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CONTEST CLOSED: Giveaway: Gut-Friendly Probiotic Drinks from GoodBelly

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If you suffer from tummy troubles, you may have heard that eating yogurt will help get your digestive system back in shape. However, yogurt isn't the answer for everyone. If you are lactose intolerant, vegan, or just don't like the taste of dairy, you could be missing out on some major gut-friendly probiotic cultures. But don't worry! There is another way to treat your belly right without the dairy: Enter GoodBelly, a dairy-free probiotic juice drink that promotes healthy digestion.
Posted 5/25/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Melinda Hershey : 21 comments   9,564 views
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CONTEST CLOSED: Love Banana 'Soft Serve'? Don't Miss This Giveaway

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Imagine a life without ice cream. Sad, right?

That was my reality for years. I was lactose intolerant, and ice cream was the worst for me. It made me so uncomfortable when I ate it that my stomach turned when I thought about eating it. Sigh.

Enter the humble banana, which brought ice cream back into my life. (I later discovered coconut milk ice cream. Swoon!)  Soft-Serve Banana Ice Cream  is one of my favorite healthy desserts!

I make mine in the food processor, but when I saw a gadget that churned out soft serve "ice cream" made from bananas and other fruit, I had to try it.
I reached out to the team at Yonanas and they sent us two: one to test and one to give away. I'll be sharing recipes soon, but in the meantime, let's get to the fun part--the giveaway!
Posted 4/27/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 47 comments   16,900 views
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Food Showdown: Which Vending Machine Snack Should You Unwrap?

Ah, the infamous vending machine. It's great and convenient when you need an afternoon pick-me-up, but you probably already know that most vending machine foods are not the healthiest choices. Here are two common vending staples, both from Hostess: the cherry-flavored Fruit Pie and a three-cake serving of Ho Ho's. Okay, the cherry pie does contain some fruit, but also has lots of sugar. The Ho Ho's are chocolate cake with cream, but one package usually contains three cakes! If you want a good size treat, which of these Hostess treats will satisfy your sweet tooth for fewer calories?
Posted 3/31/2012  10:00:00 AM By: Nicole Nichols : 52 comments   23,364 views
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CONTEST CLOSED: Mobility Issues? Enter to Win a Resistance Chair

The contest might be closed, but you can get a great deal on your own VQ ActionCare Resistance Chair! Use the code ship4free to get free shipping, and type the word "Spark" in the comments at checkout, and you will get two free DVDs to go with your exercise chair!

CONTEST CLOSED! The winner is:



These days, there is more rehabilitative exercise equipment on the market than ever before. Whether you have mobility issues, chronic pain, or are recovering from an illness or injury, it is possible to get and stay fit under these constraints. We were lucky enough to be able to test out a piece of equipment that helps many people with specific health conditions keep exercise a part of their lives—and one of YOU will be lucky enough to win it!
VQ ActionCare's The Resistance Chair® Exercise and Rehabilitation System is an effective exercise solution for those who require low-impact, yet effective exercise. We had our very own SparkPeople member, ~INDYGIRL, test the chair out herself so she could share her thoughts with you. Read her review to see if this chair might be an appropriate solution for you, and then enter our giveaway at the bottom of the screen for your chance to win one!
Posted 3/16/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Melinda Hershey : 126 comments   12,739 views
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CONTEST CLOSED: Giveaway: Adidas adiZero Rush Women's Running Shoes

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Are you in the market for some new running shoes? If you've been using your current pair for five or six months (or have logged 400 to 600 miles in them), you're definitely due for some new kicks to avoid risk of injury. And we've got you covered:
we're giving away one pair of adidas adiZero Rush women's running shoes (valued at $100) in your size and color of choice! 
Posted 3/2/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Melinda Hershey : 50 comments   19,471 views
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Giveaway: Sweaty Bands!


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We love working out, and we love looking good in functional clothing while we do it. And that's why we love Sweaty Bands!

Sweaty Bands are head bands that stay put in your hair during even the toughest of exercise, leaving your hands free to concentrate on your workout instead of adjusting your tresses. The bands come in a variety of cute patterns and colors, and we're giving away a 6-pack of Sweaty Bands to three lucky winners!

What we say about Sweaty Bands:
Sweaty Bands are durable, comfortable, and don't slip even when you're very sweaty. They also last a really long time—I've had mine for years!
Enter now to be one of 3 winners to win a 6-pack of Sweaty Bands!

To enter, click here! Be sure to read the rules. This contest will end exactly one week from today! Winners will be notified via email.
Posted 2/24/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Melinda Hershey : 45 comments   12,634 views
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CONTEST CLOSED: Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato Chips

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Congratulations, winners!

Do you think Food Should Taste Good? Of course you do-- and so do we! We’ve mentioned this amazing company before, but the name bears repeating. Food Should Taste Good makes a wide assortment of tasty snacks, like white cheddar tortilla chips and sesame tortilla chips, and has been kind enough to share the goods with SparkPeople many times in the past.

This time around, the company was gracious enough to send us a sample pack of their sweet potato chips in all flavors (Original, Salt & Vinegar, Barbeque, and Salt & Pepper). Needless to say, all of the chips were gone in less than a day--a record at the SparkPeople offices! These chips are lightly salty with just a hint of sweetness from the natural sugars in the sweet potatoes. Plus, they contain 25% less fat than regular sweet potato chips and are made from all-natural ingredients. And did we mention that they Taste Good?

Today, we are sharing these delicious sweet potato chips with six of you! Each winner will receive a 12-pack case of 4.5 oz bags. Good luck, and happy snacking!

To enter, click here! Be sure to read the rules. This contest will end exactly one week from today! Winners will be notified via email.
Posted 2/3/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Melinda Hershey : 35 comments   17,293 views
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Enter to Win 3 Denise Austin DVDs

Fans of fitness legend Denise Austin, take note: Today's giveaway is three of her newest DVDs! One lucky winner will receive "Shape Up & Shed Pounds," "Boot Camp" and "Sculpt & Burn Body Blitz."
Posted 12/2/2011  6:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 75 comments   16,619 views
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Win Portion-Controlled Plates or Bowls from Wine-Trax

Now that Thanksgiving is over, and we've celebrated for a day, it's time to get back on track, right?

An easy way to make sure you're not overserving yourself is to use plates that remind you about portion size, such as those by Wine-Trax.

~INDYGIRL reviewed the products earlier this year, and today we're giving some away. The company will give a set of bowls or plates to one lucky winner! (This is also a fun holiday gift, too.)

They say:
Your common-sense approach to simply elegant portion control.
Elegant clear glass dinnerware with frosted lines to indicate portions:
Posted 11/25/2011  5:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 48 comments   16,891 views
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A Double Giveaway That's Music to Your Ears

Greetings, dailySpark readers. Today we have two giveaways for you: earbuds designed for active lifestyles from Pioneer, plus earplugs from EarPeace!
About the Pioneer earbuds:
Ideal for on-the-go activities such as hiking and running, the SE-CL331 features a water resistant design allowing consumers to rinse off damaging elements such as perspiration and dust.  The earbuds also include four interchangeable ear tips for comfort and fit, and a long 3.9’ (1.2 m) cord for increased flexibility.
The SE-CL331 uses 9mm drivers to deliver deeper bass response for all types of music.  In addition to preventing the earbuds from slipping during heavy physical activity, the in-ear design and four interchangeable ear-tips (XS, S, M, L) decreases the amount of outside noise, helping the user hear and enjoy more of their music.  
The earbuds are available in four exciting colors including pink, blue, yellow and white and come equipped with a convenient carrying pouch.
Valued at $59, the Pioneer earbuds feature:
  • IPX5 and IPX7 Compliant (Official water resistant classification) 
  • Interchangeable ear tips (4 sizes in XS, S, M, L)
  • Deep bass performance
  • Carrying pouch
  • 3.9’ cord with L-type 3.5mm plug
  • Available in four colors - yellow, blue, pink, white
About the EarPeace earplugs:
When people think of health they usually think of exercise and diet, but they usually forget something that's just as important, their hearing health.  All it takes is one loud concert, sporting, or church event, or even mowing the lawn and irreversible hearing damage can occur.
Posted 11/18/2011  6:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 18 comments   13,218 views
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CLOSED: Win 1 of 5 Prizes from 'Mary's Gone Crackers'

A dear friend of mine owns a green general store in downtown Cincinnati. In addition to the eco-friendly household goods, bulk supplies, and awesome coffee, Park + Vine stocks healthy, delicious snacks and treats.

It was there that I first discovered my favorite crackers: Mary's Gone Crackers. Crispy, crunchy, full of whole-grain, gluten-free goodness, these crackers are delicious and nutritious.

Mary's recently shipped us a variety of products, many of which were new even to me. These were a huge hit in the SparkPeople office!

While the crackers (especially the black pepper variety) will always be a go-to snack for me, the pretzel-like Sticks and Twigs in the curry flavor are my new favorite. Dipped in salsa or hummus, they're a great afternoon snack that really satisfies my crunchy cravings.

Good news: Mary's is giving away five gift packs (Crackers and Sticks and Twigs in the flavor of your choice) to lucky readers! 
Posted 11/11/2011  6:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 43 comments   14,054 views
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Enter to Win 1 of 2 Prizes from Road ID

Coach Nancy is a woman who knows her running gear. You can always count her for advice on the latest and greatest shoes, accessories and clothes. For a few years now, she has been raving about something called a Road ID.

Last year, I started attending my boyfriend's bike races, where, it seemed, all the cyclists wore one. I decided to learn more. The co-founder of the company, it turns out, is an avid cyclist, and it was while training for a marathon that he was inspired to start Road ID with his father.

The back story is here
.  They say: If you can’t speak for yourself, Road ID will speak for you.

Though they have several products, most of them are bracelets that you wear while exercising.  They also have shoe pouches and anklets.  With Daylight Saving Time coming up this weekend, and shorter, darker days just around the corner, we thought it was a perfect time to host a giveaway with Road ID!

They say: If you are a runner, cyclist, triathlete or just a person who doesn't sit on the couch all day, Road ID is for you. This awesome piece of gear not only looks good but it could save your life. In the event of an accident, if you can't speak for yourself, your Road ID will. Available in 6 different styles. It's not just a piece of gear - it's peace of mind.

After discovering that Road ID is not only a company that's focused on healthy living, like SparkPeople is,  but also one that's based in nearby northern Kentucky, I reached out to them. Road ID agreed to let several SparkPeople employees try their products--and my co-workers and I were thrilled with our Road IDs! (Psst, Road ID is giving some away to you as well!)
Posted 11/4/2011  6:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 78 comments   20,215 views
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CLOSED: Win 1 of 3 Cases of Seasonal Clif Bars


Also, CLIF just told us they have a new flavor (Citrus) of Shot Blocks Energy Chews, which I love for my long runs. Have you tried them?

My boyfriend eats a lot. Though it's just two of us, I often cook for 6-8… which yields lunch and dinner for each of us: 2 portions for me and the rest for him.

He's a competitive cyclist and bikes as his primary form of transportation. The guy eats all the time!

Around our house, food goes fast, and we like to eat healthy, so we keep the pantry and fridge stocked with easy-to-eat, grab-and-go snacks for before and after a workout. Aside from my homemade baked goods (best way to portion control and resist overeating what you bake? Live with a cyclist!), his favorites are Clif bars. He always takes a couple along on long bike rides.

I like them, too, but they don't usually last long enough around the house for me to eat them!

Today, you'll get a chance to win a case of one of the three three seasonal flavors: Spiced Pumpkin Pie, Iced Gingerbread and a brand new flavor, Peppermint Stick! Three winners will be chosen.
Posted 10/14/2011  6:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 81 comments   17,637 views
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CLOSED: Win a Better Breakfast Kit from Attune

Last year, I attended the FoodBuzz Festival in San Francisco to connect with other bloggers. There I met Annelies, who works for Attune foods. She offered us not one but two fabulous giveaways--of Attune probiotic chocolate (yum!) and Uncle Sam cereals. We reconnected a couple of months ago at the Healthy Living Summit, where I spoke about writing a better recipe.

We've cooked up another giveaway for you. This time five lucky winners will get: go-bowls, 2 boxes of Attune cereals and a shopping bag for a breakfast on the go.
The timing coincides with a super-cool healthy recipe contest that Attune is sponsoring. I can't enter to win (drats!) but you can.

Read on enter our giveaway--and learn more about the recipe contest!
Posted 9/30/2011  6:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 14 comments   13,639 views
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CLOSED: Win a Collection of Cookbooks

We get sent a lot of stuff at SparkPeople: books, new healthy foods, fitness gear, and cookbooks--lots of them.

This week I cleaned up my office area and decided to share some of my favorite new cookbooks with one lucky reader!

Posted 9/16/2011  6:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 31 comments   16,176 views
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