It’s Saturday night and the monthly dinner party is at your house. You want a meal that meets everyone's expectations for taste, while still being healthy. Here’s a sample party menu that definitely fits the bill, from salad to desser... Read more
Fiber is one of the easiest nutrients to incorporate into your diet, and one of the most important. However, many Americans don’t get the much needed 25 to 35 grams recommended daily for a healthy diet. Insufficient fiber intake can increase yo... Read more
Are you and your family craving that spicy, south-of-the-border cuisine? Well, skip the local burrito joint. Those "burritos as big as your head" can contain more than 1,000 calories—even more depending on how many fixings you add... Read more
The humble bean is quite the super food: packed with calcium, iron, potassium, B vitamins, plus about a quarter of the protein and half the fiber recommended daily for adults—all in a single serving. According to the U.S. Department of Agricult... Read more
Yes, it's possible to eat certain foods and boost your longevity. Often labeled "super foods," these foods have the ability to not only strengthen the immune system, but to also fight disease, and lower body fat and cholesterol.
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Big fan of the Planet Fitness. I have a black card membership, which is still relatively cheap, and I like using different gyms while travelling. Plus, those gyms tend to be so big, it's always easy to get on a machine.... Read more
I love using dried beans for cooking. They are inexpensive and nutritious. Most Sparks recipes are for canned Beans (which is easy). I'd love to see your dried bean ideas.
I tend to soak mine overnight and change the water to reduce the flatule... Read more
I want to try adding beans into my diet as an option for protein and to bulk up meals. The only problem is I know nothing about them except for the canned ones I buy for chili.
I don't know what the differences are between the kinds out there as... Read more
I eat one Fiber One bar (Oats and chocolate flavor) almost every day as a snack. It is 140 calories, but is the chocolate in this bar too much to be having every day? I just thought of that today…... Read more
According to the Mayo Clinic, an apple or pear with the skin contains high fiber. Other high fiber sources are raspberries, strawberries, bananas, artichokes, pistachios, pecan, sunflower seeds, and almonds, lima beans, black beans and kidney beans.... Read more
I like to keep black beans and chick peas in my fridge. When I heat a healthy (usually organic) meal, I've noticed that there is usually lots of sauce left over. I can add fiber to the meal by adding the beans. I add chick peas to curry meals and... Read more
"Food with Integrity" is the holistic philosophy that guides the Chipotle restaurant chain. Some of the key words that are used in their "food with integrity" motto include words like unprocessed, sustainable, naturally raised, ad... Read more
Each Friday during Lent, the dailySpark is featuring a different meat-free main dish. Whether you observe Lent or not, we can all benefit from learning about alternate, affordable proteins. My boyfriend could live on black beans and rice. He actually... Read more
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