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Sarah Dussault is an official brand advocate for Bel Brands in 2013. While she receives compensation for participation as a brand advocate, opinions are her own. The holiday season coincides with a change to much cooler weather in most states. Staying indoors is sometimes the only logical thing to do! Of course, binge-watching NetFlix is […]

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Roni Noone is an official brand advocate for Bel Brands in 2013. While she receives compensation for participation as a brand advocate, opinions are her own. I LOVE family game night! I was so excited when my oldest, now 8, was finally old enough to start playing board games. We started with Chutes and Ladders […]

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Roni Noone is an official brand advocate for Bel Brands in 2013. While she receives compensation for participation as a brand advocate, opinions are her own. Father’s Day is just around the corner and, not to sound cliche, what Dad doesn’t like a good burger? I know my husband does. The bigger and cheesier the […]

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Written by Community Leader Katie Goodman Happy National Eggs Benedict Day! In order to make this favorite brunch recipe shape friendly, I thought I would take the opportunity to make a lighter version for those who like to stick to a more moderate diet! In this recipe, I use whole grain artisan bread rather than […]

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I am not a neat freak. In fact, I really don’t enjoy cleaning. I do, however, love how I feel once it’s done and my house is organized. Kind of like exercise – you never regret doing it! This spring, instead of looking at your seasonal chore as an obligation, make it your weekend workout […]

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Exercise can be challenging to fit in your schedule but can be the best stress reliever during the holiday season. Be warned however, putting off your daily sweat session for after work can get you into trouble this time of year. Pop up get togethers and holiday celebrations can push back your need to attend […]

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Grocery shopping for the Thanksgiving Day meal can become quite overwhelming if you’re not prepared. Not only is developing the grocery list tough, but you also need to decide which tasty dishes you will make! Here are several items and ideas to get your Thanksgiving Day grocery shopping list started (in a healthy, delicious way): […]

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The second week of October is National Get Organized Week! In honor of this random celebratory cause, I am encouraging you to organize your workout schedule! Coming up with a plan will keep your goals on track, get results quicker and keep up motivation. My current trick is signing up for class ahead of time. […]

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A typical Caprese Salad is made from with mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, seasoned with salt, and olive oil. It’s a simple, tasty dish but does contain a bit more fat than your typical salad. It also lacks the “meat” of a full meal and can pack on quite a few calories while not being very […]

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A friend of mine recently confessed that she had not been to the gym since before the Fourth of July. Appearance wise, I could not tell the difference but I was not surprised. Surprisingly, many people tend to put their gym routine on the back burner during bikini season. It doesn’t make sense on the […]

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Whether it’s running around to soccer practices, piano lessons or working on a late-night project at the office, there are some nights that throwing together a family dinner can seem impossible. With obligations lasting well into the evening, it often seems like take-out is the only possible solution. Not so! Here are some quick, nutritious […]

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You should have seen his face when I told my husband I would combine a few of his favorite things: burgers, tostadas and The Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges. He thought it would look similar to a heaping helping of nachos. Instead, I delivered this to him. The most wonderful moments in my life are those […]

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I have a 7-year-old son who is always hungry. Now that he’s home from school for the summer I hear this dreadful phrase at least 10 times a day, “Mom, can I have a snack?” Sometimes it’s like nails on a chalkboard. Part of me wants to let him loose in the pantry, but with […]

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I love cheese and easily incorporate it in to every meal! Give me Smooth Sensations Cream Cheese Spread on an English muffin for breakfast, a wedge of The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss on a lunch wrap, a Mini Babybel for an afternoon snack, and my day is complete! The day only gets better when […]

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My husband: It’s so nice out today. We should have a few people over tonight for a BBQ. Me: Tonight? We haven’t planned anything. My husband: We’ll be fine. It will be fun! Are you a pre-planning type of person like me? Do you plan everything, live by to-do lists and typically struggle with last-minute […]

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Your morning ritual is so important to how the rest of your day looks and feels. Are you the type that’s off and running in the morning, or are you sluggish until you have your coffee? Depending on the day, I can be any of the above! But whatever your morning energy level is, starting […]

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Workout Board

Recent studies have shown that exercising in the morning is the most beneficial time of day to work out. Not only does it give your metabolism a jump start, but you are also more likely to hit the gym on a consistent basis. However, if you need an alarm clock to wake up, and most […]

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Many Americans skip breakfast each morning, and I can only guess that time is the main issue they face. Well, I’m here to let you in on a little secret – breakfast doesn’t have to come out of a window to be quick! A healthy breakfast doesn’t necessarily have to take a long time to […]

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Falling asleep to crickets chirping, roasting marshmallows and tossing raw eggs to my sister at Fourth of July picnics are cherished memories that will always remind me of summer. There is something about summer that makes simple activities more enjoyable and unforgettable. Take advantage of summer weather and attach positive thoughts to exercise and activities […]

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Long before my job at Porter Novelli, I was a huge fan of The Laughing Cow Light Cheese Wedges. So, as you could imagine, when I joined The Laughing Cow team, it was a dream come true. Not only for me, but also for my mother and my grandmother. It all started when I was […]

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I have been on almost every diet possible. I guess you could say it’s just a part of my ugly dieting past. I have also studied and have access to (literally) 100 different dietary theories. Today, I am the first to admit that diet is truly just a 4-letter word. A diet, no matter which […]

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Although popular interpretations of Mexican foods can be loaded with fat and calories, Mexican cuisine can be quite healthy and delicious!  Beans, chilies, limes, rice, fish, avocado, corn, and cilantro are just a few of the super healthy staple ingredients that make up traditional Mexican fare.  Cinco de Mayo is a great opportunity to get […]

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Quick and easy exercises anyone can do for less than 30 minutes or during commercial breaks  With a long commute, busy work hours and a lack of free time, many people feel like they are doomed to a sedentary lifestyle. While waking up at 5 a.m. or working out after dinner may be possible, it’s […]

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Smooth Sensations Cream Cheese Spread featured on Today Show

Did you see this morning’s Today Show segment featuring Registered Dietitian Joy Bauer? She recommended The Laughing Cow’s new Smooth Sensations Cream Cheese Spread on her new “Too Good to be Healthy” segment! Other great options included an almond crunch, gluten-free cinnamon raisin bread, turkey jerky and others. We think the cinnamon raisin bread would […]

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Although we all know it’s more nutritious and cost-effective to plan healthy meals in advance, some days it’s just not going to happen. Planning a healthy menu, grocery shopping, food prep, then cooking can take a lot of time and labor.  In my book, Eat Right When Time is Tight, I offer some quick and […]

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