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Spicy quinoa lettuce cups

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Looking for healthy lunch ideas? Try these yummy spicy quinoa lettuce cups by our January 2017 cover model, Tiffiny Hall.

 

// Prep: 10 min // Cook: 30 min

Ingredients (Serves 2) Prep: 10 min // Cook: 30 min

  • ¾ cup mixed quinoa
  • 1 ¾ cup vegetable stock
  • 125g tin four bean mix, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • ¼ avocado
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 4 tomatoes, cut into 1 cm dice
  • ¼ bunch coriander, finely chopped
  • 4 large cos lettuce leaves

Method

1. Preheat oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

2. Place quinoa into a saucepan with 1 ¾ cup vegetable stock, simmer for 15 minutes or until cooked through. Drain quinoa and spread onto a baking tray. 

3. To the baking tray, add bean mix, spices and garlic and mix through. Place into the oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until quinoa is slightly crunchy. 

4. Meanwhile, mash avocado and lemon juice together and set aside. 

5. Remove quinoa from oven, toss tomato and coriander through quinoa and bean mix.

6. Spoon quinoa mix into lettuce leaves and dollop on avocado to serve. 

Get Tiffiny’s full work out and meal plan in the January 2017 edition of Women’s Health and Fitness Magazine.

Find more healthy recipes in our extensive recipe collection.

 

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This Is Your New Year's "Get Your Butt to the Gym" Playlist

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Let’s get ready to crush our 2017 goals, starting right on Jan. 1. Need some motivation or just some motivational tunes? These empowering and energizing tracks will help you get your butt to the gym and pump you up through any cardio or strength training you have planned. You may or may not feel like a badass in the process.

If this mix isn’t your speed or style, check out all of our workout playlists to find something that suits your taste. Just download the free Spotify software or app to listen to our playlists.

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Even Optimists Tend to Expect the Worst

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Even if you consider yourself to be pretty upbeat, it’s easy to get caught up in feelings of dread as you wait to hear about uncertain news. As the moment of truth draws nearer, people often find themselves increasingly convinced that bad results are ahead.

These emotions may feel stressful and unhealthy, but a new study suggests they’re totally normal. In fact, this instinct to brace for the worst can actually be protective and serve as a buffer against potentially bad news, say researchers from the University of California Riverside.

In previous studies, it’s been recognized that, as individuals wait for their respective results, students become increasingly convinced they’ve failed an exam, patients become increasingly convinced they have a terrible disease, and voters become increasingly convinced that their candidate will lose an election.

RELATED: Optimism Can Help You Live Longer

Kate Sweeny, Ph.D., a psychology professor at UC Riverside, wanted to see if this was true of optimists and pessimists alike. “Intuition might suggest that some people are more likely to brace than others,” Sweeny said in a press release. “In particular, happy-go-lucky optimists would seem immune to the anxiety and second-guessing that typically arise as the decisive moment draws near.”

So she and her co-author performed nine different experiments in their lab and in real-life settings. Some involved college students anticipating rankings of their attractiveness from peers, for example, while others involved law-school graduates awaiting the results of their bar exams. All participants answered questions beforehand to determine their natural disposition.

The researchers’ findings, published in the Journal of Personality, were “counter to intuition,” Sweeny said. “Optimists were not immune to feeling a rise in pessimism at the moment of truth. In fact, not a single study showed a difference between optimists and pessimists in their tendency to brace for the worst.”

RELATED: Happy People Make Their Spouses Happier

There was a difference, unsurprisingly, in overall predictions: Optimists started out with more positive expectations than pessimists. But everyone in the study tended to shift those expectations downward over time.

This may be because not getting one’s hopes up can be a natural defense. “If you expect the worst, you can lessen feelings of shock and disappointment if things don’t go as you hoped,” Sweeny told RealSimple.com, “and you’ll be pleasantly surprised if they do.”

So if you feel down right before a big announcement, Sweeny says you shouldn’t necessarily fight those feelings. Rather, she says, we should all try to be more like the optimists in this study, and save our pessimism for these strategic moments.

“It’s generally good to be optimistic about the future,” she says. “Optimists are happier and healthier in lots of different ways, and it’s true that worrying too much or for too long can lead to anxiety and rumination. But in these final moments before you get big news, optimism can be really treacherous.”

In other words, she says, making sure you’ve done everything you can to ensure your chances of success—and then putting off your worries until those final moments—may be the best balance you can strike. And if you do feel like the world’s about to end while you wait, take heart in knowing that that’s normal, too.

This article originally appeared on RealSimple.com.

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Created by Collective: Get the Party Started With Classic Holiday Cocktails

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Spike your hot chocolate for a rocking good time! — A Bubbly Life
Winter sangria will instantly add cheer to your holiday bash — TFDiaries
This apple cider is for adults only! — Belle Vie
Spice up your Champagne with a holiday spin — Whitney Bond
Red-wine-lovers will rejoice over this party punch — BetsyLife
How to make your Dirty Shirley a little more classy — A Cup Full of Sass
Unexpected fruits make for a festive holiday drink — Luci’s Morsels

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Here's How Much You Need to Exercise If You Sit at a Desk All Day, According to Science

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The perils of sitting all day aren’t good. Researchers have shown that remaining stationary for extended periods of time (like at your 9-to-5 desk job) can be detrimental to your health. While exercise is a big part of offsetting the harmful effects of sitting, it was unclear how many gym sessions were needed to help — until now.

A new study, published in The Lancet, shows the ideal formula for counteracting the negative effects of a sedentary job. Instead of a fixed number of hours spent exercising, the ratio depends on how much you sit: people who work a typical eight-hour day should spend at least one hour each day moving; if you sit six hours a day, you should spend half an hour exercising. The research also indicated that the exercise doesn’t have to be all at once — or rigorous. It can be spread throughout the day and be as simple as walking.

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The team behind the study analyzed data from a pool of a million adults over the age of 45 in Western Europe, the United States, and Australia. Using previous data, the researchers examined data from 16 published studies and used it to determine how much exercise is required to compensate for sitting. Their recommended daily exercise goal is higher than previous advice but not necessarily less attainable, given it can be completed throughout the day.

Fitting in an hour of exercise a day sounds especially daunting if you have a desk job, but there are plenty of workouts you can complete before and after work. Even if it means taking a 10-minute walk during lunch, your body will thank you in the long run.

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How to Eat If You're Trying to Lose Weight, According to a Dietitian

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Like most people trying to lose weight, I listened to the experts. Instead of eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner, I started scheduling meals and snacks so I was eating five or six times a day. This worked out to noshing on something every couple hours — 7 a.m. breakfast, 9 a.m. snack, 12 p.m. lunch, 3 p.m. snack, 5:30 p.m. dinner, and sometimes a late-night snack. The purpose was to ensure my hunger was satiated to prevent feeling so famished at each meal that I’d overeat. But then I realized I was eating all day long and never feeling hungry. I was also not losing weight. I was watching the clock instead of listening to my body. So which is better?

When I asked certified dietitian Leslie Langevin, MS, RD, CD of Whole Health Nutrition to answer that question, she said, “It’s better to eat when you are hungry. This is the concept of mindful eating.” Every time you go to put something in your mouth, ask yourself if you are hungry.

She also adds that it’s important to know what hunger is, since feeling hungry is important for weight loss. “Some people have stomach growling, some have salivation and increased food thought.” Being aware of the hunger scale will help you decide when it’s time to eat. You want to eat when you’re at about a three on the hunger scale, feeling hungry with a growling belly. And the important thing here is to eat enough until you’re at about a six on the hunger scale, where you feel satisfied but not stuffed or tired from eating too much.

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Eating when you’re hungry and eating just enough to feel satiated is the key. So instead of watching the clock and eating exactly at certain times of the day, eat when your body tells you it’s ready to eat. That might mean eating three times a day, and that might mean eating six times a day.

Leslie does say that, “I think if you are a person who is a meal skipper or someone who doesn’t really feel that hungry, setting times is a good idea.” Some people forget to eat because they’re so busy, or their work schedule only allows them to take breaks at certain times, so for these instances, it’s important to schedule snacks and meals. But overall, if you’re schedule allows for it, “go for the hunger/mindful eating approach.”

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We've Got Something Awesome For Every Runner on Your Gift List (Stocking Stuffers Included)

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Perhaps you’ve got a lot of runners in your life . . . or there’s just one special one . . . or perhaps you’re a runner yourself and forwarding this to everyone you know in hopes of obtaining every item on this list (we’re not judging, we’re probably doing the same thing, honestly). Whatever it is, you’ve definitely come to the right place.

Because look, there’s the new Nike Apple watch on here (and that kickass new Garmin Forerunner . . . and the new Mizuno Wave Rider 20s), but there’s also a ton of inexpensive stocking-stuffer-status gifts that runners will totally love (their muscles will love it, too), so there’s truly something for every runner on your gifting list. Now does anyone want to get us that 13.1 necklace? Anybody? Bueller?

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