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
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
Even if you are not a potato chip and pretzel junkie, you’re probably eating more salt than you realize. Sodium, the main ingredient in table salt, can hide in places you don’t suspect, like in ketchup, frozen dinners, instant hot cereals... Read more
"Eat your fruits and vegetables." We've heard it all of our lives. If only it were so simple.
Our bodies crave fruits and vegetables more than just about any other food because we tend to get far fewer of them than we need. We ofte... Read more
For years, battling high blood pressure meant throwing out the salt shaker and throwing on the sweatpants. We now know that there’s more to the picture.
Exercise and maintaining a healthy weight have always been powerful tools for managing... Read more
At least I think its just regular vegetable oil. Whatever the go to oil for a cafeteria/restaurant/fast food place is. I eat plenty of fats normally the kind spark calls healthy (olive oil, sesame oil, nuts) and also my fair share of natural saturate... Read more
I was wondering if anyone else had a similar issue. I am reactive to all vegetables. I get instant bloating, puffy eyes and my scale goes up at least a pound if I eat vegetables- that includes greens, zucchini, etc. does anyone else have a similar is... Read more
My first attempt at weight loss with spark people was April 15 and fell apart by Mid-may. Typical type A personality fails me again with the all or none outlook. Seeing very disappointing results after all the logging and blogging, the one weight in... Read more
We live on a small farm with a huge garden. I also freeze or can everything from the garden at home myself (black-eyed peas, green beans, okra, squash). I know these are so much better than store-bought, but every time I try to find nutrition info it... Read more
When I make a vegetable salad with several cans of veggies and fresh onion, celery, bell pepper, I freeze the leftovers. Then I can add tomato sauce, low fat chicken broth and have a hearty soup. You can also add turkey or chicken.... Read more
Fresh fruits and vegetables serve as a nutritional powerhouse for most healthy diets. Loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals, they also help protect against disease. Sure there are small health risks from pesticides, but those are e... Read more
For nearly two years we have heard about the dangers and potential health risks of plastic bottles due to a chemical known as bisphenol A or BPA. In response to concerns regarding water bottles, baby bottles and plastic storage containers, plastic gu... Read more
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