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First for Women

First for Women December 21, 2020

First for Women is a women's interest magazine that gives its readers the tools and inspiration they need to feel great, look beautiful and love every dimension of their life. Published every three weeks, First delivers positive information on everything from health and nutrition, to beauty and fitness, to home and family.

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United States
Bauer Publishing
$3.89(Incl. tax)
$25.96(Incl. tax)
17 Issues

in this issue

4 min
celebration-worthy keto winners

Appetizers Antipasto Skewers: Thread 12 each Kalamata olives, slices thickcut salami, pimento-stuffed green olives, marinated baby mozzarella balls, thick-cut summer sausage and grape tomatoes onto 7" wooden or bamboo skewers. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar or pesto. Serves 12 Cobb Salad Deviled Eggs: Start with 12 hardboiled eggs, peeled and cut in half. In a bowl, combine yolks with ¼ cup mayonnaise, 2 tsp. red wine vinegar, half a small avocado and a pinch of salt. Fill egg white halves with yolk mixture. Sprinkle with diced bacon or ham or crumbled blue cheese. Serves 6 Tapas Spread: In a food processor, add ½ cup pitted Kalamata olives, ½ cup green olives, ¼ cup chopped sundried tomatoes, 2 medium canned anchovies, 1 tsp. minced garlic, 2 Tbs. lemon juice, 1 Tbs. chopped…

5 min
it’s so easy!

Taking a gentler, less-strict approach to the keto diet not only makes the diet easier, it makes it more effective! The “lazy keto” method doesn’t require any carb or calorie counting—though if you want to count your carbs, Eric Westman, M.D., recommends getting 50 grams or fewer per day—about twice what you’d eat on a traditional keto diet. To get started, Dr. Westman advises cutting back on sugar and starch—but you don’t have to go cold turkey. “My advice is to try cutting how much you eat foods like pizza, pasta and cookies by half, then by half again after a couple of weeks,” he says. “The best part about this approach is that most people start to feel better and lose a little weight, and they realize they can be…

3 min
smart pet solutions

Keep Buster calm with a jolly jingle With the doorbell constantly ringing, you notice your dog acting more nervous than usual. To keep him from getting stressed, comfort him with a tune. Dog trainers suggest singing or humming a Christmas carol, such as “Jingle Bells,” whenever you are cuddling together. That way, he associates the tune with happy times. Then when he gets nervous, singing the tune will calm him fast. QUICK POLL How do you make your pet’s bed appealing? It’s getting hard to sleep with your pal all over your bed, and you’d rather he curl up in his own. So we asked readers for the best ways to make a pet’s designated snoozing spot more appealing: 53% ❤ this idea! Toss an old towel into the dryer, then put it in the pet bed,…

2 min
save precious time with these shopping lists

SUCCULENT ROAST BEEF DINNER Dijon-Rosemary Glazed Roast Beef □ 1 (12 oz.) jar orange marmalade□ 1 (12 oz.) btle. Dijon mustard□ 1 (1 oz.) cont. cracked pepper□ 1 bunch fresh rosemary□ 1 orange□ 4 lb. boneless beef rib roast□ 1 (14.4 oz.) pkg. frozen pearl onions Golden Potato Bake □ 1 (.65 oz.) cont. dried herbes de Provence□ 1 (8 oz.) cont. grated Parmesan□ 2 shallots□ 1 bunch fresh parsley□ 2½ lbs. red potatoes□ 4 oz. Swiss cheese Asparagus with Orange Vinaigrette □1 (2.25 oz.) pkg. pine nuts□1 (16 oz.) btle. balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing□3 lbs. asparagus□1 orange□1 pomegranate□1 bunch scallions Spiced Chocolate Cake □ 1 (16 oz.) pkg. sugar-free devil’s food cake mix□ 1 (2.24 oz.) cont. ground cinnamon□ 1 (4 lb.) pkg. granulated sugar□ 1 (16 oz.) cont. cornstarch□ 1 (1 oz.) btle. vanilla extract□ 1…

1 min
celebration-worthy wines $15 and under

If you like WHITE… This easy-to-drink California riesling is light in body and slightly sweet with hints of apricot, almond and pear. Its balanced acidity and aromatic herbal undertones deliver a delicious finish and make it a vibrant companion to savory favorites like roast chicken or pork. It pairs equally well with strong cheeses and fruit desserts. Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Riesling ($13) If you like ROSÉ… With sweet notes of fresh berries, citrus and peach and a dry finish, this well-balanced pretty-in-pink vino proves to be extremely versatile on a holiday menu or with any meal. Its crispness complements the sweetly spiced glaze on our ham, plus its light acidity cuts through the richness of heavier dishes like mac-and-cheese, creamy potato sides and rich desserts. Josh Cellars Rosé ($14) If you like RED… An elegant…

1 min
a luxe & lovely bouquet to make them merry!

WHAT’S NEW This Christmas, top florists are elevating supermarket red roses to holiday-ready status by pairing the blooms with festive foliage. “Here, a lush bed of evergreens allows the bold red roses and berries to pop,” says florist Lisa McMullin of Lisa’s Floral Expressions in Pennsylvania. “And the shiny baubles offer a glitzy, eye-catching touch. It’s the perfect low-profile centerpiece for any holiday tabletop!” GET THE LOOK Fill a 6" cachepot with soaked floral foam. Cut 12 sprigs each of pine, fir and a red-berried plant (like cotoneaster) and insert into foam to create a soft, full mound. Next, cut 7 red roses to 8". Press stems into foam, spacing evenly in a circular pattern around the perimeter of the arrangement. To finish, remove caps from a few gold and red ornaments, insert…