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The Cooking Trick That Slashes the Calories in Rice by Half

You just need a smidgen of oil.<p>Whether you think rice is a friend or foe to your diet, there's one thing we can all agree on: It's delicious. Now, scientists have gone and done something incredibly cool — they figured out a new way to cook the grain that could cut its calories in half.<p>New research …

The healthiest ways to cook veggies and boost nutrition

<b>(CNN) —</b> Whether you love vegetables or not, there's one thing you know for sure: Veggies are really good for you. And you can make them even more nutritious if you prepare them in ways that maximize their benefits.<p>Oddly enough, that's not likely to be raw. Studies show the process of cooking …

Nutrition

Burn and Firm: CrossFit Circuit Workout

Jason Todd<p>How This Workout Works<p>Whether you're curious about CrossFit or have already been bitten by this drenched-in-sweat sculptfest, its …

Workouts

From Banana Pancakes to Blueberry Muffins: 8 Fruit-Filled Breakfast Recipes

Sure, you could eat plain ole fruit for breakfast. But wouldn't it be even better if the fruit was baked or blended into something delicious?<p><b>1. Banana Pancakes</b><p>Fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside, and delicately flavored with bananas and vanilla -- these are phenomenal banana pancakes. The …

19 Easy Egg Breakfasts You Can Eat On The Go

Protein is important, but convenience is king.

4 Things That Kill Sleep and Productivity

Fortunately, they're all easy to fix.<p>It is a well-known fact that a good night's rest can boost your energy levels, and therefore your productivity. However, how many of us actually get the recommended eight hours of restful sleep? Our lives are too busy and we try to pack too much into our day; as …

Time Management

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 …

15 Things the Very Married Have That You Probably Don't

"I thought people treating each other badly is the way life is," said Rhonda as I watched her leg nervously shaking during her marriage therapy appointment, motioning toward husband, Jose. "Growing up, dating, and now being married, ugliness is all I've known. My parents were always screaming. I …

21 Great Quotes to Read Before Going to Sleep

Everybody loves a good quote, and these words of wisdom can help you settle in for sweeter dreams and better night's sleep.<p>Mood and perspective play a significant role on our mindsets before bed, which can in turn influence our quality of sleep. Think about your own experiences -- is there a …

Increase Your IQ: 5 Things You Should Be Doing Every Day

Young children develop, learn, and change daily. Adopt a 4-year-old learning style to build your intelligence at any age.<p>If you want to witness the magic of the human brain in action, play the matching game with a 4-year-old–you know, the classic game where the tiles are arranged face down and …

The Brain

15 Ways to Become a Happier Person

Want to become a happier person? Follow these tips.<p>We all want to be happy. No matter what we're currently working on or striving toward, it is--by and large--our ultimate goal. Whether that means building a business, cultivating a meaningful relationship, or watching a movie coupled with a glass …

Happiness

6 Brutally Tough Workouts You Can Do on Your Lunch Break

Fair warning: They’ll kick your ass<p>A workout doesn’t have to be long to be tough. These quick 20 to 30 minute workouts from Gym Jones are testaments to that. They’re short, but incredibly brutal and unforgiving. Are you game?<p>If you want something even quicker, check out <b>The Unbelievable 4-Minute</b> …

Burned Out? 12 Powerful Ways To Transform Your Life

You know the feeling: It’s 10 a.m., you’re jittery from that third cup of coffee, and your mind feels like glue. You’re drained -- physically, mentally and emotionally -- and dispassionate about things that once brought you joy. Motivated? Forget it. Irritable? You betcha. All regards for personal …

How to Lose Belly Fat Overnight

If I buy something online, I want it delivered immediately. If I order at the drive through, I don’t want to idle while it’s being whipped up.<p><b>And if</b> …

Sweat It Out with the Tone It Up Girls for a Bombshell Bod

This routine from Katrina Scott and Karena Dawn's new book will help you sculpt every inch (fast!) and gain the swagger to wear that 'kini with confidence.<p>Summer's here, which should be reason to celebrate (flip-flops! barbecues! rosé!). Yet for many women, the season is often overshadowed by two …

How to build strength and muscle in your legs superfast

Lunges are great because they improve balance, hip mobility, and coordination. Reverse lunges take a lot of stress off of your front knee by stepping backward instead of forward.<p><i>Video courtesy of CJ Koegel</i><p><b>Visit Koegel Fitness for more customized meal plans and workouts</b><p><b>Follow BI Video:</b>On Facebook

The Once-A-Week, All-You-Need Abs Workout

Well, hello, crop top.<p>It's been well established that the best strength-training programs allow for some days of rest in between workouts—yet some experts say you should do abs workouts every day. That approach works if you are interested in improving the muscular endurance of your ab muscles. The …

Recipe: Basil Yogurt Panna Cotta With Raspberries And Ginger

Sweet raspberries, tart yogurt, and the zing of ginger transform a traditional panna cotta into the ideal warm weather dessert.<p>Fresh berries at the height of ripeness are delicious all on their own. Put them in a dessert and they are nothing short of sublime. You must take care, though, not to …

Dessert

Here's An Insanely Effective Leg Workout For Summertime Short Shorts

BuzzFeed Life asked Albert Matheny, C.S.C.S., co-founder of Soho Strength Lab in New York City, to create a 20-minute high-intensity workout that targets the lower-body.<p><b>REALNESS ANNOUNCEMENT:</b> You can and should feel great about your body and wear anything you want even if you never exercise and …

25 daily habits that will make you smarter

In the Quora thread, "What would you do to be a little smarter every single day?", readers shared the habits they follow to fuel their brains.<p>Here are some simple actions that could help you become a smarter person.<p>Think about how to reduce poverty, how to solve a daily problem you have, …

The 50 All-Time Best Cake Recipes

Cake goes hand in hand with celebrations. Birthday cakes. Wedding cakes. Graduation cakes. From the sweet end to anniversaries, to the treat on holidays, there's something that feels truly special, in comparison to other desserts, about cake. It might be the amount of work that goes into some of …

Olive Oil & Honey Conditioner

We love olive oil, and we love honey - so this conditioner recipe was a natural progression! NaturallyCurly user parisienne_girl shared her simple …

The only way to see this incredible museum in Mexico is by scuba diving

The Museo Subacuático de Arte, located off the coast of Isla Mujeres in Mexico's Riviera Maya, is the world's largest underwater museum.<p>Composed of over 500 life-sized sculptures, MUSA offers incredible displays hidden 28 feet below the ocean's surface. That means that the only way it can be …

Election 2015: 'a critical juncture at which women’s lives are pushed to the brink’

For the millions of women living close to the poverty line, this election could represent a turning point in British politics

Here's What Sitting Too Long Does to Your Body

<b>By Dr. Mercola</b>Your body is designed for regular movement, but many Americans spend the bulk of their day sitting still instead. On average, a US …