Blog Posts by SHAPE magazine

  • 5 Easy, Eggs-Cellent Breakfast Ideas

    Do you have hectic mornings? We understand! If you're looking for healthy, filling breakfast ideas that are easy and fast to make, look no further! Here are five delicious egg recipes that fit the bill:
    Eggs Florentine: Brush whole-grain bread with honey mustard; top with fresh spinach. Bring two cups water and one teaspoon white vinegar to a boil. Crack egg into a small cup and then pour into boiling water; cook three to five minutes; serve poached egg atop spinach.
    Smoked-Salmon Omelet: Whisk together two eggs, one tablespoon water, salt and pepper. Pour into hot skillet; turn pan to coat. When bottom is done, top one half with 1/3 cup diced smoked salmon and one tablespoon each drained capers and nonfat sour cream. Fold over; heat through. Sprinkle with dill.
    RELATED: The Best and Worst Foods for the Girl on the Go
    French Toast: Dunk two slices whole-grain bread into mixture of one egg, one-fourth of a cup of nonfat milk and half of a teaspoon ground cinnamon; brown both sides in

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  • Choosing a Healthy Breakfast Cereal

    Cereal is one of the easiest meals to throw together, but it can be loaded in sugar, fat, and carbs, defeating the purpose of striving to eat healthy altogether.

    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day (we can all agree on this), but finding quick and healthy breakfast dishes is the real challenge.

    Cereal is one of the easiest meals to throw together in the morning, but it can be loaded in sugar, fat, and carbs, defeating the purpose of striving to eat healthy altogether.

    Here's what to look for to separate the good, the bad, and the bogus claims on "healthy" cereals:

    1. Read Between the Lines
    Don't fall for boxes with misleading catch phrases like "low in sugar." Just because a product is touted as having reduced sugar or fat, that doesn't mean it's one of the healthy cereals. Be sure to read thenutritional facts carefully.

    2. Look for Whole Grains
    Grains should be the first item on the ingredient list--if it isn't, you probably don't want it.

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  • Women Drinking More and More Often

    We all know girls who can hang with the boys when it comes to sports, eating and drinking. Heck, maybe you're one of them. And while we're all for gender-equality (yes, we can do anything better than boys!), there's one trend we'd like to not see the girls equal to the guys on: binge drinking.
    A new report that will appear in the December 2011 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research has found that "problem drinking" - binge drinking and heavy drinking - among women is on the rise in the U.S. In fact, in regards to how much and how often women drink alcohol, we're catching up to the men. It may seem cool in the movies when a girl can drink a guy under the table, but this puts women increasingly at risk for developing alcohol problems and alcohol-related disorders. For women, binge drinking is defined as having four or more drinks in two hours.

    Researchers have a few theories on why women are drinking more. First, stress. As the pace of life has increased and the economy

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  • 5 Snacks to Satisfy Your Late Night Munchies

    We love late night snacking! But sometimes it's tempting to reach for the unhealthy snacks, rather than the healthy. If you're anything like us, you need some alternatives! Here are our current favorite healthy and delicious snacks that keep your post-dinner munchies satisfied.

    1. Endangered Species Organic Dark Chocolate: Endangered Species chocolate bars are vegan, gluten-free, certified organic and contain 70-percent cacao. This dark chocolate treat will satisfy your late-night sweet tooth while providing a hefty dose of antioxidants, which can help lower your blood pressure and improve blood vessel function.
    five 5 squares from a 3oz bar

    2. Pistachio nuts: Pistachios are a nutrient-rich, simple snack. If you're extra hungry, snacking on pistachios gives you an advantage over other nuts, as you get more nuts per ounce. Plus research shows that snacking on pistachios compared to other common snack foods like pretzels leads to more weight loss and greater reductions in

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  • What Are the Benefits of Juicing?

    By SHAPE diet doctor Mike Roussell

    You know it's important to get the right amount of fruits and vegetables, but does it matter how you eat them? We wanted to know if there was any real benefit to drinking fruit or vegetable juice over choosing whole fruits and veggies, so we went to the diet doc to find out! Here's what he had to say:

    There aren't any benefits to drinking fruit juice over eating whole fruits. In fact, eating whole fruit is a better choice. In regards to vegetables, the only benefit to vegetables juices is that it might enhance your consumption of vegetables; but you'll miss out on some key health benefits by juicing.

    RELATED: How Much Calcium Do I Really Need?

    One of the benefits of eating vegetables is that they have low energy density, meaning that you can eat a lot of vegetables (a large volume of food) without eating a lot of calories. This has powerful implications when it comes to weight loss-eating fewer calories while still feeling full and

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  • The Top 5 Foods for Beautiful Skin

    By Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD

    The old phrase 'you are what you eat' is literally true. Every one of your cells is crafted from and maintained by a broad spectrum of nutrients - and skin , the body's largest organ, is particularly vulnerable to the effects of what and how you eat. That's why it's not just what you put on your skin but what you put in your belly that counts. Here are five common skin conditions and the healthy foods that fight them:

    Skin Condition: Wrinkles
    Food RX:
    tomatoes cooked with olive oil
    A recent study found that tomato paste and olive oil boosts pro-collagen, a molecule that gives the skin its structure and keeps it firm and youthful. Scientists think that lycopene, an antioxidant in tomatoes is the key. It's at its highest when tomatoes have been cooked, and olive oil boosts its absorption from your digestive system into your bloodstream. A perfect way to take advantage of the combo is to stock up on sundried tomato pesto. You can toss it with

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  • Healthy Ways to Snack on the Go from Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien

    By SHAPE blogger Renee Woodruff

    Traveling often calls for chaos, last-minute packing, and if you're anything like me, a mad dash to the grocery store to acquire the necessary things to keep the good ole tummy tied over to prevent indulging in unhealthy airport food. So, for all of my fellow travelers out there, you're gonna love this handy snack guide that I've pulled together with the help of foodie-expert, Food Network Star and bestselling author, Lisa Lillien. Like most of us, Lisa is obsessed with food. So she turned her obsession into a newsletter filled with tips, tricks and nutrition advice, and just like that, the Hungry Girl was born! Here are some ideas co-inspired between Lisa and I on what to pack in your carry-on in preparation for the next flight you're boarding.

    Great Snacks on the Go:

    1. Apples. Wash, wrap in paper towel and put into a plastic baggie. Lisa loves Fujis.
    2. Individual packets of oatmeal.
    I love Nature's Path. Instant Miso soup is also a

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  • 5 Cute Workout Clothes You'll Love

    Who says workout clothes have to be plain or boring? We've got the cutest clothes that'll make you feel jazzed up and ready to get your blood pumping! The fact that you'll look great while doing so? That's just a bonus!

    1. Leggings from the 70s: We're all familiar with the cute tops from Tees By Tina, but these leggings are also to dye for! Wear the Ultimate Seamless Tie Dye All Over Capri ($40 at on your next workout, and you'll be sure to win some new friends at the gym.

    2. Yummy yoga tunic:
    Hey, yoga princess-after you do those poses, relax in this YogaFit Burnout Tunic Hoodie ($37.95 at YogaFit). And the best part is, you can wear this uber-stylish top even when you're not working out!
    3. Electric tanking: When it comes to gym clothes, they're typically drab and color free. You wear white, black, gray-you don't want to stand out. This Nike AD Futura Water Women's Tank Top ($28 at will change your mind. We love its funky graphic.
    4. Swim in style:

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  • 3 Smoothies That Pack a Nutritional Punch

    Smoothies are like the food equivalent of a Chanel handbag--reliable, classic, and they never go out of style. No matter what the season, we've got three delicious smoothie to suit every taste. Read on for smoothie recipes that are full of nutrients and flavor!

    1. Avocado smoothie: Avocados are loaded with healthy fat, fiber, and B vitamins, which your body needs in order to maintain healthy nerves and brain cells. To get your daily dose of B, blend up this Brazilian-inspired smoothie recipe:
    2 cups of low-fat milk
    1 large ripe avocado
    2 tablespoons of honey or agave nectar
    ice, to taste
    Directions: Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

    RELATED: 3 Tips to Lighten Up Your Coffee Order

    2. Citrus smoothie: This tart and sweet smoothie makes the perfect guilt-free dessert. Plus, pineapple is an excellent source of immune-boosting vitamin C and manganese.
    1 cup Ocean Spray 100 percent grapefruit juice, any flavor
    1 cup of

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  • Why A Little Hunger Can Be Healthy

    By Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD

    With my clients, and in general, I like to focus on the positive, such as what to eat rather than what not to eat and what to do rather than what not to do. But after spending time with my clients, they often tell me, "I didn't know what I was doing wrong before; now I get it." I'm always happy to hear that, because it means they're not just following my advice, they're understanding the logic behind my recommendations. That's key because when you're in the dark, you'll just unknowingly perpetuate the patterns that work against you. That said, one of the most common missteps I see that keeps people from getting results is being afraid to get hungry.

    Intense hunger, when you can't concentrate, you're irritable, and you want to shove the first thing you see into your mouth, doesn't feel good. But mild to moderate hunger is normal, and it's something you should be experiencing about four times a day. It's a signal that your metabolism is in gear, that you've

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