Blog Posts by SHAPE magazine

  • 5 Healthy Sandwich Makeovers

    BLT with avocado and sproutsBLT with avocado and sproutsCraving a BLT or reuben-but not the calories? We've made over your lunchtime favorites by putting veggies center stage. Get your brown bag ready!

    1. BLT with avocado and sprouts (left):
    SERVES 4
    6 slices turkey bacon
    1 Hass avocado
    1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
    1⁄8 teaspoon kosher salt
    8 slices multigrain bread
    8 leaves red-leaf lettuce
    2 medium tomatoes, thickly sliced
    1 packed cup alfalfa sprouts

    1. Cut bacon slices in half and cook according to package directions. Arrange on a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

    2. While bacon is cooking, slice avocado in half, remove the pit, scoop out flesh into a small bowl, and gently mash with the back of a fork. Stir in lemon juice and salt.

    3. toast the bread; top each of 4 slices with 2 lettuce leaves, a quarter of the tomato slices, 3 half strips of bacon, and a quarter of the sprouts. Spread 2 tablespoons of the avocado mixture on each of the 4 remaining

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  • Injured? 3 Tips for Staying Active While You Recover

    By Jessica Smith

    Injured? Tips for staying healthy while you recoverInjured? Tips for staying healthy while you recoverDoes an injury have you sidelined from your regular workout routine? Don't sweat it. While getting injured can be frustrating (and painful), it doesn't have to mean you'll gain weight. In fact, it may be a great time to take a break from your current workout and focus on other ways to stay fit. And the good news is, when your body is ready to go back to your workout routine, it will have to work even harder than it did before, making it even more effective.

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    In the meantime, here are three ways to avoid gaining weight while you recover:

    1. Look for alternative methods of exercise.
    Can't run on your injured knee ? This might be a great time to try Pilates instead with a qualified instructor or a physical therapist, says Lisa Hubbard, founder of Rhythm Pilates™ and star of the Element: Total Body Pilates with Mini Ball DVD. "Many physical therapists use Pilates to assist in the increased range of motion of a joint, tissue and

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  • 8 DIY 'Dos like the Stars

    Miley CyrusMiley Cyrus2012 is almost here! Whether you're excited for a night out with friends and family or you're convinced the end of the world is here, why not go out in style? Here are eight celebrity hair-dos that are fun and stylish. They'll go perfectly with any New Year's Eve outfit and are quick and easy to recreate.

    1. Messy braid: Miley Cyrus (left)
    Tips from Angelo David of Angelo David Salon
    Step 1: Spray a detangler onto wet hair, followed by the Angelo David Sea Silk Styling Mousse to prepare for styling.
    Step 2: Begin blow drying hair by section using a round brush. Then, create a deep side part.
    Step 3: Run fingers through hair to create a messy feel, then sweep hair to one side. Take front section of hair and create small loose waves with a curling iron.
    Step 4: With the rest, divide hair into two sections. Take a small portion of hair from one side then bring it to the other, repeating this process back and forth. It is okay if hair falls out of the braid or there are knots and

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  • Found on Pinterest! the Hottest New Year's Eve Outfits

    The classic New Year's Eve outfitThe classic New Year's Eve outfitRing in 2012 in style! Whether you're going to the "it" event of the year or a casual house party with friends, we've got all your fashion bases covered.

    1. Classic New Year's Eve party (pictured at left): For the typical New Year's party, you can never go wrong with a shiny dress and a pair of nude pumps. Just don't forget your bling or to trade in your everyday handbag for a compact clutch.

    Party with the upper crust this New Year's Eve.Party with the upper crust this New Year's Eve.2. Partying with the upper crust: If you're going to a super-fancy party-passed h'orderves, crystal champagne flutes, men in suits or tuxes-go with a showstopping dress or gown and the "it" shoe of the season. Your footwear alone will be a great conversation starter with other party guests.

    This outfit is cute, chic, and office appropriate!This outfit is cute, chic, and office appropriate!3. Office holiday party: Transform your usual work ensemble-shorts with tights and heels-to a fun party look by wearing a sequined top, cocktail jewelry that pops, and a cute clutch. You won't look over-the-top, but you sure will be party-ready.

    Dance until the sun comes up in this outfit.Dance until the sun comes up in this outfit.4. A fun night out: Whether you're out with a date or with your

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  • The Morning-After Meal: Get Back on Track, Post-Holiday

    We found the best foods so that you can get on track and refuel your body post-holiday without feeling deprived. Read on for more!

    Berry-Yogurt smoothie.Berry-Yogurt smoothie.1. Berry-yogurt smoothie: Yogurt smoothies aren't just easy to make, but they're also one of the healthiest meals you can eat. Combining frozen fruit, yogurt, honey, orange juice and a banana is a great way to get a nutrient-packed breakfast on the go.
    Serves: 1 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: N/A Ingredients

    1 cup mixed frozen berries (raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries)
    1⁄2 cup nonfat yogurt
    1⁄4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
    2 teaspoons honey
    1⁄2 banana (optional)
    Instructions: Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

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  • Can a High Color Contrast Help You Eat Less?

    By Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD

    Can a high color contrast encourage you to eat less?Can a high color contrast encourage you to eat less?In a fascinating new study, Cornell University researchers found that a greater contrast between the color of your food and the color of your plate may naturally lead to eating less.

    In the study, partygoers served themselves from a pasta buffet with either tomato or Alfredo sauce . They were randomly given red or white plates, so some ate red sauce on a red plate, while others ate red sauce on a white plate, white sauce on a red plate, and white sauce on a white plate. Those who ate pasta with red sauce on a red plate, as well as those who ate pasta with white sauce on a white plate served themselves 22 percent more than those with the opposite pairings. While it's not clear why the color disparity made such a big difference, it could be another strategy to put to the test, especially throughout the holiday season.

    A few more research-based tactics that tend to naturally curb overeating include:

    1. Stick a spoon into a bowl of m&ms, gum drops,

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  • Is Diet Soda Making You Fat?

    Is diet soda making you fat?Is diet soda making you fat?By SHAPE Diet Doctor Mike Roussell, PhD

    Once and for all, we wanted to know: Can diet soda make you fat? So we went to the SHAPE diet doctor, Mike Roussell, PhD, to get his opinion. Here's what he had to say:

    In a word: no. While drinking diet soda every day isn't exactly good for your health, the chances of it sabotaging your weight-loss efforts are slim. The common misconception regarding the role of diet soda and weight gain comes from a couple of studies that received a lot of media attention. One such study looked at more 6,500 participants and found that diet soda drinkers were 67 percent more like to have diabetes and 37 percent more likely to have metabolic syndrome (a combo of symptoms that is basically where pre-diabetes meets heart disease). What's more, data from the Framingham Heart Study, the longest running heart disease study in the US, found a 56-percent increase in metabolic syndrome when people drank one or more diet sodas per day!

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  • 4 Must-Try Winter Nail Trends

    Winter nail trendsWinter nail trendsStars are always on the forefront of fashion, whether it's donning dresses right off the runways, setting hairstyle trends (like the now ubiquitous side-braid), or rocking the hot new winged eyeliner look. When it comes to the red carpet, every detail must be perfect, right down to their fingertips! But which nail trends should you savor and which ones should you skip? Remember Katy Perry's nails embedded with Russell Brand's photo? Or how about Lady GaGa's pointy vampire nails?

    That's where celebrity manicurists like Elle come in. She's worked with the likes of J-Lo, Blake Lively, and Hilary Swank, so we got the scoop from her on what trends will be hot, hot, hot this winter. Why not get festive this weekend or try one of these trends for New Year's Eve?

    Trend 1: Layers of Lustre
    Nails are super shiny, adorned with glitter, and making huge statements with layering techniques. Who doesn't love a little sparkle around the holidays? "Layering is custom-there are no rules,"

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  • 5 Foods You Should Always Have in Your Fridge

    AlmondsAlmondsIt's midnight and your dinner seems like a distant memory. It's much easier to keep your late-night nibbles low in calories if you have a few healthy ingredients on hand. Stock these 10 foods in your fridge at all times so you'll always be ready to whip up a guilt-free meal or snack. No excuses!

    1. Almonds: A handful of raw almonds offer a wholesome alternative to greasy, crunchy snacks (read: potato chips and buttery crackers). But the sweet nuts also make a great addition to smoothies, cereals , and nonfat yogurt. Chuck your almonds (or other healthy nut) into the fridge to prevent its natural oils from oxidation, as oxidized oils have harmful free radicals.

    2. Whole-wheat tortillas: Most of the carbs in whole-wheat tortillas are complex carbs, so you don't have to worry about a spike in blood sugar levels. If you're in a savory mood, sprinkle low-fat shredded cheese over a tortilla and toast for a deliciously melty snack. If you're craving something sweet, indulge in a toasted

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  • 5 Ways Pinterest Can Improve Your Eating Habits

    How Pinterest can improve your diet.How Pinterest can improve your diet.Raise your hand if you're obsessed with Pinterest! Oh, just us? Here at SHAPE, we love Pinterest. Besides providing some awesome health and fitness inspiration, it also helps us improve our diet. Here are five ways in which Pinterest makes it easy to think about nutrition:

    1. Antioxidant infographics: Did you know that one cup of blackberries contains the most antioxidants of all the berries out there? You would if you had this nifty infographic found on Pinterest, which also serves as a great guide to some healthy ingredients you should be eating every day.

    Tasty sandwich options.Tasty sandwich options.2. Sandwich options: Pass on your usual peanut butter and jelly sandwich, which is loaded with sugar, and opt for a more creative hand-held lunch. This image found on Pinterest is a great start for thinking outside of the (lunch) box. Don't forget about mushrooms, avocados , and tomatoes!

    Fun infographics and lists make it easy to stay healthy.Fun infographics and lists make it easy to stay healthy.3. It includes healthy lists: Sometimes it's easy to forget you should be including fruits, veggies, and grains in your recipes, but this handy

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