Rachel Thorpe

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

<i>Get the recipe at How Sweet Eats.</i><p><b>Fresh Sweet Potato Spring Rolls</b> <br>Sweet potatoes, baby spinach, and bean sprouts are just a few of the yummy ingredients in these rolls. If you want to kick the flavor up a notch further, add one of the optional extras like pumpkin seeds, raisins, chopped onions, or …

Healthy Eating

10 Genius Ways to Use Up the Last Bit of Greek Yogurt

<b>Yogurt Citrus Dressing</b><br>Greek yogurt, citrus juice, honey, and chopped onion make this simple dressing taste ridiculously refreshing.<p><i>Get the recipe at A Beautiful Mess.</i><p><b>Deviled Eggs with Paprika and Parsley-Infused BBQ Sauce</b> <br>Healthfully Ever After's tangy deviled egg filling is made with Greek yogurt, …

5 Delicious Banana 'Ice Cream' Recipes

<i>Get the recipe at Divine Healthy Food.</i><p><b>Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream</b><br>Peanut butter makes this "ice cream" taste even richer than normal—and a dash of cinnamon and sea salt adds some flavor complexity.<p><i>Get the recipe at Pinch of Yum.</i><p><b>Raw Chocolate Banana Ice Cream</b><br>Chocolate and banana are kind of like …

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 …

Women's Health

The 30-Day Bikini Body Meal Plan<p>Eat healthy, slim down, and prep for a tropical beach getaway with 30 days of delicious and healthy weight loss meal plans<p>Shutterstock.com<p>Even if you have little time to cook, a buzzing social life, or a weakness for ice cream, this weight loss meal plan can help you …

4 Ways Sex Can Make Your Workouts Better

<b>SWEET DREAMS</b><br>After an orgasm, levels of prolactin and oxytocin rise, bringing on a drowsy feeling, which over time helps improve sleep quality, says Chronister. That's crucial for your fitness: Sleep spikes levels of muscle-building hormones and aids recovery. (And in one study, basketball players …

Diabetes

Share Your Smoothies: Cinnamon

This chocolate smoothie is served cold, but chili pepper gives it a hot kick. To make it, combine some almond milk, cultured coconut milk, avocado, banana, cocoa powder, hemp hearts, dates, spinach, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, turmeric, and chili pepper.<p>Maple-flavored tea sweetens this smoothie …

Why You NEED to Incorporate a Recovery Week Into Your Strength Training Plans

It's just like with running. Many experts recommend that you take a recovery week after a few weeks of increasing intensity. For instance, a typical running training plan might have you up your mileage each week by 10 percent for three weeks, and then scale it back by 20 to 30 percent for one week …

Healthy Easy Recipes

<b>Baked Eggs with Smoked Bacon, Spinach, and Goat Cheese</b><br>Serves 4 • Prep 10 minutes • Cook 30 minutes<p>The best kind of recipe is one that is so simple, yet fools everyone into thinking that you’ve been working in the kitchen all morning. These baked eggs are just that sort of dish, and since you can …

Fitwall Workout Videos

<b>Loaded Beast Step</b><br>10 reps on each side<br>Begin on the balls of your feet with your knees bent, hips lifted over your heels and arms straight in front of you with palms on the ground (called "loaded beast" position). Use your arms to pull your body forward into a lunge position replacing your left hand …

Train Like a Beast

Exercise 1 Frog Squat Jumps<p>The explosive power and wide stance of this amphibian-inspired exercise work your glutes, quads, hamstrings, and inner thighs while getting your heart rate up to torch calories. Stand tall, with your feet a little wider than hip-width and your feet slightly turned out <b>(A)</b>. …

Easy Chicken Recipes

7 Beyond-Easy Chicken Recipes<p>Seriously—the longest one tops out at 30 minutes<p>People are eating more chicken than beef for the first time ever, reports Priceonomics. Why? It’s more affordable, easier to cook, and healthier—so it’s basically a no-brainer. Of course, you could always use an exciting …

The 10 Easiest Pasta Meals Ever

Make any of these tasty (and healthy!) pasta recipes in less than 30 minutes!<p>Con Poulos<p>Roasted Pepper-Corn Pasta Salad<p>This orrechiette pasta dish has a few of our favorite things: roasted red pepper, roasted corn, and avocados. Topped with fresh lime juice and cilantro, this pasta salad is as …

Women's Health

Your 1,500-Calorie Eating Plan<p>Yes, it's possible to limit your calories but still eat like a queen. Here's how<p>Breakfast<p><b>Berry English Muffin</b><br>1 Tbsp natural creamy peanut butter<br>1 Ezekiel 4:9 whole-grain English muffin<br>1 Tbsp dried chia seeds<br>1/2 tsp ground cinnamon<br>1/4 cup sliced strawberries<p>Spread …

Chocolate-Avocado Vegan Cupcakes

Joy Wilson, aka "Joy the Baker", came up with this vegan delight in her new cookbook, <i>Joy the Baker Cookbook</i>. It's such an ingenious recipe that it will even fool the most committed carnivore (<i>me</i>) into believing it includes butter and eggs.<p>Why?<p>"Avocado is like a secret weapon when it comes to …

Dessert

Monounsaturated Fat: Fill Up on Healthy Fats

Where things get a little confusing is knowing how to mix MUFAs into meals and snacks and sticking to proper portion sizes. Good serving size goals: 1/4 of an avocado (7 g fat, 80 cal), 10 large green olives (4 g fat, 40 cal), or 1 tablespoon of peanut butter (8 g fat, 94 cal). (For more on fat …

Whole Grain Breakfast Recipes

<b>Apricot Pistachio Granola</b><br>Makes about 8 cups<p>3 cups rolled oats<br>1 cup raw pistachios, coarsely chopped <br>1 cup raw pepitas<br>1⁄2 cup raw sesame seeds<br>1⁄2 cup raw sunflower seeds <br>1 tsp kosher salt<br>1⁄4 tsp ground cinnamon<br>1⁄2 tsp ground cardamom<br>1⁄2 tsp pure vanilla extract<br>1⁄2 cup extra-virgin olive oil<br>1⁄2 cup …

The Best Workout Smoothie

The Best Post-Pilates Smoothie<p>Brooke Siler, author of <i>The Women's Health Big Book of Pilates</i>, shares her fave shake recipe<p>iStock/Thinkstock<p>Life's all about balance…and so is this nutrient-dense shake. A mix of carbs, fat, and protein, it will keep you fueled the right way post-Pilates. Mix the …

31 Delicious Low-Carb Breakfasts For A Healthy New Year

It's time to kick that bagel-a-day habit.

The Up-Against-the-Wall Workout

Exercise 1 Shoulder Climbers<p>This one’s a real back blaster, from shoulders to glutes to hamstrings (with a little quad as well). <b>(A)</b> Squat down, back to the wall. <b>(B)</b> Roll your shoulders back and up, while you press slowly up with your legs—your aim is to “climb” the wall, with your upper body …

Low-Calorie Cheesecake Recipe

<b>Mini Cheesecake Recipe</b><br>Makes 12 servings<p>For the crust:<br>1/2 cup finely crushed graham crackers (about 7 graham crackers)<br>2 Tbsp butter, melted<p>For the filling:<br>8 oz low-fat cream cheese<br>1/4 cup low-fat ricotta cheese<br>1/4 cup sugar<br>1/2 tsp vanilla extract<br>1 orange, zested<br>1 egg<p>1. Preheat the oven to 350° F, …

27 Awesome Easy Lunches To Bring To Work

Deep down, you know the truth: Any lunch you make yourself will taste 17 times better than the slimy chopped salad you'd end up buying. Also, save your money for booze.

The Best Exercises for Abs--That You're Not Doing

If you’re doing a million crunches and still not seeing results, it may be time to upgrade your core workout. For an even bigger challenge, try these four moves which are variations on your same-old abs exercises. All you need is a medicine ball and a resistance band to get started.<p>For more …

Healthier Brunch Recipes

11 Healthier Ways to Do Brunch<p>Your weekend just got even better<p>Ladies who brunch—but don’t want to do it at the expense of their healthy habits: These recipes are for you!<p>Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon, Asparagus, and Goat Cheese<p>This hearty (but healthy!) brunch recipe has good-for-you fats and …

Oatmeal: Your Healthiest Breakfast Yet

Boost Your oatmeal with these recipes<p>iStockphoto/Thinkstock<p>Oatmeal's health-food reputation is so solid, you might not think to check the label. But some brands cram in artificial ingredients and sweeteners that displace the heart-smart, waistline-trimming benefits. Luckily, there's an easy …

GEMS Are The Best New Band You've Never Heard

If you love Goldfrapp, the xx, and Massive Attack, you are going to flip out when you hear their dark, sexy music.

Fabio Viviani's Pasta Recipes

So get your stovetops ready, ladies...<p><b>Risotto with Pumpkin and Walnuts</b><br>Serves 4<p>5 Tbsp butter<br>1 small onion, diced<br>Salt and pepper<br>2 cups Arborio rice<br>1 cup red wine<br>2 quarts vegetable stock<br>2 cups pumpkin, skin and seeds removed, diced into 1/4-inch pieces<br>1/3 cup pear juice<br>1/2 cup candied or regular …

CoreBuster HIIT: Ab Workout Routine !

Ready to give those abs a solid burn? This Ab workout routine is composed of core blasting exercises combined with some high intensity cardiovascular …

Did We Steal Our Moon From Venus?

Is our planet a dirty thief?<p>Dave Stevenson, professor of planetary science at Caltech, gave an intriguing speech at the Origin of the Moon conference in London this week. The most widely accepted theory about the Origin of the Moon is called the "giant impact theory," which is pretty much what you …

Astronomy