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  • Healthy Pumpkin Muffins You’ll Crave All Autumn Long

    By Lydia Smyth

    These fast, wholesome muffins are chock-full of the iconic flavors of fall. Best of all, though, they're packed with fiber, but not fat or calories. Photo by Con Poulos; food styling by Vivian Lui; prop styling by Marina Malchin

    Yields: 12 muffins (cost per muffin of $0.34)
    Total Time: 35 min
    Prep Time: 10 min
    Oven Temp: 400

    Related: Discover 50 surprising foods under 100 calories.

    Nutritional Information
    (per serving)
    Calories 159
    Total Fat 6g
    Saturated Fat 1g
    Cholesterol 32mg
    Sodium 258mg
    Total Carbohydrate 25g
    Dietary Fiber 4g
    Sugars --
    Protein 4g
    Calcium --

    Ingredients
    1 cup(s) whole-wheat flour
    3/4 cup(s) wheat bran
    3/4 cup(s) granulated sugar
    1 1/2 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
    1 teaspoon(s) baking powder
    1 teaspoon(s) baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon(s) Kosher salt
    1 cup(s) canned pure pumpkin
    2 eggs 2/3 cup(s) buttermilk
    1/4 cup(s) canola oil
    Orange cream, for serving

    Related: Ease stress with these 8 calming foods.

    Directions
    1. Heat oven to 400

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  • 5 Cooking Tricks that Make Vegetables More Nutritious

    vegetables cookingvegetables cookingBy Woman's Day Staff

    Yes, eating a lot of vegetables is crucial for good health. But the way you prepare them can also ward off disease. Keep reading for five easy ideas for getting the most out of your favorite veggies. Photo by Getty Images

    1. Stir-fry carrots or steam broccoli.
    Chopping and then heating them releases carotenoids, powerful antioxidants that may help fight cancer.

    Related: Discover healthy afternoon snacks that keep you full.

    2. Add a little oil as you sauté or cook leafy greens.
    The good fats from the oil help your body absorb the nutrients that are released as the vegetable is heated.

    3. After you mince garlic, let it sit out for 15 minutes.
    Research shows that exposing garlic to air once you chop it up promotes an enzyme reaction that releases cancer-fighting compounds.

    Related: Learn about 6 stomach-friendly foods.


    4. Cut larger pieces or cook the vegetable whole.
    Cooking bigger sections of vegetables like sweet potatoes or summer squash exposes less of the

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  • Fast Fixes for the 10 Most Common DIY Mistakes

    How to Fix 10 Common DIY MistakesBy Arricca Elin SanSone

    You thought you'd save a few bucks by fixing up your home yourself. But you didn't count on making that big boo-boo. Now what? "Almost every mistake can be fixed by someone," says Jodi Marks, a licensed contractor and author of Fix It in a Flash: 25 Common Home Repairs and Improvements. "And if someone can fix it, why can't that someone be you?" Here's how to get past the most common DIY mistakes when redecorating or renovating. Photo by Getty Images.

    1. The new paint is too bright or dark.
    You thought you loved it, but it's not what you expected. "Fortunately, there are many fixes," says Sarah Saucedo, who blogs at ThriftyDecorChick.com. "Use masking tape to make vertical sections; then, paint stripes in a lighter shade. Or try adding large-scale graphic stencils." You can also tone down the color by applying a sheer glaze over it. Or cover the wall with art so that only a little paint peeks through.

    Next time: Buy sample jars to paint swatches in several

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  • 10 Bizarre Things that Happen While You Sleep

    10 Bizarre Things that Happen While You SleepBy Jane Bianchi

    Sleep-such a peaceful word, isn't it? It evokes images of closed eyes, slow breathing, dreams and relaxation. But while you're dozing, your body's systems are doing lots of crazy things that will blow your mind. Don't worry: They're all normal. Still, you may never think of hitting the hay the same way after reading this. Photo by Getty Images.

    1.Your body temperature drops.
    Just before you fall asleep, your core body temperature begins to decrease, says Michael Breus, PhD, a clinical psychologist and sleep specialist in Scottsdale, AZ, and author of The Sleep Doctor's Diet Plan: Lose Weight Through Better Sleep. This drop signals to your brain to release melatonin, which affects your circadian rhythm (or sleep/wake cycle) and tells your body it's time for bed. Your temperature is lowest around 2:30 A.M., so if you're able to, program your thermostat to rise one degree at that time for an hour or two. Otherwise, you may find yourself stealing your spouse's

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  • The Ultimate Comfort Food: Grilled Cheese That's Part French Onion Soup, Part Roast Beef SandwichBy Woman's Day Kitchen

    Nutty, gooey Gruyère is even tastier when melted on top of savory roast beef and sweet, fragrant sautéed onion. You'll never settle for a standard grilled cheese again after you try this affordable recipe. Photo by Steve Giralt; Food styling by Cyd Raftus McDowell; Prop styling by Megan Hedgpeth.

    Related: Discover 50 surprising foods under 100 calories.

    Serves:
    2
    Cost Per Serving: $1.87
    Prep Time: 15 min
    Total Time: 45 min

    Nutritional Information:
    (per serving)
    Calories 430
    Total Fat 25g
    Saturated Fat 11g
    Cholesterol 64mg
    Sodium 840mg
    Total Carbohydrate 31g
    Dietary Fiber 4g
    Sugars --
    Protein 21g
    Calcium --

    Related: Find 8 calming foods that ease stress.

    Ingredients
    • 1 tablespoon(s) olive oil
    • 1 small onion, sliced
    • 1 teaspoon(s) thyme leaves
    • Kosher salt
    • Pepper
    • 4 slice(s) (1/2-inch-thick) rye bread
    • 1 tablespoon(s) melted unsalted butter or olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon(s) whole-grain mustard
    • 2 ounce(s) Gruyère cheese, grated
    • 2

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  • 8 Conversations Every Couple Must Have in the Bedroom

    man and woman talking in bedman and woman talking in bedBy Kimberly Dawn Neumann

    It goes without saying that you'd like to enjoy making love to your partner; yet, nearly every other aspect of sex calls for a chat. Here's why: Couples who discuss tricky topics effectively are 10 times more likely to have a happy relationship than those who ignore difficult subjects, according to a study by Joseph Grenny, co-author of Crucial Conversations. "A handful of conversations make the biggest difference in the strength and duration of a relationship," says Grenny. "Talking about sexual intimacy tops that small list." Read on for eight issues to broach and how to approach them so you can move on to more interesting things. Photo by Getty Images

    1. Limits. Unless you want to end up in a "50 Shades of OMG what are you doing?" situation, discuss boundaries. "While it's possible to have a good experience trying something new with no communication, it's also possible to have a big fail," says Carol Queen, PhD, Staff Sexologist for Good Vibrations, an

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  • 10 Things Never to Say to an Ex

    woman holding torn photographwoman holding torn photographBy Caitlin Moscatello

    You can't always avoid your ex. Whether you have kids together, call the same area home or simply haven't cut Facebook ties, there are a gazillion ways for your lives to intersect. And when they do, you may be tempted to rehash your relationship or show him how wonderful post-breakup life is. But if you don't want your past romance to continue stressing you out, avoid saying these 10 things. Photo by Getty Images

    1. "I regret our entire relationship."
    First of all, you don't. You might regret how things ended, but to say you'd take it all back isn't as much of an insult to your ex as it is to you. "A statement like this criticizes yourself for the choices you made," says Richard A. Warshak, PhD, a clinical professor of psychiatry and author of Divorce Poison. "If he's so worthless, what does that say about you? In most cases, the person has redeeming features; you're just not seeing that because you're dealing with the loss of the relationship."

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  • 10 Things Your Waxer Won't Tell You

    woman getting leg waxedwoman getting leg waxedBy Meghan Rabbitt

    You'd think that the woman who sees you at your most vulnerable-you know, when you're bottomless and spread eagle or on month three of not plucking your eyebrows-would be totally forthcoming with you. Not so. The woman wielding the wax stick may neglect to mention how to minimize pain or inwardly chuckle when you let too much time go by between appointments. Keep reading for waxers' 10 biggest confessions and tips to make getting smooth go more smoothly. Photo by Getty Images

    1. I'm rushing you on purpose.


    Unlike facials, massages and manicures, treatments you want to last and last, waxing appointments are intentionally fast-paced. "I'm not trying to be rude," says Imani Faris, owner of Beauty and the Beast, a waxing boutique in Washington, DC. "Getting waxed-no matter how skilled the waxer-isn't pain-free, so we want to make it go quickly for you."

    2. You may not leave as smooth as you'd like.

    If you wax a large body part, such as your legs or arms, there's a

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  • 10 Ways Your Home is Destroying Your Love Life

    10 Ways Your Home is Destroying Your Love LifeBy Kimberly Dawn Neumann

    Home may be where the heart is, but it also can be a hookup hindrance. Turns out that what's under your bed, in your bathroom or filling your closet can actually affect your libido, as can dirt and smells. Check out the 10 most common obstacles to a satisfying home love life and expert tips to keep your nook nooky-friendly. Photo by Getty Images.

    1. Clutter
    "It's the equivalent of bad breath, body odor and being a bad kisser," says organizing and lifestyle expert Dana Korey, founder of Away with Clutter. "If a space is messy, it may make a potential partner wonder what else is a mess in the resident's life." If you're already a couple and the bedroom is filled with unpaid bills, filthy clothes and half-completed projects, "your mind is screaming, 'Do laundry/pay bills/finish projects,'" says Korey. And if you can't relax, you can't get busy. So go through your stuff and decide what to toss and donate and where to store what you want to keep with this advice

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  • A Must-Try Fall Spin on Pork Chops (Break Out the Apple Cider!)

    A Must-Try Fall Spin on Pork Chops (Break Out the Apple Cider)By Woman's Day Kitchen

    Naturally sweet, pork chops are the perfect anchor for this delectable meal that includes two favorite fall ingredients - fresh apples and apple cider. Photo by Con Poulos; Food styling by Vivian Lui; Prop styling by Marina Malchin.

    Related: Discover 15 fiber-packed foods.

    Serves: 4
    Cost Per Serving: $4.89
    Prep Time: 20 min
    Total Time: 20 min



    Nutritional Information:
    (per serving)
    Calories 428
    Total Fat 20g
    Saturated Fat 5g
    Cholesterol 103mg
    Sodium 360mg
    Total Carbohydrate 30g
    Dietary Fiber 5g
    Sugars --
    Protein 32g
    Calcium --

    Related: Find out the best peanut butter brands.

    Ingredients:
    • 4 crisp red apples, such as Gala or Braeburn, cored and cut into 3/4-inch-thick wedges
    • 1/4 cup(s) fresh sage leaves
    • 2 tablespoon(s) olive oil
    • 4 bone-in pork chops, each about 1 inch thick
    • Kosher salt
    • Pepper
    • 3/4 cup(s) hard cider or dry white wine
    • 1 teaspoon(s) grated fresh ginger
    • 1 bunch(es) spinach, thick stems discarded

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