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Download Our New & Improved 'Healthy Recipes' App for Free!

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
4/22/2014  2:00:00 PM   :  1 comments   :  1,335 views

On the tail of our recent announcement about the new, free Diet & Fitness Tracker app, we are very excited to share that a brand new version of the SparkPeople's Healthy Recipes app is here, too!
 
Today we launched our new and improved recipe app for the iPhone! Now you can take the best features of SparkRecipes.com—top-rated recipes, cooking videos, nutrition facts and more—wherever you go. With the free Healthy Recipes app, it’s easy to plan healthy meals and shop for nutritious and delicious foods that will help you reach your goals.

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Health Magazine Shares 3 'High-Tech Diets That Work'

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
4/21/2014  6:00:00 AM   :  4 comments   :  2,486 views

Good morning everyone!
 
A few weeks ago, we announced some major upgrades to our Diet & Fitness Tracker app—as well as a new price: free! So far the reviews and comments have been overwhelmingly positive. Thank you for downloading the app and sharing your thoughts with us.
 
Last week, we were happy to find a story from Health magazine that put some of the most popular weight-loss apps to the test. We are proud to say that SparkPeople's app was ranked in the top three and got some great praise from testers and experts alike:

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13 Healthy Ways to Eat Leftover Easter Eggs

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
4/21/2014  12:00:00 AM   :  7 comments   :  27,054 views

Is anyone else overwhelmed by the number of leftover hard-boiled Easter eggs? While hard-boiled eggs are a great (quick!), protein-packed snack, those get boring fast. Here are seven super recipes that highlight the humble egg, plus another six ideas for using hard-cooked eggs in new ways.


Classic Egg Salad: A lightened-up version of a classic lunch dish, this is one of our favorite ways to use up leftover Easter eggs.


Deviled Eggs: We lightened up a picnic and potluck favorite! Our secret ingredient (shh, don't tell!) is pickle juice.


Simple Nicoise Salad: Potato salad gets a French twist with chunks of Swiss cheese, bacon, eggs, and a tangy Dijon dressing. Served warm, this salad is a hearty side dish or light lunch.


7 Layer Salad: The classic picnic salad gets a lighter dressing.


Cobb Kebabs (Cobb Salad on a Stick): Turn one of your favorite salads into a portable appetizer, perfect for a spring party or the start to an al fresco supper.


French Potato Salad with Green Beans and Bacon: Potato salad gets a French twist with chunks of Swiss cheese, bacon, eggs, and a tangy Dijon dressing. Served warm, this salad is a hearty side dish or light lunch.


Ham, Egg & Cheese Biscuits: Turn leftover Easter ham and hard-boiled eggs into a tasty breakfast or light lunch. If you have extra biscuits, use those as well!

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4 Tips to Stop the Fat Talk for Good

By: , – Molly Galbraith
4/17/2014  12:00:00 AM   :  7 comments   :  14,938 views

Fat talk.  We've all done it.  We have all looked in the mirror at one time or another and said negative things about our physical appearance. 

In fact, we probably do it so often that we don't even notice it anymore.

We pinch our bellies and grumble about our thighs rubbing together and look at the dimples on the backs of our legs in disgust for years. We say it in our heads, we share it with our girlfriends, and even when our partners complement our bodies, we argue with their assessment. We do it so often that it seems totally normal. 

But it's not. 

We aren't made to be filled with self-hatred, self-loathing and negative self-talk; yet somehow it has become completely acceptable to be our own worst enemy.
So how can you stop this kind of talk?  How can we go from bashing our bodies on a regular basis to thinking more positively and replacing those negative thoughts with loving ones? Start with these four strategies.

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SparkPeople Radio Is Taking a Pause

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
4/16/2014  1:00:00 PM   :  16 comments   :  1,690 views

Good morning everyone! I hope today is a lovely spring day in your region!
 
We wanted to give our members a quick SparkPeople Radio update. We launched SparkPeople Radio about a year and a half ago as a fun experiment—a new way to Spread the Spark and reach both our members and a new audience with the SparkPeople message. We've had some great hosts along the way—Lily, Karen and most recently, Bettina, as well as some awesome guests, from your coaches or inspiring members to outside health and fitness experts from around the country.

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3 Symptoms Your Husband Shouldn't Ignore

By: , – Robin Donovan, Health Writer
4/16/2014  6:00:00 AM   :  9 comments   :  95,197 views

Your husband says he has a nagging pain below his ribs, chest tightness that won’t quit or has simply been feeling sluggish lately, but doesn’t feel like calling his doctor (or doesn’t have one). Here are three symptoms he (and you) should take seriously.

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