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Crisco was originally developed using hydrogenated vegetable oil. Research has now confirmed that these synthetic hydrogenated fats (also known as trans fats) are bad for our health and have linked their regular consumption with a variety of …
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Our latest POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition box is here! Get ready for the second annual Special Edition Must Have Fall Style box. We can’t wait to share our editors’ chic essentials in fashion and beauty for Fall – the season of style!

Last year’s Special Edition Fall Style box featured brands you love, like Stila and Cynthia Vincent, and we can’t wait to surprise you with what’s in store this year.

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Our latest POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition box is here! Get ready for the second annual Special Edition Must Have Fall Style box. We can’t wait to share our editors’ chic essentials in fashion and beauty for Fall – the season of style!

Last year’s Special Edition Fall Style box featured brands you love, like Stila and Cynthia Vincent, and we can’t wait to surprise you with what’s in store this year.

We have a limited quantity, so hurry on this Special Edition and order now!

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Get wise to how willpower works, so you’ll know how to use it, why it can go off the rails, and how to get it back on track. Learn more at WebMD.


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Food allergy and food intolerance could have some symptoms in common; however, these are two different conditions. While the former involves the immune system, the latter doesn’t. This Buzzle write-up lists the differences between food allergy and food intolerance.
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Despite what you might think, pull-ups are not impossible and can be adjusted for any fitness level. This infamous exercise offers a great upper-body workout that quickly tones the back, arms, and chest. Not only will it make you stronger, but conquering this move will also give an extra boost of confidence and help you feel like you can tackle anything - because let’s face it, you can!

Beginner Pull-Ups

  • Assisted Pull-Up Machine: The pull-up machine is a great way to try your first go at pull-ups. The machine uses counterbalance weights, which means the higher the weight you set the machine, the easier the exercise becomes. Start by setting the weight to 20 pounds less than your weight, complete three to five reps, and then adjust the weight accordingly. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to use the assisted pull-up machine at your gym.
  • Band Pull-Up: With the help of a superband – a giant, two-inch-thick rubber band – you can tackle consecutive pull-ups. All you have to do is wrap the rubber band securely around the pull-up bar, put it under one knee (or one foot for even more assistance), grab onto the bar (stepping off a stool if needed to reach), and begin your pull-up. Superbands are the same length, but the wider the band, the more assistance. Eventually, you will no longer be a “groupie” to the band and will be able to use your body weight!

Intermediate Pull-Ups

  • Jump Pull-Ups: Consider jump pull-ups (pull-ups with a jump start) the next level after the assisted pull-up machine. Standing under the bar, jump up to grab the bar, harnessing the momentum of the jump to pull your body and chin to the bar. If your chin doesn’t come close to the bar, don’t give up – this move often takes practice.

Advanced Pull-Ups

  • Traditional Body Weight Pull-Ups: Using your body weight is the most traditional, but often the most challenging, way to complete a pull-up. With palms facing away from you, grip a pull-up bar with arms extended. Keeping your core tight while engaging your back and lats, bring yourself up until your chin passes above the bar, then lower yourself down into the starting position. The trick (and challenge) to any pull-up is to avoid swinging your entire body or using your neck for added momentum.
  • Weighted Pull-Up: When you’re ready, let your inner Gabby Douglas shine. Following the movements for a traditional pull-up, add a weighted plate for an extra challenge. Using a weight belt or simply holding a weight between your knees, you will be the star of the gym and any workout.

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Whether you go out for an afternoon of strawberry pickin’ or buy a pint at the local farmers market, nothing feels more like Summer than the taste of fresh strawberries. And how do you make juicy, sweet strawberries even better? Pair them with chocolate, of course.

Would you believe these strawberries are filled with velvety chocolate mousse that’s vegan? Aside from cutting back on calories and saturated fat, they’re also made with good-for-you ingredients like silken tofu and chickpeas.

Better yet - a five-piece serving is only 87 calories. Much better than a real chocolate-dipped strawberry, which is about 40 calories per strawberry! This vegan and gluten-free recipe is a much healthier way to satisfy your chocolate strawberry cravings while saving on calories, carbs, and fat.

Chocolate-Mousse-Filled Strawberries

Ingredients

1/2 container silken tofu (1/2 pound)

1/4 cup chickpeas, rinsed and drained


5 pitted dates


1/8 cup cocoa powder


1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


40 large strawberries, washed and dried


1/4 bar dark chocolate, chopped

Directions

  1. Add all the ingredients except the strawberries and dark chocolate to a food processor. Puree until completely smooth, for several minutes.
  2. Place mousse in the fridge for at least 60 minutes. If you’re making this recipe ahead of time, it’s OK to leave the mousse in the fridge overnight.
  3. Using a knife or strawberry huller, carve out the middle of each strawberry.
  4. Spoon a small amount of the mousse into each strawberry. Place in a shallow rectangular dish. Top with a sprinkling of chopped dark chocolate and enjoy immediately, or keep in the fridge until ready to serve (up to a day).

Here’s the nutritional information for one five-strawberry serving:

Source: Calorie Count


Nutrition

Calories per serving
87

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Quick cooking steel cut oats are cut into much smaller pieces than regular steel cut oats, which allows them to cook faster, so nutritionally they are equivalent to one …
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It’s time for another workout challenge, and this one is all about the abs. Perfect for those new to strength training, it’s short and sweet – all it takes is a few minutes each day for the next two weeks and you’re sure to notice stronger and more defined abs. Instead of doing basic crunches, this challenge involves five crunch variations to target different areas of your midsection.

Here are instructions for the five different variations followed by a 14-day plan to get you all the way to 100. It’s not advised to skip right to day 14 (if you want to be able to laugh the next day without rolling over in pain), so follow the plan and adjust it as needed according to your schedule and ability level.

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