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Sarah Graham’s slow-cooked chicken and chorizo cassoulet with thyme and gruyère dumplings

Ingredients<p>For the cassoulet (French for casserole)<p>10-12 chicken sausages<p>Salt and freshly ground black pepper<p>3-4 sprigs fresh or (or 1 tsp dried) …

Recipes

A Fresh Approach To The Ultimate Comfort Food

Celebrate the new season with a hearty brisket braised in beer and brightened with the first vegetables of spring.<p>Each spring, I am reminded of a French proverb: En avril, ne te découvre pas d'un fil. The translation is, In April, do not take off a thread. In other words, at this time of year, …

Recipes

Easy dinner recipes: Love it spicy? Three great ideas

Do you like your dishes with more than a little heat? Do too many recipes out there suffer from a lack of spice? Check out each of these ideas, which is sure to provide ample spice in minimal time. And, of course, while they're guaranteed to have at least a little kick, you're always welcome to …

21 Ways to Keep Kosher for Passover (and Not Lose Your Mind)

Keeping kosher for Passover? You can eat more than matzoh pizza. Theserecipes will keep your food game on-point this Passover.<p><b>If you've ever observed Passover,</b> you know how limiting the week can feel food-wise (you can only eat matzo pizza so many times). There's a better way to do the holiday—and …

The Ultra-Intense Workout Move That Burns Fat Fast

The burpee has a goofy name, but the fat-burning benefits are nothing to laugh at<p>Imagine an exercise that offers big cardio benefits, works every major muscle group, and torches mucho calories. That’s a burpee (aka, a squat thrust) in a nutshell. Developed in the 1930s and used by the military to …

The Simple Thing You Can Do In The Morning To Lose Weight

It doesn't even involve exercise!<p>"Rise and shine" isn't just something you should say in the morning to drag yourself out of bed. According to a new study from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, published in the journal <i>PLOS ONE</i>, actually <i>doing it</i>—i.e., getting up and catching a …

Fitness

7 Weird Things That Promote Weight Loss

And get this: One of ‘em is chocolate!

Weight Loss

21 Days to Fit and Lean: Three-Week Workout Plan

This sensible-yet-butt-kicking plan will get you in the habit of working out—and you'll love the results so much that at the end of the three weeks, you won't wanna stop<p>Welcome to February—the month where weight loss and fitness resolutions go to die. (No, seriously—February 7 is actually known as …

Workouts

The Best Exercise for Better Posture

Learn this crucial move plus three muscle-sculpting variations that target your arms, back, and core.<p>Pulling exercises are the key to a well-rounded strength routine—in fact, people who sit a lot (which, ahem, is most people) should actually do <i>twice</i> as many pull moves (to work those back muscles) …

3 Simple Things You Can Do On Sunday to Help You Lose Weight This Week

Sadly, watching football isn’t one of them (but feel free to do that, too!)<p>You probably know that doing some advanced food prep on Sunday is key to having a healthier week. But chances are, you don’t have time to spend an entire day slaving away over a hot stove, whipping up tons of healthy meals …

Nutrition

9 Genius Ways To Relieve Bug Bites

No more itchy, red, humongous bumps!<p>Summer, we love you, but all of these insect bites are really killing our mood. Sure, bug repellants can scare off the pests, but those don’t guarantee around-the-clock protection. So the next time you stumble upon a bug bite, don’t be so quick to make a beeline …

5 Gorgeous (and Healthy!) Spring Rolls You Can Totally Make

These may look difficult to prepare—but we promise they're actually a cinch to whip up.<p>The weather's warming up, which means we're seeing more seasonal colors—both outside <i>and</i> on our plates. Spring rolls wrapped in translucent rice paper (available at Asian markets and Whole Foods) are the perfect …

3 Low-Carb Breakfast Ideas You'll Love

A.K.A., proof that gluten- and grain-free breakfasts can still be delicious<p>Toast. Cereal. Pancakes. Waffles. What do these all have in common? 1) They're breakfast foods. 2) They're loaded with carbs. But your first meal of the day doesn't have to be so heavy. In <i>Good Morning Paleo</i>, chef Jane …

11 of the Best Specialty Foods for Healthy Eaters

Calling all healthy foodies—this one's for you.

How One Woman Lost 40 Pounds of Fat and Saved Her Life

After a big health scare, Jeanenne Darden managed to lose an amazing 22 percent of her body weight. Find out how she did it.<p><b>Before:</b> 187 pounds <b>After:</b> 146 pounds<p><b>The Lifestyle</b>Jeanenne Darden, a strong swimmer, had been making her way out to a sandbar in Aruba with her six-year-old daughter riding on …

6 Mistakes You Might Be Making in Boot Camp Class

Your workout could be SO much better.<p>Even in a sweaty boot camp class, most instructors <i>won't</i> make you drop and give 'em 20 for making a mistake (hey, I said most!). But a few common slipups could lead to a less effective workout and potentially harmful results. Check out the six mistakes you never …

The Surprising Food That Can Lead to Weight Loss

It's probably not part of your meal plan yet, but it should be.<p>If you think of prunes as something old people eat to keep their digestive systems, um, moving, then listen to this: A new study presented at the European Congress on Obesity suggests that these dried plums can play a big role in …

Nutrition

The Food That Tons of Slim People Eat at Least Twice a Day

And no, it's not something leafy or green.<p>Your mother probably told you to drink a glass of milk a day—but we're guessing it was for the benefit of your bones, not your waistline. Well, we have good news if you followed her advice: Eating dairy at least twice a day may reduce your odds of being …

25 Gorgeous Hikes You Have to Do in Your Lifetime

Allow us to introduce you to your hiking bucket list<p>Research shows that spending time outside is vital to our health—and that exercising outdoors is more satisfying and can burn more calories. Luckily, you can get a workout and a hefty dose of vitamin N at the same time by hiking. These 25 …

Flatten Your Belly with This Killer Ab Workout

Get a tight stomach in just six weeks without doing a single crunch. This may be the easiest workout we've ever printed<p>Get ready to whip off your cover-up: This workout, created exclusively for <i>Women's Health</i> by Rachel Cosgrove, C.S.C.S., owner of Results Fitness in Newhall, California, combines …

6 Ways to Get a Flat Belly for Pool Day

Even if you're planning to slip into a bikini tomorrow!<p>The warmer it gets outside, the more time you'll probably be spending in your swimsuit—and it's always nice to feel confident when baring more skin than normal.<p>Luckily, there are a few simple things you can do to de-bloat on days you know …

Digestion

6 Ways to Lose Weight That Don't Involve Counting Calories

Because does anyone really LIKE counting calories?<p>Of course you should have a basic understanding of calories if you’re trying to slim down. After all, when it comes down to it, losing weight is basically about taking in fewer calories than you burn, whether it’s by eating less, exercising more, or …

9 Butt Exercises for a Super-Toned Tush

Yeah, you squat. But aren’t you ready to mix it up a bit?<p>So sick of squats? We hear you. The key to a gravity-defying backside is introducing new exercises that tone every inch of your rear. These 9 moves from the <i>Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises</i> target all the muscles in your glutes and …

How Maria Menounos Lost 40 Pounds—and Kept It Off

Good news: Her strategy didn't involve giving up nachos!<p>If you had to name a celeb who's in absolutely amazing shape, we're guessing that Maria Menounos would be among the first people who come to mind. The <i>Extra</i> host has crazy-toned abs—but she didn't always have such an incredible body. In her new …

8 Beauty Uses for Baking Soda

Because baking's not the only thing this ingredient is good for<p><i>By Aly Walansky for Daily Makeover</i><p>Baking soda has been a kitchen staple for generations, but it’s also a major player in the beauty realm. The inexpensive product is amazing for tons of DIY beauty and hair treatments. Here’s how you can …

Cleaning

4 Drug Combinations That Can Be Accidentally Lethal

These common combinations can be accidentally lethal<p>Nearly 28 percent of adults ages 20 to 59 hold multiple drug precriptions at any given time, per CDC data. In some cases, double (or tripling) up is necessary—but the wrong combo could have critical consequences, says epidemiologist Leonard …

27 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism and Torch Fat Today

Well, what are you waiting for?<p><i>By Leta Shy for POPSUGAR Fitness</i><p>If you're looking for a way to burn more calories without much more effort, you've come to the right place. Here's how you can boost your fat burn ASAP:<p><b>Do Cardio</b>Cardio is crucial for keeping your metabolism running smoothly. In one …

Nutrition

11 Beauty Uses for Lemons

You'll want to load up on the citrus after you read this<p><i>By Aly Walansky for Daily Makeover</i><p>You might love lemonade and lemon chicken, but your skin and hair love lemons even more—they have an amazing range of beauty benefits. Here are some great uses for the sunny yellow fruit:<p><b>Clarifying …

Skin Care

The Butt Workout That'll Lift, Tone, Tighten - and Turn Heads

Firm up your booty and tighten your abs with these ten targeted moves<p>Ready to work your booty? We've got ten moves that'll blast your buns (and work your abs while you're at it). Follow along with this workout—first do the four warmup moves, and then get down to the hard work with three killer …

7 Ways to Tell if a Diet Product is Too Good to Be True

The FTC wants you to do a gut check before you try a 'miracle' weight-loss method.<p>Back in January, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a new law-enforcement initiative designed to crack down on false and misleading advertisements for weight-loss products. It's a serious problem; not only …