Your digestive tract is full of living organisms that help keep you healthy--around 400 different types of beneficial bacteria and yeast strains that co-habitate in your gastrointestinal system. There are several different kinds of foods and suppleme... Read more
While food historians cannot pinpoint exactly where or when humans discovered yogurt, one thing is certain: People all over the world have eaten yogurt for centuries. Yogurt is made when cow's milk (or dairy-free soy milk) is combined with the li... Read more
They go down easily and can be found anywhere and everywhere. Water, tea, milk, juice, soda, flavored waters, coffee, energy drinks, smoothies. This list touches just a few of the many categories of beverages but doesn’t even delve into the dif... 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
Achooo! Is it a cold? Is it the flu? You may not know what you have, but you know you feel terrible. When SparkPeople members feel under the weather, they usually have the same questions: "What should I eat? Should I still count my calories? If... Read more
Focus on getting your diet in check: fresh fruits & veggies, lean protein, and whole grains/low-fat dairy if you can tolerate them. Cut back on soda, drink more water. Eat mindfully and listen to your body when it's full.... Read more
When I added more fruit to my diet, my cravings for sweets pretty much disappeared. I still have to deal with the TOM chocolate cravings, but they're not as bad now. I just portion out a little and hide the rest.... Read more
So for any of you that make fruit infused water, how do you track it? The fruit has calories but not many when you add a gallon of water. Do you do a recipe? What if you leave the fruit and add more water after the first gallon?... Read more
A friend just brought a massive tray of chocolate-covered fruit, nuts, etc. etc. My understanding was that dried fruit was one of "tricks" that "seems" healthy, but in fact is NOT unless you can limit your portion to a very small amt.
What are t... Read more
I am in need of a recipe that uses fruit and that can be served at a morning get together for a large women's ministry I am in. I really have never made fruit salads, fruit pizzas etc. and I want to go beyond bringing just cut up fruit. I plan on mak... 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
When I weigh anything solid on my scale, I use a coffee filter to put the items in. Sitting up, it's a great cup. Turned over and spread out flat, it makes a good flat surface cover too. You get a gazillion of them in one bag and they are inexpensive... 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
This dailySpark guest blog post was written by a SparkPeople member whose healthy lifestyle is fueled by fresh food from her local farmers markets. Here, she shares tips on eating at a farmers market.By Christina Certo (BANANAFISH711) Embracing the b... Read more
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