The SparkPeople Blog The SparkPeople Blog is a blog brought to you by Topics included in the blog include the latest news in nutrition, fitness, and health, food features, and more. 40 One-Pot Dishes with Less Than 500 Calories If you've got one pot, a few ingredients and not a lot of time, you CAN enjoy a satisfying yet sensible meal with 500 calories or less per serving. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST How a Brain Injury Awakened My Creativity An accidental brain injury changed Ann Zuccardy's life. Now a keynote speaker and an 'accidental neurologist,' Ann challenges the conventional ideas about creativity and self-care. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST 15 Surprisingly Healthy Restaurant Dishes Just because you're trying to eat healthier this year, doesn't mean you can never go out to eat with your friends or family. Here are 15 great choices. Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST Banish Dry, Winter Workout Skin With These 10 Essentials Is dry skin caused by winter keeping you from enjoying your favorite activities? These 10 products can help you soothe irritated skin and get you happily back on track. Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST Release Stress Right at Your Desk With 5 Chair Yoga Moves If sitting at your desk all day is leaving your shoulders sore and your back out of whack, sprinkling in a few targeted yoga poses throughout the day could be just what you need. Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST Members Share Their 20 Favorite Health & Fitness Purchases Members tried and tested various health and fitness products over the past year--discover their top 20, five-star purchases. Thu, 9 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST 7 SparkTeams That Will Help You Achieve Your Goals We rounded up seven active, supportive SparkTeams for members who are looking to achieve seven common healthy lifestyle goals—one of these teams might be your perfect match! Tue, 7 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST 5 Reasons to Make Time for Walking Learn why integrative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil suggests walking as the best form of exercise. Mon, 6 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST Is Jackfruit the Next Big Meat Alternative? Don't judge a fruit by its (prickly) cover: Find out why vegans and non-vegans alike are turning to jackfruit as a surprisingly delicious meat alternative. Mon, 6 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST The Fuel You Need to Go After Your Goals This February February, also known as the month where New Year's resolutions go to die. Reignite your drive with a new move that will challenge your calves and a GIF you won't soon forget! Fri, 3 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST 20 Essential Items the Fitness Pros Never Leave Home Without What items can the fitness pros not live without? We took a peek in their bags, and we think you'll enjoy these products, too! Wed, 1 Feb 2017 04:00:00 EST Mix-and-Match Your Own Portable Mason Jar Soup Nothing says comfort food like a warm, satisfying soup, and nothing says convenience like a Mason jar filled with delicious, nutritious ingredients. Mix and match to create yours! Wed, 1 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST Ditch the Gym & Invest in These 10 Home Strength Training Essentials Is life or lack of motivation keeping you from the gym? Build your own strength-training studio with these 10 home workout essentials. Wed, 1 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST A New Way to Earn SparkPoints, by Sharing Recipes You Love Today we announce a new way to earn SparkPoints, while discovering new recipes you'll love! Tue, 31 Jan 2017 16:00:00 EST 20 Member Ideas for Eating Healthy on a Budget Need tips on eating healthy on a budget? We've rounded up a variety of resources to help you learn all you ever wanted to know about eating healthy on a budget. Fri, 27 Jan 2017 14:00:00 EST Reward Hard Work With 25 Goal Gifts Under $25 Reward yourself for all the "wins" in your life--losing weight, walking a little farther, giving up sweets--with these awesome, non-food goal gifts. Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST Finding Inspiration with Juliet Kaska The Spark Your Life Series connects you to powerful, inspirational women whose stories can help you lead a better, healthier more thoughtful life. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST 10 Functional & Flattering Black Leggings You Can Buy on Amazon Forget the little black dress--we're all about the perfect black legging! This workout staple doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. We rounded up Amazon's best buys just for you. Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST 50 Simple and Savory Single-Serving Meals When you have a single mouth to feed, it can be tempting to grab takeout -- but with these 50 scrumptious and simple recipes, you can whip up a single-serve meal in no time. Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST Feel the Lower-Body Burn With This Quick Circuit Workout Jessica Smith is at it again with this tough, at-home workout that will challenge every muscle in your lower body. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST Is There Such a Thing as a Healthy Sugar Substitute? Want to cut calories without cutting out your favorite foods and drinks? Find out if our nutritionist recommends today's trendy sugar substitutes. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST Steals & Splurges for 11 Workout Wardrobe Essentials Every fitness buff's closet can benefit from these 11 wardrobe staples. From sports bras to shorts, we have you covered. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST 10 Tips for Sticking to Your New Year's Fitness Goals Make New Year's resolutions you can stick to all year long with these 10 easy-to-follow tips. Mon, 9 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST Why I'll Never Be a Runner and That's Okay After years of putting running on an exercise pedestal and feeling frustrated by failures, one writer decided to embrace her strengths and see training in a whole new light. Fri, 6 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST Walk a Mile & Sculpt Your Arms, Right at Home Stay fit and toned with this low-impact, moderate-intensity workout from Jessica Smith, which combines aerobic walking with upper-body strength training moves. Thu, 5 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST Keep Your Resolutions with These 15 Health & Fitness Essentials You have the motivation, but do you have the tools? Boost your chances of success by stocking your New Year's resolution toolbox. Wed, 4 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST Experts Predict 29 Health Trends for 2017 What will be the hottest health and fitness trends this year? Industry experts share their predictions. Which do you agree (or disagree) with? Tue, 3 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST 15 Resolutions Health Experts Wish You Would Make Tired of making and breaking the same resolutions every year? Here are the top goals that trainers and nutritionists wish their clients would set. Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST 100 Songs That Will Fuel Your New Year's Resolutions Bored with the same old music? This curated list of 100 heart-pumping, fast-paced songs is just what you need to fuel any workout. Wed, 28 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST How to Organize 10 Empowering Weight-Loss Challenges Discover 9 new ways to organize a challenge with yourself, a buddy, significant other or coworker to help make healthy habits stick around for good. Mon, 26 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST 7 Tips to Boost Your Body Confidence Body confidence is so important, especially on the journey to weight loss. Learn how to embrace your body, flaws and all, with these seven tips. Mon, 26 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST Spark Success Stories: Where Are They Now? Success stories don't stop after the weight comes off. We checked in with four of our previous featured members to find out where they are now. Sat, 24 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST 10 Ways to Get a Quality Workout in a Jam-Packed Gym Nearly half of people make resolutions, and many of them will join gyms. Here are some strategies for conquering the crowds with your workout intact. Thu, 22 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST 26 High-Protein Lunches That Aren't a Sandwich Who says lunches have to be limited to sandwiches? Curb afternoon cravings by thinking outside of the bread with these high-protein, lower-carb lunch recipes. Tue, 20 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST Your New Year's Resolution Toolbox You don't need fancy or expensive gadgets to get on the path to a healthy lifestyle, but investing in a few useful products can help to remove any obstacles along the way. Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST SparkPeople Premium's Advanced Reporting: the Best Tool You're Not Using The Advanced Reporting options available in SparkPeople Premium is the best part of Premium. Getting to know yourself helps you improve yourself! Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST 10 Kitchen Tools That Help You Prep Like a Pro Make healthy eating easier with these 10 kitchen items that help you measure, prep, store and perfectly portion. Wed, 14 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST A 5-Step Action Plan for Achieving Your Goals Everyone has a dream--learn how to make yours a reality in 5 steps! Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST Sticking It to the Pain: The Truth About Dry Needling Does a needle a day keep the pain away? Find out what it's really like to get dry needling -- and whether it really works. Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST SparkPeople Mobile Gets Apple Watch Integration and Premium Data Export (for all)! The iOS version of SparkPeople Mobile now supports Apple Watch integration! See calories eaten, calories burned, and more. Track water consumption from your wrist! :) Fri, 9 Dec 2016 16:00:00 EST The 10 Best Subscription Boxes Delivering Health to Your Door Give the gift of health year-round with these subscription services sure to deliver delight the inner athlete/chef/fashionista in all of us. Fri, 9 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST Android App Update: New Design, New Premium Features! Android SparkPeople Mobile Users: welcome to our new design! Plus, Premium members get new data export options! Wed, 7 Dec 2016 15:00:00 EST How Gail Lost 100 Pounds and Found Her Strength "I had to reach the bottom to come up again, but now that I'm on top looking down, I'm grateful for this journey, for these lessons and for my strength to get here." Wed, 7 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST You Made It to the Gym -- Now What? Getting dressed and driving to the gym is half the battle. But once you're there, what comes next? Here's your cheat sheet for how to get the most out of your first days and weeks. Tue, 6 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST Winterize Your Feet Dry winter weather can wreak havoc on your feet. Keep your feet in top condition with these tips. Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST The 2016 Airing of Health and Fitness Grievances Taking a cue from ''Seinfeld,'' we're airing out our grievances this holiday season. Join us, won't you? Fri, 2 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST 10 Products Designed to Eliminate Fitness Frustrations Love to workout but hate the annoyances that can sometimes come with exercise? These 10 products can help with fitness' most irritating problems so you can workout worry-free. Thu, 1 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST SparkPeople Premium Can Answer Your Toughest Health Questions Trying to figure out the best path to weight loss can be frustrating. But what if you had an expert right in your pocket? You can, with SparkPeople Premium! Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST Cyber Monday Bargains for Your Healthiest Year Ever To prepare you for one of the busiest online shopping days of the year, we've scoured the internet to find the best Cyber Monday deals to fit your healthy lifestyle. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST Get Ready to Ride With This Spin Class Guide Thinking about signing up for your first spinning class? Check out this handy guide to get you ready for your first ride. Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST