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7 Ways To Boost Your Mood With Food: Women’s Health

This April, we’re teaming up with Women’s Health. All month long on our blog, the mag’s editors will be sharing tiny tweaks that produce big results—meaning tips on easy ways you can improve your overall wellbeing.

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Fruits and veggies are obviously good for your physical health. But it turns out that filling up on these superfoods can also make you happier.

Researchers discovered that happiness and mental health are highest among people who eat seven portions of fruits and vegetables per day, according to the new report that will be published in the journal Social Indicators Research.

Incorporating more good-for-you foods into your diet is easier than you think, says Keri Glassman, R.D., author of The New You and Improved Diet: 8 Rules to Lose Weight and Change Your Life Forever. Here, her seven tricks for eating more fruits and vegetables every day: 

Sneak them into breakfast

Making a fruit smoothie? Throw in some spinach or any other green, says Glassman. Also, add them to your eggs. Served as a side, scrambled into the eggs, or folded into an omelet, veggies can easily be a tasty part of your morning meal. 

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My Favorite Winter Smoothie: Guest Blogger

At first glance, you might think that Kathy Ong’s Beauty Palette blog is just your average beauty blogbut you’d be wrong. The underlying theme behind everything that she covers is this: what you put on your face is just as important as what you put into your body. In her own words, “a defining aspect of beauty is nutrition.” Hear hear! This week, she’s sharing her best beauty tips—for both inside and out—on the Birchbox blog.

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Smoothies? In the winter? Yes! While I love nothing more than a hearty bowl of soup when it’s cold, smoothies are a great way to sneak healthy ingredients into my diet. While I work very hard to eat my greens at each and every meal, sometimes I need a little help. This particular concoction is my favorite way to add in some extra vegetables and fruits. And it couldn’t be any easier!

Want more smoothies in your diet? Try our Birchbox Pink Smoothie with mixed berries and beets!

BB Cream for Hair Is Now a Thing, Nail Polish Sales in 2012 Total $768 Million, and More
There’s now BB cream for your hair! KeratinPerfect has created the first beauty balm to smooth your strands. [InStyle]
Nail polish sales soared in 2012, with women spending $768 million on lacquer for their fingers and toes. [Fashionista]
Handbag designer Coach steps into new territory with plans to launch a ready-to-wear collection. [Elite Daily]
Catch up on the best in beauty at the Spring Haute Couture shows. [Beauty High]
Need a new lip color for spring? Choose your best shade using this ultimate lipstick chart. [Cupcakes and Cashmere]
—Charisse
Keep your best year going with this healthy Birchbox pink smoothie recipe.

BB Cream for Hair Is Now a Thing, Nail Polish Sales in 2012 Total $768 Million, and More

—Charisse

Keep your best year going with this healthy Birchbox pink smoothie recipe.

A Birchbox Pink Smoothie: Well-Balanced

You wouldn’t know it from how much we talk about cookies, but Birchbox staffers are a pretty healthy bunch. We love our veggies and mind-clearing workouts, and are always up to try the latest fitness class or nutrition bar. Which is why we have new regular column: Well-Balanced. Check back weekly for our latest wellness obsession.

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You may know our contributor Natalie Alcala as an LA-based blogger with access to fashion and beauty insiders. But what you probably don’t know is that the pint-size whiz is also a total wellness geek. She knows as much about chia seeds and kale as she does about runway trends and celebrity shenanigans. Recently, she emailed me out of the blue to say, “You need to try my beet n’ berry smoothie! It’s Birchbox pink!" Since I’ve never met a smoothie I didn’t like, I promptly went out to buy the ingredients and whipped it up for Sunday breakfast. The verdict? An antioxidant-rich fuchsia smoothie with a sweet, earthy taste. Click through for the recipe!

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Happy Election Day! Now Go Out and Vote!

Today is Election Day! Make sure you hit your local voting booth and let your voice be heard. (Photo: obeygiant.com)

—Hallie

The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy has left many animals lost, displaced, and homeless. Help the relief process by volunteering to foster or adopt a dog or cat