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/ 40 One-Pot Dishes with Less Than 500 Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=28_onepot_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_new_way_to_earn_sparkpoints_by_finding_recipes_you_live 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=eating_healthy_on_a_budget_it_can_be_done 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_surprisingly_perfect_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=healthy_meals_for_one_50_savory_simple_ideas 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=feel_the_lowerbody_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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=11_wardrobe_staples_every_fitness_buff_needs 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_tips_for_sticking_to_your_new_years_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=why_ill_never_be_a_runner_and_thats_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=sculpt_step_with_this_1mile_upper_body_circuit_walk 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=100_songs_that_will_fuel_your_new_years_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=9_ways_to_organize_a_gethealthy_group_challenge 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=crowd_control_10_tips_for_working_out_in_a_jampacked_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=26_highprotein_lunches_that_arent_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=your_new_years_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=sparkpeople_premiums_advanced_reporting_the_best_tool_youre_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_5step_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=sparkpeople_mobile_gets_apple_watch_integration_and_premium_data_export 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_2017_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=sparkpeople_premium_has_an_answer_for_all_your_health_and_fitness_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=before_you_sweat_spinning_cheat_sheet 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