Green Snack Ideas for Winter

Have you ever wondered why snacking in the winter can feel more burdensome than snacking in the summer? My hypothesis is there are more variables to consider: Has it snowed today? What size coat will I need to go to the grocery store? Is it dark before 5pm? Do I want a warm or a cold snack? What green light foods are in season? Can I make it while wearing mittens?

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Child Weight Loss Success Story: 11 year old Phoebe learns to read food labels and drops a dramatic 9 BMI points

Phoebe joined Kurbo so that she could feel more confident in her weight. “I personally wasn’t happy with the way I looked. I started looking for food tracking apps, but most were for adults so they weren’t going to work for me. Then I stumbled on the Kurbo app and it looked perfect.”

Coach Jennifer and Phoebe started working on introducing more healthy foods into her diet. “Once I started Kurbo and got my coach, it made me really want to try new foods because I had a goal to set. I had never tried sweet potatoes or cauliflower before and now I love them,” Phoebe shares.

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How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Without Candy

It feels like the holidays were only yesterday, and we are just now getting past all the celebrating, food and treats.  Maybe you have taken the new year as an opportunity to make a fresh start to your health and fitness goals.  And, just like that, another candy and sugar-filled holiday is upon us – Valentine’s Day!  Another day that tempts us with heart-shaped candies that we get with every Valentine at school and chocolate, cookies and cupcakes that we get from our family and friends.

And, while it’s hard to tell from everything we see in the stores and on TV, Valentine’s Day is not really about candy and sugar.  It’s about showing love to the special people in our lives.  This can be done in many, many ways that don’t involve added sugar at all!  Consider these ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day without candy:

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Kurbo Recognized as a Highly Effective Weight Loss App in a Recent Study Published on the NIH-Affiliated Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR)

Kurbo was recently recognized in a comprehensive study of hundreds of mobile health apps, Mobile Apps for Weight Management: A Scoping Review, published on the NIH affiliated Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR). The study was focused on three primary factors for evaluating weight-loss apps: inclusion of evidence-based strategies, health-care expert involvement, and evidence of scientific testing.

Out of the remaining 393 apps that were included in the final analysis, Kurbo was specifically identified as an evidence-based, comprehensive behavioral modification mobile app and program:

  • “only 0.3% of apps (1/393), Kurbo Health, stated the involvement of a regulated health care professional in the app’s development. This app reported involving a medical advisory board consisting of pediatricians, psychologists, and psychiatrists.”
  • “Kurbo Health possessed (all) 8 strategies including self-monitoring, goal-setting, physical activity support, healthy eating support, social support, gamification, and personalized feedback delivered via a health coach.”

According to the review, two of the strategies implemented within Kurbo are considered especially integral for experiencing success: “goal-setting and self-monitoring are the key strategies derived from self-regulatory theory to enhance self-efficacy and significantly predict weight loss and behavior change success.” Most current mobile health apps lack these important features and don’t possess the functional capabilities to deliver a level of interaction and communication of the required complexity for successful weight loss. The full review is available here

Pizza with Cauliflower Stuffed Crust

 

A great winter vegetable to try is cauliflower! Cauliflower is one of those veggies that can be cooked in so many different ways. You can make cauliflower rice, cauliflower mashed potatoes, and even cauliflower pizza. Here’s my favorite recipe for cauliflower pizza. Hope you enjoy!

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Macy’s easy 10 pound weight loss takes an army of support.

Macy was looking for a program that would give her that extra push to stay motivated. “Before Kurbo, I was always frustrated with my weight and appearance and felt stuck because nothing ever really worked. I never felt motivated,” Macy says. “She tried to get healthier on her own, but never kept at it for a good amount of time, so I researched and I thought Kurbo might be a good fit,” her mom shares.

Macy and her coach started working on gaining an understanding of nutrition and forming healthy habits. “I loved coach Lauren! She was always so nice and encouraging. Lauren gave me tips that spoke to me and helped me with my personal struggles. It was nice having someone to keep me motivated throughout the journey,” Macy says.

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Fun Exercises for the Weekend

The weekends can be a great time to get active! Since there is no school on the weekends, your family can take more time to travel to faraway hikes or spend time learning a new type of exercise.

Below are fun activity ideas that work well with weekend schedules and are great ways to get your heart rate up.

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What to do if your child is a picky eater

Childhood is an important period in the development of our food preferences. Though our preferences can change into adulthood, it’s important to expose kids to new foods so that they get comfortable expanding their palates.  Taste buds are always changing so a fun fact to remember is that your child needs to try a new food 8 to 12 times before being able to decide whether they truly dislike the food.  Here are our tips on how to get your picky eaters to explore new foods.

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