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Picnic Beans

My parents were consummate party throwers. Nothing wild, mind you, but they were either hosting or attending get-togethers sometimes 2-3 times a month. Backyard cookouts, company picnics, church pot lucks, beach parties, kids’ birthdays and just plain old ‘hey, lets have a party’ were occasions to get everyone together and ‘bring a covered dish.’ Read Full Post

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category: food & recipes

My Favorite Kitchen Gadgets (and how I use them to make my life easier): The Food Processor Edition

I recently wrote about how much I love using my crockpot. With a big family to feed, and small children underfoot, I am able to make healthy and delicious meals without a lot of fuss or time spent in front of a hot stove. I will now share my love and appreciation for another helper in my kitchen: the food processor. Read Full Post

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More is More! Pump up the Volume for Better Weight Management.

Whip it! Blend it! Soup it! Add more fruits and veggies! Get out the blender or Cuisinart and pump up the volume! Here’s the skinny on why eating more will help you lose more weight. Read Full Post

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Hacking Your HMR Entrees

(Hack: modifying an item to create additional functionality) At first glance, preparing an HMR entree seems very straight forward. Open the box, microwave for 1-2 minutes, add spices or vegetables, and eat. In fact, there are a lot of other creative ways to enjoy entrees. Let’s take a look at some of the tips and tricks veteran HMR dieters use.   Read Full Post

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Shake up the Afternoon to Stay Full and Satisfied

Every day around 3:30 p.m., I find myself craving something sweet that is also healthy and filling. Having a shake gets me through to 5:00 when I leave work and carries me to dinner time. Here are some of my tried and true favorites… Read Full Post

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Souper Entree!

You can’t keep a recipe this good a secret! It’s warm, savory, and has a bit of a crunch to it. I like it enough to eat it several times a week. I’m talking about the HMR Savory Chicken. We all have our favorites, and this, for me, doesn’t even make my top 5. However, I L-O-V-E it when it’s prepared like this… Read Full Post

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My Favorite Kitchen Gadgets (and how I use them to make my life easier): The Crockpot Edition

I like to tease my husband that the local Best Buy® store is his best friend. He likes to spend time there visiting his favorite gadgets and daydreaming about bringing them home one day. Since I do most of the meal prep and cooking in the house, I thought I would introduce you to my best kitchen friends (i.e. gadgets that make my life easier)... Read Full Post

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Really Simple Soup: Garden Chicken and Rice

Wouldn’t it be great if you could put together an easy meal, using mostly canned ingredients, that could stay warm for a long time if needed, tasted great, and was low in calorie (perhaps, even in the Healthy Solutions® diet “box”)? Well, you’re in luck… Read Full Post

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Just Like Mom Used to Make

There’s nothin’ like my mom’s oatmeal. When I was a kid my mom would send my brother, sister and me off to school with a warm bowl of oats that was to die for. Even now, I get all warm and fuzzy inside when I think back to that delicious bowlful of love. Read Full Post

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The Rehabilitation of Brussels Sprouts

If ever a vegetable needed a public relations makeover, it would be the Brussels sprout. Just do a quick online search for Brussels sprout and you see comments such as “Tastes like punishment!” and “Soft, mushy and yucky – no thanks!” So, let’s blow up traditional ways of cooking them. Instead of boiling, let’s try something new – like roasting. Read Full Post

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category: food & recipes

Potatoes Debunked

Among common diet myths, the idea that potatoes cause weight gain is prevalent. Nothing could be farther from the truth! Adding potatoes to your healthy lifestyle plan is one of the most inexpensive ways to diversify your menu. And with their skins on, potatoes are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. Read Full Post

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Losing the Next Ten

So, you’re on a roll with your weight-loss program. You have met your goal to lose the first ten (or 20 or 40) pounds. Congratulations! Now you’re cruising along for the next ten. Your plan is to keep doing exactly what you’ve been doing and not change a thing, right? Well, yes... and no. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, motivation, exercise, in the box, planning, strategies
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Cook Your Way to Long-Term Weight Maintenance

These days, it’s easier than ever to find simple recipes with few ingredients that pack a culinary punch. If you don’t consider yourself a cook, and you feel overwhelmed in the kitchen, start with a plan to make just one new recipe a week. Here are a few quick tips to get you cooking… Read Full Post

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Simply Decadent Parfait

Put on your ball gown or tuxedo, because you just may feel the need to get dressed up to enjoy this fancy dessert… Read Full Post

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Share the Love this Valentine’s Day

Every year on February 14th we celebrate Valentine’s Day, and while cards and flowers are perfectly acceptable gifts, the real big hits that day are candy, chocolate, and nice romantic dinners. In other words, indulgent food is usually involved. This can put people working on their weight in a bind – but there is another alternative… Read Full Post

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The Super Bowl: Who’s Going to Win?

Super Bowl is arguably the biggest football event of the year. To have a successful weight management day, take a look at some of these delicious recipes. Read Full Post

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Cold Weather Weight Loss: Heating Things up with Entrees

One of the most successful ways to navigate the challenges presented by a busy schedule is by planning ahead with ready to go meals for the whole family. Get out your planner. We’re going to heat things up with HMR Entrees. Read Full Post

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Cold Weather Weight Loss: Heat up with Multigrain Hot Cereal

HMR Multigrain Hot Cereal is a delicious, versatile, and nutritious food that will heat up your weight loss when the temperature drops. Here are some of the best ways to use HMR Multigrain Hot Cereal for full volume satisfaction and full throttle taste. Read Full Post

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Cold Weather Weight Loss: Heating Things up with Shakes

HMR shakes are a dieter’s dream because they taste so darn good! But a frozen breakfast can start to feel like punishment when the kitchen floor is cold beneath your feet and there’s whisper of frost on the windows. Did you know that your dreamy HMR shakes taste just as delicious – maybe even better – when you heat them up? Read Full Post

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category: food & recipes

Suffering from Holiday Diet Fatigue? Pump up the Volume!

This might be a good time to take a step back and review what’s been happening the past few weeks. So far, you’ve survived Halloween, Thanksgiving, holiday parties, Hanukkah (for some), and Christmas (for others). But, we’re not quite done yet. New Year's Eve is coming fast. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, motivation, in the box, planning, mood, strategies, holidays
category: food & recipes

Make a Shake, Make it Great: Use Spices, Coffee and Cocoa

In the first four "Make a Shake, Make it Great" blogs, we discussed using add-ins like diet soda and sugar-free flavored water, sugar-free syrups, sugar-free puddings and jell-o, and extracts. In the last blog of this series, we will wrap things up wiht spices, coffee, and cocoa.   Read Full Post

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The Phase 1 Thanksgiving Challenge

Most people know that breaking a diet, even one time, can drastically reduce weight loss… So, here’s HMR’s challenge to everyone in Phase 1: Stay “in the box” 100% over the long Thanksgiving weekend. Let’s take a look at how you might do that without feeling like you’re depriving yourself. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, motivation, in the box, planning, strategies, holidays
category: food & recipes, motivation, how to

A Blast from My Past: The Counter-top Blender

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to get stuck in a rut with your daily routines? One of my preferred routines was to make my daily HMR shake with a Braun® hand-held immersion blender. It wasn’t until I was stretched out of my comfort zone that I realized how much of a rut I was in. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, Diet Tools, in the box, planning, strategies
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Make a Shake, Make it Great: Use Extracts

In the first three “Make a Shake, Make it Great” blogs, we discussed using diet soda and sugar-free flavored water, then sugar-free syrups in your shakes, and finally sugar-free puddings and Jell-o®. The next stop in our series is using extracts in your shakes. Read Full Post

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Make a Shake, Make it Great: Use Sugar-Free Pudding or Jell-o

The third in a series, this blog focuses on ways to add variety to the flavor of your shakes by using sugar-free pudding or Jell-o®. Read Full Post

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Dynamic Entree Duos

Many HMR foods go together just as well as some of your old favorites. Let’s take a look at some entree + entree combinations that have become HMR classics. Read Full Post

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Dinner Party Dilemma

I had dinner guests coming and my husband and I were doing the Healthy Solutions® Diet—yikes! Not wanting to break our dieting momentum I had to think of something we could all eat. By the way, I’m kind of known for my good eats with these particular friends, so the pressure was on to produce a meal that was “in the box” as well as gourmet enough to serve to guests. Read Full Post

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Make a Shake, Make it Great: Use Sugar-free Syrups

In the first ‘Make a Shake, Make it Great’ blog we discussed using diet soda and sugar-free flavored water. The next stop in this series is using sugar-free syrups in your shakes. Read Full Post

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The Amazing Disappearing Appetizer

In all my years of attending parties and potlucks where everyone brings a dish to share, I’ve never seen anything disappear as fast as my Stuffed Baby Bellas. And these beauties are not only delicious, they are easy to make and look so appetizing. Here’s how to make Stuffed Baby Bellas… Read Full Post

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Eat More Sweets! (Potatoes, that is!)

Hooray Autumn! Crisp cool days, long walks under falling leaves, and the annual root, gourd, squash and tuber harvests. Celebrate this season by enjoying one of the most delicious and nutritious foods on the planet - sweet potatoes! Read Full Post

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Sneaky Chef: The Beans Edition

In a previous blog, I wrote about how I incorporate zucchini into foods. Here, I’m going to share some tips on how to include extra servings of beans into your family’s meals. Read Full Post

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Sneaky Chef: The Zucchini Edition

I know there is some debate about being a sneaky chef. I’ve read the pros and cons. A sneaky chef finds a way to “hide” fruits and vegetables in meals and baked goods without it being too visible to the eater (typically kids that might otherwise refuse to eat these vegetables and fruits). Read Full Post

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Cool Shakes in the Summertime

As the days have grown hotter it seems like almost everyone is walking out of coffee shops with a huge iced drink. But those drinks can have lots of calories. Better yet, you can cool off and enjoy an “in the box” treat. Let’s take a look at three examples. Read Full Post

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category: food & recipes

Lettuce Play with Our Food

Were you ever told not to play with your food? Well, I give you permission to play with your food. I don’t mean sling your Chicken Pasta Parmesan across the room, or finger paint with 70 Plus pudding. No, I’m talking about playing around with HMR Shakes and Entrees to create fun, new recipes that you can really get excited about! Read Full Post

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Dips Without Chips

The problem with most traditional dips is two-fold. First, they are served with chips. In nutritional parlance, chips are basically a crunchy vehicle for salt and grease. Hey, I guess someone had to say it. The second problem is the dip itself. Read Full Post

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Kale in a Fruit Smoothie? Yes, Please!

During the summer, I see a change in the foods I crave. I find myself wanting more fresh greens, and less “stick to your ribs” comfort food. I also crave more shakes, or more precisely, fruit smoothies. Well, I have a recipe that satisfies my yearning for the green stuff and the fruity drinks I love… Read Full Post

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category: food & recipes

I Eat Whole Cantaloupes

I know calories. I mean, I’ve worked for HMR for 25 years, so I better know calories! But recently, some calorie information really struck me in a new way. Melons, like honeydew, watermelon and cantaloupe, are only 10 calories an ounce. Read Full Post

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Top 5 from the Trenches: A Taste of the Exotic

From time to time, we all like to walk on the wild side, don’t we? Sometimes we need to look outside the box to help keep us IN the box. What I offer to you today is the most exotic shake and smoothie recipes from “the trenches.” Read Full Post

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category: food & recipes

BBQ that’s PDQ and ITB

Good barbecue can be a bit of a production to make, and it tastes great. Oh, there are two other things we should agree on: It’s pretty high in calorie and definitely not “in the box.” Or is it? Is there a way to get that great barbecue flavor without blowing your diet? Indeed, there is. Read Full Post

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No-Bake Entree Recipes

Sometimes you just don’t want a hot meal; like lunchtime, summertime, and lazytime. Give your microwave the afternoon off with some easy, throw-together meals like this one - no heat required. Read Full Post

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Pesto Change-o

One of America’s favorite sauces for pasta is pesto. Unfortunately, traditional pesto runs anywhere from 850 to 1,200 calories a cup, or about 65 calories for a single tablespoon. Let’s see if we can put pesto on a diet, perhaps even lowering the calories to “in the box” levels while maintaining its flavor. Read Full Post

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category: food & recipes

Keep Calm and Curry On

Fruit in an entree? Perhaps a little different, but it may be just the thing you need to try right now. Here are two ideas to get you started... Read Full Post

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category: food & recipes

Really Easy Meals: The Five-Bean Potato

Have you ever been in a situation where you’re rushed, hungry, and not quite sure what to eat? Well, my friend, you have come to the right place. Read Full Post

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category: food & recipes

Common Phase 1 Challenges: The Shakes Can Be Too Sweet

Adding variety to your shakes by using add-ins is important. Because, what tastes really great this week might seem mundane next week. But, what do you do when the add-ins you use make the shakes too sweet for your taste? Let’s take a look at some non-sweetened options for variety… Read Full Post

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Ready-to-Go Snacks: A Good Offense is the Best Defense

Snack foods are big players in the game of weight management. Building a good offense is your best defense. To be more successful managing your weight, practice crowding out high fat, high calorie foods by keeping a wide variety of ready-to-eat low calorie snack foods on hand. Read Full Post

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Moo Goo Gai Pan: In the Box Take-Out Food

During a recent trip to the grocery store, something caught my eye. It was the huge amount of floor space devoted to ready-to-eat take-out food. Does anybody buy groceries in grocery stores anymore? The good news is that you can make “in the box” fast food… Read Full Post

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category: food & recipes

Healthy Hanukkah Helpings

Unlike other Jewish holidays, such as Rosh Hashana, where apples and honey are the most recognized food of the holiday or Passover, where bitter herbs, eggs and harroset play a prominent role on the plate – Hanukkah is all about The Gap. Here are some Decision-Free and Healthy Solutions/Phase 2 ideas for a low-cal, healthy Hanukkah celebration. Read Full Post

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category: food & recipes

Autumn Chili

One of the problems with traditional fall foods is that they can have me packing on pounds faster than the Red Sox fall out of 1st place in September. With that in mind, I started working on some classic fall recipes that are full of flavor, have lots of vegetables, and are low in calories. Read Full Post

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Crazy for Caramel Apple

I love apples and I love caramel. And when they get together they are a match made in…my kitchen! Like many of my favorite seasonal treats, a healthy, diet-friendly substitute can be a perfect strategy for enjoying festive flavors without breaking my diet. So next time you get a craving for a caramel apple, try one of these recipes instead. Read Full Post

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The Great Pumpkin

This is the season of great orange orbs. Otherwise known as winter squash, pumpkins are a fruit in the gourd family. Pumpkin makes its way into all kinds of sweet seasonal treats from pies to cookies to breads - but creative use of pumpkin can be a boon to your healthy lifestyle, not a diet buster. Read Full Post

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Creation from the Black Legume

I love beans. The fact that they are also called legumes makes them seem so much more sophisticated. Here’s a classic Creole dish featuring black beans I’d like to share… Read Full Post

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Soup: The Weight-Loss Secret that Comes in a Bowl

Allow us a moment to ponder the lowly bowl of soup. When you think about it, soup is just a main course with water added, right? It’s the same amount of food and you’ll eat just as much, right? Well, as it turns out, not so much. Read Full Post

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Freeze, Frappe, or Float

Depending on where you hail from in the U.S., you may know them by different names. Where I’m from, when you blend ice cream and soda together you get a “freeze.” I’m talking about those blended, thick, frosty, icy shakes that are reminiscent of malt shop fare. One big sip and you have instant brain freeze. Read Full Post

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Hacking Your HMR Shakes

Preparing an HMR shake is pretty easy – powder, water, ice, blend. Given how creative HMR dieters can be, I wanted to share some of their tips and tricks for making shakes in different ways. If you are looking for new flavors, textures, high or low volume, or just want to try something different, I think this blog will be worth your time. Read Full Post

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How High-Volume Shakes Save Me From the Hungry Horrors

While preparing dinner for my family, I can often find myself looking to snack on anything that is around me – and those calories can add up quickly! Making a high volume shake to drink at that time keeps me full for 3 hours – on 200 calories or less! How can you beat that? Here are 5 favorites… Read Full Post

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Make a Shake, Make it Great: Use Diet Soda or Sugar-free Flavored Water

HMR makes 2 basic flavors of shakes: vanilla and chocolate (the Chicken Soup and Multigrain Hot Cereal also count as shakes, but we’ll talk about them in another blog). While most people think the vanilla and chocolate shakes taste really good on their own, at some point they might want, well, something else. Read Full Post

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Top 5 from the Trenches: Late-Night Snacking Edition

Have you ever had the late-night munchies? Maybe you turned on the TV and found yourself bombarded with commercials for pizza, beer, and other high-calorie foods. It’s easy to want to eat at night, even if it’s simply out of habit rather than hunger, right? Here are some strategies to beat the late-night munchies blues… Read Full Post

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The Secret Life of a Five-Bean Entrée

All HMR entrees lead a secret life, and the Five-Bean entrée is no exception. Here’s the secret: they also make great soups. Read Full Post

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Common Phase 1 Challenges: I’m Too Full to Finish All My Shakes/Entrees/Vegetables-Fruits

I saw this request for support recently on the HMRdiet Forum: “I am a newbie to the Healthy Solutions diet and was wondering if anyone ever has trouble meeting the min food requirements? I often find myself full but still need to get in more MRs and VF. I shouldn't complain - this is the first diet I've ever been on in which I NEVER get hungry. Yet I wonder if I should still eat even when I'm not hungry.” Read Full Post

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The Can Man: Adding Volume to my HMR Entrees

My 27 years with HMR have been an exciting ride, and I have seen a lot of changes to the program. One big addition that I remember vividly was the introduction of the HMR Entrees. Read Full Post

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Strawberries: Heart-Shaped Fruit of Queens

Strawberries – delicious, delightful fruit! Besides the fact that they are lovely to look at and sweet to eat, strawberries pack a nutritional punch. Here are our top ten ways to enjoy this treat… Read Full Post

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category: food & recipes

The New (and Improved!) BeneFit Bars Have Arrived

You asked and we listened! “More crunch” is a request we often hear from those looking for more variety with HMR foods. This request was one of the major factors in the decision to develop new bars to replace the original BeneFit® Bar recipes. Read Full Post

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category: food & recipes, motivation, how to

Have a Star Spangled (and low calorie) 4th of July

I was talking to some friends the other day about their July 4th plans, and I noticed a theme: their plans were centered on food. And high-calorie food at that. Now, there is nothing wrong with celebrating with food – the key is to find ways to celebrate without having a weight-gain day. Let’s take a look at how to make that happen. Read Full Post

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category: food & recipes, motivation, how to

Turkey Chili with Beans: Three Ways

There are few foods that say ‘America’ as much as chili and many areas lay claim to being its birthplace. Having thoroughly researched this I can definitely state that chili was first created in Texas. Or Spain. Or California. Or the Canary Islands, or Arizona, or Arkansas, or New Mexico, or South America. Read Full Post

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Leeks: An Ally in the Fight for Better Health

Aromatic, flavorful, and nutritious, leeks are a member of the allium family. They are known for being odiferous as well as providing many health benefits. But unlike their cousins, onions and garlic, whose flavor can overpower delicate dishes, leeks add a subtle spice, and are wonderful in light, spring vegetable soups and sautés. Read Full Post

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Top 5 from the Trenches: High Volume Fruit and Veggies

Hello from the clinic trenches! Dieters in my classes tell me all the time they need to find foods that are easy to grab, high in volume, convenient and delicious. What is the answer? Fruits and vegetables! Recently, I polled my classes and here are the top 5 strategies for getting high volume with veggies and fruits. Read Full Post

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Avocad-OH! So Delicious!

Avocados are the cream of the crop. So rich, thick and delicious, it’s almost hard to believe they can be a part of a healthy lifestyle plan. But avocados can and should be used to add healthy fats to a diet that features lots of plant-based foods. Read Full Post

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Top 5 from the Trenches: Holiday Strategies

As we all know, the holidays are a tough time to maintain healthy eating behaviors and keep exercise in place. Here are some holiday-themed vegetable and fruit strategies that may help you get through holiday parties and events this season. Read Full Post

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category: food & recipes

The Phase 1 ‘Stay In the Box through Year End’ Challenge

During the holidays, you may ask “Do I eat off the diet, or stay ‘in the box?’” Well, staying “in the box” is a virtual guarantee of weight loss and those that don’t will likely struggle. So, here’s the challenge to everyone in Phase 1: Stay “in the box” 100% over the holidays. Here’s how to do that without feeling like you’re depriving yourself. Read Full Post

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Taking a Bite out of Holiday Weight Gain

Whether you are in Phase 1 or Phase 2, the year-end holidays can be challenging. It seems like when the Halloween candy first appears in stores, to Thanksgiving, on through December’s holidays, and perhaps ending with Super Bowl Sunday in early February, Americans are faced with one over-eating occasion after another. Read Full Post

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Top 5 from the Trenches: Comfort Food Classics

Comfort food: The season just begs for it. But comfort food is almost always correlated with the 7-10s on the HMR Calorie Guide; and is almost a guarantee for weight gain. So check out some of these low-cal versions of some comfort food classics! Read Full Post

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category: food & recipes

Labor Day Reboot – HMR-Style

Ahh, Labor Day. End of summer, back to school, one last picnic or BBQ, anticipation of leaves turning colors… a long weekend of eating in The Gap. Wait, hold on a minute… scratch that last one because it just doesn’t have to go down like that this year! Read Full Post

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Top 5 from the Trenches: Entrees with Veggies

In this blog series, I highlight the “Top 5 faves” in our local HMR Program. This time around we are going to look at the top 5 entrée and vegetable combo recipes that dieters in our clinic are eating on a regular basis and would consider their “go-to” recipes when they want something filling, delicious and easy for lunch or dinner. Read Full Post

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The Big Move

This summer was an exciting time for me—I moved in with my boyfriend to a completely new apartment and to a different part of the city. Living together is great, but also was an adjustment, and took some additional planning and problem-solving to ensure I/we kept healthy eating and exercise in place amidst all the changes. Read Full Post

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Top 5 from the Trenches: High-Volume Shakes

Ever wonder what other HMR dieters’ favorite recipes are? Welcome to the first in a series of “Top 5” lists all about our most popular (and most filling) recipes, according to HMR dieters. We’ll explore everything from high volume shakes made with fruit, to entrees with veggies, as well as grab-and-go veggie and fruit snacks. Read Full Post

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BBQ Survival Guide: Cookouts with a Healthy Kick

Memorial Day has become synonymous with the official kick-off of summer. And over this long weekend, almost everyone is having a backyard barbeque. The good news is that you can host or attend a summer BBQ with friends and family that can be delicious AND healthy. Read Full Post

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category: food & recipes

Girl about Town: Hot Drinks for Cold Days

All summer long, when it’s too hot to cook or I just want something cold and refreshing, I’ll happily blend up a fruit smoothie or make a shake with a no-calorie add-in. However, in these colder months, I haven’t been as excited to have an icy cold beverage… Enter hot drinks. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, mood, strategies
category: food & recipes

The Phase 1 Thanksgiving Challenge

Most people know that breaking a diet, even one time, can drastically reduce weight loss… So, here’s HMR’s challenge to everyone in Phase 1: Stay “in the box” 100% over the long Thanksgiving weekend. Let’s take a look at how you might do that without feeling like you’re depriving yourself. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, motivation, in the box, planning, strategies, holidays
category: food & recipes, motivation, how to

Top 5 from the Trenches: Fall Favorites

In class this week, we explored some of the seasonal foods that we can look forward to in the months to come. And whether you live here in Boston, or out on the west coast, hopefully you can appreciate some of these fall favorites as well… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes
category: food & recipes

HMR’s Demo-licious Derby

Right now, people across the country are participating in HMR's Annual Triple Imperative (TI) Challenge. And here in the Corporate Office, HMR staffers are taking turns serving up healthy recipes to our office mates. Let’s take a look at what the creative (and competitive) minds here at HMR have come up with… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box
category: food & recipes

Going Nuts for PB2

What is PB2? It’s made from, well, peanuts. Specifically, it’s made from roasted peanuts that have been 85% defatted and ground into a powder. It comes in two varieties, plain and with chocolate (pure genius!). Read Full Post

tags: Recipes
category: food & recipes

Those Little Cuties!

I’m sure you’ve seen them! Cuties® are little mandarin oranges that are a popular sight in winter months. They can actually be two different kinds of mandarins, depending on the month. They are seedless, super sweet, easy to peel and kid-sized. Read Full Post

tags: Recipes, kids, mommy blog
category: food & recipes

After-School Snack of Champions

With the influence of HMR on one shoulder and a gourmet chef on the other, I try to make my kids after-school snacks that are fun, delicious AND healthy. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, Diet Tools, motivation, mood, strategies, kids, mommy blog, nutrition
category: how to

Demo-licious!

This was a fun and easy way to introduce my friends to HMR and get them on their way towards their weight loss goals. I’m happy to report that they’ve already lost 4.5 to 10 lbs each in the first 2 weeks on their diets! Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, Diet Tools
category: food & recipes

Healthy Hanukkah Helpings

Unlike other Jewish holidays, such as Rosh Hashana, where apples and honey are the most recognized food of the holiday or Passover, where bitter herbs, eggs and harroset play a prominent role on the plate – Hanukkah is all about The Gap. Here are some Decision-Free and Healthy Solutions/Phase 2 ideas for a low-cal, healthy Hanukkah celebration. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, Diet Tools, motivation, in the box, planning, mood, holidays
category: food & recipes

My Winter CSA Share

In a previous blog I waxed poetic about the benefits of having a CSA share. But did you know that a CSA share doesn’t have to just be for spring, summer or fall? Yes, there are also winter shares, and shares that go year round. Read Full Post

tags: Recipes, Diet Tools, motivation, money, strategies, kids, mommy blog, nutrition
category: motivation

Girl about Town: Party Down at the Pot Luck

This past week, my lovely friend Caroline celebrated her birthday and I managed to whoop it up with the b-day girl without breaking the calorie bank. Here’s how it all went down… Read Full Post

tags: Recipes, motivation, planning, mood, strategies
category: how to

Fast Food for a Family of Five

Before having my children, even as far back as when I was single, I’ve always thought of the HMR Entrees as the starting point of my meal, kind of a “hamburger helper” if you will. I am a volume eater and like a big plate of food, so I have always added vegetables to the entrees. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, Diet Tools, in the box, planning, strategies, kids, mommy blog
category: how to

Kids and Kabobs

I recently decided to introduce vegetable kabobs to my kids since food on skewers is so interesting to little children. I mean really, who doesn’t like food on a stick? Read Full Post

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Recipe Substitutions: Great Taste, Less Calories!

A common question I hear is, “how can I make some of my favorite recipes lower in calories but still have them taste good?” Well, making small ingredient changes to the fat content of a recipe you love can often cut a lot of calories and have very little impact on the overall quality and taste.   Read Full Post

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category: food & recipes

Diary of a Demo

It all started on a Saturday morning run with my friends. We’ve met up every Saturday for 7+ years to slug out a few miles together and update each other with what’s going on in our lives. I’ve thrown a few BeneFit Bars their way over the years, but they’ve asked me very few questions about dieting. Today was different. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, Recipes, Diet Tools, in the box, planning, strategies
category: food & recipes