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Heat Things Up

Coffee has its perks, but April Wachtel, a mixologist and founder/CEO of Swig + Swallow, a cocktail batching and delivery service says that her ideal trick for alertness involves another kind of hot liquid: jumping in the shower first thing in the morning. Brittney, 27, an administrator at a 24/7 call and support center agrees, saying that a hot shower is usually enough to provide a short burst of (much-needed) energy.

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So You Got No Sleep...

Staying up all night doesn't leave anyone feeling refreshed, revitalized, and ready to go. (Anyone who's pulled an all-nighter knows the next day can leave you feeling like a zombie chasing a caffeine drip.) But for many people—doctors, bartenders, call attendants, or police officers who work night shifts—working all night is a day-to-day reality.

The problem is, shift work doesn't just leave us zonked. The World Health Organization considers it a probable carcinogen—and research suggests that if you spend your nights wide awake, you're more likely to suffer not just from certain kinds of cancer but also diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and cognitive impairment. (In fact, it could be the culprit behind your recent weight gain.)

That's why many overnight workers fight back harder, mastering the art of maintaining a healthy diet, an exercise schedule, and a sleep routine despite less-than-ideal circumstances. So next time you find yourself lacking serious Zzzs, consider their tips to find energy and make it through the day like a healthy human.

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Healthy Valentine's Day Dessert Recipes Made for Two

Frozen Yogurt-Dipped Mango Pops

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Sweet mango and tangy yogurt make a nutritious dessert that still tastes like a treat--and is customizable with your favorite toppings.

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Coconut Cream Eton Mess

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The recipe below serves four. If preparing for two, simply divide the recipe by half and make smaller, 4-inch wide layers.

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Dark Chocolate Yogurt Panna Cotta and Raspberry Coulis

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Dark chocolate and low-fat Greek yogurt make this indulgent dessert lighter and healthier.

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Neapolitan Valentine Parfait

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This cool and creamy dessert is dairy-free and packed with coconut, antioxidant-rich cacao, and raspberries.

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Sweet Scarlett Grapefruit Brulee and Ricotta

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A touch of brown sugar and a little heat makes grapefruit wedges totally dessert-worthy.

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Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse

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Silken tofu is the secret to making this vegan mousse thick and creamy.

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Mango Mousse

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This light and refreshing fruity dessert tastes like the tropics.

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Healthy Travel Guide: Winter Park, Colorado

Got cabin fever? The mountains are calling, and you should go to Colorado.

The name says it all: Winter Park is a cold-weather fun-land that'll make you fall in love with the snow (instead of dreading it) even if you don't ski. This central Rockies town is just 65 miles outside of Denver and home to one of Colorado's most down-to-earth resorts. That means the overall culture is laid-back with a total lack of pretentiousness—ideal for couples, families, or even a solo winter getaway.

A Guide for When to Toss All the Food In Your Fridge

You had chicken for dinner four nights ago, but it's probably still OK to eat, right? The only way to find out is to give it a sniff and a bite...or you could consult our super-handy guide for when you should actually toss all the food in your fridge.

Raw Meat: 1 to 2 days

Homemade Guacamole: 1 to 2 days

Recorked Wine: 1 to 3 days – tops