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Amber Tamblyn's Sexual Assault Mad Libs Is Sad Proof We All Know How the Story Goes

You might remember Amber Tamblyn as the wonderfully angsty Tibby in The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants movies, but more recently, she's been in the spotlight for a much more serious matter. Following Donald Trump's infamous "grab them by the pussy" remark, the actress shared the story of an abusive ex-boyfriend doing exactly that to her at a club. Before the story went viral, Tamblyn called her mother, so she wouldn't hear about her daughter's sexual assault on the news first. And in a powerful essay for Glamour, Tamblyn talks about that conversation. Not only was her mother "unshockingly unshocked" (an unfortunate testament to the world we live in), she had a similar story of her own. To illustrate how terribly common these stories have become, Tamblyn wrote her mother's story Mad Libs style: Go ahead and fill in the blank of my mother’s story. It’s easy, isn’t it? I was at a ________, and a guy _________. I was _______ years old and the father of one of my friends __________. I was at work and my boss ___________. I was walking down the street and __________. I exist, therefore ___________ is bound to happen. Tamblyn is talking about her mother, but most women can fill in one (or many) of those blanks based on something they've experienced. And that's exactly the problem. Read the Full Essay

7 Hacks That Transform Frozen Foods Into Fancy Dinners

It's fairly safe to say that most frozen foods make for kinda sad and lonely meals. But here's the thing: They're a necessity for most of us. When we don't have time to shop for fresh and seasonal, or the produce we bought at the farmer’s market is wilting in the fridge, they totally save the day. And it's not hard to turn a meh frozen dish into something stellar (and healthier) with only a few extra ingredients. We picked a few favorites to show you how to kitchen-MacGyver frozen meals into something you'd be proud to serve dinner guests. And no, you don't have to tell them where it came from. That's our little secret. Photo: Alexia Foods 1. Alexia Italian Herb Corn With Sundried Tomatoes The ingredient list on this frozen corn and tomato blend reads like a dream: super sweet corn (white, yellow), sundried Roma tomatoes, sunflower oil, sea salt, granulated garlic, basil, oregano... yes, please. Take it from tasty side dish to stand-alone meal by turning it into maque choux, a traditional dish from South Louisiana. Sauté in olive oil with diced yellow onion and red pepper, a smidge of minced jalapeño and garlic, and whole-peeled shrimp. Serve over steamed white or brown rice, topped with thinly sliced fresh green onion. Pro tip: Add a touch of cream if you want to make the dish a little richer and heartier. Photo: Evol 2. Evol Butternut Squash and Sage Ravioli There's only everything to love about Evol's vegetarian ravioli stuffed with roasted butternut squash and ricotta cheese. Also in this healthy frozen pasta mix: kale and fire-roasted tomatoes. You can turn this meal-for-two-in-a-bag into a dinner-party main by baking the ravioli into a frittata or quiche. Layer the par-cooked ravioli (meaning only boil it until it is halfway cooked) in a casserole dish or premade pie shell, along with any quick-cooking veggies, such as sautéed onions or fresh spinach. Coat with a mix made from 2 cups of milk and 4 eggs. Top with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese and bake at 375 degrees until the frittata puffs and is lightly browned on top. You can also pull this frittata or quiche trick with any other bagged freezer meal blend you love, like Alexia Sauté Reds with Portobello Mushrooms, Green Beans & Onions. Photo: Saffron Road 3. Saffron Road Gluten-Free Breaded Chicken Tenders There's absolutely no shame in admitting you love boneless, crispy chicken tenders, particularly if they're Saffron Road all-natural, no-antibiotic, gluten-free tenders. But you can elevate this kindergarten classic to at least post-grad level. Think: chicken and waffles. Serve these tenders over toasted frozen waffles and top with slices of Granny Smith apples or peaches sautéed in butter with a dash of cinnamon and a pinch of ground black pepper. Use their store locator to find out where to buy it. Having trouble finding it? We also like Bell & Evans Breaded Chicken Tenders. Photo: Amy's 4. Amy's Burritos Amy's all-natural burritos are a great go-to for quick and healthy, but let's face it: Naked, nuked burritos are the hangover-prevention snack you eat standing up at 2 a.m. in your kitchen minutes before falling into bed. Here's the secret to making this basic burrito a gourmet affair: Microwave the burrito for just 30 seconds. Then, finish cooking in a lightly oiled, pre-heated skillet or Panini press (this keeps the flour tortilla from going sad and gummy). Top the burrito with warmed salsa and fresh guacamole or slices of avocado, and season with a squeeze of lime. Photo: Fairway Market 5. Seabrook Farms Creamed Spinach Seabrook's all-natural creamed spinach nails the side dish like no other in the freezer section. And you can turn the frozen veggie into a lighter meal for a group by using it like a classic Florentine sauce. Toss the heated creamed spinach with grilled chicken, sautéed mushrooms, a sprinkling of diced sun-dried tomatoes, and your favorite whole-wheat pasta for Pasta a la Florentine. Seabrook Farms is sold at most brick-and-mortar stores, such as Safeway and Acme, but if you can't find it, just DIY. It's so easy: Melt a tablespoon butter in a sauce pan; add a minced garlic clove and a diced onion and cook until translucent, for about 5 minutes; stir in 1/4 cup cream cheese with a 1/4 cup heavy cream until melted; add one box of frozen spinach and stir until hot and well combined. And don't forget a dash of salt and pepper. Photo: Trader Joe's 6. Trader Joe's Pork Gyoza Potstickers If you've ever questioned the mysterious contents of dumplings, these MSG- and preservative-free potstickers from TJ's remove the need for guesswork. They're super simple to prepare (boil, serve, dip), but you can take thm to the next level by tossing them in a Chinese dumpling soup made with low-sodium (or homemade) chicken stock and sliced bok choy or chopped kale. More optional add-ins: slivers of fresh ginger, a dash of Sriracha or hot sesame oil, sliced carrots, and thinly sliced green onions. Photo: Wild American Shrimp 7. Wild American Gulf White IQF Shrimp Buying sustainable shrimp can be tricky, but when you have high-quality frozen ones on hand, it's a game-changer come dinnertime. For health and quality, it’s important to choose domestic IQF (individually quick frozen) shrimp from the Gulf or Pacific Northwest, so make sure you read the bag for its origin and details. This specific brand is sold in premium grocery stores and many online retailers. When you're ready to cook it, try a riff on Nigella Lawson’s I Ricci e i Poveri (The Rich and the Poor Shrimp and White Beans): Braise the shrimp in simmering white wine and water with a bay leaf over medium-high heat. Cook the shrimp 3 minutes, then add one can of rinsed, drained cannellini beans. Toss with olive oil, white wine, and lemon juice. Then season with salt, pepper, and fresh chopped parsley.

Samantha Bee Slams Catholic Hospitals for Not Following Modern Medicine, Because Religion

Most doctors take the Hippocratic Oath—effectively pledging to give the best standard of care to their patients. But that's not so easy to follow if you're a physician at a Catholic hospital. The church forbids the use of contraceptives, sterilization, or abortions (even if the mother’s life is in danger) at its healthcare facilities. Women could try to avoid these religiously affiliated hospitals, but as comedian Samantha Bee pointed out on her talk show, Full Frontal, they're everywhere. Catholic hospitals are the largest nonprofit healthcare provider in the U.S.—one in six patients end up at one. And in many areas, it's the only hospital around. Check out Bee's epic rant below (it's long, but we promise it's worth it):

How a teal pumpkin can save a child's life

When you have a child with allergies, the fun and excitement of Halloween can become overshadowed by the haunting worry about hidden ingredients and undisclosed allergens in the candy your little one collects.

Some children with ADHD or autism also have certain dietary restrictions that prohibit eating candy, especially in the quantity involved around Halloween.

For these children, Halloween is a time of frustration instead of celebration.

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FARE (Food, Allergy, Research & Education) and the Teal Pumpkin Project understand the challenges parents and children face during this candy-filled holiday, and have continued a nationwide movement to offer an alternative for children who cannot partake in the usual fare.

By encouraging families to offer non-food options this Halloween, like scented pencils, stickers, small toys and erasers, the Teal Pumpkin Project hopes to transform this holiday into something every child can enjoy and participate in.

Want to take part? Here's how you can have a safe and fun Halloween this year!

  • Join more than 100,000 families by pledging your support for the Teal Pumpkin Project.
  • Paint and display a teal pumpkin, which shows that you support allergy awareness and a food-free Halloween. Make sure to print out a free sign from FARE to place next to your pumpkin.
  • Offer only non-food items at your door for trick-or-treaters this year.

If you really want to help take charge of Halloween, you can spread awareness of Halloween-related food allergies by holding your own fundraiser. The Teal Pumpkin Project suggests a few easy ways to raise money, including hosting your own pumpkin walk, a teal pumpkin painting party, a teal-painted pumpkin sale, neighborhood collections, and having a food and candy-free Halloween party.

For more information, contact FARE and Teal Pumpkin Project at 1-800-929-4040.

Strawberry Shortcake Oatmeal

There’s nothing sadder than a beige bowl of oatmeal. We know it’s good for us, but come on! Enter: fresh strawberries. The bright red fruit dyes the oats Valentine pink, which is way better-looking than the original. Don’t stop with strawberries—this method works great with blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries too. Strawberry Shortcake Oatmeal Recipe by: Rebecca Firkser Makes: 1 serving Ready in: 10 minutes INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup rolled oats 3 strawberries, diced 1/4 cup full-fat coconut milk 3/4 cups water Pinch of Kosher salt Greek yogurt and chopped strawberries, for serving DIRECTIONS 1. Place oats, strawberries, coconut milk, water, and salt in a small saucepan. 2. Bring mixture to a boil over medium high heat, then reduce to low. 3. Stir until thickened. 4. Serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt and extra strawberries.

Must-see: NICU babies get adorable Halloween treat – tiny costumes

These tiny trick-or-treaters are warming hearts around the country.

According to ABC News, March of Dimes volunteers teamed up with nurses at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, to help NICU babies and their families celebrate Halloween with handmade costumes and other goodies. 

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“The parents were able to choose their baby’s costumes to match the baby’s personalities,” hospital spokeswoman Michelle Manuel told ABC News. “The idea is to be able to allow parents to have a sense of normalcy."

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Families also received a Halloween card with their costumed cutie's footprints, a Halloween book and candy inside a crocheted pumpkin.

Jennifer Behnke, whose son, William, has been in the NICU since August, called the Halloween treat "amazing."

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"It's very humbling, and we feel very blessed to have so many people on our side and helping us – and making everyday experiences and milestones feel normal while still being in the hospital here," Behnke told WDAF-TV.

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Your Good-Better-Best Guide to the Grocery

One of the best things about supermarkets can also be the most confusing: all the choices! When walking from aisle to aisle, it can be overwhelming to look at all the products in each section. Just think of all the choices when you’re looking at the entire wall of cereal or a large cooler packed with tiny yogurt cups! Trying to find the best item—especially when you're trying to eat healthier or watch your intake of calories, fat or sodium—is not always a walk in the park. Within each section of the grocery store, you'll find plenty of healthful foods that can help you reach your goals. But sometimes you have to make a food choice based on budget constraints, availability or taste preferences that isn't ideal. Not to worry. This "Good, Better, Best" guide will help you make the best possible choices on your next trip to the store. If you're new to eating healthy, start at the bottom and work your way up to the top of the lists over time. Even if all you can afford is in the "good" category, you're still doing pretty well. If you prefer the taste and texture of the "better" item to the "best" choice, that's OK, too. Or maybe you're facing a hotel breakfast buffet or trying to find something healthy to eat at a party and all you'll find is the "good" choice. No matter what your situation, you'll still be able to make the best possible choices by using this simple guide. MILK Good Better Best 2% milk 1% milk Skim milk It has 3 fewer grams of fat than whole milk, yet still offers calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, and protein for your body. It's a useful stepping-stone as whole- and vitamin D-milk drinkers make the healthy transition to low-fat dairy. With a mere 2 grams of fat per cup, it slashes the fat found in 2% milk by more than half. This lower-fat version of milk still has 30% of the daily dose of calcium, as well as vitamin D. It's fat-free, yet provides about the same amount of calcium and protein as higher-fat options. This is the best choice, especially for heavy milk drinkers. Skim milk may take some getting used to because it’s thinner, but it has lower amount of saturated fat and your heart will love that. YOGURT Good Better Best Low-fat Low-fat + fortified Plain nonfat Greek Low-fat yogurt is made with skim or low-fat milk, which cuts calories and fat but still provides calcium and protein. Beware of added sugar (plain yogurt, flavored with fruit or topped with whole-grain cereal is your best bet). A great up-and-coming trend in the yogurt aisle is supplementing yogurts with vitamin D. There aren’t many food sources of vitamin D, which helps in immunity and cancer prevention, so this is a great way to get an extra dose. This plain, thick, smooth yogurt has 21 fewer grams of sugar and 60 fewer calories than it's fat-free, flavored counterparts but still leaves in a great amount of protein, calcium and vitamin D. Get our expert recommendations for the best yogurts. BREAD Good Better Best Whole grain 100% whole wheat Light 100% whole wheat Bread "made with whole grains" usually contains a mix of refined flour and whole grain flour. It has a lighter texture and taste than whole wheat, making it a good choice for people who are transitioning from white bread to 100% whole-wheat bread. While it's lower in fiber, it is usually enriched with vitamins and minerals. Bread made with 100% whole wheat doesn't contain any refined or enriched flour. It's less processed and higher in fiber than white bread and whole-grain breads. Make sure "whole wheat flour" is the first ingredient on the label or else it's an imposter! This combines 100% whole wheat with calorie control. Some of the whole-wheat varieties can pack up to 100 calories per slice. Light whole-wheat bread can help you cut up to 130 calories from your sandwich if you're watching your weight. Here's how to pick the best bread. CEREAL Good Better Best Cereal without marshmallows, bright colors or clusters Whole-grain cereal Whole-grain cereal that's low in sugar If you're going to eat cereal, avoid those made like desserts (with marshmallows, clusters, chocolate flavors and bright colors). Cereals that meet these criteria are enriched with vitamins and minerals (better than nothing), but they are highly processed, full of sugar--sometimes up to two tablespoons per serving--and seriously lacking in fiber. A cereal made with whole grains is a better choice, but don't believe anything you read on the front of the box. Look for whole grains to be the #1 ingredient on the nutrition label and make sure there is at least 3 grams of fiber per serving. Kashi Cinnamon Harvest and Kashi Autumn Wheat are good options that contain 6 grams of fiber per serving. The best cereal is made from whole grains and very little sugar (5 or fewer grams per serving). Grape Nuts and Total are good examples. If you’re used to cereal with more sweetness, add fresh berries or sliced fruit to help you get your 5-a-day. Get SparkPeople's top cereal picks here. PASTA Good Better Best Durum wheat pasta Whole-wheat pasta Omega-3 enriched whole-wheat pasta Standard spaghetti noodles, made from durum wheat, aren't inherently unhealthy. They're slightly less processed than semolina pasta and contain some protein and plenty of carbohydrates for energy. But durum wheat flour is refined and stripped of important nutrients like fiber. Whole-wheat noodles contain more fiber and protein per serving, while providing energy-giving carbohydrates. Load them up with vegetables and low-fat tomato sauce for a nutritious meal. Get more nutrition per bite with whole-wheat noodles that are enriched with omega-3’s. Commonplace in most supermarkets, they provide all of the goodness of whole-wheat pasta with an added dose of heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. DELI MEAT Good Better Best Chicken or turkey slices Low-sodium lean meats Whole cuts of meat (preferably homemade) Buying lean deli meat cuts like chicken or turkey is better than bologna, salami and processed meats, which are higher in fat and sodium and contain nitrates, which are believed to be carcinogenic. Low-sodium lean meats are better choices for your sandwiches. Look for a low-sodium version of your favorite lean lunch meat (such as turkey or chicken). Purchasing your own skinless chicken or turkey breast to grill or bake, then slice is the best way to go. It's lower in salt, less expensive, and won't contain any of the additives of processed or packaged meat slices--and you can cook it yourself to reduce the fat and calories, depending on your method. With all the options in the grocery store, it’s easy to find items to feel good about buying. But remember: Healthy eating isn't about perfection. All foods do have some merits and even if you can't eat ideally all the time, that's OK. By striving to make the best choices from what is available to you, you'll make a real difference in your health! This article has been reviewed and approved by SparkPeople resident expert Becky Hand, Licensed and Registered Dietitian.Article Source:

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