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This 15-Year-Old Proves There Isn't Just One Body Type for Ballerinas

When we picture a ballerina, we think of someone who's tiny. No, tinier than that. Waifish, even. But ballet is about pulling off stunning arabesques and pirouettes, not the size of your thighs or the legnth of your arms. And 15-year-old Lizzy Howell is here to prove it. Her Instagram is full of photos and videos of her killing it in ballet class, showing that you can be a talented and graceful ballerina at any size.

Everything Howell shares is inspiring, but this video of her practicing her impressive fouetté turns is getting a lot of attention:

Honestly, though, we love it all.

9 Buddha Bowls to Stay Healthyish This Year

We’ve said it before: Bowl food rocks. Seriously, mounds of veg, protein, and greens, usually drizzled with some delightfully creamy sauce... how could you not be about that? And while some of you have been eating Buddha bowls for years, we’re already seeing how popular they’re going to be in 2017. For good reason: Everyone is finally starting to see that they’re not really that hard to make.

Get ready to plunge your fork into these nine giant bowls of goodness—and don’t forget to post them on Instagram (duh). Vegans should note that some of these bowls include cheese, eggs, or dairy, so make sure to read the recipes closely if you follow a special diet.

1. Turmeric Sweet Potato Bowl Photo: Pinch of Yum Wake up your standard sweet potato bowl with a big dash of turmeric. The bright yellow spice comes with big flavor—your taters won’t know what hit 'em. 2. Falafel Beet Bowl Photo: Well and Full Winter’s finest is on display in this bowl: Kale, beets, and carrots make a vibrant meal you’ll want every night. Our favorite part is probably the beet-pink-dyed couscous. Or maybe the kale falafel. Or maybe the whole thing. 3. BBQ Tempeh With Vegan Ranch Bowl Photo: The First Mess Bake sweet potato, Brussels sprouts, and tempeh (smothered in barbecue sauce!) on one tray, and make a dairy-free ranch dressing while the main event is in the oven. This is the barbecue of the future, guys, no joke. 4. Soba Noodle Bowl Photo: Supper With Michelle It’s time to stop avoiding certain aisles in the grocery store because you “don’t know what something is.” Stock up on soba noodles: These twisty buckwheat strands hold up to any sauce. 5. Korean BBQ Tofu Bowls With Veggies and Quinoa Photo: Oh My Veggies Sweet and spicy Korean barbecue sauce is the ideal dressing for stir-fried veggies, tofu, and quinoa. PSA: Don’t skip the pineapple, as the uber-sweet fruit naturally balances the sauce. 6. Thai Tempeh Bowl Photo: Fit Mitten Kitchen We’d like to predict that freekeh is about to be your new favorite grain. The earthy grain (that has more protein and fiber than quinoa) goes way too well with roasted veg, pan-fried tempeh, and a drizzle of creamy cashew sauce. 7. Brussels Sprouts and Eggplant Bowl Photo: Robust Recipes Ditch typical bowl proteins and opt for a hard-boiled egg and big handful of sunflower seeds—then concentrate on the mountain of roasted veg in front of you. Once the apple cider vinegar-honey mustard is poured on, it’ll be pretty hard not to scarf down the bowl. 8. Spinach-Quinoa Patty Bowl Instead of sautéed greens and a scoop of grains, go for quinoa-spinach patties. Pile them into a bowl with lettuce, tomatoes, soft-boiled eggs, beans, and microgreens—uh, yum. 9. Steak Fajita Bowl So we snuck one meat recipe in here—gotcha! This steak-heavy bowl is literally the opposite of the vegan bowls plastered all over Instagram, but that’s kinda why we love it. The garlic-lime rice is a tart contrast to the meat, and when served with roasted corn, peppers and onions, and a big dollop of guac, there’s no beating this bowl.

9 Upgraded Buddha Bowls That Are So 2017

We’ve said it before: Bowl food rocks. Seriously, mounds of veg, protein, and greens, usually drizzled with some delightfully creamy sauce... how could you not be about that? And while some of you have been eating Buddha bowls for years, we’re already seeing how popular they’re going to be in 2017. For good reason: Everyone is finally starting to see that they’re not really that hard to make.

Get ready to plunge your fork into these nine giant bowls of goodness—and don’t forget to post them on Instagram (duh). Vegans should note that some of these bowls include cheese, eggs, or dairy, so make sure to read the recipes closely if you follow a special diet.

1. Turmeric Sweet Potato Bowl Photo: Pinch of Yum Wake up your standard sweet potato bowl with a big dash of turmeric. The bright yellow spice comes with big flavor—your taters won’t know what hit 'em. 2. Falafel Beet Bowl Photo: Well and Full Winter’s finest is on display in this bowl: Kale, beets, and carrots make a vibrant meal you’ll want every night. Our favorite part is probably the beet-pink-dyed couscous. Or maybe the kale falafel. Or maybe the whole thing. 3. BBQ Tempeh With Vegan Ranch Bowl Photo: The First Mess Bake sweet potato, Brussels sprouts, and tempeh (smothered in barbecue sauce!) on one tray, and make a dairy-free ranch dressing while the main event is in the oven. This is the barbecue of the future, guys, no joke. 4. Soba Noodle Bowl Photo: Supper With Michelle It’s time to stop avoiding certain aisles in the grocery store because you “don’t know what something is.” Stock up on soba noodles: These twisty buckwheat strands hold up to any sauce. 5. Korean BBQ Tofu Bowls With Veggies and Quinoa Photo: Oh My Veggies Sweet and spicy Korean barbecue sauce is the ideal dressing for stir-fried veggies, tofu, and quinoa. PSA: Don’t skip the pineapple, as the uber-sweet fruit naturally balances the sauce. 6. Thai Tempeh Bowl Photo: Fit Mitten Kitchen We’d like to predict that freekeh is about to be your new favorite grain. The earthy grain (that has more protein and fiber than quinoa) goes way too well with roasted veg, pan-fried tempeh, and a drizzle of creamy cashew sauce. 7. Brussels Sprouts and Eggplant Bowl Photo: Robust Recipes Ditch typical bowl proteins and opt for a hard-boiled egg and big handful of sunflower seeds—then concentrate on the mountain of roasted veg in front of you. Once the apple cider vinegar-honey mustard is poured on, it’ll be pretty hard not to scarf down the bowl. 8. Spinach-Quinoa Patty Bowl Instead of sautéed greens and a scoop of grains, go for quinoa-spinach patties. Pile them into a bowl with lettuce, tomatoes, soft-boiled eggs, beans, and microgreens—uh, yum. 9. Steak Fajita Bowl So we snuck one meat recipe in here—gotcha! This steak-heavy bowl is literally the opposite of the vegan bowls plastered all over Instagram, but that’s kinda why we love it. The garlic-lime rice is a tart contrast to the meat, and when served with roasted corn, peppers and onions, and a big dollop of guac, there’s no beating this bowl.

9 Healthier Waffles That Will Put 'Em Back on Your Meal-Planning Radar

Of all the breakfast foods we love (dang, there are so many), waffles tend to get forgotten on the #healthyish eating spectrum. Sure, protein pancakes are awesome, and you can never go wrong with eggs. But waffles are just as tasty, and with a few key toppings and swaps (that aren't just leaving out Aunt Jemima), they don't even have to be loaded with sugar. We’ve rounded up recipes that prove waffles can be a part of any healthy lifestyle, whether you’re a chocolate fan, a fruit fanatic, or more of a savory eater. Mix up the batter, pour it in a waffle maker, and breakfast can be ready in 20 minutes. Fancy (looking) breakfast + minimal work involved = our fave.

1. Blueberry Greek Yogurt Waffles Photo: The Lemon Bowl These light and fluffy waffles look gorgeous (thanks, blueberries) and are packed with better-for-you ingredients, from Greek yogurt to whole-wheat flour and flaxseed meal. Protein, whole grains, and no toppings needed (except maybe some more berries) make for a nutritious and easy breakfast. 2. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Waffles Photo: The Healthy Maven Oatmeal is a hearty and healthy breakfast staple, so it’s no surprise it rocks in waffle form too. Blend oats to make oat flour, then mix with the rest of the dry and wet ingredients, including coconut oil, banana, and egg. Mini chocolate chips make them sweet enough to eat on their own, but feel free to top with a tablespoon of maple syrup or nut butter. 3. Apple Cinnamon Whole-Wheat Waffles Photo: Well Plated Minimal cleanup is a blessing, especially on mornings when you’re cutting it a tad close to running-out-the-door level speed. These blender waffles leave you with just one dish to clean. Pour the batter directly into the waffle maker after blending, and you're done. 4. Vanilla Protein Waffles Photo: Kim's Cravings Vanilla protein powder takes the place of flour in this simple recipe; mix with egg whites, baking powder, cinnamon, and vanilla extract, then top with your favorite fruit, nut butter, or maple syrup. Blueberries and strawberries are classic choices, but any kind of berries, peaches, or even sliced apple would work too. 5. Sweet Potato Waffles With Avocado and Egg Photo: Katalyst Health Wondering what to do with those leftover mashed sweet potatoes you made for dinner a few nights ago? Turn them into breakfast! Sweet potato waffles make a perfect savory base for a runny fried egg, a scoop of mashed avocado (a.k.a. the lazy person’s guacamole), and sliced red onions. So long, boring toast; we’ve got waffles now. 6. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Waffles Photo: Fit Foodie Finds Between the months of August and October, pumpkins are basically rock stars. Pumpkin-flavored lattes, pancakes, cereal, and on and on show up everywhere. Satisfy that sweet craving any time of year with these easy pumpkin waffles made with pumpkin purée, eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup, almond milk, pumpkin spice, and gluten-free flour. 7. Peanut Butter Waffles Photo: Primavera Kitchen It wouldn’t be a breakfast roundup without some sort of peanut butter dish. This one has just five ingredients: egg whites, PB, oatmeal flour, coconut milk, and baking powder. When you have a little more time than it takes to slap together some peanut butter toast, whip these sweet waffles up instead. 8. Zucchini Cheddar Whole-Wheat Waffles Photo: Family Food on the Table Savory, cheesy, and loaded with veggies… these are definitely not your mama's waffles. Make 'em ahead of time, pop them in the microwave or toaster in the a.m., and top with a crispy, crumbled slice of bacon. 9. Double-Chocolate Banana Waffles Photo: Lexi's Clean Kitchen Cocoa powder and dark chocolate chips are all you need to make these waffles look extra decadent. Add ripe bananas for even more sweetness and flavor. Eggs, almond flour, and vanilla extract round things out.

Peer Pressure Can Make You Healthier… Here's How

The author, Alexis, and her dog, Giant. It's easy to set healthy goals, but actually achieving them is much, much harder. Whether you're trying to make progress on your physical fitness or maintain your emotional well-being, it can be incredibly tempting to cheat… especially if you're the only person who knows what you're trying to do. I've definitely had some ambitions I let slide before, so a while ago, my therapist introduced me to my new favorite way to stay on track: having an "accountability partner"—someone who I can trust to keep me moving on a healthy path and who will call me out if I start to waver.

At the time, I was struggling with body dysmorphia, and my therapist encouraged me to remove all the full-length mirrors from my house. But to ensure I wouldn’t cheat, she made me turn over my mirrors to someone who could be my accountability partner. I chose my mother, who hid all my full-length mirrors for me, so I could no longer scrutinize my thighs every night before bed. Before I knew it, I'd forgotten to even want a full-length mirror, and over time, my body dysmorphia went from overwhelming to essentially irrelevant in my daily life.

Making those positive changes toward a more healthy body image would have been much harder—maybe even impossible—without someone else making sure I didn’t cheat. I know myself; without an accountability partner, I probably would have pretended to follow my therapist’s directions… and then kept on doing what I was doing, making no improvement whatsoever. But because I had someone I care for right there to keep me accountable, I made progress in an important aspect of my health.

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Having an accountability partner can be great for your emotional or mental wellness, but it's also a great strategy for achieving fitness and diet goals. When you're trying to make significant changes in your daily routine, going it alone is hard. Having trustworthy people in your corner will make sure that you stick to the goals and resolutions you’ve made for yourself.

Be specific when setting your goals (and let your accountability partner know all about them).

I use the SMART method of goal-setting, an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Bound. Specificity is crucial to achieving goals; without it, it’s easy to fall victim to aimlessness. Saying "I’m going to lose weight," is too vague—it's much more effective to say "I am going to lose 11 pounds in three months by combining a healthy diet and Pilates classes." That way, your weight loss goal is specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and yes, time-bound. And when you share your super-specific goal with your accountability partner, they'll know more precisely how to help you should you start falling off-track.

Demand answerability.

If you’re going to have accountability partners, they need to follow through. Checking in once in awhile isn’t good enough; a good accountability partner will check in regularly with friendly questions and statements to ensure you’re making progress. When I was training for my first half-marathon, I had a friend who was an avid runner push me to reach my goals. If I skipped a long run one day, she’d refuse to hang out with me until I took care of business. It sounds silly, but it worked! I didn’t want to let myself down... and I definitely didn’t want my karaoke partner-in-crime to go MIA on me for slacking.

"How many times have you been to the gym this week?" is a perfect way for an accountability partner to check in for a fitness goal. “What has your diet been like this week?” “Find any good Whole 30 recipes?” “How are you keeping up with your 8-week fitness plan?” A great accountability partner will know what to ask and will not let you slack—even when you want to. The only trick is, you have to pick someone who you really want to be honest with.

Peer pressure works.

No, not all peer pressure is bad peer pressure. Having a partner who is down for participating right alongside you while you achieve your goals is the best accountability partner there is! But if your partner of choice isn’t able to jump right into your brand new workout regimen, that’s OK. As long as you have someone cheering you on, you’re well on your way to achieving your goal.

Alexis Dent is a writer and cupcake aficionado from Western New York. Follow her on Twitter @alexisdent.

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