How to Outsmart Stress

Put bliss on your list. No matter how crazy-busy life gets, you have the power to relax — and it’s essential that you do. “When you’re frantic, your muscles tighten and your heart speeds up,” says Fred Luskin, PhD, a senior consultant in health promotion at Stanford University. “Over time, stress damages your weakest body […]

Hit Every Muscle in 5 Minutes

Beyond busy? Try this fast, total-body routine from Keli Roberts, a master trainer in Pasadena and star of the TimeSavers video workout series. 1. Clean and Press Minute: 0:00-1:00 Targets shoulders, back, butt, legs a. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and place a 5-pound dumbbell on the floor near each foot. Squat, bringing the dumbbells to […]

Broccoli, Ham & Pasta Salad

A great make-ahead entree, this lightened-up pasta salad is loaded with broccoli and peppers. Smoky ham and sweet raisins give it plenty of punch. Enjoy the leftovers for a fuss-free lunch.  Makes: 5 servings, about 2 cups each Active Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 50 minutes Ingredients Creamy Herbed Dressing 1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise 1/3 cup nonfat plain […]

Go Off Road to Rev Up Your Next Run

Change Your Running Terrain Change terrain on your run to firm all over. Mix It Up Yo, road warriors: Taking it to the trail – or gravel or grass — can firm your muscles from abs to calves. We asked Reed Ferber, PhD, the director of the Running Injury Clinic at the University of Calgary, how to work in those […]

4 Healthy Ways to Lose Weight

Forget the weight loss myths you’ve heard. Try incorporating these 4 easy, healthy ways to lose weight into your daily routine. Diet advice is like a game of Telephone. It starts out straight forward, but after it’s circulated for a while the once seemingly solid advice is so twisted it can hinder your weight-loss efforts. Toss that convoluted […]

Raspberry Bars

Tart raspberry filling is swirled into a low-fat cream filling in these beautiful bars. They’re a festive treat for a summer picnic or party. Makes: 16 bars Active Time: 25 minutes Total Time: 3 3/4 hours Ingredients Crust 3/4 cup white whole-wheat flour , (see Note) 1/2 cup chopped pecans 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 […]

Lemon-Garlic Glazed Corn on the Cob

Think it doesn’t get any better than corn on the cob with butter? Try cooking the corn in butter (cut with a little olive oil to reduce saturated fat) with lemon and garlic and you may change your mind. Makes: Makes 4 servings Active Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes Ingredients  1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon extra-virgin […]

Braised Paprika Chicken

Sweet Hungarian paprika gives this creamy braised chicken the best flavor. This is a good “pantry dish” since you should have the basics on hand and only need to purchase the chicken. You may vary the recipe by using cubed veal shoulder instead of chicken and mushrooms instead of peppers. Serve with whole-wheat orzo flavored […]

7 Foods to Boost Your Mood Naturally

Find out which 7 healthy foods will help boost your mood. If you’re feeling blue—or want to ward off feeling that way—there are some foods to consider adding to your diet that might help. Studies suggest that the following foods may help reduce stress, ease anxiety and fight depression. See which healthy foods to eat to […]

6 Ways to Exercise Without Realizing It

Six everyday activities help you keep fit and stay active. A group of scientists recently suggested, in a review that appeared in the International Journal of Obesity, that Americans are simply spending too much time talking about how our toxic food environment and our couch potato ways are making us obese. Perhaps there are other […]