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Healthy Holiday Gift-Giving Guide

By: , – SparkPeople Blogger
12/2/2015  12:00:00 AM   :  2 comments   :  7,339 views

Don’t let the stress of finding the "perfect" gift for that special someone take all the fun out of gift-giving. This holiday season, help others reach or keep up with their holiday fitness goals by giving gifts that encourage health and wellness. From fitness gear and clothing to gadgets and videos, here are 50 ideas to get you started! 

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SparkPeople Gives Thanks

By: , – Alicia Capetillo, Staff Writer
11/23/2015  12:00:00 AM   :  14 comments   :  7,754 views

Here at SparkPeople, we like to sweat--really, really sweat. Whether it's a quick sprint up the stairs after lunch to get the heart pumping, a long run beside the river or a jump-rope-slash-strength-training circuit that results in puddles on the floor, working a bit of exercise into every day is a huge part of our lives and helps keep us feeling healthy and empowered all year long. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we wanted to tell you what we are thankful for and take a moment to recognize all the inventive ways we workout and the people and things that motivate us to sweat.

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12 Chicken Meals You Can Prep in 15 Minutes or Less

By: , – Alicia Capetillo, Staff Writer
11/20/2015  12:00:00 AM   :  1 comments   :  9,212 views

Whether it's the holiday season sneaking around the corner, summer activities, school functions or the busy time at work, schedules have a way of becoming a carefully balanced juggling act. As a result, getting a healthy dinner on the table often takes a back seat to social events, the kids' extracurricular activities, shopping or baking. With the help of a trusty slow cooker and a long list of recipes, though, healthy meals can still be incorporated into your evening plans in almost no time and with very little effort. Slow cooker recipes require only a few minutes of your attention—just prep, go about your day and come home to a finished, nutritious meal.

Salsa Chicken Dice a few veggies, pop open some salsa and tomatoes and you've got a meal your family will love. 178 Calories, 4g Fat, 27g Protein

Marinara Chicken & Vegetables
 Throw your ingredients together in the slow cooker first thing in the morning. A hearty, healthy dinner will be waiting when you get home! 177 Calories, 4g Fat, 27g Protein

Creamy Italian Chicken With its creamy base and just a touch of zesty flavor, this chicken dish is one your family will request by name.385 Calories, 13g Fat, 41g Protein

Spanish Chicken Don't think you can create a gourmet meal in a slow cooker? This roasted pepper and almond recipe begs to differ. 322 Calories, 6g Fat, 31g Protein

Buffalo Chicken
 Not only is this four-ingredient chicken lighter than traditional Buffalo wings, it's also more versatile. 115 Calories, 5g Fat, 16g Protein

Chicken Tortilla Soup This flavorful soup will make you rethink how you enjoy Taco Tuesday. 89 Calories, 2g Fat, 8g Protein

Chicken Stew This hearty stew is brimming with both flavor and veggies. 203 Calories, 4g Fat, 21g Protein

Orange Chicken The ingredients might not sound like they go together--orange marmalade, soy sauce and barbecue sauce--but trust us, you're going to flip for this unique mix of flavors. 318 Calories, 5g Fat, 46g Protein

Chicken & Veggie Mac & Cheese This recipe contains cheesy goodness for the kids and veggies in every bite for you. 464 Calories, 15g Fat, 26g Protein

Rotisserie Chicken Supermarket rotisserie chickens are a busy cook's best friend. When you have time to plan ahead, make your own—right in your slow cooker! 278 Calories, 12g Fat, 42g Protein

Honey Mustard Chicken A homemade honey mustard sauce takes this tender chicken recipe to the next level of deliciousness. 200 Calories, 5g Fat, 25g Protein

Bourbon Street Chicken If the idea of shredded dark meat in a sweet sauce isn't enough to convince you to make this, will the fact that the recipe has been shared more than 136,000 times help? 168 Calories, 4g Fat, 20g Protein

Click here for more healthy slow cooker chicken ideas.

How often do you use your slow cooker? What healthy slow cooker chicken recipes will you be trying?

The Super Slipper Workout

By: , – Vionic Footwear
11/18/2015  12:00:00 AM   :  9 comments   :  17,960 views

Some of the best workouts are the ones you can do anytime, anywhere. Just because you’re not using fancy gym equipment does not mean you aren’t working hard, challenging your body and getting results. Whether you’re stretched for time and need to squeeze in some fitness, or you just don’t want to spend a lot of time exercising today, here are two quick workouts to start and finish your day the right way. Try one or both for a full-body workout in just 10 minutes. The best news of all: you can do them in your slippers without even walking out the door! 

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Get to Know Your Feet

By: , – SparkPeople Blogger
11/12/2015  12:00:00 AM   :  14 comments   :  10,749 views

Repeat after us: Ignoring your foot pain will not make it go away. And contrary to popular belief, there are steps you can take to reduce these pains and help prevent them from coming back. Read about some of the most common issues that Trevor Prior, a practicing podiatrist and podiatric surgeon and a member of the Vionic Innovation Lab, sees in his practice. 

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SparkPoints Monthly Contest Winners

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
11/11/2015  12:00:00 AM   :  1 comments   :  9,262 views

Each month you earn at least 300 SparkPoints by doing various activities on the site, you’re automatically entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card or one of 5 Spark Activity Trackers. You can find more details on the contest rules here.

Each month, we’ll update this blog with the winners, so keep checking back to see who’s won!  (If you are a winner, we will also contact you via email.) Good luck!

October, 2015

Amazon winner:

SAT winners:
September, 2015

Amazon winner:
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