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  • 5 Healthy Holiday Super Foods

    cranberriescranberriesIt's easy to get distracted by less-than-ideal holiday goodies, but this time of year, some of the healthiest foods are also quite popular. Here are five of my favorites and good-for-you ways to enjoy them:

    Corn: A lot of people think of corn as food that offers no nutritional value, but a half cup cooked counts as a whole grain serving. More than 90 percent of adults don't eat the minimum recommended three daily servings of whole grains, and hitting the mark has been linked to a lower risk of nearly every chronic disease, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers and obesity. Corn also supplies B vitamins, fiber, minerals and the pigment that gives corn its beautiful, bright hue is linked to lung and eye protection. One study found that corn packs nearly twice the antioxidant activity of apples! Just be sure to choose organic corn, which can't be genetically modified and has been shown to be higher in nutrients.

    Enjoy : Thaw frozen corn kernels, lay them on

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  • The 10 Best Party Foods Under $10

    baked chicken fingersbaked chicken fingersWhether you're throwing a tailgating party, a holiday party, or a just-because party, try these amazing finger foods and appetizers! They make it easy to serve delicious food on a budget at your next get-together.

    1. Baked chicken fingers: Chicken is one of the cheapest meats at the supermarket, so when you split one breast into six or more strips, you can get even more bird for your buck! Serve party guests this healthier version of the classic finger food-jazzed up with flavor-packed condiments-to save major calories and cash.

    2. Personal pizzas: The easiest way to please every guest at your party? Serve pizza! You can customize your pie to be as healthy (or unhealthy) as you want. Plus, with this cheap pizza dough recipe, you can afford to splurge on fresh, tasty toppings. Our favorite ingredients for the perfect pizza: whole-wheat flour , spicy tomato sauce, and low-fat ricotta.

    3. Black bean cakes: Black beans are a savvy party host's best friend. They're not only packed with

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  • TSA-Approved Beauty Products We Love

    Carry on these beauty buys and fly through security this holiday season!

    1. Boots No7 Quick-Thinking 4-in-1 Wipes: Use these Boots No7 Quick-Thinking 4-in-1 Wipes (pictured below) ($6.99 for a 30-pack at to clean, condition, tone, and moisturize your skin . Yes, it really does all of that. It also has vitamin pro-B5 in it, which does wonders for pores. The result: a smooth, clean, and fresh face when you're away on vacation , even in the air during a long flight.
    boots no7 wipesboots no7 wipes

    2. Abrioné's The Clean Slate: Just because you're away (and didn't feel like packing large containers), doesn't mean your skin should ditch your three-step beauty regimen! In fact, when you're on vacation, your skin might need it more, depending on the activities and excursions you're participating in. A great alternative to your usual is Abrioné's The Clean Slate Facial Cleanser, Balancing Act Herbal Toner, Microdermabrasion Facial Scrub , Vanishing Point 5, Anti-Aging Moisturizer, Cell Enhancer Hydrogel

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  • Artery Cleansing Foods You Should Be Eating

    avocadoavocadoProtect your heart with every bite of these natural foods!

    1. Avocados: "Instead of using a whopping dollop of mayonnaise on your sandwich, try using thin slices of avocado," suggests Megan Madden, a registered dietitian in New York, NY. A 1996 study done by researchers in Mexico found that people who ate avocado every day for one week experienced an average 17 percent drop in total blood cholesterol. What's more, their levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol decreased and HDL ("good") cholesterol increased. Finding it tough to work avocado into your diet ? Try drinking it in this delicious smoothie.

    2. Olive oil: A 2011 study found that people ages 65 or older who regularly used olive oil (for both cooking and as a dressing) were 41 percent less likely to have a stroke compared to those who never use olive oil in their diet. Use a little olive oil instead of butter or drizzle some over pasta, salad , or veggies to take advantage of its high mono- and polyunsaturated fats, Madden says. "And

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  • 5 Destination Races You Need to Try Before You Die

    snowshoe the bearsnowshoe the bearVacations are fun. Running races is fun. So what could be more fun than combining your vacay with your own amazing race? From running wine tours to running tours of New York City, using your feet can be the perfect way to enjoy your new surroundings and fit in your workout. There's no shortage of beautiful places to vacation that also have road races , but if you need a little inspiration, here are 10 destination races you need to try before you die!

    1. The Avia Wildflower Triathlon: The Avia Wildflower Triathlon at Lake San Antonio in California is known as the "Woodstock of races." Not only do you have three distances to choose from, but you'll enjoy all the beauty of the Big Sur region with the added fun of camping, live bands, and gourmet food.

    2. Snowshoe the Bear: Spring and summer may be prime racing season, but the Snowshoe the Bear race in Big Bear Lake, California shows that a little snow can be a lot of fun. Whether you're a novice or a pro at running in snowshoes, this race

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  • 7 Must-Try Nail Colors for Fall

    Ditch those nude nails and try these bold shades!

  • The Best Low-Calorie Cocktails for Fall

    With flavors like apple, pumpkin and more, these low-cal recipes don't sacrifice taste!

    1. Pomosa
    145 calories, 3 grams sugar

    Drink to your health with this pomegranate-based potion. Using natural ingredients and premium grain alcohol, Van Gogh Pomegranate Vodka harnesses the exotic, nourishing flavor of fresh pomegranate. Sparkling wine adds extra fizz!

    4 oz. sparkling wine
    1 oz. Van Gogh Pomegranate Vodka

    Pour chilled Van Gogh Pomegranate Vodka into a flute. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with a strawberry (pictured above).

    Orange-Spiced Cider

    2. Orange Spiced Cider

    248 calories , 26 grams sugar

    Take a cue from James Labe, the nation's first tea sommelier, who adapted a classic cocktail cider for a more health -conscious diet. Accented with a splash of rum, this potent brew of apple cider and organic orange spice tea is perfect for a chilly fall evening.

    1 Numi Orange Spice tea bag
    8 oz. apple cider

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  • Celeb Chefs Reveal: "My Favorite Healthy Fall Recipe"

    Celeb chefs reveal their favorite fall recipesCeleb chefs reveal their favorite fall recipesYou've seen them on television or heard about their celebrated restaurants, and now we're bringing their award-winning recipes to your kitchen. We asked some of our celebrity chefs to give us their favorite healthy recipes for fall. Read on to see what recipes they can't live without this fall!

    1. Suzanne Goin: Brussels sprouts are brimming with essential vitamins and fiber. This recipe transforms the mini cabbage-like greens into a gobble-worthy side that's one of Suzanne Goin's favorite holiday dishes. The chef/owner of restaurants The Hungry Cat, Lucques, A.O.C. and Tavern in Los Angeles, California, Goin adds pancetta and balsamic vinegar to enhance the flavor of the sprouts, then braises them for maximum tenderness (pictured above left).

    3/4 c. fresh breadcrumbs
    1 tsp. thyme leaves
    1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil
    2 tbsp. unsalted butter
    1 lb. cleaned baby Brussels sprouts (or larger ones cut into halves or quarters)
    1/4 lb. pancetta,

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  • 3 Easy Ways to Get More Key Nutrients

    Eat more fruits, veggies, and whole grains. Eat more fruits, veggies, and whole grains. By Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD

    According to the most recent nutrition surveys, the majority of Americans fall short when it comes to hitting the recommended marks for the three most important food groups: fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Picture this: If you add up all the fruit and veggie servings the average American should have had over a lifetime that they did not eat, they would fill an entire football field. That's a lot of missing nutrients!

    If you tend to fall short of the targets, which are two daily servings of fruit, and three each for veggies and whole grains, start by focusing on adding one extra serving in each category per day. If you're consistent, just these three changes can snowball into huge health benefits over time:

    Fruit: Statistics show that roughly 70 percent of U.S. adults don't eat the recommended two servings daily, but squeezing in just one more can lower your risk of cancer by 6 percent.
    Simple strategy: Make fruit the first thing you eat every morning.

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  • Should You Work Out Twice a Day like Adriana Lima?

    Adriana Lima at the VS Fashion ShowAdriana Lima at the VS Fashion ShowAdriana Lima's taken some heat recently for revealing the extreme workout and diet plan she undergoes every year before the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. For nine days before the show, she consumes nothing but liquids, including protein shakes, and drinks a gallon of water per day. 12 hours before the show, she doesn't eat or drink anything, not even water. On top of all that, she recently told The Telegraph that she's been working out with a personal trainer, and then a month before the show, amped up her workouts (which include boxing, jumping rope, and weight lifting) to twice per day.

    We talked to Dr. Mike Roussell, PhD, about her diet and got his feedback on whether or not it's healthy, but what about her workouts? We talked to Amy Hendel, a Registered Physician Assistant and author of The 4 Habits of Healthy Families, to get her perspective on working out twice per day. The verdict? It's healthy, if you do it right.

    "I might not recommend that you work out

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