SparkPeople Product Reviews Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets-category.asp?category=product-reviews Learn some of the secrets of success for Product Reviews from SparkPeople members. SparkPeople Product Reviews Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets-category.asp?category=product-reviews Yogi Marlon DVDs http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42765_yogi_marlon_dvds I use these DVDs to do very deep stretching rather than strengthening. You hold stretches longer and she takes you through the breathing. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:56:00 EST PLEXUS SLIM http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42657_plexus_slim I love this drink. Its so easy and delicious. I take the accelerator+ with it and definitely helped me have better energy, control my appetite and even sleep better. My weight loss plateaud for a long time but I lost 3 lbs in 1 week after taking this. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 14:20:00 EST Skinny Cow http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42653_skinny_cow Just finished a Skinny Cow small cup of chocolate and mint ! Wow 140 calories and very filling and decadent for dessert! Love them for a "once in a while" treat! Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:27:00 EST Litehouse Mild Thai Peanut salad dressing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42527_litehouse_mild_thai_peanut_salad_dressing omg, so so so so delicious. 2 tablespoons is only 50 calories. I make huge salads with fresh spinach, chopped romaine, celery, mushrooms, and this dressing. Toss in 2-3 ozs fresh turkey breast and then add the dressing. Unbelievably low calories and unbelievably great taste. When I want to use even fewer calories, I only use 1 tablespoon of the dressing and then pour on some balsamic vinegar in place of the 2nd tablespoon. Sat, 24 May 2014 21:54:00 EST Ninja Meal Prep Blender http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42523_ninja_meal_prep_blender I am so in love with this blender. It is great for making smoothies and shredding whatever ingredients you have. It was only 40 bucks at walmart and a must have! Thu, 22 May 2014 14:19:00 EST LIPTON GREEN TEA Orange Passion Fruit & Jasmine http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42506_lipton_green_tea_orange_passion_fruit_jasmine I love this tea -- I drink it over ice without any sweeteners. <em>469</em> Tue, 20 May 2014 15:57:00 EST Fibre 1 Chocolate 100 calorie Bars http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42499_fibre_1_chocolate_100_calorie_bars These are fantastic! Only 2 WW points and 5 grams of fiber. Taste like puffed wheat squares. Mon, 19 May 2014 18:38:00 EST Special K http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42483_special_k I love special K products. I use the protein shake (they taste yummy!) with a piece of fruit in the morning for a quick breakfast. Cereal bars make a great snack at work and protein bars when we are too busy for a healthy dinner. I have yet to find a special K product that I don't like! Fri, 16 May 2014 23:12:00 EST Thrive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42390_thrive Thrive has helped with my energy levels, mental clarity, digestion, pain management, lean muscle tone and weight loss! It is seriously amazing and want to spread the word to others like myself. Full time college student and single mom. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:40:00 EST less sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42343_less_sugar found in all the bars you can buy , the atkins products have 8 to 16 grams of fiber and only 1or 2 grams of sugar. they also taste good. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:34:00 EST B-Elite Fuel - Healthy Frozen Meals from Bodybuidling.com http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42330_belite_fuel_healthy_frozen_meals_from_bodybuidlingcom Bodybuidling.com has come up with a line of healthy frozen meals. They contain very little sodium, are low in fat, carbs, sugar and preservatives. These meals are also low in calories and high in protein. If you lack time to make healthy meals and don't mind paying extra you can choose from 1 of 3 meal plans (14 meals per plan, the meals come out to be about $7 to $8 each) and they will be shipped to your door. Real egg white omelets, chicken breast, sirloin burgers, tilapia, and salmon! Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:44:00 EST REEEEEEElax http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42282_reeeeeeelax Watched the Acacia Qi Gong video.<br>I fell in love with it!<br>Great de-stresser and a wonderful way to close your day. Fri, 7 Mar 2014 19:57:00 EST Snack Attack http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42206_snack_attack Weight Watchers Peanut Butter Brownie Bliss - small but great if you freeze them and eat slowly. YUM Tue, 11 Feb 2014 18:09:00 EST Yogurt sizes are changing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42111_yogurt_sizes_are_changing Watch out for yogurt size changes! One big brand Greek yogurt redesigned their package and changed from 6 oz. to 5.3 oz. Less calories & nutrition now. Same price though! That's the trick they play in food marketing! Remember when coffee was in a 16 oz. can? Now 13 oz. OOPS - 11.3 oz. now!!<br> <em>24</em> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 16:56:00 EST Fat Burning Coffee & Tea... WHAT?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41983_fat_burning_coffee_tea_what Boresha fat-burning coffee & tea- Along with other great products i have yet to get into with Boresha... I plateaued for THEE longest time, i couldn't get past 250- it wouldn't budge.... This help me pass that mark by 5lbs so far! I joined Boresha with my cousin, who looks amazing now after only using the products for 7 months- 20lbs down 15inches!! After only drinking the fat-burning coffee for a week and a half i've lost 5lbs... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 21:52:00 EST Eat Slower Pro App http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41973_eat_slower_pro_app This app is 99 cents for my iphone, it helps me eat slowly and also helps me to see how much I am eating each meal, for the whole day and over a 90 day period! Well worth the money, and it is helping me stay on track! Mon, 2 Dec 2013 21:31:00 EST True Lemon http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41835_true_lemon I have been using True Lemon & Lime products for the past several years now!! They are my "Go To" products for flavoring my water every day. They are simply dehydrated lemon, or lime, with no artificial sweeteners or other ingredients. They have several other products out there that are great too. I use the True Lime for my home-made salsa and almost all of my Mexican influenced meals!! I love these products and just wanted to share them with anyone looking for a change!!! Sun, 20 Oct 2013 18:12:00 EST Jack LaLane power juicer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41687_jack_lalane_power_juicer I've had this juicer for several years but wasn't using it. Recently with the popularity of juicing I was considering getting one of the new popular ones and remembered that I had this one. I am so glad I didn't get a new one. This one is really awesome, very powerful and easy to use and clean. I saw one in the store today for the same price I paid and the same design. They haven't changed a thing and I'm glad because it works GREAT! Fri, 6 Sep 2013 22:19:00 EST Ninja slow cooker http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41686_ninja_slow_cooker Absolutely love this product! Easy to use, easy to clean and performs as it says. My old slow cooker used to heat unevenly and would burn on one side if you didn't keep an eye on it. In the ninja, you can brown your meat in the same pot and then set to slow cook. you can also put the same pot in the fridge. Love it! Fri, 6 Sep 2013 22:16:00 EST Endomondo - Android App http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41648_endomondo_android_app Endomondo is a free app for Android keeps track of workouts. I use it mainly for walking and bike riding but there are many different categories from indoor biking & treadmill to sports like surfing and tennis. You can join challenges, create a training plan follow routes and make friends! It keeps a history of all activities so you can review them quickly. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 09:35:00 EST IBS VS SKINNYFIBER!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41519_ibs_vs_skinnyfiber Hey friends!!<br>I have pretty bad IBS and started this supplement called Skinny Fiber about 2 weeks ago. This has changed my life! We all know fiber keeps you full and stabilizes blood sugar to curb hunger, but those of us with IBS have trouble digesting normal supplements like Metamucil or Benefiber (psyllium-based). Skinny Fiber contains glucomannan which is much more easily digested and more powerful. I am currently about 10 lbs from my goal weight and have lost a whole pants size since t... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 18:28:00 EST Road ID http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41504_road_id Along with my Nike+ Sport Kit and iPod, I never head out for a run without my RoadID. In case of an accident, first responders are able to reach family and also learn vital facts by simply glancing at an engraved tag. Peace of mind for all concerned! You may carry other types of identification on your workouts - and if you don't, you should - but I thought I'd share this link in case anyone is interested. www.roadid.com Fri, 26 Jul 2013 14:07:00 EST 4C Totally Light 2 go http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41463_4c_totally_light_2_go I changed to this water additive because I got sick of adding 2 of the True Lemon packets to each 16.9oz bottle of water. These I only have to add one per bottle and the flavors are great! My favorite is wild berry- pomegranate, it's a good replacement for loganberry pop. But all of them that I have tried so far are good. They are usually cheaper than the other brands, too. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 23:40:00 EST immersion blender http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41046_immersion_blender I recently purchased a Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender.<br>This is an immersion blender that was only $40.00. I used to make soups and stews and have to blend half of the mixture in my Vita-Mix which I also love. But now, I can just use this handy blender right in the pan to blend. So much easier! It also came with an attachment that chops, veggies, fruits, and nuts very well. What a deal! Sat, 11 May 2013 15:17:00 EST Slimfast Shakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40959_slimfast_shakes I have a hard time curbing my "hunger" unless I have 1 slimfast meal shake per day. I usually eat a piece of fruit with them to have something solid in my stomach too. I drink one at lunch and it really helps me. My personal favorite are the cappuccino delight flavored shakes. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 21:12:00 EST Amazing Meal Protein Drink (powder) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40927_amazing_meal_protein_drink_powder I recently discovered a protein drink named "Amazing Meal." It is rice and hemp protein plus essential greens. I mix it with my favorite juice and have a piece of whole grain toast. It makes a very satisfying meal, is quick and easy and carries me through my morning. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 09:45:00 EST lil helper http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40884_lil_helper I dont realy care for diet pills of any kind but i have tried the rasberry ketone and it seems to realy help..its safe ..it helps u burn calories and helps get rid of pure fat wanna know more go to dr oz.com and look up rasberry keytone or green coffee bean heard it was reay good too.but there not miracale pills you still gotta diet and exercise but they do give u a lil extra help we could all use Mon, 8 Apr 2013 12:03:00 EST My secret weapon http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40726_my_secret_weapon My favorite workout is using Leslie Sansone DVDs her walking programs. I'm addicted to them. Sun, 10 Mar 2013 18:36:00 EST Cute simple NICE+ app for iPhone http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40660_cute_simple_nice_app_for_iphone I have used the App named NICE+ weight loss for a period of time, loving the fresh style and the useful known provided every day. It makes me keep motivation through a few simplest tasks specially designed for me each day. All what I need to do is to check whether I finish the tasks for only 3 mins every day. Persistence is the key to lose weight, wish you all be successful here! Thu, 28 Feb 2013 01:29:00 EST Shady Farms Ground Turkey with Italian Seasoning http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40309_shady_farms_ground_turkey_with_italian_seasoning Wow this ground turkey is delicious and tastes just like sausage. Its 160 cals for 4 oz. I would much rather us this that tasteless dry ground turkey breast. Try it! Sat, 12 Jan 2013 10:05:00 EST Clif Bars http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40052_clif_bars These bars come in a variety of yummy flavors and help me get more protein in my diet. They are 240 calories each so they can be a little heavy for a snack, but I do eat one every morning for breakfast. It's fast, convenient, and gives me energy to start my day. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 22:40:00 EST Smart Balance Lactose Free Milk http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40018_smart_balance_lactose_free_milk I am lactose intolerant and am not a fan of Lactaid. I found the Smart Balance at the store and gave it a try. It is really good and almost tastes like real 2% milk. I love it! Plus it has less fat than 2%. Wed, 5 Dec 2012 21:40:00 EST Bengal Spice Tea http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39833_bengal_spice_tea Just discovered this at a friend's house recently. It's made by Celestial Seasonings and it's delicious! Spicy, sweet ... like having a warm, rich dessert without calories! Tue, 30 Oct 2012 22:05:00 EST Wholly Salsa http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39827_wholly_salsa Wholly Salsa is absolutely delicious; it tastes like it was just made, much better than the jarred ones on the shelf. Tip: if you are like me and are a chips and salsa fan, try dipping baby carrots or carrot chips into this salsa instead! It helps my cravings plus I get extra veggies in! Sun, 28 Oct 2012 17:49:00 EST Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39790_dr_bronners_magic_soaps These soaps are fantastic for sensitive skin, and a bargain! <br><br>The liquid soap can be diluted with water (and should be, if you're putting it in a pump bottle!) and used for hand or body soap, and the oils will keep your skin soft all winter. Sun, 21 Oct 2012 17:46:00 EST Help for Hungry Feeling http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39502_help_for_hungry_feeling Sobe Lifewater with citrimax really does help control my appetite. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 06:47:00 EST Say NO to "Yes to Blueberries" Daily Facial Moisturizer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39475_say_no_to_yes_to_blueberries_daily_facial_moisturizer Yes to Blueberries is a Age Refresh Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 30. Sounds good in theory but it leaves a white film all over my face. This is more sunscreen than daily moisturizer in my book. I'll be using it in the car on my hands!! Thu, 6 Sep 2012 15:45:00 EST CocoMama Quinoa Cereal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39467_cocomama_quinoa_cereal I saw CocoMama Quinoa ready to eat cereal at Whole Foods and was excited to give it a try. I'm not a huge fan of Quinoa but the flavors, Cinnamon Banana and Wild Blueberry sounded sooo good. Tried it...not so much. The cereal is overly sweet and the sweetness does nothing to mask the bitterness of the Quinoa. If you like Quinoa then you may like this, but it's not for me. Wed, 5 Sep 2012 13:16:00 EST Special K protein water mix http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39428_special_k_protein_water_mix To help drink more water, and get 5 g each pf protein and fiber, I mix 1 packet of K20 protein water mix in 24 oz of water and drink through out the morning at work. Then I mix another and drink it in the afternoon. The sweetness curbs my sweet tooth, keeps me from drinking soda, and keeps me hydrated :) Wed, 29 Aug 2012 20:14:00 EST Healthy Life bread http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39398_healthy_life_bread 35 calories per slice! Taste-Great. They also have white bread, low carb, high fiber, Italian, English muffins. They have a web site if you want to check out the nutritionals. Just search for "Healthy Life Bread". I get mine at Kroger. Fri, 24 Aug 2012 22:50:00 EST Shakeology http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39179_shakeology When I started Insanity, I felt that I need some extra supplementation to stay on track with those hard workouts. I tired the chocolate flavored Shakeology, and now I can't go a day without it. Its my treat, my energy, satisfaction and success Thu, 2 Aug 2012 17:33:00 EST walking shoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39133_walking_shoes asics gel venture 3 walking shoes for women???<br>i just bought a pair and wore them thru only half of my walk today, and had to switch back to my old NB <br>mabye cause they are so new and not broken in yet, anyone have a pair, or can recommend another great walking shoe?? Fri, 27 Jul 2012 13:09:00 EST Zeal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39107_zeal I have been using Zeal for two months and lost about 30 pounds which is great but the things it is doing in my life is better. It has gotten rid of the pain in my knee, gotten rid of my migraines, and lowered my blood pressure. It tastes amazing and gives you an amazing blend of vitamins and antioxidants in one convienent drink. Just add water or juice and you are good to go. Message me for more information I would love to share the product and change lives. Thu, 26 Jul 2012 22:53:00 EST Kim's Chocolate Deli Pop http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38778_kims_chocolate_deli_pop I've been noticing Kim's Magic Pop in the kiosks at my local Kroger stores, and I tried them. They're good, and only 45 calories per serving. They come in different flavors including original, strawberry, cheddar, and, my favorite, onion. The other day I noticed they had something new - Kim's Chocolate Deli Pop's. They're mini magic pops covered in dark chocolate! They are so delicious, and only 50 calories per piece! They're my new favorite sweet snack. <em>334</em> Mon, 28 May 2012 17:09:00 EST Mocktails http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38709_mocktails Just tried 3 of Crystal Lights new "mocktails" - Mojito was great (taste like the real thing minus the alcohol) I also liked the Peach Bellini. Margarita was a little sour but ok. <em>236</em> Thu, 17 May 2012 17:05:00 EST AXE for Women Deodorant Body Spray http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38681_axe_for_women_deodorant_body_spray Silly name, great scent! It smells so good! Right now I've only seen it at Wal-Mart. Waiting for Walgreens and Dollar General to get the women's scent so I can use coupons along with sale prices and get really good bargains! Thu, 10 May 2012 20:31:00 EST Body Media Fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38616_body_media_fit I just got it in the mail yesterday. But loving that I can track calories burned for the day and what I ate for the day. Seeing what the deficet is. This is going to help me track my food better. :0) Sat, 5 May 2012 19:25:00 EST Low fat/low calorie alternative for Peanut Butter! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38467_low_fatlow_calorie_alternative_for_peanut_butter If you love peanut butter, but don't like the fat and calories - you'll love "PB2". Doesn't sound good, but it is peanut butter powder, and you mix with 2 tbsp of water. It was surprisingly very good!! Only has 45 calories and 1.5 grams of fat per serving. Can use as a spread, or I add to chocolate protein whey, ice, and water (or almond milk) for a chocolate/peanut butter smoothie! Mon, 16 Apr 2012 12:15:00 EST HealthForce Nutritionals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38358_healthforce_nutritionals Hi! I have recently started using several HealthForce Nutritional products (Warrior Food protein, Vitamineral Green and Earth). I have so much more energy, less cravings and mentally clear. I have tried several similar products but this is by far the best. It is more expensive, but worth it. Sat, 31 Mar 2012 00:56:00 EST gnc lean shakes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38315_gnc_lean_shakes has anyone tried? can you share? Sun, 25 Mar 2012 16:24:00 EST Olive Garden Seafood Brodetto http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38263_olive_garden_seafood_brodetto OMG! I ate at Olive Garden because I was given a gift certificate. I didn't expect much, but was so happy with my selection, I just had to tell. The seafood brodetto has a slightly thickened tomato broth and lots of (smallish) shrimp and scallops. There is also tilapia in the dish. It comes with a lemon and toasted bread to sop up the sauce. It is so good! AND, it's only 480 calorie! Yes! Just be careful with the bread sticks and you too can have a delicious and healthy meal at Olive Garden. Sun, 18 Mar 2012 23:17:00 EST Samsung Customer Service http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38237_samsung_customer_service Our brand new Plasma tv broke after about 2 months of us purchasing it. Something happened and the screen had a crack (underneath) it and the tv did not display a picture. We called up the place we had bought an extended warrenty from and were told it wasn't covered. We called Samsung up and they apologized, sent over a repair company to pick up the tv, replaced parts and returned it, free of charge! Best customer service I've ever experienced! Wed, 14 Mar 2012 16:45:00 EST BelVita Breakfast Biscuits http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38235_belvita_breakfast_biscuits Wow! These are awesome! I would call them more of a cookie, but if you're desperate they would do for breakfast. 230 calories per 4 pk (5 pks per box) approx. $4.00 per box.<br>Come in Oats (my favorite), Apple (great bits of dried apple) and Blueberry (husband's fav., too sweet for me). PLUS 4 grams of fiber. What's not to love? Wed, 14 Mar 2012 15:27:00 EST Zumba Rush for Xbox 360 Kinect http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38182_zumba_rush_for_xbox_360_kinect I recently purchased this and I love it! It is challenging but doesn't make me feel like it is impossible. I really like the music and it tracks my progress including how many calories I burn. It shows you if you are doing the steps correctly and it is a lot of fun! <em>244</em> Fri, 9 Mar 2012 15:10:00 EST Vegetarian Protein Powder http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38170_vegetarian_protein_powder I've tried all the vegetarian protein powders. Best taste, texture, and calorie count, I love Spiru-tein. Wed, 7 Mar 2012 23:10:00 EST Sweetener that is made from Fiber http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38102_sweetener_that_is_made_from_fiber Nutrigenics make a liquid sweetener called FIBERFIT. It is very sweet and I find that it does not have an aftertaste. Only need a 1/2 teaspoon or if you really like stuff sweet... a entire teaspoon.<br><br>So if you are trying to cut back on "sugar," you should give this a try. Think you would love it. <em>250</em> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 10:23:00 EST Atkins Endulge Chocolate Coconut Bar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38070_atkins_endulge_chocolate_coconut_bar Rich, moist coconut surrounded by a thick layer of chocolate. Whats not to like! I got these at Sam's Club after a taste test, and it blew me away! I can not believe just how good these are. And I don't have to feel guilty because I am not eating a candy bar with way more calories, fat and sugar. If you just can't cut the chocolate addiction, this is a wonderful little treat that I don't have to feel guilty enjoying every once in a while. :) Sun, 26 Feb 2012 21:24:00 EST GNC Pro Performance® AMP AMP 100% Whey Protein- Chocolate http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=38069_gnc_pro_performance_amp_amp_100_whey_protein_chocolate After Gastric bypass, I had to figure out ways to get protein other than meat, being I really don't like meat. LOL I have tried so many protein powders, its not even funny! Most I can handle, but don't love, this one I LOVE! With only 130 calories, 2 grams of fat, 8 carbs, 3 fiber, only 2 grams of sugar, and 20 grams of protein, its a wonderful way to get that extra protein boost so many need. I love how little sugar it has, and the taste is very good. <em>4</em> <em>493</em> Sun, 26 Feb 2012 21:15:00 EST Body By Vi Shakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37947_body_by_vi_shakes I am very pleasantly surprised at how these taste - other shake products i have tried have been quite blah - in comparison, but better than that after about 3 days, my cravings for junk food disappeared! I have lost 7 pounds in less than 6 weeks, my husband has lost 17! So far so good - it is working for us!! <em>250</em> <br> Sun, 12 Feb 2012 13:12:00 EST Striiv http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37899_striiv Striiv a pedometer/motivational/game. It has the greatest challenges that get me and keep me moving and also a game that is fueled by your energy. One of my favorite part is the walkathon where your working out gives,polio, clean water and saves the rainforest. Check it out. Sat, 11 Feb 2012 07:42:00 EST PGX is my best friend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37844_pgx_is_my_best_friend It doesn't solve every problem, but it certainly makes you feel good. Take this simple (and inexpensive) fiber supplement before each meal, and it will help you to keep portions in check and maintain your blood sugars at a level that don't make you crave those scary in-between meal snacks. Honestly, you will notice a difference almost immediately. I am not one to say that supplements are always the way to go, but this one definitely has some really positive outcomes. Sun, 5 Feb 2012 13:04:00 EST Penzeys Spices http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37743_penzeys_spices I love Penzey's because they have so much to offer! I especially like that you can order small amounts to try their products. They have great cinnamon, cocoa powder, all kinds of spices and even gift sets you can give away or buy for yourself. They have several SALT FREE products too! This has really helped me with preparing foods with flavor. Sat, 28 Jan 2012 12:05:00 EST True Lime http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37628_true_lime I LOVE True Lime (or Lemon or Orange) - zero calories and it makes water taste great! Or, you can use it on fish/chicken/veg. No artificual sweeteners or anything, just crystalized juice. YUM! Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:59:00 EST Trader Joe's Mini Ice Cream Cones http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37519_trader_joes_mini_ice_cream_cones Perfect for indulging an ice cream craving without going over board. They come in vanilla or chocolate and are 70 calories and 3 grams of fat each. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 11:27:00 EST 4oz Fruit Cups http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37450_4oz_fruit_cups Save 4oz fruit/pudding cups to measure veggies, nuts, snack, salad dressing as dip, etc. The kids just love them. Also use for crafts, sewing and tea bags etc. Sun, 8 Jan 2012 19:29:00 EST Fresh Express Asian Salad Mix http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37399_fresh_express_asian_salad_mix I just had this for the first time tonight and wasn't sure if I would like it but I do have to say.... "YUMMY" !!! <br><br>You should try it <em>4</em> Wed, 4 Jan 2012 22:43:00 EST Body Media Armband http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37372_body_media_armband I recently have gotten one for Christmas. It really helps me stay on track with my activity during the day. Tracks calories, steps, nutrition as imputed, sleep and activity. It is also linked to my smartphone. Wed, 4 Jan 2012 12:23:00 EST Look Great in Clothes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37328_look_great_in_clothes When shopping for clothes ask for help. It is best to find clothes that actually are your correct size because you will look thinner that way. Remember you might have different size pants than tops. Always ask! Never too tight or too baggy. Mon, 2 Jan 2012 22:11:00 EST Yonanas http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37311_yonanas I received a Yonanas for Christmas and I must say I am pleasantly surprised as I am always skeptical with "As seen on TV". I just put the frozen bananas in with a little chocolate chips and out came a banana chocolate mixture with the consistency of ice cream. A guilt free frozen healthy snack in minutes! It comes with a recipe booklet next time its mango, pineapple banana! Yum! Sun, 1 Jan 2012 13:18:00 EST 10-Minute Solution Carb and Calorie Burner http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37272_10minute_solution_carb_and_calorie_burner I purchased this instant video on Amazon for $10. BEST $10 I have spent on an exercise vid! The instructor blasts you with 5 different 10-minute workouts that really do burn calories and work your muscles. You can feel the burn! If you are short on time, space and equipment, this video leaves you NO excuses! I highly recommend it for folks who think they are too busy to work out. <em>198</em> Thu, 29 Dec 2011 15:33:00 EST Virgin Cocunut Oil in My Coffee or Oatmeal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37262_virgin_cocunut_oil_in_my_coffee_or_oatmeal I use this product sold at most nutritional stores to stay regular. It taste great in my oatmeal or you can take the pills. Thu, 29 Dec 2011 01:44:00 EST GNC On-the-go Blender http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37251_gnc_onthego_blender Oh my this thing is wonderful! You can add the blender attachment right to the cup, blend, pop off the cup, put on your lid and you are on your way.. I use it for a smoothie after workouts for a snack, husband uses it to mix his protein drinks with ice to make a choc. smoothie/milkshake. It is a reasonable price right now, until the 28th, then a little expensive, but worth it! Check it out, there are three different ones. Mon, 26 Dec 2011 21:37:00 EST BodyBlade really works on my rotator cuff problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37140_bodyblade_really_works_on_my_rotator_cuff_problem I damaged my rotator cuffs this summer using 3 pound weights (how embarrassing). I was in Physical Therapy for the damage to the left arm. The therapist had me use the BodyBlady to strengthen the muscles around the cuff. It was fun and really worked. I bought one of my own and have added it to my home routines. Fri, 9 Dec 2011 09:34:00 EST Sodastream Penguin is wonderful http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37139_sodastream_penguin_is_wonderful United Airlines sent an email that I could use mileage points to go shopping. I saw that they had a Sodastream Penguin free for points so I got one. Pleasantly surprised to find out it included free shipping. <br><br>But more importantly, I love this product. I love carbonated water. My family loves the sample packs included. <br><br>It was easy to set up and it's extremely easy to use. Open the lid, put in glass container (it came with 2), close lid; pump the beak of the penguin and vo... Fri, 9 Dec 2011 09:24:00 EST Motion X GPS Phone App http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=37041_motion_x_gps_phone_app Runs in the background of what I am listening to on my iphone but tells me my speed, distance and time exercising at whatever interval I set. Keeps me on track and motivated. Sun, 27 Nov 2011 09:51:00 EST Craving Chocolate? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36940_craving_chocolate I have tried the Jello sugar free Chocolate vanilla swirls Pudding snacks and I was pleasantly surprised. I love them and with 60 cals a piece it beats a candy bar with 200cals... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 09:30:00 EST New Kleenex Tissue http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36772_new_kleenex_tissue The new Kleenex Cool Touch tissues are awesome! Your nose will appreciate it. Thu, 27 Oct 2011 11:34:00 EST Special K Cracker Chips http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36515_special_k_cracker_chips_sea_salt_flavor These chips are delicious and a decent calorie count for a snack. Thirty cracker chips are a total of 110 calories. They may be a little high in the sodium department, but I love salty snacks much more than sweet ones. If I have anything bad to say about them it's that they are addicting. They are just great for that 9 p.m. desire for a snack. <em>41</em> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 15:55:00 EST Side Effects of Good Nutrition are Always a Plus http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36474_side_effects_of_good_nutrition_are_always_a_plus I added Juice Plus+ to my diet only a month ago and have seen some excellent results!<br>First, I try to eat a healthy diet, but I wasn't getting the intentional exercise I needed. Juice Plus aids good nutrition by bridging the gap between what fruits and veggies we get, and what we need; the raw, organically grown, freshness, and variety. Within a week, I had more energy, which in turn meant more activity, which resulted in weight loss. I feel great! Immune function is obviously good as ... Mon, 26 Sep 2011 15:08:00 EST Lean Cuisine Broccoli Cheddar Dip http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36437_lean_cuisine_broccoli_cheddar_dip Just had a serving of this and it was pretty darn good. Fed the craving I have for warm pita bread. And I felt it was pretty filling. I also have the artichoke dip kind, which I have yet to try. Wed, 21 Sep 2011 18:30:00 EST Diet and Exercise Diary http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36328_diet_and_exercise_diary http://www.amazon.com/Diet-Exercise-Diary-<BR>Hinkler-Books/dp/174181135X/ref=sr_1_1<BR>?ie=UTF8&qid=1315723183&sr=8-1<br><br>I ran across these at my local Border's Going Out of Business Sale. It goes from Monday through Saturday, with spots for you to log your daily food intake (3 main meals, and snacks in between including one before bed time). It also has a daily water log and a weekly spots to put Exercise. You can also track your moods and appetite for the week. An all inclusive jou... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 02:51:00 EST Brita Sports Bottle http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36314_brita_sports_bottle http://www.brita.com/products/filtering-bo<BR>ttle/brita-bottle/ I bought this as an alternative to buying bottled Water. It's not bulky and for my city's water (which is heavily chlorinated) it makes drinking the tap bearable, even enjoyable. I got mine at Wal-Mart and they sell the filters too! Sat, 10 Sep 2011 03:32:00 EST Homedic Percussion Massager http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=36140_homedic_percussion_massager Was having back problems, hard to stand up straight. A friend told me to get this wonderful product! It works! Has heat or not. Ordered it from Wal-Mart for $26.00 & they shipped it free of charge to my home! Fri, 26 Aug 2011 10:24:00 EST Rubbermaid 2 quart jars http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35974_rubbermaid_2_quart_jars I have tried various plastic containers for liquids, and have had trouble finding one that did not leak. The Rubbermaid container does not leak. I use it to refrigerate tea, and it has not gotten those ugly tea stains either. It gets a thumbs up from me. Fri, 12 Aug 2011 16:50:00 EST Mr. Coffee Iced Tea maker http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35973_mr_coffee_iced_tea_maker I love my Mr. Coffee Iced Tea maker. I've had mine for over a year, and have made tea just about every day during that time. I quit drinking sodas, and have saved hundreds of dollars by drinking tea. Fri, 12 Aug 2011 16:46:00 EST CamelBak Better Bottle http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35914_camelbak_better_bottle I'm not much of a water drinker, but I've found that this water bottle I've had all along is motivating me to get my daily servings. I take it to work & because it has a straw, I find myself drinking without even realizing it & before you know it, it's gone. (It's one of those kind where you bite down on it & you don't even have to tip the bottle)<br><br>Very sturdy & even has the measurements on the side for added convenience. Mon, 8 Aug 2011 23:39:00 EST Rabbit Air Bio GS Air Purifier http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35865_rabbit_air_bio_gs_air_purifier I did some research and came up with a fabulous air purifier. It was higher priced than others, but, in this, you get what you pay for. This unit has sensors for odor and dust particles. If you set it to auto, the sensors will control the fan speed based on the sensors, which really work. I didn't realize how much dust was in my bed until I got into it, and the dust sensor kicked the fan into a higher setting. I woke up feeling great today. Customer service is also great!<br> <em>205</e... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 14:17:00 EST Vitamix http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35747_vitamix Its a mixer on steroids. It makes healthy frozen desserts (ice cream) in 30 seconds and boils in 5 minutes. Best thing I ever bought. Not cheap but worth every penny. I use it daily year round. I use it for everything, can't believe what I can do with it. Knock offs don't compare to the Vitamix! Sun, 31 Jul 2011 19:44:00 EST Exercise equipment http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35702_exercise_equipment I have been thinking about getting one of those mini-steppers or a mini-eliptical. Has anyone ever tried these? Are they worth the money? I don't have a lot of room so I've been looking for something small Thu, 28 Jul 2011 10:55:00 EST Eye Opener: Book Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35636_eye_opener_book_review ("This is Why You're Fat" by Jackie Warner) Even if you're not interested in following her plan, the book has some really good information. There are some really good exercise plans in there also, "Power Circuits" as she calls them. Tue, 26 Jul 2011 12:24:00 EST Sodastream - Awesome! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35597_sodastream_awesome I broke down and bought a SodaStream despite my concern that it was just a gimmick. I LOVE it! It has me drinking 2 liters of water a day very easily. And it seems very sturdy and uses no electricity. Sun, 24 Jul 2011 11:18:00 EST Fit bit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35503_fit_bit The FitBit is the best pedometer for the best price. It calculates activity and gives you a readout on the computer. It will even tell you how much you sleep or not sleep. The online stuff is free. I hope someday we can connect the results directly into sparkpeople. Does anyone out there enjoy using it as much as me? <em>311</em> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 10:03:00 EST ExerBeat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35478_exerbeat_for_wii It's a Fitness Game for the Wii. It has Aerobics, Dance ( Latin & Hip Hop), Karate, Boxercising, Yoga/Pilates, Stretching and Party games such as Swimming, Wall-Bashing, Dance Fever, Pizza Tossing, and a Pirate game. You earn points from exercising and travel around the world. There are 90 stops along the way. There is also a daily challenge.<br><br>I have no rhythm whatsoever so I really work up a sweat trying to keep up. I've had it for about 10 days and haven't gotten bored yet.<br><br... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 13:11:00 EST Snack Pack Sugarfree Caramel POO-ding Tastes like POO http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35475_snack_pack_sugarfree_caramel_pooding_tastes_like_poo I hated it... it instantly made me get a migraine. oh lord was it the worst darn "dessert" i've ever tasted. I do not recommend it unless you enjoy eating diarrhea for dessert. Wed, 20 Jul 2011 12:42:00 EST Reebok NuTones http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35372_reebok_nutones These are, by far, the best sneakers I've ever worn. They're a little pricey, but they are definitely worth it! I didn't even have to break them in, like I've done for every other pair I've ever worn. They're so comfortable for walking shoes. It's amazing. I just had to share the good news with all of you!!! Mon, 18 Jul 2011 15:16:00 EST Are Your Cosmetics Safe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35362_are_your_cosmetics_safe Many of our cosmetics actually contain terrible chemicals. You can enter your products on this page and they will rate them in terms of how safe they are to use. I absolutely love this site and it's really helped me pick out the products I use.. http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ Mon, 18 Jul 2011 11:15:00 EST hair color http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35181_hair_color I have medium brown hair and want it to be reddish brown.I have used several brands so far and Dont like any yet.My hair only looks different in the sun.What do ya'll use Thu, 14 Jul 2011 16:52:00 EST Crystal light Mojito flavor http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35149_crystal_light_mojito_flavor So good. Minty flavored. Hard to find but worth looking for. Refreshing taste. Thu, 14 Jul 2011 11:07:00 EST Pita Alwatan http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35126_pita_alwatan For weeks I have been looking for a type of whole wheat bread that has no added sugar, molasses, or HF corn syrup, with no success. Then I found these whole wheat pitas at Wegmans supermarket. They are large pitas, which can be cut or sliced in half. They are 190 calories and have no sweeteners or additives. Thu, 14 Jul 2011 07:26:00 EST Pita Alwatan http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35125_pita_alwatan For weeks I have been looking for a type of whole wheat bread that has no added sugar, molasses, or HF corn syrup, with no success. Then I found these whole wheat pitas at Wegmans supermarket. They are large pitas, which can be cut or sliced in half. They are 190 calories and have no sweeteners or additives. Thu, 14 Jul 2011 07:25:00 EST Salad Chef http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35107_salad_chef I bought The Salad Chef at Meijer and it is Wonderful! It has all the pieces and cost less than buying it on TV. A perfect salad in minutes. lift the lever, put in the veggie, push down & Whomp! it falls into the bowl in perfect pieces. Put on the storage lid and you have beautiful salad for days. Wed, 13 Jul 2011 21:13:00 EST Great Face Lotion for Sensitive Skin http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35097_great_face_lotion_for_sensitive_skin I really like "Eucerin" Everyday Protection Face Lotion. I use it on my face and neck. It also has UVA and UVB SPF 30 protection. It blends in so nice and it is fragrance free. It is also very reasonably priced. Wed, 13 Jul 2011 16:48:00 EST Need a Sweet treat w/o the Guilt? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=35018_need_a_sweet_treat_wo_the_guilt Luna bars are protein bars designed for women. They come<br>In many delicious flavors and can give your sweet tooth satisfaction without the major calories. The flavor to try is chocolate dipped coconut, it's so good and you might even prefer it over a candy bar! Tue, 12 Jul 2011 11:23:00 EST Rent DVD's for Pennies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34949_rent_dvds_for_pennies I absolutely love independent films and discovered a very inexpensive way to see them. Over the weekend, I discovered Amazon Prime. Not only do you get free two-day shipping on all orders, but you have unlimited streaming of over 5,000 movie selections. For $79 a year. So far, I've seen several independent films and I know I'll get my money's worth from this membership. I stream it on both desktop and laptop, if I'm traveling. (you can also hook it up to your TV) Mon, 11 Jul 2011 10:25:00 EST Power Putty http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34926_power_putty I like the power putty mountain climbers use better than stress balls or those little balloon things that break. I keep it in my purse for any time I have to just sit. It feels nice in my hand, won't roll or break. Sun, 10 Jul 2011 15:39:00 EST MIO Liquid http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34898_mio_liquid If you don't really like to drink plain water, try this product. It's so easy and so delicious - it comes in a few flavors, too. Just squirt it into your water and shake. Yum!! The best part? ZERO CALORIES!! Sun, 10 Jul 2011 07:33:00 EST vitamuffin mixes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34851_vitamuffin_mixes These have become my daily treat - great taste, low cals, very nutritious. I started my search for Vita Muffins/Tops after reading about them on Sparkpeople. I loved them and appreciated the boost in my iron (50% daily need in one muffin). However, they were expensive. After doing much searching, I found the mixes are available at Amazon.com. There are not as many flavors to choose from, but they still have a great taste, are low calorie, and great nutrition! Sat, 9 Jul 2011 10:11:00 EST Alcat Worldwide http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34848_alcat_worldwide This is a great blood test that tells you how the food you eat interacts with your immune system. The "wrong" food, although it may be a "healthful" for most people, will induce inflammation. The immune system aims to damage the food, which it mistakes as a harmful invader, such as a bacteria, parasite or virus, but also ends up damaging our own body. Long-term exposure can even trigger auto-immunity, where the immune system actively attacks our own tissues and bodily structures. Sat, 9 Jul 2011 09:31:00 EST Peggy Cappy Easy Yoga for Arthritis http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34810_peggy_cappy_easy_yoga_for_arthritis My arthritis is mild, but I have pain from sciatica and bone pain from cancer. This workout is easy and gentle on the joints, and it's for any age. The gentle stretching really helps with my back pain. You can do the workout standing, seated, or standing and using a chair for support. Fri, 8 Jul 2011 15:48:00 EST Vidalia Chop Wizard - Best product EVER http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34785_vidalia_chop_wizard_best_product_ever In full disclosure, my friends call me "Gidget" because I LOVE and collect kitchen Gadgets... But I absolutely LOVE my Vidalia Chop Wizard. Using the Chop Wizard I am able to make fresh mango salsa in less than 5 minutes. The most time consuming part is peeling and coring the Mango (if only they made a gadget....) The Chop Wizard uniformly and easily chops the peppers and mangos without having to manually cut the produce. <em>267</em> Fri, 8 Jul 2011 10:54:00 EST Archer Farms 100 Calorie Lattes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34783_archer_farms_100_calorie_lattes I have never been a huge coffee drinker, but every once in awhile I like a good coffee based drink. Instead of spending $3-$5 at either Starbucks, McDonalds, or others, Target sells a variety of low cal, low fat latte drinks. Similar to the Starbucks drinks you can buy at the store, but a little more affordable. It's around $1.25 per drink, but it settles my craving and saves me some cash. Fri, 8 Jul 2011 10:19:00 EST M & M's Pretzel http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34753_mms_pretzel Crunchy, salty, sweet - I like all these things separately, but somehow, I didn't like this product. Will I buy it again? No. Thu, 7 Jul 2011 15:28:00 EST Ovation Hair Care http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34722_ovation_hair_care grow, strengthen your hair! <br>An outstanding product that added thickness, enabled growth of new hair and repaired damaged hair. I love it and it helps prevent the damage that sweating causes! Wed, 6 Jul 2011 23:46:00 EST Small, Delicious, Low-Cal Treat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34711_small_delicious_lowcal_treat Weight Watchers offers deliciously creamy snack-sized frozen fudge bars that are only 45 calories each! They are a quick and easy treat without breaking my calorie budget. Wed, 6 Jul 2011 21:17:00 EST 90 cal Fiber One chocolate Brownie http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34706_90_cal_fiber_one_chocolate_brownie Pretty decent chocolatey snack, just enough to cure a little craving, and get a little extra fiber at the same time. I like it, and am keeping a box on hand for those sneaky chocolate cravings! Wed, 6 Jul 2011 19:47:00 EST Costco Grilled Chicken Patties are back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34705_costco_grilled_chicken_patties_are_back Last year in the deli section at Costco I found a wonderful Chicken Patty. They are Sabatino's Flame Broiled Spinach with Aged White Cheddar Chicken Patties. Then they disappeared. I finally found someone to ask about them after the first of the year and I was told they were seasonal (What, people don't eat chicken patties in the winter?!). Well, I found them again yesterday. They are fully cooked, gluten free, microwaveable, and 180 calories. Wed, 6 Jul 2011 19:43:00 EST Glass Microwave Popcorn Popper http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34700_glass_microwave_popcorn_popper LOVE the Catamount Glass Microwave popcorn popper! No oil, great, quick air popped popcorn! It is one of my favorite snacks...spray with Butter Flavored spray and salt with Jane's Krazy Salt...Yummy! Wed, 6 Jul 2011 15:33:00 EST Glass Microwave Popcorn Popper http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34699_glass_microwave_popcorn_popper LOVE the Catamount Glass Microwave Popcorn Popper! Makes awesome oil free popcorn! I spray it with butter spary and top with Janes Krazy Salt...Yummy, healthy snack! Wed, 6 Jul 2011 15:18:00 EST WONDERFUL MOISTURIZING CLEANSER http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34678_wonderful_moisturizing_cleanser I LOVE "Albolene Moisturizing Cleanser." It is great as a moisturizer and wonderful for taking off make-up. Put it on and just use a tissue to get off all of your old make-up. It looks greasy in the container, but, liquifies on contact with your skin. It is also great for any dry skin condition such as eczema. <em>250</em> Wed, 6 Jul 2011 08:54:00 EST Ben Nye makeup http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34648_ben_nye_makeup Ladies, if you're like me and you love rich, vibrant eyeshadow, I have the best beauty advice ever. STAGE MAKEUP is the world's best makeup. The brand is Ben Nye. GREAT for humid climates because it's designed to be sweat proof! For bright colors, use the grand lumiere: http://www.stagemakeuponline.com/02-LU/Lum<BR>iere-Grande-Colour-ben-nye.html for regular eye shadow use these: http://www.stagemakeuponline.com/02-ES/Pre<BR>ssed-Eye-Shadows-ben-nye.html Tue, 5 Jul 2011 09:26:00 EST Great Value Frosted Mini Wheats http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34561_great_value_frosted_mini_wheats I found that the Walmart brand of Frosted Mini Wheats is a great way to start your day if your sodium intake has to be reduced. There is zero grams of sodium in this cereal. Sat, 2 Jul 2011 21:08:00 EST Simply Smashing - Jamba Peach Blackberry Smash fruit sorbet bars http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34519_simply_smashing_jamba_peach_blackberry_smash_fruit_sorbet_bars I love these! A lot of flavor packed into 70 calories (2 WW pts)! It's peach sorbet with a tart blackerry swirl. I hope you like them so I can find them in more stores. I got these at Walmart. Fri, 1 Jul 2011 13:38:00 EST Resperate - lowers blood pressure http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34485_resperate_lowers_blood_pressure RESPERATE is a method to lower blood pressure. It is a devise where you listen to music and breathe with the music tones. As the tones slow you slow your breathing to match. Over time this helps lower your blood pressure. I have used it and it is effective. Fri, 1 Jul 2011 00:47:00 EST Poo-Pourri http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34391_poopourri One spray in the toilet bowl before you potty and the stinkies are eliminated entirely BEFORE polluting the bathroom. This could possibly keep me from killing my husband! lol (That part's a JOKE, folks!) Wed, 29 Jun 2011 01:49:00 EST Margarita flavored jello http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34382_margarita_flavored_jello Have you ever tried the margarita jello mixed with some lime juice and sugar free cool whip? You pour it into a 9x13 pan and sprinkle some lime zest on top. Cut in little squares and it's delicious on a hot summer day. For an adult treat, add a little tequila to the mix! One of my favorite treats, although the jello seems to be seasonal. Hope they bring it out soon! It's so hot here and would be great for the holiday weekend. Tue, 28 Jun 2011 21:10:00 EST Gerber Graduates http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34339_gerber_graduates It may sound strange coming from an adult, but don't be afraid of the baby food aisle! The Gerber Graduates for toddlers line has low calorie finger/snack foods for kids, but grown-ups can eat them, too. There are healthy cereal and fruit bars and the apple cinnamon grain puffs are great mixed into greek yogurt! Tue, 28 Jun 2011 08:43:00 EST Ritz Crackersful Products http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34288_ritz_crackersful_products My son discovered these little treats & they are all tasty.<br>They have 130 calories, a total of 7 grams of fat (of which 4.5 grams are the healthy kind), about 4 grams of cholesterol, 210 mg of sodium, 5 grams of Fiber & 2 grams of Protein.<br>My DW and I find one of these to work well with a serving of fruit as a good tasting snack.<br>There are currently three flavors: Multigrain Garden Vegetable, Garlic Herb & Four Cheese.<br>I eat one of these plus 2-3 ounces of grapes, half an apple or... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 15:06:00 EST non-fat dry milk as coffee creamer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34267_nonfat_dry_milk_as_coffee_creamer Low in calories, high in protein helps me get my protein quota without drinking milk (which I don't like). Also loaded with Vit D and calcium. If you are a coffee addict like me it really adds up! Mon, 27 Jun 2011 10:53:00 EST Poach Pods http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34163_poach_pods If you hate the messiness of poached egg strings then this is the product for you. Crack an egg into these "pods", place in a pan with 1 1/2" water, cover and cook for 4 minutes and there you have it, perfectly cooked poached eggs! <br> <em>490</em> Sat, 25 Jun 2011 01:32:00 EST Litter Locker II - Cat Owner must have! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34127_litter_locker_ii_cat_owners_must_have I know this isn't healthy lifestyle related, but I have to give a good review to the Litter Locker contraption. It stores waste that you scoop from your cat box in a odor blocking way. It uses a system similar to the Diaper Genie with bags and a compartment that both help block the scent. I now have 1 less thing to stress about - because it makes keeping the litter box sanitary so much easier. <em>239</em> Fri, 24 Jun 2011 14:02:00 EST HANSEN'S flavored drink packets with TRUVIA http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=34046_hansens_flavored_drink_packets_with_truvia I purchased Natural Iced Tea (very sweet like Southern sweet tea) and Fruit Punch. I also saw a Berry flavored option but did not buy it. These are the first drink packets that I have seen with Truvia. Very Good! The flavors help me get all my water servings in! Thu, 23 Jun 2011 11:51:00 EST Calling all Cookie Monsters! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33997_calling_all_cookie_monsters If you are a cookie monster like me, you must try Joseph's Sugar Free Bite-Size Cookies. Unlike other sugar free products, they do not make up for the lack of calories by boosting the fat. These were originally made for diabetics and they are AWSOME! My favs are Chocolate Chip and Pecan Walnut Brownie. You can actually get them on amazon.com so the shipping is not too bad. You can have 8 bite size brownies for 95 cal and 5 gm of fat. 4 of the cookies for the same values. Yummmmmmmmmm.<br> <em... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 18:26:00 EST Healthy water for traveling to developing countries http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33989_healthy_water_for_traveling_to_developing_countries Steri-pen was the solution to getting enough drinking water while spending 3 weeks in South America. The pen (about the size of a small flashlight) kills 99.9% of bacterial, viruses and protozoa in water in moments. A small UV light sterilizes either a liter or .5 liter of water while you stir your glass or water bottle. Perfect solution while traveling when often the only safe thing to drink is soda or alcohol. A good way to get those 8 cups even while traveling.<br><br>Got mine from Ama... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 16:38:00 EST Art brushes make great makeup brushes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33970_art_brushes_make_great_makeup_brushes Attention ladies: instead of makeup brushes, go to the local craft store and buy some paint brushes instead! They work just as well, and sometimes better! Wed, 22 Jun 2011 12:04:00 EST Vitamuffins! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33929_vitamuffins Vitamuffins are high in fiber and protein and taste great. They are a delightful treat that won't veer you off-track. Tue, 21 Jun 2011 17:57:00 EST Snackwells Fudge Drizzled Popcorn http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33853_snackwells_fudge_drizzled_popcorn These 130 calorie packs (3 points WW) are caramel popcorn drizzled with either white or reg fudge. I like them both. Most 100 packs leave me wanting more, but these meet my chocolate snack cravings needs for only 130 calories! Mon, 20 Jun 2011 13:26:00 EST Chocolate Lover's pay attention http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33725_chocolate_lovers_pay_attention Gayle's Miracles Chocolate Truffles are amazing: 30 cal a truffle with 1 gm of fat. Delicious treat for those chocolate cravings without the guilt. Brace yourself for the shipping, but well worth it, especially the cappucino. <em>43</em> Fri, 17 Jun 2011 23:15:00 EST Fullbar (Cranberry/Almond) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33689_fullbar_cranberryalmond I love, love this bar! They are on sale at Walgreens this week so I picked up a box. It is very filling for 150 calories and 5 grams of protein. It does have 30 grams of carbs, but I was way under my carb budget anyway. I'm going back to buy more! Fri, 17 Jun 2011 10:03:00 EST COFFEE YOPLAIT http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33638_coffee_yoplait VERY GOOD FLAVOR. <em>106</em> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 14:01:00 EST King Arthur GF pizza mix http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33624_king_arthur_gf_pizza_mix I tried some of their Gf all purpose flour recently and really like how the cream puffs tasted so thought I would try the pizza mix. For me it would make 4 pizza. It was way to thick for 2 and I felt I was just eating bread. I would give it a 6/10. Not like the real pizza dough. Thu, 16 Jun 2011 12:03:00 EST Skinny Cow Heavenly Crisp Bars http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33584_skinny_cow_heavenly_crisp_bars Heavenly about sums it up. YUM. I bought the milk chocolate creme and Peanut butter creme..110 cal, 6 g fat, 14 carb 8/9 g sugar. Wonderful..hard to stop at one however. Wed, 15 Jun 2011 19:47:00 EST Covergirl ShadowBlast ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33512_covergirl_shadowblast_ This product comes in six different mixtures of colours....but don't be fooled by the 'easiness' that is portrayed to get that perfect smoky eye..... It is a terrible product!!!! The concept is very good, as you don't even need a make up brush to apply, the texture of the shadow is far too creamy, immediately after your have put it on, you can feel the creases are going to end in disaster....and it does! By the end of the day all the colour shifts to the crease and looks a mess....DO NOT USE... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 12:16:00 EST No flush Niacin http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33453_no_flush_niacin If you are one of those that can't resist the flush of the Niacin to lower the cholesterol then do this. From a pharmacist word. <br><br>Take aspirin (if you are not allegic to it) 30 minutes before the Niacin (any milligram), this will help the flush. You won't feel it, confirmed.<br><br>I have been doing this for the last 4 days. Also do this in the afternoon. <em>250</em> Mon, 13 Jun 2011 06:58:00 EST Free App for Insomnia sufferers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33430_free_app_for_insomnia_sufferers Hey everyone, was having a bit of insomnia last night and tried this free phone app called Rainmaker. You can find it in the App store as Rainmaker of if you search for insomnia. It's a sound program that creates all different kinds of soothing rain. It really helped me get back to sleep last night. Sun, 12 Jun 2011 12:50:00 EST Extra Dessert Delights Gum http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33417_extra_dessert_delights_gum I'm not really a Gum Chewer, but this gum is delicious!<br>They have great flavors too, like Mint chocolate chip, key lime pie, and strawberry shortcake. I always like something sweet after dinner and this gum does the trick. Sun, 12 Jun 2011 08:50:00 EST CHOCOLATE Cravings? I have a solution! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33310_chocolate_cravings_i_have_a_solution I discovered a tea from STASH brand called "Chocolate Hazelnut". It's decaf, and it's delicious -- perfect for those after-dinner chocolate cravings that I so often get!! Thu, 9 Jun 2011 21:40:00 EST Water consumption help http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33107_water_consumption_help I highly recommend the new MIO water flavorings made by Kraft. They come in a very handy tiny bottle that's leakproof and safe to sling in a purse or pocket. <br><br>They have a good range of flavors to choose from and they all taste great. You just add as much as you like to your bottle of water to get your desired taste strength. <em>104</em> Sun, 5 Jun 2011 12:08:00 EST Stash Chocolate tea http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33028_stash_chocolate_tea I love flavored hot tea in the winter, but decided to try some cold. I couldn't believe how great this was cold with a little sweetener added. I have also tried other hot teas cod. Fri, 3 Jun 2011 10:48:00 EST Post cocoa pebbles and fruity pebbles are GF http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=33007_post_cocoa_pebbles_and_fruity_pebbles_are_gf Just found out two of their cereal are gluten free. YEA Thu, 2 Jun 2011 20:27:00 EST Snyder's Gluten Free Pretzels http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32921_snyders_gluten_free_pretzels Our store finally had these pretzels and to me they were very good. I can't remember what the wheat ones taste like, but for being GF they are a winner. I made a cheese sauce and dipped them and it was a nice treat. Wed, 1 Jun 2011 06:34:00 EST Archer Farms Fruit Bars http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32714_archer_farms_fruit_bars If you have a Target near you, I'd like to recommend the Archer Farms Fruit Bars. The Pomegranate Raspberry ones have only 65 calories each. There are other flavors, too like Peach Mango and Strawberry Banana - They're a little higher in calories - 110 cals each - which still isn't too bad for a snack. They're also low in sodium and fat and have 2g fiber. Fri, 27 May 2011 08:22:00 EST Supreme 90 http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32677_supreme_90 This DVD program is awesome. It is an affordable version - it is a 90 day program that is based on muscle confusion. The nutritional program is based on Tosca Reno's Eat Clean Diet.<br><br>For $20 or if you get it at Bed, Bath, & Beyond with one of their coupons you can get it for $15. Thu, 26 May 2011 10:04:00 EST Fiber One Brownies http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32654_fiber_one_brownies These brownies are small but delicous!! 90 calories! Wed, 25 May 2011 20:21:00 EST Kroger Cowpals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32629_kroger_cowpals Instead of spending upwards of $4 on Laughing Cow brand spreadable cheese wedges, throw down less than $2 for the Kroger Cowpals Light Swiss Flavored Pasturized Cheese Spreadable Wedges. They're just 30 calories each with 1.5 grams of fat and are just as tasty as the brand name. Wed, 25 May 2011 10:24:00 EST Drug free headache relief http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32555_drug_free_headache_relief I have found that Village Naturals Therapy Headache Relief Lotion works great when I have a mild headache, and often prevents a headache if I feel symptoms coming on. It has peppermint, chamomile, and lavender in it. I rub it on my forehead and the back of my neck. Just don't put it on after washing your face or showering, it stings if your pores are open! Mon, 23 May 2011 18:36:00 EST Good Earth White Tea, Vanilla Blend http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32481_good_earth_white_tea_vanilla_blend It tastes great, smells great, and doesn't need any added sweeteners. I buy it by the case from Amazon, but it is in stores, too. I drink it every morning, and I love it! Sun, 22 May 2011 13:59:00 EST Nike Plus http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32246_nike_plus Accessory for the Ipod. I have a nano and for Mother's day, received it as a gift. Still getting use to it, but I can see the fun in tracking with it and setting goals. It really motivated me. <em>41</em> Mon, 16 May 2011 21:53:00 EST Flavored Stevia Drops http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32190_flavored_stevia_drops When I was visiting my sister in Dallas, she introduced me to Sweet Leaf's flavored liquid stevia drops, which can be added to water or anything else you want to jazz up a little. It comes in a wide variety of flavors like Vanilla Creme, Chocolate Raspberry, and even Root Beer! I've tried it in my water, iced tea and coffee -- delicious! Sun, 15 May 2011 14:20:00 EST Whole Foods Chicken Tortilla Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32127_whole_foods_chicken_tortilla_soup You've got to try this soup. It is very tasty and very filling and every time I eat it I have to check the calories again. It's only 100 calories for a one cup serving. Yum. Fri, 13 May 2011 19:12:00 EST V8 Splash http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32102_v8_splash I don't drink regular V8 juice because I donlt like tomato juice. I get the diet V8 Splash. I had to get use to the taste, but it is good. Only 10 calories per 8 oz. It is full of fruits and veggies. Fri, 13 May 2011 09:36:00 EST Thomas's mini pretzel bagels http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=32049_thomass_mini_pretzel_bagels I love mall pretzels! But they are definitely a no-no if I want to make this goal, so I found a decent alternative. These little pretzel bagels, while not the same in flavor, they are darn good! I heat mine up a few seconds in the microwave and dip it in honey mustard dip. They are also a great alternative to regular bread once in a while. They come unsalted, with the salt pack included, but I like them without it, and only .5 g of fat per bagel. I found them at Walmart. <em>43</em> Thu, 12 May 2011 08:30:00 EST Mio Liquid Water Enhancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31952_mio_liquid_water_enhancer I LOVE THESE!! 6 great flavors. They are: Sweet tea, Peach Tea, Strawberry Watermelon, Mango Peach, Fruit Punch and Berry Pomegrante. You can find them in most grocery stores. They cost about $3.99 each. I have figured out for me that they cost less per serving than the crystal light packets. Mio makes 24 servings. Crystal light you only get 10 packets in a box for about $2.50 a box. So, 24 verses 10-20. If you put half a packet in of crystal light at a time? So, you be the judge. ... Tue, 10 May 2011 11:54:00 EST Barbara's High Fiber Original Cereal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31905_barbaras_high_fiber_original_cereal I'm loving Barbara's High Fiber Original Cereal! I wanted a change from Kashi's twigs and pellets and Barbara's offers oats, twigs and flakes in a delcious low sodium, low fat, low sugar, high protein and high fiber cereal. It's crunchy, hearty and lightly sweet. I like to eat mine with berries and low fat Kefir. All natural Barbara's is worth a try. Yum!! Mon, 9 May 2011 13:30:00 EST Aloe Socks http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31844_aloe_socks I have a problem with rough skin on my heels - came across aloe impregnated sleeping socks @ Walmart. After using them a few times, I have softer feet, and, as a bonus, no cold feet while I'm trying to sleep! Sun, 8 May 2011 08:39:00 EST Raisels http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31809_raisels These are the MOST delicious flavored raisins I have ever tasted! They come in several flavors - so far, I have tried the sour lemon and sour orange - DELICIOUS!!! Sat, 7 May 2011 07:24:00 EST Dinner from Trader Joe's http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31791_dinner_from_trader_joes Just had a wonderful, filling meal, that was 100% from Trader Joe's. I combined a third pkg of their frozen brown rice, with a half pkg. of their Chicken Asada and a half pkg. of their Julienne Sauté Vegetables. 287 calories and my plate was FULL! I also recently tried their Reduced Guilt Mac & Cheese (good, but a bit on the small side) and the Reduced Guilt bakes Ziti. Thought I'd be disappointed in the sauce for the Ziti but it was quite good. (I added more Parm. though!) So Good! Thanks TJ... Fri, 6 May 2011 18:11:00 EST Runtastic http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31758_jogit This Blackberry App tracks all types of exercise. GPS enabled, terrain, maps, calories burned, etc. VERY easy to use and free to boot! <em>244</em> LOVE it! Thu, 5 May 2011 19:50:00 EST Skinny Cow Heavenly Crisp Bars http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31719_skinny_cow_heavenly_crisp_bars Skinny Cow now offers new Milk Chocolate covered delicate wafers layered with milk chocolate creme. These are soooo delicious!!! There are 6 .77oz bars to a box. Cal:110, Total Fat 6g, Fiber 1g, Cholesterol 0g, Sod:40mg, Tot Carbs 14g, Protein 1g Wed, 4 May 2011 22:26:00 EST Jamba Juice Bars http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31687_jamba_juice_bars Jamba Sorbet Bars and Jamba Sorbet & Yogurt Bars are made with ripe, luscious, real fruit and are a good source of Vitamin C and fiber. Packing all the goodness of nature's bounty in a 70-90 calorie bar, frozen never tasted so good!<br><br>So tasty and low calories...perfect for when you WANT ice cream but know you dont NEED it!<br><br> Wed, 4 May 2011 10:56:00 EST Mac Apps- Drinkmorewater (£1.17) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31675_mac_apps_drinkmorewater_117 Drinkmorewater is useful because it gives visual representations of how much you're drinking, and is kept as a icon in your user dock during the day with the specific number. It also has a list of ways you can increase your water take during the day, although most of the suggestions are fairly obvious and may not help you that much. Wed, 4 May 2011 00:16:00 EST Animal Crackers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31568_animal_crackers I use an inexpensive snack. Animal Crackers. I get a bag at the Dollar Tree. There are only 60 calories in eight crackers. They give just a hint of sweetness. Mon, 2 May 2011 00:08:00 EST Larger-size Yoga Clothes at Lucy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31505_largersize_yoga_clothes_at_lucy For women: Lucy stores (and lucy.com) has yoga clothes up to XL. No plus sizes, unfortunately, but it sure beats the idiotic catalogs that claim size 12 is extra large.<br> <em>198</em> Sat, 30 Apr 2011 10:32:00 EST Sugar-free Lifesavers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31415_sugarfree_lifesavers With only 30 calories for 4 Lifesavers, these candies live up to their name! Absolutely perfect for when you want something sweet without exceeding your allotted calories. I find these to especially helpful when I get a sweet craving late at night! Thu, 28 Apr 2011 08:23:00 EST HealthNut Mac App Store Food Tracker (£6) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31270_healthnut_mac_app_store_food_tracker_6 Healthnut is a food tracker where you can add your own foods. Unlike the food tracker on sparkpeople you only have foods you have submitted in a tidy food registry and some the software has uploaded and its easy enough to add more. You know you will get the right calorific information everytime because you don't have hundreds of entries to choose from for every store brought food. Tue, 26 Apr 2011 02:12:00 EST Mac Apps http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31226_mac_apps I recently got an iMac and I downloaded the iProcrastinate app. It is good because it helps me stay focused and get through the day. It lets you keep a to do list with deadlines under different categories, for example I have Church, Household Chores and Sparkpeople and I am sent alerts when a task is due. It has been a good way to manage my bucketlist as well and set up smaller jobs within a big task. Mon, 25 Apr 2011 11:27:00 EST Dannon Yogurt's new, unethical packaging http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31175_dannon_yogurts_new_unethical_packaging Dannon's plastic containers not only are not biodegradable, but now the company has added insult to injury. The new, rectangular shape for 6-ounce Light & Fit, used for some flavors in individual servings and the 4-packs, can't be stacked as can the round cups. This assures that the containers will not only remain intact in landfills forever, but they will take up far greater space than the round ones. Sat, 23 Apr 2011 19:07:00 EST Fullbar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31170_fullbar I felt I needed help! I've seen people after their stomach stapling, and it's been amazing! The Dr. won't let me have surgery, and I didn't really want to go that drastic anyway. I know it's really not so much what I eat but how much. I heard about Fullbar, and trying it. It seems to work! That gnawing is gone, the 3:00 cravings seem to be gone, and meal portions are back in control. Only time will tell. Anyone else tried Fullbar? Sat, 23 Apr 2011 16:47:00 EST Fiber Plus Antioxidant Chocolatey Peanut Bar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31169_fiber_plus_antioxidant_chocolatey_peanut_bar Swear I was eating a candy bar! Sat, 23 Apr 2011 16:22:00 EST Quorn http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31144_quorn Quorn is my new favourite food! It is a low calorie protein source that tastes more like real meat than any other vegetarian meat substitute I've tried. Even my husband thought it was chicken when he tried it. It comes in strips, pieces, mince, sausage rolls, schnitzel, nuggets.... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 05:05:00 EST Hunts Sugar Free Vanilla Pudding http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31136_hunts_sugar_free_vanilla_pudding Wanting a "NON-diet tasting" snack, I tried the Hunts Vanilla Sugar Free premade pudding. It lacked something, so I added a tiny bit of Vietnamese Cinnamon, and it reminded me of a rice pudding. And only 60 calories! <em>4</em> Fri, 22 Apr 2011 18:12:00 EST Great Value Storage Bags Double Zipper Closure http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31077_great_value_storage_bags_double_zipper_closure 40 Press-to-Close Gallon Plastic Bags<br>10 9/16" x 10 3/4" Size Thu, 21 Apr 2011 14:23:00 EST Teenage vitamins http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=31043_teenage_vitamins <em>39</em> I purchased One-a-Day Teenage Vitamins for Her and One-A-Day Teenage Vitamins for Him for my two teenagers. I can't testify to whether these vitamins have an adequate balance of nutrients, but I will say that I will NOT purchase these again because of the amount of food coloring in them. The boy's vitamin is really saturated with dark blue food coloring, and the girls is hot pink. I am disappointed they chose to add so much dye to what are supposed to be healthy products. Wed, 20 Apr 2011 17:59:00 EST Never Be Without Clean Water! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30975_never_be_without_clean_water If you can't swallow the thought of drinking unfiltered water get yourself a Camelbak Groove STAT! I'm at a different work site every day; some have water coolers, some do not. I was spending lots of money on bottled water and lugging several bottles around with me just so I could make sure I'd have clean water on hand. Being able to get good water everywhere has made a huge difference, and I have no trouble exceeding my 8 cups a day! Now I just have to get one for my Hubbs...next paycheck! Tue, 19 Apr 2011 18:26:00 EST Best Green tea ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30953_best_green_tea_ever I am a particular tea drinker, and plain green tea is usually too bitter for me to drink. My all time favorite tea is Stash brand Morrocan Mint Green tea, it's so good I don't need to add any sweetener or anything to it, but it takes really good with a packet of splenda too. Tue, 19 Apr 2011 14:06:00 EST Raw Crunch - unprocessed energy bar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30916_raw_crunch_unprocessed_energy_bar I have been looking for a bar to grab and go for breakfast or a snack that wasn't really a candy bar in disguise. If you like raw nuts and seeds, especially pumpkin seeds (I do), you'll like these. All have organic sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, flax seeds. Cashews or pecans, macadamia held together w honey and sea salt. My favorites are choc (little bits) or cranberry. Fills me up, tastes good! Find in Health Food stores<br> Tue, 19 Apr 2011 08:19:00 EST Zumba http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30893_zumba If you want an amazing workout; try Zumba. I consider it "Exercise in Disguise"! <br><br>I have sooo much fun doing Zumba that I forget that I'm exercising and burning up lots of calories! Mon, 18 Apr 2011 19:22:00 EST Tony Ferguson Programme http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30815_tony_ferguson_programme Meal replacement, a shake for breakfast, a soup or munch bar for lunch, then an evening meal Sun, 17 Apr 2011 07:41:00 EST Perfect Portions Food Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30751_perfect_portions_food_scale I wanted a digital scale that could weigh in ounces or grams. I have it in this one. It also will provide calories if you insert a food code (given in their booklet.) I am very pleased with this product. My only negative is the readout is somewhat hard-to-read - I definitely have to use my reading glasses! Sat, 16 Apr 2011 07:55:00 EST Talenti gelato e sorbetto http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30729_talenti_gelato_e_sorbetto I discovered Talenti gelato e sorbetto at my local grocery store. They have gelato there too, but I'm allergic to milk. I tried the Roman raspberry sorbetto. I like that it is not made with corn syrup. It's most unusual in that it keeps the seeds from the fruit right in the sorbet. Other brands I've tried don't do that. It has a very nice flavor, and other than the seeds, it's nice and creamy. Just the right treat to have after a hot workout! :) Fri, 15 Apr 2011 15:07:00 EST zipfizz healthy energy (drink) mix http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30704_zipfizz_healthy_energy_drink_mix My husband and I were at Costco and they were giving out samples of this. It happened to be right after the doctors told me I needed to drink an electrolyte beverage to keep my blood pressure up.<br><br>zipfizz has only 10 calories and you add it to 16-20 oz of water. It is full of vitamins and minerals and comes in three flavors: pink lemonade, grape, and orange. Now I drink one everyday and my blood pressure seems to be better.<br><br>This is a tasty way to get your water each day! <em>... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 08:09:00 EST Fuze Slenderize - spark up your water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30681_fuze_slenderize_spark_up_your_water 10 calories (make sure it says Slenderize) --- the first ingredient is water, the second is apple concentrate (but it doesn't taste like apple to me) and a variety of other natural flavors. I need a drink that doesn't go "flat" (like soda pop) when I travel and tastes good at room temperature. Flavored waters taste artificial (cuz they are) to me. I love Fuze - favs in order are tropical punch, cranberry, blueberry, and strawberry melon (milder). Thu, 14 Apr 2011 18:05:00 EST Spray Mop http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30646_spray_mop I'm loving my new Leifheit pico spray mop.<br>You load it with the cleaner of your choice and mop.<br>I did ALL of my hardwood floors today after the puppy came running in with muddy paws. In 10 minutes I was done; they are spotless. Thu, 14 Apr 2011 09:56:00 EST Blue Bunny No Sugar Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30623_blue_bunny_no_sugar_mint_chocolate_chip_ice_cream I've always been a little leery of reduced fat ice cream because it just doesn't seem to have a good taste. This ice cream has made me a believer again. It is FULL of flavor and has nice big chunks of chocolate in it. While the consistency isn't quite the same as regular ice cream, it's still very good. I've found it you stir it up, it gets a little creamier. Definitely recommend! Wed, 13 Apr 2011 15:19:00 EST Nuts - Good news, Bad news http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30604_nuts_good_news_bad_news Good news - Planters Nutrition Digestive Health Mix. Cranberries, Almonds, granola, pistachios & cherries. Tastes fresh and filling. Put 1/4 C in snack baggies and take on the go (limits temptation to keep eating. Bad news- Emerald Breakfast on the Go Nut & Granola. If they didn't tell me there were walnuts in there, I wouldn't have guessed! Artificial taste. Wed, 13 Apr 2011 10:50:00 EST My Own Tea Blend - Lemon Ginger decaf Green Tea http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30585_my_own_tea_blend_lemon_ginger_decaf_green_tea I'm allergic to soy, and many teas contain soy. One that doesn't is Yogi, a brand out of Oregon. I especially love the flavor of their Lemon Ginger combined with the antioxidant benefits of their Green Tea. But you guessed it, I need to drink decaf tea. Fortunately, they make a decaf Green Tea that tastes great. So I brew a very large (40 oz) container with 2 lemon ginger and 1 green tea bag together. I've found this blend is wonderful hot or cold. <em>254</em> <em>274</em> Tue, 12 Apr 2011 19:29:00 EST Great Snack (or dessert) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30536_great_snack_or_dessert Just discovered Fruit Pearls. It's a frozen fruit snack and only 75 calories with no fat.<br>I am currently enjoying Banana Berry. Yummy! Tue, 12 Apr 2011 01:47:00 EST Hamilton Beach Single Serve blender http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30504_hamilton_beach_single_serve_blender This is a treat. I have a Vitamix, which I love but too much work for a single serving. I use this blender to whip up quick smoothies, chop nuts and general blending. Blades are tough enough to pulverize carrots mixed with orange juice.Yum! Mon, 11 Apr 2011 14:58:00 EST Celestial Seasonings True Blueberry Tea http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30387_celestial_seasonings_true_blueberry_tea 100% natural, herbal, caffeine-free tea. <br><br>I really like the flavor of this tea -- it's good hot or cold, and is a great way for me to get some extra glasses of water in. It has a nice, strong, flavor -- a little bit tart, a little bit naturally sweet.<br><br>Sometimes I just put a bag in my bottle of cold water -- that's enough to flavor the water enough to help me drink it! Fri, 8 Apr 2011 14:43:00 EST spacebag http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30328_spacebag This really works! Saved me allot of space in my linen closet. I purchased the size that is for 1 comforter and 4 pillows. I fit 2 queen sized comforters and since I did not need it for pillows, I added 2 twin sized comforters. It filled the bag,but it all fit. Then when it shrunk down, it all fit in my closet. Amazing! A great idea. <em>345</em> Thu, 7 Apr 2011 12:18:00 EST Oster My Blend Personal Blender http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30324_oster_my_blend_personal_blender I saw this in a magazine and knew I had to have it. The ad showed an orange one available at Walmart. I went online and found that Walmart had all kinds of colors online but only orange in store. I ended up finding the blue one at Target for $30. This thing is AMMMMMMMMAZING it includes a 20oz cup with a sport lid so once you blend, you just screw on that lid and go. I've seen other personal blenders before, but this one has so much style and works GREAT. Thu, 7 Apr 2011 11:20:00 EST Fruit of the Loom http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30320_fruit_of_the_loom I have found that the FotL bras are the most comfortable that I can find! These have no tags to bother (printed on), have that t-shirt cotton feel.I am an odd size (34DD)and they fit! It doesn't ride up, curl or poke. I hate wearing a bra because they never seem to fit right. These do. I find them at Walmart for around $10. <br>If you are looking for a comfortable bra and not looking to spend a lot, try these. Thu, 7 Apr 2011 10:40:00 EST Silk Pure Coconutmilk* ~ Vanilla http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30284_silk_pure_coconutmilk_vanilla Silk Pure Coconut Milk* Vanilla<br>90 Calories per Serving = 1 Cup<br>50% More Calcium than Milk<br>Lactose-Free & Dairy-Free<br>45% Daily Value of Calcium<br>5 Grams of Fat<br>O mg of Cholesterol<br>Coconuts are one of nature's best sources of MCFA's (Medium Chain Fatty Acids) special fats that are more easily burned as energy than other fats. <br><br>Creamy and delicious. Great to drink or pour over oatmeal or cereal. Wed, 6 Apr 2011 20:15:00 EST MiO Liquid Water Enhancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30260_mio_liquid_water_enhancer Naturally flavored - Zero everything <em>224</em> Wed, 6 Apr 2011 12:08:00 EST Better Batter flour http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30192_better_batter_flour Better Batter makes the best gluten free pie crusts. I made a coconut cream pie recently and my husband was surprised I didn't make it gluten free. I told him it was. I have been making crust for 10 years and this was by far the best. A winner! Tue, 5 Apr 2011 12:30:00 EST Vegetable Juicing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30106_vegetable_juicing If you enjoy vegetable or fruit juice, but don't like the time involved from start to clean-up, you might be interested in the HealthMaster blender. It is a blender with power to make those juices or smoothies that you like. Clean up is easy a snap also. Easy to get those nutrients and fiber, even after a day of work. Sun, 3 Apr 2011 22:24:00 EST flavored mini wheats http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30096_flavored_mini_wheats I tried the blueberry frosted and the chocolate mini wheats. I recently started eating the regular ones, never l iked them before but find now that they are not bad and very filling, good amount of fiber. The flavored ones have a very artificial and plastic flavor. I should not be surprised, but I thought I'd give them a shot. Would not recommend. Sun, 3 Apr 2011 18:56:00 EST Klondike 100 Calorie http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=30046_klondike_100_calorie If you are an ice-cream-a-holic like I am, <em>76</em> <em>468</em> , but you can't control yourself with a carton of ice cream - try this product! It's yummy because it's normal ice cream - not "dietetic" and it's PORTION CONTROLLED! Perfect for me since I cannot manage to dish myself a "normal" portion of ice cream. With these delicious treats, I eat just one and voila - my ice cream fix is satisfied!! <em>244</em> Sun, 3 Apr 2011 07:17:00 EST Peanut Flour - Not just for baking http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=29994_peanut_flour_not_just_for_baking Since TJ's discontinued their peanut flour, I have been on a quest and after a long and exhausting search, I had struck gold (or at least a light golden brown). I finally found what is the exact same nutritional make up and taste in a product which is available mailorder from Southern Grove Farms. The flour is made from partially defatted peanuts and although it can be used in baking (ie., cookies, cakes, pie crusts etc.), there are hundreds of other uses for this low fat high protein produ... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 22:28:00 EST Pink wafers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=29970_pink_wafers Pink and whites are a brilliant sweet snack only 32 calories each and cheap as well only 38p for a packet of six yum! Fri, 1 Apr 2011 12:49:00 EST Shearer's reduced fat kettle cooked chips http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=29940_shearers_reduced_fat_kettle_cooked_chips THese chips tase wonderful, have lots of potassium, no grease and fill you up. I cannot finish a serving like I used to eat (2 handfuls) Thu, 31 Mar 2011 20:16:00 EST Special K Cracker Chips http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=29852_lays_cracker_chips This is a wonderful way to enjoy the taste of a chip with out all the fat and calories. I have tried both the sea salk and sour cream and onion. Wed, 30 Mar 2011 13:36:00 EST Traverse II Pants by SportHill http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=29841_traverse_ii_pants_by_sporthill Warm, semi-weatherproof, comfortable walking/running pants are not easy to find. After months of searching, these are everything I've been looking for. Regular price is $99.<br><br>Stretch material thick enough my butt doesn't flibbetty-flop back and forth, 30" inseam so no altering for us shorties, warm (0-40°) and windproof to 35mph. Depending on how they hold up they are probably well worth the price but, proving bargains can be found, Title 9 warehouse sale had them for $29. Wed, 30 Mar 2011 11:14:00 EST Fresh Express Chopped Turkey Chef Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=29809_fresh_express_chopped_turkey_chef_salad Everything comes in one package! The lettuce is in the bowl and the turkey, beef, cheese, croutons, and dressing are in the compartmentalized lid. Put the lid ingredients in the bowl, put the lid back on, and SHAKE!<br><br>Makes two servings @ 140 calories. I eat the whole thing (2 servings) as a meal. Tue, 29 Mar 2011 20:15:00 EST Babybel Light Cheese mini http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=29797_babybel_light_cheese_mini There are light cheese wedges available that are lower in calories and great served with crackers or veggies. But when you want a bit of real cheese without a lot of calories (50 calories per mini), this will do the trick! Tue, 29 Mar 2011 16:19:00 EST Buitoni Shrimp and Lobster Ravioli http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=29761_buitoni_shrimp_and_lobster_ravioli This tastes incredible! My ravioli had a big chunk of lobster in it. It has 500 calories/serving so I ate 1/3 of a serving and had it over a bed of spinach. I honestly would pay $20 for this at a restaraunt. It tastes amazing! You can find it in the freezer section for anywhere from $5-$8 for a serving for 2. Mon, 28 Mar 2011 20:37:00 EST Breyer"s Dark Chocolate Velvet Ice Cream http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=29692_breyers_dark_chocolate_velvet_ice_cream This is the yummiest light ice cream I have ever had. With only 110 calories per half cup you can indulge with no guilt. Sun, 27 Mar 2011 07:56:00 EST Loreal Paris new products review- one sweep eye shadow and double extend eye illuminator http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=29658_loreal_paris_new_products_review_one_sweep_eye_shadow_and_double_extend_eye_illuminator One sweep eyeshadow and double extend eye illuminator are made to accent your eye color, and to be easy to apply.<br>I tried it for the first time today. The applicator makes it so you put all three colors on at once and the mascara has black on the one end, and bronze accentor on the other for my green/hazel eyes. Very cool and quite worth trying! Sat, 26 Mar 2011 13:03:00 EST Thomas' Mini Pretzel Bagals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=29652_thomas_mini_pretzel_bagals A relatively new product, these mini pretzel bagels are YUMMY and contain NO FAT, although they are quite high in carbohydrates. They are not sliced but it's worth the effort to make a slamming jamming sandwich! Sat, 26 Mar 2011 11:40:00 EST Costco camisole support http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=29630_costco_camisole_suppport At Costco, I found a great camisole with stretchy support called "Fat Free Dressing" ---several colors and styles available for $15.99 each. I lost a lot of belly fat, but I have rolls of saggy skin around my waist and on my abdomen. This disguises it nicely without feeling like I can't breathe. It's very comfortable & seems to run true to size. <br><br>(I purchased a similar one online for $14.99 +shipping, but didn't like it as well as this one.) <br><br>Click title for more info.....<br><... Sat, 26 Mar 2011 01:41:00 EST TRUE Orange, lemon and lime http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=29497_true_orange_lemon_and_lime When I feel like snacking, I drink cold water with a "True Orange" packet instead. The flavor is great and 0 calories! Wed, 23 Mar 2011 14:45:00 EST Ciallo Bella raspberry sorbet http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=29475_ciallo_bella_raspberry_sorbet This is such a nice creamy frozen fruit dessert -especially for those of us with allergies to milk, corn, soy -it has none of those things! The ingredients are raspberries, cane juice, water, pectin and natural flavor. That's it! 1/2 c is 120 calories. You get 2 grams of fiber and a gram of protein. Pretty nice!<br> Wed, 23 Mar 2011 10:46:00 EST Kangaroo 100% Whole Wheat Pockets (Pita bread with a big pouch) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=29387_kangaroo_100_whole_wheat_pockets_pita_bread I would like to introduce you to the Kangaroo brand pocket bread! I've had both the multigrain (not 100% whole grain) and the 100% whole wheat. The company has a patented method to make pita bread that opens up to easily hold several ounces of whatever you like in your pita. I've put 3 ounces of chicken in and still have room for some veggies! Easily accommodates a scrambled egg or two with some veggies or meat. Mon, 21 Mar 2011 21:25:00 EST Garlic Cauliflower- YUM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=29368_garlic_cauliflower_yum Birds Eye Steam Fresh Specially Seasoned Garlic Cauliflower is SO good! I love it. 40 calories for a cupful. You just throw the whole bag into the microwave oven and let it cook on high for five minutes, let it rest for one, tear open where it says to and enjoy. If you like cauliflower, you'll love this! Mon, 21 Mar 2011 13:53:00 EST New WW Dark Chocolate Dulce de Leche Ice Cream Bar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=29349_new_ww_dark_chocolate_dulce_de_leche_ice_cream_bar Hard to spell but easy to eat!! Yum. I'm not ordinarily a dark chocolate fan (altho I don't think it's as addictive) but this combo of choc and caramel swirl is great. Mon, 21 Mar 2011 08:39:00 EST "Real Food Has Curves" by Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarbrough http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=29327_real_food_has_curves_by_bruce_weinstein_mark_scarborough The subtitle is "How to Get Off Processed Food, Lose Weight and Love What You Eat." The authors' premise is that chemicals in our brain expect real food when we eat. When we eat processed and fake food, our brain prompts us to eat more in hopes of getting real food.<br>Lots of good information on buying oils, cheeses and using herbs and spices in place of salt and sugar. Easy, non-intimidating recipes as well. Sun, 20 Mar 2011 18:00:00 EST Just Dance 2 (Wii) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=29321_just_dance_2_wii Bought this for myself for Xmas and just tried. What fun!! That's the most fun "moving" I've had in a long time. I suggest you trythe first few times when no one is looking :) Sun, 20 Mar 2011 15:00:00 EST Gluten Free bisquick http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=29300_gluten_free_bisquick I tried this mix for pancakes yesterday and they weren't all that bad. I had to add a few more T of milk as it was way to thick. I also added a little splenda as I like a little sweeter pancake. By the time I added cinnamon and some pecans they were where I like them I will buy again. I had the cheesy biscuits using this mix and they were very good. Sun, 20 Mar 2011 08:59:00 EST Asics GT 2160 http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=29239_asics_gt_2160 I needed new running shoes and after some research decided on the Asics GT 2160, Oh my Goodness are these some great shoes. I've walked for over an hour without getting sore feet. I would however recommend getting a 1/2 size larger as the shoes are a narrower fit. Sat, 19 Mar 2011 08:04:00 EST BEWARE PACKAGING INFO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=29135_beware_packaging_info My DW eats like I do & we usually don't change the brand of food because we've checked nutrition levels. Yesterday she went shopping & came home with a "New" bread, Sara Lee Whole Grain White, "& it wasn't nearly as expensive as the other whole grain breads". For lunch today we had homemade chicken vegetable soup, a (fat free) toasted cheese sandwich & raw veggies on the side. I thought, Wow, this bread is really smooth, I wondered what new technique they had discovered to process the bread. Wed, 16 Mar 2011 18:57:00 EST Under Armour Charged Cotton http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=29087_under_armour_charged_cotton The new Charged Cotton shirts from UA are awesome...they wick sweat away amazingly like normal UA gear but don't have that weird appearance most of their clothing does. They look like plain cotton shirts and are so comfy! Tue, 15 Mar 2011 18:40:00 EST Most Comfy Bra EVER!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=29057_most_comfy_bra_ever Spanx!!!!! Here it is. I went to Lord & Taylor determined to find a comfy bra and tried on the Spanx Bra. Not cheap $62. But worth every penny. Thicker, soft straps, front closure but you can get different styles. No hooks, stitching, tags to bother you. I need 2 more they only had black but they have them online. Spanx.com Tue, 15 Mar 2011 07:25:00 EST Fiber Plus Bars - chocolate, caramel, coconut http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=29034_fiber_plus_bars_chocolate_caramel_coconut So delicious and yet only 120 calories and 9 grams of fiber. Instead of Girl Scout Samoas as a treat, these are a great substitute! Mon, 14 Mar 2011 14:22:00 EST Fiber Plus Bars http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=29028_fiber_plus_bars Kellogg's Fiber Plus bars in chocolate chip are awesome - they make a great afternoon snack to tide me over until dinner. And they taste more chocolate-y than the other fiber bars I've tried. It's like eating a Twix without the guilty conscience. Mon, 14 Mar 2011 12:20:00 EST Superior Nut Co. Dark Chocolate Espresso Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=28993_superior_nut_co_dark_chocolate_espresso_beans Espresso Beans covered in dark chocolate. The amazing thing is that I HATE coffee but I LOVE these beans! The flavor is so intense, that just 5 beans (35 calories!) satisfies my taste buds when I need a little something as a snack! Expensive little buggers - but worth the price! Sun, 13 Mar 2011 15:59:00 EST ryka shoes (made for women only!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=28969_ryka_shoes_made_for_women_only Ladies, if you have never tried on a ryka shoe, I would encourage you to do so! They are made with the woman in mind. I now own four pair: Radiant (for serious walking), Rocker (for day to day walking and toning), Aqua fit 3 (for jogging in the pool), and Studio D (for Zumba)<br><br> <em>68</em> Sun, 13 Mar 2011 08:04:00 EST Fat Free Promise Butter http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=28958_fat_free_promise_butter My husband and I have used Fat Free Promise Butter for years. It only has 5 calories per 2 tablespoons, and 0 fat. We use it on toast, grilled cheese sandwiches, and even in many recipes. Unfortunately, it doesn't do very well in pastries, cakes, cookies, etc. due to it's high water content. It gives us a little flavor, minus the calories/fat. We love it. Sat, 12 Mar 2011 20:20:00 EST Vitalicious Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Vitabrownies http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=28955_vitalicious_dark_chocolate_pomegranate_vitabrownies If you miss baked goods, these are delcious, satisfying, and healthy, without being miniature. Each has only 100 calories. You keep them in the freezer and then thaw in the microwave for about 20-25 seconds to eat. The chocolate pieces melt, making it taste rich and moist. Tons of vitamins, 6 g. of fiber, 3 g. of protein. It's a delicious, healthy snack that hits the spot when you miss your baked goods. They have a lot of great products that I am trying out. The vitatops are awesome too. Sat, 12 Mar 2011 19:46:00 EST Quaker Instant Oatmeal: Raisin, Date, Walnut -Addictive http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=28954_quaker_instant_oatmeal_raisin_date_walnut_addictive This honestly didn't sound good to me when I bought it, but boy was I wrong. This stuff is amazing. It's the best instant oatmeal flavor I have ever eaten, and I will never go back to buying an off brand or the other flavors again. I honestly think they put something addictive in this flavor of oatmeal. It is delicious, healthy, filling, hearty and you can make it after you get to work by running hot water through your coffee pot and just pouring it on top. Easy, cheap, healthy, satisfyin... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 19:41:00 EST The foot scrubber thingy as seen on TV http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=28893_the_foot_scrubber_thingy_as_seen_on_tv I did NOT buy the foot scrubber AS SEEN ON TV ...BUT I found something similar at Bed, Bath and Beyond made by Earth Therapeutics and I LOVE it! It suction cups onto the shower floor and gives your feet a great massage. I squirt a bit of scented body wash on it and pamper my feet! Fri, 11 Mar 2011 08:23:00 EST Thomas Bagel Thins http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=28752_thomas_bagel_thins These are great!! Only 110 calories for a bagel!!! That's amazing in itself... but they are also delicious!! They come in several flavors also. I've used them for breakfast, of course, but also just made pizzas with them tonight... yum!!! Wed, 9 Mar 2011 03:00:00 EST Archer Farms (Target) High Protein Cinnamon Cereal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=28747_archer_farms_target_high_protein_cinnamon_cereal Before I started counting calories, I ate cereal like crazy! One thing I learned - no matter what kind of cereal you get, you typically receive very little nutrition. However, I recently discovered Archer Farms High Protein Cinnamon cereal. It has 180 calories per 3/4 cup, yet 15 grams of protein! The most I have found in a cereal. And it's darn tasty. Wed, 9 Mar 2011 00:39:00 EST Annie's Chocolate and Vanilla Bunnies, Cereal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=28726_annies_chocolate_and_vanilla_bunnies_cereal OMG!! Great way to get your sweet tooth fix and eat healthy. Once serving is less than 200 Calories, and they're fulfilling.<br><br>Delish! <em>250</em> Tue, 8 Mar 2011 17:40:00 EST Corazonas Oatmeal Squares http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=28684_corazonas_oatmeal_squares Ok you Costco shoppers these are in the protein bar section. 190 calories, 5 fiber, 6 protein. Come in chocolate chip and peanut butter. I have one either before my workouts on my way to the gym or after. They are filling and so tasty. Try them!!!! Tue, 8 Mar 2011 08:02:00 EST Hungry Girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=28682_hungry_girl Hungry Girl is a great website for reviews of products in the supermarkets, with an emphasis on low-cal, low-fat items. They also give you a heads-up on new food items in the marketplace. There's a newsletter every day. Tue, 8 Mar 2011 05:18:00 EST Best Low Carb Peanut Butters http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=28597_best_low_carb_peanut_butters Try Justins (available at whole foods) or MarthaNatha. Both are low sugar (6 carbs/180 calories per serving) and are "no stir" options. Since i LOVE apples with peanut butter and i can fit it into my low carb plan on selected days. Both brands are a more expensive (~$5), but I don't mind skimping on Peanut Butter. And i can avoid all that hydrogentated stuff in the national brands. <em>476</em> Mon, 7 Mar 2011 00:59:00 EST Kozy Shack sugar free chocolate pudding http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=28596_kozy_shack_sugar_free_chocolate_pudding I'm on a modified southbeach phase 2 regimen. I don't miss the sugary starchy foods too much any more, but evenings are always a struggle for me. These cute little snacks are yummy and super satisfying. At 60 calories a serving and a low carb count, i can have a treat and not blow my numbers for the day! Mon, 7 Mar 2011 00:51:00 EST Sports Bra Caution http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=28490_sports_bra_caution I am full figured and tried a Coobie (full figure). The straps were about 1/4" wide and cut right into my shoulders. I'm a 38DD and there was pretty much no support either. These bras may be great for slender girls, but us full figured ladies should try something else! Fri, 4 Mar 2011 12:52:00 EST Peanut Butter Replacement http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=28421_peanut_butter_replacement I love peanut butter, but hate the fat and calories. I have discovered PB2, regular and chocolate. 45 calories for 2 tbls vs. 190 calories!! Still 5 grams of protein, but 85% less fat/calories! It comes to your door powdered. You rehydrate with water. The peanuts are crushed and the fat/oils squeezed out. Put it in smoothies, mix it w/ jam for pbj, etc...Lots of recipes on the website! http://store.bellplantation.com/?Click=198<BR>56 Thu, 3 Mar 2011 15:00:00 EST Microwave Egg Poacher http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=28390_microwave_egg_poacher I got an egg poacher for the microwave. I used it for the first time this morning. I put it in for 70 seconds but the package says 55-70. It was hard so I'll have to adjust it but it's great! <em>490</em> Thu, 3 Mar 2011 10:02:00 EST xpress redi set go http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=28309_xpress_redi_set_go Its red and black and seen in infomercials as a handy multi use counter top cooker Tue, 1 Mar 2011 19:45:00 EST MBT Rockers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=28239_mbt_rockers MBT: The original Rocker Technology shoe! I love this shoe. It's an incredible workout -- I'm woking muscles I seriously never knew I had. I am getting toned up fast!<br>I have never once felt in danger of falling but I do feel the need to hold myself in balance.<br>You stand straighter and your spine stays in alignment.<br> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 13:00:00 EST Compression Socks Rock!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=28084_compression_socks_rock My feet and legs are often sore and swollen after exercise. I read about compression socks on Runner's World and gave them a try. I can't believe what a difference they make during and after exercise. My legs don't swell and feel less tired when I wear my socks. They are dorky looking but I feel great even after an eleven mile run. You can sleep in them or wear them to work if you do a lot of standing and walking. Fri, 25 Feb 2011 11:30:00 EST Soda Stream Rocks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=28071_soda_stream_rocks I received a "Soda Stream" machine for Christmas, and it was the best gift EVER. It allow me to make my own sparkling water - with or with out natural flavorings. Before I received it, I spent tons of money on La Croix and other commercial soda waters. My results from the machine taste better, cost less, and doesn't require transporting/recycling of tons of bottles. I also have soda pop mixes, which are fun for parties. It's definitely improved my water consumption!<br><br> <em>91</em> Fri, 25 Feb 2011 09:26:00 EST Cross training shoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=28041_cross_training_shoes When I first started working out, I quickly realized that my running shoes were not going to cut it for activities like aerobics and Zumba. With my wide feet, I had trouble finding a good pair of cross trainers UNTIL I found Rykas. Currently wearing Assist XTs and they are fantastic!! Excellent support, plenty of room in the front, and so very comfortable. Thu, 24 Feb 2011 17:40:00 EST Tumaro's Gourmet Tortillas http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=27984_tumaros_gourmet_tortillas Tumaro's Multi Grain Gourmet Tortillas - only 60 calories, 2g fat, 11g carbs, 7g of fiber, and 6g of protein! Can't beat that. Wed, 23 Feb 2011 20:13:00 EST Gluten Free Crackers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=27958_gluten_free_crackers I just ate the most delicious gluten free crackers. Best I have had in 3 years since being diagnosed with Celiac and autoimmune issues. Blue diamond Cheddar Almond Nut thins are Yum! Smiles Barb <em>244</em> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 11:38:00 EST Skinny Cow Truffle Bars http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=27950_skinny_cow_truffle_bars French Vanilla, Chocolate, Caramel, White Mint and Cookies and Cream Truffle Bars.<br>Lite ice cream on a stick drizzled with chocolate ribbons. Wed, 23 Feb 2011 10:00:00 EST Alba Snack Shake http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=27948_alba_snack_shake A low-calorie snack shake that is based on non-fat milk and made with cold water and ice. Formerly known as Alba 77, I LOVED these shakes back in the 70s and early 80s. Only 70 calories when made with cold water and ice, these are filling, cold and delicious. Wed, 23 Feb 2011 09:44:00 EST Mikado!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=27934_mikado At only 11 calories per stick, these are great for when you just need that chocolate fix. They're really satisfying!!<br> <em>244</em> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 03:44:00 EST Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain Deli Thins http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=27933_pepperidge_farm_whole_grain_deli_thins I saw an ad for these on SP and had to try them. At 100 cals + 5 grams of fiber, these make great sandwich holders. I like mine toasted and filled with veggie burger, low-fat Swiss, veggies, and mustard. Yum!<br><br> <em>4</em> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 03:15:00 EST Vitalicious Golden Corn Vita Top http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=27869_vitalicious_golden_corn_vita_top I recently read about Vitalicious muffin tops. I ordered a variety pack. I've only had 3 of them so far...an Apple Crunch, a Triple Chocolate and a Corn VitaTop. I wasn't all that impressed with the first two, but WOW, the corn muffin is wonderful. I'd made some corn bread from a mix or two and they were so bad I threw them out, but these are really delicious. I'd really consider ordering a case of these all by themselves, they are that good. Reviews on other flavors remain to be seen. Mon, 21 Feb 2011 20:23:00 EST Smart Spin Food Storage containers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=27792_smart_spin_food_storage_containers Yes, this is a "as seen on TV" product, I found my at Target, but they are incredibly useful for packing nutritious food portions.<br>This is 48 piece set (49 if you count the spinning storage caddy, which is handy to keep things organized). The containers are 8 oz, 16 oz & 24 oz, (8 of each) and the lids fit all sizes.<br><br>These containers have made it to prepare lunch & snack items in advance, then I just grab on my way out the door during the week. Sun, 20 Feb 2011 13:33:00 EST Jello Mousse Temptations http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=27743_jello_mousse_temptations Clipped a coupon for these this morning, and bought the Dark Chocolate flavor. I hesitated because I am NOT a pudding fan, nor much of a jello fan -- but I am a chocolate mousse fan :-)<br><br>I give it a "thumbs up" - lite airy texture, satisfies the "chocolate" fix, with just 60-calories. I will toss a few in the freezer as an alternate "frozen" dessert.<br><br>Has anyone else tried these? Or a different flavor? The mint-chocolate tempts me.... Sat, 19 Feb 2011 14:46:00 EST Honest Tea http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=27693_honest_tea Honest Tea is a line of bottled teas, very similar to Snapple, but all organic w/ no chemicals, additives, preservatives or artificial junk. They also use a fraction of the sugar compared to Snapple. Very healthy and natural. Fri, 18 Feb 2011 16:46:00 EST LUPUS - Protein (Whey Protein) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=27691_lupus_protein_whey_protein Whey Protein sold at Walmart has dropped in price while maintaining its high standards. To keep the protein needed by those who suffer from certain illnesses; whey protein has been a miracle supplement. It helps to maintain a healthy body, builds muscle and shed unnecessary fats. I use it as a daily supplement for my LUPUS (SLE). Try it and see what it does for you. <em>250</em> <em>274</em> Fri, 18 Feb 2011 16:12:00 EST Kettle Bells http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=27684_kettle_bells Danskins Kettle Bells are a great workout, comes with a 3 work out dvd and a warm up. <br>It rocks!! <br> Fri, 18 Feb 2011 14:38:00 EST Sketcher's Shape-Ups http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=27669_sketchers_shapeups I know these have been reviewed before, but I am here to tell you that they are THE most comfortable walking shoe I have ever had on my feet! I had bought a cheaper brand that I was content with, but recently I found the Sketchers and Reboks at a great price (The Finish Line) and tried on both the running toners and the walking toners. I normally wear Reboks, but the Sketcher's are far more comfortable. I literally feel as though I am walking in thick foam. Fri, 18 Feb 2011 10:13:00 EST Quaker Oatmeal Square http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=27642_quaker_oatmeal_square Love them. First of all I never thought I would like anything like this as I am a very picky eater. But I went to Costco and they were giving out samples. I tried them and they are delicious. I miss potato chips and things that crunch when you eat them, but I get that needed crunch with this product and I get 46 gram of whole grains and 8 vitamins and minerals per serving. Really they are like having at treat. Try them you'll be pleasantly surprised. Thu, 17 Feb 2011 15:51:00 EST Kozy Shack Cowrageous All Nat Snack Pudding http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=27596_kozy_shack_cowrageous_all_nat_snack_pudding Kozy Shack now has an all Natural snack pudding. It's called Cowrageous and it is awesome. Cal:100, Total Fat 1g only .5g Sat Fat, 0g Trans fat, total Carbs 19g, Dietary Fiber 3g and is Gluten Free. I tried the Chocolate and it was absolutely sinful!! <em>4</em> Wed, 16 Feb 2011 21:15:00 EST Lean Cuisine http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=27594_lean_cuisine I eat a lot of Lean Cuisine. Helps me with portion control. I have found the flatbread melts are not worth the carbs. <br><br>The Philly Style Steak & Cheese Panini, was in my top 15 until I bit a bone the other day. <br><br>The Spinach Artichoke & Chicken Panini is to die for. <br>Bon appétit! Wed, 16 Feb 2011 20:28:00 EST Curel Hand Lotion http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=27548_curel_hand_lotion I have been a huge fan of Curel lotion for years, I love how my skin feels for hours after applying. I got to work this morning and noticed my shoes needed a touch up to cover some scruffs - and yes, Curel worked wonderfully as a substitute polish! Wed, 16 Feb 2011 08:55:00 EST Rudi's Gluten free bread http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=27497_rudis_gluten_free_bread My normal bread is Udi's but I tried this bread a few days ago and it is a winner also. It will be my first choice because you get a larger slice of bread for the same calories. Tue, 15 Feb 2011 09:59:00 EST Ocean Spray Craisins http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=27489_ocean_spray_craisins These are excellent either as just a snack or in cereals, both hot and cole. They make the original, with blueberries, and I think with cherries. I don't bake much anymore, but I imagine they would also be excellent in breads and muffins. Tue, 15 Feb 2011 08:48:00 EST Gold's Gym Body Ball http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=27447_golds_gym_body_ball Gold's Gym Body Ball (55 cm) Orange Mon, 14 Feb 2011 10:37:00 EST MM Pomegranate Tea http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=27422_mm_pomegranate_tea I tried the Minute Maid Pomegranate Tea today. It was awsome!! It's only 40 cals per 8oz serving, 0 fat, 20mg Sodium & 9g Total Carbs (9g Sugar). It's a blend of Apple, Pomegranate & Blackberry juice concentrate with Instant Tea Powder and is sweetened with Rebiana a Stevia extract. And it contains Antioxidants, Vit C & Vit E. It was very refreshing. Sun, 13 Feb 2011 23:56:00 EST Morningstar Farms http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=27383_morningstar_farms I have tried the burgers, the bacon, the saussage and the Ribletts. I prefer Boca for burgers, but meat substitutes are great! LOVE the ribletts! Sun, 13 Feb 2011 10:42:00 EST Popcorn, Indiana Chipins - All Natural Popcorn Chips http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=27345_popcorn_indiana_chipins_all_natural_popcorn_chips Chipins are all natural popcorn chips.<br>Nice light crunchy snack.<br>Good with a sandwich or a cup of soup.<br><br>I tried the Sea Salt version.<br>(There are several other versions.)<br>Made only with Corn, Sunflower Oil & Sea Salt<br><br>Contains: 9 grams of Whole Grain, Zero Trans Fat, Gluten Free, All Natural, No Cholestrol, No Artificial Flavors & No Preservatives.<br><br>A 1 oz. serving is 20 Chipins.<br>For 120 Calories & 2.5 grams of Fat.<br> Sat, 12 Feb 2011 13:28:00 EST Ped Egg http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=27335_ped_egg I normally do not buy "As seen on TV" products, but this really works! The Ped Egg is a small, egg-shaped file for callouses on your feet. Simple to use and amazingly effective! After 5 minutes of use, my feet were soft and smooth like a child's feet. <br><br>The design includes a cover which keeps mess to a minimum. After use, just empty the contents in the trash.<br><br>I got my Ped Egg at Bed, Bath and Beyond - it was marked at $9.99 and with a 20% off coupon I paid $8.00.<br> Sat, 12 Feb 2011 08:46:00 EST Lean Cuisine http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=27332_lean_cuisine We had Lean Cuisine's "Spring Rolls, Chicken Fajita" last evening for supper. They were delicious, low cal, low fat, and I served them with a no fat salsa. Really great and I think they're a new product. I heard about them from "Hungry Girl." Sat, 12 Feb 2011 07:18:00 EST GET MORE CALCIUM with REVIVA Supplement http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=27300_get_more_calcium_with_reviva_supplement Reviva is a great, low-calorie way to easily add more calcium into your diet. For just 20 calories per tablespoon you get 500mg of Calcium with 500iu of Vitamin D3 and 200mg of magnesium - the later 2 ingredientsare essential to help your body absorb and use the calcium. If you are fighting Osteopenia (like I am) 4 Tablespoons a day (2 in the AM, 2 at PM) have been suggested to me by my doctor as the right amount to take. Check with your doctor. Sold at Costco. Fri, 11 Feb 2011 10:59:00 EST Quiting smoking http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=27216_quiting_smoking I quit smoking almost two years ago with the help of a product called Tabex. My insurance wouldn't pay for Chantix and I couldn't afford it so I went in search of something else. I discovered this, ordered it and it worked. I have recommended it to many family members that tried it and it worked for them as well. I was a pack a day smoker for over 17 years, and don't miss it at all! Thu, 10 Feb 2011 09:04:00 EST Omron Pedometer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=27215_omron_pedometer I asked Coach Nancy if she could recommend a good low-priced pedometer, and sure enough, she did! She said it's an Omron Pedometer, and I could get it at Walgreens. Sure enough, it was on sale 1/2 price and I got it for $9.99!!! It works GREAT! (I got it beside the blood pressure products by the pharmacy) <em>244</em> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 08:52:00 EST Aquafina Flavor Splash http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=27187_aquafina_flavor_splash I just discovered Aquafina Flavor Splash (flavored water). It has zero sugar and zero calories. It is soo yummy and doesn't have a diet-y taste. Wild berry flavor tastes just like fruit punch. Mmmm. Wed, 9 Feb 2011 17:25:00 EST Vitalicious VitaTops http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=27182_vitalicious_vitatops These "muffin tops" are amazing! Only 100 calories, 1.5 g of fat each. And 9 g of fiber! And not only that but they offer 15 different vitamins and minerals (many of which are 50% daily value). And to top it off, I think they are good! So far I've only tried the Deep Chocolate flavor but they have many other ones. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a quick, easy, on-the-go breakfast or snack. (Side note: These are only 1 Weight Watcher Points Value also) Wed, 9 Feb 2011 15:21:00 EST Michelinas Lean Gourmet Mega Breakfast Snackers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=27175_michelinas_lean_gourmet_mega_breakfast_snackers I thought these would be a good idea for breakfast since I normally am not hungry in the morning and ravenous by lunch. They look and smell delicious HOWEVER I had a difficult time swallowing them. They are not very appetizing. The main issue I think is the english muffin. It is just my opinion but I do not recommend them. Wed, 9 Feb 2011 13:40:00 EST Thermaback Curtains http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=27166_thermaback_curtains I recently bought Thermaback Curtains for our kitchen, boys' room, and our room. They are fantastic! We have an old house with old windows that let in a lot of cold air. These have provided a wonderful barrier and make the rooms darker! I wish we discovered them 5 years ago when we bought the house! Wed, 9 Feb 2011 12:46:00 EST Glamorise No-Bounce Sports Bra http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=27160_glamorise_nobounce_sports_bra I recently ordered the Glamorise No-Bounce Sports Bra/Cami from JC Penney. I'd never had a sports bra that could live up to the "no bounce" claim, but in this case it worked! Even after several washings, it still does the trick! <em>345</em> Wed, 9 Feb 2011 10:40:00 EST Special K Sour Cream & Onion Cracker Chips http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=27025_special_k_sour_cream_onion_cracker_chips A new product from Special K, and they are amazing! Cracker chips, but really they taste like Pringles! They have Sour Cream and Onion, plus a Sea Salt flavor. For only 110 calories, you get 27 'chips'. Very filling, and curve those chip kind of moments!! Mon, 7 Feb 2011 17:11:00 EST Skinny Cow Dulce de Leche low fat ice cream http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=26922_skinny_cow_dulce_de_leche_low_fat_ice_cream 150 calories, 4 g fiber in a single serve 5.8 fl oz container. Such a delicious an satisfying treat A great secret weapon when I am trying to avoid other really bad dessert options. Sat, 5 Feb 2011 17:09:00 EST Murphy's Oil as stain remover http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=26894_murphys_oil_as_stain_remover I learned this one from my sister (who was a kindergarten teacher). If a clothing stain has an oiliness to it (examples: tomatoes, oil based salad dressing), gently rub some Murphy's oil over the stain, then launder as usual. Do NOT put this article in the dryer...let it air dry. That way, if the stain needs another round of Murphy's oil (it rarely does by the way!), the dryers' heat won't have heat-set the stain.<br>This product has saved many an article of clothing at my house over the y... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 09:06:00 EST Sharper Image Hand Blender - my new favorite appliance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=26822_sharper_image_hand_blender_my_new_favorite_appliance While reading my Health magazine, they recommended a number of appliances that are great in order to help you maintain a healthy diet. One of the items they recommended was a hand blender. After researching, I found an inexpensive blender made by Sharper Image. It comes with a compact portable blender, a chopper, a heavy duty whisk and a 3 cup capacity mixing and measuring cup. I LOVE IT! I use it daily for smoothies and it works wonderfully. Easy to use and clean! And it doesn't leave any me... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 17:21:00 EST Acer Aspire One Netbook http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=26817_acer_aspire_one_netbook I just finished setting up my new Acer Aspire One D260 netbook, which replaces my 'old' D250 - it is a gorgeous Aquamarine [my old one is a gorgeous blue] and cost only $399 [old one was $350] - I've typically paid $2000+ for a computer & these are BETTER so woohoo!! Stats - 2MB RAM, 320MB hard disk, wifi, weighs 2.5 lbs - if you need a new computer, check these out! The only challenge I've had was getting used to the smaller keyboard but I adjusted quickly and LOVE my Acer Aspire One netbook... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 15:32:00 EST Shoes for Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=26785_shoes_for_walking I've been wearing SHAPE-UP shoes for my 5-7 mile walks now for 5 months! Wow what a difference they make. My back and feet don't hurt anymore and I have way more energy. The price is worth it. My buns, thighs and calves are very toned up. I highly recommend them to anyone. Thu, 3 Feb 2011 07:25:00 EST Coobie Bra http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=26773_coobie_bra I ordered a couple of Coobie bras this weekend and they arrived today! Love, love, love them! They are so soft and perfect for exercising or wearing all the time! I read about them on SPARKPEOPLE! Yea, SP! Thanks, SP! Wed, 2 Feb 2011 22:30:00 EST Philosophy Brand Bath and Shower Gels http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=26759_philosophy_brand_bath_and_shower_gels I just have to give a shout out to Philosophy Brand Bath and Shower Gels. They are the BEST smelling bath products I have ever used. I like the food flavors: red velvet cake, cinnamon hot dots, creamy white frosting, and crispy marshmallow treat. Using them in the shower satisfies my urge for a sweet treat, without any calories! Wed, 2 Feb 2011 17:28:00 EST "Salter" Food Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=26712_salter_scale I had to purchase the Salter 1450 Nutra Weigh Scale for my son who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 15 months old. It has been one of the best additions to my kitchen for everyone in my family! It measures the nutritional value of hundreds of foods and you can add in your own too, even your fav recipes! When in doubt, I throw it on the scale! Awesome tool for counting calories, carbs, fat, protein, fiber, everything!!! Wed, 2 Feb 2011 07:57:00 EST Tasty Bite Madras Lentils http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=26638_tasty_bite_madras_lentils While browsing in Costco the other day I happened upon a product called Tasty Bite Madras Lentils. 4 individual packages per box, 2 servings per package. It heats in the microwave in 90 seconds and has only 150 calories per serving. Had it over 1/2 cup brown rice and it was really tasty as the name implies! $6.89 per box in Raleigh. Less than $1.00 per serving. Can't beat that. Says it's all natural, vegetarian, gluten-free, no MSG/preservatives and Kosher to boot! Check it out. Mon, 31 Jan 2011 20:21:00 EST BodyMedia FIT Armband http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=26629_bodymedia_fit_armband I've been wearing my armband for a week now, and I think it's great! I paid $150 at Costco, and it comes with a one year membership. It measures your calories burned, your steps, and the quality of your sleep. It's a constant reminder to move more. You upload the data to the web site every day and compare it to your calorie intake. I use my Spark people Nutrition page and then fill in the calories on BodyMedia. Mon, 31 Jan 2011 17:08:00 EST Flatout Light Wraps http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=26557_flatout_light_wraps I absolutely love the Italian and Tomato light wraps. They have 90 calories each and 1/3 of your daily fiber. They make great flat bread pizzas, and I toast them in the oven for a light version of pita chips/slices to go with my vegetable soup. I also like to make tostados using these. Sun, 30 Jan 2011 21:40:00 EST Fiber Plus Carmel Coconut Fudge http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=26531_fiber_plus_coconut_carmel_bar If you don't have stomach upset due to chicory root, these bars are amazing. They taste just like Samoas (Girl Scout Cookies). They're the best tasting high fiber bars I've tried. Sun, 30 Jan 2011 10:56:00 EST