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10 Decadent Desserts You Won't Believe are Only 200 Calories


Editor's Note: All this week, we're sharing meals, snacks and even desserts that can fit into your daily life. We combine our recipes with simple and nutritious sides for healthy meals, snacks and desserts that are calorie-conscious. You'll be amazed that you can fill your plate and still fit into your jeans the next day. (Find the whole series here.)

You'll need to pick up a copy of "The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight" to access the recipes, but we will share some sneak peeks this week--and you can easily add recipes from the cookbook to your SparkPeople Nutrition Tracker, too!

Desserts are treats, an occasional sweet that isn’t meant to fulfill any nutritional requirements. That said, our desserts in "The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight" are healthier than most—and even more satisfying than anything you’ll find at the bakery or in a 100-calorie pack.
 
You won't believe that these treats are 200 calories or less (including extras!).
 
Posted 1/20/2012  10:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 27 comments   24,627 views
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Snacktime! Healthy, Filling Snacks for 200 Calories Each


Editor's Note: All this week, we're sharing meals, snacks and even desserts that can fit into your daily life. We combine our recipes with simple and nutritious sides for healthy meals, snacks and desserts that are calorie-conscious. You'll be amazed that you can fill your plate and still fit into your jeans the next day. (Find the whole series here.)

You'll need to pick up a copy of "The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight" to access the recipes, but we will share some sneak peeks this week--and you can easily add recipes from the cookbook to your SparkPeople Nutrition Tracker, too!

 
In recent years, dietitians, doctors, and researchers have rethought the “no eating between meals” rule. Snacks are important, especially when you live an active life or are trying to lose weight. If you go hours on end without eating, your blood sugar will drop, your stomach will grumble, and you’ll start to get grouchy—and you’ll ultimately eat your way through whatever’s in the kitchen. Eating every few hours keeps your hunger levels down so you can control your appetite and prevent overeating. Healthy snacks help keep blood sugar levels in check and keep your energy up.

Just a few well-timed bites have a big impact. That's why we included so many snack tips and recipes in "The SparkPeople Cookbook." It's almost snacktime…
Posted 1/19/2012  3:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 9 comments   16,737 views
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Dinner's Ready, for about 400 Calories (or Less)


Editor's Note: All this week, we're sharing meals, snacks and even desserts that can fit into your daily life. We combine our recipes with simple and nutritious sides for healthy meals, snacks and desserts that are calorie-conscious. You'll be amazed that you can fill your plate and still fit into your jeans the next day. (Find the whole series here.)

You'll need to pick up a copy of "The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight" to access the recipes, but we will share some sneak peeks this week--and you can easily add recipes from the cookbook to your SparkPeople Nutrition Tracker, too!
 
It's 5 o'clock. You're sitting in traffic on your way to pick up the kids from daycare. All you can think about is how hungry you are. Drive-thrus and takeout are tempting, but you know neither your wallet nor your waistline will be happy with that decision.
You don't have much time, you need to make something that everyone in the family will eat, and you need it to fit into your SparkPeople Nutrition Tracker.
Stop worrying, crank up the radio, and enjoy the ride. "The SparkPeople Cookbook" has dinner covered.

These 10 combos have about 400 calories--can you believe it?
Posted 1/18/2012  10:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 22 comments   131,743 views
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10 Filling, Healthy Lunches


Editor's Note: All this week, we're sharing meals, snacks and even desserts that can fit into your daily life. We combine our recipes with simple and nutritious sides for healthy meals, snacks and desserts that are calorie-conscious. You'll be amazed that you can fill your plate and still fit into your jeans the next day. (Find the whole series here.)

Brown bagging never sounded so good.

Today we're sharing 10 lunches that feature recipes from "The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight"--each with about 400 calories and many with less.

We want you to see how filling these lunches can be, how they rival what you could get at a fancy downtown bistro or your favorite sandwich shop, but for much less money. When all your co-workers see you bringing in Chef Meg's recipes, you'll be the envy of the breakroom.

We want to show you how these recipes are not only nutritious, they're delicious.
You'll need to pick up a copy of "The SparkPeople Cookbook" to access the recipes, but we will share some sneak peeks this week--and you can easily add recipes from the cookbook to your SparkPeople Nutrition Tracker, too!

So let's do lunch, shall we?
Posted 1/17/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 40 comments   211,226 views
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Healthy, Delicious Breakfasts for 300 Calories


Have you ever bought a cookbook only to realize that the recipes--delicious as they may be--really don't fit into your life? They're too difficult, take too much time, have too many calories? Or, have you found that so-called diet recipes yield portions so puny you're raiding the fridge an hour after dinner?

We have, and that's why, when we were researching and writing "The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight," Chef Meg and I kept in mind that our book had to be different. It had to full of healthy food that was also delicious, full of meals that would work for the whole family--not just the one or two people who are eating to lose or maintain weight--and full of practical tips, meal plans, and nutrition info for integrating these recipes into your life. It had to align with SparkPeople.com's common-sense plan and aspirational, change-your-life philosophy on healthy living.

We are incredibly proud of this cookbook, and we believe it's a perfect companion to your SparkPeople.com plan. Healthy eating, we learned from our most successful members, is much easier when you cook for yourself, and learning to do so is not as difficult as you might think.

We want you to see for yourself how you can have your cake and eat it, too, with "The SparkPeople Cookbook," how you can fill your plate and still fit into your jeans the next day.

All this week, we're sharing meals, snacks and even desserts that can fit into your daily life. We combine our recipes with simple and nutritious sides for healthy meals, snacks and desserts that are calorie-conscious.

We want to show you how these recipes are not only nutritious, they're delicious.
You'll need to pick up a copy of "The SparkPeople Cookbook" to access the full recipes, but we will share some sneak peeks this week--and you can easily add recipes from the cookbook to your SparkPeople Nutrition Tracker, too!

We'll use a 1,500-calorie meal plan as an example. Let's start with breakfast, the most important meal of the day. The rest of the week we'll share tips and recipes you can eat for:

Lunch: 400 calories (Tuesday)
Dinner: 400 calories (Wednesday)
Snacks: 200 calories (Thursday)
Dessert: 200 calories (Friday)

What's for breakfast with "The SparkPeople Cookbook"? For 300 calories or so, you can have…
Posted 1/16/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 23 comments   53,618 views
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