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40 Ways to Maximize a Small Garden

Beautify even the tiniest backyard or windowsill.<p>You don't have to call Versailles home to design a stunning outdoor space — even with a petite patch of green, the creative planters and unique ideas here will make your garden fit for a king.

A 3-Minute Workout That Burns Belly Fat

Even you have time to tone up.<p>If you use your time efficiently, you don't need to spend hours on abs exercises to sculpt an enviable core. Fire up your abs in just three minutes with this high-intensity workout, designed by BFX Studio trainer Bianca Vesco to raise your heart rate and burn belly fat …

Over the Top Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Flourless desserts . The most popular kids on the block these days as far as treats go.<p>Of course this is nothing new. Gluten free flourless baking has been taking over our generation for quite awhile now but I wouldn't be myself if I wasn't late to the popular party.<p>Another little quirk about me: I …

10 Deer-Resistant Plants for Your Garden

Forever Alone Pizza: 5-Minute Mug Pizza Is A Practically Perfect Internet Recipe

Once upon a time I worked in a hip retail store where all the coolest products could be found: mason jars, ripped-up baggy clothes at inflated prices, retro-inspired items like Polaroid cameras and record players and a healthy book selection that featured cookbooks focusing on the latest food …

Pulses: The Hottest New Healthy Food Trend You *Need* to Try

By now you may have heard of one of the newest healthy food trends of 2016: pulses. Pulses are part of the legume family, and include dried peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas. You already know these foods are incredibly versatile — there are <i>tons</i> of healthy bean dessert recipes out there, and hummus …

16 Kinds of Lean Protein that Can Help You Lose Weight

Your lunch is lame. Let us help.<p>When you think of lean protein, there's a pretty good chance chicken is the first thing that comes to mind. But this macronutrient, which is vital for losing weight, comes in many shapes and sizes.<p>Though it's easy to get stuck in a food rut, especially if you're …

6 Iron-Rich Food Combos—No Meat Required

If you’ve been considering cutting out or cutting back on red meat, you may be wondering if you’ll wind up depriving your body of iron. Sure, …

Nutrition

This 'Matilda'-Inspired Chocolate Fudge Cake Will Bring Out Your Inner Bruce Bogtrotter

You don't have to eat it all in one sitting, but you probably will anyway.<p>Despite the fantastical characters in Roald Dahl's <i>Matilda</i>—a story about a young girl who discovers telekinetic powers, which help her cope with her rotten family and equally offensive principal, Miss Trunchbull—one scene …

French Lentil Salad with Blue Cheese

2 cups Puy lentils, rinsed<p>1 carrot, peeled and chopped<p>1 small yellow onion, chopped<p>10 tbsp. olive oil<p>5 tbsp. red wine vinegar<p>Kosher salt and freshly …

Recipes

7 Simple Clean-Eating Recipes for Busy Weeknights

We spend a lot of time scouring the Web for tasty, trendy, and healthy recipes. It's one of the many perks of working at Greatist. In the process, we …

You’ll Want This Garlic Condiment on Everything

Put a few ingredients in a jar, and just let it go—aka, the easiest way to start fermenting at home.<p>Green garlic had been fermenting in a small jar on my kitchen counter for about four days when a friend kindly asked whether it'd be okay if he opened the window. Nothing reached Époisses-level …

19 Recipes to Make the Most of Fresh Herbs

Whether you’ve got a plethora of fresh herbs on your hands because your herb garden is blooming, or you just wanted to try out that new recipe calling for tarragon and don’t know what to do with the rest, it’s a major bummer to see your greens go to waste. So make the best of those leftovers, try …

A Nancy Silverton salad recipe, plus a tip for how to mellow raw onions

If you love the vibrant color and crunch of raw red onion, but are concerned the flavor might be too assertive in a dish, there are ways to soften the punch.<p>Soak sliced red onion in ice water for 10 minutes or so before using; the water will help to draw out some of the astringency, so the flavor …

Easy flatbread recipes from India, Italy and the Middle East

I had never really thought about flatbreads until 1995, when I bought a book called Flatbreads & Flavors. I stood in Books for Cooks in London salivating over the recipes that the authors Naomi Duguid and Jeffrey Alford had gathered: Hunza sprouted-wheat flatbread with apricots; Afghan naan with …

7 Easy Dinners To Try This Week

Prepare to be hungry.

You Haven't Lived Until You've Eaten Our Best-Ever Buttermilk Biscuit

There's nothing better than a killer biscuit. We think our version holds its own against the best out there.<p>It has been pointed out to me—ahem, <b>Andrew Knowlton</b>—that, since I didn’t grow up in the South, the chances of me achieving master biscuit-making status were probably over before they started. …

7 Healthy Carb-Free Recipes That Are So Delicious You’ll Forget About Pasta

In the past decade, carbs have become the primary saboteur of diets everywhere. While healthy carbs such as fruits, veggies and whole grains are an …

Recipes

Breakfast Cookies: Your New Favorite Way To Eat Oats

If you’re going to eat cookies for breakfast, why not make them relatively healthy with some wholesome grains?<p>Pack a couple of these fiber-filled …

20 Quick and Easy Ways to Make Your Home Decor Classy

It isn’t easy to define what makes home decor classy, but you know it when you see it. Elegant if a bit predictable, neutral but sophisticated, shiny …

An almost-perfect chocolate cake gets a little better

Chocolate-cake perfection once was mine. Then, I lost the recipe.<p>Eventually, I came across an almost-perfect replacement. Still, I looked, longed, …

Dessert

Top 15 Smart Home Decor Tips That Will Save You Money

Often you have to face the dilemma of whether you can spend extra money to improve the decor of your home. Indeed, home decor accessories, furniture …

The Healthy Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes You Need

You can thank us tomorrow morning.<p>We've all heard it before: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But it's equally important to make sure the morning meal you eat is a healthy one, because that's what's going to be fueling you for the first half of the day. This is easier said than done …

The 4 Biggest Mistakes to Avoid When Cooking Chicken Breasts

Avoid these common chicken breast mistakes and pretty soon you'll be the breast around. Err… well, you know.<p>You don't have to lie to us: We know that chicken breasts are in your regular cooking rotation. And why shouldn't they be? They're cheap, cook quickly, and are about as soothingly reliable as …

24 Awesome Cabbage Recipes You've Never Tried Before

It’s easy for cabbage to get lost in the produce section when it has to compete with spotlight-grabbing superfoods like curly kale, vibrant beets, …

Low B12 seen in aging, autism and schizophrenia

The brains of the elderly and younger people with autism and schizophrenia may share a common link: Both have low levels of vitamin B12, researchers say.<p>The facts that blood levels of B12 do not always mirror brain levels of the vitamin, and that brain levels decrease more over the years than blood …

14 Ways To Be A Healthyish Eater Right Now

Tried and true but manageable tips to help you become healthyish.<p>Responses have beed edited for clarity and length. Social image by Lauren Zaser from here.

This Chocolate Dessert Is Completely Mesmerizing

Mind = blown.<p>View this post on Facebook<p>Makes 1<p><i>You'll need one of these clear, fillable plastic ornaments for this recipe.</i><p><b>INGREDIENTS</b><p>½ cup white chocolate chips<p>2 small brownies (homemade or store-bought)<p>1 scoop vanilla ice cream<p>½ cup raspberries<p>½ cup blueberries<p>1 cup chocolate chips<p>¾ cup heavy</b> …