The 2005 USDA Food Guide Pyramid favors plant-based proteins (like legumes and nuts), and even recommends fewer servings of meat than before. Research has shown that eating a few meatless meals per week can lower risk of heart disease and may eve... Read more
A dessert. An antidepressant. A favorite indulgence. Since its discovery thousands of years ago, chocolate has become many things to many people. The Mayan people crushed the seeds of the chocolate (cacao) tree and mixed them with spices to make a fr... Read more
Protein is an important component of any diet for satiety, muscle repair, and generating hormones and enzymes. Need a protein pick-me-up? These filling recipes are great for refueling after a workout--or anytime!
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Did you know that your digestive tract contains more than 400 types of “friendly” bacteria? These little guys, commonly referred to as probiotics (which means "pro-life"), help reduce the growth of harmful bacteria and promote a... Read more
You walk into your local grocery or convenience store and inevitably stumble upon a sea of energy bars. Feeling somewhat overwhelmed by the plethora of health claims, you quickly buy an eye-catching bar with an appealing flavor. But did you really ge... Read more
Hello everyone! I am new to Spark and I wanted to start replacing my breakfast with a tasty yet healthy smoothie. I don't know where to begin and trying to research online i just couldn't find what i am looking for. Maybe you all can help? I would li... Read more
Hey everyone, I am looking for some suggestions. I have been doing my mealplanning and overall, i'm doing okay, but having some trouble balancing my carbs/fat/proteins to the recommended percentages, i.e. 50%/30%/20% respectively. I always seem to... Read more
I'm struggling to get enough protein without having too much fats, I'm a vegetarian and I didn't realize that I'm just not getting enough protein. I use meat replacements, nut and other meat-free proteins but any suggestions would help.... Read more
I try to keep my carbs, fats & proteins near the lower to mid-mark for the recommended number of calories in each category. I thought that way I would have the correct %-ages for said categories. My percentages are typically coming up heavy in carb... Read more
just noticed another member mentioned whey powder...I've been drinking designer whey protein powder for about 7 months now..every morning i drink 4oz of water with one scoop designer whey protein powder (chocolate) and 2 tsp flaxseed oil...this works... Read more
Performance enhancing supplements have become big business. Many drinks, powders and bars promise a competitive edge through increased strength, development of an ultra lean body or increased recovery responses so you can work out harder and more eff... Read more
Nutrition and sports professionals study every nutrient combination to look for just the right competitive edge. Post workout recovery was critical for Michael Phelps in his record setting Olympics performance, too. Well, this year's Olympics may jus... Read more
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