Pudding made in a blender? You better believe it. Here's a milk-chocolate pudding recipe from chef Matthew Kenny that is raw, easy to make, and full of healthy fats. And it is so very tasty! How does he make this dish so flavorful without dairy, eggs, or cooking? Watch this video to learn his secrets, and then whip up your own batch at home.
December is under way, which means it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas round the world — especially for celebrities. Not only is Tinseltown itself getting decked out, but also, stars from Kelly Clarkson and Heidi Klum to Naya Rivera are getting ready for the holidays just like the rest of us: hauling trees, singing classic tunes, dressing up in their best festive attire, and posing with the big man in red himself.
Click through to see the stars getting in the holiday spirit, and if it inspires you to start shopping, then be sure to check out our holiday gift guide!
It's the time of year to spread the dough, er . . . holiday cheer around. As your shopping list gets longer and longer, stress levels can skyrocket. Not to fear. Here are 50 gifts for $50 and under that are sure to please everyone from the makeup-lover to the spa aficionado on your list. And the only thing left to worry about is how many pieces of peppermint bark to devour.
Give the gift of love this holiday season by spoiling that special someone with a present that really comes from the heart. From must-have fitness gear to nutrition tools for the kitchen, we've got you covered with over 200 heart-healthy gifts with finds in all price ranges.
- Get way too drunk. You're allowed to have some alcohol, but make sure you pace and limit yourself. If you want to know how much you can drink, Grub Street has a neat infographic that cites the right amount of liquor each type of employee should imbibe.
- Stick to your tribe. If you already belong to a clique in the office, use the party as an opportunity to stray away from the pack. After all, you see those familiar faces all the time. Who knows? You may develop great new friendships outside of your circle.
- Talk about work the whole time. Seriously, don't talk about the broken copy machine or how much work you're going to have to do when you get into the office tomorrow. Try to think of nonwork topics to lighten the mood. Talking about the daily grind may seem second nature to you when you're around colleagues, but it can stress people out because it's reminding them of work.
- Gossip or complain. Don't be a debbie downer and moan about work or talk about the latest office gossip. People can easily overhear what you're saying so you might want to save your personal comments for another time.
- Invite too many people. This party isn't an opportunity for you and your friends to take advantage of the free food and booze. Just invite one person with you to the party if you're allowed to. Remember to check to see if you can even bring guests to the party to begin with. Remember, the point of the party is for you to mingle with your colleagues, so it's better to fly solo for this event.
- Ignore the dress code. Do dress appropriately for the party, and if you're new at the company, ask other employees who were at last year's holiday party about the dress code. Leave anything short, tight, and skimpy at home — this is still a work function.
- Be tongue tied. If you're generally a shy person, you might not know what to say when it comes to talking to a superior or a colleague you're not acquainted with. Do some prep before hand to brainstorm a list of prompters so you'll never have to worry about awkward silences.
- Forget to thank the organizers. Make sure you take the time to thank the people who coordinated and organized the party. They obviously have put in a lot of effort to make sure you'll have a good time and they'll definitely appreciate the acknowledgement from you.
Bows aren't just for the gifts you're giving this season — impress everyone at your next holiday party, and try the hair bow! It looks complicated, but it only takes two minutes to master, and anyone can pull it off (seriously). Just be sure to have a few bobby pins on hand!
On Kirbie: Shoshanna dress
We've compiled foodie-friendly gifts for your friends and family all holiday season long, but the time has come for us food editors to reveal what's really on our Christmas wish lists. From a radish-printed dress to passionfruit candy to a knit teapot koozie, there are plenty of reasons for us to anxiously await Dec. 25.
Our week was full of surprises — not least of which was how good the stars looked! Amanda Seyfried started things off with one of her sweetest styles ever, stepping out in a pastel cocktail number in Seoul. She managed to keep the look seasonal with red lips that echoed the other lace dress in our top 10: Lea Michele's Dolce & Gabbana sheath.
Other shocks came in the form of unexpected hems — Amy Adams in David Koma and Sandra Bullock in Carolina Herrera, to name two — and a clever repurposing of Keira Knightley's Chanel wedding dress. Click through to see the looks we loved on some very chic ladies.
Compared to when you're on a really tight budget, spending $30 can feel like a downright splurge! And with picks this special, it will look that way, too. We're talking sparkling smoking slippers, makeup cases with attitude, and more than one bauble to kick-start a year in style, just to name a few. Just be careful: with gifts this good — and at this price — you may wind up finding something for yourself, too!
With a calendar full of holiday parties in December, it's easy to fall off your healthy wagon — and have a hard time climbing back on board! Who better to talk to about staying on track than The Biggest Loser trainer and fitness guru Jillian Michaels?
Jillian, who recently announced her partnership with Curves that kicks off in 2014, chatted with us about how she strategizes with clients to keep them on track during the holidays.
Don't resign yourself to indulging all month long! Jillian suggests picking "several days to indulge" — instead of the entire month. Plan in advance and know when you'll be taking part in celebratory meals and goodies. Once you have those dates mapped out, Jillian says "be sure to work out that day" so you have the calories to spare on holiday treats. Another holiday tip from the weight-loss guru: bring your own healthy dish to a party. Jillian says "that way you know there will be at least one healthy item to enjoy!"
Jillian's mantra when it comes to special holiday meals? "Moderation is key." If there are certain foods you just can’t omit from your holiday menu, prepare them, but always remember to eat with moderation in mind. We were also surprised to learn that Jillian doesn't believe in the word "cheat." Instead, she says "there are foods that are higher in calories than others, and I consume them in moderation." Jillian allows "20 percent of her daily calories" to come from foods that are less healthy like a sweet treat or the occasional cocktail.
Keep It Clean
While she allows space in her diet for less healthy food, Jillian doesn't take the word "food" lightly. She says that natural sources of sugar and fat are OK in moderation, but "fake sugars, fats, [food dyes], and flavors are never OK. They are not food." She's adamant about steering clear of these "fake foods" because she feels our bodies do not know how to process them, which "not only results in obesity but in disease." Jillian insists to "avoid those foods at all costs!"