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EASTER FUN-DAY! Fresh and delicious seasonal recipes.

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FEATURE THE UPSIDE OF DOWN When good comes from grief. ESSAY OUR FAMILY TREE Actor Amy Aquino on her father’s passion for gardening.

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HEALTH NEWS Buddy up to slim down, ease allergies for better sleep, and find focus with exercise.

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FEATURE BUILD BETTER BRAINS Important ways to protect what’s going on inside kids’ heads. FEATURE THE BEST HEALTH ADVICE YOU’VE NEVER HEARD Experts reveal what helps them sleep better, get stronger, and more. LIVE LONGER AND STRONGER THE HEART PART THAT NEEDS SOME LOVE Keep your blood vessels happy. NUTRITION RETHINK YOUR MEALS Joy Bauer shares secrets to eating healthier morning, noon, and night. WELLNESS SQUAD LOOSEN UP! Easy ways to ease aches.

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BUTTERFLY WATCH Lure them to your yard with these plants, plus other tips.

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FEATURE SPRING-CLEAN YOUR FINANCES Organize your money in no time.

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89 STEAK AND ROASTED RADISH PITAS WITH FETA SALSA

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NO LINEN CLOSET? No problem. Even in the smallest of spaces, a cart can hold everything from clean towels to cotton swabs.

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Turn it into a snack bar. Put your coffeepot, fruit basket, and drinkware on one shelf and your family’s favorite munchies on another.

Use it in place of a nightstand and tuck jewelry, chargers, and toiletries (like lotion and makeup-removing wipes) in decorative boxes.

Set up your printer on the bottom shelf, then arrange stationery, pens, and mail in neat trays on top to make a portable workstation.

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TOP TO BOTTOM Resist the urge to vacuum first! You’ll avoid having to suck up dirt twice if you start with surfaces and finish with floors.

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Stop putting off tough to-dos! ▶ BLINDS Wear a clean sock like a glove and add a dab of rubbing alcohol. For vertical slats, grip each in a “C” shape, then slide your hand from top to bottom. For horizontal blinds, wipe from left to right, across two or three at a time, then repeat on the other side.

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Remove vent filters and soak for 30 minutes in a mix of hot water, 2 cups white vinegar, and ¼ cup grease-cutting dish soap. Scrub with a long-handled brush, rinse until the water runs clear, air-dry, and replace.

Hand off your piles and heaps! Movers pack up your stuff and store it until you decide (via the website) what you want delivered back home.

▶ BASEBOARDS Let baby wipes work their magic on moldings. They’re premoistened and gentle, which allows them to swirl away grime without a duster and cleaning spray.

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Make a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide and apply with a cleaning brush to your grubbiest grout. Let sit for 10 minutes, give it another swipe with the brush, then rinse clean.

Set up a smart to-do list for household chores that family members can access. You can even check off completed tasks through the app.

▶ SHOWER To fight hard water stains on showerheads and drain covers, place a cloth coated in white vinegar on the area for 10 minutes, then remove and wipe clean.

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SPRAY NOW, WIPE LATER A little patience can save you from unnecessary scrubbing. After you spritz a surface with cleaner, leave it for five to 10 minutes. Tackle something else in the room while you wait to wipe it down. By letting the solution sit, you give it the time it needs to effectively lift dirt and, in some cases, nix germs. (Bonus: You may end up using less cleaner too.) Places worth pretreating? Stoves, countertops, tubs, toilets, and sinks.

FRESH SCENT Place a few drops of essential oil on the cardboard tube inside your toilet paper roll before putting it in place. Each time you unroll, a light fragrance will hit the air. Try a mix of clove and lemon for a clean, rustic aroma.

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($300, dyson.com) This vacuum has changed my cleaning life. I have a cat and a teenager and it picks up everything! Plus, it’s lightweight and easy to maneuver.

($3.50, walmart.com) Dust doesn’t stand a chance on the frames, lights, and tables in my house, thanks to these slightly sticky disposable cloths. I use them to pick up pet hair, dust, and dirt trapped in corners and under furniture legs too.

—KRISTEN SALADINO, FASHION DIRECTOR

2. STONER INVISIBLE GLASS CLEANER ($4, homedepot.com) This spray releases a fine mist that doesn’t drip down windows or mirrors. Use it with a lint-free cloth and it works great. —ANNEMARIE CONTE, EXECUTIVE EDITOR

3. MR. CLEAN MAGIC ERASER WITH DURAFOAM ($2 for two, at grocery stores) It’s my go-to for walls, tile grout—even the soles of my shoes! It literally can clean any mark with the least amount of effort.

6. MRS. MEYER’S MULTI-SURFACE EVERYDAY CLEANER ($4, mrsmeyers.com) I started using this spray because it has simple ingredients and no harsh chemicals, but its unique garden scents have me hooked! It always leaves my counters looking and smelling fresh.

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WHAT KIND OF ORGANIZER ARE YOU? When it comes to dealing with clutter, one size doesn’t always fit all. Get tips based on your personality. IF YOU’RE... Sentimental

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You connect a sweet memory to every item you own, making you hesitant to let anything go. THE FIX: Donate stuff you don’t use—but not before taking a picture of the piece. If you really want a place for memories, a scrapbook is a good alternative to a house full of clutter.

You see a DIY opportunity in everything from a lonely sock to old knickknacks. THE FIX: While you should embrace your creativity, be realistic. Commit to keeping only the future projects that fit in a designated area like a storage bin or set of drawers.

You can make decisions, but you tend to procrastinate because you want time to get it right. THE FIX: Starting can be the hardest obstacle, so remind yourself that you can do almost anything for 15 minutes. Set a timer with a promise to stop organizing once it rings.

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Designed specifically for gadgets, the Toddy Gear Microfiber Smart Cloth ($10, toddygear.com) is a safe way to dust and degrease stereos and smarthome assistants.

Keep your towel dry to avoid getting moisture in the device. For stubborn spots on an item’s exterior, dab water on the cloth’s corner and gently buff the surface.

Weiman E-tronic Wipes ($6, weiman.com) can quickly and safely nix pesky fingerprints from screens without leaving behind streaks or any harmful residues.

Always dust the screen before using a liquid cleaner to avoid potential scratches. Drag wipes in an “S” pattern, edge to edge, for a spotless finish.

Rid your most-used devices of germs with Well-Kept Screen Cleansing Wipes ($6, staywellkept.com). They come in a handy portable pouch.

Lightly swipe the wipe over the phone, taking extra care near speakers, camera lenses, and buttons. Let dry completely before using.

The reusable Cyber Clean Gel ($5, containerstore .com) lifts debris and crumbs from between keys and mystery guck from a mouse while also disinfecting.

Unplug your keyboard or mouse, press the gel down (don’t rub!), and watch dirt and dust peel away. Replace it when its color goes from yellow to gray.

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CLEAN-ASYOU-GO HABITS Rethink your routine to get a head start on cleaning. ▶ The next time you brew a pot of tea, pour extra hot water down the drain with a squirt of soap to help keep pipes clear.

▶ In areas that are prone to pileups, hang hooks on the walls so you have somewhere for clothes or bags to go until you’re ready to put them away.

▶ Leave the shower door open while you’re at work. It can help speed up drying time to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. ▶ Before starting laundry, make use of a dirty hand towel. Wipe detergent drips off the machines, then toss it in with the wash. ▶ To combat odors, place a bowl of used coffee grinds in the fridge and replace every few weeks or as needed.

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Upside Down

Lainie Petersen at the 9/11 Memorial Museum in January.

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As these grieving women discovered, helping others was a balm to their wounds and brought them back into the light. BY K E R RY E G A N


I

was a hospice chaplain for years, and I’ve learned an important lesson along the way: When people share stories of grief, they’re actually revealing truths about love. Tales of loss, abandonment, and dreams deferred reveal a much larger and deeper reality about human connection and compassion. So why do we try so hard to avoid these stories? Why do we change the subject or shy away from calling or visiting with people who are grieving? Part of the reason is that hearing stories of loss reminds us of our own losses, our own unhealed pain. Part of it is that we don’t know what to say or, worse, fear we’ll say the wrong thing. But what we have to realize is that most people who are grieving are not looking for advice or counting on us to have the perfect words. What they really need is someone to be present with them, to listen to their loved-and-lost stories,

to remind them that they are not alone in the world. Last summer, when I asked on Facebook if anyone had a grief story they might consider sharing, the response was overwhelming. I heard from hundreds of people, many of whom I’d never met, who wanted to talk about their losses and how they’d changed as a result of them. “I long to tell my story,” one woman wrote to me. And another, perhaps most poignantly:

“Thank you for asking.” People yearned for the simple chance to tell someone about the person they loved. They wanted connection. As I talked with the women on these pages—Lainie, Claire, and Amani—what I heard again and again (and what their stories here will reveal) was the importance of offering support and love to others as a way to help them move through their lowest moments. So if you know someone who is grieving, listen to her stories carefully, with curiosity and compassion. You may be surprised at the fabric of connection, support, and compassion that materializes. If you’re the one who’s struggling, be patient and reach out to others if you can. Remember that it’s the love at the heart of every loss that gives us the strength, ultimately, to begin to heal. —Kerry Egan

ALLIE HOLLOWAY.

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fter the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Lainie Petersen of Columbia, SC, wanted to do something for victims’ families. So she sat down with a pen and a yellow legal pad and began to write thousands of condolence letters. She never expected to hear anything back, but in December 2001 she got a letter from Michael Keating, whose mother died when the plane she was on crashed into the World Trade Center’s north tower. “You are quite right that this tragedy devastated us,” he wrote. Michael’s letter was the first of many responses that began to fill Lainie’s mailbox. Some people sent brief thank-you notes; others wrote long, intimate tales of grief. Some sent photos and

Many letters and photos that families sent Lainie are now part of the permanent collection at the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City.

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FIND HEALING : Several groups organize letter-writing projects. For details, visit lettersagainst.org and soldiersangels.org.

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“Helping others changed everything,” says Claire (above, with her parents in 1995).

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rief touched Claire Bidwell Smith in a big way at a young age: Her mother died when she was 18 and her father seven years later. “I felt lost, adrift,” says Claire. “I wondered who would ever love me like they had.” Soon Claire fell into a reckless and wild time, drinking to excess. She never sat still, afraid that if she did, the pain would overwhelm her: “I was scared that if I started to cry, I would never stop.” Eventually, she realized that her coping mechanisms were causing her more pain than her grief. Yoga, therapy, and sobriety helped. But it was reaching out to others, especially kids and teenagers, that gave her new purpose. In 2004, Claire began to volunteer at 826LA, a writing program founded by the author Dave Eggers. As part of her duties, she helped kids get their own experiences, often heartbreaking, down on paper.

“I didn’t do anything heroic,” says Claire. “But being with them as they told their own stories helped me find meaning in mine.” She then went on to work with the homeless and in hospice care and eventually decided to dedicate her career to helping others who were grieving. In 2006, she went back to school to become a therapist. “Giving to other people who are in need has been the single most healing mechanism in my own grief,” says Claire. “It made me feel like I was worth something again.” Claire is now a nationally renowned expert on grief and loss. In 2012, she wrote a book about grief, The Rules of Inheritance, and her forthcoming book, Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief, will be published later this year. As a grief counselor, she has a message, born of experience, for those in the midst of a tough time: “Allow grief to change you—you can rebuild and find the other side.”

FIND HEALING : Reach out to your local Boys & Girls Club (bgca.org/findaclub), homeless shelter, or animal-rescue organization to find volunteer opportunities near you.

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mementos. Lainie lovingly tucked all of it into scrapbooks. As time passed, some of the letter writers turned into regular pen pals and even friends. In 2003, Lainie and her husband traveled to Massachusetts to share Thanksgiving with one family with whom they had become particularly close. Over the past 16 years, as Lainie has lost several loved ones and suffered a serious medical issue, her correspondents have become confidants, providing her with the support she once offered them as strangers. In reading their letters and talking to them, Lainie learned how to grieve. “I had seen what it looks like to move through the brutal early months of sadness, into the years of building a new life without someone you love,” she says. Most important, she knew she needed to give herself time and accept support. “Sometimes people help you by letting you help them,” she says. Michael Keating, whose return letter in 2001 kicked off the cascade of responses, also taught Lainie a valuable lesson about a way to start healing. “He wrote that he hoped I would reach out to other families,” she says. “Even in his grief, he was more concerned about those around him.” These days, Lainie is still writing to many of her friends, and she has had time to reflect on the lasting—and surprising— effect her letter-writing campaign has had on her life. “Their notes taught me the real meaning of strength,” she says.


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My experiences help me understand my patients. I know what it’s like to feel fragile.” Amani at home in 2012.

A Divine Intervention

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n her first year at Amherst College in Massachusetts, Amani Legagneur hit her head on the brick wall of her dorm room by accident and sustained a concussion. Doctors told her she’d recover within a few weeks, but the bump on her head led to an ongoing litany of neurological symptoms including memory loss, confusion, slurred speech, exhaustion, brain fog, and tremors. Six years later, while she was studying at Harvard Divinity School, her symptoms suddenly and drastically worsened— she had to use a wheelchair for a time and was regularly

disoriented, fatigued, and in pain. Doctors finally diagnosed her with post-concussion syndrome just two years ago. “Over time, my health and confidence diminished,” says Amani. “I was grieving my former sense of self.” But after she graduated, as she settled into her work as a hospital chaplain, learning to be present with her patients allowed Amani to embrace her vulnerability and begin to come to terms with her own sense of loss. Her faith in God buoyed her even more. Amani is now the manager of Spiritual Health & Education at the Northside Hospital system in

Atlanta, where she is in charge of training new chaplains. She regularly works with patients who are coping with the many losses that go along with illness and injury. In fact, the very first patient she saw when she started working as a chaplain was a 24-year-old brain injury patient. “My own experiences help me understand my patients better. I know what it’s like to feel fragile,” she says. Amani still has symptoms and takes daily medications. “My hopes shifted so much when I was really sick. I had to learn to integrate my vulnerability and somehow find strength in it,” she says. That’s also exactly what she does now, working with both patients and student chaplains: “I teach people how to engage with their losses and suffering. I would never welcome the suffering into anyone’s life, but given that we’re going to experience it just by being human, the best outcome is that we’ll learn to be more compassionate and gentle with ourselves and others.” Amani explains that the love of the people around her helped her survive and heal: “Love is bigger than pain. I understand that.” And now she is able to help her patients experience that love too.

FIND HEALING : If you’re interested in volunteering at a hospice center, go to medicare.gov/hospicecompare to find a location near you.

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There’s no road map for grieving, says Megan Devine, L.P.C., author of It’s OK That You’re Not OK. But these approaches can help you navigate its twists and turns.

TALK ABOUT IT Look for people who will listen without judgment. If your friends and family don’t fit the bill, find support groups, online communities, or a bereavement counselor.

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ACCEPT YOUR FEELINGS Being angry, anxious, afraid, despondent, confused, or exhausted; not eating or sleeping; and eating and sleeping more than usual are all natural parts of grieving.

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PRACTICE PATIENCE Grieving can take years, and it’s an experience that will change you. Give yourself time to learn what your new life without your loved one will look like.

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was my parents’ fifth and last child, a “surprise,” born when my father, Salvatore Aquino, was 47 years old. My resemblance to him gave me the nickname “Little Sal,” and I took after him in other ways too: I was quiet and shy, and I loved to work with my hands. One of my father’s most consistent and persistent lessons was never to let anything go to waste. He had grown up poor in Brooklyn in the 1910s and 1920s, and his family had found a use for everything around them, including their modest plot of land. They grew huge fig trees from the tiny cutting my grandfather had carried from his Naples birthplace. They planted mulberries and grapes and every type of vegetable and herb and never let a leaf go to waste. They fertilized their crops with horse

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manure found in the streets. When I was a kid, we didn’t have to grow our own food to survive, but for my father, if you had a patch of land, sun, and water— even in suburban Philadelphia, where we lived—it was a sin not to put them to use. With most of the yard shaded by tall trees, our vegetables ran

For my father, if you had a patch of land, sun, and water, it was a sin not to put them to use.”

to the garage. Every year there were tomatoes—he taught me to pinch off excess foliage to encourage more fruit—basil, and Italian parsley; string beans growing up the fence; peppers that would go from green to bright red; eggplants and zucchini; and sometimes a pumpkin or melon vine wandering through. We’d care for the rest of the yard together too, trimming back the roses, pushing the hand mower, weeding the lawn. We’d shape the hedges, feed the azaleas, and rake and rake. We spent thousands of judgment-free hours together, doing something we both loved and took pride in.

PLANTING THE SEED along the long, sunny driveway. He had planted a cutting of the Brooklyn fig tree in each house he had lived in, and our Philadelphia version thrived in its spot next

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The first house I owned, which I’ve lived in for about 25 years, is a 1915 Hollywood bungalow. Its large yard was mostly barren except for a towering 80-year-old

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I’ll never forget the lessons my father taught me about gardening—and life. BY A M Y A Q U I N O


avocado tree and smaller fruit trees that produced an abundance of sweet navel oranges and Satsuma mandarins. After putting in irrigation (a must in Southern California), I fashioned a terraced driveway vegetable garden and some compost bins using leftover railroad ties. For my housewarming party I asked for plants, and bit by bit my garden began to grow. From the first time my father visited, he was overwhelmed and delighted by the seemingly effortless bounty. Every morning he’d be out back in his robe, looking for avocados and picking ripe oranges to juice for breakfast. My father died about 15 years ago, but his spirit is with me in my relationship with the earth.

I have my own family fig tree, from a cutting that my sister brought from her plant in North Carolina, itself grown from a Philadelphia cutting. Back in a Mediterranean climate, it’s big and prolific. Every year I recruit friends to help make jam with the blackberries gathered from the plants along a part of my driveway. I harvest endless kale and chard, lettuce, and beans. Raising this food isn’t an economic necessity—but it isn’t a choice either. It was my father’s truth, and it has become mine: You must recognize and appreciate the value in what you have, and if the earth wants to feed you, you must gracefully, and gratefully, accept.

Amy now (above) and held by her father in 1957.

This spring, look for Amy Aquino in the TV drama Bosch, streaming on Amazon Prime Video, and in the movie Beautiful Boy.

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Inspire / KINDNESS I’m the musical director of a group of seniors from the First Presbyterian Church, and for the past 14 years we have performed 30-minute programs of oldies but goodies at retirement and rehab centers. It’s extra fun because we pass out the music so everyone can join in. CHARLOTTE HAINS, San Antonio, TX

Musical director Charlotte (front, far left) with singers who raise their voices weekly.

YOUR KIND ACTS Fund a Future graduates Bridget (left) and Christine.

I work with AIDSpirit USA’s Fund a Future campaign (aidspirit.org), which provides every child living at the group’s Tender Mercies home in Uganda with an elementarythrough-university-level education. I’ve been lucky to travel to Africa and see firsthand how the organization supplies clothing, educational materials, and health care to the students. The experience has really defined my retirement.

These generous deeds shared by WD readers are a great example of what happens when action follows heart.

My grandchildren, Mackenzie and Devin, along with their friends Tom, William, and Matthew set up a car wash to make money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in memory of a friend. The father of the three boys is a volunteer firefighter, and he brought the truck over so the kids could give it a good scrub. They worked so hard organizing the event, coordinating cars to be washed, and collecting donations. LYNN STANKOWITZ, North Babylon, NY

Happy to help!

DENISE SANDVICK, Killdeer, ND

Send your Kindness Project ideas to kindnessproject@ hearst.com. Stories may be edited for clarity and length.

R E A D A B O U T K I N D N E S S! WD’s Kindness Project column inspired a new book by editor-in-chief Susan Spencer called When Action Follows Heart: 365 Ways to Share Kindness. Look for it in bookstores or order at Amazon.com.

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At a Salvation Army advisory board meeting 17 years ago, I suggested holding a sewing class for women, and the board authorized the purchase of a sewing machine. Today we have 16 machines, and I’ve been joined by Carlee Dillon, who helps me instruct. Our students now include boys, girls, homeschooled students, and senior adults with special needs. At each class we serve lunch, and the course wraps up with a fashion show and a certificate for each participant. CRISTABELL REICHE WEST, West New Braunfels, TX


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Take the Cake Towering layers of chocolate make this gorgeous dessert totally irresistible.

DANIELLE OCCHIOGROSSO DALY. FOOD STYLING: CYD MCDOWELL. PROP STYLING: ALEX MATA. UTENSILS ICON: HALFAZEBRA STUDIO/NOUN PROJECT.

Recipe, page 131.

DIG IN! This cake is gluten-free, so it’s perfect for Passover.

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L E M O N - W H I T E C H O C O L AT E MINI CHEESECAKES Prep Time: 15 min. | Total Time: 3 hours 20 min. | Makes: 12 servings (incl. refrigerating)

WHAT YO U NEED 1 pkg. (4 oz.) BAKER'S White Chocolate, divided 28 square shortbread cookies (1-1/2 inch), divided 2 Tbsp. butter, melted 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. sugar, divided 2 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened 1 tsp. vanilla 1 tsp. zest and 1/4 cup juice from 2 lemons 2 eggs

M AKE IT HEAT oven to 325°F. MELT 2 oz. chocolate as directed on package; set aside for later use. USE pulsing action of food processor to process 16 cookies until finely crushed; spoon into medium bowl. Add butter and 2 Tbsp. sugar; mix well. Press onto bottoms of 12 paper-lined muffin cups, adding about 1 Tbsp. crumb mixture to each prepared cup. BEAT cream cheese, vanilla and remaining sugar in large bowl with mixer until blended. Add lemon zest, lemon juice and melted chocolate; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Spoon over crusts. BAKE 17 to 20 min. or until centers are almost set. Cool completely. MELT remaining chocolate. Coarsely chop remaining cookies; sprinkle over cheesecakes. Drizzle with melted chocolate. REFRIGERATE 2 hours. Special Extra: Garnish with additional lemon zest before serving.


FOOD STYLING: ANNA HELM BAXTER. PROP STYLING: SARAH CAVE. CRAFT STYLING: MARCIE MCGOLDRICK.

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GATHER THE FAMILY FOR AN EGG HUNT, THEN GET THE PARTY HOPPING WITH CUTE CRAFTS AND A SIMPLE, SEASONAL MEAL.

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1 orange or red pepper 1 (15-oz) can chickpeas, rinsed 1 clove garlic, finely chopped ¼ cup tahini paste 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice 1 tsp smoked paprika ¼ tsp ground cumin Kosher salt and pepper 16 rectangular crackers

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HA M BISCUITS & LEMONY POTATO SA LA D For a new twist on the main dish, set out a platter of these from-scratch Cheddar biscuits piled high with slices of thick-cut ham, arugula, horseradish cream, and apricot mustard. Pair them with a delicious citrusy potato salad. Recipes, page 75

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salt and pepper and purée until smooth. 3 Transfer to a small resealable bag and snip off corner. Pipe onto crackers in a carrot shape and top each with a small sprig of dill to make carrot greens. PER CRACKER 65 CAL, 3 G FAT (0.5 G SAT), 2 G PRO, 105 MG SODIUM, 8 G CARB, 1 G FIBER


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ROASTED CARROTS WITH CITRUS VINAIGRETTE Easily found in grocery stores, rainbow carrots taste just like the orange variety but are so much prettier. Recipe, page 75

CHEESEA ND -HERB QUICHE Assemble this Cheddar, chive, and parsley pastry in a rectangular tart pan for easier portioning and cutting. Recipe, page 76

BLISTERED PEA SA LA D WITH MINT PESTO Make the most of spring's freshest produce with a simple warm salad. Recipe, page 76

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Goodies the size of your head!

Make these cute bunny figurines. How-to, page 79.

MERINGUE POPS Sliding craft sticks into these pastel-swirled meringues turns them into portable sweet treats. Recipe, page 77

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Underneath those easy gum paste ears, cheeks, and nose lies a rich spiced carrot cake studded with apricots and pecans. Recipe, page 76


To make hunting for eggs extra exciting, have kids scoop them up in color order.

GO AHEAD AND PUT 'EM ALL IN ONE BASKET! THESE ADORABLE EASTER CRAFTS LOOK EVEN BETTER TOGETHER.

Cute & colorful Turn a bushel basket ($6, michaels.com) into a cheery catchall for Easter loot by adding a few bright stripes of paint and a pair of homemade pompoms.


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Spring has sprung

DRESS, PIPPA & JULIE AT BLOOMINGDALE'S.

There are no better signs of warmer weather than beautiful blossoms and high-flying butterflies. Use the faux variety to embellish a bamboo basket (from $1, luckyclover trading.com).


All the trimmings Make a plain square basket (from $3, luckyclovertrading .com) look magical with a few scraps of ribbon and trim.

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baking sheet. Place any scraps of dough on baking sheet. Brush tops with heavy cream and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake until light golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes. 5 Make sandwiches with ham, arugula, and sauces if desired. PER SANDWICH 335 CAL, 17 G FAT (9.5 G SAT), 16 G PRO, 1,415 MG SODIUM, 28 G CARB, 1 G FIBER

HORSERADISH CREAM ACTIVE 5 MIN. ✦ TOTAL 5 MIN. ✦ SERVES 24 COST PER 1-TBSP SERVING 6¢

HA M BISCUITS ACTIVE 15 MIN. ✦ TOTAL 35 MIN. ✦ MAKES 8 TO 10 ✦ COST PER SANDWICH $1.12

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp kosher salt ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper 5 Tbsp very cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes ¼ cup fresh dill, finely chopped 4 oz extra-sharp Cheddar, coarsely grated ¾ cup buttermilk 2 Tbsp heavy cream 8 oz sliced cooked ham 2 cups baby arugula Horseradish cream and apricot mustard, for serving (right) 1 Heat oven to 375°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pepper. 2 Rub butter into flour mixture until it resembles fine crumbs; toss with dill and 3 oz Cheddar. 3 Using a fork, quickly fold buttermilk into flour mixture to make a shaggy dough. 4 Transfer to a lightly floured surface and gently knead a few times to just bring together. Roll dough into a ¾-in.thick rectangle, fold in half, rotate 90 degrees, and repeat rolling, folding, and turning 4 more times. On the final turn, roll to ½ in. thick. Using a lightly floured 2½-in. round cutter, cut out biscuits and transfer to the prepared

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In a medium bowl, combine sour cream, pickle, tarragon, and horseradish. PER 1-TBSP SERVING 15 CAL, 1.5 G FAT (1 G SAT), 0 G PRO, 45 MG SODIUM, 1 G CARB, 0 G FIBER

A PRICOT MUSTA RD ACTIVE 5 MIN. ✦ TOTAL 5 MIN. ✦ SERVES 12 COST PER 1-TBSP SERVING 9¢

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cup apricot jam Tbsp whole-grain mustard Tbsp Dijon mustard scallions, thinly sliced

In a medium bowl, combine jam, mustards, and scallions. PER 1-TBSP SERVING 35 CAL, 0 G FAT (0 G SAT), 0 G PRO, 75 MG SODIUM, 9 G CARB, 0 G FIBER

M A K E-A H E A D T I P The spreads can be made up to 2 days ahead, omitting the fresh herbs, and stored in airtight containers. The biscuits can be baked, cooled, and immediately frozen for up to 1 month. Let sit at room temperature to defrost, then warm in an oven until heated through.

LEMONY POTATO SA LA D ACTIVE 20 MIN. ✦ TOTAL 35 MIN. ✦ SERVES 8 COST PER SERVING $1.01

2½ lbs baby potatoes (about 30) Kosher salt and pepper ¼ cup sour cream 2 Tbsp mayonnaise 1 Tbsp whole-grain mustard 1 tsp grated lemon zest 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

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2 stalks celery, finely chopped ¼ cup fresh chopped chives 1 Place potatoes in a large, wide pot, cover with cold water, and bring to a boil. Add 2 tsp salt, reduce heat, and simmer until potatoes are just tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and run under cold water to cool. 2 Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together sour cream, mayonnaise, mustard, lemon zest and juice, and ½ tsp each salt and pepper; stir in celery. 3 Halve potatoes if large, then add to dressing and gently toss to combine. Fold in chives. PER SERVING 145 CAL, 3.5 G FAT (1 G SAT), 3 G PRO, 275 MG SODIUM, 27 G CARB, 3 G FIBER

M A K E-A H E A D T I P The potatoes can be cooked and cooled up to 1 day ahead. The dressing can be made up to 1 day ahead. Toss with potatoes when ready to serve, then fold in chives.

ROASTED CARROTS WITH CITRUS VINAIGRETTE ACTIVE 10 MIN. ✦ TOTAL 35 MIN. ✦ SERVES 8 COST PER SERVING 39¢

2½ lbs small, thin carrots (about 25), scrubbed clean, halved lengthwise if thick 3 Tbsp olive oil Kosher salt and pepper ½ navel orange 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice 2 tsp honey Toasted sesame seeds, for serving 1 Heat oven to 425°F. On two large rimmed baking sheets, toss carrots with 2 Tbsp oil and ½ tsp each salt and pepper. Nestle orange half, cut side down, onto 1 baking sheet and roast both until carrots are golden brown and tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer to platter. 2 Using tongs, squeeze juice of orange half into a bowl (you should get about 2 Tbsp); whisk in lemon juice, honey, remaining Tbsp oil, and ¼ tsp each salt and pepper. Spoon over carrots just before serving and sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired. PER SERVING 120 CAL, 6.5 G FAT (1 G SAT), 2 G PRO, 270 MG SODIUM, 15 G CARB, 4 G FIBER

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Cookbook / EASTER FUN-DAY! CHEESE-A ND -HERB QUICHE ACTIVE 30 MIN. ✦ TOTAL 2 HR. 10 MIN. (INCLUDES CHILLING) ✦ MAKES 2 QUICHES (EACH SERVES 8) ✦ COST PER SERVING 86¢

PER SERVING 275 CAL, 20.5 G FAT (11.5 G SAT), 6 G PRO, 180 MG SODIUM, 16 G CARB, 1 G FIBER

FOR PIE CRUST

2¼ cups all-purpose flour ½ tsp kosher salt ¾ cup (1½ sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into cubes FOR FILLING

2 Tbsp olive oil 1 medium onion, finely chopped Kosher salt and pepper 4 large eggs 1 cup crème fraîche 1 cup whole milk 4½ oz extra-sharp Cheddar, coarsely grated (about 1½ cups) 2 Tbsp chopped chives ½ cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped

Make pie crust: In a food processor, pulse together flour and salt. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Add ¼ cup ice water and pulse until dough comes together into a ball. Divide dough in half, shape each into ½-in.thick rectangle, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate at least 30 minutes. 2 Working 1 at a time, on a lightly floured surface, roll dough piece into 16 × 7-in. rectangles, then place into two 13 × 4-in. rectangular tart pans with removable bottoms; cut away excess. Refrigerate at least 20 minutes. 3 Heat oven to 375°F. Place tart pans on a large baking sheet. Place a large sheet of nonstick foil inside each and fill with pie weights. Bake 15 minutes, then carefully remove foil and weights and bake until bottoms feel dry and sandy and are starting to turn golden brown, 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F. 4 Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil on medium and cook onion and pinch each salt and pepper, covered, stirring occasionally, until tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Uncover and cook until starting to caramelize, 5 to 10 minutes more. Let cool slightly. 5 In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, crème fraîche, milk, and ¼ tsp each salt and pepper. Stir 1

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in Cheddar, chives, parsley, and onion. Fill tart shells with egg mixture and bake until just set in center, 40 to 45 minutes. Let rest at least 10 minutes before serving.

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M A K E-A H E A D T I P The pie crust can be made up to 2 days ahead or frozen for up to 1 month. The quiche can be baked up to 1 day ahead of time. To serve, bring to room temperature for 1 hour before serving.

BLISTERED PEA SA LA D WITH MINT PESTO ACTIVE 40 MIN. ✦ TOTAL 40 MIN. ✦ SERVES 6 COST PER SERVING $2.28

1 lb sugar snap peas, strings discarded 1 Tbsp plus ⅓ cup olive oil Kosher salt and pepper 1 (10-oz) pkg. peas, thawed if frozen 1 lemon 2 cups fresh mint, plus extra for serving 1 cup flat-leaf parsley 1 small clove garlic, crushed ½ cup blanched almonds 2 cups watercress 1 Heat a large cast-iron skillet on high. In a medium bowl, toss snap peas with 1 Tbsp oil and ¼ tsp salt. Add to hot skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until blistered, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and toss with peas. Transfer to bowl. 2 Finely grate zest of lemon and set aside. In a food processor, pulse mint,

parsley, garlic, almonds, ¼ tsp each salt and pepper, and 1 Tbsp lemon juice until finely chopped. With motor running, gradually add ¼ cup cold water and remaining ⅓ cup oil to make a smooth paste. 3 Fold ⅓ cup pesto into pea mixture, then fold in watercress. Sprinkle with reserved lemon zest and serve with remaining pesto. PER SERVING 270 CAL, 20 G FAT (2.5 G SAT), 9 G PRO, 185 MG SODIUM, 18 G CARB, 8 G FIBER

M A K E-A H E A D T I P The pesto can be made up to 1 day ahead and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

CARROT BUNNY CAKE ACTIVE 1 HR. 10 MIN. ✦ TOTAL 2 HR. 25 MIN. SERVES 20 ✦ COST PER SERVING $1.43

FOR CAKE LAYERS

Oil, for the cake pans cups whole-wheat flour cups all-purpose flour Tbsp baking powder Tbsp baking soda Tbsp ground cinnamon tsp salt tsp ground nutmeg cups light brown sugar large eggs cups (3½ sticks), unsalted butter, melted 16 oz carrots (about 8 medium), grated 1½ cups dried apricots (or golden raisins), chopped 1 cup toasted pecans, chopped Zest of 1 orange

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Cornstarch White gum paste Pink gum paste Gold food coloring spray ($4, wilton.com) 1 strand spaghetti Ribbon Flowers FOR FROSTING

3 (8-oz) pkgs. cream cheese, at room temp ¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, at room temp 1 lb confectioners’ sugar 2 tsp pure vanilla extract


pieces spaghetti into cheeks. Wrap bottom of cake with ribbon and top cake with flowers if desired. PER SERVING 725 CAL, 42 G FAT (22.5 G SAT), 9 G PRO, 530 MG SODIUM, 82 G CARB, 4 G FIBER

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wrap on a work surface. In the center, spoon colored meringue mixtures into 3 side-by-side lines, each about 1 in. wide. Wrap up in the plastic wrap and transfer into prepared piping bags. 5 Working 1 at a time, leaving at least 2 in. space in between, pipe meringues, starting in the center and working your way out to make 3-in. circles. Gently slide 8-in.-long thin craft stick into each meringue. Bake, rotating trays after 1 hour, until dry and crisp and meringues easily pull away from parchment paper, 1½ to 2 hours. Turn off oven, prop open door, and let meringues cool inside. PER POP 55 CAL, 0 G FAT (0 G SAT), 1 G PRO, 20 MG SODIUM, 13 G CARB, 0 G FIBER

M A K E-A H E A D T I P Gum paste decorations can be made and stored uncovered in a cool, dry place for 1 week. Cake layers can be made 1 day ahead or frozen for up to 1 month. Frosting can be refrigerated for 2 days.

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1 Heat oven to 325°F. Lightly oil three 8-in. cake pans, then line with parchment paper; oil parchment. 2 In a large bowl, sift together flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. 3 Using an electric mixer, beat together sugar, eggs, and butter on medium-high speed until mixture is pale and has almost doubled in volume, 2 to 3 minutes. Fold in flour mixture until not quite combined, then fold in carrots, apricots, pecans, and orange zest. Divide batter between prepared cake pans and bake, rotating pans halfway, until a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, 40 to 55 minutes. Transfer pans to wire racks to cool for 10 minutes before inverting onto rack to cool completely. 4 Meanwhile, make decorations: On a work surface lightly dusted with cornstarch, roll white gum paste ⅛ in. thick and cut out bunny ears. Repeat with pink gum paste, making smaller ear shapes. Using a little water as glue, stick pink ear shapes inside white ears. Wrap the top of one ear over a rolling pin to create a curve, then let dry at least 2 hours or up to 3 days. 5 Make bunny cheeks and nose using white and pink gum paste. For eyes, roll gum paste into logs, shape, and spray with edible gold spray. Let dry at least 1 hour. 6 Make frosting: Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter on low speed until smooth. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar, then increase speed to medium and beat to combine. Mix in vanilla. 7 To assemble, using a large serrated knife, cut tops off cakes to make even. Cut each cake in half through equator so there are 6 layers. Using a little frosting as glue, place 1 layer on an 8-in. cardboard cake round, top with ½ cup frosting, and top with another cake layer. Repeat until all 6 layers are used. Cover cake in thin layer of frosting, then refrigerate at least 20 minutes. Spread with remaining frosting, using a large offset spatula to make icing smooth, then refrigerate at least 20 minutes. 8 Once gum paste is dry, press ears into top of bunny cake and gently push cheeks, nose, and eyes onto front of cake. For whiskers, stick 2-in.

4 large egg whites 1 cup sugar Pinch kosher salt Pink, yellow, and blue gel food coloring 8-in. craft sticks 1 Heat oven to 200°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium saucepan, bring 1 in. water to a boil; turn off heat. In the large bowl of an electric mixer resting over the saucepan, whisk together by hand egg whites, sugar, and salt until sugar dissolves (you should no longer feel grains when you rub mixture between two fingers), 2 to 4 minutes. 2 Transfer the bowl to an electric mixer with the whisk attachment and beat on medium-high until mixture cools and medium-stiff peaks form, 6 to 8 minutes. 3 Divide mixture between 3 bowls and tint each with 1 drop food coloring, folding into meringue so as not to deflate (some streaks are OK). 4 Fit 2 large piping bags with large star tips. Lay 2 large pieces of plastic

M A K E-A H E A D T I P Meringue pops can be stored in a cool, dry place for 2 days.

COOKIE CHICKS Heat oven to 350°F. Line large baking sheets with parchment paper and, using a 4-in. egg-shaped cookie cutter ($3, annclarkcookiecutters .com), cut out egg shapes from sugar cookie dough (womansday.com /sugarcookie); bake as directed. Once cool, make royal icing (womansday .com/royalicing); set small amounts aside to tint blue and orange using gel food coloring. Transfer half of remaining white royal icing to a piping bag fitted with size 1.5 tip. Using a little water, loosen remaining royal icing to flood consistency and transfer to a piping bag fitted with size 2 tip. Outline each egg cookie, then fill in with flooding icing. While still slightly wet, sprinkle each cookie with yellow nonpareils. Once dry, pipe on blue eyes and orange wings and hair and use remaining royal icing to glue on red heart-shaped-candy beaks.

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Create Your Own Garden This Spring! 1. Make a pan of Rice Krispies treats. 2. Shape with cookie cutters or your hands. 3. Decorate with frosting and candy. V i s i t P i nte re s t .c o m / r i c e k r i s p i e s

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cheeks, feet, and an oval tummy using contrasting paint colors. Draw on face. Use templates to make felt ears. Sandwich a piece of wire between ear pieces, then bend back the bottom ¼” and use to glue in place. Glue on a pompom tail.

in sections as you work. Use templates to make felt wings, feet, beak, and hair and attach with glue. Glue on small black-bead eyes.

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.com), let dry, then add a spotted belly with white paint. Draw on face. Use template to make ears from felt and faux-fur trim ($3.50, joann.com). Sandwich wire between ear pieces, then bend back the bottom ¼” and use to glue in place. Glue small faux flowers around ears.

Draw a face and hair on a ceramic egg ($11 for six, ceramiceggs .com). Wrap the bottom third of egg in thick yarn (tip: work from the middle down) and secure by brushing on white craft glue in sections. Create details like collars, bows, and buttons with felt and beads.

Paint a wooden egg ($8 for six, amazon .com) white; let dry. Draw on face. Cut a mane from faux-fur trim ($3.50, joann.com), color in an egg dye bath, and attach (once dry) with fabric glue. Use templates to make felt ears and a gold paper horn; assemble and glue to egg. Wrap a 3 x ⅛-in. strip of gold paper around horn; secure with glue. Glue star confetti ($1, partycity.com) to cheek and hair.

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SHINY S I LH O U E T T E Use the templates to carefully cut a chick or bunny from a foil candy wrapper ($2 for 50, wilton .com). Adhere to dyed egg with Mod Podge (available at craft stores). Use a damp cotton swab to gently wipe clean the foil shape; let dry.

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1 Cook rice per package directions. 2 Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet on medium. Add ham and cook, tossing occasionally, until beginning to brown, about 3 minutes. Add pineapple and cook until beginning to brown around the edges, 3 to 4 minutes. 3 Add pepper and cook, tossing, 2 minutes. Add onion and cook, tossing, 3 minutes. Add jalapeño, ginger, and garlic and cook, tossing occasionally, until vegetables are just tender, 2 to 3 minutes more. 4 Add cooked rice to the skillet and toss to combine. Serve with cilantro and lime wedges if desired. PER SERVING 345 CAL, 8 G FAT (1.5 G SAT), 12 G PRO, 490 MG SODIUM, 56 G CARB, 3 G FIBER

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1 cup long-grain white rice 1 Tbsp vegetable oil 6 oz thick-cut sliced ham, cut into thin ½-in. pieces 1 lb pineapple (about ¼ medium), peeled, cored, and cut into thin ½-in. pieces 1 large red pepper, quartered and thinly sliced 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced 1 jalapeño (seeded for less heat if desired), thinly sliced crosswise 1 (1-in.) piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into ½-in. matchsticks 2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped Chopped fresh cilantro and lime wedges, for serving


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The Ultimate Guide to Ham City Ham (Wet-Cured) The type of ham you’ll likely see at the grocery store (like spiral cuts). These are soaked in salty brine for flavor before being smoked or boiled (so they are fully cooked at the time of purchase).

ACTIVE 15 MIN. ✦ TOTAL 15 MIN. ✦ SERVES 4 ✦ COST PER SERVING $1.49

8 large eggs 1 tsp hot sauce Kosher salt and pepper 1 Tbsp olive oil or unsalted butter 3 oz thinly sliced ham, torn into small pieces 1 medium roasted red pepper, cut into ¼-in. pieces 2 scallions, thinly sliced 2 oz extra-sharp Cheddar, coarsely grated (about ½ cup) 2 Tbsp cream cheese, cut into small pieces

1 In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, hot sauce, 1 Tbsp water, and ½ tsp each salt and pepper. 2 Heat oil or butter in a large nonstick skillet on medium. Add ham and cook, tossing occasionally, until beginning to brown around edges, 2 to 3 minutes. Add red pepper and cook, tossing, for 1 minute; transfer to a plate. 3 Add egg mixture to the skillet and cook, stirring every few seconds with a rubber spatula, to desired doneness, 2 to 3 minutes for medium-soft eggs. Fold in ham, red pepper, scallions, Cheddar, and cream cheese. PER SERVING 305 CAL, 22.5 G FAT (8.5 G SAT), 20 G PRO, 810 MG SODIUM, 4 G CARB, 1 G FIBER

Country Ham (Dry-Cured) These hams are rubbed with salt, then aged for

straight bone and more fat and flavor than other cuts. For a leaner slice, choose the butt.

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Flour, for the surface 1 lb refrigerated pizza dough 2 Tbsp yellow mustard 1 dill pickle, finely chopped ½ small onion, finely chopped 3 oz rotisserie chicken, shredded (about ½ breast; about 1 cup) 2 oz thinly sliced baked ham or deli ham ½ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley 3 oz Gruyère cheese, coarsely grated Green salad, for serving 1 Heat oven to 500°F (if you can’t heat the oven this high without broiling, heat to 475°F). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 2 On a lightly floured surface, shape pizza dough into a 14-in. oval; place on the prepared sheet. 3 Spread mustard onto crust, then sprinkle with pickle and onion. Top with chicken, ham, parsley, and then cheese. Bake until crust is golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve with a salad if desired. PER SERVING 420 CAL, 12 G FAT (4.5 G SAT), 21 G PRO, 1,595 MG SODIUM, 52 G CARB, 3 G FIBER

Build a Better Sandwich Tired of making yet another boring ham-and-cheese sammie? These fresh combos are the best thing since sliced bread! Pumpernickel + ham + pineapple fresh mozzarella + + jalapeño

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In a blender, purée 1 chopped jalapeño (seeded if desired) with 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice, ½ cup plain yogurt, 1 cup fresh cilantro, and ½ tsp ground cumin until very smooth. Heat 1 Tbsp canola oil in a large cast-iron skillet on mediumhigh. Add 1½ lbs lean white ground turkey and cook, breaking it up with a spoon until golden brown and crispy, 6 to 8 minutes. Add 2 cloves garlic and 1 jalapeño (both finely chopped) and 1 Tbsp freshly grated ginger and cook, tossing, for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add 1 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce, 2 Tbsp lime juice, and up to ¼ cup water (if it seems dry). Sprinkle with 2 scallions (thinly sliced). Spoon into 8 butter lettuce leaves and serve with cilantro sauce and sliced radishes, if desired.

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PER SERVING 250 CAL, 6 G FAT (1.5 G SAT), 43 G PRO, 285 MG SODIUM, 5 G CARB, 1 G FIBER

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Adding the green beans to the pasta as it finishes cooking eliminates waiting for more water to boil and saves you from another pot to clean. You can easily cook asparagus, sugar snaps, and frozen corn or peas this way.

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12 oz penne pasta 8 oz green beans, trimmed and halved 4 slices bacon 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into ½-in. chunks 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice 1 large egg yolk 2 Tbsp half-and-half 5 oz baby spinach 1 oz Parmesan, grated (about ½ cup) 2 scallions, thinly sliced 1 Cook pasta per package directions, adding green beans to the pot during the last minute. Reserve ½ cup cooking water; drain, then return pasta and green beans to pot. 2 Meanwhile, in a large skillet on medium, cook bacon until crisp, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel–lined plate and break into pieces when cool. 3 Discard all but 1 Tbsp bacon drippings and return pan to medium. Cook chicken until golden brown and cooked through, tossing once, 6 to 8 minutes; remove from heat and toss with lemon juice. 4 In a small bowl, whisk egg yolk and half-and-half. Toss egg mixture with pasta and green beans, then fold in chicken, spinach, Parmesan, and ¼ cup pasta water, tossing to coat and adding more pasta water if needed. Fold in scallions and top with bacon. PER SERVING 570 CAL, 13 G FAT (5 G SAT), 43 G PRO, 355 MG SODIUM, 70 G CARB, 5 G FIBER

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Steak and Roasted Radish Pitas with Feta Salsa ACTIVE 25 MIN. ● TOTAL 25 MIN. SERVES 4

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Raw radishes have a spicy bite. Roasting them brings out their sweetness for a milder, caramelized flavor.

2 bunches small radishes (about 1 lb total), quartered (or cut into wedges if very large) ¼ cup olive oil Kosher salt and pepper 1 lb skirt steak, cut crosswise into 4-in. pieces ½ cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped ½ cup mint, chopped 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice 1 oz crumbled feta cheese Pinch red pepper flakes 4 small pita breads

1 Heat oven to 400°F. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss radishes with 1 Tbsp oil and ¼ tsp each salt and pepper. Roast until tender, 10 to 15 minutes. 2 Meanwhile, heat 1 Tbsp oil in a large skillet on high. Season steak with ½ tsp each salt and pepper and cook to desired doneness, 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest at least 5 minutes before slicing. 3 In a small bowl, combine parsley, mint, lemon juice, feta, red pepper flakes, and remaining 2 Tbsp olive oil. 4 Slice steak and serve with salsa, radishes, and pitas. PER SERVING 545 CAL, 29 G FAT (8 G SAT), 33 G PRO, 850 MG SODIUM, 39 G CARB, 4 G FIBER

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4 thick slices sourdough bread 1 (9-oz) pkg. frozen artichoke hearts, thawed and roughly chopped 1 clove garlic, finely grated 2 oz Parmesan, grated (about ¾ cup) 1 oz Gruyère, coarsely grated (about ½ cup) 2 Tbsp sour cream 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest plus 1 Tbsp lemon juice Kosher salt and pepper 2 Tbsp panko ¼ cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped 1 (5-oz) pkg. baby arugula 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 Heat broiler. Broil bread slices until crisp, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a baking sheet and reduce oven temperature to 425°F. 2 In a medium bowl, combine artichokes, garlic, Parmesan, Gruyère, sour cream, lemon zest, and ¼ tsp each salt and pepper. Spoon on toasts and sprinkle with panko. 3 Bake until golden brown and cheese is melted, 8 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, if desired. 4 Meanwhile, in a bowl, toss arugula with oil, lemon juice, and pinch each salt and pepper. Serve with toasts. PER SERVING 325 CAL, 15.5 G FAT (5 G SAT), 13 G PRO, 760 MG SODIUM, 33 G CARB, 5 G FIBER

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Honey-Lime Pork with Pineapple Slaw ACTIVE 30 MIN. ● TOTAL 7 HR. 30 MIN. ● SERVES 4

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1 In a 6-qt. slow cooker, whisk together soy sauce, Worcestershire, ¼ cup honey, and 1 Tbsp lime juice; stir in garlic. Season pork with ¼ tsp salt and ½ tsp pepper. Add to slow cooker and toss to coat. Cook, covered, until pork is tender and easily pulls apart with a fork, 6 to 7 hours on low or 4 to 5 hours on high. 2 Fifteen minutes before serving, in a large bowl, whisk together

yogurt, cider vinegar, remaining 2 Tbsp lime juice and 1 Tbsp honey, and pinch each salt and pepper. Add scallions, cabbage, and pineapple and toss. Fold in cilantro just before serving. 3 Transfer pork to a bowl and, using two forks, break into smaller pieces. Serve over rice with pineapple slaw. PER SERVING 375 CAL, 10.5 G FAT (3.5 G SAT), 35 G PRO, 895 MG SODIUM, 36 G CARB, 2 G FIBER

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Mustard-Dill Salmon with Crispy Asparagus Fries ACTIVE 25 MIN. ● TOTAL 35 MIN. SERVES 4

1 large egg Kosher salt and pepper ¼ cup flour 1 cup panko 1 oz Parmesan, grated (½ cup) 1 lb asparagus (medium thickness), trimmed 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard

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1 Tbsp whole-grain mustard 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice 1¼ lbs skinless salmon fillet, cut into 4 pieces ½ cup mayonnaise 2 Tbsp chopped dill, plus more for topping

1 Heat oven to 425°F. In a shallow bowl, beat egg and ¼ tsp each salt and pepper. Place flour in another shallow bowl. In a large bowl, combine panko and Parmesan. 2 Working in batches, coat asparagus in flour, dip into egg, then coat in panko mixture, pressing to adhere. Place on a large rimmed baking sheet. Roast until golden brown and crisp, 12 to 15 minutes. 3 Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine mustards and 2 Tbsp lemon juice. Season salmon with ¼ tsp salt and ½ tsp pepper and place on a second baking sheet lined with nonstick foil. Spread mustard sauce evenly over tops of fish. Roast until opaque throughout, 10 to 12 minutes. 4 In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, dill, and remaining Tbsp lemon juice. Serve salmon with asparagus and dill mayonnaise. Top with more dill if desired. PER SERVING 630 CAL, 41 G FAT (7.5 G SAT), 38 G PRO, 960 MG SODIUM, 27 G CARB, 2 G FIBER

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Address Allergy Woes

THE FASTEST WAY TO FOCUS If you have an important task to complete— whether it’s filing your taxes or sending a critical email—skip the coffee and try some exercise. Ten minutes of moderate to vigorous movement (like walking at a brisk pace up a slight incline) immediately helps improve your attention and decisionmaking ability, according to a study in the journal Neuropsychologia. Experts think this burst of exercise might improve activity in brain structures important for concentration. On top of that, regular fitness promotes overall health, so make walking or cycling a daily habit—your body and mind will thank you. SOURCE: Matthew Heath, Ph.D., study coauthor, professor of neuroscience, University of Western Ontario

You know that annoying allergy symptoms like a stuffy, runny nose can make your daytime hours miserable, but those same issues can seriously affect your health by disrupting muchneeded sleep at night. Allergies may increase your risk of obstructive sleep apnea, a disorder in which you stop breathing multiple times during the night. Try a saline nasal spray to lessen nighttime congestion. For severe issues, see an allergist for a prescription steroid spray. Finally, visit aaaai .org for up-to-date pollen counts (and stay inside if they’re high). SOURCE: Cascya Charlot, M.D., medical director of Allergy and Asthma Care of Brooklyn

STRAIGHT TALK With Dr. Oz I hear it’s important to take care of my gut health. Is that true? Dr. Oz: The microbes in your gut affect more than just your belly. They can help you strengthen your immune system, and there’s even some evidence that good bacteria may help you fight everything from allergies to obesity.

So can I get this good bacteria in my diet? Dr. Oz: Yes. The easiest source is yogurt. Look for brands that have “live cultures” or “active cultures” on the label (avoid those high in sugar). Foods like sauerkraut, miso, kimchi, and some soft cheeses can also contain probiotics.

Should I try a probiotic supplement? Dr. Oz: Both foods that naturally contain probiotics and probiotic supplements can easily get good-for-you microbes into your system. If you opt to try a probiotic supplement, talk to your doctor first and ask for a brand recommendation.

health of your lungs. A study from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health tracked former smokers over a 10-year period and found that those who had a diet rich in fruits, particularly apples and tomatoes, had a slower decline in lung function. Researchers believe the nutritional compounds in these foods likely help repair damage from smoking, and even nonsmokers may get benefits. So have an apple a day (the old saying is true!), and add tomatoes to a breakfast scramble and a lunch salad. SOURCE: Vanessa Garcia-Larsen, Ph.D., assistant professor in human nutrition, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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impact on how your child’s brain works,” says neuroscientist Jill Goldstein, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and medicine at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. But that can be for the better and for the worse: The teen brain is so fired up and ready to absorb everything that it’s equalopportunity turf for positives

like great teachers and creative thinking and negatives like concussions and stress. What the brain meets during this critical period can affect learning, mood, and even IQ. Discover how to keep your children’s brains strong by understanding what they’re vulnerable to—then help them grow resilient minds for life.

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cientists used to think you couldn’t do much to change your brain. But now it’s widely known that what you eat, think, and do at any age can affect how well your brain performs today, tomorrow, and 50 years from now. And one of the most exciting times for the brain is the teen years. “What happens in adolescence can have a lifelong

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Health / BUILD BETTER BRAINS K N OW THE SIGNS Watch out for these concussion symptoms, which may appear immediately after a potential head injury or days later. • Headache • Vomiting • Nausea • Dizziness • Balance problems • Sensitivity to noise or light • Memory or concentration problems

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CONCUSSIONS Concussions can happen in most male and female sports, not just football, says Tracey Covassin, Ph.D., director of the sport concussion laboratory at Michigan State University. Helmets are critical for heavy-contact sports, but they aren’t the only answer. The smartest way to minimize long-term effects: Get your child checked out by a doctor as soon as possible after an incident— and keep her from playing until then. BRAIN SAVER: If you think your child has suffered a concussion, take her to a sports medicine specialist or a general practitioner who’s familiar with concussions, says Covassin. Sounds simple, but researchers found that nearly 40% of kids who came into one Texas hospital with concussions said they had returned to play that same day (and didn’t get clearance from a medical professional first), which dramatically raises the risk of brain injury. Alternatively, you could head to an urgent care clinic with a sports medicine focus if there’s one in your area. Know that the ER might not be your best bet: One study found that 60% of kids who showed up in one New Jersey hospital’s emergency room with signs of concussion weren’t diagnosed with one. But if an ER is the only option for you, be sure to explicitly state when you walk in that you think your child may have a concussion. BRAIN DRAIN

STRESS While teens’ rational brain regions are somewhat on standby, their emotional

centers are rolling. When someone writes your daughter a nasty text, it may feel like an international incident to her. “In her brain, it’s the same reaction yours would have when an international incident really does happen,” says Frances E. Jensen, M.D., chair of the neurology department at the University of Pennsylvania and author of The Teenage Brain. So a giant stressful event, like a serious accident or illness or the death of a loved one, has a bigger effect on a teenager than it would on an adult. Major stresses can also make some kids more likely to develop depression and PTSD. BRAIN SAVER: Offer perspective and help kids learn resilience, says Dr. Jensen. Teach them to take control of their lives by setting small goals, like starting a new summer job or writing for the school newspaper, and working toward those things a step at a time. Also, encourage them to take their concerns to a person who’s a good listener instead of putting those thoughts out to their friends in text messages or posting on social media. Just be aware that the listener they choose might not be you! BRAIN DRAIN

DRUGS & ALCOHOL The super-active brains of teens are what make them sponges for learning. “The brain responds quickly to a new task,” says Dr. Jensen. “But it responds just as fast to things like substance abuse.” Teens can get addicted harder, stronger, and longer, she says, with an amount of

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THE TRUTH ABOUT THE TEEN BR AIN By age 6, a person’s brain is almost full size, but it’s like an unfinished bridge. The structure may be there, but it’s not yet ready for heavy traffic. When you learn, you’re forming and strengthening connections in the brain. So that these connections can happen faster, they’re insulated, like electrical wires, but the body’s “electricians” take years to get the insulation job done. The process starts in the back of the brain, which is used for breathing and seeing, and moves forward. That means connections in the front of the brain—the part responsible for impulse control, insight, and empathy—can be unformed, slow, or inconsistent until the mid- to late 20s.


a substance that might not affect an adult, and that can change their brains for good. Alcohol can affect the size of two regions of the brain (the prefrontal cortex and the hippocampus), leaving learning, memory, attention, and organizational functions compromised. And habitual marijuana use can leave them with impairments in learning and impulse control, says Dr. Jensen. Even cigarettes can do damage: After just a few smokes, teens’ brains create new nicotine receptors—additions that make quitting that much harder. BRAIN SAVER: Since teens don’t automatically know how to say, “No, thanks,” you need to give them a “frontal lobe assist.” “Rehearse potential risky situations they could encounter,” says Dr. Jensen. You might ask, “What would you do if a person came up to you and invited you to do something you shouldn’t be doing? Let’s talk about some answers you can have ready.” In other words, help kids prep responses, since they likely won’t intuitively know how to react because they don’t have the wiring yet. BRAIN DRAIN

may arise as much from lack of sleep at this time of life as from anything else, says Mary A. Carskadon, Ph.D., director of chronobiology and sleep research at Bradley Hospital in Rhode Island: “It’s not just being a teenager—being a sleep-deprived teenager makes you unhappy and irritable.” The trouble isn’t only that teens won’t go to bed; it’s that their bodies don’t want them to sleep even if the clock says it’s time to pack it in. Teens’ circadian rhythms shift so they’re naturally more awake at night. But what doesn’t shift is the need for more sleep than adults (teens require about nine hours a night). BRAIN SAVER: Turn off all devices at least an hour before bedtime so the sleep hormone melatonin can begin to flood their bodies (light interferes with melatonin production). Also, keep devices and kids separate during sleeping hours. “Have everyone put their phones to bed somewhere other than their rooms,” says Larry Rosen, Ph.D., author of The Distracted Mind. If you’re worried your teen will go get his or her phone in the middle of the

WHY EXERCISE M AT T E R S Moving more should be a family priority, because physical activity and brain health are tightly integrated, says Goldstein. Ideally, encourage activity and engage in it with kids long before they’re teenagers. You don’t want it to be something you’re telling them to do in their teens, when they hate having parents tell them anything. “Finding activities as a family early in life, like going for a walk, makes a big impact later,” says Goldstein.

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LACK OF SLEEP Shut-eye is critical for learning, and it’s also imperative for thinking better and faster. Symptoms we attribute to being a teenager, like mood swings,

is equal to flying across the country every week, says Carskadon. Try to keep your family on a schedule.

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Probably, but it’s complicated. Evidence is mounting that digital devices can possibly become addictive and affect mood, but research is ongoing. “And let’s face it, teens need to know how to be savvy with devices for the sake of their futures,” says Dr. Jensen. That doesn’t mean they have to be attached to their screens. You have the ability to help them

manage their usage, says Caroline Knorr, a spokesperson for Common Sense, a nonprofit devoted to helping kids thrive in the technologypacked world. Three smart ideas:

• Wean them gradually.

• Don’t vilify the smartphone.

Make a rule that your child has to ask before downloading apps through your account. It can become a way to engage with him or her about social media.

Instead, create a rule and a reward— for example, they get a period of social media time if they spend 30 minutes studying.

Start with a 15-minute separation from the device. After 15 minutes, offer one minute to check in, and so on.

• Hold the purse strings.

>>> Boost Your Brain This Year! This is part 3 of a 4-part series. Look back: the signs of memory loss— womansday.com/mindyourmemory. Look ahead: Take action and make a difference, in the May issue.

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Always bring my own pen Nearly every time you need to sign a charge receipt or fill out a form at a doctor’s office, you’re offered a pen that’s passed to dozens of people each day—making it a superb carrier of germs. My dad, who was a family doctor, told me that using your own pen could significantly cut down on your exposure to contagious viruses.” —Neil Schachter, M.D., professor of pulmonary medicine, Icahn School of Medicine

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When you embrace someone, your body releases oxytocin, the ‘love’ hormone, and your blood pressure and heart rate decrease as calming messages go to the brain. My mom always said that hugs were good for your health, and I see that playing out in my adult life. With my patients, a simple hug can make an overwhelming situation more manageable. And as a cancer doctor, there are many days when I come home and I don’t want to talk about my day; I just tell my husband that I need a hug, and that helps me more than anything else.”


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A 91-year-old monk suggested…

Do a self-care check-in

Whenever I feel worried or anxious, I place my left hand over my heart and my right hand on top of the left to remind myself to practice self-compassion, a tip I gleaned from the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist. Then I say to myself, ‘Be still, little one’— something my grandmother would say to comfort me when I was a child. Most of us show compassion toward everyone else, but we get an F in self-compassion. If you’re mean to yourself, it can be a speed bump to taking optimal care of your health.” —Pamela Peeke, M.D., assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland and author of Body for Life for Women

A mind-body specialist taught me to…

Carry shopping bags as if they’re free weights

When I mentioned to a personal-trainer friend that carrying heavy grocery or shopping bags for even a short time gave me neck, back, and shoulder pain, she told me to think of these heavy objects as free weights and to carry them accordingly. Here’s how: Make sure your shoulders are back (no hunching), your neck is aligned with your spine, your elbows are slightly bent, and your ab muscles are engaged. This helps evenly distribute the weight of what you’re carrying and works your core. Now I actually feel like I’m getting a mini workout walking back from the store, and the pain is gone.” —Roshini Raj, M.D., gastroenterologist and associate professor of medicine at the NYU School of Medicine

Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., a stress and mind-body specialist. In her teachings, she talks about how holding on to resentments can harm your body and mind. She says, ‘Carrying a grudge is like having a hot coal in your hand; while you wait to throw it at the person, you get burned.’ That advice made sense to me, and I make it a point to forgive and let go of resentments so they don’t harm me.” —Alice Domar, Ph.D., psychologist and executive director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health in Waltham, MA

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A personal trainer told me to…

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My mother’s best advice was to…

Create a stressdistraction routine before bed

While reading a health journal, I learned to…

Chew on fennel seeds

When I was feeling overwhelmed and stressed out in medical school, I spent a lot of time tossing and turning before eventually falling asleep. My mom told me to drink a cup of chamomile tea and watch my favorite sitcom at least 30 minutes before turning in for the night. I followed her advice and have maintained this habit for years. The tea relaxes me, and the sitcom takes my mind off my worries—a onetwo punch that helps me fall asleep quickly on most nights.” —Jennifer Wider, M.D., women’s health expert and coauthor of The Savvy Woman Patient

Fennel seeds are natural breath fresheners with antibacterial properties, which means they kill the bacteria that cause bad breath instead of just masking it the way mints and gum do. So, after perusing the study, I gave it a shot and tried chewing on these seeds. It worked! Now I always carry fennel seeds in my purse. After meals or whenever I want a breath-freshening boost, I place a pinch of about six seeds in my mouth, chew them for 60 seconds, then swallow them.”

WHERE TO GET MORE GOOD ADVICE Sometimes you need to go straight to the source, so consider one of these accessible virtual options:

FIRST OPINION APP allows you to ask questions of boardcertified doctors for free, 24/7. If treatment is required, you can upgrade to a paid plan or get a specialist recommendation. (free; iOS only)

TALKSPACE connects you with a licensed therapist who can help with depression, anxiety, or other mentalhealth issues. All appointments are conducted privately through a tablet or your phone. Basic plans start at $32 per week for unlimited one-on-one contact with the expert; some insurance plans may reimburse. (talkspace

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—Dawn Jackson Blatner, R.D.N., a nutritionist in Chicago and author of The Superfood Swap

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The Heart Part That Needs Some Love Keep your blood vessels healthy for life. BY S TA C E Y C O L I N O

(as in arteries, veins, and capillaries) decreases your risk of developing heart disease, says Robert Bonow, M.D., a professor of medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago and a Woman’s Day heart health advisory board member.

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EAT ANTI-INFLAMMATORY FOODS Antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables (blueberries, blackberries, plums, spinach, and Brussels sprouts) and foods loaded with flavonoids (like black tea, cocoa, and red wine) as well as items with omega-3 fatty acids (wild salmon, sardines, trout, and walnuts) can help bolster your blood vessels by fighting inflammation in your body. For example, one study from the Netherlands found that people who regularly consumed fish had healthier blood vessels over seven years than those who ate less. And research from Pennsylvania State University found that consuming 2 ounces of dark chocolate daily for four weeks led to less stiff arteries among overweight women. One more nutrition tip: The amino acid L-arginine (found in turkey, nuts, seeds, and legumes) helps the lining of your blood vessels release proteins that keep it relaxed and less susceptible to cholesterol buildup.

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to your organs, remove waste products from your cells, and prevent cholesterol or plaque buildup from forming. That’s why it’s so important for your blood vessels to stay flexible, elastic, and healthy. Here, learn how you can protect and enhance them.

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STAND UP! Doing moderate aerobic exercise (like brisk walking) and strength training several days a week can decrease blood pressure and help blood vessels stay elastic. On the flip side, inactivity makes them tight, says Tracy Stevens, M.D., a cardiologist at the Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, MO, and a Woman’s Day heart health advisory board member. A good rule of thumb: Be active throughout the day—get up and move around every 30 minutes.

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BECOME A QUITTER “Nicotine is lethal to blood vessels—it damages the lining,” says Dr. Stevens. If you need extra support to kick cigarettes, download the free app QuitNet, which offers an online support group you can connect with on the go. Secondhand smoke also harms blood vessels, so keep your home and car smoke-free and opt for smoke-free hotels when you travel.

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MANAGE YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE Work closely with your doctor to keep tabs on your blood pressure and reduce it if it’s elevated. If your blood pressure is high (130/80 or above), your doctor may prescribe medication such as ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, or diuretics, which can improve blood vessel health too, says Dr. Bonow.

TESTING, TESTING While there are specialized tests that can determine the health of your endothelium (the lining of your blood vessels), these are usually reserved for research settings. They aren’t used on a regular basis with patients, says Dr. Bonow. Your doctor is likely to rely on blood pressure measurements to gauge the status of your blood vessels.

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Rethink Your Meals As you switch out your winter sweaters for spring blouses, take stock of your diet too. Here, small ways to eat healthier all day.

NUTRITION EXPERT Joy Bauer, R.D.N. @JoyBauer

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SAY HELLO TO HUMMUS Lose the mayo on your sandwiches and spread on hummus, which contains fiber. There are about 100 calories in a tablespoon of regular mayo and just 25 calories in a tablespoon of hummus.

ADD HEALTHY CRUNCH TO SALAD Skip the croutons and toss in chopped apple, radish slices, water chestnuts, or toasted walnuts in their place. You’ll get a satisfying crunch plus a boost of nutrition.

A N E W M I N D S E T If you’re trying to lose weight or improve your habits, focus on loving your body now. This might seem counterintuitive (you are trying to change, after all), but with a positive approach, you’re more likely to stick to your intentions. Choose the salad over the burger because you want to shower your body with good-for-you nutrients— not because you want to punish yourself. This small shift offers a huge payoff.

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NIX STARCHY NOODLES Skip spaghetti and whip up zucchini or spaghetti squash noodles. You’ll save yourself calories and score more fiber and vitamins. TRY TRY: zucchini linguine NICE RICE with meatballs or Instead of vegetable lo mein. white rice, eat cauliflower rice. (Find premade packages at the grocery store.) One cup of cooked white rice packs more than 200 calories, while 1 cup of cauliflower rice has 35 calories.

SNACK TIP Forgo butter on your popcorn and opt for a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. You’ll save about 80 calories per tablespoon.

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SLIM DOWN YOUR COFFEE Replace vanilla creamer with unsweetened vanilla almond milk. This easy trade will save you about 65 calories per 2 Tbsp.

TRY A CEREAL SWAP Instead of milk, mix nonfat or low-fat Greek yogurt with cereal. Greek yogurt provides twice as much protein as milk— and protein helps keep you full longer.


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Loosen Up! Say goodbye to aches and pains with this guide to increasing your flexibility. BY A LYS S A S H A F F E R

Release tightness Using a foam roller can undo knotted muscle fibers from head to toe. (The pressure of your body weight on the roller acts like a deep tissue massage.) For back pain relief, lie on the foam roller faceup, with the roller across the middle of your back. Your knees should be bent, your feet flat on the floor, and your hands clasped behind your head. Roll up two inches, then down two inches; repeat for 30 seconds. For sore calves and legs, sit up straight with your legs out in front of you and palms flat on the floor. Place the roller under your calves and point and flex your toes for 30 seconds. Then roll back and forth from ankles to knees for 30 seconds. Shopping tips: If you’re new to foam rollers, opt for a squishy version from a sporting-goods store. If you’re more familiar with the practice, look for a denser option (it should be hard to press your thumb into the roller). DAVID REAVY, P.T., founder of React Physical Therapy in Chicago

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Warm up your muscles

THE SPORTS MEDICINE DOCTOR SAYS…

Set reminders to move more Staying in one position for several hours at a time— whether it’s at a desk, behind the wheel of your car, or on the couch—can cause significant muscle tightness, especially in the hips and lower back. And slouching while seated can lead to neck and shoulder pain. Try not to sit in one place for more than 30 minutes. Throughout the day, fit in regular standing breaks, walk around for a couple of minutes, and regularly switch positions in your chair. If you think you’ll forget to get up, download an app that encourages you to stand or set an alarm on your phone to nudge you. Some fitness trackers will even vibrate gently on your wrist to let you know you’ve been sedentary too long. SABRINA STRICKLAND, M.D., orthopedic and sports medicine surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City

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Studies suggest that flexibility exercises are most effective when your body temperature is warm. So if you’d prefer to stretch in the a.m., do a few quick stretches right after you take a hot shower and before you head out the door to tackle your day. At night, start a new evening routine and enjoy a relaxing warm bath, then stretch and settle in for a restful night’s sleep. (A forward fold is great for day or night: Stand up straight with feet about three feet apart, then bend over, hinging at hips to pull torso toward thighs and crown of head toward floor; let your arms hang and hold for 15 to 30 seconds.) If you’d prefer to take a yoga class—great for improved flexibility and range of motion—your instructor will gradually warm you up as the class progresses so your body will be ready for the poses. JESSICA MATTHEWS, M.S., author of Stretching to Stay Young and senior advisor for health and fitness education for the American Council on Exercise

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THE PHYSICAL THERAPIST SAYS…

MIND MATTERS Stretching plus deep breathing can help reduce anxiety and depression in those with lower back pain.


Family Tips and tricks to keep you r clan happy

Butterfly Watch Lure these pretty pollinators to your yard this spring.

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THE GREAT MIGRATION Several species, including monarchs, are currently traveling north from Mexico. Track them and record your sightings on learner .org/jnorth.

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Use native flowers of all shapes and colors with a mix of coneflowers, asters, verbena, and phlox. To feed caterpillars, include milkweed, violets, and other host plants in your garden. Position your beds where they will receive full sunlight to draw the most butterflies.

It’s tempting to spray your garden with insecticides, herbicides, and fertilizers, but some compounds can harm butterflies and other beneficial insects. Many insect and disease outbreaks on shrubs and trees will clear up on their own, so try to skip treatment.

Butterflies drink and obtain minerals from sandy water. Bury a shallow pan in the soil, then add coarse sand and water until moist. Set out flat rocks nearby to give butterflies places to perch after they drink. Replenish the water every three days to prevent mosquito breeding.

SOURCE: Suzanne Rab Green, curatorial assistant for lepidoptera in the Division of Invertebrate Zoology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City

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Your Finances Getting your financial house in order doesn’t have to take all day. Use these tips to mind your money in 5, 15, and 30 minutes. BY L U C Y L A Z A R O N Y A N D K AT E R O C K W O O D P H O T O G R A P H E D BY E M I LY K AT E R O E M E R

At Home TAKE 5 MINUTES TO…

Protect vital paperwork

Store birth certificates, adoption papers, Social Security cards, citizenship papers and passports, marriage licenses, divorce decrees, and death certificates of family members in a fireproof lockbox or safe or at least a three-ring binder with plastic

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Clean out old files

Having documents with your personal information on them could put you at the mercy of prying eyes. Keep current loan documents, insurance policy paperwork, and up to seven years’ worth of tax returns. Shred credit, bank, or brokerage statements that can be accessed online and any other document with your name, address, or Social Security number.


TAKE 30 MINUTES TO…

Review your TAKE 5 MINUTES TO…

Review your last credit card statement

Double-check charges and fees, then look for paid subscriptions and cancel what you don’t use. While there, set up text alerts for charges over $100 to keep you from splurging on big-ticket items. Download a grocery store app

The average family spends more than $500 a month on food, the second largest percentage used for household expenses. The good news: Large chains like Wegmans and Aldi allow you to shop through an app, then pay and pick up your groceries at the store, which means you can plan meals around available coupons and avoid impulse purchases.

sleeves. To reduce paperwork even more, save important files as PDFs on a Mac, select “Tools,” then “Protection” in the upper right corner to add a password or restrict editing options.

investment accounts Banish that Post-it note from Look at your 401(k) and other your desktop for good. Store retirement accounts at least the passwords for your bank, once a year to assess your email, Facebook, and more investments. It’s also with an app and browser KEEP IT IN extension like wise to set up a THE CLOUD RoboForm (free, regular automatic To protect digital roboform.com) or 1% or 2% 401(k) documents from a LastPass (free, increase through computer meltdown, lastpass.com), your employer to store them on a free which protects your pad your nest egg cloud-based program like Google Drive info with a single without feeling or Dropbox. password you choose. much of a pinch. Tally up your rewards

Many rewards and loyalty programs put expiration dates on points. Log into your programs and read the fine print, then put a reminder on your calendar so you can use those perks before you lose them.

Upgrade your savings

To build or turbocharge your emergency fund, open a dedicated savings account at an online

over 1%.

Nationwide, by an average of about 22%. Ask your insurance agent to check your coverage, especially if you’ve recently made improvements to your home that may have added square footage or increased its value.

TAKE 15 MINUTES TO…

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Start a home inventory

In case of a burglary, accident, or natural disaster, having a list of your assets could allow you to collect more insurance benefits than if you just estimated what had been taken or destroyed. An app like Sortly (free, iOS only, sortly.com) or UPHelp Home Inventory (free, uphelp.org) can help you quickly snap and store photos of your valuables.

TAKE 30 MINUTES TO…

Begin to review your will

If you have any property at all— a home, a car, a computer, a beloved family heirloom—a will helps ensure that it will go to the right person when you die rather than get snarled in a lengthy probate process. Review your

time getting started. You can

Call to update your homeowner’s insurance

whole process or, if your needs

About two out of every three homes in America are underinsured, according to

with online software like LegalZoom for as little as $69.

attending an informal hearing at the assessor’s office. Or contact a local tax appeal expert who will handle it for you for a flat fee


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TAKE 5 MINUTES TO…

Remove your checkbook from your purse

Checks often list your name, address, bank account number, and routing number, vital information a hacker could use to access an account or set up an automatic payment online. Unless you need your checkbook to pay for something, leave it at home. Tuck a baby picture into your wallet

If your wallet is ever lost or stolen, research from Scottish psychologists suggests that wallets with baby photos are more likely to be returned. TAKE 15 MINUTES TO…

Create an online Social Security account

One way to protect your current or future Social Security benefits is to register for an account at ssa.gov/myaccount. This simple step will prevent hackers from logging in as you and using your personal information to divert your benefits to themselves and allow you to check your earnings information. Dust off your gift cards

Each year, roughly $1 billion in gift card balances goes unused, according to estimates by the research firm CEB TowerGroup. Move any gift cards that might be gathering dust to the front of your wallet. If you have cards you’re unlikely to use, consider

selling them on a site like Raise or Cardpool. Both take a commission off the resale, but scoring $85 to spend wherever you please is better than $100 stuck on a card you’ll never use. TAKE 30 MINUTES TO…

Empty your coin compartment and cash it in

Stray change can add up to sizable savings over the course of a year— but only if you’re intentional about it. Instead of keeping loose quarters and dimes in your wallet, set up a pretty jar by the front door so you can stash coins there each day. If watching your spare change pile up motivates you even more, consider adding single dollar bills to the jar as well. Research shows that people are less likely to break larger bills for small impulse purchases, so clearing the $1 bills out of your wallet may help you save in more ways than one. Make your money goals tangible

Think of one specific savings goal you have, like helping your daughter pay for college or buying a new car. Then find a picture that makes that goal feel attainable (say, your kid in her high school graduation cap or an advertisement for your dream car). Now attach that picture to your debit or credit card with a rubber band so every time you reach for plastic to make a purchase, you’ll be reminded of what you’re saving for.

SOURCES: Mari Adam, founder of Adam Financial Associates in Boca Raton, FL; Kathleen Campbell, founder and principal of Campbell Financial Partners in Fort Myers, FL; Cathy Derus, C.P.A., financial planner and founder of Brightwater Financial; Megan Gorman, founding partner of Chequers Financial Management in San Francisco; Abby Kovach, registered investment adviser and founder of Abby Kovach Financial Planning in Erie, CO; Gregg Murset, C.F.P., financial planner and founder of BusyKid; Lauren Tatar, founder of Easy Tax Appeals; Liz Weston, C.F.P., personal finance expert at NerdWallet

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KNOW YOUR NUMBERS Keep these digits top of mind, suggest WD’s financial experts. CREDIT SCORE The number can give you a heads-up about whether you’d qualify for a home or car loan— or if someone has stolen your identity, says Anna Sergunina, a certified financial planner with MainStreet Financial Planning in Burlingame, CA. WHERE TO FIND IT:

creditkarma.com TAKE-HOME PAY “The amount that lands in your checking account can be far from the number you negotiated when you took a job,” says Sergunina. “It’s important to see where your paycheck is going.” WHERE TO FIND IT:

Request to see your pay stub through your company’s payroll department. MAXIMUM RETIREMENT CONTRIBUTIONS “The IRS changes the maximum allowable contribution to IRAs and/or 401(k) plans often, so keep an eye out late in the year for the new numbers to be announced and try to achieve it,” says Kathleen Campbell, founder of Campbell Financial Partners in Fort Myers, FL. WHERE TO FIND IT:

irs.gov (search “retirement contributions”)

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From nearly free lodging to dirt-cheap tickets, WD shows you how to plan a real—and restorative— vacation this year. BY K AT Y M C C O L L

A FEW NIGHTS AT A HOTEL CAN BE A BUDGET BUSTER, BUT THE NEW CROP OF ALTERNATIVES CAN GIVE YOU MORE FOR LESS.

AIRBNB airbnb.com PRICE Free to join; guests pay a 5% to 15% service fee on bookings AVAILABILITY Over 700,000 U.S. listings at every price, not to mention 3,000 castles and 1,400 tree houses worldwide. PRO All the comforts of home— think kitchens and laundry facilities— plus helpful hosts who can recommend antiques stores, parks, farmers’ markets, even babysitters. CON Because you may be staying in another person’s home, there could be some quirks and clutter.

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H O M E E XC H A N G E homeexchange.com PRICE $150 annual membership for unlimited use AVAILABILITY 13,000 listings in the U.S., from Vermont cabins to condos in Hawaii PRO Free lodging! House-swapping totally eliminates one of the biggest costs of travel: accommodations. Members also typically care for one another’s pets and plants. CON Not all the digs are dreamy. Plus, members may not clamor to exchange homes with you if you live in an isolated or rural location.

TRIPADVISOR RENTALS

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PRICE Free to sign up; 10% service fee on bookings AVAILABILITY 285,000 public and private campsites across the U.S., from no-frills $12/night tent sites to yurts, cabins, and Airstream trailers. PRO Nature lovers can search for listings near waterfalls and swimming holes; Hipcamps offer far greater privacy than your average campsite. CON The current inventory caters to urbanites: About half the private listings are concentrated just outside major metropolitan cities.

PRICE A booking fee (typically 8% to 16% of total) is part of the listed price AVAILABILITY 300,000 U.S. properties organized by state, including a surf shack in Laguna Beach and a bungalow in Las Vegas. PRO You’ll find the vocal and opinionated travelers you’d expect on TripAdvisor, along with filters for places with air conditioning, hot tub, grill, washer/dryer, and more. CON Inventory skews more toward entire homes and multiroom dwellings than single rooms.

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SAV E WH E R E YO U GO HAVE A BLAST ON VACATION WHETHER YOUR FAMILY LOVES SKYSCRAPERS, SANDY BEACHES, OR SOMETHING IN BETWEEN.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

CITY ESCAPE

ROAD TRIP

CRUISE

Over 180 YMCA camps enable parents and kids to connect over crafts and campfires through programs designed for families. Seven locations operate entirely as family camps—either in the summer or year-round—in spots like Colorado, New Hampshire, and Missouri. Dude ranches and farms may also satisfy your family’s need for fresh air on a budget.

Washington, DC, and San Diego top several lists of best cities for family vacations. In the nation’s capital, all 17 of the Smithsonian’s DC museums—plus the zoo—offer free admission. And San Diego is practically one big playground: See seals yearround in nearby La Jolla or drive to the shores of Coronado Island and enjoy the 16-mile bike path.

Use roadtrippers .com to browse hundreds of preplanned routes, no matter what your starting point. Or plot your own path on the site by ticking off your family’s preferences: beaches, BBQ joints, children’s attractions, and more. Find cheap gas along the way by searching for gas stations on the Google Maps app.

A great alternative to all-inclusive resorts, family cruises remove some of the stress of budgeting for each meal, getting from Point A to Point B, and planning a daily itinerary that will delight everyone. Bonus: Royal Caribbean offers reduced fares for police, firefighters, and those in the military; Disney Cruise Line extends savings to military personnel.

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Capital One Venture Card

SIGN-UP BONUS: 20,000 points worth $200 toward travel, provided you spend $1,000 in the first 90 days

SIGN-UP BONUS: 50,000 points worth $625 when you redeem through the Chase rewards portal after spending $4,000 in the first 90 days

SIGN-UP BONUS: 50,000 miles worth $500 toward travel if you spend $3,000 in the first 90 days

EARNING POINTS: 1.5 points per $1 spent on anything

EARNING POINTS: 2 points per $1 spent on travel and restaurants.

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EARNING POINTS: 2 miles per $1 spent on anything

SOURCES: John Duntley, YMCA’s senior camping specialist; Rainer Jenss, president of the Family Travel Association; Kimberly Palmer, NerdWallet credit card expert.

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Family / PETS

Take the Lead With these amazing collars, you walk the dog (the dog doesn’t walk you). Martingale collar Tightens as the dog pulls and prevents him from slipping out.

Head collar Provides safe control of the snout while on walks or in public. BEST FOR: Training against

pulling or tugging.

BEST FOR: Pets with wide necks and narrow heads, like greyhounds. Up Country Martingale Collar, $24, upcountryinc.com and local retailers

The Company of Animals Halti Head Collar, from $23, amazon.com and local retailers

Harness Distributes your pull along a pet’s body instead of just on the head and neck. BEST FOR: Breeds with

short snouts as well as those that have breathing issues or neck pain. Ruffwear Front Range Harness, $40, ruffwear.com and local retailers SOURCE: Carla Lerum, D.V.M., Banfield Pet Hospital

Pet Care at Your Fingertips The Pet First Aid by American Red Cross app offers tips for treating a dog’s or cat’s allergic reactions, bite wounds, and other emergency symptoms. The app can also help you locate animal hospitals and pet-friendly hotels. Free, redcross.org or app store.

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Tbsp potato starch or cornstarch cups superfine sugar large egg whites tsp white vinegar tsp vanilla extract cup unsweetened cocoa powder oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped

FOR MOUSSE LAYERS:

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oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped large egg yolks Tbsp sugar cup plus another ¾ cup heavy cream Shaved chocolate and raspberries, for serving

1 Heat oven to 275°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Draw two 6-in. circles on each sheet of parchment, then flip over. 2 Combine potato starch and sugar. 3 In a very clean large bowl, using an electric mixer, whisk egg whites and vinegar on medium speed until foamy peaks form, 1 to 2 minutes. Gradually add sugar mixture, 1 Tbsp at a time, beating 30 seconds before adding more. Beat until whites are stiff and glossy. Add vanilla and beat 1 minute. 4 Using a fine-mesh sieve, sift cocoa powder on top of egg-white mixture. Add chocolate and, using a large rubber spatula, fold into egg-white mixture. Using the circles as a guide, divide mixture between prepared baking sheets and use a small offset spatula to smooth into 2 even rounds. 5 Bake 1 hour, then turn oven off and let meringue layers cool completely in the oven, at least 3 to 4 hours or up to overnight. 6 Make mousse: Melt chocolate in microwave on 50% power in 30-second increments, stirring until fully melted. In a medium saucepan, whisk together egg yolks, 1 Tbsp sugar, and ¾ cup heavy cream. Heat on medium, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened and mixture coats the back of a spoon, 4 to 5 minutes. Whisk in melted chocolate. Remove from heat, transfer mixture to a

medium bowl, cover, and refrigerate until cool to the touch, about 1 hour. 7 Once cool, using an electric mixer, beat remaining ¾ cup cream and 2 Tbsp sugar together until medium peaks form. Mix 1⁄3 of cream into chocolate mixture to loosen. Fold in remaining cream. Cover with plastic wrap and chill at least 1 hour before assembling. Stir to loosen before using. 8 To assemble, transfer 1 meringue round to a large, flat serving dish and spoon 1⁄4 of mousse over top, spreading into even layer. Top with second layer of meringue and mousse; repeat. Sprinkle top with raspberries and shaved chocolate, if desired. TIP: For easier serving, let stand at least 30 minutes after assembly, then use a serrated knife to cut into pieces. PER SERVING 415 CAL, 28 G FAT (16.5 G SAT), 8 G PRO, 40 MG SODIUM, 47 G CARB, 4 G FIBER

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HUMMINGBIRD CAKE ACTIVE 30 MIN. ✦ PLUS DECORATING ✦ MAKES 12 CUPCAKES ✦

flours, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. 3 In a second bowl, whisk together eggs, oil, and vanilla. Stir in pineapple, bananas, and pecans. Fold into flour mixture until just combined. Divide evenly among the liners (about 5 Tbsp each) and bake until a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, 27 to 30 minutes. Let cool in pan 10 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely. 4 Make frosting: In a food processor, pulse dried pineapple to make fine powder. Pass through a fine-mesh sieve. Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter on low speed until smooth. Add sugar and beat on low speed to combine. Mix in pineapple powder and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate until thickened, about 1 hour. 5 Spread each cupcake with frosting. 6 To make flower petals, cut pineapple into ¼-in.-thick rings; cut each ring into 8 wedges. Create a flower on each cupcake by placing a blueberry in the center and surrounding with 4 pineapple petals. PER CUPCAKE 480 CAL, 21 G FAT (7.5 G SAT), 5 G PRO, 210 MG SODIUM, 71 G CARB, 3 G FIBER

FOR CUPCAKES:

¾ ¾ ¾ ½ ½ ½ 2 ⅓ ½ 4

cup all-purpose flour cup whole-wheat flour cup brown sugar tsp baking soda tsp ground cinnamon tsp kosher salt large eggs, lightly beaten cup vegetable oil tsp pure vanilla extract oz crushed pineapple in juice (about ½ cup) 2 large bananas, mashed (about 1 cup) ½ cup toasted pecans, chopped

FOR FROSTING:

1 (1.5-oz) pkg. freeze-dried pineapple 1 (8-oz) pkg. cream cheese, at room temp 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temp 3 cups confectioners’ sugar 1 tsp pure vanilla extract FOR PINEAPPLE FLOWERS:

1 large pineapple, peeled and cored 12 large blueberries 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners. 2 In a large bowl, whisk together

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Classic Recipe Makeover

FROM THE WOMAN’S DAY ARCHIVES JULY 1980

Hummingbird Cake See page 131 for recipe.

Cake recipes using banana or pineapple became popular in the 1930s. However, the idea of combining two fruits in one batter was brought to the U.S. in the late ’60s from Jamaica. TODAY’S T WIST

We turned this moist cake into easy-to-eat cupcakes and replaced half the white flour with whole wheat for more fiber per bite. We also amped up the tropical flavor by adding freeze-dried pineapple to the frosting (chunks in juice were too runny).

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DANIELLE OCCHIOGROSSO DALY. FOOD STYLING: CYD MCDOWELL. PROP STYLING: ALEX MATA.

FUN FACT In Jamaica, hummingbird cake is known as doctor bird cake, after a common name for a native species of hummingbird.


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