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10 of the most Jaw-Dropping Hotel Photos EVER

By Kristen McKenzie, HotelsCombined.com<p>Here at the HotelsCombined office, we've all gotten pretty used to staring at stunning hotel images -- with over 400,000 hotels in our database, sorting through scenic pics of luxury villas and infinity-edge pools has become standard daily fare.<p>However, there …

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National Geographic Photo Contest 2013

National Geographic has once again opened its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on Saturday, November 30. One first-place winner will be chosen from each of the three categories, and the winning photographs will be published in National Geographic magazine. The …

DIY power bars

“Even more important is the ingredient control issue,” says Saulsbury. “Even though a lot of bars are touted as natural, there isn’t any federal regulation of that term—so companies can decide what they want that to mean.” As a result, ready-made bars often contain unhealthy ingredients and …

Healthy Breakfast Recipes: Apple Recipe

Set the broiler to medium-high heat, with the rack at least 4 inches from the heat source.<p>Halve apples and scoop out seeds. Rub halves with oil and put them cut side down on a rimmed baking sheet. Broil until the skins are blistered and you can pierce with a fork, 3 to 8 minutes.<p>Meanwhile, combine …

How to Make Your Own Ice Cream—without an Ice Cream Maker!

Here's the incredibly yummy recipe:<p><b>INGREDIENTS:</b> <br>2 avocados<br>3 limes<br>3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk<br>3/4 cup reduced-fat milk<p><b>INSTRUCTIONS:</b> <br>1. Pit and peel the avocados. Add them to the blender, with the milk.<br>2. Zest 2 of the limes into the blender.<br>3. Juice all 3 of the limes.<br>4. Blend.<br>5. Spread the …

Great Pre-Marathon Meal: Warm Quinoa Salad

“This is the perfect dish to prepare for and recover from long, strenuous runs. The protein-packed quinoa is full of energizing complex carbs, and the squash is full of antioxidants that protect runners from free radicals."<p>Ingredients:<p>1 cup orange juice<br>¾ cup orange blossom honey<br>½ cup white balsamic …

The Right Sleep Positions: Ease Back Pain, Heartburn and More

What's to blame? Not just too-few hours in the sack. The way you lie down is a major factor in the quality of your slumber. The wrong sleep position can cause muscle cramping, impair circulation, and leave you hurting come the a.m. And for the millions of women with preexisting aches (such as back …

How to Relax: Calm Foods Battle the Effects of Stress

6 Healthy Foods That Relax, Calm, and De-Stress<p>Studies have found that these options can help contribute to a healthy mental state, buffer against the harmful physical effects of stress, and dial up your serenity level. Eat your way to Zen.<p>Shutterstock.com<p>Asparagus<p>It's true that side effects may …

How to Make Avocado Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 Hass avocado (4 1⁄2 ounces)<br>1⁄2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature<br>1 1⁄2 cups dark brown sugar<br>2 large eggs, at room temperature<br>2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract<br>2 cups all-purpose flour<br>1 teaspoon baking soda<br>1 teaspoon coarse salt<br>1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder<br>1 1⁄2 cups old-fashioned …

Pumpkin Recipes for Fall

9 Amazing Pumpkin Recipes<p>Craving all pumpkin, all the time right about now? Then you’ll want to try every single one of these tasty dishes<p>It’s nearly sweater-weather and leaves-crunching-under-your-feet season—which means it’s also pumpkin season! Pumpkins pack tons of beta-carotene—not to mention, …

The 15-Minute "Work Out Any Time "Workout

Exercise 1 Leg Curl<p>Lie faceup on the floor, knees bent and both heels on a towel; lift your hips until your body forms a straight line from knees to shoulders <b>(a)</b>. Slide your heels away from you as far as you can without dropping your hips <b>(b)</b>. Pause, then return to start. That's one rep. Do …

Take It Off: Your Hair-Removal Guide

<b>The latest:</b> New razors come with improved lubricating bars that help cut down on irritation (and shaving cream). The Venus & Olay Razor ($11, at drugstores) contains glycerin and petrolatum, a combo found in Olay's body lotions, which "helps condition the skin, so it'll look and feel better," says …

Chia Seed Recipes

8 Tasty Dishes Made with Chia Seeds<p>Because if you’re anything like us, you can’t get enough of this trendy superfood<p>Chia seeds—rich in omega 3 fatty-acids, antioxidants, and fiber—are all the rage right now. Looking for creative ways to add it to your diet? Try making one of these chia seed-packed …

Squash Recipes for Fall

7 OMG Squash Recipes<p>If you like squash now, you’ll love it even more after you try these seriously tasty dishes<p>If roasted squash soup or butternut squash ravioli with sage brown butter doesn’t take you to your autumn happy place, well, then, you must not like fall. For everyone else, you’ll love …

Healthy Swaps for When You're Craving Candy

7 Healthy Ways to Satisfy Candy Cravings<p>The next time you find yourself jonesing for the sweet stuff, reach for one of these good-for-you alternatives<p>You <i>know</i> that candy's bad for you, but sometimes a Snickers bar or a bag of Skittles is just calling your name. So what's a girl to do when a craving …

Learn How to Do a Burpee

Do as many repetitions as you can in 60 seconds—your heart and muscles will feel the burn!<p><b>Get Jen Ator’s new fitness book Shape-Up Shortcuts and get that smoking-hot body in shorter workouts!</b>

The Quickest -- and Best -- Fat-Burning Workout Ever

Exercise 1 Marching Glute Bridge<p>Lie faceup with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor. Raise your hips so your body forms a straight line from shoulders to knees <b>(a)</b>. Lift your right knee toward your chest <b>(b)</b>. Hold for two seconds; lower and repeat with your left leg. That's one rep.<p>Exercise 2 …

How to Make Homemade Pasta Out of Cereal!

Celebrate National Cereal Lovers Week by turning Total into a delicious ravioli dish<p>Usually when you have cereal for dinner, it's about as far from a gourmet meal as you can get—unless you're making one of the National Cereal Lovers Week recipes created by Next Food Network Star Season 8 winner …

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Healthy Drinks: Doesn't Get Any Better Or Tastier Than These Smoothies

Healthy Smoothie Recipes<p>Whether you're staving off hunger or fighting wrinkles, these blended beverages pack a good-for-you punch<p>Jonathan Kantor<p>Instructions for all recipes: Combine ingredients and blend until smooth.<p>Assemble the recommended nine servings of fruits and vegetables on your kitchen …

Great Pre-Marathon Breakfast: Cocoa Nib and Acai Granola

<i>“The cocoa nibs (made from crushed cocoa beans) and the acai powder are great sources of natural energy. Combined with the oats, seeds, and raisins, they make a great breakfast or snack that keeps runners going.”</i><p>Ingredients:<br>3 cups rolled oats<br>1 cup instant oats<br>1 cup millet<br>¼ cup sesame seeds<br>¼ cup …

Detox Foods: 8 Detox Superfoods for Fall

<b>1. Ginger</b><br>Tummy problems? Turn to ginger. Not only can this spicy root relieve your digestive system, it is loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Ginger might also boost the immune system, assisting in detoxification by promoting a healthy sweat, ridding your body of …

The Healthy Snack That Crushes Cravings

Nosh on this to help keep your appetite under control<p>When 3 p.m. rolls around, what can you reach for that won't derail your healthy diet? Almonds may help you feel full without packing on pounds, according to a new study published in the October issue of the <i>European Journal of Clinical …

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The Best Way to Get a Flat Stomach

It may not be a secret that the best way to a six-pack is regular exercise and a healthy diet (even if it's no diet at all), but there's a right way and wrong way to a flat stomach. Read on for the ultimate guide to getting flat abs.<p><b>1. Know the Formula</b> Getting flat abs isn't about starving yourself …

Healthy Lunch Recipes

5 Healthy (and Money-Saving!) Lunch Recipes<p>With these tasty options, you’ll actually want to brown-bag it<p>Don’t have the time (or energy) to make lunch most mornings? You’re not the only one. The average American spends more than $900 a year eating out for lunch, according to a new survey conducted …

How to Curb Sugar and Carb Cravings

<b>Stock Healthy Alternatives</b><br>When you have plenty of tasty, nutritious snacks on-hand (like apples and nut butter), junk food is out of sight, out of mind—and out of your stomach, says Sanfilippo. Want more low-cal ideas? Load up on these yummy healthy snacks.<p><b>Get More Sleep</b><br>When you don’t sleep well, …

How to Get Gorgeous Eyebrows

Defined eyebrows look super polished and they give your face an instant lift. Watch <i>Women’s Health</i> beauty editor Jill Percia show you how to get the look in no time flat.

7 Sleep Experts Share What They Do When They Can't Doze Off

Use their secrets to score more shuteye, stat.<p>When it comes to catching more Zzz’s, you know the drill: Nix late-night caffeine, turn your bedroom into an oasis, and ban all electronics at least an hour before bed. Yet instead of snoozing, here you are once again, counting your ceiling tiles (there …

Abs Exercises Better Than Crunches

10 Abs Exercises Better Than Crunches<p>Sayonara, situps! Kick your abs workout into overdrive by trying one of these killer tummy-toning moves.<p>If you still think that doing crunches will score you amazing abs, you're in for a rude awakening. Flattening your belly requires multi-muscle exercises that …

Anti-Aging Tips: The Secret Power of Makeup

Before you make a beeline for your makeup stash and slap on the deepest-red lipstick and smokiest-gray eye shadow you can find, know that the effects of makeup needn't be dramatic. In fact, they shouldn't be: Too much contrast can look heavy and put an even brighter spotlight on fine lines and …

Are Deep-Fried Vegetables Good For You?

Keri Glassman, M.S., R.D., president of A Nutritious Life and weight-loss advisor for <i>Women's Health</i>, agrees that fat unfairly gets a bad rap. "Healthy fat not only has a place in your diet," she says. "It has an essential role in your diet—and there’s even emerging research that suggests some types …

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