The SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/ The SparkPeople Blog is a blog brought to you by SparkPeople.com. Topics included in the blog include the latest news in nutrition, fitness, and health, food features, and more. DailySpark.com http://www.dailyspark.com/images/dsp_logo.jpg http://www.sparkpeople.com/ You Say Tomato, I Say Delicious: 12 Tantalizing Recipes You Must Try http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=12_tantalizing_tomato_recipes_youve_got_to_try Go beyond marinara and get creative with this super-healthy, versatile and all-season fruit. Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST A 16-Minute Workout You'll Feel All Over Tomorrow Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_16minute_workout_youll_feel_all_over_tomorrow_morning Hit all your problem areas in just 16 minutes with this high-energy workout from YouTube star Jessica Smith--with a special appearance by Peanut the puppy! Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST Safer and Stronger: Which Self-Defense Class is for You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=feel_safer_and_get_stronger_which_selfdefense_class_is_for_you Want to learn to defend yourself and get fit at the same time? Martial arts might be the workout you're looking for. Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST Farmers Market Finds: 11 Top Chefs Share Their Favorite Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=farmers_market_finds_11_top_chefs_share_their_favorite_recipes Just in time for peak farmers market season, we asked some of the country's top chefs for their fave locally sourced recipes. Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST The Takeout Trap: 6 Cooking Excuses You Need to Stop Using http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=stay_out_of_the_takeout_trap_6_cooking_excuses_you_need_to_stop_using How often do you fall into the takeout trap? Become a master at nipping cooking excuses in the bud! Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST 10 Must-Have Healthy Living Items You Can Get for Less Than $20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_musthave_healthy_living_items_you_can_get_for_less_than_20 Healthy living doesn't have to be expensive. There are many items that make your everyday quest to be healthy for under $20--here are our top 10 favorites. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST 10 Crowd-Pleasing Recipes to Take Your Grilling Game to the Next Level http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_crowdpleasing_recipes_that_will_take_your_grilling_game_to_the_next_level Go beyond burgers and dogs! Elevate your grilling game with these 10 amazing recipes that will turn up the heat at your next barbecue. Fri, 15 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST Learn to Love At-Home Workouts With This Folding Treadmill http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=learn_to_love_your_athome_workouts_with_this_folding_treadmill If you've been thinking about buying a treadmill for your home gym, look no further than our top pick for running or walking your way to fit! Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:00:00 EST Monkey Around & Get Fit With This Playground Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=monkey_around_and_get_fit_with_this_playground_workout Rediscover your inner child with this playground workout that's sure to get your sweating. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST Get Up & GO: How a Gaming App is Inspiring Accidental Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=get_up_go_how_a_gaming_app_is_inspiring_accidental_exercise Wondering what's got people wandering through town staring down at their phones? Pokémon Go could turn out to be the next big (unintentional) fitness app! Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST Bacon or Bust: Should You Skip Breakfast? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=bacon_or_bust_should_you_skip_breakfast Should you start the morning with a meal, or wait till noon to nosh? The a.m. eating answer depends on many factors, from your hunger level to the health of your food choices. Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST Surprising Lessons Learned at 'Fat Camp' http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=why_not_walking_out_of_fat_camp_was_the_best_decision_i_ever_made Joe Panarella weighed more than 400 pounds when his friends and family forced him to go to fat camp. He was in for a few surprises. Wed, 6 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST Keep Your Feet Happy and Healthy During Summer Travel http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=keep_your_feet_happy_and_healthy_during_summer_travel Walking,sitting, standing and waiting while you travel can really wreck your feet. Get tips for keeping your feet healthy and happy all season long! Tue, 5 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST 7 Yoga Moves Guaranteed to Target That 6-Pack http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=7_yoga_moves_guaranteed_to_target_that_6pack Strong abdominal muscles are key in maintaining better posture, balance and, yeah, they look great, too. Discover the seven yoga poses you need to target your core. Tue, 5 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST The 30-Day #Find30: Home.Work.Play. Challenge: Find Time for Health & Fitness Wherever You Are! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_30day_find30_homeworkplay_challenge_find_time_for_health_fitness_wherever_you_are By joining the challenge, you will receive a foolproof plan to help you squeeze 30 minutes of daily fitness into your home, work or play time for the next 30 consecutive days. Fri, 1 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST The Queen of Cheese: On Slowing Down and Avocados http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=basically_just_1000_words_on_appreciating_beauty_and_avocados A wise picture on the internet once said, "Summer should get a speeding ticket." Take a few minutes to slow down and have a few laughs with us today. Fri, 1 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST 5 Beginner Booty Moves for Glorious Glutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_beginner_booty_moves_for_glorious_glutes Make great glutes gains in no time with these 5 killer moves from SparkPeople.TV. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST Shedding the Stigma: 9 ‘Fat Camp’ Myths Debunked http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=setting_aside_the_stigma_9_fat_camp_myths_debunked Don't call them ''fat camps'' Today's weight loss camps are about more than just trimming the fat. For some, they're the light at the end of a long, dark tunnel. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST 22 Unexpected Ways to Create Unbelievable Zucchini Dishes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=22_unexpected_ways_to_create_unbelievable_dishes_with_zucchini You've never seen (or tasted) zucchini quite like this! Discover 22 creative ways to prepare this versatile veggie. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST Smart Substitutions to Avoid Summer’s Worst Calorie Culprits http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=smart_substitutions_to_avoid_summers_worst_calorie_culprits Don't let your weight loss goals melt in the summer sun! Try these tips for avoiding the season's biggest calorie traps. Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST 30 Race Signs That Had Us Laughing All the Way to the Finish Line http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=tbd When you're losing steam halfway through a race, a great sign can provide just the motivation you need to haul yourself toward the finish. Here are some of our faves. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST What You Can Learn From a Trainer Who Is Always Traveling http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=what_you_can_learn_from_a_trainer_who_is_always_traveling SparkPeople.TV trainer Deazie Gibson is all about variety and fun when it comes to fitness! Learn about her "D3" philosophy and sweat along with one of her killer workouts. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST Lessons From a Trainer Who Put on 50 Pounds to Help Others Lose Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=why_did_this_personal_trainer_gain_50_pounds_on_purpose Personal trainer Seth Kaufmann packed on 50 pounds -- on purpose -- so he could lose it along with his client. Here's his inspiring story. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST A Top Tip for Weight Loss Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=small_steps_you_can_take_for_weight_loss_maintenance You've lost weight! Congratulations! Now what? How do you keep it off for good? We offer some tips to help you maintain your new weight in a healthy way. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST 'Stronger Than I Have Ever Been': Abby's CrossFit Conversion http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=stronger_than_i_have_ever_been_in_my_life_abbys_crossfit_conversion After an unexpected enthusiast raved about her CrossFit experience, Abby Maley decided to take a leap and give the high-intensity workout a shot. Today, she's stronger than ever. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST Learn How to Fill Your Plate--and Lose Weight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=learn_how_to_fill_your_plateand_lose_weight Eating for weight loss sounds complicated, but it doesn't have to be! Follow along in our an easy guide to filling your plate with healthy foods and proper portion sizes. Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST Adopt a Healthy Habit for Every Waking Hour http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=adopt_a_healthy_habit_for_every_waking_hour Okay, so you can't be perfect every minute, but you CAN find ways to benefit your health at least once an hour. Here are some smart habits to incorporate throughout your day. Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST Exercising with a Chronic Disease: A SparkPeople.TV Trainer's Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=exercising_with_a_chronic_disease_our_sparkpeopletv_trainer_shares_her_story_tips Meet Amanda Young, one of our SparkPeople TV trainers who suffers from a chronic, painful illness. Find out how she overcame her challenges to build a healthier life. Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST Could a Breakup Be the Secret to a Healthy Life? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=could_a_breakup_be_the_secret_to_a_healthy_life We asked a few health and fitness enthusiasts what they broke up with to achieve their goals. The answers might surprise you. Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST 3 Tips to Achieve a Healthy Balance This Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=3_tips_to_achieve_a_healthy_balance_this_summer Summer is a crazy time for everyone. It can be made even harder if you are trying to lose weight. These three tips could help you overcome that and maintain your sanity. Wed, 15 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST 5 Signs It's Time for a Digital Detox http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_signs_its_time_for_a_digital_detox How did we suddenly become a society that has to be connected to everyone and everything at all times through our phones, TVs or computers? Tue, 14 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST ‘I lost more than 90 pounds—and found myself.’ http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=i_lost_more_than_90_poundsand_found_myself Get inspired by Amberlynn's story of breaking her food addiction, losing more than 90 pounds and learning to love herself. Tue, 14 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST Spark It or Scrap It: Can Saunas Help You Lose Weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_it_or_scrap_it_can_saunas_help_you_lose_weight Sweating your way to weight loss: Is it too good to be true, our could saunas help melt away the pounds? Mon, 13 Jun 2016 01:00:00 EST Have an ER-Free Summer: Avoid These 5 Common Injuries http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_to_keep_your_kids_out_of_the_er_this_summer_avoid_these_5_common_injuries We've got mad respect for doctors, but we don't want to spend the summer with them. Here's how to stay safe in the pool, at the beach, on the sidewalk and everywhere in between. Thu, 9 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST Cheering Etiquette: 11 Race-Day Rules for Being a Super Spectator http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=cheering_etiquette_11_raceday_rules_for_being_a_super_spectator Are your cheers along the course helping or hindering the runners? Adhere to these race-day rules to ensure that you're following proper spectator etiquette. Tue, 7 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST A Guide to Growing Your Own Living Salad Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_guide_to_growing_your_own_living_salad_garden Not only is gardening a great excuse to get outside, but with the right information you can grow all the veggies you need to make the perfect summer salad. Get started today. Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST The Go Get It Guide for A Joyful June http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_go_get_it_guide_for_a_joyful_june Summer has arrived and so has our brand new blog! Discover what's on our radar for the sunny, happy month ahead. Fri, 3 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST Choose the Right Flip-Flops for Your Foot Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=choose_the_right_flipflops_for_your_foot_health All flip-flops are not created equal. Learn which ones are good for your feet--and when you should be wearing them. Thu, 2 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST What in the WOD? Confusing Fitness Acronyms Explained http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=what_in_the_wod_confusing_fitness_acronyms_explained Need to polish your "fit-speak?" Here are 26 of the most common acronyms you may come across on the gym scene. Thu, 2 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST This Celebrity Trainer’s Fitness Secrets Could Change Your Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=this_celebrity_trainers_fitness_secrets_could_change_your_life One of the world's most successful celebrity trainers shares his story of transformation and strength, along with his exercise and nutrition tips. Wed, 1 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST Learn to Exercise for Weight Loss Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=learn_to_exercise_for_weight_loss_success Exercising for weight loss doesn't have to be daunting. We break it down for you in an easy-to-follow guide so you can easily add cardio and strength training to your week. Tue, 31 May 2016 00:00:00 EST 22 Healthy Eating Tips from the World's Healthiest Diets http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=take_a_world_tour_of_healthy_diets Could the right diet for you come from a different country? Find out how to incorporate international healthy habits right here at home. Tue, 31 May 2016 00:00:00 EST From Garden to Picnic, 12 Ways to Store Summer Food Favorites http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=from_garden_to_picnic_12_ways_to_store_summer_food_favorites With summer food comes storage issues. From canning your garden's bounty to marinating your favorite pork chops, we handpicked 12 of the best summer storage solutions for you. Mon, 30 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Socialize Smarter: 6 Picks for 3 Popular Meet-Up Spots http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=socialize_smarter_6_picks_for_3_popular_meetup_spots So many of our social outings revolve around food and drinking, making maintaining relationships difficult while dieting. Find out what you should pick next time you go out. Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 EST No Butts About It: 50 Reasons to Quit Smoking http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=no_butts_about_it_50_reasons_to_quit_smoking Need some quitting inspiration? Read on for 50 good reasons to stop smoking, for your health, confidence, family, finances and beyond. Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 EST What Advice Would You Give Your Younger Self? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=what_advice_would_you_give_your_younger_self There are so many things I wish I could tell my younger self on the topic of being healthy. Of course, hindsight is 20/20, right? Given the chance, I would tell 25-year-old Jen: Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Piloxing in Action: 8 Moves to Try at Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=t Want to try PILOXING in the comfort of home? Here are 8 sample workouts, complete with pictures. Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Dinner on Demand: 10 Key Foods You Need in Your Pantry http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=dinner_on_demand_10_key_foods_you_need_in_your_pantry No pantry is complete without these 10 go-to cooking essentials. Are you stocked up? Wed, 25 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Smoothies: Skip Them or Sip Them? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=smoothies_skip_them_or_sip_them Smoothies are a somewhat polarizing topic among those in the health world. When done right, though, the blended drink can provide big nutritional value. Discover the secret formula Tue, 24 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Big News: SparkPeople App Now Connects With Google Fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=track_your_google_fit_data_with_sparkpeople We have some awesome news: Your SparkPeople app now integrates with Google Fit! Discover how to sync your information over so you can have it all in one place. Mon, 23 May 2016 15:00:00 EST