The SparkPeople Blog

Keep Calm and Don't Burn the Kitchen Down

By: , – Alicia Capetillo, Staff Writer
5/4/2016  12:00:00 AM   :  5 comments   :  2,261 views

Within one minute of the first cooking assignment for this blog series, the grater was taken out of my hand to show me a technique that actually yielded grated ginger, not ginger mush. Technique—not my strong suit. I could go on and on about my years of missteps in the kitchen—slicing my hand trying to do the avocado pit trick, bruising my hand trying to open wine with a shoe, ruining a perfectly good head of lettuce by using my hand to kung fu chop it for a salad—so mastering a few basic skills was pretty high on my priority list.
 
With so much to learn between the stovetop, cutting board, oven and tools, though, what's an intimated, impatient girl to do? Thankfully, I didn't have to look far for people, websites and services willing to teach me a thing or two.

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Drink Beer, Eat Chocolate Because Science

By: , – Melissa Rudy, Health & Fitness Journalist
5/4/2016  12:00:00 AM   :  2 comments   :  13,559 views

The words "healthy eating," "beer" and "chocolate" don't typically coexist in the same sentence—but a couple of recent studies may have changed that. According to a little something called science, a tall cold one and a candy bar just might deserve a place in your diet plan.

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The Finish Line: SparkPeople Reflects on the Flying Pig Journey

By: , – Elizabeth Lowry, Staff Writer
5/3/2016  12:00:00 AM   :  9 comments   :  6,558 views

In a sea of 39,692 people from all 50 states and 17 countries, we were but four. But we were a mighty foursome who trained for and ran Cincinnati's Flying Pig half marathon. For four months, we ran in every kind of weather, together and apart. We bought running gear and clothing; worried about hydration and nutrition; and spent time and money fixing our injuries. Now that the day has come and gone, we wanted to share our race day reactions. Read on to find out how we all fared in the piggiest race of them all! 

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Spice up Cinco de Mayo with 7 Sexy Salsas

By: , – Melissa Rudy, Health & Fitness Journalist
5/3/2016  12:00:00 AM   :  6 comments   :  8,318 views

You don't have to live in any certain region or be of a specific ethnicity to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Sure, it's technically a Mexican holiday—commemorating the country's 1862 victory in the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-American War—but here in the United States, it's become a cross-cultural celebration of the Mexican heritage. On the fifth of May, people of all races, creeds and backgrounds partake in fiestas complete with margaritas, burritos, sombreros and mariachi music.

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Get #Healthy with SparkPeople Mobile Hashtags

By: , – Elizabeth Lowry, Staff Writer
5/2/2016  2:00:00 PM   :  9 comments   :  7,552 views

When you’ve taken steps toward living a healthier lifestyle, it’s natural to want to connect with the health and fitness community. After all, who better to motivate and educate you than the people who are working hard to accomplish their own goals?

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The Only Taco Bar Your Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Needs

By: , – Elizabeth Lowry, Staff Writer
5/2/2016  1:00:00 PM   :  1 comments   :  7,053 views

The signs of spring are undeniable: Warmer weather, greener grass, blooming flowers, birds chirping at 5:00 a.m., the looming threat of cicadas and, of course, Cinco de Mayo celebrations. 

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