The flavor of many foods can be enhanced without using calorie-laden sauces and gravies. Here are some great ways to use herbs to “spice up” your meals and bring out the natural flavors of your food. Don’t be afraid to experimen... Read more
Whether you're overworked or just plain overstressed, time is valuable to all of us. When making a lifestyle change, it can easily seem overwhelming to include new habits like exercise and healthy eating into your jam-packed days. Between everyth... Read more
When the mercury rises, the last thing you want to do is spend time cooking in a hot kitchen. Conserve your energy and give the stove and oven a break with these no-heat meals. Beyond salads and sandwiches, these dishes feature creative ways to use t... Read more
Although everyone's preferences differ, it's nice to have some staple foods on hand to make quick and tasty dishes that are good for you, too. So what do the experts behind SparkPeople.com keep in their own refrigerators? See what they stock... Read more
The humble bean is quite the super food: packed with calcium, iron, potassium, B vitamins, plus about a quarter of the protein and half the fiber recommended daily for adults—all in a single serving. According to the U.S. Department of Agricult... Read more
I drink black coffee every day. Since you're not adding creamer or sugar to it, the calories are pretty negligible (I think there are maybe 3 calories in a cup). Just don't count it as water, since it's caffeinated.... Read more
Read an article about beans regulating blood sugar well into the afternoon if eaten for breakfast. Yes--I love beans in my scrambled eggs, but I also love my smoothies!! So this morning I made my normal smoothie of Almond milk, frozen berries, and... Read more
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I recently bought a 1 lb bag of dry black beans. I have no idea how to cook them. I have done endless googleing, but all I can find is what seems to be black beans as a side dish. I'm wanting to cook them s... Read more
An outer layer of the peppercorn contains substances that may boost fat metabolism. Adding black pepper to foods may help in the treatment of obesity. Black pepper reduces inflamation and can slow the growth of some cancer cells.Read more at Suite101... Read more
LAWRY'S Seasoned Pepper is a flavorful alternative to plain black pepper. A unique blend of cracked black pepper, sweet red bell peppers and select spices creates a complex and full-bodied flavor. It's inexpensive and adds flavor without the sodium!... Read more
Most nights I look forward to cooking dinner. I listen to music on my iPod, perhaps enjoy a small glass of wine, and relax as I chop, sauté and braise. Other nights, when I come home starving, teach a late yoga class, or go for a long run... Read more
Each Friday during Lent, the dailySpark is featuring a different meat-free main dish. Whether you observe Lent or not, we can all benefit from learning about alternate, affordable proteins. My boyfriend could live on black beans and rice. He actually... Read more
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