April showers might bring May flowers, but they also bring spring fruits and vegetables and the start of farmer’s market season throughout much of the country and that is equally—if not more—exciting. As we switch from warm soups an... 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
Fiber is one of the easiest nutrients to incorporate into your diet, and one of the most important. However, many Americans don’t get the much needed 25 to 35 grams recommended daily for a healthy diet. Insufficient fiber intake can increase yo... Read more
Breakfast might be the most important meal of the day, but lunch runs a close second. Studies have shown that children who eat a well-balanced lunch often do better in school and are more alert. It can be difficult enough to get your child to eat rig... Read more
Companion planting, briefly, is the act of planting different crops in your garden in close physical proximity, based on the theory that they will help each other. The main use of this method is for deterring pests and disease without resorting to sy... Read more
I Yo-Yo between losing 2.5 pounds 1 week to gaining 2.0 pounds the next week... Is this my body constantly adjusting? Or what can I do to see at least 2 weeks where I can record a loss? Don't seem to be getting Any Where...... Read more
Both in general and while eating at a college dining hall. I'm 19, and my doctor wants me to go on a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet. My cholesterol has tested high since 14, and may have been high before then. Over the past year it did not change at a... Read more
I consistently struggle with food intolerances and am debating on trying the elimination diet. I have already cut out the majority of foods, but am struggling with the last ones (eggs, oats, caffeine). ALSO, a lot of the foods that are "allowed" I am... Read more
Have you fallen into the "diet" trap of everything being zero fat, low cal, lite foods? A little fat helps your body absorb nutrients and stay full longer. Try some hummus or yogurt dip on your veggies, a slice of real cheese. Will up protein too.... Read more
Carrots help nourish cells that have been starved of nutrients which result in ulcers. Carrot juice is diuretic and helps to eliminate excess fluids from the body so its anti-inflammatory effects do help reduce arthritis, rheumatism, gout and other i... Read more
To remove the acid from spaghetti sauce, simmer on the stove and put a big carrot in there. It will soak up the acid perfectly! (My mom taught me this when she made her sauce from scratch, but it works for pre-made sauces, too.)... Read more
It’s a well-known fact that carrots are good for your eyesight, but did you know there are several nutrients that can keep your eyes healthy throughout your life? A healthy diet may help reduce the risk of vision issues like cataracts, glaucoma... Read more
My 4 and 2-year old are very curious about the baby growing in my belly. My daughter often asks if the baby likes peanut butter or cheese, two foods that are staples in my diet these days. I try to explain to her that the baby doesn't... Read more
This weekend was the first weekend of sorority recruitment, and as an advisor, I help with the mechanics of the recruitment process. This means that for two weekends straight (and BEAUTIFUL weekends, at that!) I spend the entire weekend in a room, wi... Read more
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