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  • 10 Tips to Keep from Overeating at a Party

    Learn how to avoid overeating at a holiday party.

    By Stepfanie Romine, editor of SparkRecipes.com

    Temptations abound at parties, but celebration doesn't have to mean overindulgence. Follow these tips to stay on track during the holidays.

    Say no the first time to passed hors d'oeuvres. Chances are good that food will come around again. See what's being served before you decide what to eat. (Learn more Nice Ways to Say 'No' to Food Pushers)

    Limit your alcohol. Inhibitions are lowered with every drink, and those cocktails aren't calorie free. Alternate alcohol with water or another calorie free drink. And don't combine alcohol with caffeine. Caffeine speeds up the rate at which alcohol is metabolized, and it masks the effect of the alcohol.

    Eat before you go. Don't go to a party starving. Eat a hard-boiled egg and an apple, a banana with some peanut butter or a slice of turkey. The protein will fill you up for few calories. You'll be less likely to binge if you're not overly hungry.

    Treat appetizers as a meal. If you're going

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  • How to Save Money, Eat Well and Conquer the Grocery Store

    By Chef Meg Galvin, Healthy Cooking Expert at SparkPeople.com

    Without a shopping list, a casual trip to the grocery store can be a recipe for disaster. Sometimes, even with a list in hand, we still find ourselves in a state of confusion as we meander through the store. Organizing your shopping list can smooth out your grocery-shopping experience and make shopping and cooking more efficient.

    Whether you're shopping for one meal or seven, yourself or a house full of people, the process is the same. SparkPeople.com experts have put together the following steps to help you plan healthful meals, create an organized list, and save time and money.

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  • 25 Good, Cheap Foods to Keep in Your Kitchen

    undefinedBy Stepfanie Romine, co-author "The SparkPeople Cookbook"

    The cost benefits of cooking at home far outweigh the money you'll save by cutting processed and takeout foods from your family's diet. We surveyed a major East Coast metropolitan grocery chain to determine these prices. Costs will vary according to where you live, but this list represents foods that traditionally offer great health value while being kind to your wallet.


    Beans and lentils: Good for more than just chili, legumes add fiber and protein to any meal in a flash. Protein

    • Canned salmon: $2.89 for 14.75 ounces (59 cents per serving)-Get your omega-3s for less. Salmon is full of these healthy fats, which help lower cholesterol and prevent heart attacks.
    • Chicken breasts: $3.49 per pound (87 cents per serving)-Easy-to-prepare and versatile, chicken is full of lean protein, which helps keep you fuller longer.
    • Natural peanut butter: $3.39 for 16 ounces (42 cents per serving)-Skip the sugary, processed varieties and spread the real stuff on whole-grain bread. Throw a tablespoon in smoothies or yogurt, use
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  • The New Pantry Staples for Healthy Cooking

    The new healthy kitchen contains many of the staples you already rely on for quick and nutritious meals: fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy. But there are 11 ingredients that might not make it into your shopping cart on a regular basis that will soon be atop your grocery list.

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  • 10 Healthy, Super Fast Breakfasts

    No time to a healthy breakfast? Au contraire!

    By Chef Meg Galvin, Healthy Cooking Expert at SparkPeople.com

    For those days when cooking breakfast just isn't an option, SparkPeople members share ten meals that are healthy and ready in no time, for 400 calories or less:

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