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I’m a huge fan of sparkling water. It’s a terrific calorie-free thirst-quencher (say that 10 times fast!) and there are so many delicious reasons to enjoy it. While there are numerous types of bottled and canned H20, I’m personally obsessed with carbonated water made without any added sugar, artificial sweetener, or sugar substitute, including stevia and monkfruit. This is why I’m so proud to partner with LaCroix Sparkling Water and act as their Official National Dietitian. They offer 24 amazing flavors, and each variety has zero calories, zero sodium, and zero sweeteners. Thirsty for more? Check out four hydrating perks so you can sip and savor!

Flavored sparkling water is hydrating.
Your body is comprised of up to 60 percent water. It needs fluids to run efficiently and effectively (to figure out how much you need, divide your weight in half and that’s about how many ounces of fluids you should aim for daily). All your body’s systems, from digestion, metabolism, and immunity, work better when you’re properly hydrated. Not to mention, when you’re fully hydrated, your joints are lubricated and your muscles are able to perform at 100 percent (no cramping!), allowing you to make the most of your workout. Of course, water—flat or sparkling—is the obvious go-to for rehydrating, and you can also get fluids from water-rich produce, such as watermelon, strawberries, cucumbers, eggplant and celery.

Flavored sparkling water elevates ho-hum H20.
Let’s face it, as good as plain old water is for you, it can get a little boring. People are constantly asking me for ideas on how to make water a little more exciting…and tasty sparkling water is a satisfying solution. Some of my favorite flavors include LaCroix Passionfruit, Coconut, Pamplemousse, Peach Pear and NiCola Cubana. You can enjoy LaCroix chilled and straight up, or mix it with slices of fresh produce (try cucumbers, lemons, lime and berries!) or try tossing a few flavor-infused ice cubes into your glass to add a bit more buzz to your bevvies. To make, add a few small pieces of chopped fruit or veggie into each individual cube compartment, fill with LaCroix and freeze until you’re ready to enjoy. Not only do these cubes give your glass a pretty pop of color but they intensify the flavor of your drink as they melt.

Flavored sparkling water helps boost your healthy lifestyle.
Sparkling water is calorie-free, sodium-free, sweetener-free, and it’s natural. The flavors are from natural essence oils from the named fruit. Plus, some research suggests that carbonated water may be more filling than flat water. One study indicates that carbonated water provided a short-term but significant satiating effect compared to regular water. What all this means: It may help you maintain (or perhaps even lose) weight when you consider the one-two punch sparkling water provides—it helps to fill you up without filling you out. Put simply, you can feel really good drinking it. I know I do.

Flavored sparkling water provides a fizzy soda fix without silly, suspect ingredients.
A surprisingly high number of people are hooked on overly sweetened soda. In 2013, the average American drank over 38 gallons of the stuff per day! A typical 12-ounce can of regular cola contains nearly 9 teaspoons of added sugars, while a 20-ounce bottle contains about 16 teaspoons of sugars. Diet sodas are no bargain either, containing up to—gasp!—5 packets of artificial sweeteners per 12-ounce can.

By swapping one can of regular soda for a sparkling water each day, you’ll save yourself 4,200 calories (and just about 300 teaspoons sugar) per month, and a hefty 50,400 calories per year. That could translate to a 14-pound drop on the scale! Sparkling water provides a healthy and delicious middle ground, giving you flavor and fizz but also pure goodness. Say ahhhhhh!

 

This post is sponsored by LaCroix® Sparkling Water

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I’m soooo thrilled to share some super-delicious and thirst-quenching news:  I’ve partnered with my all-time favorite beverage and I’m now the Official National Dietitian for LaCroix Sparkling Water!! That means I’ll be posting fun recipes, tips…and lots of GIVEAWAYS…starting right now! To enter, head over to one of my social channels (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) and comment with your favorite LaCroix Sparkling Water flavor (and tag a friend, while you’re at it). You’ll be eligible to win a case of each amazing flavor (there are 21 flavors, so that means 21 cases delivered to your doorstep!)!

Contest Details:
Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST 3/31.

15 total winners will be chosen at random (5 per social media channel) and messaged! 

Per Facebook, Instagram and Twitter rules, we must mention this is in no way sponsored, administered or associated with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age; release Facebook, Instagram and Twitter of responsibility; and agree to Facebook’s, Instagram’s and Twitter’s terms of use. Only valid for U.S. residents.

This post is sponsored by LaCroix Sparkling Water.

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Cut carbs (and calories) at breakfast with my Skinny Cinnamon Raisin Bagels. They’re a snap to make (only 4 ingredients) and they’re packed with protein. Learn how to make them.

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Use this one-day detox plan to get back on track after the holidays, a long weekend or just to jump start a healthy eating plan.

Try my One-Day Detox.

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means it’s time to whip up some scrumptious sides. Try my tasty Sweet Potato Casserole, which includes a secret ingredient to help cut calories and carbs. And bonus: It still features gooey marshmallows! Watch the video (and enjoy all the family cameos!).

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Another year, another set of promises (one of which is probably related to the scale, if you’re like most people). Use these handy hacks to ensure that this is the year they finally stick!

1. Drink before you eat.
Sip two cups of water within 30 minutes of each meal. This trick offers a two-for-one benefit: It helps take the edge off appetite and also hydrates your body.

2. Create an eating window.

Limit eating to a 12-hour stretch. That means, if you eat breakfast at 8 am, you’ll close down your kitchen by 8 pm. Feel free to vary the timing based on your schedule.

3. Sprinkle on ch-ch-ch-chia goodness.

Add 1 to 2 teaspoons chia seeds to smoothies or yogurt. You’ll shower your body with omega-3s. Plus, they’ll expand in your stomach to keep you full for hours.

4. Add nutrient-packed veggies into every meal.

Toss mushrooms or spinach into your morning omelet. Layer your mid-day sandwich with lettuce leaves, tomatoes onion and roasted peppers. Start supper with a salad and enjoy green beans or broccoli with your entrée.

5. Go topless!

Lose the top slice of bread on burgers or sandwiches to cut curbs and calories.

6. Add some pumpkin magic to meals.

Sneak a large dollop of pumpkin puree into meat sauce, taco meat or oatmeal for a dose of beta-carotene—a nutrient that promotes a beautiful complexion.

7. Nix the vending machine.

Avoid 3 pm brain drain by eating an apple and handful of nuts. This power pair helps steady blood sugar and boosts energy.

8. Sandwich your sippers.

When imbibing, enjoy a wine/cocktail “sandwich.” Sip a glass of seltzer or water between each cocktail.

9. Go cocoa loco.

Sharpen your brain by adding a teaspoon of cocoa powder to your coffee. Both provide ingredients to nourish your noggin and help boost memory.

10. Switch to a slimmer spread.

Replace mayo with nutrient-packed hummus or guacamole. You’ll slash calories and boost nutrition. Nice deal!

 

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Feeling a little blah after a night out? I’ve whipped up an effective fix featuring three key ingredients that can help you recover more quickly. Simply toss ’em into a blender, mix it up, sip and start feeling better soon. Check out this quick video to learn how to make it.

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My lean and flavorful Beef Tenderloin Roast is super easy to make—it cooks with the veggies in one pan and serves a large crowd. The only downside: There probably won’t be any leftovers! Learn how to throw it all together.

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Whether you’re shopping for foodies, health-nuts or the kiddos, there’s a book that’s right for everyone in your life. Check out some of our very favorite titles, from tasty and comforting meals to cheerful and empowering storytelling.

The Gift that I Can Give by Kathie Lee Gifford
Nothing gets us in a feel-good spirit like Kathie Lee’s The Gift That I Can Give. It has a genuine message about loving who you are and finding small ways to brighten up someone else’s day. Both you and your little ones will adore flipping through this inspiring book.

I’ve Loved You Since Forever by Hoda Kotb
Sometimes with children’s books, the focus is on the beautiful illustrations while the words don’t say much. This is NOT the case with Hoda’s I’ve Loved You Since Forever. We are stunned by the pictures on every page, but we really appreciate the poetic tale commemorating a parent’s love for their child even more. Be on the lookout for Hoda’s second book coming in 2019, You Are My Happy, about a mama bear and her cub.

Princesses Save the World by Savannah Guthrie and Allison Oppenheim
The sequel to Princesses Wear Pants, Princesses Save the World combines two of our favorite things: girl power and fruit. In this tale, female heroes of various “Fruit Nations” have a crisis on their hands when they learn that the bees have all disappeared from Strawberry Kingdom. With themes of teamwork and creativity, this book is a true gem for little ones.

Clean & Hungry Obsessed by Lisa Lillian
In Hungry Girl’s Clean & Hungry Obsessed, weight loss guru Lisa Lillian takes on our beloved comfort foods (think doughnuts, lasagna, fried chicken, and more!). She strategically recreates, revamps and reimagines our fattening favorites, so we can truly feel good about eating the goodies we love. Her newest book hits stores nationwide in March (to preorder: Simply 6: All-Natural Recipes with 6 ingredients or Less). We certainly can’t wait!

SkinnyTaste’s One and Done by Gina Homolka
As a busy mom and writer, Gina Homolka knows a thing or two about simple and nutritious dinners. In her third amazing cookbook, she shares 140 fuss-free dinner recipes that can be prepared in ONE pot. Less work and minimal cleanup make this mom a happy cook. Her recipes are healthy and outstanding.

Taco! Taco! Taco! by Sara Haas
Want to upgrade your Taco Tuesdays? Yes! Yes! Yes! In her latest cookbook, Sara Haas dishes out more than 100 ways to make tacos, a favorite of kids and adults alike. Whether you’re in the mood for Italian, BBQ, or Middle Eastern food, this fantastic book has a tasty taco for you.

When Action Follows Heart: 365 Ways to Share Kindness by Susan Spencer
What better New Year’s resolution to make than to practice daily acts of kindness? Inspired by the Kindness Project, this book, authored by Susan Spencer (editor-in-chief of Woman’s Day magazine) , shares 365 do-able deeds that can make the world a better place. This is truly a gift that will keep on giving.

Siriously Delicious by Siri Daly
This book is a “Siri-ous” must-have for those who love good food and value family time. Siri’s recipes are kid-friendly, tasty and simple to make. The best part? Her down-to-earth humor shines through in the dishes, which are organized from “Wakey Wakey” to “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.”


The Truth about Food by David Katz
Get ready to debunk false health claims and fad diets with this comprehensive and profound read. Backed by scientific research, this book will arm you with the knowledge to keep up with new findings and prevent yourself from being duped by incorrect health information again. 100% of proceeds go to the Truth Health Initiative.

Half Baked Harvest Cookbook by Tieghan Gerard
Of course, we love cookbooks….but we especially love cookbooks full of colorful photos by talented chefs like Tieghan. Every taste bud will be satisfied through the pages of Half Baked Harvest, with recipes ranging from healthy to indulgent and easy weeknight dinners to extravagent weekend meals.

The Essential Veggie Cookbook by Sammi Haber Brondo
We all could use another dose of veggies during our day, and this cookbook will help you do just that. The Essential Vegetable Cookbook will walk you through how to prepare 30 different types of the most common vegetables and show you how to incorporate them into your daily diet with ease. Three cheers for veggies!

Israeli Soul by Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook
Meet one of Joy’s favorite chefs, Michael Solomonov. Together with Steven Cook, this talented duo present the best recipes they’ve accumulated throughout their adventures in a number of Israeli cities. You’ll find step-by-step directions with beautiful mouthwatering photos that help make preparing these generational (and delicious) recipes a breeze. This cookbook is a passport to eating your way through a new cuisine.

At Home With Natalie by Natalie Morales
As a mom, Natalie Morales understands what we all look for in recipes: easy and healthy. Natalie gets her diverse kitchen flair from having lived all over the world as a child, which influenced a total of 125 recipes in this cookbook (that are anything but boring, by the way). We love how one simple addition to your kitchen can transform you to so many flavorful places.

If you’re feeling festive, make a batch of my yummy Chocolate Peppermint Bark and Almond Hot Cocoa to cozy up with while you’re reading.

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Whether you’re shopping for foodies, health-nuts or the kiddos, there’s a book that’s right for everyone in your life. Check out some of our very favorite titles, from tasty and comforting meals to cheerful and empowering storytelling.

The Gift that I Can Give by Kathie Lee Gifford
Nothing gets us in a feel-good spirit like Kathie Lee’s The Gift That I Can Give. It has a genuine message about loving who you are and finding small ways to brighten up someone else’s day. Both you and your little ones will adore flipping through this inspiring book.

I’ve Loved You Since Forever by Hoda Kotb
Sometimes with children’s books, the focus is on the beautiful illustrations while the words don’t say much. This is NOT the case with Hoda’s I’ve Loved You Since Forever. We are stunned by the pictures on every page, but we really appreciate the poetic tale commemorating a parent’s love for their child even more. Be on the lookout for Hoda’s second book coming in 2019, You Are My Happy, about a mama bear and her cub.

Princesses Save the World by Savannah Guthrie and Allison Oppenheim
The sequel to Princesses Wear Pants, Princesses Save the World combines two of our favorite things: girl power and fruit. In this tale, female heroes of various “Fruit Nations” have a crisis on their hands when they learn that the bees have all disappeared from Strawberry Kingdom. With themes of teamwork and creativity, this book is a true gem for little ones.

Clean & Hungry Obsessed by Lisa Lillian
In Hungry Girl’s Clean & Hungry Obsessed, weight loss guru Lisa Lillian takes on our beloved comfort foods (think doughnuts, lasagna, fried chicken, and more!). She strategically recreates, revamps and reimagines our fattening favorites, so we can truly feel good about eating all the goodies you love. Her newest book hits stores nationwide in March (preorder here: Simply 6: All-Natural Recipes with 6 ingredients or Less). We certainly can’t wait!

SkinnyTaste’s One and Done by Gina Homolka
As a busy mom and writer, Gina Homolka knows a thing or two about simple and nutritious dinners. In her third amazing cookbook, she shares 140 fuss-free dinner recipes that can be prepared in ONE pot. Less work and minimal cleanup make this mom a happy cook. Her recipes are healthy and outstanding.

Taco! Taco! Taco! by Sara Haas
Want to upgrade your Taco Tuesdays? Yes! Yes! Yes! In her latest cookbook, Sara Haas dishes out more than 100 ways to make tacos, a favorite of kids and adults alike. Whether you’re in the mood for Italian, BBQ, or Middle Eastern food, this fantastic book has a tasty taco for you.

When Action Follows Heart: 365 Ways to Share Kindness by Susan Spencer
What better New Year’s resolution to make than to practice daily acts of kindness? Inspired by the Kindness Project, this book, authored by Susan Spencer (editor-in-chief of Woman’s Day magazine) , shares 365 do-able deeds that can make the world a better place. This is truly a gift that will keep on giving.

Siriously Delicious by Siri Daly
This book is a “Siri-ous” must-have for those who love good food and value family time. Siri’s recipes are kid-friendly, tasty and simple to make. The best part? Her down-to-earth humor shines through in the dishes, which are organized from “Wakey Wakey” to “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.”


The Truth about Food by David Katz
Get ready to debunk false health claims and fad diets with this comprehensive and profound read. Backed by scientific research, this book will arm you with the knowledge to keep up with new findings and prevent yourself from being duped by incorrect health information again. 100% of proceeds go to the Truth Health Initiative.

Half Baked Harvest Cookbook by Tieghan Gerard
Of course, we love cookbooks….but we especially love cookbooks full of colorful photos by talented chefs like Tieghan. Every taste bud will be satisfied through the pages of Half Baked Harvest, with recipes ranging from healthy to indulgent and easy weeknight dinners to extravagent weekend meals.

The Essential Veggie Cookbook by Sammi Haber Brondo
We all could use another dose of veggies during our day, and this cookbook will help you do just that. The Essential Vegetable Cookbook will walk you through how to prepare 30 different types of the most common vegetables and show you how to incorporate them into your daily diet with ease. Three cheers for veggies!

Israeli Soul by Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook
Meet one of Joy’s favorite chefs, Michael Solomonov. Together with Steven Cook, this talented duo present the best recipes they’ve accumulated throughout their adventures in a number of Israeli cities. You’ll find step-by-step directions with beautiful mouthwatering photos that help make preparing these generational (and delicious) recipes a breeze. Have you always wanted to eat your way through a new cuisine? This cookbook is like your passport!

At Home With Natalie by Natalie Morales
As a mom, Natalie Morales understands what we all look for in recipes: easy and healthy. Natalie gets her diverse kitchen flair from having lived all over the world as a child, which influenced a total of 125 recipes in this cookbook (that are anything but boring, by the way). We love how one simple addition to your kitchen can transform you to so many flavorful places.

If you’re feeling festive, make a batch of my yummy Chocolate Peppermint Bark and Almond Hot Cocoa to cozy up with while you’re reading.

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