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Light Hummus

This hummus is very simple to make. Drain a can of chick peas and add to the processor. Add the juice of half a lemon, one clove of garlic pressed or minced, two tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper. Whirl the ingredients or pulse a few times until the beans have pureed. The calorie count includ...

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Tips for bicycle safety

More and more people are enjoying the pleasures of bicycle riding, both for the health benefits, and for the sheer joy of being out on two wheels. It can be dangerous to mix bicycles with traffic but many steps can be taken to protect yourself as much as possible. 200 pounds versus 6000 is a given...

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To Be the Best I Can Be

I am competitive by nature. I have obsessed over how long I can hold a plank and why it isn't long enough. I have obsessed over how many miles I can ride on my mountain bike, wondering why it is fewer than the miles my friend can ride. I have obsessed with the amount of weight that is reflected o...

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What's New and Beneficial About Avocados

What's New and Beneficial About Avocados

Many of our WHFoods provide you with carotenoids. These orange-yellow pigments offer you outstanding health benefitsóbut only if they are absorbed up into your cells. Intake of fat along with carotenoids greatly helps to improve their absorption. H...

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30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday

When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday...

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Fitbit Aria Scale

This scale is definitely for show, and not so much for anything else.

Yes, it weighs your body accurately. Yes, it calculates your body fat percentage. Yes, it even shoots your information to Spark People every day. Yes, you can have up to 5 people in its memory. Yes, it's attractive.

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Tackling Sleep Apnea, Beer Belly, & Testosterone

"Another advantage of visceral fat is that it's got a lot of immune cells and responds very vigorously to injury," notes Jensen. "Visceral fat can actually wrap itself around abdominal organs that are damaged during hunting or fighting and ward off infections, increasing the chances of surviving."<...

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Is it OK to cook with extra-virgin olive oil?

Is it OK to cook with extra-virgin olive oil?

Unfortunately, the very short answer to this question turns out to be a very frustrating, "yes and no." While research studies on olive oil cooking show fairly consistent results, it is possible to interpret the study findings as both supportive a...

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coffee and tea

tea 2 go has amazing unsweetened teas, unsweet mango black and unsweet peach teas are great examples. plus if you ever stop at starbucks or your local coffee company most coffee companies have sugar free syrups why not enjoy your favorite beverages such as latte's, frappuccino's, iced coffees, espre...

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Food & Money Saving Tips

My best advice on money and food saving is buy only what you really plan to cook. I cook only enough and I try to eat a that I cook. My family is not exactly left over lovers but I came from a family that we'd eat everything my mom cooked that night or my brothers would scuff down the very next day!...

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Why in the World are You Here..?

This is just a little bit of this and a little bit of that.. You are worth more than you know.. Speaking of this I would like to know.. Why did you come to Spark People. Most would say.. I want to eat healthier and loose weight... but some I see go by the way side. They don't like to exercise or get...

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