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25 Creative Ways to Enjoy Cauliflower

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9/20/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  11 comments   :  1,794 views

It's naturally high in fiber, vitamin C, antioxidants, choline, calcium, potassium and other essential vitamins and nutrients. Including it in your daily diet could help protect against cancer, improve digestion, boost weight loss and strengthen bones. One cup of it contains only 27 calories, five grams of carbohydrates and virtually no fat.
 
But if you made a list of your top 10 most-craved foods, we'd bet cauliflower doesn't snag a spot. Hey, no judgment here—the cruciferous vegetable doesn't exactly win a lot of produce popularity contests. But if you're not a raving fan, could it be that you just haven't found the right recipe to make the most of this cabbage-like veggie?
 
The next time you find yourself with a head of cauliflower on hand and aren't feeling particularly creative in the kitchen, try one of these inspired ideas.

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12 Perfect Products for a Healthier Tailgate

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9/19/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  14 comments   :  16,368 views

Fall is here and you know what that means: plenty of layers, cooler workouts and football. And, with football comes the inevitable tailgate. While tailgate parties might be known for beer, chicken wings and an assortment of fattening dips and chips, there is no reason you can't keep yours on the healthier side.

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Carve Out 5 Minutes of Your Day for This Tough Abs Workout

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By: , – Alicia Capetillo, Editor-in-Chief
9/18/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  19 comments   :  2,627 views

Living in a small town, Le Sweat founder Charlee Atkins didn't have a choice but to be active. After all, with only 90 kids in her high school, it was practically mandatory to play sports just so they could fill the volleyball, basketball, cheerleading and track rosters. Despite not initially choosing fitness, she eventually chose it when she began studying sports medicine in college and the love only continued to grow.
 
"It feels good to feel good," the 10-year trainer says about her love for health and fitness. "Through my college education and the final years with my dad—who had me at 64 years old—I realized how the things we do now in our 20s, 30s and 40s make our 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s much easier."

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SparkSpotlight: Krystin (GOODFELINE)

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9/17/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  33 comments   :  6,199 views

At SparkPeople, we love helping people accomplish big goals—but we believe it's equally important to celebrate the small successes along the way. Each week in the Spark Spotlight, we'll check in with a featured member about his or her proudest moments, biggest challenges and advice for others on living, thinking and feeling healthier. We hope these quick snapshots will help motivate you to keep moving steadily toward your own goals, week by week.
 
This Week's Spotlight: Krystin (GOODFELINE)
Age: 31
Location: Bellevue, Nebraska 
 
Small Success of the Week
 
For #throwbackthursday, Krystin posted a fabulous before-and-after photo showing her weight loss efforts, with the caption "29 lbs to go!"  

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How Would You React If Someone Called You Fat?

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9/17/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  14 comments   :  1,540 views

During childhood, SparkPeople member Katie* endured all sorts of abuse about her weight. Eventually, she grew up, finished college, found a good job, got married and had children, her weight fluctuating throughout the years.
 
In the 1980s, Katie was carrying 260 pounds on her 5'2" frame. She knew she was very overweight, but tried her best to not care—or not think about—whether people were judging her. "As long as I didn't know their thoughts, I figured I was fine with it," she says.
 
But then came the day when she visited a hardware store with her husband. As they were talking to the owner about what they needed, the owner's wife struck up a conversation with Katie.
 
Suddenly, she said, "You have a lovely face."
 
At first, Katie felt gratified by what seemed to be a nice compliment. Just as she opened her mouth to thank the woman, there came the kicker: "...so why don't you lose that weight so everyone can see how pretty you are?"
 
Although the woman didn't use the word "fat" itself, the meaning was clear as a bell. Katie was shocked into silence, her mind reeling. She whispered to her husband, "We need to leave." Back in the car, Katie burst into tears and cried so hard that it took awhile for her to be able to explain to her husband what had happened.
 
"We never went to that store again, but it didn't make me feel better," she recalls.
 
Katie's experience was shocking and hurtful, but sadly, it wasn't unique. Every day, countless people are shamed, ridiculed and judged, either directly or indirectly, as a result of comments about their weight. No matter how determined and motivated someone is, a single spoken criticism can be enough to elicit crippling self-doubt and bring progress to a screeching halt.

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Do Your Part for the Planet With 10 Earth-Friendly Kitchen Items

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9/12/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  54 comments   :  7,671 views

These days, seeing photos of whales washing up on beaches, stomachs full of plastic waste and other debris seems, sadly, like a regular occurance. Single-use plastics and other trash make up the majority of the pollutants in the ocean and elsewhere. One look out your car window to the side of the highway or other main roads reveals another such place for garbage disposal. And that oddly shaped "hill" with trucks running up and down it? That's your friendly neighborhood landfill, folks, and that small mountain is all your trash.

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