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12 Breakfast Slow Cooker Recipes That Make Mornings Easier

Mornings are hard, but breakfast makes them better. The only problem with this most important meal of the day is that we have to make it. Carving out time for breakfast is tough, with the rush of the a.m. and the allure of the snooze button. That's where the slow cooker comes in to save your …

From Meat to Muscle

How steak makes you grow—from the first bite to bulging biceps<p><b>1. Breaking Down the Meat</b>The process starts in your mouth with the mechanical digestion of food: Your teeth cut, tear, and mash the steak into smaller particles, mixing it with saliva to form a semisolid lump.<p><b>2. Digesting the Protein</b>Once …

The Perfect Way to Wake Up Every Morning

Jumpstart your day without an alarm blaring in your ear<p>If the first thing you say every morning is “<i>five … more … minutes</i>,” your wakeup routine could stand to be stronger. Here’s how to train yourself to be more of a morning person, one tiny tweak at a time.<p>(For 2,000+ more tricks to live a …

4 Daily Exercises Every Navy SEAL (and Every Fit Guy) Should Do

It’s recommended that special ops do them. But here’s why you must add them to your routine, too<p>Military Special Forces Operators are the most insanely fit badasses on the planet.<p>Their physically and mentally-demanding training, however, makes them some of the most injured people, too, says Doug …

Minecraft on Hololens: the future of gaming is right in front of your eyes

Photograph: Damian Dovarganes/AP<p>Microsoft Studios executive Saxs Persson demonstrates how the HoloLens is used to play Minecraft at E3 2015.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/6/24/1435144003124/aadc538e-b10b-4f61-9c34-ec191fb9f745-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Damian …

Augmented Reality

21 Summer Breakfasts That Don't Require A Stove

The best breakfast is a chill breakfast.

How To: Make Homemade Nutella (That's Better Than the Real Stuff)

It is a universal truth that Nutella is the nectar of the gods. It takes the already delicious (e.g., sandwiches, cupcakes, or even bacon), and turns …

Dessert

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This Potato Chip-Crust 'PMS Pie' Will Satisfy Your Every Craving

It happens every month to us women. Right as abdomens begin to cramp and backs begin to ache, BAM! The overwhelming craving hits for something intensely chocolatey. Or salty. Or both. These cravings are out of our hands, with our cortisol levels rising, our serotonin levels dropping and our blood …

13 Refreshing No-Bake Desserts to Beat the Heat

In the midst of a summer heat wave, the last thing I want to do is turn on my oven to bake. But a sweet tooth knows no season, and all those picnics and barbecues you're bound to attend this summer call for shareable treats. If you're looking for something that goes beyond a melty tub of Breyer's, …

How To Grow your own Sweet Potatoes

6 money tips from billionaire Mark Cuban you can start using today

This self-made business mogul also has quite a bit to say about fiscal responsibility and money management. Cuban is known for being outspoken and often shares his thoughts on personal finance.<p>With a strong track record of self-driven financial success, it's certainly advice worth considering. Here …

14 Genius Hacks For A Quick Breakfast On-The-Go

Breakfast is not only the most important meal of the day, it's arguably the most delicious. Sadly, we often let breakfast fall by the wayside with insanely busy schedules.<p>But abandon breakfast no more. We've rounded up 14 hacks to ensure you get in your first meal of the day without wasting any …

No Grill? No Problem. Fake It With These 13 Indoor Grilling Recipes

<i>Header image: CHOW</i>When you live in a tiny city apartment like mine where your outdoor real estate is limited to a fire escape and the area by the …

What Is Quinoa? A Breakdown For Those Of Us Who Eat It But Don't Truly Understand It

Second only to maybe kale, quinoa is the health food star of our time. The Food and Agriculture Organization named 2013 the International Year of Quinoa, after all. This tiny grain-like food is full of good-for-you nutrition and tastes great in just about anything: salads, omelettes and even …

7 Spectacular Cakes That Couldn't Be Easier To Make

It's time to up your cake game, and it couldn't be easier.<p><b>Raspberry Crepe Cake</b><p>Sure, it may look like an intense project, but it couldn't be simpler to assemble. <b>Get the recipe</b>.<p><b>Chocolate Dump Cake</b><p>Throw all the ingredients into one bowl, then pour the batter into a pan and bake. No frosting necessary.</b> …

All the Stuff You Can Rent Out to Earn Extra Cash

Everyone loves earning extra cash. Launching a side project or business can be lucrative, but it can also be a lot of work. If you’re looking for an …

Real Estate

Foods to Help Improve Your Mood

"I don't eat junk food; I don't have junk thoughts." -- Peace Pilgrim<p>Do you think a diet is just for losing or gaining weight? Think again!<p>The word diet literally means "a daily food allowance." We need food for growth, repair and energy for our daily activity.<p>But did you ever think about how food …

The 25 Best Abs Exercises

Refresh your workout with these ab exercises<p>Nothing says fit like a washboard stomach. But scoring high-definition abs isn't as easy as cranking out crunch after crunch. To sculpt a stronger, more chiseled core, you need the best ab workout to work the two dozen muscles between your hips and your …

Why the grain bowl is your easy, budget-friendly, healthy dinner solution

I love dining on a buffet of items like vegetables, cheeses and nuts, and can make a whole meal out of foods I like to graze on. That's why the trend of grain bowls is right up my alley. To me, there is nothing better than digging a spoon into a deep dish full of my favorite flavors and …

Healthy Eating

6 Tips for a Summertime Sugar Detox

There is a lot of buzz about sugar lately and how it can impact wellness, but why exactly is sugar problematic and how can you reduce sugar to boost health? I am pleased to help decode how sugar impacts your health and vitality, and offer quick and easy steps to reducing sugar intake for a …

Red Fruit Salad Is the Greatest Recipe of All Time

Red fruit salad is the greatest recipe of all time.<p><i>You know those recipes we hold near and dear to our hearts because they are really the greatest ever of all time? Well, we’re using this series as an opportunity to wax poetic about them. Today, we’re talking about fruit salad. Digital director</i> …

Ice Cream

All The Fruits Safe To Share With Your Dog, In One Chart

You may love avocados, but heads up: Your dog does NOT share the same sentiment.<p>Turns out avocados contain a toxin that can result in vomiting if your dog consumes too much of the meat or skin. Cherries, grapes and raisins are also off-limits, according to this handy guide.<p>It should be noted that …

One Container of Greek Yogurt, 5 Ways to Use It

<i>Put time into dinner now, and you can make it last forever—or at least the whole week. Welcome to Halfway to Dinner, where we show you how to stretch your staples—or your seasonal produce—every which way.</i><p><i>Today: Becky Rosenthal of Vintage Mixer shows us how to use Greek yogurt for more than just our</i> …

The 3 Best Grills For Backyard Cookouts

And, the 3 best recipes to grill on them.<p>If you have a bone-deep need to grill; if the first unclenching of winter's fist inspires a primal urge to cook dead animals over live fire rather than visions of catamarans, ramps, or body shots; if the act of cooking outdoors for other people in real time …

The 4 Ultimate Slow Cooker Summer Sandwiches

<i>by Sheela Prakash, Epicurious</i><p>Like thick wool sweaters and heavy rubber boots, slow cookers belong in the back of the closet when summer rolls around. Right?<p>Wrong.<p>I'm here to tell you that kicking those appliances to the curb when the sun starts shining is a fool's move. Because on warm, sunny days, …

Chicken and Pasta Recipes to Make for Dinner Tonight

Combining chicken and pasta, or other noodles, is an easy way to make a meal. Both components generally cook quickly, allowing you to spend more time …