Summer is the season for fresh produce—from your garden, the local farmers market, or nearby farms. It can be so tempting to buy in bulk—after all, you've waited all year for the perfect strawberry or tomato—and when you grow yo... Read more
Is your kitchen less attractive than it used to be? Do you find yourself spending less time with it? Has your kitchen held up as a healthy haven that encourages nutritional eating and smart choices? Or has it sagged into a calorie-packed danger z... Read more
Although everyone's preferences differ, it's nice to have some staple foods on hand to make quick and tasty dishes that are good for you, too. So what do the experts behind SparkPeople.com keep in their own refrigerators? See what they stock... Read more
Dig out the blender! (Don’t worry, nothing high-tech.) Throw in a few simple, nutritious ingredients, give it a whirl and you’ve got a super-quick breakfast, snack, or mini-meal. Who can resist these icy cold, frothy concoctions, fondly k... Read more
You're busy. Whether you work full-time, attend college, care for a loved one, run a household—or all of the above—you don’t always have time to make yourself nutritious meals. Like many people who want to eat healthy on a budge... Read more
I keep lots of fruit to snack on; the pop of freshness helps me feel more upbeat. As for workouts, you could try grabbing a couple of DVDs from the local library or the bargain bin at Walmart and do them at home.... Read more
Stack your diet with plenty of fresh fruits & veggies for fiber and good carbs, lean proteins, and good fats (olive/coconut oil for cooking, omega-3s from fish). I have the same range and stick to around the middle most days (1300-1450).... Read more
I'm working on losing about 35-40 by the spring. I keep my fruit stash stocked up with lots of different things, and buy meat/fish in bulk and freeze. Then I just pull out what I need, add veggies, and dinner's ready. Look at SparkRecipes for ideas... Read more
certin foods contain pectin which can lower cholesterol. Pectin disolves into a gel like substance & traps fat and cholesterol. Carrots are one of the best sources of pectin, celery, and tomatoes. Pectin lowers insulin resistance and when pectin... Read more
Known mostly for their glass canning jars, Ball also has 8 oz plastic jars intended for freezer jam and such. I like to use them to plan my lunches and snacks during the week. The screw-on lids are liquid tight, making it easy to carry everything f... Read more
You’ve seen it on hundreds of labels and may have even used it in your own kitchen — learn all the need-to-know facts about this additive.What Is It?Pectin is a gelatin-like substance that is naturally found in some fruits. It’s oft... Read more
We’re all pressed for time. Kitchens often go unused because it can simply take too long to cook, and seems more like a hassle than a help when you're trying to feed a busy family. In this hurry-up world, a clean, organized kitchen will get... Read more
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