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  • Woah! You Can Now Get a Healthy Food Fix at THIS Chain Restaurant

    by Sarah-Jane Bedwell

    courtesy of Denny'scourtesy of Denny's

    Whether you're in need of breakfast, lunch or dinner -- especially when there's nothing else open -- Denny's always seems to be a common pick. But, the food isn't so healthy. (Grand Slam Platter, we're looking at you.) Thankfully, the nationwide fast food-meets-diner joint (that's open 24/7) now has a Fit Fare menu that offers tasty but healthy options full of produce and proteins. Get a quality food fix anytime with one of my top picks.


    Fit Fare Veggie Skillet (pictured above): Breakfast, for whatever reason, is just as good for lunch and dinner, don't you think? The Fit Fare skillet appeals to both our breakfast and health-loving selves, featuring roasted potatoes, peppers and onions, mushrooms and broccoli, all topped with two egg whites scrambled with spinach and tomatoes. That's a LOT of veggies, right?! Using a ton of produce is a great way to bulk up your plate without adding cals and fat. This vegetarian-friendly dish has just 330 calories and

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  • Buy Your Wine Based on Your Relationship Status

    by Marjorie Korn

    Courtesy of Taken Wine CompanyCourtesy of Taken Wine Company You're having your significant other over for dinner and cruising the wine aisle. (Or maybe you're just surprising your hubby at home, whatevs.) Confused as far as what to buy? Use your Facebook status as a guide.


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    Started by two childhood friends, Taken Wine Company is a cheeky nod to those kinda-infamous FB statuses. Are you in a relationship, engaged or married? Then you'll want Taken Red Blend, $30. If you're in the midst of a sticky, we're-not-together-wait-yes-we-are relationship, I'd recommend Complicated Red Blend, $20, or Complicated Chardonnay, $18. And if you're currently on the free-agent market, well, you're gonna have to wait until the spring, when Taken Wines launches Available. We're hoping Available has a nice, low price tag so we don't ever waste a good bottle on a crappy date.

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  • Hey Lululemon, Did You Really Mean That?

    by Rachel Jacoby

    courtesy of Lululemoncourtesy of Lululemon

    Remember the sheer Lululemon pants crisis? We're wondering if another Lulu-Gate is on the way. In a recent interview on Bloomberg TV, Lululemon founder Chip Wilson said about the pants' design: "Quite frankly, some women's bodies don't work for it." And when talking about new complaints that the pants are pilling too quickly, he said: "The thing is that some women will wear seatbelts that don't work or they'll wear a purse that doesn't work ..." before restating his line about not all women's bodies "working" for the pants.

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    More on the pilling: "It's really about the rubbing through the thighs, how much pressure is there over a period of time, how they much they use it."

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    Mmmmm k... so is Lululemon's founder saying not all women can (or should) wear their signature leggings? We've called and emailed the company for comment, and will let you know as

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  • Woah! a Vibrating Foundation Applicator Exists?

    by Alexandra Samuel

    courtesy photocourtesy photo Any makeup artist will tell you that blending is a major must for flawless makeup. But blending at home can be kind of, um...tedious? Blend too much and your makeup disappears, blend too little and your skin will look spotty and uneven. Plus, how hard it is it to find the right balance between rubbing and smudging? I mean, blending is somewhere in there, but it's way to easy to just spread your makeup around and not actually blend. Which is why the Pop Beauty Buzzing Beauty Buffer is kind of amazing.


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    OK, hold up. When I first heard "vibrating makeup sponge" I was all like, "Oh great, another gimmick." It reminded me of that time I tried a cream-boosting tool, which felt just like a face massage. (Not bad by any means, but not worth the three-figure price tag.)

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    But this tool is legit, you guys. The buzzing beauty buffer is part-makeup sponge,

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  • The Latest OMG Grocery Store Find That's Incredibly Simple, Too

    by Sarah-Jane Bedwell

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    Talk about timing: After this morning's proposal from the FDA to ban foods with trans-fats, we found two OMG, too-good-to-be-true products in the dairy aisle. Now let me back up. Before I buy any product, I always check the nutrition facts panel and the ingredient list. And as I was looking for some margarine, I stumbled on two new butter-flavored spreads -- Country Crock Simply Delicious and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Deliciously Simple -- which are palm- and canola-oil based, instead of the typical vegetable oil plus a laundry list of ingredients that I can never pronounce. But things have changed, ladies.

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    As mentioned before, both are made from just canola and palm oils, as well as yogurt and salt plus added Vitamin A and beta carotene for color. And since they have no hydrogenated oils, they're trans-fat free and have a whopping 70 percent less saturated fat than butter. Oh, and because they're

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  • This One Little Thing May Help Prevent Depression

    by Anna Maltby

    Tom RafalovichTom Rafalovich... and you probably do it already: exercise! Even regular quick-and-easy workouts -- say, 20 minutes of window shopping -- may actually ward off depression, according to a new review published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine of 30 studies about physical activity and depression.

    Why? Well, scientists are still sorting out the details, but you know how a sweat session makes you feel awesome afterward? "One of the theories [is that], if the body is active regularly, it acclimates to the increased endorphin levels, and one will generally feel greater moods on a consistent basis," review author George Mammen of the University of Toronto told SELF.

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    Other theories include the distraction factor (when you're exercising, you're focusing on the task at hand rather than whatever emotional stuff is bringing you down) and the self-confidence boost you get from hitting the gym.

    And the coolest part: The

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  • ButterBugers and More at Culver's, Minus the Guilt!

    by Sarah-Jane Bedwell

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    Culver's -- one of SELF's staffers guilty pleasures -- is known for their signature "ButterBurger," which is a 100 percent Midwest beef patty on a lightly buttered, toasted bun, and just as much so for their rich and creamy fresh frozen custard. Delicious? Yes. Healthy? Not so much. But, if you order smart -- and come equipped with my tips -- you can keep Culver's yummy food in your regular restaurant rotation. Check out some of these ideas so you can have your custard -- and eat it too!


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    * ButterBurger "The Original" Single: If a visit to Culver's just isn't the same for you without one of their classic burgers, stick to the single-patty Original with pickles (And yes, even the butter!) on a Kaiser bun to stay under the 400-calorie mark. At 361 calories with 20 grams of protein, this filling burger is much lower in saturated fat than any of the other Culver burger choices. Need a side? Enjoy a side

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  • 7 Super Seeds with Health and Body Benefits

    Suddenly, seeds are everywhere--beverages, bars, you name it. For little guys, seeds are nutritional powerhouses. But which ones deliver the health and body benefits you crave most? Some help. Tell us how you enjoy your super seeds in the comment section below!
    by Jessica Girdwain


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  • The Only Three Nail Polishes You Need This Season

    by Alexandra Samuel

    courtesy photocourtesy photo Now that's it's like, um, "fur" weather outside, we're officially over bright tips. (Sorry to those of you who love neon, but you need to move on.) For fall, I'm feeling deep jewel tones and wintry metallics -- colors so glam you'd wear them not just on your nails, but as like jewelry, too. One of my favorite salons -- Ten Over Ten -- which is like the epitome of cool, has rolled out a trio of fall shades that are like my Holy Trinity of nail polish. Seriously.


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    Hunter green is THE shade for fall, which is why I'm loving Pine (center), and can't get enough of the subtle shimmer that's only reflective if you look reallllly closely. Maiden, a deep purple that looks exactly like eggplant skin (left) is officially my new toe polish. (What Chanel Vamp?) And then there's Wall Street, a shimmery, moonlit gray that reminds me of the neighborhood after everyone has gone home for the night: eerie and beautiful.

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  • Fixes for Really Dry and Flaky Lips

    by Alexandra Samuel

    Kyle Ericksen/WWDKyle Ericksen/WWDY'all know it's sweater and boot weather (OK, not in NYC today, but obviously this humidity is an anomaly), but with the crisp air I love so much, comes majorly dry skin and lips. And it seems like you guys are feeling it too: I've gotten a few complaints this week over parched pouts. Lucky for you guys (and maybe not for me), I'm the unofficial queen of dry skin (and hair and nails and lips), so you're covered.

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    The best way to heal and prevent a flaky, chapped pout is to use a lip balm that has three things: hydrators that keep lips smooth (look for vitamin E, shea butter or coconut oil), SPF of at least 15 to ward of sun damage, as well as an occlusive ingredient, like petrolatum, to protect against any wind and seal moisture into lips.

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    My favorite option? Aquaphor Lip Repair + Protect, which is like the perfect combo of shea butter, petrolatum and

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