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Food: No-Bake Energy Bites

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The recipe calls for:

  • chocolate chips
  • toasted coconut
  • vanilla extract
  • peanut butter
  • old fashioned oats
  • honey (or agave nectar)
  • freshly ground flaxseed

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To make the no bake energy bites, just stir all of those ingredients together until combined. (Or if you get tired of using a spoon, just use your hands. I do!)

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Once the mixture is combined, pop it in the fridge for 10-20 minutes so that it will harden slightly. This will help make it easier to roll it into balls.

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The best thing about this recipe is that it is super flexible as well. So if you are allergic to any of the ingredients, or if you are just looking for other substitution ideas, feel free to use:

  • Different (or no) chocolate: I generally use dark chocolate chips. But you can also substitute in any other kinds of chips (butterscotch, milk chocolate, white chocolate, cinnamon chips, etc.). Or if you are vegan, I recommend cacao nibs. Or if you don’t dig chocolate, you can leave this part out all together.
  • Different nut butter: If you are allergic to peanuts, feel free to substitute in any other kinds of nut butter, like almond buttersunflower seed butter, cashew butter, or others. (For a great tutorial on homemade nut butters, check out this great post from Tasty Yummies.)
  • Different sweetener: I really prefer honey in this recipe. But agave also works and is vegan, and some readers have had success with alternative sweeteners too.

Ingredients

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Health: 6 Fun Ways to Get Fit Without Stepping on a Treadmill

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Indoor Wall Climbing
You may remember visiting these facilities for friends’ birthday parties years ago. And now, if you take rock climbing more seriously as an exercise, you’ll reap muscular and cardiovascular benefits —plus the sheer enjoyment you felt as a kid!

Zumba and other dance classes
Who says exercise has to be monotonous? Bust a move and try joining a dance or Zumba class. And fear not: you don’t need to have the slightest amount of skill or experience to join a beginner class! For added fun, bring along your significant other or best friend.

Bike around town
When the weather permits, ditch your car as often as possible and hop onto your bike! If you work close to home, set your alarm a bit earlier to allow yourself more time for the commute. If work is a bit too far, ride into town for groceries or on fun outings with friends and family. Your body, the environment and your gas bill will all thank you.

Sign up for fun runs with friends
Races like The Color Run and Color Me Rad make for a great workout and lasting memories. Sign up with a group of pals and prepare yourself for five kilometers of fun—and color! To celebrate your finish, the race is followed by entertainment, music and food. Plus, the runs are for a good cause: both give a percentage of the proceeds to local charities!

Go on a hike
Explore your local terrain by seeking out and taking on nearby trails. Pull on your hiking boots (regular athletic shoes should also do the trick for less intense endeavors), leave your phone at home and take a few hours to soak up nature and get in some solid exercise. Don’t forget to pack water and a few yummy snacks!

Surfing
Do you happen to live near the coast—or a particularly boisterous lake?If so, try finding a surf instructor (or a skilled friend with an extra surfboard!) to give you some lessons. The sport is a great cardio workout that strengthens your balance as well as your core, back, shoulders and legs.

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Health: 10 Health Benefits Of Lemon

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1. Clears Skin:
Lemon is an effective way to treat pesky breakouts. Before bed, use your finger or a cotton ball to apply lemon juice to problem areas. Rinse off with water the next morning to reveal glowing skin, thanks to that vitamin C!

2. Cures Calluses:
After a long day, help ease the pain of tired, callused feet with a little lemon. Mix together two tablespoons of lemon juice with two tablespoons of olive oil. Add a bit of baking soda to make a thick paste. Rub on your feet and rinse to reveal soft, supple skin!

3. Freshens Breath
Instead of chewing gum, freshen your mouth and breath by rinsing with freshly squeezed lemon juice (or chewing on a lemon slice!).

4. Helps You Fall Asleep Faster:
When combined with a calming herb like chamomile, lemon increases calmness, reduces anxiety and promotes sleep. Try a chamomile tea with a squirt of freshly squeezed lemon before bed. Sweet dreams!

 5. Gets Rid Of Varicose And Spider Veins:

To prep for warmer weather (and the showing of a bit more skin), massage 2-3 drops of lemon oil over affected areas to help reduce the appearance of those pesky veins.

6. Cures Sore Throats:
For instant relief, combine the juice of one lemon with one teaspoon of sea salt and one cup of warm water. Gargle with mixture three times a day for one minute.

7. Decreases Bloating:
Lemon water is known to help decrease bloating and aid in weight loss. Start your day off right by drinking a glass of lukewarm water and lemon before (or in place of!) your morning coffee.

8.Makes Nails Stronger And Brighter:

Lemon is essential for making brittle or yellowed nails beautiful again! Apply a mixture of lemon and olive oil to nails for strengthening and brightening benefits.

9. Cures Hangovers:
Did you indulge in one too many glasses of champagne last night? A glass of lemon water will stimulate the liver and help kick that hangover to the curb!

10. Whitens Teeth:
Teeth-whitening treatments can be super expensive. Try this homemade alternative instead! Mix lemon juice with baking soda and apply to your teeth with a Q-tip. (Warning: this is a strong solution, so make sure to only leave it on for a minute!) Gently scrub off with your toothbrush to reveal whiter teeth!

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Drink: Early to Rise

Vanilla Almond Coffee Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coffee, chilled
  • 4-5 ice cubes
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder (we love Perfect Fit or Isagenix)
  • 2 drops vanilla extract
  • 5 almonds (for extra protein)

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until it becomes a smoothie consistency. Add more ice cubes if you prefer. Top with fresh coffee beans and enjoy! via lauren conrad

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Cheers: Pot Of Gold Punch

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day (fast-approaching!), here is an easy party punch that’s a far cry from traditional pints of Guinness and Baileys-laden cocktails. Equal parts tart and sweet — thanks to a heavy dose of lemonade and a splash of St. Germain — this punch is sure to lend a lucky streak to your St. Paddy’s day celebrations!

POT OF GOLD PUNCH

Makes 1 pitcher.

INGREDIENTS

– 1 750ml bottle of white wine (we prefer Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc)
– 1/4 cup St. Germain Liqueur
– 1 cup lemonade
– Seltzer water or tonic
– Lemon slices + rosemary sprigs to garnish

DIRECTIONS

Combine wine, lemonade and St. Germain in a pitcher. Pour over ice and top with sparkling water or tonic for a sweeter taste. Garnish with rosemary and lemon slices. Enjoy!

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Food: Super Bowl Snacks

The big game is just a few weeks away, and one of the main reasons for our excitement has to be the delicious snacks we get to indulge in with our family and friends, but we’re not crazy about the extra calories. So this year we’re whipping up some guilt free options instead.

Sweet Potato Hummus: Try this sweet take on a classic dip — serve with vegetables and multigrain pita chips.

Cacio e Pepe Popcorn: Easy, light + tasty. We can’t wait to try this savory popcorn on game day!

Herb Roasted Almonds: These tasty almonds are salty + crunchy yet pack a powerful punch of protein!

Baked Squash Fries With Marinara Sauce: Try this guilt-free take on french fries that will leave you satisfied and wanting more!

Pistachio Covered Goat Cheese: Instead of an indulgent cheese dip, snack on zesty goat cheese on rice crackers and vegetables.

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Food: S’MORES BROWNIES

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S’mores Brownies from Delicious Meliscious, originally from Betty Crocker

1 pack brownie mix
1/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup water
1 large egg
2 cups miniature marshmallows
4 graham crackers, cut into chunks
2 Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars, cut into each segments

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spray 9×9-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Prepare the brownie mix according to the directions on the box (or use your favorite homemade recipe) using the oil, egg, and water.

After baking, remove the pan from the oven and set the oven to broil at 500-550 F.

Cool brownies for about a minute then sprinkle the marshmallows over the warm brownies. Make sure to cover most of the area. Sprinkle the graham crackers on top of the marshmallows. Broil about 4-5 inches from the heat for 30 seconds to a minute until the marshmallows are golden brown. Watch carefully so that they don’t burn. Sprinkle with Hershey’s milk chocolate bars.

Yield: 16 brownies.

Nutrition Information (per brownie): 264 calories; 10.4 g. fat; 30 mg. cholesterol; 190 mg. sodium; 39.9 g. carbohydrate; 0.12 g. fiber; 3.3 g. protein

Result: Simple but Delicious! These are a great way to enjoy s’mores year-round and in a new and unique way.

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