Greatist RSS Greatist covers all things healthy, providing the most trusted and fun fitness, health, and happiness content on the web — from healthy recipes to workout tips. Here's to healthy en Mon, 19 Mar 2018 06:20:02 -0400 Mon, 19 Mar 2018 06:20:02 -0400 Greatist RSS These 9 Veg-Heavy Recipes From Nutrition Stripped Are the Opposite of Boring Greatist These 9 Veg-Heavy Recipes From Nutrition Stripped Are the Opposite of Boring These 9 Veg-Heavy Recipes From Nutrition Stripped Are the Opposite of Boring Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:30:00 -0400 Jackie Dowling 14588 at We all have those insane workdays when 5 p.m. rolls around and we realize we haven’t stood up in eight hours. Ouch. When those days turn into weeks, our energy goes south. If even the third cup of coffee isn't helping things in that department, McKel Hill of Nutrition Stripped has exactly what we need to feel recharged and energized.

Equipping her readers with the latest in nutrition science, McKel aims to teach and encourage the best habits in eating and preparing meals with whole, nutrient-rich ingredients. With these made-for-your-lunchbox, plant-based, dairy- and gluten-free recipes, you’ll be the envy of the office (and dancing down the halls).

beauty bowl

Tailor-made for meal prep, this recipe makes extra quinoa, lentils, and vinaigrette (your future hungry self is thanking you right about now). Loaded with eggs, carrots, zucchini, and pepper, this squad of superfoods is a triple threat packed with protein, vitamins, and fiber.

cabbage soup

Cabbage is one of our healthy digestion secret weapons. Using onion, celery, spices, and apple cider vinegar to create an insane balance of flavors, this soup will take you to your happy (gut) place. Turn this lighter fare into a hearty helping by cooking with chicken broth or serving with your go-to protein source.

hearty vegetable bowl

If you’re not sold on the texture of solid tofu, crumbling it is a great solution to give you a dose of plant-based protein while changing up the consistency. Baking the tofu, squash, radish, and lemon on a cookie sheet brings together all the flavors. Serve on rice, cauliflower rice, or leafy greens for a meal-prep masterpiece.

red lentil daal

We’re going lentil-crazy these days and have #noregrets. It’s hard to compete with the protein and fiber these pulses bring to the table. And when they’re seasoned with cumin, ginger, red pepper, and creamy coconut milk like this recipe, you’ll be dying for daal every day of the week.

radish salad

This salad made with cucumber, watermelon radish, onion, lemon, and cilantro gives us that much-needed taste of summer. With that fresh crunch, you might find yourself eating straight out of the bowl but if find you can resist eating the entire thing in one sitting, save it in the fridge in individual containers for up to a week of ready-to-eat mini salads.

thai coconut pudding

Did someone say dessert for breakfast? Don’t be fooled by its sweetness; this pudding has a ton of health benefits from black rice fiber to coconut-milk fat (the good kind). Top with mango and coconut flakes for an even sweeter start to your day. You might even feel like you're on the beaches of Thailand.

baked pea falafel

With 16 grams of protein in just two cups of peas, you’ll be feeling (fala)full in no time with this recipe. The parsley, cilantro, mint, and cumin seasoning will work wonders on your digestive system, while the protein and fiber will keep you energized. If you love falafel but want to pass on the heavy, oil-fried recipes, going green is all you need.

lentil slad

If you’re looking for more ways to transform your meal-prepped lentils, look no further than this simply seasoned lentil salad. All you have to do is combine precooked lentils with onion, spinach, and walnuts; dress with a homemade mustard mixture; and enjoy. Mixing up the ingredients with alternatives like kale and almonds means endless nutritional options.

lettuce wrap

If you’re looking to cut the carbs, lettuce cups are the answer. Prepare the quinoa, black bean, and corn mixture in the skillet and serve hot or cold on leaves of butter lettuce. You can go open-face for a salad feel or roll it up for a hands-on burrito.

What You Need to Know About Freezing Food So It Lasts (and Still Tastes Good) Greatist What You Need to Know About Freezing Food So It Lasts (and Still Tastes Good) What You Need to Know About Freezing Food So It Lasts (and Still Tastes Good) Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:00:00 -0400 Marygrace Taylor 14578 at Like to eat healthy and save money on your food bill? Then you should be taking full advantage of your freezer.

Sure, an ice-cold box might not be as sexy as your high-speed blender. But it’s the thing that lets you stock prepped meals or ingredients far in advance, so you always have something good at the ready. Plus, it helps you avoid food waste: If you know you won’t finish that pot of black bean soup before it goes bad, just stick it in the freezer for later.

The only problem? Food that’s delicious pre-freeze can sometimes come out pretty nasty. Improper storage exposes frozen food to air, which creates a dry or mealy texture, explains Institute of Culinary Education chef instructor Frank Proto. It can also cause individual items to form a rock hard clump that takes forever to thaw out.

None of these things should deter you from taking full advantage of your freezer though. With a little know-how, it’s easy to freeze foods and still have them taste great. (Most of the time, anyway.) Here’s exactly how to do it.

Gather Your Tools

Having the right storage items makes freezing easy and helps your food stay fresher longer. Proto recommends keeping these on hand:

  • Freezer-safe reusable containers with tight-fitting lids. Use smaller ones for packing up individual servings and bigger ones for full-size dishes, like casseroles. If you plan to reheat in the containers, go for ones that are heatproof. “I’m a big fan of Glasslock and OXO food containers, which are great for freezing and reheating,” says registered dietitian and culinary nutritionist Jessica Levinson.
  • Aluminum foil baking dishes. These are also great for casseroles, especially when you need something disposable.
  • Zip-top bags. Since they lay flat, they’ll take up minimal space in your freezer.
  • Plastic wrap and heavy-duty aluminum foil. Both are good for adding an extra layer of protection against air, which can help prevent freezer burn.
  • Erasable freezer labels. Labeling your food helps you identify it later. These Container Store labels are reusable and dishwasher-safe, Levinson says.

Pack Your Food the Right Way

Storing food for freezing isn’t rocket science, but not everything should be packed up exactly the same way. For the best freezer meals, here’s how you should pack:

  • Casseroles: Store them in the dish you plan to bake them in. (If the dish doesn’t come with an airtight lid, wrap the dish tightly in plastic wrap followed by a layer of foil.) Pack them up uncooked, then transfer them straight to the oven when you’re ready to bake, says Lindsay Ahrens, co-author of Fix, Freeze, Feast. Thawing first can mess with the texture.
  • Proteins: Wrap things like individually cooked chicken breasts tightly in plastic wrap first, followed by a layer of heavy-duty foil. “You’re wrapping the actual product so there aren’t any air gaps,” Proto says. “That can help prevent spoilage.”
  • Bread: Store it just like proteins, Proto recommends. For an extra layer of protection, tuck the wrapped loaf into a large zip-top bag.
  • Soups and stews: Store them in single-serve freezer-safe containers for quick reheating. Or use a larger container if you’d rather freeze the full batch (like for a potluck), Ahrens says. For faster thawing, stick the container (with the lid on) in a pot of very warm water.
  • Cooked grains and beans: Portion them out in individual containers or in zip-top bags. (For extra protection, double-layer the bags.) The method you choose is just a matter of personal preference. Reusable containers are zero-waste. But the baggies will store flat and take up less room in the freezer, Proto says.
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables: Lay individual pieces on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze, then transfer to a zip-top bag. Freezing the pieces individually will keep clumps from forming, so you don’t end up with a giant berry or pea ice block, Proto says. It’s fine to freeze fresh fruit raw. For veggies, blanch them first so they’re already cooked when you defrost them.

Track Your Inventory

Foods can be harder to recognize in their frozen state, especially if your cold box is stocked with lots of different dishes. So before sticking anything in the freezer, make sure to:

  • Label what the food is. Self-explanatory—but important!
  • Label the date when you stored it. After about three months, even properly stored food will start to lose its texture and flavor, Ahrens says.
  • Keep a list of what you have. A sheet of paper on the fridge or a note on your phone will help you remember exactly what’s in there, so you can use it up while it’s still in its prime. If it's been a while and you need to do a cleanout, have friends over for a freezer potluck, Proto says.

Foods You Should Never Freeze

Not everything is meant for icy cold storage. “Freezing causes chemical changes in food, and some foods can’t withstand the freezing temperatures and still be palatable,” Ahrens says. Consider keeping these foods in the fridge instead.

  • Lettuce, cucumbers, celery, tomatoes, or other veggies you plan to eat raw (store tomatoes at room temp for the best flavor and texture)
  • Apples or citrus fruits
  • Whole eggs or egg dishes, like frittatas or quiches
  • Milk, yogurt, or soft cheeses (hard cheeses are OK!)
  • Creamy sauces
  • Cooked pasta

More Pro Tips

You’ve got the basics down, but this next-level knowledge is worth keeping in mind.

  • Start with quality food. In other words, stuff that’s fresh—or at least not on the verge of spoiling. “If it’s almost garbage in the freezer, it’ll still be that way when you take it out,” Proto says.
  • Cool foods completely before freezing them. Sticking still-warm food in your icebox warms up the whole freezer, Proto says. That can cause food already in the freezer to thaw (and eventually refreeze), which will ruin its texture.
  • Consider freezing individual ingredients. Think tomato sauce, chopped onions or garlic, or pre-grated cheeses like cheddar. It’ll help you get a jump on meal prep whenever you’re ready to cook, Ahrens says.
9 Vegan Baked Goods Everyone Will Want a Piece Of Greatist 9 Vegan Baked Goods Everyone Will Want a Piece Of 9 Vegan Baked Goods Everyone Will Want a Piece Of Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:00:41 -0400 Madison Flager 14564 at Life is too short to eat bad dessert. Even if you’re vegan, gluten-free, or Paleo, there's no need to miss out—there are plenty of healthier, great-tasting options out there, you just gotta use the right ingredients. These easy vegan recipes sneak in things like avocado, applesauce, fruit, spices, and coconut milk to make some real-deal treats that won’t leave you wishing you just grabbed an apple. Been there, regretted that cardboard muffin.

Cinnamon Vegan Banana Bread

The best kind of banana bread has chunks of the fruit visible, so one look at this guy and you know they did it right. Besides bananas, it's made with brown sugar, vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, and cinnamon. Sorry, PB&J on toast, this looks better.

Coconut Flour Chocolate Cupcakes

We're a sucker for anything with sprinkles. These pretty treats are all about the coconut—they're made with coconut flour, coconut sugar, coconut oil, and coconut milk. It's not a flavor overload, though... the frosting uses cashew butter and chocolate chips, and the cupcakes have plenty of cocoa powder to get that rich, chocolaty taste.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Something about lemon poppy seed-flavored foods reminds us of spring. Make these sweet muffins to brighten up a rainy day or just to add to your morning breakfast rotation. The glaze couldn't be simpler to make, either—just mix powdered sugar and lemon juice and drizzle over muffins.

Vegan Coffee Cake
Not only is this cake vegan, it’s also gluten- and oil-free. Crazy, right? It uses unsweetened applesauce, oat flour, and vanilla extract to mimic the usual taste. Even Lorelei Gilmore would approve of this loaf.
Fudgy Avocado Brownies

If you haven’t tried avocado as a baking substitute yet, what are you waiting for?! It’ll make your brownies so moist and fluffy while adding some healthy fats to dessert. Even the frosting is relatively clean... just mix avocado, cocoa powder, and maple syrup.

Easy Vegan Sticky Buns

Sure, you can find vegan cookies or brownies at most health food stores these days, but you’d be hard-pressed to stumble upon a vegan sticky bun. Take matters into your own hands and whip these cinnamon balls of goodness up at home.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Is there anything more comforting than a warm chocolate chip cookie, fresh out of the oven? Or a kitchen that smells like warm cookies? Grab yourself some dairy-free chips and get to baking. Fair warning: The sea salt makes them soooo...oooo...oooo addictive.

Blueberry Bread Loaf

Think of this as banana bread meets blueberry pancakes. It uses a surprising ingredient you definitely have around—apple cider vinegar—and goes great with tea or coffee. Make it for breakfast or to nibble on as an afternoon snack.

Vegan Magic Cookie Bars
Ohh baby, are magic bars addictive or what? If you’ve never had one, they’re basically blondies stuffed with nuts, coconut, and chocolate chips. To make a vegan version, this recipe uses maple syrup as a sweetener instead of sweetened condensed milk.
19 Sleep-Inducing Drinks to Sip Before Bed Greatist 19 Sleep-Inducing Drinks to Sip Before Bed 19 Sleep-Inducing Drinks to Sip Before Bed Thu, 15 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0400 Anisha Jhaveri 14562 at Whoever said, “you snooze, you lose” clearly never suffered from insomnia. From tossing and turning to waking up in the middle of the night, being tired without being able to sleep is one of the most frustrating feelings, everrr.

Before relying on the Ambiens or Lunestas of the world, why not try some tastier, more natural sleep aid options first? Next time you’re struggling to catch those zzzs, down one of these 19 sleep-inducing nightcaps—and wake up feeling like a winner.

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Blushing with sleep-regulating cherry juice and rose petals, this frothy pink tonic is almost too pretty to drink. But underneath its good looks, there’s also a dash of snooze-inducing ashwagandha powder, so if you’re struggling to catch those zzzs, start sipping.

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Unlike 99.9 percent of pumpkin-spiced beverages in the world, this one actually has pumpkin in it—win! A few tablespoons of the puréed veggie go into the lightly sweetened, cinnamon-dusted steamer, which is also caffeine-free so that you’re not bouncing off the walls at midnight.

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There’s a reason medicinal mushrooms are trending this year: From inflammation to insomnia, they're supposed to help alleviate it all. But instead of stirring your reishi powder into your morning coffee like most people, use it in this chocolaty concoction. Pro tip: Cacao powder contains trace amounts of caffeine (only 12 milligrams, whereas a cup of coffee has 150 milligrams) so if you're super sensitive to the stuff, you may want to pass on this one or just enjoy it earlier in the day for a little relaxation.

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If you haven’t yet hopped on board the turmeric train, your sleep-deprived state might give you a good reason to start (with this dairy-free drink). Thanks to a combination of anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties (read: it's known to protect nerve cells from damage), it’s been shown to help with anxiety and promote better sleep. This is just further proof that the golden root is worthy of its status as one of the biggest health trends of the year.

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If your stubborn sleep cycles are resistant even to chamomile tea, it might be time for an upgrade. Supplement your teabags with a pinch of turmeric and a cupful of sleep-promoting tart cherry juice for a triple-threat solution to insomnia.

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If you’re the evening-workout type, end your night with a warm cup of this. Not only do the vanilla, honey, and lavender make it super soothing, but the serotonin and healthy fats in the walnuts simultaneously replenish tired muscles while encouraging better sleep.

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Put away the sleeping pills and go the Ayurvedic route to say goodbye to restless nights. According to the traditional medicine practice, herbs like saffron can do wonders for anxiety, depression, and sleeplessness. Add a few strands to this subtly spiced almond milk drink and feel like a whole new person in the morning.

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Carbs before bed have been viewed as a blanket no-no, but there might be exceptions since studies find that complex carbs might actually improve sleep quality. So while you may not want to make a habit out of midnight pizza binges, try this smoothie instead, which blends a serving of whole-grain, serotonin-rich oats into the banana-cherry-chamomile mixture.

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A hot, chocolaty cup of cocoa is comforting enough, but a few extra ingredients make it over-the-top cozy. With soothing peppermint oil, healthy fats from the cashew butter, and zero added sugar, it sets you up for a relaxing treat followed by an uninterrupted night of sweet dreams.

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Actual snickerdoodles before bed may give you a counterproductive sugar high, but this smoothie takes care of cookie cravings without killing your REM cycle. Not only are dates and bananas its only sources of sweetness, but it’s also made with chickpeas, which are high in the B6 vitamins that produce sleep-regulating serotonin.

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A hot toddy is usually sipped as a boozy cold-buster. Here, though, the squeeze of turmeric paste alongside the brandy makes this spicy cocktail as powerful for fighting insomnia as it is for boosting immunity.

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Blueberries are regular guests at breakfast, but their high concentration of sleep-aiding polyphenols makes them a great option for a bedtime snack, especially when accompanied by other sleep-promoting ingredients like avocado, lavender, and bananas. Plus, since this smoothie is practically a salad, it’s also a pretty tasty way to get in some fiber if you’re lacking in that department.

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Between the nightly face-washing and unwinding routine, take five minutes to brew up this caffeine-free—and dairy-free—tea. Both chamomile and lavender are known to naturally improve sleep quality, so what’s better than getting them both in one cup?

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Sip this smoothie to sleep better... and smile more. Thanks to avocado and banana, both rich in anxiety-reducing, mood-elevating serotonin, this drink is a perfect way to end the day on a happy note.

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It may not come with a facial or a massage, but this chamomile, lavender, peppermint, and sage infusion can get you to spa-level bliss all on its own. It’s so cleansing, soothing, and relaxing, you may not even finish a full glass before dozing off. Homemade face masks are optional but recommended.

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If you’re having trouble getting some shut-eye, one reason might be a deficiency in magnesium, which helps regulate all sorts of bodily functions, including the sleep cycle. Increase your levels with this refreshing, three-ingredient shake, which includes banana and almond butter—both delicious sources of the mineral.

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Here’s a tea you won’t find at your corner Starbucks. Made with just banana and cinnamon, it may not be conventional, but the magnesium in the fruit and the stress-reducing effects of the spice make this a powerful antidote to restlessness.

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Another option for an evening exerciser, this cool-down smoothie does double duty as a post-workout snack and a pre-bedtime treat. People are all sorts of doubtful about dairy these days, but the casein protein found in milk products is actually optimal for helping muscle recovery when taken overnight. Scoop a spoonful of it into the milk, yogurt, and banana mixture so that you’re getting stronger, and not just in your dreams.

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As if apple cider vinegar hadn’t already established itself as practically a miracle cure for tons of ailments, it strikes again in this tea. Most people are used to drinking the stuff first thing in the morning, but this blogger makes a solid case for the calming effects of ACV’s amino acids. Drink up.

7 Meal-Prep Tricks the Fitness Gurus at Tone It Up Swear By Greatist 7 Meal-Prep Tricks the Fitness Gurus at Tone It Up Swear By 7 Meal-Prep Tricks the Fitness Gurus at Tone It Up Swear By Wed, 14 Mar 2018 11:08:28 -0400 Jamie Webber 14568 at When Sunday rolls around, the thought of getting to the grocery store so you can start meal-prepping for the week sounds about as fun as going for a four-mile run the morning after a late night out with friends. You have visions of Sunday being spent on the couch but you know you should really get your butt up and meal-prep because once you do it, it feels good. It's the same feeling you get after squeezing in a 30-minute workout you were completely dreading only to feel like Sasha Fierce once it's all said and done.

If you're like us and need a little motivation to meal-prep from time to time, our friends Katrina and Karena from Tone It Up know a thing or two about getting us moving... and not just in the gym but in the kitchen. They're known for fitness routines that kick our butts in the best way possible, but they are firm believers that prepping meals and snacks in advance is one of the most important aspects of sticking to the Tone It Up lifestyle.

When you’re prepared to fuel your body right, the TIU ladies say you'll be able to breeze through even the craziest days with a natural high and positive vibes. Here are the meal-prep tips they swear by to help them stick to the TIU plan week after week.

1. Even just a little bit of planning will help you in a major way.

Planning things in advance helps free up time and energy to kick some major booty in other areas of your life. Also, meal-prepping is good for your body and your budget because having tasty noshes on hand lessens the temptation to grab pricier (and less-healthy) options.

2. Healthy muffins are meal-prepping game-changers.

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From oat muffins to mini frittatas, a muffin pan is one of the best meal-prep tools you can have in your kitchen. Since grab-and-go options for busy mornings are a must, making a big batch of muffins once a week is one of our favorite tips.

Keep them covered in the refrigerator for up to four days (TBH, you can probably stretch most of them to day five or just throw half of the muffins in the freezer until you're ready to eat). Need some muffin inspo? Some of our favorite muffin recipes are snickerdoodle muffins and chocolate berry muffins.

3. Wash and chop... immediately.

The minute you come home from the grocery store or farmers' market, we know you just want to unload your food and take a little break. But we're telling ya, it's best to prep your veggies right away to have them ready to nosh on. Chop carrots, celery, mushrooms, zucchini… these are great snacks to have on hand and easy additions to salads, stir-fries, or even breakfast egg muffins.

Have salad greens ready too. If you buy them by the bunch, make sure to wash and keep them wrapped in a dry paper towel in your crisper so they last. If they start to wilt, just add them to a glass of water (like you do with flowers—stems in the water) and put them in the fridge to see them come back to life.

4. Don’t be afraid of pancakes.

You probably think you can only have pancakes on special occasions because you're picturing what you get at the diner. But thanks to tons of healthy pancake recipes ranging from Paleo-friendly to vegan, and let's not forget about our favorite Perfect Fit pancakes, you can add the brunch staple to your meal-prep lineup. Because guess what? You can prep pancakes ahead of time AND they will last you all week.

Make a big batch and keep them covered in a glass container in the fridge for up to four days. Make them a little bit smaller than usual so you can simply pop ’em in the toaster oven in the morning when you're ready to eat. You can also spread a little almond butter on top for even more protein and healthy fats. For a similar flavor that's better for your on-the-go lifestyle, we also like baking muffins from the Perfect Fit pancake recipe: Just triple the recipe, throw some extra blueberries, a little bit of coconut oil, and bake at 350 degrees until done.

5. Keep it simple with protein and veggies.

There are a ton of delicious meal-prep recipes out there, but you really don't need to get fancy. Baked chicken or your favorite lean protein along with a mix of veggies are easy (and tasty) staples to have on hand throughout the week.

Just place chicken and an assortment of veggies (think sweet potatoes, bell peppers, onions, etc.) in a large baking dish, add your favorite spices (yes, sea salt and pepper are just fine!), plenty of garlic, and a little oil. Bake everything at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until cooked completely. If you're wanting a little more to go with your high-protein dinner, make a large batch of quinoa while the chicken and veggies bake.

6. Get the right gear.

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You don't want to be stuck rummaging through the pantry trying to find the matching top to your food storage container. Be ready ahead of time by having various sized meal-prep containers for storing your pre-prepped food so you can store everything in the fridge or freezer with ease.

We recommend glass over plastic and of course, mason jars are easy for salads. For an easy workday lunch, layer salad ingredients for the week in a few mason jars. Just be sure to keep the dressing separate to guarantee it lasts longer.

7. Sip like you’re at the spa.

This isn't your typical meal-prep tip (who needs to prep water?!). But when you keep a large pitcher of water infused with berries, mint, and lemon slices in the fridge, you are far more likely to enjoy a chilled glass of that than reach for a sugary option (insert post-workday drink of choice here). It's also a good motivator to help you stay hydrated all week.

11 Meal-Prep Recipes to Make in Your Instant Pot Greatist 11 Meal-Prep Recipes to Make in Your Instant Pot 11 Meal-Prep Recipes to Make in Your Instant Pot Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:46:53 -0400 Abbey Perreault 14567 at If you’re the proud owner of an Instant Pot, you probably know that having one in your kitchen is like having a superpower. With the ability to cook almost anything at almost any rate in almost any style, you’re suddenly transformed from human to kitchen wizard. But, as it goes with superpowers, with great power (and so. many. buttons.) comes great responsibility: to meal-prep. Yep, if you let it, this steamy little bot will become your best friend when it comes to planning out your week and making the easiest meal-prep recipes.

We know the “m” word makes some of you shudder, but when you’ve got an Instant Pot, all it really entails is tossing a little more of whatever you would’ve added anyway into a pot! Just plug it in, let it do all the work, and store whatever you don’t eat in the fridge or the freezer. (Not so scary, right?)

So go ahead, use your time-saving superpowers for good by making these Instant Pot recipes.

Superfood Instant Pot Oatmeal in a Jar
You don't have to wait until dinnertime to break out the Instant Pot. In just 10 minutes, you can whip up a week’s worth of healthy breakfasts with this superfood oatmeal recipe. Packed with apples, walnuts, and goji berries, these oats are hearty, flavorful, and might keep you from reaching for the day-old donuts someone left in the meeting room.
Instant Pot Greek Chicken Quinoa Bowls
Sure, you can cook chicken quickly in an Instant Pot. But more than that, you can cook your grains along with it at the same time. This light, zesty meal makes a delicious go-to dinner for busy weeknights. Bring it into work the next day for a simple lunch that beats anything you'd find near the office.
Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
Meatballs are great and all, but who really wants to stand over a pan of popping oil for an hour just to brown a few spheres of meat? Luckily, the Instant Pot’s sauté function means meatballs no longer require such hardship. You can whip up a week’s worth of delicious golden buffalo chicken balls cooked in soft quinoa that have all the taste—without all the spattering oil.
Whole30 Instant Pot Seafood Gumbo
Ready for a week long of Mardi Gras? With just 10 minutes of prep time for a big ol’ pot of New Orleans-style Cajun shrimp and bass, this well-seasoned seafood gumbo is where it's at.
Kung Pao Chicken
Packed with sweet and spicy chicken, zucchini, and bell pepper, this Kung Pao chicken recipe gives your go-to take-out meal a run for its money. Eat as is, opt for the Paleo or gluten-free version, or pile on top of jasmine rice or buckwheat soba noodles.
Vegan Quinoa Burrito Bowls
Quite honestly, there’s no night we’re not craving burrito bowls. And since this dairy-free, meat-free version is packed with protein, fiber, and flavor, there’s really no reason you shouldn’t satisfy that craving every night. Commit to just five minutes in the kitchen to sauté some onions, toss in some beans and quinoa, top with hella avocado, and you’ll be ready to guac-n-roll your way through the rest of the week.
Yellow Split Pea Curry With Brown Rice
Want to keep an entire meal in your pantry? Here’s a meal-prep recipe you can stock your cabinets with months in advance. Fill each jar with dried lentils, split peas, and optional brown rice and cook single serving portions in your Instant Pot in 20 minutes, one prepped jar at a time.
Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken
This one’s for the Paleo, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free folks... as well as for anyone who ever said chicken was dry. Let the bird marinate in sesame oil, honey, ginger, garlic, and a drop of fish sauce for an unbelievably flavorful chicken. Chow down tonight, and toss on top of a salad, quinoa, or brown rice for an easy lunch tomorrow.
Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin With Soy Ginger Sauce
There’s arguably no better way to cook pork tenderloin than in your Instant Pot. Not only does it retain all those good juices, but also it takes less than 25 minutes to bring this sweet and savory dish to the table. Top with lots of green onions and make extra soy ginger sauce so you can put it on everything. And we mean Every. Thing.
Instant Pot Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
We all have those weeks where we just want comfort food, and this *oh-so-slightly-healthy* cauliflower mac and cheese won’t let you down. With whole-wheat pasta elbows, cauliflower, and all the cheese, one batch of this will give you enough mac and cheese to fix all of your problems.
Instant Pot Dill, Feta, and Broccoli Frittata
It may not be bottomless, but this is the brunch that keeps on giving. Keep Sunday afternoon going all week long with this simple, seven-ingredient egg bake. No oven required.
7 Keto Fat Bombs Made With 5 Ingredients or Less Greatist 7 Keto Fat Bombs Made With 5 Ingredients or Less 7 Keto Fat Bombs Made With 5 Ingredients or Less Tue, 13 Mar 2018 07:30:00 -0400 Madison Flager 14563 at If you’re not already familiar with the keto diet, you’re probably wondering what the heck fat bombs are, and why you’d ever want to eat one. The name is a little weird, we admit. But if you're going keto (more on that here), they're about as necessary as RXBARs and chicken sausage are to the Paleo diet.

Basically, a keto fat bomb is a snack ball that's high in healthy fat and low in carbs. They’re usually made with ingredients like avocado, nut butter, and coconut, and can be sweet or savory. Think: bacon and egg bombs in the morning and chocolate PB bombs after lunch. Now that we know fat isn’t public enemy No. 1, go ahead and enjoy these hand-held, keto-friendly eats.

Everything Bagel and Lox Keto Bombs
Your favorite Sunday brunch just got keto-fied. These breakfast balls will seriously help you forget you’re skipping bagels, and you need fewer than five ingredients to get 'em together. Grab cream cheese, smoked salmon, scallions, and everything bagel seasoning, and start rolling.
Pumpkin Pie Keto Fat Bombs

Most keto fat bombs are round, but there’s no rule that says they have to be. These look more like brownies or fudge squares, and taste like fall. You can decide whether to include the protein powder and maple syrup, depending on how protein-packed or sweet you want them to be.

Almond Butter Fat Bombs
These almond butter bombs look like a Reese’s and taste like an Almond Joy… your brain might be thrown for a loop, but your stomach will be happy. They’re made with nut butter, coconut oil, cacao powder, and a sweetener, like erythritol.
Keto Pistachio Fat Bombs
These guys straddle the line between sweet and savory, and we love the mix. Instead of cream cheese, they use mascarpone and a little vanilla extract for a sweet and rich inside. The creamy mix gets rolled in chopped pistachios to make a nutty, salty snack.
Paleo Butter Pecan Fat Bombs
If your go-to ice cream flavor is butter pecan, you’ll want to try out these sweet fat bombs. They’re ideally made in an ice cube tray, which is the perfect way to have bite-size snacks on hand whenever you start to get a little hangry.
Matcha Coconut Fat Bombs

These bombs combine two big health trends: matcha and keto. The green tea powder has a little bit of a bitter taste but balances out well with coconut butter, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Roll them in shredded coconut for extra texture (or skip it to keep the number of ingredients low).

Breakfast Bacon Fat Bombs

You didn’t think we’d forget about bacon, did you? The keto fave had to make an appearance. These addicting breakfast bombs mix it with hard-boiled egg, avocado, mayo, and a serrano pepper. Throw a little lime juice in there if you want a fresher taste. Keto eaters, your breakfast dreams have come true.

Scared Things Won't Work Out? Ask Yourself These 3 Questions Greatist Scared Things Won't Work Out? Ask Yourself These 3 Questions Scared Things Won't Work Out? Ask Yourself These 3 Questions Tue, 13 Mar 2018 07:00:00 -0400 Susie Moore 14556 at No Regrets With Susie Moore A client of mine recently took a big promotion that required she move to Los Angeles from the Midwest. She was all gung-ho and excited about it—until the fear kicked in. The questions started to flow in:

"But will I be good at it?"

"I'm managing people older and more experienced than me… will they respect me? And can I handle them if they don't?"

"What if I screw up and come back to Chicago with my tail between my legs?"

How familiar these fears are! A level-up in any life area can feel scary, like it's too much of a stretch. But as a life coach, I knew what to ask her.

Because the answers to overcome self-doubt are always within us, we just have to ask the right questions.

1. Has there been another time in your life when you were uncertain about a big change and things worked out?

This is one of my favorite questions because we allow our past fears to inform our current fears. Think back on your life: What have you overcome that scared you? A promotion, a move, a new relationship, a loss, a public talk?


From big to small, recalling our past achievements reminds us of how capable and strong we damn well are. Put your victory loops in your head to drown out the apprehension. The more specific you can be with details and reliving your past successes, the better!

2. If you were to step outside of yourself for a moment and speak to yourself like a loving friend, what would you say?

We are our own toughest critic—we would probably never let a friend talk to us the way we talk to ourselves. So think about that for a second: If you spoke to yourself like a trusted, kind, honest bestie, what words would come out of your mouth? In my client's case, she said she'd tell herself, "You are smart. You can totally rock this. You are ready for the next step. Get excited, woman!"

The next time something scares you, what can you tell yourself? Maybe it's no big deal, this too will pass, or you've got this!

3. How can you see this scary situation differently?

The next time you have a job interview, instead of seeing it as an intimidating meeting, think, This is a great time to shine and let the world see my strengths! The next time you attend an event where you don't know a soul, instead of making a beeline for the vodka, try thinking, There are probably lots of people here who don't know anyone. Maybe I can help put someone else at ease and even make a friend!

Even when it's time to call to haggle your rent, return an item to a store, or tell your roommate he needs to be tidier, you can think, This is a wonderful opportunity for me to practice my self-confidence and use my valuable voice. Almost any uncomfortable situation or change can be reframed into an opportunity with a dose of perspective. It's rarely as serious and dramatic as your thoughts would allow you to believe.

The most important thing to remember in any new or seemingly threatening situation is: You've done this before. Same stuff, different circumstances. And hey, you've gotten through everything life's thrown at you so far, right?


Susie Moore is Greatist's life coach columnist and a confidence coach in New York City. Sign up for free weekly wellness tips on her website and check back every Tuesday for her latest No Regrets column!

7 Low-Carb Spaghetti Sauces to Buy When You Can’t Deal With Making Your Own Greatist 7 Low-Carb Spaghetti Sauces to Buy When You Can’t Deal With Making Your Own 7 Low-Carb Spaghetti Sauces to Buy When You Can’t Deal With Making Your Own Mon, 12 Mar 2018 20:00:00 -0400 Meredith Heil 14561 at It’s no secret that keeping sugar and carbs at bay is tough, especially when you’re pressed for time and dealing with a bare-bones pantry. But as long as you’ve got a box of pasta (or a zucchini and a spiralizer, if you’re really going for it) and one of these seven low-carb spaghetti sauce jars on hand, a healthy, filling, and speedy dinner is well within reach. The store-bought ilk might get a bad rap, sure, but remember—what Nonna doesn’t know won’t hurt her.

Equal parts silky and chunky, this grocery store go-to gets its fresh, well-balanced taste from bright San Marzano tomatoes, specks of herby basil, and a potent blend of white and black pepper. And with just 35 calories, 6 grams of carbs, and 1—yes, 1—gram of sugar per half cup, what’s not to love?


Care for a little heat? Try a jar of this small-batch, no-sugar-added arrabbiata, which gets its signature kick from the addition of fiery red peppers. In addition to imported olive oil, these guys also throw in some basil, onions, garlic, Mediterranean sea salt, and tomatoes—all fresh—before slow simmering to perfection. The resulting antioxidant-rich pasta-topper has a lively bite and comes in at 80 calories, 4 grams of carbs, and 3 grams of sugar per serving.


Undoubtedly one of the most soulful options on the shelf, this seven-ingredient sauce skips fillers like water and tomato paste for 100-percent real Italian tomatoes, garlic, basil, onions, sea salt, and spices, and still manages to pack just 6 grams of carbs and 4 grams of sugar. Consider your zoodle game drastically improved.


All hail Rao’s! The Bronx mobster hangout-turned-supermarket bestseller has been crushing the grocery game for years now. It brings its expertly crafted, all-Italian tomato gravies to those of us unable to secure a private table at the real-deal 114th street restaurant. This vodka sauce, which incorporates Parmesan, Romano, and vodka to the standard marinara mix, is as creamy and flavorful as can be—quite a feat considering it’s working with 80 calories, 4 grams of carbs, and 3 grams of sugar.


Exceptionally smooth and loaded with organic herbs, spices, veggies, and cheese, this hearty, no-sugar-added original not only tastes great, it coats spaghetti like a dream. And despite a healthy dose of satisfyingly nutty Parm, you’re taking in a mere 80 calories, 7 grams of carbs, and 4 grams of sugar with each satisfying half cup.


Another restaurant offshoot, the Meatball Shop’s slow-simmered packaged brand aptly lives up to its New York City mini-chain reputation. Whole peeled Italian tomatoes, fresh onions, garlic, oregano, bay leaves, and a dash of chili flakes join forces inside the jar, producing a velvety, slightly smoky, and refreshingly tangy sauce with 70 calories, 6 grams of carbs, and 3 grams of sugar. We recommend enjoying this one with, you guessed it, meatballs.

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Zesty white pepper, earthy kale, and sun-ripened, subtly sweet plum tomatoes alongside a thin yet sturdy texture make this organic number the most versatile and wholesome of the bunch. Aside from the regular noodle routine, it’s also great for pizza, lasagna, casseroles, and even chili. No matter what you’re making, with 4 grams of carbs and 4 grams of sugar, an extra serving might be in your future.

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What Exactly Is Orangetheory Fitness—and Should I Try It? Greatist What Exactly Is Orangetheory Fitness—and Should I Try It? What Exactly Is Orangetheory Fitness—and Should I Try It? Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:00:31 -0400 Erin Kelly 14392 at If an Orangetheory Fitness hasn’t yet popped up in your neighborhood, chances are, it’s likely not long before it moves in. The boutique fitness franchise has over 860 open studios, with 771 in the United States alone. Compare that number to the (significantly fewer) 82 studios SoulCycle has within the States and Canada, and it seems like a new fitness method has officially overshadowed the cult-like, dance cardio cycling conglomerate.

Head to the Orangetheory Fitness site, and you’ll be transported to a home page featuring high-res videos of individuals who are the definition of #fitnessgoals accompanied by bold claims, like the workout itself is scientifically proven to give you a longer, more vibrant life, and will armour you with increased energy, greater strength, and better fitness results.


With promises of a stronger body and a better life, Orangetheory seems like the ideal workout. But what actually happens during a 60-minute class? And do these claims actually hold up IRL?

We dug into the science behind the interval-based workout franchise to find out.

What to Expect

The makeup of an Orangetheory Fitness workout studio isn’t incredibly different from what you might see at a Barry’s Bootcamp or another interval-based workout class. Treadmills line the front of the room, and a few feet behind them are columns of indoor WaterRowers. Directly in the center of the classroom is open floor space featuring fitness equipment—like dumbbell tracks, TRX bands, and BOSU trainers. Several miscellaneous stationary bikes and strider machines are positioned on the outskirts of the treadmill wall.

What is noticeably different is that upon walking through the front door, a heart rate monitor gets fastened on my right arm, right below my elbow. (Usually, gyms just offer complimentary ponytail holders.) That’s because Orangetheory’s entire concept— er, theory —is based on the science of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (or EPOC).

The Workout

Harnessing the technology of real-time heart rate monitors, the signature Orange 60 class brings you through five zones of interval training. (For reference: Zone one, or the grey zone, signifies ‘very light activity’ and requires 50 to 60 percent of your max heart rate. Zone Five, or the red zone, signifies ‘all-out effort’ and requires 92 to 100 percent of your maximum heart rate.)

Using the equipment listed above, coaches lead a workout that challenges you to push yourself to intensities of 84 percent of your maximum heart rate (or zone 4: the sweet spot of the orange zone, or ‘uncomfortable’ effort) or higher for at least 12 and up to 20 minutes of the class. By achieving this threshold, Orangetheory’s program design claims to leave visitors with an ‘afterburn effect,’ or an increased metabolic rate (think: you’ll have extra energy and burn more calories), for up to 36 hours after exiting the classroom.

How each person reaches the orange or red zone is entirely up to how hard and how far they are willing to push themselves. Every workout is different, but each class follows more or less of the same protocol that leaves little opportunity for failing to raise to your heart rate: Thirty minutes are spent on a treadmill completing intervals alternating between varying levels of speed, recovery, and hill training; the second half of class is spent splitting your time between strength training exercises on the floor—think: weighted squats, overhead presses, burpees, and more—and time doing work atop a WaterRower.

If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, that’s OK—the complexities of the workout are what make it so effective. Luckily, an instructor will guide you through every interval, equipment change, and recovery minute, and a large-screen positioned in the front of class displays your heart rate and “splat points”—or the points you receive for every minute spent in the orange or red zone—so you can focus on what you’re there to do: work.

The Benefits

OK, so the variation of treadmills, intervals, WaterRower sprints, and strength training combined with the additional challenge of maxing out your heart rate definitely makes Orangetheory sound like a workout worthy of your time. But is it worth $35 for a single class (New York City Chelsea’s studio drop-in rate)? Note: Prices for classes vary based on region.

Here’s the argument for, “Yes.”

1. The workout is scalable.

One of the perks Orangetheory uses to incentivize newcomers is that the workout is suitable for all levels of fitness. Class-goers have the option of power walking at an incline during treadmill intervals if they aren’t comfortable going faster, and classrooms also have stationary bikes and striders if running just isn’t an option.

Instructors also help with modifications during strength training exercises for those who have injuries or restrictions.

2. The technology keeps you accountable.

When we’re alone at the gym, it’s easy to let our mood, attitude, or outliers (too little sleep the night before or a looming deadline at work) affect our perception of how hard we’re actually working. I’ve also been guilty of withholding effort (read: half-assing) group training sessions just because nobody will call me out on it as long as I’m still going through the motions like everyone else.

With the integration of OTbeat, Orangetheory’s exclusive heart rate monitoring technology, individuals are able to see real-time feedback on how hard they’re working. For the right client, the knowledge of what they’re currently exerting paired with knowing what they have left in the tank can be incredibly motivating.

“OTbeat holds you accountable,” says Alexa Javens, a coach and regional fitness and operations manager of three Orangetheory studios in Brooklyn. “Staying within a certain heart rate zone and maximum heart rate percentage prevents the chance of undertraining—or overtraining—within the hour.”

3. The workout is personal.

“It’s usually more difficult for more active people to reach the orange zone,” Javens warned me as she gave me a quick-and-dirty rundown of the workout pre-class (this is a prerequisite for all new studio-goers).

She was right. I had to fight to push myself on the treadmill in order to break into the orange zone, working harder than I typically do, say, at Mile High Run Club or Barry’s Bootcamp. Yet around me, other class-goers were moving at varying paces—from power walking on an incline to all out-sprints—to achieve the same outcome.

Since your maximum heart rate is unique to you (it’s individual and depends on your age, weight, and activity levels), that means everyone in class must work at a different rate to break into the orange zone, making the workout personal and unique to your specific needs.

4. You’ll target multiple muscle groups.

By incorporating a variety of machines, fitness equipment, and exercises into 60 minutes, you’ll get a high dose of cardio while targeting multiple muscle groups.

“Every Orangetheory class is a full body workout,” Javens explains. “We never focus on muscle overload for one specific muscle group.”

5. You could burn up to 1,000 calories per class.

Orangetheory estimates that, based on earning 12 to 20 splat points per class, gym goers will burn anywhere from 500 to 1,000 calories during class. Compared to SoulCycle’s estimated 500 to 700 calories burned per class, there’s a nice window of opportunity for additional burn.

Of course, these are estimations coming directly from each brand, so take those numbers with a grain of salt (or side eye, if you will). While there's no real guarantee you'll burn a certain number of calories, the workout summary report Orangetheory emailed me directly after class estimated I personally burned 565 calories and earned 11 splat points—which, for the hard work I put in during those 60 minutes, felt accurate.

6. It’s backed by science.

Though mentioned earlier, it’s worth repeating. Orangetheory’s heart rate-based interval training workout centers around the science of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC). Designed by renowned physiologist Ellen Latham and backed by Orangetheory’s own medical advisory board, 12 to 20 minutes spent in the ‘orange zone’ throughout class can help you burn more calories for up to 36 hours after class.

Compare that to the 14 hours of increased metabolic rates studies show cyclists benefitted from after a 45-minute workout, and you can see how Orangetheory’s method pushes the number to nearly double.

The Real Deal

Orangetheory may, in theory, sound perfect. But there are a few things you should know before signing on for an Orange Premier membership (unlimited monthly classes).

1. Orangetheory is a franchise.

Individual Orangetheory Fitness studios and gyms are part of a franchise, which means while all locations are all technically run underneath the same umbrella, each studio is managed differently and may have a slightly different vibe, crew of coaches, and customer service style.

Trying to reach out to the corporate customer service proved troubling for me, but after contacting the Williamsburg studio directly, I had a much easier experience.

2. It’s not personal training.

Certified personal trainer and host of Hurdle podcast Emily Abbate believes Orangetheory is a great workout that breaks down many of the barriers to fitness newcomers face—yet she cautions those who are brand-new to fitness from jumping right in without doing any homework.

“At Orangetheory you have the opportunity to be coached, but that coach won’t be holding your hand every step of the way,” Abbate says.

Since technical strength training moves are a big bulk of what Orangetheory offers, there’s definitely room for poor form and wrongful executions to slip through the cracks (during my own session, confusion during my floor portion delayed the workout until the coach was able to address our concerns).

“People who are looking for that personal training experience should know that if they really want personal training experience, they’ve got to get one-on-one coaching—there’s no inexpensive way to get those same results.”

3. It might not help your marathon training or weightlifting PR.

Orangetheory is a great workout to improve or maintain your current fitness levels, says Ash Kempton, a certified personal trainer based in Golden, Colorado, In fact, she believes it may be the best workout you can do if you have an hour of time, several days a week! But it’s not for everyone.

“Where it gets tricky is if you are an athlete with a specific, non-weight-loss goal in mind, such as marathon running or bodybuilding competitions,” Kempton says. “While these types of athletes would benefit from high-intensity interval training, like OTF, they must remember to balance it with their sport-specific work, such as distance running or heavy lifting. For example, you probably shouldn’t show up to the start line for 26.2 miles by only going to OTF, but you will go faster by incorporating OTF a few times a week into a typical marathon training cycle.”

The Conclusion?

No workout is perfect, but my experience at Orangetheory definitely challenged me and motivated me to work harder than I usually do in a group training session.

My take? Trust the science and try out a class for yourself.

An Unexpected Side Effect of Running Greatist An Unexpected Side Effect of Running An Unexpected Side Effect of Running Mon, 12 Mar 2018 07:00:00 -0400 Sarah Ellis 14513 at Right, left, right, left, right.

I'm out before the sun, although I don't feel that sense of serenity so many people tell me comes with early mornings. It's cold, and the crisp air is announcing the seemingly endless presence of winter. The darkness makes me feel crazy for even being awake, and the truth is, I want nothing more than to be curled up in my bed. Even the crunching leaves beneath my feet sound cheerless to me today.


But training doesn't happen if I don't lace up my shoes. This routine can feel like an unwelcome assignment at times, but I do it because it means more than clocking mile after mile: Moving my feet, in the cold, the rain, or the humid heat of summer, lets me celebrate the miracle of being alive, of owning my body with all of its flaws—and all of its strength and power.

Like most women, I'm faced with constant reminders of an ideal figure I can't ever hope to achieve. Some days, my body doesn't feel fully my own; it feels like it belongs to our culture, which has endless things to say about its value, how it's never quite small enough or curvy enough, never capable of being what it "should" be. Of course, this doesn't prevent me from receiving unwanted comments all the same.

Too many women know this feeling—you don't have to be a runner to relate. Even when I'm just out doing chores, I can't round a corner without hearing a familiar whistle, my peripheral vision immediately on high alert to figure out where it's coming from.

Recently, a guy yelled out at me, "Hey baby, where you headed?" He was sitting on a step two buildings down. I kept walking as his eyes scanned me up and down, and it was clear that he was imagining the skin beneath my sweater. I was carrying groceries, a familiar ritual on Saturday mornings, but suddenly, it was like I was walking naked in the middle of the street. I felt exposed, vulnerable. Within seconds, the encounter was over, but it jarred me just enough to keep me on edge the whole walk home.

On morning runs, the scrutiny can feel like a magnifying glass. It's as if any act of movement is an invitation to comment. "Slow down, honey. You got places to be?" The whistles and shouts start to feel as familiar as my quickening breath. In moments like this, I remember that I am never quite safe, never quite unremarkable, even on the familiar streets of my own neighborhood.

So why do I keep it up? Running, for all its challenges, allows me ownership over my physical presence and space. It lets me take back agency and will my body to carry me forward, a literal embodiment of advancing toward an end. Like many women, I am accustomed to hearing that my value lies in being beautiful, but what if, for a moment, my resilience mattered more? Maybe the best way to challenge the status quo is to pound out the frustration through my feet and straight into the ground. My way of fighting back, of standing in defense of what I can protect, begins with a pair of running shoes.

I run because most days, it feels like the only thing that makes any kind of sense. It feels like taking back my power in a world that says, "You exist to be looked at and desired and wanted by someone else." I run because my muscles, my breath—even my soul cries out for it. Feeling strong as a woman allows me to believe, for a moment, that I don't have to fear.

I run because my body belongs to me. The wind and the rain and my aching muscles bring me back to this truth. It is as human and as real a feeling as I will ever know. I'm just one person, too small to change the world, but I like to think that running helps me play my part. It feels true to my spirit—one that endures, that chases intentions, that fights against a culture that doesn't see its worth. And that's enough to keep me moving.

Is It Actually OK to Eat an Entire Pint of "Healthy" Ice Cream? Asking for a Friend Greatist Is It Actually OK to Eat an Entire Pint of "Healthy" Ice Cream? Asking for a Friend Is It Actually OK to Eat an Entire Pint of "Healthy" Ice Cream? Asking for a Friend Fri, 09 Mar 2018 11:00:00 -0500 Natalie Rizzo 14555 at Search the hashtag #TransformationTuesday, and you’ll likely find at least one fitness guru or weight-loss success spokesperson holding a pint of Halo Top ice cream. The reduced-calorie and low-sugar treat gets high social media praise as the “healthy” way to enjoy ice cream. But is eating an entire pint of ice cream (reduced cal or not) in one sitting actually a good idea, and how does this disruptor to the ice cream market compare to similar better-for-you treats, like frozen Greek yogurt or mochi ice cream? We chatted with some experts and did some of our own taste-testing (it was hard work, we swear) in an attempt to answer the question, “Is there such a thing as healthy ice cream?”

What the Experts Say

Spoiler alert—we asked a couple registered dietitians for their opinion on low-calorie ice creams, and they didn’t always see eye to eye. “While I hate to use the term ‘healthy’ since it really has such a different meaning for each individual, I do think the new innovations to the ice cream aisle have their place in a healthy diet,” says Elizabeth Shaw, MS, RD, CLT. Shaw admits that the new lower-calorie ice cream flavors are cutting edge.

Alissa Rumsey, MS, RD, founder of Alissa Rumsey Nutrition and Wellness, disagrees. "The problem with these 'healthier' ice creams is that they lead you to think 'it's better for me, so I can eat as much as I want.'" Rumsey adds that the lower-calorie ice creams aren’t quite as satisfying as the real thing. “Those two factors can lead to overeating instead of responding to your body's feelings of fullness and satiety.”

However, both Shaw and Rumsey agree that no matter the ice cream, moderation is key. In other words, no, you shouldn’t eat the whole pint in one sitting. “While many brands will use creative marketing tactics to show you the calories in an entire pint, turn the package over and look at the nutrition panel; it's usually four servings per container!” Shaw says.

Rumsey goes on to say that the key to moderation is throwing the food rules out the window, which is music to our ears! “The best thing you can do is to give yourself permission to eat ice cream. When you do so, and truly trust that you can have it whenever you want, you won't feel the need to binge on an entire pint,” she says.

So, Wait, Is It Healthy?

To answer that question, you may want to take a closer look at the ingredient labels. Whereas full-fat ice creams are made with just milk, cream, sugar, and whatever delicious flavor they’ve come up with, low-cal ice creams have a few more "interesting" and foreign ingredients.

When looking at the label for the lower-calorie ice creams, you may see ingredients like prebiotic fiber, erythritol, stevia, monkfruit, corn fiber, and vegetable glycerin. Are these things “bad” for you, per se? Shaw says no. “Each ingredient serves a purpose for the particular manufacturer to create the most palatable product for their intended consumer.”

She adds that the best way to go about picking a product is to find one that you like and that doesn’t upset your stomach. While research has found that erythritol doesn’t seem to cause gastrointestinal distress, other sugar alcohols do—something to keep in mind as more of these products pop up on the market. Despite that redeeming fact, other research has found that zero-calorie sweeteners don’t actually help people lose weight and may actually cause weight gain. Think about that before downing an entire pint of the low-cal stuff.

Remember, “healthy” is a subjective term. Some people run marathons and frequently enjoy bowls of full-fat ice cream while still maintaining their muscle mass. Others love the low-calorie ice cream options to satisfy their sweet tooth while on their weight-loss journey. The “healthy” aspect falls somewhere in the middle of not binging on any variety of the sweet stuff and also allowing yourself to enjoy your food. Whether you opt for the low-cal or creamy variety, here are some of our favorite ice cream brands that are targeting healthier eaters.


If you’re an ice cream fanatic but want something that isn’t full of cream, then Yasso is right up your alley. Made with nonfat milk and Greek yogurt, these pints aren’t quite as creamy as a traditional ice cream, but they are absolutely delicious. And if you can limit yourself to a 1/2-cup serving, you’ll be getting 5-6 grams of protein for just around 100 calories.

Shaw adds, “Their pre-portioned bars are creamy, refreshing, and light, meaning they satisfy my craving but do not make me feel overly full.” They also now offer pints, but unlike other brands, they aren’t telling you to eat the entire thing in one sitting (although, trust us when we say it’s really hard to stick to just one serving).

Snow Monkey

This Paleo and vegan “superfood ice treat” isn’t really an ice cream, but it helps satisfy your cold-food craving. Containing just superfoods, fruits, and seeds, this frozen goodie is all good for you without any of the bad stuff, really! The ingredients are a mixture of puréed and concentrated fruit, hemp protein powder, and seeds. We’ll be honest, it doesn’t really taste like ice cream, but it’s cold, it comes in a pint, and it might be a preferred dessert option if you’re on the Paleo bandwagon.

Halo Top

The brand that started the low-cal craze has pints that are just 240 calories with ingredients like milk and cream. What’s not to love? Halo Top uses prebiotic fiber to replace some of the fat and erythritol and stevia in place of some of the sugar. “Personally, I love the creamy texture and taste; it resembles the real deal,” Shaw says. “Depending on the flavor, an average serving for 1/2 cup is about 75 calories with 5 grams of protein,” she adds.


With flavors like french toast, cold brew coffee, glazed donut, and s’mores, it’s hard to believe this brand is considered a “skinny” ice cream. Just like Halo Top, Enlightened is lower in calories and richer in protein than traditional ice creams, clocking in at around 60-100 calories and 6 grams of protein in a 1/2-cup serving. It also uses erythritol and cane sugar to add sweetness, and the creaminess comes from corn fiber. If you’re looking for a low-cal ice cream variety and don’t mind a longer ingredient list, give this brand a try.


If you’re a fan of mochi (Japanese rice cake), then this is the ice cream for you. My/Mo is a bite-size ball of ice cream wrapped in chewy mochi. It’s perfectly portion-controlled and contains just a few simple ingredients. For anyone who wants the creamy goodness of ice cream in a 110-calorie bite, this might be worth trying.

The Phases of Your Long-Term Relationship Sex Life, in 23 GIFs Greatist The Phases of Your Long-Term Relationship Sex Life, in 23 GIFs The Phases of Your Long-Term Relationship Sex Life, in 23 GIFs Fri, 09 Mar 2018 09:45:00 -0500 Priscilla Blossom 14351 at If you’ve ever been involved with someone for a long while, you know that the sex always changes. No matter how many starry-eyed young lovers want to claim they’ll always hump like rabbits, it’s only a matter of time before things shift.


It’s not necessarily a bad thing. Going at it day in and day out would likely mean a major increase in the general population. People would start missing out on work and other responsibilities. As fantastic as it can be, sex isn’t everything. For those of you in it for the long haul, here’s how your sex life has likely evolved:

1. At first, one of two things happen. Either your first time is all kinds of sexy fireworks…

A sign that this will be a solid relationship for at least a few months.

2. Or it’s a little awkward and clumsy. Good, but fumbly.

Some lengthy romances have started this way too. Though I’d say the most successful ones are more like the former.

3. Eventually, you get into the groove…

Practice makes perfect, right?

4. 'Til you have one of those earth-shattering moments that make you question why you ever slept with anyone else.

You know the moment I’m talking about. The one where you both walk out, legs shaking, unable to speak in coherent sentences.

5. It all gets so good, in fact, that it just plain hurts on some days.

That's a thing when you’re marathoning sex, no matter how much lube you use.

6. Then, one day, you find yourself choosing to literally Netflix and chill.

Maybe someone had one too many tacos, or is having cramps, or is just really into the newest season of Black Mirror.

7. You still have sex, but it’s just not every day (or, like, every three hours) anymore...

Part of you misses it. Another part of you is happy to have time for things like yoga or groceries or video games or your side hustle.

8. Then it’s more like once a week.

You notice the absence after a while.

9. Or once a month, even…

Now you really start to notice it, and it isn’t good.

10. Until of course, you have your first fight.

It’s unpleasant, but we all go through it.

11. ... which leads to the best make-up sex of your life.

That first time back in the sheets is almost worth the fact that he took your last slice of pizza from the fridge without asking.

12. Eventually, you go back to a generally chill sex life. Not amazing, but not bad.

It’s nice. It’s familiar. It’s polite.

13. If you decide to take your relationship to another level, you’re in luck!

Engagement sex is great. Just-got-married sex is amazing. Trying-to-have-a-baby sex can be phenomenal. You get the idea.

14. But even these life-changing decisions can lose their luster after a while—at least when it comes to your sex life.

You might be busy or have something on your mind or simply be exhausted. That’s OK. It’s normal.

15. At some point, you’ll experiment and try new things.

Some will work well; others will fall flat. That’s also OK.

16. If kids are introduced into the mix, though, that changes things even more.

Figuring out sex as a parent is never easy.

17. You’ll be so tired, the only sex you’ll have for a while is the occasional lazy, in-the-dark quickie so you can sleep more easily.

Orgasms can help you feel more well-rested... don't they?

18. You might even try scheduling it in.

As long as you’re not too rigid about it, it’s not a terrible way to go. Honest!

19. And no doubt about it, whenever you’re around new couples, you’ll always try to front.

Something about knowing other people are having more sex than you just makes you feel more competitive. On some occasions, it might even help you score.

20. It makes you wonder why people ever stay in long-term relationships…

But here’s the thing: It’s rare to find a partner that can get you (and get you off) the way someone who’s truly gotten to explore your mind and body can.

22. But don’t worry. Once in a while, there will still be fireworks.

Because, hey, when you’re able to pause for a bit and really look at each other, you remember why you got together in the first place.

23. And on special occasions, there might even be explosions.

Birthdays, holidays, anniversaries... whenever you have the chance to be alone for a full night. And preferably, any other distractions. The point is, no two people get it on like a one-night stand their whole lives. But with a little luck, you’ll find someone who’s willing to do the deed with you when you’re at your worst, best, and everywhere in-between.

Priscilla Blossom is a Denver-based freelance writer specializing in travel, parenting, health and wellness, pop culture, and entertainment. On her off time, she’s obsessing over television, practicing yoga, or blogging. Connect with her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

9 Asian-Style Paleo Dishes From Nom Nom Paleo Greatist 9 Asian-Style Paleo Dishes From Nom Nom Paleo 9 Asian-Style Paleo Dishes From Nom Nom Paleo Fri, 09 Mar 2018 07:00:00 -0500 Jackie Dowling 14547 at Whether you've recently gone Paleo or have been loyal to the lifestyle for years, you might be dying for dairy or groveling for grains. OK, maybe your cravings aren't that dire (or cliché), but we're sure we all have some degree of nostalgia for our old-time favorites... and Asian-fusion is certainly one of them.

With the help of Michelle Tam from Nom Nom Paleo, Asian is back on the Paleo menu and made from the comfort of your own kitchen (let's be real, it would be tough to choose Paleo-approved meals from the take-out menu). These Paleo recipes, while made with flavorful, nutritious, and real, whole ingredients, prove that "Paleo" is definitely not just a one-size-fits-all, grilled-chicken-and-steamed-broccoli-every-night type of diet.

spicy pork
With one pan and endless options, this recipe will be your mid-week savior. While this recipe calls for pork, feel free to use ground turkey or your favorite meat and pair it with sautéed onions and peppers to add a little pop of color.
chicken pho
Time to break out your pressure cooker because, Paleo or not, you’ll be diving headfirst into this recipe. “Now place the whole chicken in the pressure cooker…” I mean, come on. That's music to the ears of every beginner chef. There are a few more steps involved to get your chicken strips Instagram-ready so we recommend this recipe for a weekend activity with family or friends.
walnut shrimp
You’ll be happy you made this recipe, partly because of the sweet and sour shrimp you’ll have in just about 15 minutes, but mostly because of the fact your kitchen will smell like Christmas as the walnuts roast. You’re welcome.
lemongrass chicken
Preparing lemongrass can require a bit of patience but with the right tools and the right technique (see Michelle’s lemongrass tutorial), you’ll be cookin’ with gas… or grass for that matter. Once you taste the mix of cloves, ginger, and honey, you’ll be pulling out the lemongrass more often.
bbq pork
I bet you never thought you’d hear almond butter and pork in the same sentence. But trust us, it works. The jam, tomato paste, ginger, and fish sauce combo brings out the natural flavors of the pork. We recommend baking on a wire rack for even roasting.
orange chicken
A mouthwatering marinade made with orange juice, basil, and balsamic, and a sweet drizzle of honey and Sriracha… because why choose one? No need for fancy gadgets: Both the marinade and the sauce can be puréed in your blender so cleanup doesn't take hours. Pro tip: For a quick rinse of your blender, add water, a little soap, then blend on high for 20 seconds. Rinse it out, and you're ready to make the next item.
pot sticker stir fry
Miss the days of pot stickers? This stir-fry recipe tastes like the inside of a pot sticker even when you can’t have the doughy shell (#paleoproblems). Cabbage, pork, and mushrooms blend together to create a full body of flavors all made in one pot.
wonton meatballs
If you’re scrolling through Pinterest for meatballs with an Asian flair, look no further than this recipe that's made with pork and shrimp. The pieces of dried shiitake mushrooms, scallions, and cilantro are the perfect seasonings to the meat-seafood combo. Not feelin’ the meatball? Shape them into patties and serve on an iceberg lettuce cup for Paleo-friendly sliders.
paper wrapped chicken
If you similarly struggle with always overcooking or undercooking meat on the stove, parchment paper is what you need. This recipe is super simple and actually pretty fun to assemble. Just layer all your ingredients on your custom-cut paper, pinch the sides to form packets, and bake for about 20 minutes. That’s a wrap!
15 Vegan Soup Recipes That Prove You Don't Need Dairy or Meat for Flavor Greatist 15 Vegan Soup Recipes That Prove You Don't Need Dairy or Meat for Flavor 15 Vegan Soup Recipes That Prove You Don't Need Dairy or Meat for Flavor Thu, 08 Mar 2018 11:00:00 -0500 Abbey Perreault 14544 at Sure, they say chicken soup is for the soul. But let’s make one thing clear: Soup sans chicken—or any animal product—can be just as satisfying for the body, mind, and if we're really going to go there, soul. There doesn’t need to be beef in your chili or cream in your tomato soup to make it worth spooning up.

In fact, there are plenty of vegan soup recipes and stews that we’re convinced even our meat-eating friends might just slurp down before they can even ask us if we miss bacon. From refreshing gazpacho to piping hot peanut stew, these vegan soup recipes will help you (and your skeptical omnivore friends) gulp down healthy comfort food all year long.

Roasted Garlic and Leek Soup
Photo: Lauren Caris Cooks
If there’s a tried-and-true cure for the winter blues, it’s this soup, with a combination of soft sweet potatoes, leeks, and a whole head of garlic feel. Toss some homemade croutons on top and cozy up to a (figuratively) warmer winter.
African Peanut Stew with Eggplant and Okra
Photo: Holy Cow!
This dish has convinced us that peanut butter belongs in soup. Maybe in all soups. Maybe in everything. Rich, nutty, spicy, and loaded with good-for-you veggies that are packed with flavor, this dazzling peanut soup is perfect for when you want to add a little extra flavor to your night.
Creamy Vegan Mushroom Soup
Photo: The Healthy Hunter
Don’t be fooled—there’s no cream here. Blended mushrooms, parsley, and thyme come together for a subtly spiced soup that warms the whole body. Pair with a toasted baguette or arugula salad for a flavorful and filling lunch.
Carrot, Turmeric, and Ginger Soup With Cumin Roasted Chickpeas
Photo: The Full Helping
Step aside, golden latte—there’s a new turmeric dish we’re ready to slurp down. This golden soup features our favorite spices topped with crispy, flavorful chickpeas. And with vitamin A found in carrots, antioxidants in ginger, and anti-inflammatory properties in turmeric, you can be assured that each spoonful is as good for you as it is for your taste buds.
Spicy Lemongrass Noodle Soup
Photo: The Viet Vegan
This recipe proves that tofu is anything but bland. Thai red curry paste, lemongrass, and lime come together to make a killer soup base, topped with slices of sweet, garlicky marinated tofu. Well seasoned and spicy, there’s no shortage of flavor here.
Vegan Tomato Basil Soup
Photo: Vegan Heaven
Break out the grilled (cashew) cheese sandwiches and get ready to relive your favorite childhood lunch. This vegan take on traditional tomato soup is just as creamy—just a little soy cream and blended cashews transform tomato into a bowl of nostalgia.
beet gazpacho
Photo: Feasting at Home
Typically we think of gazpacho as a zesty tomato soup. But swapping out tomatoes for beets adds an earthy sweetness that preserves the tang but cuts the acidity a little. Top it with dill, diced cucumber, and avocado, and enjoy this chilled bowl of refreshing fuschia soup on a hot summer day.
Cheesy Broccoli Vegan Soup
Yep, we said “cheese.” While steering clear of dairy, this soup combines creamy potato, carrot, apple cider vinegar, and dill to create the sensation of slurping up a rich and buttery cheese-filled bowl.
Roasted Purple Potato and Cauliflower Soup
Photo: Wife Mama Foodie
It’s a little-known fact that carrots, cauliflower, and sweet potato all (naturally) come in purple. Harnessing the power of this purple trifecta, this warm, earthy soup fills you up with the flavors of your favorite root and cruciferous veggies. Plus, it’s pretty fun to slurp down something so... purple.
Creamy Vegan Corn Chowder
Photo: Rhian's Recipes
For anyone craving rich, Southern-style cooking, this creamy corn chowder might just be the fix. Topped with sweet, buttery corn, this recipe is a whole lot healthier than it tastes.
Golden Coconut Lentil Soup
This spiced lentil soup keeps it light, combining red lentils, coconut milk, and vibrant spices. Top it with extra cilantro in the summertime and pair it with toast or baked naan when you want a little more warmth in the winter—this is a budget-friendly soup you can whip up any time of the year.
Vegan Wonton Soup
Photo: Cilantro & Citronella
DIY wonton soup sounds too good to be true, but as long as you can find vegan wonton wrappers (or are willing to take the time to make them), it’s totally possible. Once you’ve stuffed those guys with shiitake mushrooms, tofu, garlic, and ginger, and set to simmer, the rest is pretty easy. Top it all off with a generous pile of chopped green onions and slurp away.
Smoky Black Bean Quinoa Chili
Photo: The Garden Grazer
This world can be cold, and sometimes the only thing that can warm you up is a heaping bowl of steaming chili. This vegan take features the strong flavors from chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, and cumin—and brings on the bulk with quinoa, black beans, and veggies. If you want to add even more flavor, throw in some smoked paprika and cilantro, and top with avocado.
Vegan Curried Pumpkin Soup
Photo: My Darling Vegan
Everything about this soup screams comfort food—from the rich flavor of pumpkin to warm homemade cashew cream to the crunchy curried pumpkin seeds that pull it all together. This fall-favorite is so delicious, it will likely make it onto your kitchen table all four seasons.
Easy Vegan Pho
Photo: Connoisseurus Veg
There will be people out there who will claim that beef broth is the best thing about pho. Those people are wrong. This recipe proves it, combining savory shiitake mushrooms, pan-fried tofu, soft rice noodles, and all of the seasonings (soy, lime, cilantro, and hoisin sauce, just to name a few) that make pho so pho-nomenal.
7 Low-Carb Breakfast Ideas That Make Grain-Free Mornings Doable Greatist 7 Low-Carb Breakfast Ideas That Make Grain-Free Mornings Doable 7 Low-Carb Breakfast Ideas That Make Grain-Free Mornings Doable Thu, 08 Mar 2018 10:00:11 -0500 Madison Flager 14546 at For those following a keto, Paleo, or gluten-free lifestyle, cutting back on carbs in favor of more protein, veggies, and fats is nothing new. But when it comes to the best meal of the day (breakfast, duh!), cutting carbs out can be tricky no matter how much of a pro you are. Toast, oatmeal, pancakes, waffles… a.m. meals are full of carb-heavy options.

Before you commit to egg whites every morning, though, try making a few of these easy low-carb breakfast ideas. Yes, there are some eggs involved, but there are also pancakes, smoothies, and veggie bowls, so you don't have to be bored while sticking to your goals. Start your day with a low-carb breakfast you actually enjoy.

Whole30 Breakfast Burrito
While tortillas might be out, these Whole30-approved breakfast burritos are the next best thing... although, let's be real, you'll probably want to use a fork. Wrap an omelet around lettuce, tomato, bacon, and avocado, then drizzle with salsa and dig in.
Kale and Sausage Egg Cups
If you're missing easy, on-the-go, handheld breakfast foods like toast or muffins, these easy breakfast cups will make your week. They're filled with spicy chicken sausage, creamy feta, and lots of veggies, so you don't have to worry about getting hungry an hour later.
Almond Cream Cheese Pancakes
Low-carb pancakes sound impossible, but keto-friendly almond flour makes it happen. And since they're also made with full-fat cream cheese, eggs, and cinnamon, they won't taste like cardboard, promise. Serve 'em with Greek yogurt, berries, or a drizzle of almond butter.
Strawberry Coconut Smoothie
While some low-carb diets cut out fruit altogether, we're more into moderation. Fruit is nature's candy, right? Plus, strawberries are on the lower end, with about 7 grams per serving, and they're full of potassium and vitamin C. Mix a few with coconut milk, vanilla protein powder, and vanilla extract for an easy, balanced breakfast.
Cauliflower Hash Brown Bowl
Cauliflower is almost as versatile as potatoes, so it was only a matter of time before we started subbing them in for hash browns. While it doesn't get as crispy, it does taste similar when mixed in with veggies, eggs, salsa, and mashed avocado.
Low-Carb Cinnamon Roll Muffins
Cinnamon rolls and muffins are two of the least "low-carb" meals you could think of, but these muffins amazingly fit the keto, Paleo, and vegan bill. They're made with almond flour, protein powder, pumpkin purée, and nut or seed butter, and have a Cinnabon-like glaze—breakfast dreams made.
Spinach and Mushroom Breakfast Bake
This breakfast casserole doesn't have any dairy or grains, but it will fill you up (and feed you all week long!). It's packed with veggies, like spinach, mushrooms, onion, and tomato, plus eggs and sausage. You can make your own sausage if you're feeling ambitious or just pick up a pack from the grocery store. For Whole30'ers, this Applegate sausage is compliant.
Here's How to Clean Your False Eyelashes the Right Way Greatist Here's How to Clean Your False Eyelashes the Right Way Here's How to Clean Your False Eyelashes the Right Way Thu, 08 Mar 2018 09:30:40 -0500 Emily Alford 14465 at A great pair of realistic-looking fake eyelashes can be pretty costly, so there's no reason they should be a single-serving beauty product. It's actually pretty easy to rid your false lashes of mascara clumps and glue strings, leaving them looking as pristine as the day you bought them.


According to Tymia Yvette, professional makeup and lash artist, a single pair of false eyelashes can be good for multiple uses. "You can reuse strip lashes two or three times," Yvette says.

Knowing how to clean your fake eyelashes without ruining them can extend the life of your falsies and save you money. Here are some tips from the pros.

How to Remove Fake Eyelashes

Listen, no one is super fond of touching their eyes, but removing fake lashes with tweezers, picking at them with your nails, or clamping and yanking with an eyelash curler can seriously damage your fake lashes—not to mention your, you know, eye. The best way to peel off your false lashes:

1. Thoroughly wash your hands with antibacterial soap.

2. Grip the outer corner of your false lashes between your thumb and forefinger, and then gently tug them off. If you're using bunches of individual lashes, take them out section by section with your fingers. The key word here is gentle—you don't want to pull the real thing out alongside your false lashes!

3. Use eye makeup remover and a cotton ball to clean any remaining glue from your real lashes. It can be tempting to pick at pesky glue clumps, but don't give in—if you do, you'll be so much more likely to pull away a sticky glob of your own eyelashes.

How to Clean False Eyelashes

Most of us apply a coat or two of mascara over our fake lashes because, hey, anything worth doing is worth doing right. But product buildup can lead to creased, broken, and gunky-looking fake lashes, not to mention opening up the possibility of getting an eye infection next time you wear them. However, you've probably got all the products you need to clean your false eyelashes in your medicine cabinet right now.

1. Start with cotton swabs, paper towels, and either rubbing alcohol or oil-free eye makeup remover.

2. Place the false lashes on a paper towel and douse the end of your cotton swab in alcohol or eye makeup remover, squeezing off any excess product.

3. Use the cotton swab to gently rub away eye makeup and glue from your lashes, making sure to pay extra attention to the lash bands, which usually get pretty gross.

4. Finish the makeup removal process by using another cotton swab dipped in warm water to clean off any remaining mascara.

5. Never squeeze your false lashes dry after cleaning them! Let them air dry on a paper towel.

Investing in a spray bottle for your cleanser can help make cleaning a cinch, according to Noël Jacoboni, a pro makeup artist in New York City.

"I would suggest placing the lashes on a clean, dry tissue and spraying with alcohol," Jacoboni says. "Granted, this doesn't work for all types of lashes but has a great return rate for me. This is mostly for synthetic fiber lashes and not natural fiber lashes. Make sure you know the difference!"

Mink lashes, made from natural fiber, generally don't need any additional mascara. If you'd like to wear mascara with them, use it only on your real eyelashes before applying your mink lashes. When you're finished wearing them, gently remove glue with tweezers. Water and cleaning products will cause them to lose their shape.

Another way to clean mascara from synthetic false eyelashes is to soak cotton pads in alcohol or eye makeup remover and lightly press lash strips between pads to dissolve eye makeup. When the pads come away clean, finish washing your lashes by pressing them between two cotton pads soaked in warm water.

How to Remove Eyelash Glue

After you finish cleaning the mascara off your false lashes, you'll probably still have a few glue clumps stuck to the lash bands. Don't try to scrape or scrub them off. Instead, use a pair of tweezers to pull away any remaining glue.

Time to Store Them

When you buy a great new set of fake eyelashes, don't toss the box! Instead, use it to store and shape your lashes until the next time you need them.

And remember, a used set of lashes is for your personal stash only. "Never bring a used pair of lashes to a professional or makeup counter to have them applied," Jacoboni says. "Reuse is for personal application only. There's a risk of spreading eye infections to the professional—I never allow my clients to bring me used lashes for application. They need to buy a new pair every time."

While it may feel a little silly to stand over your bathroom counter diligently swabbing a set of eyelashes, knowing how to clean your false eyelashes means that not only will they last longer, but the next time you wear them, it will be a lot easier to place the lash naturally on top of your real lash line without a bunch of gummy buildup. There's really nothing worse than having someone point out the fuzz in your eyelashes, only to have to explain that, no, it's eyelash glue, not some kind of weird eye dandruff.

Emily Alford lives in Brooklyn, NY, and writes about beauty, food, and TV. Sometimes all at once. Follow her on Twitter @AlfordAlice.

The Most Unlikely Thing Helped Me Love My Body Greatist The Most Unlikely Thing Helped Me Love My Body The Most Unlikely Thing Helped Me Love My Body Thu, 08 Mar 2018 08:00:00 -0500 Alexis Dent 14498 at For the longest time, I full-on hated my body because it wasn’t what I thought it should be. And I wasn’t just judging myself—I obsessed over my own body, but I’d pass judgment on yours too. In my dysmorphic mind, your weight had an inverse relationship to your worth: The thinner you were, the more attractive, enviable, and confident I assumed you were. I struggled with losing weight for years—primarily because I really love pizza—but also because I mostly just tried counting calories, and I could never stick to that strategy for long.

Finally, in the winter of 2014, I set a goal for myself: I was going to run a half-marathon. Of course, this wasn’t coming from some great place of self-love: I started a disciplined workout regimen because I was infatuated with a guy who wouldn’t give me the time of day. In a last-ditch effort to get him to notice me, I figured I would lose weight and get the body I’d always dreamed of. I’ll be committed this time, I thought.


And I was. As I logged miles on the treadmill and alternated with some strength training, I saw my body transform—but my crush’s view of me didn’t transform along with it. Eventually, I found out that he was distant because he was going through a divorce. So, yeah, that was a huge relief: I wasn’t a ginormous troll; this guy was just a tiny bit preoccupied with, you know, the reality of a failed marriage.

Since my primary incentive was gone, I could have stopped training and thrown in the towel. But by that point, I’d become fiercely motivated to complete the half-marathon, so I decided to stick it out and finish my training program—and I’m proud of that.

The author, Alexis Dent
A couple months and 20 pounds later, I felt confident in my body for the first time I could remember. I felt like I looked good in everything, and I even enjoyed shopping. As a teenager, I’d had breakdowns in dressing rooms when garments didn’t fit or were unflattering. After I’d gotten in shape, however, I gladly walked into any store.

But as the months went by, my worsening anxiety disorder transformed me from healthy and fit to downright heroin chic. I wasn’t eating regularly, so I became more waifish and smaller than I’d ever been.

About a year after that half-marathon, I was out shopping when one dress in particular caught my eye: It was a floral bodycon number, and I was in love with it the moment I saw it on a hanger. Prior to my half-marathon training, I would have never dared to try on a dress that figure-hugging and cleavage-showing, but despite the fact that I wasn’t treating myself right—and I wasn’t eating nearly enough—I was proud of my body, and I was determined to embrace the aesthetic I’d finally achieved. Was I doing this the healthy way? Nope. But right around then, I started to.

I let loose a little. Instead of being uptight and regimented, I started traveling more. I started eating my favorite foods again. I started, almost without realizing it, reverting back to my former self. As time passed, I realized that I still had a long way to go before I could consider myself symptom-free. However, my body dysmorphia seems to have made a very quiet exit and has largely stayed away for over a year now. While I was relearning how to enjoy life again, I was also picking up the weight that my former self often carried. But this time, it was different. Gaining weight was no longer the end of the world. This was a positive—and huge—adjustment for me.

I wish I could pinpoint the exact moment when my outlook changed, but that’s not how it happened: Instead of a dramatic awakening, it was a subtle shift. I’d ditched having a full-length mirror in my home a long time ago, so noticing the changing shape of my body took longer than if I stared at my reflection each day. It wasn’t until the buttons on my pants took a little extra effort to close that I realized just how much my body had changed, but I was relatively unbothered. Finally, I saw myself as more than a number. I saw myself for my style, the way I carried myself, and the way that those aspects made me feel.

A couple of the traits I gained when I lost weight were confidence and style, and I’m so happy that confidence and style aren’t things that I’ve now lost since I’ve gained it again. Yes, that awesome new wardrobe I purchased has been shifted to the back of my closet for now, but I’ve been having fun figuring out my new style. I haven’t been afraid to keep rocking my crop tops and the high-waisted denim that I constantly wore during my stint of being thin, even though I don’t look quite the way I used to.

I still have days when I look down at my tummy and miss my baby abs or the hip bones gently peeking out at me. But the difference now is that I don’t have disdain for my body. I find comfort in walking into my closet and styling an outfit for the day. Going out to dinner or spending an evening out on the town is especially fun now that I’m putting the focus on feeling pretty. This shift in my thinking has led me to pay attention to the hangers in my closet, not the numbers on the scale.

I’ve learned to love my body for what it is: It’s strong, it’s beautiful, and it still really loves pizza. I’ve realized, after a decade of body consciousness, that life is way more fun when you focus on enjoying and adorning the body you have—not tearing apart your perceived imperfections.

Falling in love with fashion helped me fall in love with my body, despite its constant evolutions. It allowed me to see myself in an infinitely more body-positive, inclusive, and healthy way. Regardless of the shape my body takes now or in the future, I no longer need to look for validation in the form of strangers, friends, or guys who I want to compliment me. My own pride and validation are enough. And given my past, that’s quite a miracle.

Alexis Dent is a poet, essayist, entrepreneur, and author. Her first book, Everything I Left Behind, came out this fall. In addition to freelancing, Dent writes a weekly newsletter called White Collar Dropout for self-employed millennials and ambitious side hustlers. Dent also designs quirky leggings for her apparel company, Eraminta, because she really hates wearing pants. Keep up with her on her website and follow her on Twitter @alexisdent.

8 Expert-Approved Products to Get You Out the Door Faster Greatist 8 Expert-Approved Products to Get You Out the Door Faster 8 Expert-Approved Products to Get You Out the Door Faster Wed, 07 Mar 2018 17:02:35 -0500 Wirecutter 14378 at If we lived the kind of life where we could spend mornings leisurely crafting a delicious breakfast and sipping on perfectly brewed coffee, we would. But more often than not we're mainlining caffeine and scrambling to get everything together before bursting out the door at a full-on sprint.

So. We need coffee that brews quickly, a mug that won't spill, and a container for our lunch that won't burst open when it's thrown into a bag. Good thing we have friends at Wirecutter—they tested hundreds of products to help us find the best tools to make our mornings super efficient slightly more efficient than usual.

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work.

If you want affordable but functional, the Hamilton Beach 12-cup coffee maker (46205) is your guy. Its no-fuss features and straightforward design make it the best choice if you just want to grab your coffee and go in the morning. And with the option to schedule your brew ahead of time, you can do just that.


Bodum Brazil French Pres

"When it comes to brewing a simple cup of coffee fast, nothing beats a French press," Wirecutter says. "The whole process takes just over four minutes, so it's a great choice for anyone looking to save some time in their morning routine." And if you're going to get a French press, make it the Bodum Brazil—it brews a flavorful, grit-free cup of coffee as well as some of its more expensive competitors.


You could spend a fortune at Starbucks every morning. Or you could bring your own coffee... and still spend a fortune replacing everything in your bag that your subpar travel mug leaked all over. Solution? The Zojirushi SM-SA48 stainless steel mug. It keeps liquids hot (even after 8 hours in a freezer), won't leak, and is easy to clean.


With a good slow cooker, you can prep your breakfast (and lunch, and dinner) ahead of time so it's all ready for you in the morning. Hamilton Beach's Set & Forget 6-quart programmable slow cooker is Wirecutter's long-term favorite slow cooker for good reason—it's sturdy and reliable, with an intuitive interface.


Plastic storage is the way to go if you're constantly losing or breaking your lunch containers—or if you're looking for something lighter to lug around. Though there are tons of options on the market, Wirecutter recommends the Snapware Total Solution plastic food storage 18-piece set because it seals tightly and won't retain stains and smells. (Gross.)


For a less flimsy, microwave- and oven-friendly option, go for Glasslock's 18-piece container set. The tight seal will keep food fresh as long as possible, they stack well in the fridge and in cabinets, and they withstood all of Wirecutter's drop tests.


If lunch is a sandwich, a water, and a piece of fruit, L.L.Bean's lunch box is a good pick. It's compact enough to fit inside a backpack, and it won't leak or hold on to smells, no matter what spills in there. It's great for kids, but many adults will find the size perfect as well.


For more substantial lunches, the Coleman 9-can soft cooler with hard liner does the trick perfectly. Food will stay colder since there's more room to pack multiple ice packs, and it'll hold a 20-ounce water bottle plus a vat of that amazing soup you made last night. Easily. Clearly it's a favorite for a reason.


Kimberly Snyder Gives Us 5 Reasons to Quit Counting Calories for Good Greatist Kimberly Snyder Gives Us 5 Reasons to Quit Counting Calories for Good Kimberly Snyder Gives Us 5 Reasons to Quit Counting Calories for Good Wed, 07 Mar 2018 12:30:00 -0500 Jamie Webber 14545 at We’re not into counting calories. We know it works for some people, but the majority of the time it’s super stressful, often inaccurate, and slightly embarrassing to whip out a calculator before every meal. It also takes the focus away from enjoying what we are actually eating: Should I log this frozen yogurt as 205 calories or 225 calories? Just eat the damn fro-yo, friends.

Kimberly Snyder, nutritionist and New York Times best-selling author of The Beauty Detox series and Radical Beauty, knows a thing or two about staying healthy, and guess what? She doesn't count a single calorie. So we asked for her top tips on how she lives a healthy life and maintains her weight without paying attention to numbers. Turns out, it's totally possible. Here's what she had to say.

1. Just eat the right foods.

The old-school way of "dieting" was to eat healthy foods and exercise. Sounds simple, right? But nowadays we are getting too consumed with counting carbs and calories. For me, when I put the focus on eating a fiber-filled, plant-based diet full of greens, fresh fruits, veggies, seeds, nuts, and healthy whole grains, I always feel satisfied and energetic, and I'm not counting a single number.

When you look at food holistically (meaning, look at all it has to offer, not just the caloric value it's adding to your plate), you can evaluate how a food is going to affect your overall health rather than trying to figure out how to balance a bunch of numbers.

When you stop obsessing over calorie counting, you can start to pick up on signs of how your body is reacting to certain foods you are eating and then you can get a much better sense of how it's really making you feel. Yogurt may be 100 calories per serving and a healthy choice for some people, but if dairy doesn't sit well with you, maybe eating a 200-calorie oatmeal is the better bet.

2. Focus on the lifestyle, not the diet.

The idea of counting calories was only introduced a few decades ago, and before that, people were making out just fine. They were slimmer as a whole and mostly stuck to unprocessed foods (the snack aisle wasn't as robust as it is now). Then counting calories became the norm for anyone who wanted to lose weight, but the problem is that it never seems to work for the long term. It's like a full-time math class, and who wants to stick to that?!

It also doesn’t take into account how eating high-fiber foods keeps you far more full than foods without it. So you can eat up all of your "allotted calories" for lunch and still be starving. How miserable is that?

When you’re hangry, you may not realize it but it can negatively affect your focus in all other areas of your life. You're easily irritated, you don't have the energy to work out, and you might not sleep as well either. Think about eating as a lifestyle, not a math-based diet, and leave the calculator at home the next time you go out to dinner.

3. Don't get caught up in keeping track of each number you’re consuming.

If I haven't made my point yet, let me be clear: Counting calories is not something I encourage for anyone. Ever. It’s not the best way of evaluating what or when to eat, or if something is healthy or not. This brownie only has 150 calories, it must be good for me! Not quite.

Some people start off counting calories and feel like the numbers give them control over what they are eating, but really, it can do the opposite. Numbers are simple, but our bodies are complex. Though some people may be temporarily successful in losing weight by counting calories—how long can you really keep it off? And how much energy are you using just to count every single meal? Probably too much to make it last.

I work with many different clients, but for the majority, when we just put the numbers aside, it becomes easier to lose or maintain weight. By removing the numbers, it makes it easier to achieve your health goals in general and have more energy.

4. Do you define yourself by a list of numbers? Probably not.

Can you imagine if we only defined ourselves by how much we weigh, or our age, or the size jeans we wear? They’re fixed numbers, that, frankly, don't mean a lot. (We've all seen the 95-year-old woman doing yoga.) These fixed numbers are out of tune with what's really going on inside our bodies. Guys, we’re so much more than numbers can ever express or quantify.

If you’re not going to categorize and restrict yourself to a quantitative description, why would you want to do it with your food?

5. Listen to your body rather than trying to force yourself to over or undereat.

If you’re not hungry first thing in the morning, don’t eat right away. (Just because you've heard that "breakfast is the most important meal of the day" doesn't necessarily make it true.) Don’t eat just because you feel that you should or because some diet plan said you need a certain number of snacks per day to keep your metabolism burning.

If your body is still hard at work digesting the last meal you ate, the last thing it needs is a snack. Eat when you're hungry, stop when you're satisfied, and if you ate too much at one sitting, don't worry because that one meal won't ruin your entire healthy eating plan.

The Takeaway

Eat well, get in your daily exercise, and don't worry about the numbers going in. You'll lose focus on what's really important, and that's getting in nutritionally dense foods as often as possible yet still enjoying a cupcake every now and then (without asking the baker how many calories are in it!). For more on Kimberly’s weight loss advice and a step-by-step program, check out Kimberly’s new 30-Day Roadmap for Healthy Weight Loss.

11 Keto-Friendly Noodle Bowls Way Better Than the Ramen You Ate in College Greatist 11 Keto-Friendly Noodle Bowls Way Better Than the Ramen You Ate in College 11 Keto-Friendly Noodle Bowls Way Better Than the Ramen You Ate in College Wed, 07 Mar 2018 09:00:00 -0500 Abbey Perreault 14517 at For those on the keto diet, ditching carbs generally means saying goodbye to noodles as you know them. Which is why you might assume that your glorious ramen-binging days (two microwavable Cup O' Noodles before 10 a.m.? Sure!) are behind you.

OK, so maybe some things should stay in the past. But there’s no reason you have to blacklist ramen—or noodle bowls altogether. For those days when you’re craving something warm, filling, and savory, there are plenty of ways to get your noodle on without totally derailing your new meal plan. These keto meals will help you get there.

Keto-Friendly Spicy Beef Ramen

Don’t for a second think that ditching that instant flavor packet will result in a bowl of bland noodles. In fact, we'd argue it's quite the opposite. This recipe keeps things interesting with a bounty of beef and naturally flavorful ingredients. Top it off with extra green onion, pepper flakes, and a little hot sauce to really crank up the heat.

Keto Chicken Pad Thai
You don't have to fantasize about your favorite stir-fried noodle dish anymore... pad Thai is now on the keto menu. This recipe swaps out traditional rice noodles for shirataki noodles, which, when cooked, absorb the nuanced nutty and spicy flavors in this dish as well as the real ones.
Spaghetti Squash Ramen With Shrimp

Ramen has got a bit of a grimy reputation. But we promise it cleans up well in this recipe. If you’re cooking to impress, this spaghetti squash and shrimp dish definitely says, “I’m fun, but I’m an adult now.” Be cautious with portions for your squash (this gourmet gourd isn’t totally carb-free), but go crazy with the mushrooms, shrimp, garlic, and ginger. Top it all off with a generous portion of green onion, and, if you want a little more intensity of flavor, add a drop of fish sauce.

Thanksgiving Turkey Ramen With Zoodles

The next time you find yourself with an abundance of leftover turkey, do not just throw it in a lettuce sandwich! Instead, you can make this surprisingly tasty keto ramen bowl in just a few simple steps. There’s a winning combination of crunchy zucchini, roasted turkey, warm broth, and savory soy sauce in this recipe that makes us wish Turkey Day happened more than once a year.

Egg Roll in a Bowl

Thought egg rolls were off-limits? Think again. This recipe takes all of those tasty veggies and sauces on the inside of the roll and reunites them in a totally keto-compliant bowl. This dish is delicious as is, but you can add a little extra broth if you want to give it a more soup-like vibe.

miso ramen with tofu

If you’re looking for lighter faux-noodle fare with a lot of flavor, this is a great option. Swap out typical ramen noodles for shirataki noodles and give them a quick fry before adding them to the soup. Load up your bowl with shiitake mushrooms, baby bok choy, and sesame fried tofu for a keto-veggie delight.

low-carb kelp noodle ramen

While kelp noodles may sound like fare fit for small sea creatures, they’re actually killer noodle substitutes. With a taste and consistency pretty similar to rice noodles, they’re also rich in vitamins A, B, and C, as well as several minerals. Pack this bowl with broccoli, carrots, and peas, and you’ve officially proven that healthy ramen is not an oxymoron.

coconut curry ramen with zoodles

Ramen, meet curry. After tasting this uniquely spiced variation on your classic ramen, we’ve decided it’s a match made in heaven. With creamy coconut milk, curry paste, chili, a dash of maple syrup, and ginger, this dish somehow has all of the flavors we want in a single bowl.

Authentic Beef Ramen with Zoodles

You can recreate this fan favorite with a simple zucchini noodle substitution. Pack your broth with extra garlic, ginger, soy, and scallions before beefing it up with the meat, carrots, and bean sprouts. You’ll have ALL the savory flavor and hearty texture—without the carbs.

Bacon and Egg Ramen Noodles

Some of us like to wake up to the smell of coffee. Others prefer ramen. If that’s you, this savory breakfast bowl might just become your go-to brunch. While this recipe calls for using a half of a packet of regular noodles, keep it keto by using shirataki or edamame noodles instead. Poach a few eggs, fry up some bacon, and slurp down your breakfast alongside your morning joe.

coconut basil shirataki noodle bowl
This keto-friendly curried chicken noodle bowl is creamy, filling, and full of flavor. The best part? It takes 10 minutes of prep to whip up this dish. So you can have dinner on the table in no time, prep for the rest of the week, and spend your free time noodling around somewhere besides the kitchen.

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23 Quick Keto Dinners So You Can Make a Low-Carb Meal in 30 Minutes or Less Greatist 23 Quick Keto Dinners So You Can Make a Low-Carb Meal in 30 Minutes or Less 23 Quick Keto Dinners So You Can Make a Low-Carb Meal in 30 Minutes or Less Tue, 06 Mar 2018 11:30:00 -0500 Anisha Jhaveri 14514 at After years—no, decades—of being rejected by health circles, fat has finally made its way off the banned foods list. And nowhere is its moment of redemption more apparent than the ultra-popular ketogenic diet. Who would’ve thunk that embracing full-cream dairy, whole eggs, and snacks literally known as fat bombs could come with benefits like weight loss and even improved heart health?!

But if you’re kind of at a loss for what to make after spending most of your life being bombarded with “fat = bad” messages, we’re here for ya. These 23 mind-blowing keto dinner recipes not only get the low-carb, high-fat thing right, but they also come together in less than 30 minutes, giving you plenty of time to go out and actually live your best keto life.


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With zucchini noodle recipes becoming commonplace these days, it’s all about finding one that really stands out. With fresh flavor from the cherry tomatoes and garlic, plus turmeric-dusted cashews for added texture, this one is especially unique without being difficult, and definitely worth making.

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Heavy cream and Parmesan cheese? Don’t mind if we do. Full-fat dairy is a-OK on the keto diet, and it makes for the best sauce in this simple Italian meal, while garlic and sun-dried tomatoes add spicy and tangy kicks to balance the richness.

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Stir-fries don’t need to come with sugary sauces or be served on top of piles of rice. This easy skillet meal relies on herbs, spices, and the natural sweetness of the peppers for plenty of flavor. In fact, there’s so much of it that it holds up as a meal all its own, no grains necessary.

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Even among wider circles, saturated fat is no longer an absolute nutritional outcast, but it’s especially encouraged on the keto diet. Celebrate with this decadent homemade version of everyone’s favorite Indian restaurant dish. Like the most authentic recipes, this one is made with butter’s clarified cousin, ghee, which, thanks to its concentrated nutrients, is actually seen as the superior saturated fat.

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Check that your marinara sauce comes with no added sugars (or just whip up your own) to make sure this meal checks out as totally keto. Stuffing anything might sound finicky, but this recipe simplifies the process so well, you’ll be turning to it when you need an easy dinner.

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This quick, bean-free bowl still has plenty going for it, thanks to lots of chicken and a tomato base made spicy with jalapeños and rich with cream cheese stirred in. To cut back even further on cooking time, cook and shred your chicken in advance (shredding chicken is worth it, but can be time-consuming).

Beef and Pork

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Usually the topping for tacos, avocado pulls a switcheroo here and acts as the base for the spicy beef and cheese mixture. Not only does the veggie (OK, OK, technically a fruit) offer a lower-carb alternative to tortillas, it also makes for a super-fun presentation.

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It may partly share a name with No. 36 on your take-out menu, but this recipe really does its own thing when it comes to flavor. Instead of sugary condiments, the sauce here relies on bone broth, coconut aminos, and sunflower seed butter for a meal filled with all sorts of keto favorites.

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When you’re in doubt for dinner, go for the tried, tested, and totally delicious strategy of using cauliflower granules in place of grains for a simple and satisfying fried rice. Here, the keto kitchen staple is bulked up with vegetables, made rich with pork belly, and dotted with cooked egg to make it taste almost exactly like the restaurant version.

Want to make a speedy stir-fry come together even faster? Use just seven ingredients and a quick-cooking veggie. This recipe opts for cabbage (pre-shredded as an extra time-saver) alongside the beef, whipped up with a simple sauce in just 15 minutes. One little note: There is a dash of Sriracha in here, so depending on your keto preferences, you can stick with it or roll with your favorite no-sugar hot sauce.

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Reason No. 1 to love eating keto? Sour cream, bacon, butter, and cheese are actually welcomed. The only concession is trading out the potato for lower-carb cauliflower. And trust us, once it’s mashed, seasoned, and piled with toppings, you won’t even see it as a compromise.

Brussels are higher in carbs, but that doesn’t mean they’re off-limits. Thank goodness, because not only do they come with tons of vitamin C and K, but when paired with pork belly and a garlicky sauce, they’re too good to pass up.


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If you’re burnt out on beef burgers, turn to these somewhat lighter salmon patties to get in a bunch of good fats without feeling too weighed down afterward. Held together with almond meal and flaxseeds, plus packed with chopped parsley and lime juice, each serving is filling but full of fresh flavor.

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Not every cauliflower fried rice recipe has to be about soy sauce and fried eggs. This version gets creative with the ingredients, using curry powder and paprika, and opting for shrimp as the all-important protein component. Let the fantastic results be your inspiration to get experimental with pantry spices more often.

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Don’t let a fancy word like gremolata intimidate you, but do make sure you say it extra loudly as you’re serving this up to friends and family. No harm in letting them think you’re a chef extraordinaire, even though this whole delicious dish takes fewer than 10 ingredients and 30 minutes to make.

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So many times, low-carb versions of pasta dishes can be disappointments. This is not one of those times. Buttery, lemony, and just spicy enough, this shrimp scampi is so close to the real deal, you may not even notice that the noodles are actually made of summer squash, not spaghetti.

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Can’t find keto-approved mayo, or simply don’t feel like making your own? No problem. This tuna salad doesn’t call for it anyway. Instead, the fish is piled onto a bed of greens with tons of other fun ingredients like avocado, olives, and grilled zucchini for a much more refreshing way to get your omega-3s.

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Taking the “everything is better with butter” concept to heart, this recipe uses half a cup of the good stuff to be mixed with herbs before getting dolloped onto the salmon and veggies. You’ve never had fish so flavorful and flaky—this is clean eating with the volume turned way up.


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Cabbage isn’t known for being a particularly sexy veggie, but dress it up with some pesto, throw in some marinated artichokes, and crumble on some cheese, and it becomes an elegant meal that’s totally date night-worthy. With this recipe, the cabbage soup diet is officially a thing of the past.

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This cauli-rice bowl is dairy- and gluten-free, meatless, and keto-friendly, but you don’t need to be any of those to enjoy it. With veggies seasoned with sesame oil and a fried egg on top, it’s simply a great meal, regardless of the labels.

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Tofu or not tofu? Answers can vary on whether this soy product is kosher for keto, but generally, it’s acceptable, especially for anyone who’s going mostly vegetarian. Make it unforgettable with this rich Thai curry, where coconut milk and almond butter provide the healthy fats that a plant-based keto eater needs.

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Even though these tacos come minus the tortillas, the north African spice harissa adds a little something extra in terms of flavor, while hearty Portobello slices lend a bold, meaty texture. To make these even more filling, top the guacamole with a cashew cream drizzle—remember, more healthy fats are a good thing.

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Cauliflower proves itself yet again as the MVP of the low-carb kitchen in this recipe, where it graciously becomes the “mac” to a rich cheese. With cream, butter, and cheddar cheese, the sauce features all sorts of keto heavyweights to guarantee a stick-to-your-ribs kinda meal.

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3 Surprising Reasons You Should Brag More Greatist 3 Surprising Reasons You Should Brag More 3 Surprising Reasons You Should Brag More Tue, 06 Mar 2018 07:06:00 -0500 Susie Moore 14464 at No Regrets With Susie Moore I recently started following my new client Louise on Instagram because—in short—I admire her. She's a rockstar, go-getting businesswoman, and she told me she's been documenting her health journey. So with some encouragement from her to check it out, I took a peek: As I scrolled through Louise's workout pics and dressy weekend snaps, my admiration jumped up another notch.

I saw that over the past 12 months, this woman had adopted a healthier diet, committed to regular workouts… and it shows. It shows in her face shape, her confidence, her pride in her dedication, everything.

So for the first time in two weeks, I actually used my ClassPass credits. I opened the app and booked a barre class for that afternoon. Why? Because I was inspired. Her badassery was motivating to me. Much as I love the "Exercise? I thought you said extra fries!" memes, her honesty and progress hit me deeply and made me want to be a better and healthier version of myself.


Think for a minute: Could you be inspiring someone too, if you let yourself?

If you're doing something you're proud of, here's why you should unapologetically let the world know about it:

1. There's enough cynicism already.

Robert Orben said, "We have enough people who tell it like it is—now we could use a few who tell it like it can be." So next time you want to go on a political rant on Facebook… could you choose something else? Don't worry, the news has all the negative stuff covered. What we focus on expands, whether that's good or bad. Could you be the light and offer something positive instead?

2. The legit way to lead is by example.

My dad smoked pot for years, so he could never tell us kids not to with any credibility (and to his credit, he never tried). Because example is the only way to lead in a genuine way. Could that healthy, empowering example be you? Could you lead by how you act, how you eat, how you invest your savings, how you speak on stage? We all need role models!

Seven months ago, my husband gave up alcohol. Many of our friends have been curious about this. One of them has gone on a sober kick, too—openly inspired by Heath. And hey, he wasn't even bragging (apart from on New Year's Day when he was the only non-hungover human in the house)! He's just doing him. And there's tremendous hope and authenticity in example.

3. Bragging begets more bragging.

A fellow life coach and friend told me recently that she's comfortable sharing her business wins (sold-out programs, media features) because she's seen me do it consistently. She said she felt too bashful before, but that seeing me do it gave her a sense of permission to do the same. And now, it's even attracted more clients and business opportunities to her. I'm pretty certain a cynical rant wouldn't generate the same results, no matter how clever or true.

When we love ourselves enough to celebrate who we are, what we do well, and what's right in our lives, we automatically allow other people to do, to be, and to have the same thing. Bragging—within reason—allows us to show what's possible, what's doable, and what reality can be for us.

And so the next Saturday morning that it's raining and I want to want to order pizza and park my derriere down on the couch… I'll check out what Louise has been up to, and probably hit the studio first.

Susie Moore is Greatist's life coach columnist and a confidence coach in New York City. Sign up for free weekly wellness tips on her website and check back every Tuesday for her latest No Regrets column!

9 Easy Paleo Recipes So Any Newbie Can Nail the Diet Greatist 9 Easy Paleo Recipes So Any Newbie Can Nail the Diet 9 Easy Paleo Recipes So Any Newbie Can Nail the Diet Tue, 06 Mar 2018 07:00:00 -0500 Madison Flager 14515 at If you’ve decided to try the caveman diet, there are a few things you’ve probably already done—the grocery shopping, the pantry cleanout, and lots of Googling what you can and can’t eat. Now it’s time to get some easy Paleo recipes bookmarked so you’re not left wondering what the heck to cook on a Wednesday night. These recipes are made for Paleo beginners because they don’t have crazy-long ingredient lists and they won’t take hours to prep, so you can feel like a champ from week one. But really, these are great for Paleo eaters at any stage because who has time to cook complicated recipes? Clean eating, here we come.

Paleo Taco Skillet
Already missing Taco Tuesday? Consider this the next best thing. It uses Primal Palate’s Paleo Taco Seasoning to make ground beef taste a little more like your favorite taco spot’s flavors. Serve the one-pan skillet mix over greens or in lettuce cups. There's something about handheld foods that we just love, ya feel us?
One-Pot Zucchini Pasta
One-pot meals make dinner so much easier. Like, 20-minutes-total easy. With cherry tomatoes, red onion, zoodles, and basil, this pasta dinner has almost all the colors of the rainbow, and won't give you that carb-overload coma feeling.
Apple Cinnamon Chia Breakfast Bowl
Giving up oatmeal can be a hard transition when starting the Paleo diet. Thankfully, this breakfast bowl mimics the taste and texture without any grains. Drop diced apples, dates, cinnamon, and nutmeg into a food processor, then stir in chia seeds and let sit in a sealed container overnight. In the morning, add nuts, raisins, or seeds on top.
Roasted Portobello Egg Toast
Hard-boiled eggs and avocado can get old real quick, so try this savory toast swap when you’re craving something different. It uses thick portobello mushrooms in place of bread and juicy tomatoes under fried eggs, plus garlic and thyme to give it some extra flave.
Crock-Pot Turkey Chili
Make a big pot of this turkey chili and you’ll have a meal ready to go all week. After a long day at work, there's nothing better than pulling a bowl out of the fridge and having dinner almost ready. Serve it as a soup, over zoodles or swoodles (sweet potato noodles), or on top of chicken sausage, hot dog style.
Sausage and Slaw Skillet
Premade slaw and chicken sausage is basically the easiest Paleo lunch or dinner ever. Just heat it all up in a skillet, cooking the sausage first if you start with uncooked links. FYI, Trader Joe’s has a mix with kale, Brussels, cabbage, and broccoli slaw that can double as a salad mix if you have extra.
Brussels Sprouts With Bacon And Apples
This easy veggie dish can be a side, snack, or full meal if you add eggs on top, another protein on the side, or some sweet potatoes to the mix. It’s a little sweet and a little salty, thanks to bacon, Pink Lady apples, olive oil, and sea salt.
Avocado Tuna Salad
We love the idea of using thinly sliced apples as a cracker substitute for tuna salad. You still get the crunch but don't need to go hunting for Paleo-approved crackers. Plus, avocado helps the tuna taste creamy without any mayo, and lemon juice and olive oil keep it from being too dry. Make this for lunch or a quick dinner on a night when you’re really not feeling like cooking.
Paleo Asparagus Egg Cups

Egg cups are a Paleo staple, but sometimes you need to switch things up, even if that’s as simple as switching out spinach for asparagus stalks. Since the only other ingredients are eggs, bacon, and salt and pepper, these can be prepped and ready in no time.

A Simple Way to Keep Homemade Cookies Super Soft Greatist A Simple Way to Keep Homemade Cookies Super Soft A Simple Way to Keep Homemade Cookies Super Soft Mon, 05 Mar 2018 11:22:20 -0500 Marygrace Taylor 14506 at Pretty much nothing beats a batch of soft, chewy cookies fresh from the oven. But unless you’re baking for a crowd, you’re probably gonna have some leftover treats. And with each passing day, they’ll veer a little closer toward hockey puck territory.

This fate is, sadly, unavoidable (unless you pump your cookies full of chemical preservatives. But please, don’t do that). The good news is that the right baking and storage techniques can keep homemade cookies soft and chewy for longer so you have more time to enjoy them in all their glory. And it's super easy. Here's how to keep cookies soft.

How to Make Soft Cookies

Before we talk about how to keep homemade cookies soft, let’s quickly brush up on how to make soft, chewy cookies in the first place.

Some cookies—like biscotti or gingersnaps—are meant to be crunchy. But ones like chocolate chip or oatmeal can go either way. So what’s the secret to achieving a fudgy texture instead of one that’s thin and crispy? It all comes down to moisture, people.

Scooping your cookies into tall mounds instead of flattening them with your palm, and underbaking them by a minute or two will help them retain a dense, chewy bite, explains Jenny McCoy, pastry baking arts chef-instructor at the Institute for Culinary Education in New York. Adding more moisture to your dough in the form of extra butter, egg yolks, or brown sugar will make your cookies even softer. Here’s how to adjust your favorite cookie recipe to achieve chewy perfection.

Why Soft Cookies Turn Hard

Cookies go from chewy to crunchy for exactly the reason you might expect: They start to dry out. “The loss of moisture to the air is what will turn soft cookies hard,” says executive chef Leah Henderson, who oversees the pastry and dessert program for D’Amico & Partners restaurants.

This process actually starts as soon as you pull them out of the oven and let them cool. (Which is why still-warm cookies are the softest of all.) “The remaining trapped moisture in the cookies is in a constant process of evaporating from the flour,” explains Jerrelle Guy, author of Black Girl Baking. At the same time, starches in the flour begin to crystallize and harden. The two processes combined are what eventually turns a fresh, soft cookie into a hard, stale one, Guy says.

How to Keep Cookies Soft

You can’t completely prevent moisture loss from happening, so all cookies will turn stale eventually. But lucky for you, cookies that have more moisture to begin with will stay soft and chewy for longer.

So consider tweaking the ingredient ratios as mentioned above and underbake them a little bit. “Pull them out of the oven when the center is still a little raw,” Guy says. (They’ll keep cooking when you take them out of the oven.) Then, pack the cookies up until they’re just cool enough that they don’t fall apart when you try to lift them. The extra moisture from the still-warm cookies will help them stay fresher longer, says Guy.

As for packing? Guy and Henderson both recommend putting them in an airtight container or zip-top bag, which will help slow moisture loss. If you need to layer cookies on top of each other, a piece of plastic wrap between each layer will keep them from sticking to one another. This method will keep them fresh for up to a week. (To make them even softer when you’re ready to eat, stick the cookies in the microwave for 10-15 seconds with a glass of water next to them, Henderson says.)

For longer-term storage, stick your cookies in the freezer. Layer completely cooled cookies between sheets of parchment paper and wrap the layered stack in plastic wrap, Henderson recommends. Then place the stack in an airtight container. If there’s any extra space in the container, fill it with bubble wrap. It’ll minimize airflow and keep moisture from evaporating, Henderson says. When it’s time to eat, just let the cookies come to room temperature.

Got a batch of vegan cookies? Same rules apply. “Assuming you’re keeping the same amount of sugar, binder, and fat, they should last as long as their non-vegan brethren,” Guy says.

Give Gluten-Free Cookies Some TLC

Without the structural power of gluten, GF cookies tend to dry out a little quicker. You can make them softer and chewier from the get-go by using a flour blend that’s higher in protein or contains tapioca flour, both of which provide elasticity, says Guy.

Store them in an airtight container, just like conventional cookies, for up to 48 hours. If you plan to eat them after that, they’ll stay fresher if you stick them in the freezer, Guy says.

Drooling yet? Here's a single-serving chocolate chip cookie to give you immediate satisfaction.

Can Cold Weather Actually Make You Sick? Greatist Can Cold Weather Actually Make You Sick? Can Cold Weather Actually Make You Sick? Mon, 05 Mar 2018 06:30:00 -0500 Claire Hannum 14488 at Remember snow days when you were a kid, when your mom wouldn't let you go out and play until you were layered under a veritable mountain of jackets and sweaters? Or that time your grandma told you that you'd "catch your death" by walking to meet your friends in January?


Most of us grew up believing that cold weather was a threat to our health—and, yeah, freezing temperatures are pretty dang dangerous when it comes to issues like hypothermia and frostbite. But when it comes to run-of-the-mill "winter illnesses" like the sniffles, the chill factor isn't really the problem. In fact, some research indicates that cold environments might actually be good for us, and skipping gloves on a chilly day might lead to chapped hands, but it's probably not going to give you a virus.

So if cold air isn't as harmful as we thought, why do we think it is? Why has this belief been passed down for so many years?

Well, for starters, rates of flu and viruses are higher in the winter.

Flu cases in the U.S. usually peak between December and February each year. Viruses, colds, and strep throat are more common during the winter months—but not necessarily for the reason you'd think. Exposure to cold weather itself doesn't bring on a case of the flu, like your grandma may have believed, but winter climates do play a sneaky role in illness by enabling the flu to spread.

"Studies have shown that certain viruses—like the ones that cause the flu—thrive and spread most effectively in cold, dry weather," says Chad Masters, M.D., regional medical director of MedExpress Urgent Care. (Whereas heat tends to kill pathogens like bacteria and viruses.) "This can help explain why cold and flu 'season' occurs during the wintertime, and why mild winters can sometimes result in a less severe flu season."

Unfortunately, bundling up doesn't really combat this phenomenon—you can still catch a cold whether you're covered head to toe in knitwear or frolicking barefoot in the snow. (But, you know, don't actually frolic barefoot in the snow—frostbite is still real.)

So viruses hit a high point in the winter, and when you combine that with sinus-drying indoor heating and the abrupt temperature change of walking into warm buildings from the cold outdoors, you've got a not-so-fun perfect storm. Cold, dry air has been associated with the flu and pneumonia and can be terrible for people with asthma, in particular, while fluctuating temperatures can also create blood pressure problems.

In reality, all the time you spend indoors in the winter is probably a much bigger culprit.

Spending months on end cooped up inside doesn't exactly do wonders for our health. Stuffy air and indoor household allergens like dust can be a hassle—and indoor socializing facilitates the spread of germs.

"Consider those winter holiday gatherings," Masters says. "Friends and family members congregate in one place to celebrate the holidays and exchange gifts, hugs, food—and germs." Sure, this sounds a little Ebenezer Scrooge, but the truth is that when the windows and doors are closed, we're all breathing pretty close to one another, both at home and at work. (I know, it sounds kind of gross when you think of it this way.)

On top of this, spending time indoors contributes to seasonal health issues due to lack of vitamin D from the sun. "The theory I think holds the most weight is that we're depleted of vitamin D by the time January comes around," suggests food expert Katie Kimball of Kitchen Stewardship. But if you feel like you're not getting enough vitamin D, your doctor can find out whether you're deficient with a quick blood test and prescribe supplements to get your levels back up.

It also doesn't help that everyone is really freaking tired.

Getting a good night's sleep can be a challenge any time of year, but winter is especially great at throwing a monkey wrench into our sleep schedules. Earlier sunsets, the lack of vitamin D, and winter blues... all of these factors can make it harder to get your zzzs. In addition to making us want to nap at our desks, that lack of sleep can also weaken our immune system—making it easier for us to get sick.

Taking care of yourself in the winter goes a lot further than simply bundling up—here's how to stay healthy.

Staying warm is great, but you can increase your chances of staying healthy this winter by taking good care of yourself: Fill your body with vitamin D-packed foods, get proper sleep, and take time to exercise, and you'll get that extra boost during a season when stress levels are high and nasty viruses are lurking around every corner. Of course, that's easier said than done when the winter blues make you just want to eat an entire cheese plate while hiding under your comforter, but still.

1. Get a flu shot.

Flu shots stir up polarizing feelings, but at the end of the day, they're key to keeping yourself and your community healthy. If you're healthy enough to get one, it's important that you do, because it helps safeguard people who are not able to get the shot and would have a hard time fighting off the virus. "It's so important to get your flu shot before the cold and flu season starts," Masters says. "A flu shot not only helps protect you from the flu, but also friends, family, and coworkers too."

2. Exercise.

Breaking a sweat is good for both your mental and physical health in the colder months. Regular workouts can contribute to a strong immune system and can improve your mood. (And of course, if your winter goals include having an IRL peach emoji butt, exercise can help with that too.)

3. Take care of your mental health.

Many people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression typically brought on in the winter months. Even if you just experience mild winter blues, don't forget that it's worth taking a few minutes out of your day to nurture your mental health. This could mean taking some time to do something that makes you happy, like reading a book or taking a walk. It could also mean reaching out to your favorite people, prioritizing getting a healthy amount of sleep, or talking to a therapist. Some people swear by light therapy, which can help increase your mood on gray days.

4. Wash your hands.

Like, a lot. Wash them before and after handling food, whenever you blow your nose or touch garbage, and after you hold onto a grimy pole on public transit. Take care not to touch your face too often during the day to avoid transmitting germs. (I can't be the only one who uses my hand as a chin rest when I'm sitting in front of my laptop.)

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When it comes down to it, spending a day out in the cold isn't really going to cause a cold. You'll still want to bundle up, but that's just because nobody likes to be shivering during their morning commute. (And because hypothermia. Nobody wants hypothermia, right?)

Knowing the true reasons for winter illness is one of your first lines of defense for staying well, so use your newfound wisdom to send colds and flu packing. Here's to a healthier winter season.

Claire Hannum is an NYC-based writer, editor, and traveler.

9 Keto-Friendly Snacks You Can Buy on Amazon Greatist 9 Keto-Friendly Snacks You Can Buy on Amazon 9 Keto-Friendly Snacks You Can Buy on Amazon Fri, 02 Mar 2018 10:20:27 -0500 Meredith Heil 14497 at If you took one look at this article and immediately Googled “What is the keto diet?” you’re not alone. The low-carb, high-fat program is all the rage, falling into line with similar health-conscious lifestyle changes like Paleo and Whole30.

Like those other guys, the keto diet follows strict guidelines on what you can and can’t eat, suggesting you limit your daily carb intake to 20 to 30 net grams while upping your fat like crazy. If all goes well, your body will stop getting all its energy from glucose and insulin produced by grains, sugars, and starches and instead start cranking out ketones to break down and burn up stored fat. Sound good? Of course, it does.

The only issue, however, is that while it’s easy-peasy to load up on veggies, meats, and dairy during mealtimes, finding yourself starving at 4 p.m. without a suitable snack can be quite the downer. Fear not, keto crusader, because there’s more to life (or more to Amazon, at least) than tortilla chips and chocolate chip cookies. These nine keto snacks are only a couple of clicks away.

If you haven't heard of biltong, they're those thick, flavorful strips of air-dried meat that put stringy, chewy, and additive-packed beef jerky to shame. These peppery little slabs are made from grass-fed beef, air-dried for 14 days, and spiced with a blend of cayenne and chili powder to add some heat without overwhelming your palate. They’re also sugar-free, full of protein, and super simple to toss in your bag.


There’s a lot of nut butters out there, but we found that this little guy not only tastes the best, it’s also one of the most filling on the market (i.e., you won’t be left dreaming of grape jelly and white bread). The density of healthy fats takes care of the stomach grumbling, while the four simple ingredients—macadamia nuts, coconut, cashews, and Himalayan sea salt—take care of your taste buds and fuel your body with oleic acid, minerals, and B vitamins.


Whole Thai coconuts, sliced thin, toasted and sprinkled with a touch of salt, are what turns this tasty snack into a keto no-brainer. And not only are you getting all that coconut oil goodness, they’re also gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, soy-free, non-GMO, loaded with fiber, and low in sugar (only one gram per serving!). Take that, Mr. Potato.


Every keto devotee knows that pumpkin seeds are where it’s at. Teeming with fat and protein, these dry-roasted tidbits have less carbs than a lot of other seeds and nuts on the scene but the same amount of satisfying crunch. These pre-shelled, pocket-size packs are ideal for dressing up salads, dropping into trail mix, or just tipping back as is.


Coconut MCT oil, cacao butter, grass-fed whey protein, organic almond butter, and other keto-approved ingredients combine for this protein bomb of an energy bar, designed specifically to support ketone production and keep you fit and focused for hours. It’s basically like jumper cables for your metabolism… if jumper cables tasted like smooth chocolate and almonds.


Don’t let the kiddie lunchbox aesthetic fool you—these dehydrated little nuggets might look like they come from a children’s book, but there’s nothing made up about their magic. Whether you’re fiending for the pepper jack, gouda, or cheddar, they’re all shelf-stable, low-carb, high in protein and calcium, delightfully crispy, naturally gluten-free, and super fun to eat. Why? They’re just cheese!


Say hello to the pili nut! Boasting a higher fat and lower carbohydrate content than just about any other nut on the planet, this snackable wonder is your ketone-loving body’s new best friend. Hunter Gatherer’s handy multipack includes flavors like black pepper turmeric, spicy chili, and Himalayan salt and coconut oil, each wild harvested from pili trees in the mountains of the Philippines.


Who says dessert can’t be keto-friendly? This sugar- and sugar alcohol-free treat is made from 100-percent stone-ground South American cocoa beans and sweetened with monk fruit and non-GMO soluble vegetable fiber, making it both low in carbs (just three net grams per ounce) and melt-in-your-mouth creamy. Throw in a handful of earthy, buttery almonds for good measure and you’ve got something that’ll appease your sweet tooth without ruining your diet.


The label might say Paleo, but with only two grams of sugar and seven carbs per serving, the crunchy clusters are as keto-friendly as they come. In each magenta-hued pouch, you'll find grain-free ingredients like slow-roasted macadamia nuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, cold-milled flaxseed, and a dash of maple syrup. Breakfast shots, anyone?

7 Air Fryer Recipes That Make the Best Faux-Fried Party Foods Greatist 7 Air Fryer Recipes That Make the Best Faux-Fried Party Foods 7 Air Fryer Recipes That Make the Best Faux-Fried Party Foods Fri, 02 Mar 2018 10:04:47 -0500 Madison Flager 14462 at So you jumped on the air fryer bandwagon. Welcome! The trendy appliance has been all over the internet lately thanks to its ability to fry foods using way less oil than traditional methods. For fried food fans who also want to eat healthy (so… everyone?), it’s kind of a miracle.

If you’re a proud new owner of one of these guys, here are some party foods perfect for breaking out your air fryer. There are the basics, like fries and chicken tenders, plus less expected air fryer recipes like jalapeño poppers and egg rolls. Whether you're looking for game day party recipes or heading to a BBQ, these easy, healthy appetizers will definitely please a crowd.

Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs

You may have made meatballs in a Crock-Pot before, but now it’s time to give the air fryer a try. They only need to bake for 10 minutes and come out just the right amount of crispy. This recipe uses ground chicken and a spicy teriyaki sauce that has two of our favorite things—hot sauce and honey.

Easy Jalapeño Poppers
Jalapeño poppers are always a hit at parties, but they can be time- consuming to make. This recipe simplifies things by using just four ingredients: jalapeños, cream cheese, parsley, and gluten-free tortilla crumbs. Goat cheese would taste great inside too.
Crispy Sweet Potato Fries
We’d bet regular fries are one of the first things people try to make after buying an air fryer. After all, isn’t that half the reason you bought it?! After that's out of your system, try your hand at sweet potato fries. Toss slices with salt, garlic powder, black pepper, paprika, and two teaspoons olive oil (yep, that’s it!) before adding them to the fryer.
Thai Peanut Chicken Egg Rolls

These are not your average take-out egg rolls, but between the rotisserie chicken they use and the six to eight minutes of fry time, they can be ready just as quickly. Grab a peanut sauce at the store or make your own peanut butter and coconut milk-based spread (there’s a link to it in the recipe).

Two-Ingredient Chicken Wings
These wings really could not be any simpler to make. There’s no oil, flour, or baking powder involved, just chicken wings and sauce (BBQ, buffalo, or whatever you prefer). Pop the wings in the fryer for about 25 minutes, then take them out and coat in sauce. Boom! Crispy and juicy wings are ready for ya.
Parmesan Dill Pickle Chips
Any pickle fans in the house? These crunchy dill pickle chips are a fun, savory snack. They’re coated in panko and Parmesan, and only take about 10 minutes per batch to make. If you need a last-minute app, you know what to do.
Ranch Chicken Tenders
Chicken tenders tend to be associated with Mickey D’s more than any sort of healthy-eating plan, but thanks to the air fryer, you can make juicy tenders with just a light coat of canola oil spray. Crazy, right?! Swap out the mayo for Greek yogurt (and a squeeze of lemon) if you want the dredge to be a little lighter.
5 Forgotten '90s Workout Vids You Absolutely Need in Your Life Greatist 5 Forgotten '90s Workout Vids You Absolutely Need in Your Life 5 Forgotten '90s Workout Vids You Absolutely Need in Your Life Fri, 02 Mar 2018 07:07:00 -0500 Virginia Pelley 14463 at I was living in a giant attic on Haight Street in San Francisco when I discovered Karen Voight's 1990s gem, The Power Packed Workout. I'd picked it up for a few dollars at Amoeba Records, and with nary a concern for the people living in the apartment below me, I leapt and kicked, arms flapping wildly, as I jogged around the attic, sweating profusely. It was old—there were headbands and leg warmers and shiny, iridescent tights—but that thing worked me.


I'm not suggesting you need to do any of the exercises in this video—in fact, most trainers would probably have major notes about all of them. But if you want to goof around and have a boozy '90s workout party with your friends, we've got you covered.

The Right Stuff

The videos in this section are surprisingly still relevant. The outfits might be delightfully dated, but a lot of the moves can still do your body good.

Cindy Crawford: Shape Your Body (1992)

In 1992, The New York Times called Shape Your Body creator Radu "the toughest trainer in town," as well as an early proponent of plyometric exercise. This video is still blatantly awesome. It has solid production value, and although the amusement factor of her workout garb is sadly low, she does rock some big honkin' white Reeboks on set, and the butt-flossy white leotard over black tights that she wears on the roof set is good for a chuckle. The producers also shelled out for the rights to use actual songs, such as Seal's "Crazy," which makes this video even more of a delightful throwback.

Crawford also takes a ton of short breaks for water, during which she sounds legitimately out of breath, which is kind of endearing. Subsequent releases are awesome too, such as Cindy Crawford: The Next Challenge Workout.

Karen Voight Power Packed Workout (1996)

You'll definitely want privacy (some of the moves are… goofy, to say the least) and some extra space for this butt-whopping cardio extravaganza. Karen Voight, a fitness star of the '80s and '90s who put out roughly a million workout DVDs during those decades, leads a high-impact aerobic routine that basically involves jumping up and down for nearly an hour.

Voight is an experienced and energetic instructor who keeps bullsh*t to a minimum. The entire thing may be worth watching just for one point when she chastises her backup people for missing a cue and asks, "Are we jumping?" But the true benefit here is the outfits: The flavor of the '80s was still alive and well in the Power Packed Workout: One of the women wears burgundy tights under a camouflage leotard with a matching sweatband and—yes—leg warmers.

If you're super feeling it, you can even buy it on Amazon. We do not recommend this level of commitment.

How Bizarre

The 1990s had more than its share of cuckoo-crazy fitness videos, including almost anything by Denise Austin, who is prone to drift away in a reverie and forget to do an exercise on the opposite leg, and the silly but terribly popular "Tae Bo" workouts by Billy Blanks. But the following are kind of expert-level cuckoo crazy—which of course, makes them all the more fun.

Warm Up with Traci Lords (1990)

Produced by Marc Lemkin (who directed Swayze Dancing and also produced 1989's How to Get Revenge, hosted by Linda Blair), this workout's front cover reassures fitness seekers that the routine was designed by Tanya Everett and a then-member of the President's Council on Physical Fitness... both of whom totally signed on to produce an exercise video with someone famous for being an underage porn star.

This video also boasts that it's the "first and only completely non-impact 'jazz-thetics' exercise system," a workout trend that sadly did not catch on, perhaps because it sounds like a rip-off of Jazzercise, which had been around for at least a decade by then.

Backed by a man and a woman in a vaguely depressing living room set, Lords performs standard moves such as neck circles, leg lifts, and pelvic thrusts punctuated by a lot of arm swinging. Much of it is too jerky and fast, and Lords's rap doesn't include any advice for protecting one's lower back during the moves.

Yes, I did say "rap," which brings us to why this workout is a must-watch (but uh, a please-don't-follow-along-to): the bizarre rap spurring you on during Lords's hip thrusts. I'm pretty sure Lords herself is rapping the hilarious workout with barely high school cheerleader-level lyrics like: "Keep your tummy flat and tight / If it hurts, you've gotta fight!" and "Push your pelvis to the air / Keep your can nice and square!" Yes, she calls your butt a can. This video is amazing.

Step-Up with LaToya Jackson (1993)

Surrounded by fitness star Gay Gasper and other fit people in sedate black workout outfits, Jackson sticks out like a deranged doll in a blinding yellow leotard with a huge black pleather belt wrapped around her impossibly tiny waist. One online reviewer said Jackson seems like she's on drugs, which is not totally out-of-line speculation—but she does seem to be half-assing it through this, whispering comments now and then that make it seem like she thinks she's supposed to be somewhere else. At one point, Gasper says, "Watch LaToya if you want to get a little funky!" Or…something.

Alyssa Milano Teen Steam (1988)

OK, this one wasn't technically released in the 90s, but if you watch it, you'll understand why I couldn't possibly omit this gem. Imagine being in front of a camera at 15 years old, singing a song written by your dad about how tough it is being a teen girl–which is how this thing actually begins–and you get a glimmer of the glorious awkwardness of Teen Steam. Pop's odd lyrics include, "Sometimes I feel, I'm living on the edge / 'bout halfway in-between a feather and a sledge (note: a toboggan or sleigh)."

And it just gets weirder. After talking on the phone with her friends, one of whom complains she is grounded but inexplicably can come over anyway, Milano's high-school gal pals show up to "let out some steam" and exercise with her in her bedroom, under the watchful eye of Corey Haim in a framed photo. They complain about having to babysit a little brother and getting a D in school, adolescent angst and pressures that can only be alleviated by low-impact aerobics.

And don't worry, there's a rap here too: Milano and her pals make up a rap about toe raises while performing them. Then, suddenly—magically—Milano disappears through a mirror into a music video set with so much smoke you can't see the dance moves they're doing. Perfection.

Pro tip: Don't read the YouTube comments, which are almost all men enthusing how enjoyable this workout is to masturbate to.

Virginia Pelley is a freelance writer in Tampa, Florida. Follow her on Twitter @VirginiaPelley.

5 Basic Fermented Food Recipes for Better Gut Health Greatist 5 Basic Fermented Food Recipes for Better Gut Health 5 Basic Fermented Food Recipes for Better Gut Health Fri, 02 Mar 2018 07:00:00 -0500 Jackie Dowling 14489 at If you find yourself in a veggie rut (because the day will come when you can’t possibly sauté another bunch of spinach), you may be tempted to abandon them altogether. Don't do that. Try something that will get you excited about veggies again: fermentation. OK, we know it's not the most mouth-watering advertisement, but trust us, when you open your fridge to jars of ready-made, flavorful vegetables, you won’t be sorry you jumped on the trend.

This week's featured foodie, Robyn Youkilis, and her newest cookbook, Thin From Within, are your go-to guides for all things gut-health related. With her holistic approach to nutrition, Robyn is showing us how to promote digestion with all the right ingredients. Check out these gut-healthy recipes that show just how easy it is to introduce fermented foods to your diet.

homemade sauerkraut

What comes to mind when you picture sauerkraut? A hot dog stand and a pile of grease? We bet you didn’t picture a green leafy salad or colorful stir-fry. With a crisp and fresh taste made using only cabbage, salt, and water, don’t be surprised when you start putting this go-to garnish on everything. Adding apples, beets, berries, or spices will make this fermented sauerkraut recipe even more delicious and customized to your taste.

fermented radishes

These radishes taste even better than they look (if you can believe it). Raw radishes, while loaded with fiber, can be bitter and tasteless, but with a seasoning of dill and pepper, an ingredient you once pushed to the outskirts of your plate will be first on your fork.

brined veggies

Looking for a new way to transform your veggies? No, we aren't going to tell you to add them to brownies (although that's possible too), but we are going to say soak them in this herb, lemon, and ginger seasoning that will turn them into a refreshing sweet treat. The longer they ferment, the sourer they’ll taste, so we recommend diving in after six days.


When your wallet says no to the $5 bubbly drink but your stomach says please, this DIY kombucha recipe is the answer. Yes, you can you make your own kombucha, and yes, it's actually pretty simple for something that sounds so complicated. Plus, every time you make a new batch you create a new “mother,” which can be used as the fermenting agent of your next batch… talk about sustainability (and convenience).

kimchi breakfast bowl

With your new assortment of fermented veggies, you can't say no to this savory breakfast bowl. Using cauliflower rice as your base, simply sauté, add your veggies, fry your egg, and garnish with all of your fermented favorites. If you’re looking for even more good for your gut first thing in the morning, grab a glass of your homemade kombucha on your way out the door.

9 Unexpected Twists on Classic Pizza Recipes Greatist 9 Unexpected Twists on Classic Pizza Recipes 9 Unexpected Twists on Classic Pizza Recipes Thu, 01 Mar 2018 10:29:38 -0500 Healthyish Generation 14383 at Is there anything better than a slice of pizza… or four? Even if you swear by your local pizzeria, we’re here to advocate for making pies at home every once in a while. Hear us out. When you DIY, you get to control the sauce-to-cheese ratio (very important), decide what goes on top, and customize the pie to match your preferences. No olives on 1/4 of the pizza? No problem.

These recipes are twists on old favorites, so find your go-to and get cooking. Oh, and if you're a dip-in-ranch kind of person, we've got some suggestions for that too (or keep with the trend and make homemade ranch dressing).

White Pizza

White pizza proves you don’t need sauce to have a hella good pie. This one is made with delicate broccoli rabe, garlic, and two kinds of cheese (ricotta and an Italian blend). Top it with a pinch of crushed red pepper if you like a little bite.

Dip tip: Pair with Buffalo Ranch.

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Pizza

We know, we know, Hawaiian pizza is pretty controversial. Who would’ve thought a fruit could elicit so many reactions? But if you are Team Pineapple, you have to try this barbecue chicken pineapple pizza. Red onions, bacon, and mozz are a winning combo, trust us.

Dip tip: Pair with Bacon Ranch.

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Buffalo chicken anything has our heart… dip, sandwiches, and especially pizza. This one’s got chicken, sweet peppers, red onions, and ricotta cheese. The sauce is actually a mix of hot sauce and ranch, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dip your crust in ranch too.

Dip tip: Pair with Cracked Peppercorn Ranch.

Loaded Turkey Sausage Pizza

All about the meat? Try swapping out pepperoni and sausage for ground turkey and turkey sausage like this 'za does. Then pile it high with peppers, onions, black olives, and mozzarella. Since it’s made on a naan bread crust, it can be ready in no time.

Dip tip: Pair with Avocado Ranch.

Whole Wheat Spinach Artichoke Pizza

Spinach and artichoke dip + pizza = food heaven. This pie skips the red sauce and uses olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and basil as a base instead. Veggies, cheese, and lemon slices come next. After it’s all melty, add on a few micro greens and more basil.

Dip tip: Pair with Roasted Garlic Ranch.

Grilled Chicken Margherita Pizza

There’s no denying chicken Parm pizza is amazing, but breaded chicken on top of pizza is a pretty heavy combo. Grilled chicken tastes just as good, especially when combined with juicy cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil.

Dip tip: Pair with Three Herb Ranch.

Sausage Tomato Basil Pizza

Spicy sausage has so much flavor, you could skip the cheese and not miss much. That’s what this Paleo pie does, though there is some nutritional yeast thrown in for a bit of that umami flavor. Think of it as the best of both worlds!

Dip tip: Pair with Cucumber Ranch.

Margherita pies are pretty straightforward, and that’s why we love them. Make your own dough or pick up a premade one, then top it with only the good stuff: Italian plum tomatoes, fresh garlic, EVOO, basil, fresh mozzarella, and Parmesan.

Dip tip: Pair with Sriracha Ranch.

Spicy Chicken and Jalapeno Pizza

Mexican pizzas are pretty underrated if you ask us. This take has the same zesty flavor but with spicy chicken instead of ground beef and fresh jalapeños to give it a kick. Add a little tomato and green onion on top if you want it to taste even more like the original.

Dip tip: Pair with Cilantro Lime Ranch.

The 9 Stages of Dipping Pizza in Ranch, in GIFs Greatist The 9 Stages of Dipping Pizza in Ranch, in GIFs The 9 Stages of Dipping Pizza in Ranch, in GIFs Thu, 01 Mar 2018 10:27:44 -0500 Healthyish Generation 14278 at Anyone who's ever tried pizza dipping sauces knows that pizza and ranch dressing go together like Sunday morning and brunch. There is literally—and yes, we mean literally—nothing more satisfying than plunging a cheesy slice into a tub of creamy ranch.

But because we know there are folks out there who haven't yet discovered this magic, here are all the stages of eating pizza with ranch:

1. Someone has the brilliant idea to order pizza

Boy shouting about getting pizza Not all heroes wear capes.

2. Finally, the doorbell rings, and you know there's a hero waiting on the other side.

Girls running to the front door for pizza delivery guy Just look at all those pizzas... that's probably one pizza per person. Those girls know what's up.

3. Then you run to the fridge because you can't have pizza without that magic ingredient...

Woman opening her fridge Can you guess what it is???

4. Yep. It's ranch. The magic ingredient is ranch.

Bottle of Hidden Valley ranch dressing waving Helllloooooooo, sexy.

5. Haters gon' hate, but...

Dog holding a slice of pizza That just means more pizza and ranch for you. Sharing is overrated anyway.

6. Then you show 'em the dunk, which goes a little something like this:

Man dunking a basketball in a hoop Yes, it takes speed, agility, and skill to dip the pizza without splattering ranch everywhere or losing any toppings. This is a talent worth mastering.

7. And then it's straight to chowtown.

Boy folding up entire pizza to eat in one bite Yep, it's about to go down (in one bite, just watch).

8. But wait... where's all the pizza? Gone already??

Cat looking shocked Impossible! You only got like three slices... the world is a lie. How many pizzas did you order anyway??

9. Hold up. Problem solved.

Person crunching up a bunch of chips in a bowl of ranch dressing As long as there's ranch, there is hope yet. Pizza may be the perfect dipping companion, but ranch on literally anything tastes nearly as good. It's pantry-raiding time.

A High-Protein Breakfast Bowl You Don't Have to Cook Greatist A High-Protein Breakfast Bowl You Don't Have to Cook A High-Protein Breakfast Bowl You Don't Have to Cook Thu, 01 Mar 2018 09:59:54 -0500 Healthyish Generation 14330 at This article is sponsored by Daisy Cottage Cheese.

Breakfast, we love you, but the eggs-oatmeal-smoothie routine doesn't always cut it during the week. (And don't say, "Make waffles!" because who has the time?) We want something healthy and high in protein, but we don't want to spend more than five minutes throwing it together. Are we asking for the impossible? Nah.

Solution: cottage cheese. Yep, those little curds are the easiest high-protein breakfast to throw together because they have texture, creaminess, and a hearty consistency right out of the container (no cooking required). Combine it with some of your favorite toppings or check out the cottage cheese breakfast bowl we created below.

Freaking out without directions? Start with cottage cheese as your base, then add granola and blueberries followed by a drizzle of almond butter. Sprinkle the hemp seeds and cinnamon on top for the finishing touch. (Or, honestly, just throw it all in at once, because really, the order doesn't matter).

7 Reasons This Cheese Might Be the Healthiest Thing on Your Plate Greatist 7 Reasons This Cheese Might Be the Healthiest Thing on Your Plate 7 Reasons This Cheese Might Be the Healthiest Thing on Your Plate Thu, 01 Mar 2018 09:00:00 -0500 Healthyish Generation 14318 at This article is sponsored by Daisy Cottage Cheese.

Little Miss Muffet knew a thing or two about eating good food. While we still have no freakin’ clue what a tuffet is, one thing is for sure: We could eat cottage cheese (a.k.a. those delicate curds from our favorite fairytale) all day, every day. It’s a powerhouse of nutrition and perfect for layering with other flavors. Whether you like it chunky and topped with savory spices and veggies, or puréed to a smooth cream with berries and honey, it’s the ideal food for satisfying any craving morning, noon, and night. Let’s take a look at why its curdles rock.

1. Packed With Protein

There’s a reason cottage cheese is a fitness industry favorite. Just one cup of 2 percent cottage cheese packs 26 grams of high-quality protein and only 194 calories. And it’s not just any protein: It’s the slow-digesting casein protein, which is an excellent muscle-builder. Get home from the gym, take off your sneakers, and serve yourself a two-minute cottage cheese snack for the perfect post-workout meal.

2. Helps Maintain Bone Health

Since it's dairy and all, we bet you could guess that cottage cheese is a good source of bone-supporting calcium. In one cup, you can consume 21 percent of your recommended daily calcium intake. It’s also a good source of phosphorus and is packed with protein, both of which are key for strong bones.

3. May Help Balance Blood Sugar

In addition to being good for the bones, research has also found that calcium may help our bodies improve glucose metabolism, which, in turn, can help with type 2 diabetes. One study even found that a combined intake of 1,200 milligrams of calcium along with 800 IU of vitamin D was associated with a 33 percent lower risk of type 2 diabetes.

4. Helps You Stay on Track

If you're watching your weight or trying to shed a few pounds, eating cottage cheese may make it easier to stick to your goal. In addition to helping build that lean muscle mass, the slow-digesting casein protein in cottage cheese helps you stay fuller longer, which may keep your hands out of the cookie jar. Research has also linked dietary calcium to accelerated weight and fat loss, particularly in regards to stubborn belly fat.

5. Helps Ease Muscle Cramps

Cramping up after leg day? We got you. Or cottage cheese does, rather. The curds contain a combination of nutrients (calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium) that work together to help relieve achy, cramping muscles. Lucky for us, they’re all bundled up in a delicious little package when we sit down to a cup of cottage cheese. All the more reason to make this cheese part of your post-workout routine.

6. May Help Your Heart

We've already mentioned cottage cheese is high in calcium, which has been linked to a reduced risk of high blood pressure and heart disease. But it's also a good source of selenium (a mineral that acts as an antioxidant). Though there's still more work to be done, some research suggests selenium may play a role in reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease. For the most heart-healthy option, choose a low- or no-sodium version or give your curds a quick rinse in a colander to remove some of the excess salt.

7. Boosts Energy

Sure, you could rely on caffeine for your daily wake-up call, but the nutrients in cottage cheese may help give you the energy you need without the inevitable crash. Cottage cheese is packed with vitamin B12, which, like other B vitamins, helps your body turn the energy from food into the kind it can actually use.

The Secret Swap That Can Make Your Meals Healthier (and Higher in Protein) Greatist The Secret Swap That Can Make Your Meals Healthier (and Higher in Protein) The Secret Swap That Can Make Your Meals Healthier (and Higher in Protein) Thu, 01 Mar 2018 09:00:00 -0500 Healthyish Generation 14310 at This article is sponsored by Daisy Cottage Cheese.

You’ve probably heard a million “simple swaps” that promise to make your meals healthier, only to find out they aren’t so simple after all. “I just need to swap out my mac and cheese for kale or add flaxseeds to my cupcakes?” No, thanks. But here’s a healthy cooking swap we swear is actually easy: cottage cheese. Don’t believe us? Hear us out.

Cottage cheese has the same creamy texture as standard ingredients such as heavy cream, butter, cream cheese, and ricotta. But with less fat and 13 grams of protein in a half-cup serving, it can transform your favorite morning muffins into energizing pre-workout fuel.

Whether this is news to you or you’re already a cottage cheese aficionado, these 10 surprising swaps will show you just how easy it is to add it to any sweet or savory meal.

1. Pancakes

There are so many ways to make pancakes, but almost every recipe calls for milk. If you want to add some extra fluff, sub in cottage cheese for half the milk in any standard recipe. It'll also add some protein to your favorite brunch staple, so you won’t need a snack an hour later.

2. Toast Topper

Serious question. Do you like sweet or savory toast? Either way, cottage cheese is the perfect toast topper. Just slather some cottage cheese on your favorite bread and drizzle with honey, chopped mint, and nuts for a sweet treat. Or go the savory route and try olive oil, cherry tomatoes, and cracked pepper for a snack reminiscent of a fancy tartine.

3. Soup

There’s nothing more comforting than a bowl of creamy soup. But it usually calls for heavy cream. To lighten it up, use cottage cheese in place of the heavy cream in a 1-to-1 ratio. Just make sure you blend the cottage cheese first for that nice, creamy consistency.

4. Avocado Spread

Avocados are one of the best fruits to have for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, snacks... OK, we'll stop there. Only problem is they can be an expensive habit. Stretch that dollar by adding cottage cheese to your mashed avocado. So if you normally go for a whole half on your toast, use just one quarter and see how far the combo can take you. It not only has the same creamy consistency, but it'll also add a hefty portion of protein for a well-balanced meal.

5. Tzatziki Dip

If you’ve ever made homemade tzatziki, you know it’s as simple as mixing yogurt, cucumbers, onions, lemon juice, and dill. But did you know you can sub in small-curd cottage cheese for yogurt for the same taste and a thicker consistency?

6. Cheesecake

Yep, you read that right. You can use cottage cheese to create a cheesecake that tastes just as decadent at a fraction of the calories. While all cheesecake recipes are slightly different, try replacing half the cream cheese for cottage cheese in your favorite recipe. Opt for the small-curd variety and drain the cottage cheese in a strainer for at least 30 minutes before adding to the cake mix. The final product will have a lighter texture, but it’s also lighter in general, so we say, go ahead and have that second slice.

7. Tuna/Chicken/Chickpea Salad

Some of you may find this as a surprise, but not everyone is on Team Mayo. Whether people pass on it because it can add up quickly in the calorie department or the consistency just isn’t your thing, you can exchange all the mayo in your favorite tuna, chicken, or chickpea salad sandwich for cottage cheese. The saltiness of the cottage cheese will pair nicely with whatever protein you choose.

8. White Pizza

We know you don’t like anyone messing with your pizza, but what if we told you cottage cheese can make it a bit healthier (so eating the whole pie in one sitting won’t leave you in a food coma). By using it in place of ricotta, you can do just that. Top the 'za with your favorite veggies and a sprinkle of mozzarella, and ladies and gents, you have yourself a protein-rich pizza.

9. Mac and Cheese

Everyone makes mac and cheese a little differently, but one thing is for certain—it’s almost always a super-heavy side dish (that we can’t get enough of). Swap in cottage cheese for half the regular cheese in a traditional recipe to lighten things up. The result will have more protein and fewer calories, and no one will know the difference. Not even picky Uncle Pete.

10. Gratin

If you don’t know gratin, let us get you acquainted: Gratin is a dish that has cheese and butter and is topped with browned breadcrumbs. Sounds like heaven, right? Rather than making a gratin that puts you to sleep, transform it into a protein-packed, creamy miracle by swapping out the butter and heavy cream for cottage cheese.

21 Ways to Use Cottage Cheese You Probably Haven’t Thought Of Greatist 21 Ways to Use Cottage Cheese You Probably Haven’t Thought Of 21 Ways to Use Cottage Cheese You Probably Haven’t Thought Of Thu, 01 Mar 2018 09:00:00 -0500 Healthyish Generation 14275 at This article is sponsored by Daisy Cottage Cheese.

Sure, cottage cheese doesn't usually make an appearance on cheese boards or get featured in wine pairings, but this dairy delight might actually be the most versatile food in your fridge. Don't believe us? The ideas below prove that cottage cheese can lend a protein-packed punch to everything from oatmeal to ice cream.


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For a high-protein, calcium-packed breakfast treat (made in less than 10 minutes!), simply blend cottage cheese into a ricotta-like spread and top with a sweet and tangy balsamic glaze.

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You’d never guess it, but there’s a full cup of cottage cheese hiding in these waffles. To make life easier, the batter gets whipped up in a blender before it goes into the waffle iron.

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The combination of cottage cheese, feta, and mushrooms makes these muffin-shaped frittatas feel meaty and taste hearty despite their mini size. Serve them hot out of the oven or save them to nuke in the microwave for a quick weekday breakfast.

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Studded with cranberries and just enough white chocolate chips and coconut flakes, this hearty bake is sweet and delicious, but also practical and healthy thanks to the generous amounts of oats and cottage cheese that are also in the mix. A big batch will hold you over for breakfast through the week, but don’t be surprised if you find yourself heating up a portion for dessert too.

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Desperately need muscle-replenishing, post-workout fuel? Showing someone how easy it is to get protein on a vegetarian diet? Or just seriously hungry? Folding cottage cheese into this omelet provides over 30 grams of protein per serving. Plus, with lots of veggies and fresh herbs, it tastes pretty darn good too.

Appetizers and Snacks

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With avocado, black beans, cottage cheese, corn, jalapeño, and tomato, this flavor fiesta is the delicious mashup of guacamole, seven-layer dip, and salsa. It tastes great scooped up with tortilla chips, but it also works as a sandwich filling or a salad topper.

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When you’re not in the mood for a lettuce-based salad, go the beet route (pun intended). Here, the magenta slices are marinated then topped with dollops of cottage cheese, a soft-boiled egg, and a smattering of walnuts for a surprisingly filling dish.

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Thanks to heart-healthy avocado, guacamole is a great option for getting in those good fats. Stir in some cottage cheese, and it also becomes a protein powerhouse. We’re big fans of anything that makes a dish creamier and healthier at the same time.

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Instead of heavy cream, low-fat cottage cheese is the dairy of choice in this velvety, thick soup. Blended with the sweet potato and a few seasonings, it’s a quick and easy way to get several macros in one bowl.

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Deviled eggs may have slipped into the shadows recently, but this blogger is bringing them back in a delicious, health-conscious way by swapping in cottage cheese and mustard for mayo. It’s the perfect example of how to reinvent a classic successfully.

Main Meals

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Got leftover quinoa on hand? Spare yourself yet another standard salad and make burgers instead. Paired with cottage cheese, zucchini, and eggs for plenty of moisture, these baked patties are anything but dry even after 40 minutes in the oven.

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An entire container of cottage cheese takes the place of ricotta in this lightened-up vegetarian lasagna, which also features an impressive variety of produce. Cheesy, rich, and secretly nutritious, it’s an instant crowd pleaser, even without the meat.

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These potatoes are loaded—just with better-for-you ingredients. Healthy doesn't mean all or nothing, so keep the bacon and cheddar but swap out the sour cream for cottage cheese and add in fresh bell peppers for some much-needed color and crunch. It’s all about balance.

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Not only does this recipe call for cottage cheese instead of heavier ricotta, but folding roasted butternut squash into the mix also keeps the shells from feeling too weighed down with dairy. Thanks to the healthier tweaks, only the pasta will be stuffed here—you, on the other hand, will just be pleasantly full.

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Everyone needs a good mac and cheese recipe, but if you’ve been desperately seeking a healthier version that doesn’t skimp on flavor, your search ends here. It may have less fat than its counterparts, but this dish isn’t kidding around.

Photo: Imma Eat That

Portion controlled (but easily multiplied for more people), high in fiber, and packed with protein, this homemade pizza is a smarter choice than anything you’d order in, but a scoop of cottage cheese makes sure it’s not compromising the crucial melty topping. With sweet potato, spinach, and chicken, it's not the most conventional of pies, but it’ll become a regular on your table.


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No protein powder in these fuel-filled bars! These cookie dough-flavored treats get their staying power from an unlikely combination of chickpeas, eggs, and cottage cheese. Sounds kinda strange; tastes totally sensational.

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For a sweet treat that’s low maintenance but highly satisfying, try this five-minute fruit and cottage cheese fix. It’s so healthy it’s technically breakfast, but the lime and paprika honey drizzle gives it the special oomph that could pass it off as dessert.

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You won’t see or really taste the cottage cheese in these extra-dark and insanely chocolaty brownies, but it gives these guys their creaminess. Thanks to the secret ingredient, these decadent squares don’t even need oil or butter.

Photo: Earthly Taste

The bad news: If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can’t make this heavy cream-free, low-sugar, protein-packed frozen answer to cheesecake. The good news: You now have a really great reason to get an ice cream maker.

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Cocoa powder and cottage cheese together may sound like the edible equivalent of The Odd Couple, but just like Oscar and Felix, they somehow manage to work. And we promise all you’ll taste is chocolate.

9 Infused Water Recipes That Make Staying Hydrated Way More Fun Greatist 9 Infused Water Recipes That Make Staying Hydrated Way More Fun 9 Infused Water Recipes That Make Staying Hydrated Way More Fun Thu, 01 Mar 2018 07:29:00 -0500 Abbey Perreault 14475 at You’ve probably heard you’re supposed to drink about two liters of water each day—maybe more, depending on age, lifestyle, and body type. But unless you’re a fish or constantly hooked up to a Camelback, hitting that eight-cup mark can be hard. On its own, water is pretty tasteless (or at least it should be), which makes it a much less appealing solution to that 4 p.m. thirst than, say, soda. Or wine.

Luckily, by infusing your water with a few fruits, veggies, and herbs, you can easily make that H2O a little sweeter or spicier. Try out these pretty simple and intensely flavorful infused water recipes to up your intake without even trying.

Strawberry Mint Water
This infused water is basically a garden party in a glass. Though best enjoyed under the sun, this simple combination of sweet strawberry and mint leaves is a classic that we’ll happily sip on all year long.
Sour Cherry Antioxidant Water
Turn flavorless H2O into a refreshingly tart treat by tossing in some sour cherries. Add a few lemon slices for an extra zing and pucker up for this tasty summer drink.
Blood Orange and Thyme Water
Spruce up your H2O with a deeply tangy and sweet blood orange infused water recipe that's brought to perfection with hints of thyme. The best part? The blood orange adds a beautiful color to your drink to make it totally Instagram-worthy.
Autumn Infused Water
Nope, drinking that PSL doesn’t count as hydrating. For a healthier alternative, try sipping on water infused with all of the best flavors of fall—apples, pears, plums, and cinnamon sticks. We won't tell you it tastes like a PSL, but it does make the most of your favorite sweater-weather flavors.
Grapefruit, Lemon, and Sage Water
Let’s talk citrus. Not only are grapefruits loaded with flavor—they’re also packed with vitamin C and calcium. Slice up one of these citrus gems, along with half of a lemon and some sage, and drink it when you’re looking for something refreshing and energizing.
With the exception of the ocean, this is definitely the most beautiful water we’ve ever laid eyes on. Pour a glass of this when you’re feeling like something a little extra, or serve it up as a super-sexy way to stay hydrated during date night.
Rainbow Water
If you’ve got a lot of produce sitting around, this everything-but-the-kitchen-sink-water can help you put it to use. Jam-packed with cucumber, lemon, orange, strawberries, blueberries, and mint, this intensely flavorful water makes tasting the rainbow healthier than ever before.
Watermelon Coconut Agua Fresca
Simply put, this sweet, tropical combination of blended watermelon and coconut water takes us to our happy place. And by that, we mean somewhere way warmer than here.
Blackberry and Mint Water
Blackberries are packed with antioxidants and bursting with flavor. The juice of these vibrant little berries is a great, subtle natural sweetener that’s brought to life by fresh mint leaves.
8 Things to Try Doing Alone This Year (You’ll Be Surprised by the Results) Greatist 8 Things to Try Doing Alone This Year (You’ll Be Surprised by the Results) 8 Things to Try Doing Alone This Year (You’ll Be Surprised by the Results) Thu, 01 Mar 2018 07:00:00 -0500 Emily Long 14459 at Thanks to social media, we're always connected to our friends (as well as former coworkers, people we vaguely knew back in high school, and randos we met half-tipsy at a party that one time). This constant access to other people's digital personas can make it seem like we're always interacting with other people—and makes disconnecting harder.


It can be difficult to feel comfortable doing things on our own. In fact, research shows that people are concerned about how others will perceive them when they're doing an activity solo and overestimate how much they'll enjoy activities based on the presence of others. But it doesn't really matter whether you're someone who loves their alone time or gets energy from being surrounded by people—even diehard extroverts need a break once in a while. Here are eight activities to try on your own this year:

1. Take a trip.

If you've ever traveled in a group and felt that tug of desire to go off and see things the group isn't into, it's time to plan a solo trip. Experts say that exploring a new place surrounded by new people—and possibly a new language—helps your brain create connections and builds resilience, strength, and mental flexibility.

"Traveling alone can build a sense of independence and self-reliance, and a feeling of confidence that you may not have had before," says Gail Saltz, M.D., psychiatrist and author of The Power of Different: The Link Between Disorder and Genius. Problem-solving when we're out of our comfort zone, whether or not things go as planned, also helps us feel accomplished and empowered, she says.

2. Cook for yourself...

"When you can have home-cooked meals, you are in the driver's seat of what you're consuming," says Grace Derocha, a registered dietitian and certified health coach. "If you're doing it by yourself, the sky is the limit."

Cooking for yourself means you don't have to worry about anyone else's food allergies or preferences, and it also helps you build a repertoire of recipes and encourages learning and creativity, Derocha says. If you're new to the kitchen, she recommends starting with simple recipes that incorporate foods and flavors you already like, and developing some solid cooking basics. Save the sous vide for later!

3. ... and take yourself out for a night on the town too.

Dining solo has a stigma attached to it that restaurants continue to promote by consistently setting tables for two or more, Derocha says. But she adds that the act of eating alone helps us connect with our thoughts and can help us savor and enjoy our food without being influenced by our companions' habits—studies show that we mimic the speed, amount, and choices of the people we dine with.

4. Have sex.

Nope, you don't need a partner to get frisky. Masturbation has many benefits for physical and mental health, whether we're single, hooking up, or in a committed relationship. It can even make sex with a partner more enjoyable.

"Masturbation not only feels great, it's good for you too," says Emily Morse, sexologist and host of the Sex With Emily podcast. "It relieves stress, and it teaches you about your body and what feels good to you, which builds sexual confidence in the bedroom."

5. Adopt a pet.

Research suggests that interacting with animals can reduce stress and anxiety—and possibly even improve heart health. Pets provide day-to-day structure and a sense of purpose for their humans too, Saltz says. (And they're, you know, adorable.) Physical contact with pets may even cause the same physiological change in our brains as the touch of other humans.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals estimates that 6.5 million animals enter the shelter system every year, so there are plenty of pets looking for loving homes. If you aren't ready for a permanent furry friend in your life, you can still experience the health benefits of animal companionship through fostering or volunteering at a shelter or adoption event.

6. Dance, dance, dance.

Dancing provides tons of health benefits, including increasing cardiovascular capacity, keeping the brain sharp, and improving balance. And dancing in the privacy of your bedroom offers these benefits and more—the music you dance to can be therapeutic for you too, Derocha says.

"Being able to dance alone without judgment allows your creative mind to really expand and feel like anything is possible," she says.

7. Work out.

Most health experts agree that exercise tops the list of activities that are good for our bodies and brains.


"Vigorous exercise several times a week can help mild to moderate depression and anxiety—and it definitely boosts your mood," Saltz says. "Exercise can help you organize thoughts, be able to concentrate more clearly, and alleviate stress." And while exercising with other people doesn't negate any of these physical and mental benefits, going solo can allow you to go at your own pace, rather than feeling pressure to keep up with a group, she adds.

8. Explore the outdoors.

The health benefits of nature are no secret: Studies continue to show that being outside makes us happier, more creative, less stressed, and even physically well. Daniel Amen, M.D., psychiatrist and founder of Amen Clinics, notes that many Americans have low vitamin D as a result of getting too little sunshine. And while it's great to spend time outside with other people, a solo walk in the woods can make you feel more centered.

According to Derocha, there are also perks to taking our solo workouts outside, where we tend to exercise longer than indoors, feel more eager to return for future workouts, and experience higher self-esteem.

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Ultimately, whether you end up enjoying more solo activities will depend on your mindset: If you get hung up on the idea that others will perceive you as lonely, you probably won't have as positive an experience. But if you can change your attitude and get into the idea of a little quality you-time, more time alone can be great for you.

"You are always with yourself, so it's really best to get to know yourself and build a long-lasting relationship," Derocha says. The goal is to find your personal balance, recharge, and take care of your own needs.

Introducing the Greatist Kale Salad Greatist Introducing the Greatist Kale Salad Introducing the Greatist Kale Salad Thu, 01 Mar 2018 05:00:00 -0500 The Greatist Team 14423 at Just Salad Consider the lunch gauntlet: You forgot to meal prep (again), so you head out of the office in search of a nourishing meal that will help you crush the afternoon. But 45 minutes later, you're surveying the wreckage of an oily plate of regret food.

If only you had a kale salad that didn't make you want to cry tears of boredom. Right?!

Good news, guys! We teamed up with Just Salad, those geniuses who brought us the reusable bowl, to create the Greatist Kale Salad (see what we did there?). Think savory chicken, red cabbage, walnuts, and a smattering of chia seeds. But wait—there's more: It gets topped with dried cranberries, diced apples, and celery then tossed in a tasty balsamic.

Since all Just Salad ingredients are sourced from local, organic farms and arrive fresh daily, you know your veggies are at the top of their nutritional game. Sold? You can tuck into the Greatist Kale Salad at any Just Salad in Chicago, Philly, or New York through the end of March. Find your closest location here or order online.

19 Recipes That Prove Broccoli Rice Is the Next Best Thing for Low-Carb Lovers Greatist 19 Recipes That Prove Broccoli Rice Is the Next Best Thing for Low-Carb Lovers 19 Recipes That Prove Broccoli Rice Is the Next Best Thing for Low-Carb Lovers Wed, 28 Feb 2018 12:50:38 -0500 Anisha Jhaveri 14458 at Given its color, its versatility, and the fact that it contains just 11 percent of the carbs that rice does, it’s no wonder that riced cauliflower has been the hot favorite grain substitute among Paleo, keto, gluten-free, or simple low-carb eaters.

But as long as we’re letting veggies stand-in for starches, why just stop at cauliflower? Expand your rice replacement repertoire with pulverized broccoli too. From sushi rolls to stir-fry recipes, these 19 broccoli rice recipes are nothing like the steamed florets you were forced to choke down as a kid. Time for cauliflower to step aside and let its cruciferous cousin have its moment.

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Eating beef and broccoli on its own, without rice to ladle it on top of, seems kind of incomplete. This recipe cleverly solves that problem by turning the broccoli part of the dish into the rice, keeping the meal lower in carbs but still providing a base to soak up all that thick, sweet sauce.

Photo: Whole Food Bellies

From the sweet and sour homemade sauce to the ginger and garlic sautéed meat and the crunch of the fresh veggies, there’s so much to enjoy in this bowl that you honestly might forget that the rice is actually made of broccoli. Whip it up when you’re craving something that’s slightly fancier than a stir-fry but just as quick to make.

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Although this salad is free of grains, gluten, dairy, eggs, or meat, it still manages to be chock-full of nutritious, filling ingredients. From the protein in the walnuts and the fiber in the broccoli rice to the healthy fats in the tahini dressing, the 15-minute meal is the ideal example of simple yet satisfying.

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Just 'cause we call it broccoli rice doesn’t mean it can’t stand in for other grains. In this Middle Eastern-inspired salad, it works as a fantastic bulgur substitute, fitting in seamlessly with the bolder flavors of the parsley, sun-dried tomatoes, and lime.

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Going low-carb doesn’t necessarily mean saying sayonara to sushi—we’d never let you do that! All you have to do is get creative with alternatives. This recipe makes the most of the no-rice thing by using it as a chance to amp up the veggies, packing these nori sheets with brocco-rice, zucchini, bell peppers, carrots, and spinach. We’re renaming it the veggie rainbow roll.

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Say goodbye to pre-packaged, pre-seasoned rice packets. This keto version is just as quick to make (13 minutes!) and might even be richer thanks to the cheddar and mascarpone cheeses, but the real food ingredients and tons of fiber from the broccoli make sure that you’re getting a high-quality meal.

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If making actual bread from scratch is too time-consuming, and the store’s gluten-free loaves resemble cardboard, this broccoli flatbread offers a more-than-adequate alternative. It’s easy and quick, bound with almond flour and eggs, and it’s just as good at holding your BLT as the whole-wheat slices you’ve been used to.

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Broccoli florets can be tough to eat raw, but pulverize them in a food processor into rice, and they become a crunchy base for the creaminess of the chickpeas and the avocado dressing. This salad takes all of 10 minutes to whip up, but when it comes to nutrition and taste, it doesn't cut any corners.

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If you think riced veggies can never take the place of fragrant jasmine rice, this recipe might urge you to reconsider. Sautéed with sesame oil and Thai spices rather than left raw and bland, the riced broccoli and cauliflower here take on so much flavor, you may not even notice that there’s no actual grain here.

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Build a better breakfast muffin with these portable, vegetarian mini-frittatas. They contain zero sugar, are bulked up with broccoli rice instead of gluten or dairy, and come together in 20 minutes flat.

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Packed with rice, cheese, and breadcrumbs, traditional arancini might be gluten-free and low-carb, but they are a vegan’s ultimate no-no. That’s why this recipe, with a cashew and almond flour “Parmesan,” a broccoli-rice filling, and a flax egg option, is practically a miracle. Even arancini purists will appreciate the healthy spin.

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Superfood salmon takes the spotlight here, but garlic and lemon zest make absolutely certain that the broccoli rice side doesn’t get lost in the shadows. Generously seasoned, it lends some extra color and rounds out the protein to make the dish more main meal-worthy.

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What to do when you want in on the ubiquitous grain-bowl trend but are living the grain-free life? Simple: Pile your desired toppings—in this case, a sweet and savory blend of roasted squash, apples, and onions—onto a bed of broccoli “rice.” No need to feel left out now.

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Somewhere between a fried rice and a copycat Chipotle recipe, there’s this pile of gluten-free goodness. With cayenne pepper, cilantro, and lime, it’s reminiscent of the Mexican chain’s signature side, but a runny egg on top gives it its own unique spin, plus a punch of vegetarian protein to make it that much more filling.

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Between the chips that scoop the guac, the gigantic flour tortilla housing your burrito, and the sides of beans and rice, a Mexican meal can amount to more carbo-loading than you’d like. Cut down considerably with this homemade burrito bowl, which does away with the wrap, nixes the beans in favor of ground beef, and opts for a broccoli-based version of Mexican rice.

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Just looking at this dish, you can feel in your bones that it’s healthy. You’d be even more accurate than you think: All three major components here—broccoli, tofu, and tahini—are calcium powerhouses, making this one heck of a meal.

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This is about to become your new favorite way to eat your greens. With broccoli rice getting tossed in a vegan pesto made of spinach, broccoli, and cashews for filling fats, it tastes like risotto, but it’s essentially a salad. How’s that for healthy yet satisfying?

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In keeping with the idea of low-carb dishes that fill you up without weighing you down, this produce-packed recipe strikes the perfect balance. Chopped almonds provide some protein, and there’s just enough cooking fat to allow for proper nutrient absorption, while broccoli rice, mint, and lots of black pepper keep things light, fresh, and flavorful.

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Get your low-carb and stuffed crust on at the same time with this recipe, which packs in broccoli rice, mozzarella, and Parmesan—and that’s before getting to the toppings. It’s also ready in less than 30 minutes. Delivery pizza doesn’t stand a chance.

How I Get in 8 Cups of Water Without Actually Drinking Regular Water Greatist How I Get in 8 Cups of Water Without Actually Drinking Regular Water How I Get in 8 Cups of Water Without Actually Drinking Regular Water Wed, 28 Feb 2018 10:00:08 -0500 Anna Hughes 14444 at Drinking water has basically become a competitive sport, with everyone from athletes to models to medical professionals telling us we'd have superpowers if only we could get in our eight glasses per day. All this hydration hype is pretty guilt-inducing, especially considering the fact that I spend my days like regular person, not a superhero: hunched over a computer clenching a coffee cup.


Luckily, that eight-glasses-per-day rule is bogus. It stems from a 1945 study by the U.S. Food and Nutrition Board recommending that people drink 2.5 liters of water per day, or around 84 ounces. But what most people leave out is the sentence that immediately follows the recommendation: "Most of this quantity is contained in prepared foods."

But even though all the water we need is generally in the fridge, most of us still aren't getting enough. According to a study by the American Public Health Association, over half of American children are chronically dehydrated, and the numbers for adults are even more dismal. Some reports say that as many as 75 percent of us are at least a little dehydrated.

But it's definitely possible to eat and drink your way to better health and hydration. Here are some of the best ways I've found to stay hydrated without constantly chugging boring old water.

Cup One: Yogurt with berries

Starting the morning with a cup of yogurt and berries is the key to feeling great all day. Since yogurt is 85 percent water, it's a more hydrating alternative to say, a muffin, since both sugar and flour don't have very high water content. Strawberries and blueberries are high in both water and fiber, so they're great for hydration and general gut health.

Cup Two: Flavored—not sweetened—water

Hint Water

Hitting the juice bar every once in a while isn't a bad way to stay hydrated, but even the freshly squeezed stuff comes with a lot of added sugar and calories. Switching out your morning glass of juice for a 16-ounce bottle of naturally flavored water is a great way to get hydration without the sugar rush. Hint is a good option because it packs the bright flavor of a fruit juice, minus all the stuff (sugar, diet sweeteners) you're better off without.

Cup Three: A regular cup of coffee

Coffee is amazing, and I won't hear a word against it. But seriously, after years of hearing about the dehydrating effects of caffeine, it was comforting to discover recent studies have found that normal amounts of coffee and caffeinated tea (two or three cups per day) generally had no adverse effects on hydration—so my morning cup of coffee absolutely counts toward my eight a day.

Cups Four and Five: Soup and salad

One of the easiest ways to stay hydrated is to swap a bag of salty chips at lunch with a cup of soup made from water-rich vegetables such as tomatoes and celery. However, I try to stick with homemade or low-sodium canned soups, since the prepared variety can contain too much salt for me.

A bright green salad of lettuce, cucumbers, and radishes is basically the same thing as drinking a glass of water—plus it contains tons of vitamins and fiber. All these veggies are made up of over 90 percent water, so not only do they provide tons of the vitamins, but they also go a long way toward your water count.

Cup Seven: Red grapes and red tea

Red seedless grapes make for a great, satisfying, and hydrating snack, and also contain resveratrol, an antioxidant that's been shown to promote heart health. Rooibos, also called red tea, hails from South Africa and is packed full of antioxidants, tastes delicious, and is caffeine free.

Cup Eight: Chamomile tea

I generally don't touch caffeine after 3:30 since it disrupts sleep. Chamomile is one the most ancient herbs around, and a cup of warm chamomile tea at the end of the day is a comforting way to relax and de-stress—plus, it's been shown to help with everything from anxiety to diabetes. A cup just before bedtime is a calming way to wake up hydrated.

Why I Think Porn Is (Extra) Important for Women of Color Greatist Why I Think Porn Is (Extra) Important for Women of Color Why I Think Porn Is (Extra) Important for Women of Color Wed, 28 Feb 2018 09:15:00 -0500 A. Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez 14450 at It's 2018, and most progressive-thinking people recognize that porn can be great. But it might be even better than we thought—especially for women of color hoping to figure out some stuff.

New research published in the Journal of Sexuality and Culture found that porn is useful in helping women explore their sexual interests. According to the study, women who watched porn were more likely to embrace sex, and in addition to being more in touch with their sexuality (no pun intended—OK, maybe some pun intended), women who watched porn were more likely to use the internet to find community with other women who did the same.


The benefits of these actions can't be overstated: We live in a society that predominantly discourages sexual expression unless it's for the benefit of male partners. But finding community with other women who embrace their sexuality can allow women to develop sexual relationships in which they can present their authentic selves, instead of bending to fit into narrow categories of acceptable expression. This can be especially true for women of color.

But why is this issue connected to race? Limitations on women's sexuality aren't limited exclusively to Black women: For generations, women have been bound to others' sexual expectations. This struggle affects all women—but as usual, our statuses affect how these expectations are expressed, and women of color, especially Black women, still face disproportionately greater restrictions on their sexuality.

Alicia Wallace, a gender rights activist and public educator, explains that the history of misogynoir—or misogyny directed toward Black women—has negatively impacted Black women's sexual expression. Wallace notes that our sexual identities are further complicated by the fact that we are aware of how our past has led to the struggles we continue to contend with today.

"We're fully aware of the ways our bodies have been used for the gratification of others—for example, as sex slaves and wet nurses," Wallace says. "It often feels as though we have only two options: The first is to actively fight against sexual objectification by hiding our bodies, refusing to talk about sex, and putting other parts of our humanity and personalities in the center of our beings and presentations of ourselves, often to the exclusion—and possible detriment—of our sexuality."

Alternatively, she says, the other option is to take control of our own sexual image and define it for ourselves before anyone else has the chance to.

"We're in a complicated situation, fighting for the right and the comfort to do what we want today while acknowledging the distance we've covered and the oppression we still face," Wallace says. "This is true in online dating—where racism masquerades as a fetish—as well as in the artists we love putting people like us on display specifically for the male gaze."

So what can porn and sexual exploration mean for women of color?

Is it possible that porn might offer the same—or even greater—benefits to those of us burdened by chronic racism? According to the experts, the answer is yes—this expression of sexuality might even be exceptionally important for women of color.

"Porn can be a great way to safely explore and normalize sexual behaviors that you're interested in," says Cameron Glover, sex columnist and sex educator. "A lot of people can be turned on by visuals, and porn is one of the most accessible means of being stimulated in that way. I think for WOC and non-binary folks, porn is another tool that you can add to your sexuality arsenal."

Black women need the space to explore and normalize sexual behaviors, and porn is a safe place to do this. Black women, in particular, are often limited from discussing wants and desires in social spaces, especially concerning more taboo sexual topics. Sexual repression—especially when compounded with the pressure of systemic oppression—can become exhausting.

In 2016, feminist studies scholar Mireille Miller-Young made a study of the history of African-American women in pornography, delving into archives of pornographic material and interviewing porn stars. She argues that despite the history of oppression, pornography has also been a resistance tool against both the racist and sexist views that hold down Black female sexuality.

Porn can help women of color explore their own desires.

Patrice Thomas, 28, started using porn to explore her sexuality at the age of 18 when her aunt suggested she use it to learn more about sex. "I didn't have sex education in school or at home, but I was curious about sex. I wanted to know what it looked like and how it worked."

Watching porn helped her discover that she didn't fit into the fundamentalist religious household she was brought up in. "I grew up under the assumption that I'm heterosexual and was startled to find myself aroused by the female form and get off on watching female pleasure. I don't claim a bisexual identity, but I don't consider myself entirely straight, either," she says.

In the Black community, religion and spirituality are very important. While that cultural custom might be a wonderful coping mechanism when searching for the strength to deal with systemic oppression, it often conflicts with healthy sexual development. Traditional Christian doctrine has conservative views on sexual expression, exploration, and sexual orientation—especially for women. This can discourage many Black women, like Thomas, from prioritizing sexuality.

Watching sex online gives us the chance to explore topics we might not be comfortable discussing in public—even with friends. This is particularly important for women of color because expectations about who we are and how we are allowed to express sexuality limit our access to exploration in real life. If you are like Thomas and hail from a background that gives specific instructions for how you are expected to perform Black womanhood, there is relief in porn.

Porn can be a form of self-care.

Day after day, Black women experience racialized sexism that weighs heavily on both our mental and physical health. For us, there is often no refuge from the oppression of the patriarchy or the stress associated with racism, and these experiences lead to a heightened need for self-care and self-love. At times, the pressure of living life as a marginalized individual becomes so much that checking in this way can be extremely important.

For Monica Smith, 26, porn has been an outlet to explore her sexuality and promote self-acceptance. "I think giving myself space, time, and love to do this on my own terms—without judgment—has been emotionally, physically, and mentally freeing," she says. "It's helped me accept myself, my identity, and my sexuality, and I've grown to accept and love myself so much more. I never realized how important it is, but it's vital—especially if you want to be intimate with others."


"I think porn can open a new world," Wallace says. "It can make imagination possible, especially for people who have had limited sexual experience. It's a means to consider other ways of being sexual and intimate without having to practice, or feeling vulnerable with someone else."

However, many WOC are unsure about the best way to ease into porn. If you're thinking about it, consider starting small. "I started out watching GIFs on Tumblr and slowly graduated to videos. I keep a bookmark file of my favorites called 'petit mort,'" Thomas jokes.

Finding porn that doesn't suck for women—especially women of color—can be difficult.

Once we overcome the pre-conditioned guilt associated with watching porn, women may find another barrier: A lot of pornographic content is aimed pretty exclusively at a male audience. "There are so many different types of porn, and many interpretations and understandings of the material. Much of it seems to subjugate women, even when we seem to be in power—the performance aspect of porn feeds masculinity, from the positions to the sounds," Wallace says.

Thankfully, there are subcategories and communities to provide women with more direct access to better-tailored content. Terms like the quickly-multiplying "Porn for Women" tag lead the way to videos that tend to be less male-centered. "When the only videos I could find were anal or incest/rape, I spent a lot of time googling 'free ethical porn' and found a subreddit of links that women vet and share with descriptions and reviews," Thomas says.

Of course, there are downsides to porn when it comes to the sexual identity development for women of color. The phrasing of porn categories can be reflective of stereotypes that are harmful: Just like in the real world, the pornography industry limits the range of acceptable scenes of individuals of color.

"In mainstream porn, fetishization is still how many people of color are allowed space," Glover says. "You see a similar overlay with how trans bodies are hyper-consumed when they are allowed to exist in porn, and representation for gender nonconforming individuals is still largely nonexistent.

But I think this is definitely improving as more independent porn options, like CrashPadSeries, are becoming more available," says Glover, referring to a porn site that offers porn for queer individuals of all genders and orientation. They prioritize ethical consumption and dissemination of material along with advocating safe sex, ethnic diversity, equal pay, and comfort for their contributors. While these kinds of sites are few and far between, they can provide a framework for prioritizing sexual identity development for individuals overlooked in traditional porn.

But it's worth it—for developing your own sexual identity (and sex with your partner too).

For many WOC, porn has been the only tool available to explore what we do and don't like sexually in a safe way. Black women have often been portrayed as insatiable, hypersexual beings. In an attempt to help us, our families often restricted sexual expression through messages about good Black girls not being "fast." Those messages about the strict boxes Black women must fit into remove our ability to connect with those around us without shame, but when seen in private, porn offers a bit of refuge from the stigma of sexuality for Black women.

There are many obstacles on the path to healthy sexual identities for women of color. Some of them are common to all women and taught through cultural influencers like religion; others are personalized through oppressive histories and exclusion. Unfortunately, the world isn't going to change so we can accept ourselves—but many Black women have decided that we aren't going to be limited by the metaphorical chains others apply to our sexuality.

The good news is, women are watching more porn than ever. According to PornHub's 2017 end of the year review, the term "Porn for Women," saw a 359 percent increase over the last year. And when porn is helping, it can help show us what we might be open to—and what we would absolutely not consider in real life. Porn is also a great place to explore possibilities that we may want to attempt in real life with our partners, such as kinks, fetishes, positions, accessories, and additional people, Thomas says.

In order to ensure sexual education considers the struggles and cultural concerns we face, Black women are founding their own sexual curriculums and networks, and becoming sex educators, which is helping create more conversation around sex—and porn—in our community. Despite being a nonconventional tool, porn shows a lot of promise as we choose how we will portray our sexual identities. It provides an unrivaled opportunity for women of color to test the boundaries of sex and interest with risks. And once we have established those boundaries and found empowerment, no one will ever remove our freedom again.

A. Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez is a diversity content specialist who produces materials relating to mental and physical health, sociology, and parenting. Her work can be seen on several national platforms. Check her out on Facebook and Twitter.

11 Vegan Burgers That Aren't Just Black Bean Patties Greatist 11 Vegan Burgers That Aren't Just Black Bean Patties 11 Vegan Burgers That Aren't Just Black Bean Patties Tue, 27 Feb 2018 13:51:54 -0500 Abbey Perreault 14461 at There’s nothing more underrated than the vegan burger. (No, carnivores, that is not an oxymoron.) Though there’s a growing number of plant-based recipes that vegans and meat-eaters can't wait to get their hands on, the burger sadly falls by the wayside. It seems like our options are either some kind of spontaneously disintegrating soy product or another variation of the black bean burger.

Let’s be clear here—we have no problem with black beans. In fact, we pretty much worship the ground these little protein-packed burrito buddies grow on. We just know it’s not thrilling to eat the same thing at every.single.cookout. Luckily, there are some slightly more creative options out there for the hungry vegan. These 11 vegan burger recipes are delicious and diverse, so you can serve up a totally new kind of burger for every occasion—while keeping that can of beans in the cabinet.

Maple Sriracha Tempeh Burgers
If you’re on team tempeh, you’ll want to add this sweet and spicy burger to your roster immediately. Don't be fooled: Though sweetened with a touch of maple syrup, this patty has a kick. Add a little extra Sriracha to spice it up (or, as we like to say, crank up the tempeh-rature.)
Roasted Garlic Artichoke Burger
Roasted garlic, lemon, and artichoke hearts sound like they should belong in your favorite dip—not between two buns. But made with a white bean base seasoned with parsley and tossed in bread crumbs, this burger holds its own. We suggest topping it with mustard or vegan aioli and—unless you’re about to smooch someone special—be generous with the garlic.
BBQ Beet Burger
Loaded with spiced lentils, beets, and BBQ sauce, these protein-packed burgers feature all the best flavors of summer. Chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, and smoked paprika? Yes, yes, and more, please! Top these guys with a generous mound of sweet, caramelized onions and pretend it’s grilling season already.
Curry-Spiced Sweet Potato and Wild Rice Burgers
This is a perfect dinner for when you're craving curry but are hungry enough to consume about 12 entrées. This combination of soft sweet potato, crispy wild rice, walnuts, cranberries, and a mound of spices comes together to create a flavorful and perfectly textured burger. Top it with some arugula and mango chutney.
Sun-Dried Tomato Chickpea Burger
Sweet sun-dried tomatoes, basil, crushed almonds, and hearty chickpeas come together in this herby ensemble. Serve these up on ciabatta rolls with sprouts, avocado, and a little vegan aioli for a garden burger we wish could grow in our backyard.
Acorn Squash Burger
Practically Thanksgiving-on-a-bun, this acorn squash burger is about as festive as it gets. Serve on a warm, toasted wheat roll, on top of some leafy greens, or maybe just in a cornucopia.
Lentil Walnut Burger
This patty proves that “burger” and “healthy” can exist in the same sentence. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids found in walnuts, antioxidants from mushrooms, and all the fiber from the lentils, this patty is packed with the good stuff.
Vegan burgers should have flavor. And, in our opinion, lots of it. This burger packs a powerful punch, featuring a slew of spices, herbs, and red curry paste. And no need to worry about these guys falling apart in the oven—the quinoa and flax egg help to keep them together.
Eggplant Pulled Pork
Think going vegan means putting pulled pork in your past? Think again. This eggplant version is even better (and better for you) than the original. Serve this smoky, hearty hoagie with a side of sweet potato fries and watch the non-vegans come running.
Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger
OK, we won't deny that there are black beans in here. But trust us, this patty will put those mushy wads of beans you once called burgers to shame. Packed with baked sweet potato, walnut, and spices, this slightly smoky burger is loaded with flavor.
Red Lentil Cauliflower Burger With Chipotle Mayo
If the flame emoji could apply to any burger, it would be this one. This spicy cauliflower and lentil burger is packed with flavor and fiber. Heat things up more by topping each patty with jalapeños and a dollop of homemade vegan habanero mayo.

3-Ingredient Paleo Desserts That Will Make You Instantly Happy Greatist 3-Ingredient Paleo Desserts That Will Make You Instantly Happy 3-Ingredient Paleo Desserts That Will Make You Instantly Happy Tue, 27 Feb 2018 11:22:31 -0500 Madison Flager 14457 at When you start eating Paleo, it can be easy to assume the only dessert you’ll be having is a piece of fruit. While frozen grapes are great, sometimes your sweet tooth requires a little more. Luckily, there are plenty of Paleo-approved sweeteners and substitutes that can be turned into awesome Paleo desserts—almond butter, coconut milk, and avocado, to name a few.

As these recipes show, you only need a few ingredients to make something delicious that won't throw you off your clean-eating game. Keep these on hand, because when you only need three things, it’s a lot harder to justify grabbing the pint of ice cream in the back of your freezer.

No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream
While most nice creams start with bananas, we love the frozen strawberry base in this recipe. When you blend the berries with chilled coconut milk and maple syrup, you can barely taste the fact that it’s Paleo and dairy-free.
Chocolate Almond Butter Bites
These chocolate bites are a little too easy to pop, but since they’re only made with almond butter, coconut flour, and chocolate, it's definitely a better alternative to Reese’s. Add a sprinkle of sea salt to the top if you want some extra texture and flavor.
Avocado Chocolate Pudding
Whoever realized avocado would be a good addition to desserts deserves a round of applause. Avos make healthy pudding so much creamier, and between dates and cacao powder, it’s still just as sweet as you want it to be. If you feel like breaking the three-ingredient rule, add chia seeds, shredded coconut, or cacao nibs for topping.
Five-Minute Peppermint Fudge
If you’re a Peppermint Patty or Junior Mints fan, you’ll love this ridiculously easy fudge recipe. As the name suggests, there’s only five minutes of prep time involved, then you let it freeze for an hour. Peppermint extract is the real hero here, giving the chocolate and almond butter fudge a minty fresh taste.
Almond Butter Chocolate Brownies
The best part of these rich, crunchy brownies? Since they’re made with bananas, almond butter, and cocoa powder, you don’t have to feel the tiniest bit guilty eating brownies for breakfast. Because sometimes, it’s just that kind of day.
Mango Chia Seed Pudding
If you like your desserts fruity rather than chocolaty, try this super-easy chia seed pudding recipe. It’s made with coconut milk, mango, and chia seeds, and will make you feel like you’re sitting on a beach. FYI, the pudding needs a few hours (or overnight) in the fridge for the chia seeds to expand.
Easy Dairy-Free Fudge

This fudge looks like mini brownie bites and tastes like frosting, so chocoholics, we’d say this one’s for you. Grab a bag of Paleo chocolate chips (like Enjoy Life) and melt them with coconut milk and coconut oil. This might be our new favorite way to use muffin tins.

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4 Small Ways to Be an Even More Wonderful Human, Instantly Greatist 4 Small Ways to Be an Even More Wonderful Human, Instantly 4 Small Ways to Be an Even More Wonderful Human, Instantly Tue, 27 Feb 2018 07:00:00 -0500 Susie Moore 14393 at No Regrets by Susie Moore When I got home the other day, I found an envelope waiting for me: It wasn't a bill, it wasn't a promo, and it wasn't in handwriting I recognize (so not you, Mum). It gave me a little thrill of delight in the elevator, as I thought, Who's sent me this lovely red envelope with gold stars on the back?

Someone must really dig me!

I opened it up, and it was a note from a friend of mine, Petra, congratulating me on the recent release of my book and wishing me success and sales. It was totally unexpected and completely delightful. I have a twinge of warmth when thinking of Petra, even writing about her now. And I know this thoughtful, small act of hers contributes to that.


In a busy world where everyone is too rushed for everything, here are some small ways that you can be a more awesome human:

1. Rediscover snail mail.

And not just for life's big events. Like the unexpected congrats card I got in the mail, consider smaller occasions you can stick a stamp on and send love toward. Maybe someone lost their dog and you want to express your condolences. Perhaps a friend is going through a divorce and you want to tell her you have her back. Maybe a coworker did something brave and you want to show appreciation or thanks.

In 2018, a written word goes a looong way.

2. Smile and dial.

When was the last time you called someone to wish them a happy birthday, to get well, or to say thank you? Texts are great, yes—because all communication is meaningful. But when someone picks up the phone, you hear their voice and can share a laugh (or even a cry) together, and well… it beats a LOL and teary-face emoji any day of the week.

3. Ask someone their goals + give a little somethin'.

Asking someone about their goals for the year is a very generous act. This kind of question goes beyond surface conversation and leads you to really get to know a person. Ask without an agenda—out of curiosity. And to be a real superhuman, give them something that might them help: a book, a connection, even just a few words of encouragement. We all don't do this enough.

If someone doesn't know their goals, ask about their passion: The answer might surprise you. I mean, let me ask… what's yours?

4. Share your blessings.

I've never liked the expression "give back." What does that mean, exactly? Who should you be giving back to? What have you (or they) taken?

I prefer to just give. Or even better, share. I made a commitment earlier this year to give a little money every month to charity: water after learning that diseases from dirty water kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. If you would like to share too, you can donate as much as you like or as little as $10/month here.

Plenty of other small acts of kindness go a long way too, like smiling at somebody in the hallway, offering a sincere compliment to your spouse, or praising someone publically (like in a meeting at the office or an open comment on Facebook).

I remind myself often of something that Anne Frank wrote: "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." The power's all ours. In the present.

Wonderful indeed.

Susie Moore is Greatist's life coach columnist and a confidence coach in New York City. Sign up for free weekly wellness tips on her website and check back every Tuesday for her latest No Regrets column!

7 Cheap Superfoods That Are Good for Your Heart Greatist 7 Cheap Superfoods That Are Good for Your Heart 7 Cheap Superfoods That Are Good for Your Heart Mon, 26 Feb 2018 10:05:28 -0500 Natalie Rizzo 14409 at Although you might think that "heart health" is only something for your grandparents need to worry about, it’s time to show your ticker a little love... starting now. Heart disease affects one in four Americans and is the leading cause of death in the U.S., so it’s never too early to start thinking about prevention.

Let's start by focusing on eating the right foods... superfoods. But don't worry, we aren't going to bore you with the same acai/chia seeds/goji berry story because while we love those foods, they can put a serious dent in your wallet before you've even finished at checkout. The good news is that there are plenty of inexpensive superfoods that don't require a visit to the local organic market and won’t leave your broke.

*All prices on Amazon Fresh

1. Beets: $1.98 for 2 pounds

We can't think of anything better than when we sit down at a restaurant and there's a beet and goat cheese salad on the menu. Then we say, "we can totally make this at home," but then we forget. Well here's your reminder because eating antioxidant-rich beets is a great way to beet (pun intended) inflammation. Beets are full of inflammation-fighting compounds, like anthocyanins, betaine, and lutein, and some research even suggests that betaine can lower the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

And if you like your beets in juice form, studies have shown that the nitrates in beet juice may lower blood pressure. Stock up on these royal root veggies now while they are cheap, and DIY your favorite restaurant salad.

2. Citrus: $1.29 for a medium orange

You can’t step into a supermarket without being surrounded by the many varieties of winter citrus (even in the summer months you can find this seasonal winter fruit in the produce section). These beauties are juicy, vibrant, and good for your heart in more ways than one.

A recent review found that overweight and obese people who regularly ate grapefruits experienced a significant decrease in their blood pressure. Other research indicates that women who eat citrus daily may significantly decrease their risk of developing cardiovascular disease. If you’ve got a juicer at home, throw the entire orange into that thing to reap the benefits of the antioxidant hesperidin, which is only found in the peel. Consumption of this antioxidant may decrease blood pressure.

3. Frozen Berries: $3.79 for a 16-ounce bag

Don’t be fooled by the $8 price tag on a carton of strawberries in the middle of winter. You can actually get berries on the cheap, but you need to venture past the produce section. Take a walk to the frozen food aisle and pick up a bag of frozen berries. One study found that women who eat more than three servings of blueberries or strawberries a week may have up to 34 percent lower risk of developing heart disease than those who don’t.

4. Kale: $2.50 for 1 bunch

You can still rock your Beyonce-inspired Kale sweatshirt, but the once trendy veg is now a superfood staple. With significant levels of vitamin A, B6, K, C, manganese, calcium, copper, fiber, potassium, and magnesium, kale is one of the most nutrient-dense veggies in the produce section for only about 35 calories per cup (that's before you cook it in oil, duh). Research has also linked the consumption of kale with a decrease in cholesterol.

Although your favorite salad place may charge $15 for a kale salad, there’s no need to spend that much. Kale can withstand cold temperatures, so it’s abundant in the winter and shouldn’t break your piggy bank when you buy it at the store. You got this; you can make your own kale salads.

5. Pulses: $0.79 for 16-ounce can of garbanzo beans

Otherwise known as chickpeas, beans, legumes and dried peas, pulses are the secret superfood that you're probably already eating (like when you come home after work and devour the entire tub of hummus). These plant-based stars are full of protein, fiber, and other heart-healthy nutrients, like folate, iron, and potassium.

Research has shown that eating pulses can lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and help with body-weight management. Not to mention that all varieties of pulses are extremely affordable, especially if you opt for dried beans or shop in the bulk section. Dried beans take one extra step to soak them, but you're an adult, you can handle it.

6. Oats: $2.99 for an 18-ounce container

The term "that's so oatmeal" is usually used to describe something painfully boring. But IMHO, the humble oat doesn’t get the love it deserves. Here’s why—it’s a super-versatile grain, fitting nicely into everything from your standard oatmeal and overnight oats to veggie burgers and meatloaf. Plus, those little flakes pack in 4 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein in just a half cup. But here’s the real kicker: Oats contain a fiber called beta-glucan, which may lower cholesterol. Research suggests that eating 3 grams of beta-glucan fiber per day can reduce “bad cholesterol” (LDL) by five to 10 percent in healthy people. #bringbackoatmeal

7. Bananas: $1.58 per bunch

We know what you're thinking... Bananas, really? You can't get more basic than that. But this sweet tropical fruit is one of the best deals in the produce section. Nanners are super cheap and deliver big on one heart-healthy nutrient—potassium. Not eating enough potassium can raise your blood pressure, but increasing your intake of potassium by 1.6 grams per day can reduce your risk of stroke by 21 percent. To put that into perspective, one large banana has almost 500 milligrams of potassium. Add it to your awesome oatmeal, smear it with almond butter, or just take it as a snack on the go because bananas aren't as basic as you think.

7 Reasons You *Need* to Be Doing Deadlifts Greatist 7 Reasons You *Need* to Be Doing Deadlifts 7 Reasons You *Need* to Be Doing Deadlifts Mon, 26 Feb 2018 07:08:00 -0500 Jandra Sutton 14391 at Deadlifts legit changed my workout routine. I'd spent years developing my skills as a cardio bunny, but after watching a YouTube video about how Chris Evans got ripped for his role as Captain America, I decided to turn to a professional. Until then, I'd tried everything: yoga, pilates, barre—I'd even dipped my toe into lifting weights at my local gym, but my knowledge was a combination of Google searches and a college gym class that produced few results. The first exercise my trainer added to my workout routine? Deadlifts.


I'd never done them before (OK, I'd never so much as touched a barbell), and I was skeptical. Surely a single exercise couldn't revolutionize my workout in a way years of trial and error had failed? But fortunately, I was (dead, heh) wrong. Deadlifts changed my shape—whittling my waist and giving my butt a much-needed boost—while improving my posture, increasing my overall strength, and making me feel like a confident badass.

So why should you be doing deadlifts?

1. Deadlifts work your entire body.

"The deadlift targets multiple muscle groups in a single lift, offering more bang for your buck than an isolation exercise," says Zach Mayer, a master trainer at Burn 60 Studios (studio of choice for Reese Witherspoon, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Naomi Watts). "Incorporating deadlifts one or two days a week into a weight training session will develop strength in the hamstrings, glutes, low back, and upper back."

They also rely on core strength to stabilize your body throughout the lift, which means you'll be working your abs on top of everything else. As if you needed more convincing, deadlifts often work your glutes more than squats do. According to Mayer, this means you can get faster results on your backside than relying on squats alone.

Building muscle helps increase your metabolism too, which in turn helps you lose more fat long-term.

2. Deadlifts build killer strength.

One study showed that deadlift training generated huge improvements in strength and stability—especially in women who were relatively new to lifting. Because you're using muscles on both the front and back of your body, deadlifts protect your joints from unnecessary stress and future injury, which is an awesome added benefit.

Even if strength isn't your main goal (or if you're afraid lifting weights will make you bulky… which, no, it won't), this is still a fantastic benefit—especially since it makes you feel like a badass.

3. Deadlifts help improve your posture.

A strong back can absolutely help with your posture, but another way deadlifts help fix bad posture is by helping correct it. To perform deadlifts properly, you need to make sure your form is right—and good form during deadlifts often translates to good posture.

"You can expect a noticeable change in walking upright and sitting without rounded shoulders after regularly performing this lift," Mayer says, which is especially important for those of us who spend a lot of time hunched in front of a computer screen.

4. Deadlifts can actually make you stronger in real life.

Instead of working on purely cosmetic gains, deadlifts involve movements and muscle routines that are a huge part of our daily lives. This means deadlifts will make it easier for you to perform basic tasks, which directly contradicts the assumption that gym training doesn't actually prepare you for the real world.

"Deadlifts are highly functional," Mayer says. "Increasing strength by deadlifting will prepare you for situations like carrying groceries, picking up someone who fell, or helping a friend on moving day."

5. Deadlifts help to prevent injury.

Some might avoid deadlifts out of fear of back injury, but studies have shown that deadlifts can be beneficial for reducing low-back pain in some cases.

"The deadlift requires total control of the deep abdominals, the hips, and the pelvis, which is paramount in the treatment and prevention of low back pain," says Nicholas Licameli, a physical therapist at Professional Physical Therapy.

Because the deadlift trains the posterior chain—which includes the spinal erectors, lats, rhomboids, glutes, and hamstrings—Licameli says it helps to prevent injury in muscle groups that are typically ignored.

"In fact, two predictors of tearing the ACL are actually an imbalance of strength in the quads and hamstrings, and gluteal weakness/instability," Licameli adds. "The deadlift will have you covered."

Remember that building strength takes time, so don't jump into too heavy weights or complicated lifts before you're ready. Be sure to watch your posture and technique to build muscle and ward against injury.

6. Deadlifts will save you precious, precious time.

Compound exercises like deadlifts work more than one muscle group at a time. Instead of working on three different machines, you can work the same muscle groups in less time by performing the deadlift—making it the ultimate time saver.

7. Deadlifts are easy to incorporate into your workout.

You don't need access to a barbell to use deadlifts, but it definitely doesn't hurt. Dumbbells or kettlebells can be used to do the exercise, especially variations like the straight leg or Romanian deadlift variation.

"Ask a trainer or coach for his or her guidance," Mayer recommends. "Your friend who is an 'avid lifter' may be well-intentioned, but chances are they don't know the best way to coach a beginner through the deadlift. While instructional videos may also seem helpful, for novice lifters who are developing body awareness, it is best to work with an experienced professional."

Basically, deadlifts are the unicorn of the fitness world. They're a great way to get a whole host of results without spending a lot of time in the gym, and even fitness newbies can utilize them. Still not sure? Watch this badass grandma deadlift 225 pounds like a boss. Let her be your deadlift inspiration and enjoy reaping all of the benefits deadlifts have to offer.

Jandra Sutton is an author, historian, and public speaker. After graduating from Huntington University with a B.A. in history, she went on to receive a master’s degree in modern British history from the University of East Anglia. In her spare time, Sutton enjoys fangirling, running, and anything related to ice cream. Pluto is still a planet in her heart. She lives in Nashville with her husband and their two dogs. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

8 Low-Sugar Granola Recipes So You Can Still Parfait Every Day Greatist 8 Low-Sugar Granola Recipes So You Can Still Parfait Every Day 8 Low-Sugar Granola Recipes So You Can Still Parfait Every Day Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:00:07 -0500 Abbey Perreault 14449 at Trying to cut down on your a.m. sugar intake? OK, so you’ve ditched the Lucky Charms and let go of all your Eggos for the time being. While a granola-topped parfait seems like it should be a healthy option, just one oaty cluster of some store-bought brands contains enough sugar to put Count Chocula to shame.

But that doesn’t mean you have to swear off granola for good. Sure, there are some low-sugar granola varieties out there, but instead of spending your life savings on a few unsweetened, tasteless clusters, we suggest you whip up your own low-sugar granola recipes and keep some on hand for a low-sugar breakfast or snack. So, put back that crumbled-up Pop-Tart—here are a few easy recipes to make that parfait a little bit sweeter... without a ton of added sweeteners.

The secret to low-sugar granola that tastes anything but? It’s a date. No, really, like actual dates. This easy recipe combines oats and almonds with cinnamon and naturally sweet Medjool dates, making it one of our go-to granola recipes.
Caramelized Banana Granola
Bananas become the best versions of themselves on the stove. Just slice 'em up and throw them in a pan, and they become gooey sweet treats as they heat up. This caramelized concoction is the perfect coating to sweeten this granola recipe.
Morning Glory Muesli
Loaded with chia, flax, and hemp seeds, this low-fat and sugar-free muesli's got nothing but the good stuff. Go crazy with the dried fruit (we love blueberries and raspberries) to make it a little sweeter. The best part? You don’t even have to turn on the oven.
Orange, Cranberry, and Cashew Low-Sugar Granola
For a granola that packs a healthy and flavorful punch, this guy does the trick. With just one tablespoon of maple syrup, the grains get their groove from freshly squeezed orange, ground ginger, cinnamon, and dried cranberries. Top your parfait with it or eat it by the bagful.
Coco-Nutty Granola I Quit Sugar
There’s a reason this is the most popular recipe in Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar cookbook. Packed with protein and flavor, this is an easy-to-make crowd-pleaser. Throw it on top of plain Greek yogurt or spoon it up with some milk and fresh berries.
There are a lot of goodies that go into this granola—chopped pecans, walnuts, and almonds are tossed in nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves, topped with a little bit of almond butter for added nuttiness. But it pays off—these crunchy, flavor-filled clusters are delicious and hearty enough to snack on solo.
Banana bread and granola? This recipe satisfies all of our comfort food cravings without killing all of our health goals. Bake up a batch of this when you want to cozy up with a sweet and satisfying snack... or really whenever you want your kitchen to smell like a dream.
Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Granola
If you’re like us, you’re constantly trying to find ways to put peanut butter in everything. And granola is no exception. Be a little cautious with the PB you use—opt for natural spreads with no added sugar. Throw it in the oven and sprinkle it on your morning yogurt or applesauce. Bag up the leftovers for the perfect snack to take on the trail.
7 Recipes That Use Up Leftover Wine So You Never Waste Any Greatist 7 Recipes That Use Up Leftover Wine So You Never Waste Any 7 Recipes That Use Up Leftover Wine So You Never Waste Any Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:19:00 -0500 Madison Flager 14414 at As far as kitchen fails go, there’s nothing quite as annoying as pouring out that half a bottle of wine you forgot about weeks ago. You're watching your hard-earned pennies (and wine nights) go down the drain, literally. So next time you’ve got leftover wine you know you won’t drink or that's starting to border on “is this still good?” territory, we suggest adding it to your dinner instead of tossing it out. There are plenty of ways to cook with wine, from making pasta sauce and marinades to using it for popsicles. Yep, wine can now officially be dessert… get excited.

Shiitake Mushroom Wine Sauce
Dry white wine makes pasta taste rich but not too heavy, so it’s perfect for date night or just a casual weeknight when you're feeling something (slightly) fancy. This recipe uses buttery shiitake mushrooms, fresh parsley, and fragrant garlic to pack in tons of flavor without a million ingredients.
Red Wine Goat Cheese Risotto
Creamy goat cheese is rich on its own and feels even fancier when you add red wine to the mix. Plus, the wine gives the risotto a slightly pink tint, which is just a fun bonus. Best of all, it only takes about half an hour to make.
Cranberry Rosemary One-Pan Chicken
This Paleo dinner looks a little bit like a Christmas wreath thanks to cranberries and rosemary, but you can definitely cook it year round. Just pour the white wine marinade over chicken thighs and let the oven do its thing.
Shredded Beef Ragu Pasta
Pappardelle noodles are majorly underrated, but this pasta dish gives them some time to shine. Add a leftover red, like merlot or cabernet sauvignon, to beef, garlic, and veggies, and let it simmer till the sauce thickens.
White Wine Marinated Chicken
Swap your usual marinade for this white wine, oil and vinegar, and lemon juice mix. It’s got Italian herbs like parsley, rosemary, and oregano too, and tastes best when you give the chicken a few hours to sit, so try and plan ahead for this one.
Chocolate Dipped Red Wine Popsicles
Is this not the most ingenious use of wine you’ve ever seen?! It needs to be summer so we can eat these bad boys every dang day. They’re made with red wine, simple syrup, strawberries, and balsamic vinegar. Dip them in dark chocolate before freezing for extra sweetness.
Red Wine Beef Stew

Stews don’t sound like the most exciting dish in the world, so you might as well spice one up with your extra merlot or pinot noir. This hearty stew is filled with veggies, beef, and garlic, and can be made on the stove or in a slow cooker.

A Tarot Reading Can Be the Therapy Session You Never Knew You Needed Greatist A Tarot Reading Can Be the Therapy Session You Never Knew You Needed A Tarot Reading Can Be the Therapy Session You Never Knew You Needed Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:38:00 -0500 Jezmina Von Thiele 14424 at When I was a girl, I learned to read cards from my Romani grandmother in her charmingly cramped trailer. A diasporic ethnic group originally from India, Roma—more commonly known by the racial slur "gypsy"—were historically limited to performance, fortune telling, or other handicraft work, due to persecution.

My grandmother taught me how to divine the traditional way, using a deck of playing cards. But over the years, I have fallen in love with tarot, which are the predecessors of today’s playing cards, first appearing in Europe in the 1500s. My grandmother wanted to teach me to read cards so I could carry on the family trade (which I have), but also because there is something intrinsically healing about gathering together to solve life’s problems.


Reading cards, my grandmother and I learned about each other’s hopes and fears, discussed our dreams, and sat quietly together concentrating on candle flames and asking our ancestors for help. I think it’s one of the best ways to understand a loved one. Romani fortune telling, at its best, is therapeutic in nature and seeks to heal the past self and better navigate the present. By the end of a good session, you should feel like you understand yourself and your world better. Readings aren’t meant to reveal the future because the future is always being written, but a good reading should reveal the person.

Read tarot with a friend.

I’m not saying to go seek out a professional tarot reader, unless that’s an experience you would like to have (in which case, go forth and enjoy!), but it is a good idea to have someone else read for you. If you want to have a more intimate (and affordable) experience with fortune telling, you can do a free tarot reading with a trusted, open-hearted friend.

In the Romani tradition, it’s often frowned upon to read for yourself. My grandmother explained it to me this way: "Reading for yourself can never truly be accurate because your hopes and fears will cloud your vision." It’s too easy to slip down a bad introspection spiral or to become intoxicated by fantasy. However, when you swap readings with a friend, their outside point of view can help you see yourself and your situation more objectively.

Even if you and your friend have absolutely zero tarot experience, that’s OK. They will likely see the symbols on the cards differently than you will, which can lead to fresh perspectives on even the oldest problems. Also, they likely know you pretty well already, so they have a context for the advice they give you. This is especially helpful if you’re the type of person who secretly wishes to talk about your feelings but needs a tool to help facilitate actually expressing them with another human (which, yes, can be scary).

At the very least, you will have an open discussion about what’s been on your minds, and best case scenario, the cards will turn up some synchronicity—and your friend might tell you exactly what you needed to hear.

Select the right tools.

Tarot cards offer symbols of the major and minor arcana, as well as the four suites, and the numbers that accompany each card. There’s an old belief that you shouldn’t buy your own tarot cards; they should be gifted to you. There’s an easy way around that. Just ask a friend to get you a deck (or the deck of your choosing) and then take them out to lunch or something in exchange—or you and the friend who you plan to read with could also each buy a deck and then swap.

There are so many different types of decks that it can be overwhelming to choose the ‘right’ one, so keep it simple and choose a deck that you feel drawn to—or that you just like, for whatever reason. Any deck you pick should have a guide to help you interpret the cards and learn different spreads (ways of laying out the cards and reading them), and that can be a very helpful resource.

There are also many books about tarot reading if you want to go a bit deeper. However, I’ve been reading professionally for many years now, and I find that more often than not, my clients will have their own feelings and connections to the cards, and those personal resonances are just as relevant.

Care for your tarot cards.

Make sure you treat your cards well. In the Romani tradition, always use a handkerchief or scarf to lay the cards on. They should never touch a table or any other surface without a cloth between them, because as my grandmother says, "They need to be babied. Speak to them lovingly, shuffle them gently, and apologize if you drop them." Likewise, after you finish reading with them, you should thank them before you put them away. She also insists that they like to be kept in silk or satin bags, or wrapped in silk scarves, or another soft material. She says they prefer light, airy colors, naturally. Your cards are fancy babies.

It’s an excellent idea to also treat your body well before you read cards. Make sure you’ve eaten and are hydrated. Readings are a way to care about yourself and take interest in your well-being, and also to allow yourself access to your deepest dreams and possibilities you might not otherwise let yourself consider.

The author, Jezmina von Thiele, reading tarot cards The author, Jezmina von Thiele / photo credit: Aurora Rose of

Open with a ritual.

Before a reading, it’s important to start with a ritual (big or small) to relax you and open yourself up to your own insight and intuition. Before we read for each other, my grandmother would always have me meditate with her first, though she wouldn’t have called it meditation.

We usually sat in front of her ancestor altar, a common fixture in Romani households, often consisting of photos of deceased family members and a single white candle, and during holidays, little offerings of food and alcohol. Here she would ask me to breathe deeply and evenly, and to empty my mind, imagining its spaciousness. We were making room for it to be filled with messages from ancestors and spirits of goodwill. Then we would ask these ancestors and spirits to help guide us in helping the client (in this case, each other) as much as possible.

Setting an intention like this, to help each other, or to see clearly and compassionately, is a great idea. It sets the tone for your work. You may also consider setting the intention to invite yourself to be open to what the cards have to say, and also hold the knowledge that what the cards may suggest isn’t set in stone—that you always have control over your choices.

The ancestor altar meditation with a candle is my grandmother’s ritual, but over time, I’ve added elements that make me feel more relaxed, open, and ready to sift through universal symbols. Before you read, you may like to take a bath with rose petals, salts, or oils; burn sage, copal, or incense; conjure a circle, witch-style; stretch; or pray. You might only set a ritual for a minute or two, or you may want to luxuriate in preparations for longer.

The possibilities are endless, and the point of it is three-fold: A ritual will signify to your brain that you are about to enter a certain mindset, one of openness and intuition. It will relax you and make it easier to read for yourself with more accuracy, or be more open to someone else’s reading. And lastly, it will show you what kinds of self-care you are craving and give you a perfect excuse to take some time for yourself and care for that mind and body of yours.

Engage in the reading.

Once you’ve set your stage with a nice scarf and a little opening ritual (whether that’s a few deep breaths with a candle or an elaborate sage-burning affair), it’s time to get down to the reading. If you are reading for your friend, ask them to shuffle the cards while thinking of their question.

Questions might include the following: "What should I be doing with my life? Is this the right partner/career/decision for me? What should I do to be happy? How can I heal? How can I find the right partner/career? Should I change my job/go freelance/start a family?"

Generally, it’s best to try to focus on one issue at a time—for instance, do one reading for career and another for love. Sometimes, though, especially in longer readings, they overlap anyway. If your friend doesn’t have a specific question, then they can ask the cards to please tell them what they need to know.

The deck you’re using may have suggested spreads (arrangements of the cards) with instructions for how to read in their prescribed style. You can use any of those if you like, though if this is your first time reading, I suggest picking the simplest version: a "three-card spread," which is exactly what it sounds like.

Start with the three-card spread.

Once your friend is done shuffling and asking their question, ask them to pick three cards from the deck (without peeking!) and lay them on their cloth, one after the other, face-up.

Reading from left to right, the first card is the past. The second card is the present. And the third card is the possible future. A lot of how you read these depends on what the cards mean, but a good general approach is to think of the first card representing what the person has recently conquered or let go of, or what it was that got them to where they are right now. The second card almost always represents the person in the present, and/or their present situation. If it’s a love reading, it might even symbolize their love interest. And then the third card often represents what the future might look like if things continue as they are.

If it’s a negative card outcome, then the present and future cards usually have some wisdom to avoid or neutralize any negative qualities the future card has. If it’s a positive outcome, the present and future cards often have some tips to help you get to that good place.


You might want to do a couple of three-card readings for each other on different topics; the more you practice, the easier it gets. The most important part is that you two are talking about what the cards bring up for both of you, how they relate to the question, and how you feel about it. The discussion is where the real magic is born.

Practice "first thought, best thought."

My grandmother insists that you should always look at the cards first without looking up the meanings in the book, and draw your own conclusions. You can interpret a tarot card like any other work of art, starting with questions like, How does each card make you feel? Why? Are there symbols that stand out to you, or that feel familiar?

You can think about color use, drawing style, negative space, numbers… anything that touches you. Depending on the spread you use, whether it’s the three-card spread or one you choose from your book, the cards will represent certain things about you or your situation, and that will color your interpretation too.

You may also notice a theme, like you may have a lot of one suite: cups, coins, swords, or wands. Each suite represents an element—water, earth, air, and fire, respectively. Perhaps you might identify with the elements that appear on a basic level. The beat poet Allen Ginsberg advised, "first thought, best thought" while editing one’s own work, and the same goes for fortune telling.

Your first impressions are generally the closest to the bones of a situation, and free-association is more likely to show you exactly what is troubling you, and open up wisdom you already have but may be repressing for any number of reasons. Then you can look up the meanings in the book that comes with your tarot deck for more ideas, if you feel so inclined.

My grandmother strongly believes all fortune telling books are garbage and that intuition and interpretation are skills that can only be honed through self-discovery and/or a family tradition passed down orally. That’s the old-school approach though, so go ahead and read about it if you want to.

Come at it from the side.

My grandmother conceded that reading in a response to a specific, impersonal question like, "What do I need to know about this upcoming project at work?" is much less emotionally risky than sitting down with a deck of cards and asking, "What’s wrong with me?" and proceeding to pull card after card, obsessing over every one of your perceived card flaws, until you’ve pulled the whole deck.

If I’m feeling a little emotionally vulnerable, I steer away from more personal topics, like family and love, and do three-card-spreads for my various projects. Asking for advice for my book or an upcoming dance performance feels a lot more objective than a more personal reading, and yet, often when I ask about the work I’m doing, I get some good advice for my mental health too.

If I have writer’s block, for instance, there’s probably something lingering in my heart that I resolutely decided not to feel—for instance, to write effectively about my childhood, I actually need to feel some feelings about the hard things that happened back then. It might not hurt to work on trusting my love interest too, and letting go of those old fears born of early life trauma. Coming at a problem from the side, like "How can I focus better at work?" is likely to reveal answers that might have felt too intimidating to really see when looking at them head-on.

If this approach feels like it would suit you, then you might enjoy a book by Jessa Crispin called The Creative Tarot, which offers a number of mini-spreads with different representations for each card, depending on what you’re asking about. The book mainly deals with questions you have about creative work, although her methods could apply to other queries too.

Remember that moderation is key.

While it’s absolutely lovely to do these readings with friends whenever the mood strikes, it might also be beneficial to make these readings a ritual, like a standing coffee and tarot date. Maybe you could make time to read each other monthly or bi-weekly. You might even like to use markers, like reading at the full moon or at the turn of the seasons (solstice and equinox readings are fun).

Regularity offers structure to your self-discovery, and you’re more likely to see themes in your thoughts and behavior that you can either nourish or let go of, depending on what you need. I don’t recommend reading for each other more than once a week, though. Give yourself time to live your life without overly examining it too.

In the spirit of moderation, it’s probably best that you don’t ask the cards the same questions over and over again, because according to my grandmother, that insults them and makes them cranky, rendering them much less likely to help you out. This also keeps you focusing on moving your life forward, and while you and your friend might rehash some familiar themes, particularly as patterns in your behavior and/or the cards you deal emerge, ultimately you’ll be exploring new interests and thoughts with your friend.

Just like any conversation, you want to keep it fresh and authentic. Your mutual curiosity about each other’s lives and well-being might also spur you both to positive action, breaking unhelpful patterns, and trying new things. But if it’s been a few months since you’ve asked about something and you want to check in again, that’s fine. Or if a situation you’ve already asked about has dramatically changed—like your partner breaks up with you a week after you do a love reading—then it’s cool to check-in again.

Even on the most basic level, you are creating a good support system by nurturing this relationship with a friend in which you can thoughtfully and productively listen to each other and work through some big feelings. Any wisdom that the cards spark in you two is the cherry on top.

Opt for a one-a-day practice.

If you really want to read for yourself, here’s a little something you can do: You can practice card reading more often without fear of self-obsession or pissing off the cards if you only pull one card a day. This isn’t something my grandmother would ever do, but a lot of different fortune-telling traditions include this card-a-day practice.

It’s a daily excuse to ground yourself and meditate for a few minutes, maybe adding in any other ritual embellishments you like, before you even start. I have quite a few friends who will draw a single card without asking for anything specific and use the card as a theme for the day. Other friends ask the card to give them advice for the day ahead. You could spend a few minutes meditating on this in a quiet space, at an altar, or over your daily cup of tea or coffee. This technique, at its essence, provides a helpful moment to take a few deep breaths and set an intention for the day ahead, giving you focus, and perhaps a sense of purpose or confidence.

Practice loving detachment.

Grandma insists that to read from yourself, you must be detached from the outcome, because wishing for a certain outcome is what skews your readings and the way you see the world, yourself, and those around you. Practicing loving detachment is what Buddhists recommend we do to get through life’s trials and tribulations and maintain a relaxed and blissful composure.

This is why it’s not always a great idea to get a reading when you’re in the throes of passion or despair. If you want to read for each other, but you’re feeling like you’re falling to pieces, maybe take a walk first, talk, do some breathing exercises together or a calming activity like coloring to bring your energy down to a more neutral place. If you’re still really upset, maybe save the question about that topic for another day. It’s likely that coming at the heart of the matter from a different direction will be helpful, anyway.

Start a dream journal.

Journaling is such a helpful tool for many people, and dreams, for Roma and other cultures, are taken very seriously and are often seen as another reality or world connected to this one. Part of my training with my grandmother was dream analysis. We would often check in with each other’s dreaming and discuss what knowledge our own spirits, ancestors, and deities were trying to share with us.

You can start interpreting your dreams the same way you would the cards, by focusing on feelings, sensory stimuli, symbols, and narrative, which creates a direct line for self-analysis. Part of your well-being get-togethers might be sharing dreams with each other and discussing what they might represent and how they relate to your readings. Your friend will likely spot patterns in both if they’ve been reading you for a while already. This is a lovely way to connect your waking and dreaming worlds and share that everyday magic with someone you care about.

Prepare a closing ritual.

It’s a good idea to have a little closing ritual just to tie everything up at the end, and let your mind and body know that you’re returning to the world and leaving this heightened state of intuition and reflection. This can be simple. My grandmother and I, after thanking each other, would then thank the cards, shuffle them gently to "shake off" the reading, wrap them up in their scarves, and store them safely.

I also like smudging the room by burning some sage, palo santo, or incense. If you are burning out candles that you set with an intention, before you blow them out, you can say this incantation I learned from a Pagan coven I studied with years ago: "Though the flame goes away, the magic does stay."

The most important thing is to begin, sustain, and close the reading with an open, honest, and compassionate heart. Dedicate yourself to creating a safe and nonjudgmental space, listening deeply to each other, following your intuition, and using the tools (the cards and guidebook) with the best intention to each other know yourselves better and pursue your own happiness. Your reading ritual can become a part of your bond and is a wonderful way to strengthen your relationship and support each other.


If you would like to learn the general meanings and history behind each card, with interpretations from a number of decks, as well as spreads and techniques, then you can try Rachel Pollack’s Tarot Wisdom: Spiritual Teachings and Deeper Meanings by Rachel Pollack.

If you love history, then you might enjoy A Wicked Pack of Cards: The Origins of the Occult and Tarot by Ronald Decker, Thierry Depaulis, and Michael Dummett.

If you want to learn more about dream interpretation, you can check out this keystone text, The Undiscovered Self: With Symbols and the Interpretation of Dreams by Carl Jung.

If you love learning about symbols and mythology, as well as ancient magical practices, then peruse Alchemy and Mysticism by Alexander Roob.

If you’re a creative type, or wish to be, and you want to get into journaling and other intuitive practices to support your work, then I recommend The Artist’s Way Workbook by Julia Cameron.

If you’re curious about Romani culture, then you can read We Are the Romani People by Ian Hancock.