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7 Foolproof Ideas For Creating a Productive Home Office

If you find yourself working from home rather than in your office lately, it might be challenging to figure out how to make it work for you. 

 

Will you be productive? Will you stick to your healthy eating habits? Will you stay organized

 

While working remotely undoubtedly has its perks — you likely spend less time commuting and have more flexibility — if you’re not used to it, working at home can be a tough transition, especially if you don’t have a home office setup.  

 

If you’re looking for home office ideas, or are wondering how to set up a home office in a small space, we’re here to help! Read on for some top tips and ideas for a handy home office setup.
 

Eat Well

Ask an R.D.: What's the Difference Between Starchy and Non-Starchy Vegetables?

You’re standing in the produce section, surrounded by vegetables in all different colors, shapes and sizes. But which ones should you choose: starchy or non-starchy vegetables? Don’t stress — A mix of both types is best, and you can enjoy a variety of non-starchy and starchy vegetables when you’re trying to lose weight. We sat down with Briana Rodriquez, Registered Dietitian at Jenny Craig, to find out how to get the most out of your greens (and all the other veggies in between). 


Here’s how to tell the difference between the two, some examples of non-starchy and starchy vegetables and how you can support your weight loss goals with both types of veggies.
 

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Non-Scale Victories: Why They Matter For Weight Loss

Some of the best things about weight loss aren’t measured by a scale. Non-scale victories (or NSVs) are something you can look forward to, no matter where you are in your weight loss journey. Weighing in daily can be a useful tool to track your progress, but you might have noticed other positive changes to your health and lifestyle besides your weight — these are non-scale victories. Use NSVs to set exciting new goals and then celebrate all the hard work you’ve done so far — you deserve it! Check out this inspiring list of nine non-scale victories, see which ones you’ve accomplished and choose a few to work toward this year. 

Eat Well

What is the F-Factor Diet and Why is Fiber Important for Weight Loss?

Have you heard of the F-Factor Diet? It capitalizes on one important thing that 95% of Americans1 aren’t getting enough of: fiber. 


So, what is the F-Factor Diet, exactly? Founded by Tanya Zuckerbrot, MS, RD, the F-Factor Diet’s goal is to help you lose weight. It emphasizes eating high-fiber foods and lean proteins, without making you give up carbs, fats or alcohol. But could it work for you? Find out how the F-Factor Diet works, why fiber is so important, and how you can use fiber to support your weight loss goals.  

Recipes

Warm Salad Recipe Ideas You've Probably Never Tried

There’s nothing better than a hot meal on a cold day. When you think of warm dishes, salad probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But a warm salad can be a comforting and filling addition to any meal.


A healthy warm spinach salad recipe comes together in a flash, makes a great side dish that adds color and flavor, and is just the right temp when it’s cold outside. The key is to combine a warm mix of veggies with the raw crunch of baby spinach, which heats up just enough to wilt. Salads are nutritional superheroes, loaded with fiber and nutrients, and a warm spinach salad is an easy and delicious dish to add to your list of go-to meals.


Here are three warm salad recipes to get you started, but feel free to experiment. The warm part of the salad should include cooked veggies, like eggplant, carrots, asparagus, broccoli and cauliflower. Sauté, steam, roast or grill them to perfection. Mix with raw greens: You can substitute chopped kale, thinly sliced collard greens or arugula for the spinach, if you prefer.


Toss with your favorite salad dressing (such as Jenny Craig’s Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing), fresh citrus juice or hot sauce. You may not need much if your veggies produce enough liquid when they are cooked. Try adding fresh herbs for a little extra zing.


With only a few ingredients, these warm salad ideas will add impressive variety to mealtime. Each recipe features Fresh & Free Additions and makes at least two servings — try one for dinner tonight and bring the rest for lunch tomorrow. Veggie side dishes have never been so easy and tasty!

Move More

7 Fun Ways to Exercise As a Family

Remember the days before you had kids? Leisurely lunches with friends, long nights out and mornings spent sleeping in, virtually unlimited time to work out. Now that you’re a parent, though, your reality has undoubtedly changed.

 

Yes, you’ve gained the incredible gift of having a child (or children), but long gone are those hours-long bike rides and gym sessions — you may be finding it difficult to fit any exercise into your hectic days! Work commitments, after-school and weekend activities, and the ins and outs of daily life can sap you of the time you need to get in a good sweat session on the daily, that’s for sure. Plus, after spending much of the day away from your kids, you’re probably wanting to enjoy time with them — not with strangers at the gym! 

 

Rest assured that there is a way to accomplish two goals at once: family workouts. Whether they’re structured or impromptu activities, family exercises can benefit you and everyone involved — not only in the health benefits they offer, but in family bonding and in quality time spent together. Plus, they’re just fun!

 

Read on for our complete guide to exercising as a family.
 

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