Add More Cardio Exercise

Get your sneakers ready: This month's Healthy Habits challenge is to work out at least 3 times a week. Find a complete cardio guide, nutrition tips, and coaching advice to help reach your goals.

10 Best Foods and Drinks for Exercising

Get the 411 on what to eat and drink before, during, and after exercise. By Karen Ansel, MS, RD

Low Fat Ricotta with Honey

Low Fat Ricotta with Honey

After hitting the weight room, your muscles are hungry for protein to help them repair and rebuild. Whey protein, used to make ricotta cheese, is a top pick. Whey is rich in B-lactoglobulin, a protein that’s especially effective in stimulating muscle resynthesis according to a 2010 Nutrition & Metabolism study. Adding some quickly digested carbs—like a drizzle of honey—to this post-exercise snack encourages your muscles soak up that protein even faster.

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Cooking with Quinoa: 25 Recipes

High in protein and fiber, quinoa [KEEN-wah] is not only versatile, it also tastes wonderful and has a nice crunch. Find 24 delicious recipes for cooking with this ancient whole grain.

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