spot on the famous Las Vegas strip, but check out Holsteins for a bird's eye view of all the action - and hotties! - on the dance floor. You can chill out with your girls in the glass-walled lounge of this new organic burger joint that overlooks the famous night club, sipping spiked milkshakes, without ever actually having to fight your way through the sweaty masses. Ask the bartender to blend you up a Drunken Monkey (Reese's, banana, malt, and Frangelico) to kick off the night on a sweet note.

    Get your groove on
    You may think Atlantic City is nothing more than Bingo and boardwalk, but America's

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  • The Cutest Summer Hairstyles of 2013

    When the temperature rises, it's prime-time for made-in-the-shade, effortlessly sexy hair. Twenty-five celebs show off the best looks for hanging out by the pool, surviving hyper-humidity, and savoring long summer nights. By Jennifer Conrad, REDBOOK.



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