Understanding Fetal Movement during Pregnancy

Feeling your infant action for the very first time is a magical minute. What starts as a scarcely apparent flutter quickly becomes a full-on kick as your youngster starts to make her presence felt and by the end it can feel as if she is dancing a jig inside you. You will most likely also view a foot or a hand making out from time to time in the final maternity stages – pregnancy miracle.

Having an energetic bump not simply functions as a remarkable way to bond with your baby however it is likewise an excellent indicator that is well inside the bump. So just what should you be feeling as well as when? Right here is what to watch out for with the infant’s movement in maternity.

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When will I feel my infant for the very first time?

If this is your very first maternity, you will probably first really feels something at around the 18 to 20-week mark, although it can be later. However, if you have actually currently had a child, you might begin seeing that tell-tale twinge a little earlier.

What does it seem like?

In the first stage infant’s activities in maternity can feel like a gentle flutter, just like the butterflies in your belly you obtain when you are nervous. By week 24, you ought to be feeling precise kicks in addition to the dizzying squirm as she executes somersaults in all her vacuum. Child is still very small so don’t run scared if you go a few hours and even a number of days without activity At 29 weeks, area is becoming a little bit more confined as you move through the different pregnancy phases and the movements will be smaller sized and also a lot more defined. The child’s activities in pregnancy have the tendency to tail off from week 32 as well as instead of the normal pummeling of little kicks; you will feel a big lurching movement as your child changes position in her cramped quarters.

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Being familiar with your baby’s activity.

Once you have learned to recognize exactly what is a kick (and what just caught the wind is), you will begin to get to know your infant’s program. Some come to be a lot more energetic in the evening as throughout the day they usually sleep as you enter. Others obtain spooked after you eat as the surge in your blood sugar level gives them a rush of power. The same could take place if you are nervous and producing adrenalin. You may even have the ability to realized the routine jerky movement as your child obtains the hiccups.

Suppose the motions quit?

It is typical to not feel your infant relocate constantly. She will certainly often sleep or simply desire a rest. By week 32, your infant’s activities in pregnancy will reduce significantly as room ends up being tight. However, if you observe a continual fall in movements over several days, a large decrease in movements or assume that she has actually quit moving completely; call your midwife or General Practitioner promptly.

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Hate Trump or Clinton? This Website Uses That Anger to Help You Lose Weight

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Setting goals is one thing, but actually sticking to them is, well… yeah. The aptly named website Trump Your Goals is here to help, whether you want to lose weight or run a 5K—albeit in a pretty messed up way.

Here’s how it works: Enter your goal, set the deadline, choose the amount of money you’ll pony up if you fall short, and answer the question: Who do you hate more, Trump or Clinton? If you don’t complete it, the site donates the cash to your least favorite presidential candidate.

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This all sounds pretty backward, and to be fair, there’s not much accountability here. You just have to say you completed your goal—and we know how easy that is.

Science does back up the so-called anti-charity form of motivation. Studies have shown people are more driven by the possibility of a punishment than a reward. There’s also research that supports attaching money to your goals and making them public.

But there are plenty of ways to stick to your goals that don’t involve inadvertently supporting a cause you’re fundamentally against. Apps such as Commit and Strides can keep you on track, or if you’re really the type that needs to put your money where you mouth is, tell a friend you’ll buy them a drink if you fall short. Because life does get in the way, and it’s not worth compromising your values.

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Shailene Woodley Makes a Good Case for Why Schools Should Teach Masturbation

It’s been years since we took sex ed, but we don’t remember any classes teaching us how to masturbate. (The closest we got was putting putting condoms on bananas—how realistic!) If it were up to Shailene Woodley, though, sex education in schools would look very different. In an interview with Net-A-Porter, the actress and activist stressed the importance of schools talking about female pleasure:

“As a young woman you don’t learn how to pleasure yourself, you don’t learn what an orgasm should be, you don’t learn that you should have feelings of satisfaction. I’ve always had a dream of making a book called There’s No Right Way to Masturbate.”

We hear you, Shailene. Sex is supposed to be pleasurable (for everyone involved), and it’s really silly that masturbation is such a taboo topic.

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We Could All Learn Something From This Teacher’s List of 101 Ways to Stress Less

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Trying to be a real person is stressful. Lucky for us, one all-star high school teacher (shout out to you, Mr. Philips!) made a list of 101 ways for his students to stress less. Just reading through it made us feel more relaxed.

One of Philips’s students tweeted screenshots of the list, which includes suggestions like “learn the words to a new song,” “dance a jig,” and “schedule play time into every day.” Check out all the tips below:

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Breakfast Egg Muffins With Spinach (and Bacon If You Want)

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You promise yourself you’re going to wake up earlier. You want to be more “adult-like,” which obviously means waking up with enough time to make breakfast and eat at a table. Who are we fooling? It never happens. You know what does? The snooze button—and that means you’re sprinting out the door to get to work on time.

This is where these filling, high-protein breakfast egg muffins come into play. They’re the fast and easy solution to your crazed mornings because no matter how you get to work—car, subway, bus, train—you can eat these little guys anywhere. The only utensils needed are your fingers.

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Set aside 30 minutes on a Sunday and throw this three-ingredient recipe together: Creamy eggs, crunchy bell peppers, and mild spinach make these protein-rich muffins a no-brainer when you’re short on time. And guess what? You’ll have breakfast for the next five days. Don’t worry about getting bored with this combo either; it’s really just a base recipe, so you can add whatever toppings you please. We’ve made them four different ways (since a 12-cup muffin tin has four different rows): Keep one with just veggies, add goat cheese to the second, bacon to another, and then get really crazy and add bacon and goat cheese to your final row.

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Breakfast Egg Muffins (4 Ways)

Recipe by: Jamie Webber
Serves: 4-6

Base recipe:
12 eggs
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
1/2 cup spinach
Pinch sea salt and black pepper
Cooking spray
12-cup muffin tin

Optional toppings:
1/4 cup goat cheese
2 cooked bacon slices, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Spray a 12-cup muffin tin liberally with cooking spray. Set aside.

3. Chop bell peppers and spinach into small bite-sized pieces, about 1/4 inch.

4. Divide vegetables evenly among muffin tins.

5. In a large bowl, whisk eggs together until combined. Sprinkle in salt and pepper to taste.

6. Pour the eggs into the cups, dividing evenly; filling up about 3/4 of the way full. You can always go back and add more with any eggs leftover.

7. If you’re adding additional toppings, now is the time. Sprinkle desired amount of goat cheese or cooked bacon bits (or both) to the top of your egg muffins.

8. Bake the eggs in the oven for 20-25 minutes. They will puff up, but as soon as they come back to room temperature, they will deflate.

9. Store in the fridge for up to five days.

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GreatistYou Days 33-35: How Our Contestants Get the Most Out of Their Weekends

Welcome to GreatistYou, a new social experiment where we see what happens when five people decide to change their health—and broadcast their journeys for everyone to see. Four goals, five contestants, and six weeks to crush said goals for the promise of a better life (oh, and $ 1,000!).

Our contestants proved that weekends are just a few extra days to pursue greatness. Let’s start with Darby and Adrienne (@greatistdanda), who used their time off to participate in a Komen Race for the Cure in Prospect Park on Saturday. As if that wasn’t enough, they went back to the park the next day to train for their upcoming 10K.

After giving it their all, the Brooklynites took a much-deserved break on the roof where they took this amazing panoramic pic of their view.

Meanwhile…

  • Brandon (@greatistbrandon) is super excited to do some shopping at Sprouts Farmers Market with the gift card we sent him. (Pro tip: You’ll get perks too if you participate in the next season of GreatistYou.) Judging by the caption on his scale pic, Brandon seems happy with his weight! What a great feeling!
  • Jasmine (@greatistjasmine) is aiming to stick as closely as she can to Whole30 during her cruise. This will be no easy feat, but she’s got this. You’re a pro, Jasmine—just say no to the dessert bar.
  • Regina (@greatistregina) posted some intense videos this weekend that prove how hard Muay Thai training can be. That’s painful just to look at.
  • Jessi (@greatistmentor) gave us the skinny on protein shakes and how to make them taste delicious. Watch her full video here.

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Yes! Now This Is How You Protest Sexist School Dress Codes

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We remember rolling our eyes at school dress codes—tank top straps had to be three fingers wide and skirts needed to go past girls’ hands when they stood like a soldier at attention. One middle school in Maryland took things even further, saying girls “should be conscious” of shirts that reveal cleavage because they could be a “distraction.” This group of students at Urbana Middle School isn’t having any of it:

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They showed up for class wearing oversize yellow t-shirts—the same kind used as punishment when a student breaks dress code—with the message “I am more than a distraction” written on them in black marker. The idea piggybacks off #IAmMoreThanADistraction, a campaign that started as a protest to a similarly sexist dress code at a school in New Jersey. Though it stinks that these rules governing what people wear to school exist, we love seeing students take a stand for equality.

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35 Healthy Fall Snacks That Will Make You Grateful Summer’s Over

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There’s something so cozy about the taste of fall. Hot and spicy drinks in hand-warming mugs, decadent pumpkin pies, and crisp apple streusels all offer a level of comfort unmatched by foods from any other season.

Most of the dishes that scream “fall” are enjoyed around a table with family after hours of meticulous work peeling apples, roasting pumpkin (or, you know, opening a can… ), or rolling out pie crust. But let’s get real—life’s not always conducive to long, elaborate meals or sweating over the stove. Fear not: We have 35 healthy recipes to help you enjoy the best flavors of fall anytime of day, no matter how busy that schedule gets.

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1. Protein-Packed Hemp and Maple Pecan Oatmeal
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Warm, gooey, and comforting, this tasty oatmeal is basically fall in a cup. Maple syrup and pumpkin pie spice give it plenty of flavor. Not to mention, pecans are a great source of healthy fats and vitamin E, so there’s no need to worry about the healthiness of this delicious breakfast.

2. Banana Maple Yogurt Parfait
Photo: Lemon Tree Dwelling

Greek yogurt is always a great snack choice. It’s packed with protein, and when you add sliced banana, some high-quality maple syrup, and a few chopped nuts, you have a just-sweet-enough, super-filling snack. Go ahead and dig in.

3. Maple Bacon Waffles
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Waffles are the perfect food to pair with sweet maple syrup, and this recipe takes it to the next level by adding bacon into the equation. And as far as maple and bacon go, this is a pretty healthy option, with Greek yogurt, eggs, almond milk, and oats.

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4. Vegan Pumpkin Pie Energy Bars
Photo: Nutritionist in the Kitch

These fall-flavored bars just require four simple steps—chuck the ingredients in a food processor, blend, press into a pan, and freeze. They’re a perfect grab-and-go solution for the afternoon munchies.

5. Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogurt Parfaits
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Ever thought to add pumpkin purée to yogurt? Neither did we—until now! Throw some pumpkin granola or toasted pepitas on top, and you have a whole pumpkin-themed snack (or breakfast). Drizzle with some honey or maple syrup for added sweetness. Store for up to two hours outside the fridge or keep cold until ready to enjoy.

6. Healthy Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffin
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We’ve all been tempted by the oozing pumpkin cream cheese muffins in the case at Starbucks—don’t even try to doubt it. Go ahead and challenge the coffee-shop versions by making this recipe that cuts down on the unhealthy stuff but still offers the flavor and creamy, delicious texture of the pastry sitting in the case.

7. Pumpkin Pie Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Photo: Amy's Healthy Baking

Feel free to enjoy one or two (or three) of these cookies: The flour is whole-wheat, the butter is replaced with applesauce, and the chocolate chips are dark. Hello, healthy cookies for breakfast.

8. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds (6 Ways)
Photo: Back to Her Roots

It’s time to put the pumpkin seed front and center (and not in the trash after you’re done carving your pumpkin). Not only are they packed with magnesium and zinc—making them a healthy choice—but the flavoring options are endless. Fancy a sweet treat? Throw on some brown sugar and cinnamon. Need something spicy? Add a little cayenne pepper and lime juice. Looking for a mix of spicy and sweet? Opt for a mix of sugar, cayenne, and a pinch of salt.

9. Pumpkin Pie Oats
Photo: Minimalists Baker

Anything can be added to oatmeal. And while there are some out-of-the-ordinary combos out there (poached egg and bacon, anyone?), adding a scoop of pumpkin purée and cinnamon spice make a perfect accompaniment to creamy oats. Throw it in a sturdy Tupperware container and eat at any temperature when hunger pangs hit, or when you’re craving pumpkin pie.

10. Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes
Photo: Fit Foodie Finds

These pumpkin pancakes are perfect to throw on the griddle in silver-dollar dollops and then refrigerate or freeze until you’re ready to munch away. Eat ’em plain for a Paleo-friendly snack or tote them along with a mini container of maple syrup or Greek yogurt for dipping.

11. Pumpkin Pie Dip
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This one’s sure to be a hit at the next cocktail party. Mix up a few cups of vanilla Greek yogurt with some cream cheese, a sprinkle of sugar, pumpkin purée, and spices. Refrigerate until it’s set (about three hours) and serve alongside sliced apples, graham crackers, or cinnamon-sugar pita chips for a semi-sweet, pumpkin-packed dip.

12. Mini Vegan Pumpkin Pies
Photo: Minimalist Baker

Yes, you can enjoy classic pumpkin pie in a single-serve, on-the-go snack. Try these mini personal pies that can easily be thrown together, baked, frozen, and defrosted overnight in the fridge before toting along for a snack the next day.

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13. Purposeful Pear Green Smoothie
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Yes, smoothies can make a great midday snack, provided you have access to a fridge or freezer. Try this protein-packed pear smoothie with cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, egg white, and protein powder for a filling afternoon sip.

14. Cinnamon Pear Cake
Photo: A Treats Affair

Cakes make great portable snacks if you’re up for prepping ahead—especially when they’re packed with fruit or veggies. This low-sugar, whole-wheat pear cake is studded with ground cinnamon and pear chunks. Bake in a bundt pan or any other type of pan; the taste is the same.

15. Poached Pears With Walnut Granola and Cinnamon Greek Yogurt
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Another star topping for our favorite Greek yogurt! Simply poach half of a firm pear with some extra special flavorings; cool; then top with cinnamon Greek yogurt to bring all these fall flavors together.

16. Edamame Crostini With Pears

Toast up a few bits of bread and top with this protein-packed, slightly sweet topping for an inventive take on bruschetta. Edamame is loaded with fiber, making it a great option for munching, and the sweetness of the pears adds just enough depth in flavor and texture.

17. Pear Smoothie With Almond Butter
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Fall comfort food doesn’t have to weigh you down. Start the day on a healthy note with this healthy, refreshing juice made from pears and the savory flavor of creamy almond butter. We also decided to skip the TruMoo and use any milk we had in our fridge.

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18. Spiced Cranberry-Pear Sauce
Photo: Lemon Tree Dwelling

This real-deal cranberry sauce is far from the jellied version that comes in a can (and easier than you think). Simmer cranberries, agave, and plenty of spices until they break down into a sweet, flavorful sauce that’s perfect on toast, yogurt, oatmeal, or meat. And with the added flavor of pear? What could be better.

19. Pumpkin, Pepito, and Cranberry Cookies
Photo: Sugar Spice and Glitter

What can we say—pumpkin purée makes great cookies! Instead of the more classic chocolate chip addition, dried cranberries add a nice chewiness to these treats.

20. Easy Maple Cranberry Granola
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Granola is always a great option for long days away from home or the office. It’s easy to pack and keeps fresh no matter what. Try this version with dried cranberries for a slightly sweet and tart addition.

Vegetables

21. Broccoli Cheese Bites
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A recent revelation: Muffin tins are our snack-making best friend. Whip up a mix of eggs, milk, broccoli, and cheese, bake in muffin tins, and refrigerate until ready to eat. These bites offer protein from the egg, plus a little bit of broccoli, which never hurts.

22. Roasted Acorn Squash With Maple Chipotle Glaze
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Believe it or not, something as simple as a few slices of roasted acorn squash can make an ideal snack that will keep you fuller longer. Slice, season it with maple syrup and the amazing chipotle glaze in this recipe, then roast it. Just be sure to let it cool before you bring it along for snacking.

23. Butternut Squash Hummus
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Chickpeas are not the only avenue to great hummus. Roasted squash (or beets too) can make a perfectly unique dip. Simply combine some precooked squash then add lemon juice, tahini, and garlic in a food processor, and pulse until smooth. Pack with some veggies for a bite when you need it.

24. Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
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This velvety, veggie-rich soup is just what the doctor ordered for a chilly fall afternoon. Make a big batch on the weekend and heat it up with crackers, whole-wheat bread, or rice for a quick, warming treat. And don’t worry about spending the time to make the apple chips and ginger cream. They are tasty additions but not essentials.

25. Vegan Carrot Cake Smoothie
Photo: Loving It Vegan

Carrot cake, in liquid form? Don’t mind if we do! This simple, healthy blend of carrot, almond milk, banana, protein powder, and spices makes for a beta carotene-packed snack that tastes like dessert.

26. Apple, Beet, and Fennel Salad With Balsamic Maple-Dijon Vinaigrette
Photo: Simple Veganista

We know this sounds strange, but just trust us. Fennel bulb’s lightly licorice flavor pairs perfectly with slightly sweet beets and tart apples for a refreshing and healthy snack. The flavorful, citrusy dressing is just enough to add some moisture and tang without making the salad soggy after sitting for a while.

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27. Apple Pie Protein Bars
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Whip up a batch of this easy recipe for an easy dessert or a protein-packed post-workout snack. Not only are these bars easy to make but they’re also super convenient to pack for a snack on the go.

28. Hot Apple Pie Dip Recipe
Photo: Sunny Sweet Days

Betcha didn’t think apple pie could come in dip form too! Simply chop up a few apples and mix with some lemon juice, brown sugar, apricot preserves, and cinnamon. Then prep some cinnamon-dusted tortilla wedges to scoop up the goodness.

29. Mini Caramel Candy Apples
Photo: We Are Not Martha

These little guys are almost too adorable. Think candy apples but scaled down (significantly) to make this favorite fall treat a healthier choice. Take a melon baller to your favorite type of apple, and remove as many full spheres as possible. Stick in a toothpick, dip in some caramel (or dark chocolate), roll in some chopped nuts, let them set, and enjoy as a teeny tiny snack.

30. Apple Cheddar Quick Bread
Photo: Simply Stacie

We all know the classic apple pie accompaniment is a slice of nice cheddar cheese (if you didn’t know that, now ya do!). So here’s another way to enjoy that sweet and salty baked combo. Plus, since they’re mini loaves, they make the perfect treat to snack on in bits throughout the day.

31. Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips
Photo: The Healthy Maven

We promise: With this one, patience will pay off. After slicing apples as thinly as you can get ‘em, sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at a low temp (200 degrees) for a few hours until the slices have slightly curled and they’re perfectly crunchy.

32. Apple Crisp Stuffed Baked Apples
Photo: Le Creme de la Crumb

Halved, cored, topped with an oat-‘n’-brown sugar mixture, and baked, apples don’t get much better than this. Plus, they can be prepared in a big batch, or done one by one. The benefits? Fiber from the apples and oats, and satisfying that sweet tooth with the bit of brown sugar (or maple syrup, if that’s your thing).

33. 4-Ingredient Applesauce Cookies
Photo: The Big Man's World

Made simply from bananas, oats, applesauce, vanilla, ground flaxseed, and dried cherries, there’s really nothing wrong with eating these cookies for breakfast. Bake up a batch and store in the freezer until a crazy hectic day hits. If you forgot to eat (who does that?!), take a few out to defrost on your desk and devour.

34. Caramel Apple-Pecan Streusel Pie
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Have a hankering for a big slice of pie? We don’t blame you. It’s hard not to in the fall. This recipe is a great way to fill a baked-good craving without overloading on sugar and fat. In fact, this cake is also full of fruit and healthy fats (from the pecans, duh).

35. Apple Cheddar Grilled Cheese
Photo: I Am a Food Blog

This is basically the best looking sandwich we’ve ever seen. Layer small slices of apple and cheddar cheese and then, yep, just grill it up. We think these would be best cut into little cubes dipped into warm tomato soup.

Originally published October 2012. Updated August 2016.

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Nick Offerman Struggles Through 60 Years of Workout Trends for Your Enjoyment

We know it’s easy to make fun of CrossFit and SoulCycle, but compare them to the way people exercised in the 50s and 60s and you’ll see how far we’ve come. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, Funny or Die got Ron Swanson Nick Offerman to demonstrate wacky fitness trends. Not convinced to hit play? Michelle Obama makes a cameo appearance (doing dumbbell curls, of course), because we can’t talk about fitness today without FLOTUS.

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31 Potluck Recipes That Will Blow Guests’ Minds (and Only Take You 15 Minutes)

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Problem: You’ve signed yourself up for a potluck get-together but your cooking expertise extends to boiling eggs and slapping together PB&Js. There’s nothing wrong with that, but we’re pretty confident you can do more. And it’s much easier and way less time-consuming than you think.

Solution: This roundup.

You could be a total novice in the kitchen or an amateur chef extraordinaire, but either way, there’s no need to stress over what you’re bringing to a gathering with these healthy, crowd-pleasing ideas. Whether you’re in charge of an appetizer, entrée, or a dessert, we’ve got you covered. Here are 31 recipes that each take only 15 minutes to make (from start to finish) and are guaranteed hits at any party. Your friends are already drooling.

Dips

1. Skinny Beet Dip
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Ain’t nobody got time to steam raw beets, but don’t let that stop you from eating them. Pick up the super-convenient precooked beets at the store to whip up with tahini for this scene-stealing, ready-for-its-close-up dip.

2. Rainbow Guacamole Dip
Photo: Simple Vegan Blog

Regular guacamole is addictive enough, but throw in crunchy bell peppers, juicy cherry tomatoes, and a fiery red chili for a guac that’s off-the-chain good. Make a double batch of this 10-minute recipe—it’ll go fast.

3. Spicy Mexican Hummus
Photo: Veganosity

The unmistakable kick of jalapeño and a dash of cumin give regular hummus some south-of-the-border flavor, while a little tomato helps mellow things out. Serve this one with tortilla chips or pita bread—both go perfectly.

4. Garlic Feta Dip
Photo: Well Plated

Garlic and cheese: The match made in (stinky) heaven gets even more out-of-this-world good thanks to healthier swaps like Greek yogurt and light cream cheese, plus a sprinkling of mixed herbs. It’s like a cheese plate in dip form, and you seriously can’t go wrong.

5. Broccoli Pesto Dip
Photo: A Healthy Life Forr Me

Pesto isn’t just for pasta; it’s fantastic as a dip too. Plus, if you’re dunking carrot sticks into a bowl of this broccoli-based version, you’re getting in a serving of veggies without even trying.

6. Buffalo Chicken Dip
Photo: The Garlic Diaries

Greek yogurt and reduced-fat cream cheese go halfsies to lighten up this party favorite. Packed with shredded chicken and served with veggie sticks, it’s a sneaky yet delicious way to get in a generous dose of protein.

7. Easy Walnut and Lentil Dip
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It’s hard to believe that a dip this creamy has no dairy in it whatsoever, but the walnuts and lentil combination can be pretty amazing that way. Packed with healthy fats and fiber, a few scoops of this will keep you full and happy—just make sure you leave room for the main course.

Veggie & Protein Salads

8. Kale and Carrot Salad With Chili Lime Peanut Dressing
Photo: Chef De Home

Weary of kale? Drench it in a peanut-based dressing and watch your worries fade away. There is so much flavor going on here, from the nut butter and sesame oil; don’t be surprised if this salad outshines your main meal.

9. Raw Radish and Corn Salad
Photo: Veggie Inspired Journey

Fresh corn works best for this simple, six-ingredient salad. The sweet kernels are paired with tangy cumin and lime for a fun combination of flavors, and sliced radishes add some extra crunch. With no cooking, fancy equipment, or long prep time required, it’s perfect for your next potluck.

10. Tropical Chickpea Salad
Photo: Veggies Save the Day

This salad gets its tropical twist from the cubed mango, which goes surprisingly well with the savory flavors of avocado, chickpeas, and cumin. A one-step recipe that makes a large batch and keeps well for days, this salad is ideal for potlucks.

11. Avocado Dill Tuna Salad
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Mayo haters, unite! Avocado, the reliable swap for mayonnaise, gives this tuna salad a heart-healthy upgrade without sacrificing taste. With cucumbers and pickles thrown into the mix too, eating “green” was never so easy.

12. Crunchy Sesame Chicken Slaw
Photo: The Honour System

Pick up a bag of shredded cabbage to make this chicken salad easier to put together. Dressed in olive oil, vinegar, and coconut sugar and a handful of almond slivers, it may not be your regular mayo-laden slaw, but it also might just become your favorite.

13. Deviled Egg Salad
Photo: Simply Recipes

Sometimes you just need a good ol’ classic, and this one sure delivers. It’s got all the traditional ingredients, from the celery to the Dijon mustard and even the mayo—though slightly less of it than what you’d find in conventional recipes. Consider your craving satisfied.

14. Hot Shrimp, Corn, and Basil Salad
Photo: Heather Christo

A simple basil, corn, and tomato salad gets an extra punch of protein from seared shrimp. With so many colors, nutrients, and textures in one serving, it can be served as a main dish just as easily as it can be a side.

15. Healthy Edamame Salad
Photo: Stuck on Sweet

Even if you count the cooking time for the edamame, this recipe comes together in five minutes flat! If that’s not enough reason to make this salad, you can get excited about the fact that between the beans, the juicy cranberries, and the salty bite of feta, it’s a fantastic coming-together of tastes.

Pastas & Grains

16. Grilled Peach Panzanella Salad
Photo: A Simple Pantry

Not your regular bread salad, this one adds a fruity touch with chopped peaches that were heated up on the grill (so they’re even sweeter). The bowl of baguette chunks is then topped with almonds and goat cheese—it’s like a deconstructed, jazzed-up panini.

17. Summer Orzo Salad With Asparagus, Cherry Tomatoes, and Feta
Photo: Healthy Recipe Ecstasy

Thanks to its rice-like shape, easily scoopable orzo makes a perfect pasta option for big gatherings, especially in this vegetarian recipe. Joined by crumbled feta, tomatoes, and asparagus, the mixture is lightly dressed in olive oil and lemon for a fuss-free but filling main dish.

18. Thai Peanut Quinoa Salad
Photo: Simply Quinoa

It looks like a simple quinoa salad, but a closer look at the ingredients reveals a much more exciting dish, thanks to the sweet and tangy peanut butter dressing coating the veggies and the grains. Ready in just 10 minutes, it’s a speedy way to put something special together.

19. Greek Yogurt BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad
Photo: Once Upon a Cutting Board

With just a tablespoon of brown sugar and a fraction of the barbeque sauce, this recipe is the perfect example of making a dish healthier without sacrificing flavor. Just note that while it takes 15 minutes to make, you may need to allot some extra time to get it to room temperature for serving.

20. Minted Watermelon Salad With Bulgur
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Not familiar with bulgur? Here’s a good place to start. The quick-cooking, fiber-packed grain gets an unlikely but delicious companion in watermelon in this salad. It’s also drizzled with a honey-kissed olive oil dressing to further highlight that sweet and savory combination.

21. “Caprese” Quinoa Salad
Photo: Simply Quinoa

The typical mozzarella and tomato appetizer gets veganized here, with chickpeas standing in for the balls of cheese. It also gets some carbohydrates from the quinoa to bump it up to entrée status—but don’t worry, the basil and olive oil drizzle keep that unmistakable caprese flavor.

22. Israeli Couscous Salad With Salmon
Photo: Two of a Kind Cooks

Given that couscous takes as long as pasta to prep, it’s just as quick and convenient a potluck option. In the time it takes to cook the grains, grill up your salmon and prep your veggies. When the couscous is ready, just toss everything together and you’re done.

23. Nectarine, Chicken and Quinoa Salad
Photo: Power Hungry

You do need to have precooked quinoa and leftover chicken for this dish to come together within the 15-minute window, but don’t let that take away from how easy the recipe is to make. Plus, there’s so much to love here: From the nectarines to the goat cheese, you’ll forget it’s a gluten-free dish.

24. Tuna White Bean Pasta Salad
Photo: Simple Living and Eating

This one-dish meal is the epitome of the Mediterranean food pyramid, packed with fish, olive oil, beans, herbs, and spinach. If the studies about the happiness benefits of this diet are true, your mood is bound to get boosted after a few servings.

Desserts

25. Coconut No-Bake Cookies
Photo: Minimalist Baker

The nut butter in these treats make them taste kind of like Peanut Butter Patties, while the cocoa and coconut give them that Samoa vibe. Two Girl Scout cookie flavors in one with a healthified bite? Sign us up.

26. Peanut Butter Banana No-Bake Energy Bites
Photo: The Cookie Rookie

Just as perfect for a pre-workout snack as they are for a potluck gathering, these versatile, oat-based bites are a wholesome way to approach dessert. They make two dozen in just 10 minutes too—such an easy way to satisfy a crowd.

27. Honey Basil Fruit Salad
Photo: With Salt and Wit

End your potluck on a fruity note with this simple salad topped with a light basil and honey dressing, which takes it from a plain bowl of berries to a dessert-worthy dish. It’s a perfect way to still get in a sweet ending after an indulgent meal.

Who needs 15 minutes when all it takes is two to whip up something this good? Between the lightning-fast prep time, the ingredient list of just three items, and the insanely delicious end result, we don’t know where to begin raving about this recipe.

29. Snickerdoodle Dip
Photo: Chocolate Covered Katie

Dip for dessert? Why not! Especially when it’s cookie-flavored. This recipe may start with chickpeas, but once you add nut butter, applesauce, and cinnamon, you’ll forget that this batter-like blend has a bean-base.

30. Healthy No-Bake Brownie Bites
Photo: Making Thyme for Health

If you believe that no meal is complete without chocolate but you don’t want to send your entire party into a sugar coma, this is your recipe. Dates are the secret naturally sweet ingredient behind these butter- and egg-free brownie balls, with cocoa and chocolate chips in each bite. Healthy dessert success.

31. Coconut Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
Photo: The Bewitchin' Kitchen

Hollowed strawberries are the ideal vehicles for these bite-size cheesecakes. Not only do they look adorable, but the fresh, juicy berries are also a perfect complement to the denser cream cheese filling.

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Consenting In Hindsight: Why I Continued to Sleep With My Rapist

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Trigger warning: This article contains descriptions of sexual assualt.

I.

“Did he penetrate you without your consent?” my psychologist asked. “Because that’s rape.”

I had just described my weekend to him. I had a weird hook-up, I said. I explained that I had sex with a friend of mine—a beautiful, curly-haired boy with long eyelashes and a gentle demeanor. But after I fell asleep, I woke up to the feeling of his penis inside me.

My psychologist looked at me with concern. I shook my head. “I wasn’t raped. I’ve been raped before. If that was rape I’d feel traumatized, and I don’t,” I said.

You’re wrong, said a voice inside me. I knew what rape was: I was sexually assaulted when I was younger, and I’d been doing anti-rape activism and writing for years. I knew my psychologist was right. You’re a hypocrite, the voice continued.

But admitting that I was raped meant I’d have to go back to square one and start healing again. I didn’t want to do that.

II.

As soon as I got up and left my rapist’s bed, he realized what he had done. “I’m so sorry,” he said, as realization crept into the lines across his forehead. “Sian, I’m so sorry.”

It was the beginning of what would be months of apologies. He texted me an hour later to apologize, and an hour after that to tell me he’d stop texting me if that’s what I wanted. I didn’t respond.

Later that week, he texted that he needed to see me. “I need to know how to fix things,” the text read.

I allowed him to come to my residence to speak to me. While I waited for him to arrive, I frantically Googled “what to do if your rapist apologizes.” No good results turned up; I was completely without a blueprint on how to act and feel.

I frantically Googled ‘what to do if your rapist apologizes.’ No good results turned up.

He sat at my desk in my dorm room and started crying. He apologized to me profusely, and he told me he’d never do it again. He knew what he did wrong. He didn’t mean to hurt me. What more could I ask for? I thought.

As he tearily begged for forgiveness, my heart broke. None of my other rapists had ever asked for forgiveness. This means he’s different, right? This means it’s OK.

I hugged him to comfort him. That hug became a kiss. We ended up having sex for the next six hours.

It wasn’t that bad, I told myself as his face disappeared between my thighs. If it was that bad, I wouldn’t be able to sleep with him now.

I closed my eyes and found myself halfway between pleasure and confusion. I always thought of orgasms like a hurricane, with all my nerves twisting and turning and rising up out of my body. This time, I found myself in the eye of the storm, calm and numb, while my body twisted and turned around me.

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III.

When I was 12 years old, I was raped. Like many others, I self-harmed to deal with the trauma. I was self-destructive. I was full of anger and self-loathing. I cut into my thighs, took painfully hot showers, and scratched my skin open.

This time around, I thought I was doing well because I wasn’t doing those things. Looking back, I realize that choosing to sleep with my rapist was a part of another self-destructive pattern.

IV.

We’re taught that rapists are monsters.

Maybe this is why I didn’t expect to feel human feelings for my rapist. In some ways, those feelings were a form of denial. When I scrubbed away my memories of the assault, what remained was the attraction I felt toward him before.

The month that followed, I was all over him, my hands running through his corkscrew curls. I could’ve nearly told him I loved him. We were tangled and sweaty. The way he looked at me made me feel like I was worthy of everyone’s love, including my own.

I constantly thought to myself: What if I could relive the first night? If I went back in time and consented, it would have been a great story instead of a tragedy. Every time I said yes, I was trying to consent retroactively. For me, sleeping with him was the ultimate denial that he ever raped me.

A few weeks after our last sexual encounter, he started dating someone.

Sleeping with him was the ultimate denial that he ever raped me.

There was a part of me that felt rejected. Another part of me felt relieved—I didn’t have to sleep with him anymore. Our fling had ended without any pain or grand gestures. The relationship had disintegrated and disappeared from memory as if it never happened.

I wish the assault would do the same.

V.

Every single person experiences rape differently. Some of us hate our rapists and some of us can’t. Sometimes people sleep with their rapists. Sometimes we date them. Sometimes we even marry them.

We seek healing in myriad ways. We don’t always find it, but we always, always deserve it.

We deserve it even when we try to heal by hurting ourselves, and no matter what kind of hurt it is. Self-harm can be in the form of cuts on your thighs or orgasms on your rapist’s futon.

You can’t consent in hindsight, and no amount of sex—consensual, amazing, mind-blowing sex—you have with your rapist will erase your sexual assault. You could carve the letters Y-E-S into their back a billion times; it won’t make you forget that you once didn’t get a chance to say yes.

Writer Nayyirah Waheed once wrote, “Apologize to your body. Maybe that’s where healing begins.” I try to apologize to myself for willingly entering such a confusing and harmful situation. Maybe one day I’ll stop apologizing and begin healing again.

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