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. Know Your GMOs (Q & A) What are GMOs? What do they do? What kinds of foods contain them? Find out the answers to these questions and more. Tue, 6 Oct 2015 00:00:00 EST Making Room for Real Foods Check out this step-by-step guide to organizing your fridge and pantry to make room for real foods. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:00:00 EST Walnut Health Benefits Walnuts provide an array of health benefits, and because of their versatility, they can be chopped and sprinkled onto salads, vegetable dishes, yogurt, fruits, and desserts. Sat, 3 Oct 2015 10:00:00 EST 12 Simple Steps and Strategies for Clean Eating What does ''clean eating'' actually mean, and how can you apply it in your own life? Let's break it down once and for all! Fri, 2 Oct 2015 00:00:00 EST One-Mile Wake Up and Walk Workout Squeeze in some extra daily steps and give your body and brain a wake up call at any time of day with this fast-paced one-mile workout. Fri, 2 Oct 2015 00:00:00 EST The Incredible Health Benefits of Okra This blog looks at the many benefits of eating okra regularly. Tue, 29 Sep 2015 14:00:00 EST Which Fruits and Veggies are in the New Dirty Dozen? Which conventional fruits and vegetables contain more pesticide residue? Which ones have the least? There's a new list out that tells you just that! Mon, 28 Sep 2015 14:00:00 EST Kale Health Benefits While many people view kale as a simple garnish to enhance the appearance of a plate and little more, it is actually packed with powerful nutrients that offer many health benefits. Wed, 23 Sep 2015 10:00:00 EST 7 Good Mid-Run Snacks Whether you’re training, competing in a marathon, or simply running after work, you're bound to get hungry along the way. This post looks at a few mid run snacks to keep you going. Mon, 21 Sep 2015 10:00:00 EST Debunking 4 of the Top Obesity Myths Obesity is a critical health issue affecting the quality of life for millions of Americans. This post looks to debunk four of the most persistent obesity myths. Fri, 18 Sep 2015 13:00:00 EST 6 Tips to Find the Perfect Shoe Fit When it comes to shoes, finding the right fit is not always an easy feat! Here's how to find the perfect pair for you. Wed, 9 Sep 2015 00:00:00 EST 12 Recipes for Little Chefs in Training Grab some little helpers and get started with one of these 12 tasty, healthy and kid-approved recipes. Bon appetit! Tue, 8 Sep 2015 00:00:00 EST Best Vegan Foods For Weight Loss A vegan diet can a great way to eat healthy and lose weight. This post looks at a few of the best vegan foods for weight loss. Mon, 7 Sep 2015 11:00:00 EST 12 Healthy Dishes Served on a Stick Remix your regular meals by popping them on a stick. Go crazy for kabobs with one of these 12 fun and healthy recipes. Fri, 4 Sep 2015 00:00:00 EST 4 Push-Up Modifications You Can Try Today Push-ups engage almost every muscle in your body, but they aren't exactly easy to do! The good news is that there are modifications you can try while building up to a full one. Thu, 3 Sep 2015 00:00:00 EST Reset from the Inside Out in 30 Days! Get a healthy tune-up with the 30-Day Fit & Fiber-Full Wellness Challenge! Think of it as a booster shot to help you feel your absolute best from the inside out. Tue, 1 Sep 2015 00:00:00 EST Earn 300 SparkPoints in September, Win Great Prizes! Earn 300 SparkPoints in September for the chance to win big prizes! Tue, 1 Sep 2015 00:00:00 EST Challenge Every Muscle with This Walking Interval Workout Switch up your walking routine by adding intervals and body moves. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EST Health Benefits of Sage Herbs and spices can provide astounding health benefits. Learn how herbs like sage can please both your health and your taste buds. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 14:00:00 EST Done with the Excess Weight and Moving Forward! This blog is a featured "SparkStory", one of the classic posts from our members that provides inspiration to the SparkPeople Community. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EST The Best Running Songs of All Time (Volume Two!) Give your next run a power boost with this BPM-inspired playlist. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EST 6 Ways to Fit in Exercise at Work Having trouble staying fit while managing your career? Lose weight, boost your metabolism, and increase your energy with these six smart office exercise tips. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:00:00 EST Check Out SparkPeople's New Challenges and Start Page! Check out SparkPeople's new and improved Challenges feature! Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:00:00 EST Cinnamon Health Benefits Cinnamon carries many benefits, which include antioxidant and microbial properties. This post takes a look at how cinnamon can make you healthier. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 08:00:00 EST A Full-Body Foam Roller Routine for Beginners Studies show that foam rolling can help reduce stiffness, pain, and even improve your range of motion during your workout. Try firming up with our 15-minute foam roller routine. Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EST Essential Hot Weather Running Tips Let's face it: Some people loathe running in the hottest months of the year. However, there are steps you can take to mitigate the summer heat and make summer running enjoyable. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EST Beat the Heat with 12 Summer Salads Hold on tight to the last bit of summer by enjoying some refreshing summer-friendly salads. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EST Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Lattes to Keep It Real Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte will now include real pumpkin flavoring. What do you think of this change? Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EST 8 Health Benefits of Coffee Coffee contains many compounds known to reduce the risk for health problems and improve bodily functions. Check out the top health benefits of consuming coffee. Mon, 17 Aug 2015 10:00:00 EST Get the New SparkPeople Mobile App Today! Get the new SparkPeople Mobile app - the biggest update we've ever brought to the app! Tue, 11 Aug 2015 07:00:00 EST A Do-Anywhere Routine for Stronger Wrists This basic, wrist focused routine is designed to help you build strength, range of motion and flexibility in the muscles that surround and support your wrists. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EST 5 Tips for Keeping Your Feet Healthy and Happy Believe it or not, the majority of Americans will log almost 75,000 miles on their feet by age 50! Here's how to protect your tootsies and help you stay on your feet. Fri, 7 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EST Best Foods for Runners before a Race Have a race coming up? Check out a few of the best things you can consume before a race. Thu, 6 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EST SparkPeople Mobile Gets a Makeover! Check out the latest changes to our mobile app! Tue, 4 Aug 2015 10:00:00 EST Black Tea Health Benefits This blog looks at the many benefits of black tea. Sat, 1 Aug 2015 10:00:00 EST 12 Side Dishes That Steal the Spotlight No grill-out is complete without a side dish or two! We've rounded up a variety of healthy salads, slaws, veggies and more, all of which are amazing complements to grilled meats. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST The Natural Benefits of Ginger Ginger is both delicious and good for you! This post takes a look at the top benefits of Ginger. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:00:00 EST 3 Tips for Healthy Summer Hydration Staying well-hydrated not only quenches your thirst, but it can also help keep you energized, control hunger and enable you to stay the course to lead a balanced, active life. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST A 6-Step, Full-Body Barre Workout "BarreAmped" creator Suzanne Bowen offers a quick total body barre workout that can be done right in your own home. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST 9 Ways to Unleash Your Inner Dancing Queen Celebrate National Dance Day by adding some of our favorite dancing workouts to your routine. Sat, 25 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST Breakfast, the Most Important Meal (for Weight Loss) Get tips on how to make sure your breakfast is helping--not hurting--your weight-loss efforts. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:00:00 EST Simple Tweaks for Summer Weight Loss Losing weight and keeping it off can be a challenge, especially in the summer months. But with a few small lifestyle changes, it's far from impossible! Fri, 17 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST 8 Easy Ways to Move More Get up and get moving with these tried-and-true fit tips! Fri, 17 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST Get Moving with the #Find30 Challenge! Sometimes, it can be easy to forget the simple act of moving more in our daily lives. Join the #Find30 Challenge to help you make regular movement a bigger priority for you! Thu, 16 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST Get a Sneak Peek of Our Updated Challenges Feature! Take a look at our new and improved SparkPeople challenges! Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:00:00 EST The Surprising Link Between Weight Loss and Diet Beverages Can diet beverages really help you lose weight? One study sheds light on the subject. Thu, 9 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST New Workout Playlist: A Sugar Rush for Your Ears! We teamed up with Yes! Fitness Music to create a bumping, addictingly sweet 135-BPM playlist for your next workout. Wed, 8 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST A 30-Day Health and Happiness Boost Find your happy balance point with the Balanced Life Challenge! Tue, 7 Jul 2015 16:00:00 EST The Best Post-Run Recovery Foods This post looks at a few great foods to eat after a run to help aid recovery. Tue, 7 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST Find the Blood Glucose Meter That's Right for You To avoid becoming overwhelmed with all the different glucose meters out there, it might help to start with this simple criteria. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST