It’s sad but true: if you’re on a weight-loss plan, pasta can’t be an everyday occurrence. However, it is possible to serve a better bowl of pasta offering the nutrition your body needs (and craves) without tasting “healthy” – and this recipe is proof.

A heaping helping of this homemade tangy Greek-yogurt pasta sauce will remind you of your favorite vodka sauce with only a fraction of the calories and none of the preservatives. Even better, each serving of this creamy and comforting spaghetti offers 18 grams of protein and almost 50 percent of your recommended daily fiber! If you’re looking to enjoy leftovers, be sure to set a portion aside. Everyone will be looking for seconds; it’s that good.

Spaghetti With Greek-Yogurt Tomato Sauce


I used Fage Total 2% Greek Yogurt, but your favorite brand of plain Greek yogurt will work.


1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 yellow onion, diced

2 teaspoons red pepper flakes

1 28-ounce can high-quality crushed tomatoes

1 pound whole-wheat spaghetti

1 cup plain Greek yogurt

1/4 cup parmesan cheese, for garnish

Fresh basil, for garnish


  1. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Add garlic and onion, and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Add red pepper flakes, and cook for an additional minute.
  2. Add crushed tomatoes, and bring to a boil. Cover, and turn heat down to simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. While the sauce is simmering, cook spaghetti according to directions.
  4. Add the cooked pasta to the sauce, add the Greek yogurt, and mix well, until all is combined.
  5. Plate your pasta, and garnish with 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, basil, and extra red pepper flakes if you wish!

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You’ve been eating right and exercising for a while, but that stubborn belly fat just won’t budge! Along with incorporating foods that fight fat into your diet, here are some ways to burn that pooch away while you are out on a run.

Switch Up Your Pace

Intervals are proven to reduce belly fat and rev up metabolism; instead of running at the same pace for the entire workout, try alternating between periods of pushing your body to the max and periods of recovery. Here’s a list of interval workouts for you to try:

Go a Little Longer

Unfortunately you can’t spot treat when it comes to weight loss, which is one reason why solely doing crunches won’t whittle your waistline. The key is to decrease overall body fat, and the one way to do that is to burn calories. Lengthening your workout will do just that. Every five minutes of running at a 10-minute-per-mile pace burns about 45 calories. Think about that on your next run, and it’ll motivate you to keep going!

High Knees

You’re working hard to diminish your overall body weight, which will slim down your belly, so you can reveal toned abs underneath. Here’s one way to strengthen your core. Do one-minute intervals in which you run with high knees. Concentrate on using your abs rather than your leg muscles to kick your knees up as high as you can.

Try This Killer Treadmill Move

Here’s another core killer if you’re using a treadmill. Set the pace to 1.0 mph. Place your feet on a Plyo Box that’s set up about two feet behind the back of the treadmill. Come into plank position with your hands straddling the treadmill belt. Step your hands on the belt and start walking, keeping your torso in one straight line. Do this for one minute, pulling your belly in toward your spine. Watch the above shredmill move in action here!

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We’ve all been there: we’re on our last set of squats, or slowly trudging through our last mile, when we hit the wall. That’s where the wise words of ballerina and Under Armour spokesperson Misty Copeland come in. Like any elite athlete, Misty has endured her fair share of physical pain and mental struggle as a daily part of her job. In fact, she’s powered through thoughts about quitting more times than the average person. “The mental strength that dancers have are beyond most,” she recently told us. “The mental capacity to be able to stand in the corps de ballet and stand on one leg when you’re framing the principal dancers – those mental tests really gave me so much character and strength in my life in general, to be able to push past all those voices in your head that are like, ‘You’re in pain; walk off stage; it doesn’t matter if you get fired.’”

Now a soloist at the American Ballet Theatre, Misty has a little advice we can all keep in mind the next time our gym instructor tells us to hold our plank for 30 more seconds. “Find a zen space in your mind, even if it’s just singing to yourself,” she advises. “Just pass the time and keep a steady breath.” Just staying focused and calm, she says, will help you push past not only physical barriers but also those negative thoughts that can hinder your workout. So the next time you feel like quitting your workout, channel your best inner ballerina with Misty’s words of encouragement.

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If there’s one thing we know about skier and Under Armour athlete Lindsey Vonn, it’s that she refuses to quit. The gold medal Olympian is currently training for a comeback after partially retearing her reconstructed ACL during a training run earlier this year, which forced her to drop out of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Now, Lindsey is working hard, spending four to six hours a day in the gym to meet her goal of “being the best skier of all time,” she recently told us – after all, she’s only four World Cup titles away from holding the world record in wins. Let Lindsey’s hard work and dedication inspire you below.

On overcoming obstacles: “Even if you have setbacks and you have bad days, you have to believe in yourself that things are going to turn around. For example, with my knee injury, there are times when I can’t do anything. After surgery there was a long period of time when I was just immobile. You just have to remember that that’s the process, and you just have to be patient and not give up hope and believe in yourself. Things will turn the corner.”

Her favorite way to work out: “I honestly love squatting. I feel really strong and powerful when I do it. It’s one of my favorite exercises in the gym.”

Source: Facebook user Lindsey Vonn

When she’s off the clock, she’s . . . “When I’m not training I’m probably in the water. I love being in the water. Stand-up paddleboarding, snorkeling, scuba diving. I’ve also been playing a little bit of golf.”

Source: Facebook user Lindsey Vonn

That attitude: “I’ve had a lot of drawbacks and setbacks in my career, but no matter what anyone says about me, I’m determined to be the best skier in the world, and no one is going to stop me.”

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Burpees are already bad news (in a good, tone-every-inch-of-your-body way!), but if you’re ready for even more of a challenge, variations on the dreaded move are favorites of elite CrossFitters everywhere. Add some to your next workout to burn even more calories, sculpt your muscles, and challenge your limits. Ready to be sore tomorrow? Learn how to do the classic burpee and which variations CrossFit athletes love to hate below.

Classic Burpee

First, if you’ve never done a burpee before, it’s time to learn the basics. After all, the classic move is what 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games winner Camille Leblanc-Bazinet calls, “the worst one of all,” which is reason enough to see if you can tackle it. Here’s how to do a classic burpee:

  1. Lower into a crouching squat with your hands on the floor.
  2. Do a squat thrust by jumping your feet back into a plank position.
  3. Do one basic push-up, bending the elbows and then straightening back to plank.
  4. Jump the feet forward to the hands, and come into a squat.
  5. Do an explosive jump straight up, getting as much height as you can.
  6. Start with 10 burpees, or see how many you can do in a minute.

Burpee Box Jump

CrossFitter Amanda Douglas calls the burpee box jump an “integral part” of her workout routine. “It combines my favorite and least favorite CrossFit moves,” she tells Self. Get ready for toned arms, legs, and core with this explosive move.

Sources: CrossFit, Amanda Douglas

  • Start in a push-up position with your chest to the ground, in front of a box (learn more about finding the right size for box jumps here). Push up using your arms and core, while jumping your feet in towards the spot where your hands were (above).
  • Swing your arms back and jump on the box. Stand up tall on the box, fully extending (above). Jump down (or step down) and back into a plank position. Repeat!

Reverse Burpee Box Jump

“If you add anything to a burpee, you’re just making a bad thing worse,” says CrossFit ambassador Josh Everett, but that doesn’t stop him from sharing his favorite burpee variation, the reverse burpee box jump. Like the previous move, the exercise ends with a plyometric jump onto a box, but instead of starting on your stomach, you start on your back.

  • Lay on the ground in front of your box or step on your back, with the box a few inches from your feet. Make sure you find a nonslip, sturdy box or step at a height you feel comfortable jumping on.
  • Raise up in a sit-up and continue the motion until you are standing. Try not to use your hands to push yourself off the floor as you raise to standing.
  • Once you are in standing position facing the box, perform a squat, swinging your arms back to help propel you into the jump.
  • As you raise up from your squat in a swift motion, jump up onto the top of the box so that your entire feet are on the box. Land softly in a squat and slowly raise to standing. Step or jump down.

Burpee Lunge

Blair Morrison, owner of CrossFit Anywhere, favors this variation not only for its backside-toning effects, but also its mental ones too. “It requires you to think in the middle of it,” he says. “You have to pay attention. You just can’t zone out.”

To do a burpee lunge, perform a classic burpee, but instead of jumping with your legs together at the end, land with your legs split into a lunge. Alternate which leg is in front each time you land, like you are doing a split lunge jump. Don’t worry, “you’ll mess up,” says Blair, but the important part is that you’re keeping your mind engaged while you perform the exercise.

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Want a cocktail that doesn’t undo your diet this Summer? Here’s a pretty one from our friends at Self.

Pink lemonade. Why does it taste better than regular lemonade? It does, right? That’s something to ponder over this adult twist on the summertime classic. Typically pink lemonade’s pinkness comes from crushed berries or food coloring, but the folks from Chicago’s 2 Sparrows use rhubarb, a surprisingly versatile vegetable. It’s a two-step cocktail as you make a rhubarb puree and then construct the drink. Behold.

Rhubarb Pink Lemonade


For the rhubarb puree: in a small saucepan over low heat, cook 1 cup roughly chopped rhubarb with 1 tablespoon sugar, adding more to taste, until rhubarb has released its juices and is soft. Cool slightly, then transfer to a blender, and puree. Refrigerate in an airtight glass container.


  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus a lemon wedge (for garnish)
  • 1/2 ounce rhubarb puree
  • Bitters


  1. In a shaker filled with ice, shake together gin, simple syrup, juice, and puree.
  2. Strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice, top with bitters, and garnish with lemon wedge.

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Whether or not you are a race junkie or a working novice, a wonderful soundtrack goes a long way. If shuffling via your library midrun to locate an appropriate music sounds like a chore, you might be in luck. This 45-minute blend has been curated to maintain you inspired and maintain your speed likely from begin to finish. If you run a ten-minute mile, this pop-loaded playlist will be your go-to combine all Summer season long!

Subscribe to the Spotify playlist, then hold studying for the total list of tracks.

  1. “More difficult to Breathe” -¬†Maroon 5
  2. “Teddy Picker” – Arctic Monkeys
  3. “E.T.” – Katy Perry
  4. “New Sneakers” – Paolo Nutini
  5. “Run (I’m a Natural Catastrophe)” – Gnarls Barkley
  6. “Armistice” – Phoenix
  7. “Kids” – Delta Spirit
  8. “The Way We Get By” – Spoon
  9. “Commence In excess of” – Beyonc√©
  10. “Do not Sluggish Down” – Matt and Kim
  11. “Dreaming” – Nikki &amp Rich
  12. “Right Previously mentioned It” – Lil Wayne, featuring Drake
  13. “Science of Dread” – The Temper Trap

If this blend isn’t your velocity or design, then verify out all our training playlists below to locate anything that suits your needs and flavor.

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