Summer is the season for fresh produce—from your garden, the local farmers market, or nearby farms. It can be so tempting to buy in bulk—after all, you've waited all year for the perfect strawberry or tomato—and when you grow yo... Read more
Living alone is not without benefits—peace and quiet whenever you need it, undisturbed organization and order (or guilt-free sloppiness), and room to stretch out and relax. But some things are just more fun when you have someone to share them w... Read more
When you’re on a tight budget, the thought of preparing tasty, healthy meals on a regular basis can seem daunting. Not only is it easy to get sucked in by grocery merchandising tricks, but it’s also normal for most of us to fall into... 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
Ever notice how the grocery shopping experience seems specifically designed to entice us to buy more? With all of the family-size packaging, buy-one-get-one sales and better deals for bigger quantities, food shopping can be particularly challenging f... Read more
I love using dried beans for cooking. They are inexpensive and nutritious. Most Sparks recipes are for canned Beans (which is easy). I'd love to see your dried bean ideas.
I tend to soak mine overnight and change the water to reduce the flatule... Read more
Focus on getting your diet in check: fresh fruits & veggies, lean protein, and whole grains/low-fat dairy if you can tolerate them. Cut back on soda, drink more water. Eat mindfully and listen to your body when it's full.... Read more
When I added more fruit to my diet, my cravings for sweets pretty much disappeared. I still have to deal with the TOM chocolate cravings, but they're not as bad now. I just portion out a little and hide the rest.... Read more
Excellent flavor. Great snack.At $2 a bag, it's a bit pricey but it's great to keep in the car to prevent a trip to the drive-thru.A 1oz bag of BananaMon (banana cinnamon) is 110 cals and provides 3* servings of fruit with only 2mg sodium. It's fruit... Read more
Rethink your shopping list with these tips for dishing up a nourishing meal.Problem #1: "Healthy foods are too pricey."Cut back on organic. Just buy it for foods on the newly extended "Dirty Dozen" list—produce with the... Read more
According to the U.S. Food Cost Average Report for October 2008, a family of four with two elementary age children can cut about $180 per month from their grocery bill simply by adopting some lower cost shopping habits.Over the last few weeks we have... Read more
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