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8 Ways to Snack Smarter in 2015

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
1/15/2015  12:00:00 AM   :  12,288 views

What’s the first thing that pops into your mind when you think of snacking? Is it the excessive amount of chips and dip you ate at a party last weekend? Is it eating too many of the cookies in the pantry that seem to be calling your name?  Believe it or not, snacking can actually be a good thing! When you plan ahead and make healthy choices, snacks can help prevent overeating, give your diet a nutritional boost and leave you feeling more satisfied throughout the day. The key is learning how to make snacking work for you, instead of derailing your healthy eating efforts. Here are 8 tips to help you snack smarter in 2015. 

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10 Late-Night Snacks for 150 Calories or Less

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
1/14/2015  12:00:00 AM   :  59,777 views

Have you ever had those nights when it’s time to wind down for the evening and all you can think about is your grumbling belly? Is it better to just suffer through it and go to bed, or listen to your hunger cues and have a snack? Contrary to popular belief, late-night snacking doesn’t have to be a bad thing. A calorie is a calorie no matter when you eat it, and the last thing you want to do is go to bed hungry. Hunger can leave you feeling deprived and more likely to binge later on, so planning ahead by having healthy snacks on hand will help you resist the temptation to eat the pint of ice cream in the freezer or finish off the bag of chips in the pantry that seem to be calling your name. 

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15-Minute Bodyweight Basics Workout

By: , – Jessica Smith, Certified Personal Trainer
1/12/2015  12:00:00 AM   :  11 comments   :  18,194 views

This workout is part of Jessica Smith's #FITIN15 program. This plan features 15 free 15-minute-or-less workouts with options for all levels of exercisers, so you can progress with the workouts as you gain strength or ease back into a routine.Click here to find out how to sign up for the program!

Whether you are just starting to exercise, or have been working out for years, there is nothing more effective for building strength, alignment and body awareness than basic, bodyweight only exercises. This 15-minute full-length home workout routine helps keeps your heart rate elevated while developing strength and stamina from head to toe. Refresh your form and perfect your body alignment with these traditional moves to safely get more out of every workout. 

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Make Your Resolutions a Reality in 30 Days!

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
1/5/2015  12:00:00 PM   :  20 comments   :  22,046 views

By now, you've probably got your New Year's resolutions all planned out and ready to go. If you feel like you need a little extra help to make your healthy-living goals a reality, we've got the answer right here! Maintain your motivation and help better your chances at turning your resolutions into lifelong healthy habits with the 30-Day Realistic Resolution Challenge. Not only will you get daily mini challenges to help you stick to your nutrition and fitness goals, but you will also get four weeks' worth of meal plans to help you clean up your diet and start your year on the right foot. The best part? All of the challenges are simple to complete (but effective!), and the meals are a cinch to make--which will help you avoid resolution burnout and allow you to create healthy changes that will actually stick past February. 

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A Zero-Equipment Cardio Jump-Start

By: , – Jessica Smith, Certified Personal Trainer
1/5/2015  12:00:00 AM   :  14 comments   :  19,489 views

This workout is part of Jessica Smith's #FITIN15 program. This plan features 15 free 15-minute-or-less workouts with options for all levels of exercisers, so you can progress with the workouts as you gain strength or ease back into a routine. Click here to find out how to sign up for the program!

Forget slogging through countless miles on the boring treadmill or running outdoors in the bitter cold--a good cardio session can be quick and effective, and done from the comfort of your home with zero equipment! Join me for this short and sweaty cardio workout any time you need a fun way to spark up your calorie burn FAST. 

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Kick-Start 2015 with a 30-Day Challenge!

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
1/1/2015  12:00:00 AM   :  59 comments   :  57,462 views

Welcome to 2015—a brand new year full of possibilities! Now is the perfect time to kick off a challenge to help you get on your way to your healthiest, fittest self yet: The 30-Day Small Changes Challenge. Start the New Year off right with a month of healthy (and realistic) challenges to help you look and feel your best all year long!

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