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Good Housekeeping April 2020

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United States
11 Issues

in this issue

1 min
the masked singer

CONTESTANTS FOLLOW CIA-LEVEL PROTOCOL Actress Adrienne Bailon, a.k.a. Flamingo from season two, reveals that she was first taken to a “secret warehouse” to talk about her character with producers. From there, any time she came to the set to rehearse or film, she wasn’t allowed to speak and had to wear her designated “Don’t Talk to Me!” sweatshirt to ensure that no one would figure out her identity. ONLY ABOUT 20 PEOPLE KNOW THE CHARACTERS’ IDENTITIES EACH SEASON To keep each famous face a secret, security guards place audience members’ phones in sealed magnetic pouches, and when it’s time for the big reveal, most of the crowd has to leave. Only a select small group gets to stay to see who is behind the mask. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE COSTUMES Costume designer Marina Toybina and…

1 min
sugar snap peas

SMOKY SIDE DISH Heat 1 Tbsp oil in large cast-iron skillet on medium-high. Add peas and cook without stirring until charred, about 3 min. Toss and cook until just tender, 2 to 3 min. more. Remove from heat and toss with flaked sea salt. Serve as an app or with a burger. FRESH SLAW In bowl, whisk together 2 Tbsp each lime juice and sesame oil, 1 tsp grated fresh ginger and ½ tsp salt. Toss with 12 oz peas (thinly sliced), 1 scallion (thinly sliced) and 1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds. Serve on cooked chicken, or toss into a salad for some sweet crunch (and fiber!). See page 99 for a yummy salad recipe. PICKLED SNACK In 32-oz jar, place 12 oz peas, 2 star anise, 1 sprig dill, 1 clove garlic (sliced), and…

1 min
road trip tricks

MEAGHAN B MURPHY EXECUTIVE EDITOR ACTIVITY CENTER Suction shower-caddy containers to the windows to keep snacks and supplies easily within reach. STURDY DRINK HOLDER Nestle a muffin tin inside a storage basket to contain all those pit stop bevvies. BUSY TRAY Bring a baking sheet the kids can use for drawing, eating and playing spelling games with alphabet magnets. STINK-FREE TRASH BIN Line a lidded cereal storage container with a garbage bag to seal in bad smells. FOLLOW-ALONG MAP Tape your route to the ceiling and move a car sticker along as you pass through states. You’ll teach geography and make progress tangible. DIY iPAD HOLDER Let them watch movies! Put the tablet in a plastic bag hung with chip clips for the back-seat crowd.…

1 min
secrets to stress-free decision-making

1 Forget perfection. A common cause of overthinking is having a perfectionist mindset. Your goal should be to make a good decision, not the best one. 2 Question the potential outcome. Ask yourself, What’s the worst that could happen? The worst-case scenario is often not as bad as you imagine. This realization can help take off some of the pressure. 3 Set a time to worry. Our minds like to have a system they can trust, so give yours one. If you schedule 15 minutes a day to overthink, your brain will be less likely to nag you with those thoughts throughout the day. Even better, schedule that time for when you’re walking the dog or running errands: A change of scenery can lead to a change in perspective.…

2 min
a new way to welcome spring

Have you heard of Earth Hour? It’s become super popular in my hometown, but when I mentioned it to members of our team here in New York City, only one person knew about it! In case you are also in the dark, I thought I’d share. The idea of Earth Hour is simple: One hour, no power. On the last Saturday of March, everyone turns off the lights for just 60 minutes to conserve energy. When I originally learned about Earth Hour, I thought, This seems pretty easy; I should probably try to do it. At the time, I didn’t realize how fun and romantic it would be. That first year, I was at a dinner party when I happened to remember that this was the night. It was already 8 p.m., so…

2 min
dynamo dietitian

WHAT I DO AT GH I oversee all nutrition-related content for Good Housekeeping, reporting on trending health and nutrition topics. I also rigorously evaluate food products aiming to earn the GH Nutritionist Approved Emblem, a coveted symbol that indicates to consumers that an item is a nutritious food with simple ingredients and transparent claims. IT’S ALL GREEK TO ME Both my parents are 100% Greek (as is my husband). My two sisters and I grew up eating a Mediterranean diet, and I really attribute my interest in nutrition, which started in high school, to my parents. I LOST 30 LBS! And I have maintained it for five years! It took a lot of hard work and was an emotional process. I made small changes and lost the weight gradually. I mindfully and sensibly indulge, and…