• The wrong topping can undermine the healthiest intentions, like bacon bits (real or fake) showered over a fresh salad, or a salt blanket on grilled salmon. But who wants to sacrifice the seasonings and flavors that add so much enjoyment to food? You don't have to.

    Healthy "sprinkles" -- a mix of herbs, spices, seeds, and seaweeds -- add a burst of flavor while lending a nutritional boost to meals. Used regularly, even a few dashes on food can add crucial antioxidants and minerals to your diet, notes herbalist Rosemary Gladstar.

    Take "zahtar," a traditional Middle Eastern mix (shown on next page). It makes a healthy stand-in for salt, and mixed with olive oil, a sublime dip for pita bread. Other blends combine nutrient-rich herbs to create a welcome enhancement to salads and vinaigrettes.

    Our search for tasty, good-for-you toppings went beyond salt and pepper -- and memories of Molly McButter or Mom's hippie popcorn with nutritional yeast. Here are four of our favorites, plus

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  • The title of Dr. Will Clower's new book sounds like half dream come true, half gimmick, but the neuroscientist and nutritionist promises that the advice in Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight: New Science Proves You Should Eat Chocolate Every Day is real and proven. Afraid it was too good to be true, we asked Clower to explain. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

    How would you sum up your food and diet philosophy?

    Eat food. Become a sensual, conscious eater. In the process, you will get the very best nutrition, allow your liver to detox your body naturally, and regulate how much you consume by simply listening to your internal cues.

    I use chocolate as a metaphor for reconsidering the entire way you've been coached to think about food and eating. For any given dinner, for example, decide what you'd like to eat, then take the time to prepare it, making sure it's whole-foods-based and satisfying. Then sit down and enjoy it. If you start treating each meal this way, I guarantee you won't overeat, and

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  • Boutique gyms trying to outdo one another-and we like it, since we're all for anything that makes us forget we're actually exercising! By Jane Bianchi, REDBOOK.

    More from REDBOOK:
    The Magic Food Formula That Makes You Lose
    21 Ways to Burn Fat Faster
    The Recipe That Helped Jessica Simpson Lose 8 Pounds in 2 Weeks

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  • By Emily Shetler

    When I decided to leave New York City after a decade, high on the list of things I was happy to leave behind were the expensive workouts. Don't get me wrong, I love me some SoulCycle. But with prices of many boutique classes reaching and surpassing $35 per class, I was ready to look for a lower-cost alternative. I wanted to increase the number of classes I attend regularly while still, you know, paying rent. At the same time, I was nervous and a little sad to leave what I knew and loved, even if it was killing my bottom line.

    Now that it's been almost a month since I moved to Washington, DC, I've found some options for a great workout at a small-city price. Learn from my rookie mistakes and follow these tips for finding new ways to get in shape for less.

    Get out of your rut

    As soon as I arrived in Washington, I joined a gym (monthly fee with no commitment=less than two typical NYC boutique fitness classes). Excited by the many spin options on the

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  • Yes, you can do it without breaking the bank.Many consumers are willing to pay more money for organic foods because they value the health and environmental advantages, but the question that arises is: "Is it worth it?" This comes up frequently because organic foods tend to be much more expensive than their conventional counterparts. The truth is that, when equipped with the right tools, you can eat organic without making a major dent in your bank account.

    MORE: Does the Acidity of Your Food Matter?

    Use the following five tips to become a savvy organic shopper and start eating organically-without your wallet taking a big hit.

    1. Avoid foods that will not provide the benefits of the organic seal.
    Certain foods absorb higher levels of contaminants and pesticides than others. However, ones that contain few pesticides do not appear to provide nutritional benefits when they are purchased organically. The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a public health research and advocacy organization, produces an annual guide to

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  • Photo: Paramount PicturesCalling all romantics! Yahoo Shine and Paramount Pictures want to give you a special Valentine’s treat: two special “Labor Day” movie prizes.
    One Grand Prize :

    - One grand prize winner will receive a “Labor Day” poster, autographed by Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin

    - Two (2) tickets to see “Labor Day” at a cinema

    - Pie baking set

    - T-shirt

    (Approximate retail value of Grand Prize: $75)
    One Runner Up Prize:

    - Pie baking set

    - T-shirt

    (Approximate retail value of Runner Up Prize: $50)

    Here’s how you can enter:
    Step 1:
    Follow @YahooShine on Twitter

    Step 2:
    Tweet this: I want to win the #LaborDayMovie giveaway from @YahooShine!
    (Note: One entry per person/email address/Twitter handle.)
    The giveaway runs from 9:00 AM PT on February 4, 2014 until 12:00 PM PT on February 14, 2013. Winners will receive a Direct Message on Twitter with further information. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. If you have any other questions, check out the official rules.

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  • Make this Valentine's Day weekend--or any weekend--special at one of these dreamy retreats.

    Big Sur, CABig Sur, CA
    Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, CA
    The most dramatically situated and architecturally ambitious of the Big Sur inns, Post Ranch Inn has rooms set along the bluffs and others tucked away in the forest. And what do we think of the clifftop rooms? Wow. As in: Wow, check out those end-of-the-earth ocean views and get a load of those James Bond-worthy bells and whistles. But also as in: Wow, $1,060 to $2,185 a night? Youch. Regular rooms start at $675--still a splurge, yes, but there's no dreamier perch. postranchinn.com.
    A bit steep? Try these more affordable romantic getaways.

    Methow Valley, WAMethow Valley, WA
    Rolling Huts, Methow Valley, WA

    Skip the snow cave, and check into a stylish winter perch. Tucked into the tranquil upper end of northern Washington's Methow Valley--where the loudest noise is the swish of cross-country skis--are the Rolling Huts, tricked out with platform beds, wood-burning fireplaces, and sleek

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  • By: K. Aleisha Fetters

    Getty Getty

    Thanks to on-stage brainwashing sessions and movies featuring disgruntled workers taking a baseball bat to the printer (Office Space, anyone?), hypnosis has a rep for being little more than pure entertainment.

    Not true. Hypnosis was birthed from the brains of psychologists and researchers, and while its story was sullied by decades of disrepute, it's now making its way back into the mainstream.

    The British Psychological Society has now officially declared hypnosis a proven therapeutic medium to curb stress, anxiety, pain, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, and migraines. "Improvements from hypnosis can be as specific as eliminating erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation, remaining committed to a workout plan, delivering a dynamic sales presentation-or as broad as improving motivation and increasing confidence," says psychologist and certified hypnotherapist Marty Lerman, Ph.D., author of Mindshift.

    And while it's strongly linked to the psycho-sciences,

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  • “Dear Odd One, You were only 12 years old when you first saw the world behind cold steel bars, Those lonely nights & Terrified days, You kept it tough, Showed no fear at any space" 

                                                                                                                                           -Gloria Basulto
    Gloria Basulto was facing a harsh reality.

    Raised by a single dad in Hollywood, California, Gloria’s mom was a heroin addict who left when she was just 8. “I don’t doubt that she tried to care for me, I just don’t think she knew how to. She was very young when she had me. She was 19,” says Basulto. “I don’t blame her. I don’t have any anger towards her. I used to.”

    Gloria was 12 when she was first sent to a juvenile detention center. Angry at everything and everyone, her teenage years were spent fighting students, teachers, and anyone else who didn’t move fast enough off her path of self-destruction.  The result was six years spent in and out of juvenile

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  • by Lexi Petronis

    Romulo YanesRomulo Yanes

    I have a bunch of friends who are turning 30 this year, and they're--well, let's just say they're a little freaked out by it. I totally get it. I felt that way too. But I'm here to tell you--from the other side--that 30 was one of my favorites. And you know what? If you get some of these health habits in line by the big 3-0, you'll know that you have even more ammunition to make this (fabulous, I promise) year the best one yet.

    Get more calcium: Until you're about 30, your body is still working on making your bones as strong as they can be--so make sure to get your dose of the recommended 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day. (If you're past 30 already, don't fret--you can still prevent bone loss by making sure to get in 1,200 mg daily, preferably through foods such as yogurt, dark leafy greens, cheese, and sardines.)

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    Stop smoking: It's not good to light up at any age, of course, but there's something

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