Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

Have the winter blues been leading to mindless eating? Since many of our outdoor activities have to wait until spring, we tend to spend a lot more time inside. This can lead to more time circulating around the kitchen pantry, and ultimately more temptation to indulge in red lights. Comforting recipes can also be packed full of green and yellow lights. If your’re bored with your usual meals, here is a Kurbo winter warm-up recipe to defrost those chilly hands and keep your red light budget in check!

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Kurbo’s Co-Founder, Thea Runyan, Appears on the Dolly McCarthy Show to Discuss Strategies for Feeding Your Child Athlete (Listen Here)

Kurbo’s co-founder, Thea Runyan, MPH, recently appeared on Chicago’s Dolly McCarthy Show, which aired on Thursday, Feb 16th. Thea discussed strategies for feeding your child athlete, as well as busted some popular myths about children, sports and eating. With 15 years of experience, Thea is an authority figure in the health and wellness space. As the former Lead Behavior Coach at the Packard Pediatric Weight Control Program (PPWCP) at Stanford, she helped thousands of children and families create healthy environments and lose weight. Listen to her helpful tips below:

 

The full 1-hour segment from the Dolly McCarthy Show can be found at:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thedollymccarthyshow/2017/02/16/the-dolly-mccarthy-show

Child Weight Loss Success Story: At age 12, Sophie loses 20 pounds and impresses her doctor

After her doctor suggested she lose weight, Sophie decided to try the Kurbo app. “Other tracking programs were really confusing and made me add up all of my calories. I couldn’t do it on my own. When we found out about the Kurbo program, I was excited because it seemed like something I could do all by myself and it was comforting to know that they work specifically with kids,” Sophie says.

Two weeks later, Sophie decided it was time to get a Kurbo coach. “Getting a coach instead of just using the app was the best decision we’ve ever made and we’re actually extending our coaching plan,” Sophie’s mom, Heather shares. “Coach Lisa will make sure to focus on things I want to learn about, like reading labels and becoming independent when I’m making food choices. She’s now more of a friend than just a coach and I look forward to talking with her each week,” Sophie says.

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Tips to Make Healthier Choices in the School Cafeteria

Getting food in the school cafeteria can be a very easy, convenient way to get your lunch every day.  It can also be a very cost-effective way for many families, depending on your situation and school district. And while it’s so important to get your midday fuel to keep you energized and focused for the rest of the school day, many of the options available in the cafeteria can be unhealthy and void of key nutrients that you need.

So, how do you stay on track with your Kurbo goals when you get your lunch at school?  Here are a few tips to help you make healthier choices in the school cafeteria:

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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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