Simply Delicious Holiday Treats Under 100 Calories

Yummy Treats Under 100 Calories

With the holiday season in full swing, we know it’s hard to say NO to all of the delicious treats and tasty snacks at parties, dinners, at home and the office! Sometimes it feels as though your favorite foods are actually following you around, taunting you to eat, eat, eat. Well, in honor of all of this holiday snacking, we’ve put together a list of simply delicious snacks that are under 100 calories to help you enjoy the holidays without all the guilt.

Holiday Snacks Under 100 Calories:

  • 1       Gingerbread Cookie
  • 10     Baby Carrots w/ 2 tbsp creamy hummus (try our Traditional Creamy Hummus Dip recipe)
  • 1       Biscotti Cookie, regular size
  • 25     Pistachios
  • 1       Brownie or Lemon Bar, approx. 1 1/2″ square
  • 1       Truffle, large
  • 10     Simply7 Quinoa Cheddar, Sour Cream & Onion or Barbeque chips
  • 1       Slice Pecan Pie, about 1/2 the size of your open palm
  • 3       Gingersnap cookies
  • 5       Dark Chocolate-dipped Strawberries
  • 2       Candy Canes
  • 1oz   Smoked Beef Jerky

Got tips or ideas to share? Send them our way!

Happy Holidays and happy snacking from the team at Simply 7 Snacks. 

Spotlight: Quinoa, Ancient Super Grain


Keen-ohuhQueen-oah? It may be a funny word, but it’s a serious superfood. Quinoa, pronounced “keen-wah”, is an ancient grain packed with protein, fiber and calcium. Typically used in a variety of recipes including salads and hearty main dishes, Quinoa provides the perfect balance of all nine essential amino acids and is naturally gluten-free.  So it’s not hard to see why we thought it would make a great snack!

With it’s many wonderful nutritional benefits and light, nutty flavor, Quinoa is the perfect main ingredient for our newest line of Simply7 chips. “Quinoa is a natural fit with the 7 Standards we have at the heart of our all-natural snacks,” says Rashim Oberoi, President, Simply 7 Snacks. “And the natural flavor of quinoa is a beautiful match for the delicious flavors of sea salt, cheddar, barbeque and sour cream & onion.”  Our all new Simply7 Quinoa Chips are Gluten-Free Certified, Non-GMO Project Verified, Kosher, 140 calories or less and up to 50% less fat per serving.

7 Simple Game Day Entertaining Ideas

The football season is underway and the rivalries are heating up. But no matter which team you are rooting for, taking in the game with family/friends can be a real blast! Check out these 7 great entertaining ideas to make your next football party a hit.




  • Get creative and theme your snacks!

               Make a great dip recipe and decorate to look like a football field. Try a great guacamole dip or any other dip that is green in color for the grass.


  • Go all out with Décor!
          Are you guests split on which team they are rooting for? Have one side of the party area decked out for the home team and the other for the opponents.
  • The heat is on! Host a cook off with your football party.
          Ask your guests to make their favorite version of a classic game day dish (their favorite dip, their favorite snack,  favorite dessert) and host a contest. Have a vote and see whose dish wins!  And as the host – sit back and take in a few plays while your guests do the heavy lifting.


  • Activity/Game time (other than the one on TV)! – During commercials and/or half time get all your guests involved.
         Have a pool or bet on topics in the game or Play Football bingo: Make your own score cards with football related words & terms and when the word is mentioned, mark off on your score card
  • Dress up for the occasion!
          Paint your face in war paint. Wear team jerseys. Get your pets suited up before the whistle blows!
  • Make your own noisemakers!
            Got kids, or just a rowdy bunch of fans? Buy some football theme noisemakers or make your own for the game. You can decorate them any way you like, add team colors, the options are endless!
  • Set up a tailgate outside!
          You don’t have to be AT the game to set up a great tailgate outside the comfort of your own home. So fire up those grills and set up a tent with food, drinks, snacks and activities. Bring out your TV, or experience the game on the radio.Image

Tips for making 7 great holiday favorites healthier

Labor Day is just around the corner and Barbeques and Picnics are the prime way to celebrate this holiday and the end of the summer months. Simply7 has come up with some tips for making 7 popular holiday eats for your Labor Day celebration healthier that won’t leave you feeling guilty afterwards.


Main Course


  • Go lean – Mix in finely chopped mushrooms for flavor and cut down on the meat. Or don’t use meat at all…have a full vegi-fest by making a mushroom or bean patty instead.
  • Smart Accessories – Add guacamole for some southwestern flavor. Lose the cheese or try substituting vegan cheese.
  • Drop the carbs – Toss the bun and use lettuce as a wrap.


Hot Dogs

  • Go lean – Use low fat or poultry based meats or find hot dogs with lower sodium.
  • Smart Accessories – Instead of pickles which are high in sodium, try cucumbers with a dash of lemon pepper seasoning. Use ketchup, sweet relish and mayo sparingly.
  • Drop the carbs – Opt for a whole grain bun or whole wheat tortilla or go bunless.


Side Kicks

Potato Chips

  • Go lean – Opt for Simply7 chips instead of regular potato chips for 40-50% less fat.
  • Drop the carbs – Put out carrots, celery, and sliced bell peppers for a great, healthy crunch.


Potato Salad

  • Go lean – Instead of mayonnaise try a dairy-free version by dressing your potato salad in a light lemon vinaigrette with fresh mint.
  • Drop the carbs – Scrap this side altogether and go for cole slaw instead.


Cole Slaw

  • Go lean – Combine broccoli slaw with a low fat mayo and yogurt dressing. Or drizzle honey-lemon dressing over carrots and celery root in a shredded slaw.


Pasta Salad

  • Go lean – Toss in canned chunk light tuna, cooked chicken or flavored baked tofu to add protein and make it more filling.
  • Drop the carbs – Use whole wheat pasta and mix lettuce in to cut down on the noodles. Go easy on the dressing and add a burst of vitamins and minerals with a colorful mix of diced bell pepper, shredded carrot and tomatoes.



Any Dessert

  • Go lean – Use a cupcake tin to make individual servings easier to measure, and satisfy that sweet tooth without the extra calories. Instead of ice cream, opt for fat free whipped topping or frozen yogurt.


7 Simple Back-To-School Breakfast Ideas

It’s that time of year again! Yes, we’re talking about back to school time. Who has the time to put together a healthy breakfast when you’re on a tight schedule trying to get yourself and maybe even the kids ready for work and school? Simply 7 has found 7 easy breakfasts that you can put together in no time and even take on the go!


1. Smoothies – Smoothies are a great way to get a sweet treat in the morning and are easy to pour and go. The tofu in this dairy-free smoothie creates a silky and filling drink with lots of protein. If you aren’t a fan of white grape juice, try using pomegranate juice instead.


Servings: 3

Time: 5 min



1 cup frozen mixed berries

1/2 cup white grape juice

1 tablespoon honey

1 firm ripe banana, peeled and sliced

1 (12.3-ounce) package light silken tofu (such as Mori-Nu)



Place all ingredients in a blender; process until smooth.


2. Pizza for breakfast – Here’s a more sophisticated spin on breakfast pizza.


Servings: 4 small pizzas

Time: 5 min



French Baguette

6 TBS of low-fat ricotta


2 TSP of extra virgin olive oil

Pinch of Salt & Pepper



Take a slice of crusty bread, spread it with 3 tablespoons of low-fat ricotta, and add tomatoes.

Finish with a drizzle of olive oil (about 1 teaspoon) and salt & pepper to taste. Broil quickly for a nice crisp crust


3. Three-Grain Breakfast Cereal with Walnuts and Dried Fruit – It’s easy to add whole grains to your diet when you spoon into this sweet, crunchy breakfast cereal. The nuts add even more fiber as well as heart-healthy fat, and add some calcium with low-fat milk. Take it on the go in a zip-top bag and munch on it throughout the day. Makes a great topping for Greek-style yogurt!


Servings: 24

Time: 35min

Note: Make ahead of time and store in airtight container for up to 5 days



1/2 cup maple syrup

1/3 cup honey

3 tablespoons canola oil

1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract

4 1/2 cups regular oats

1 cup uncooked quick-cooking barley

3/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

1/2 cup wheat germ

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Cooking spray

1 (7-ounce) package dried mixed fruit, chopped (such as Sun-Maid brand)



Preheat oven to 325°.

Combine first 4 ingredients, stirring with a whisk.

Combine oats, barley, walnuts, wheat germ, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Add syrup mixture; stir well to coat. Spread oat mixture evenly onto a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 325° for 30 minutes or until browned, stirring every 10 minutes. Stir in dried fruit. Cool completely.


4. South of the Border Breakfast Taco – Tacos are a great portable breakfast option. Try this recipe for a healthy taco that takes your taste buds south of the border.


Servings: 3

Time: 7 min



Pico de gallo

1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

4 eggs, lightly beaten

Dash of ground pepper

Cooking spray

1/4 cup chopped onion

1 (2-ounce) can diced green chiles

4 (6-inch) corn tortillas

1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded colby-Jack cheese



Combine chopped fresh oregano and the next 4 ingredients (through the ground pepper) in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Coat the pan with cooking spray. Add egg mixture, 1/4 cup onion, and green chiles to the pan. Cook for 3 minutes or until eggs are set, stirring frequently. Remove pan from heat; stir egg mixture well.

 Heat the corn tortillas according to package directions. Divide the egg mixture evenly among tortillas. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons shredded cheese and about 1/3 cup pico de gallo.


5. Energy Bars – Why buy the pricey energy bars at the store when you can make them in just minutes? Here’s a great recipe to make your own energy bars:


Servings: 12 bars

Time: 15 minutes (1 1/4 hours total time)

Note: Make ahead of time and store in airtight container for up to 1 week or individually wrap in plastic and freeze.



1 cup lightly salted dry-roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup crispy brown rice cereal

1/2 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking rolled oats

1/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds

1/4 cup dried blueberries

6 dried apricots, diced

3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips

5 tablespoons brown rice syrup or light corn syrup



Preheat oven to 325°F. Line the bottom and sides of an 8-inch-square baking pan with foil and coat with cooking spray.

Combine peanuts, rice cereal, oats, pumpkin (or sunflower) seeds, blueberries, apricots and chocolate chips in a large bowl. Drizzle with syrup and gently stir until thoroughly combined. Spread in the prepared baking pan. Coat another piece of foil with cooking spray and place on the bar mixture, sprayed-side down. Place another pan on top and press firmly to compress the mixture. (Pressing before baking helps the bars hold together after baking.) Remove top pan and foil.

Bake until just beginning to turn golden at the edges, 20 to 24 minutes (metal pan) or 30 to 35 minutes (glass pan). Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.

Carefully lift the baked square out of the pan by holding the edges of the foil and place on a cutting board, leaving the foil underneath. Cut in half, then cut each half crosswise into 6 bars. Let cool completely before lifting the bars off the foil.


6. Pop – Toast – Those sugary ready-made pastries are fun to eat fresh from the toaster. This homemade version is nearly as quick — but with less sugar and no artificial colors or flavors. The sky’s the limit when it comes to imagining taste combinations. You could make a different pop-toast every morning.


Servings: 2 pastries

Time: 3 min


2 pieces of whole wheat bread
1 tsp butter, softened
1-1/2 Tbsp. jam



Lightly butter both pieces of bread. Spread the jam over the butter onto just one piece of bread leaving 1/2 inch border around the edges. Top with the remaining slice of bread. Cut off the crust and seal the two pieces of bread together using the tines of a fork. Slide into the toaster; then *pop*, breakfast is ready.

Add Fruit: Add thinly sliced fresh fruit such as bananas or strawberries for a fresh flavor.

Add Protein: Try adding peanut butter or cream cheese for an added boost of protein.

Add sweetness: Chocolate fiends could try a teaspoon of chocolate hazelnut spread instead of butter.


7. Rainbow Fruit Skewers –Here’s a simple and colorful breakfast treat for you that you can make in minutes and adding the skewers turns this into a no mess recipe that can go with you anywhere.

Servings: 12 skewers

Time: 5-7min

Note:  Ripe raspberries can be soft, to secure the tops of the skewers, consider adding a grape on top as well



12 raspberries

6 orange segments (from 1 large orange), cut in half

12 1” chunks of pineapple

1 large kiwi, peeled and cut into 12 1” chunks

24 large blueberries

12 red seedless grapes



Lay out 12 bamboo skewers and prepare your fruit.

Slide a raspberry to the top of the stick.

Next add chunks of orange, pineapple, kiwi, 2 blueberries, and a grape.

Repeat for each skewer.

7 Healthy Recipes for 4th of July

This 4th of July weekend try using some recipes Simply7 found to keep your holiday weekend healthy and delicious!

1.  These red-white-and-blue popsicles are great to make when fresh blueberries and raspberries are in season. But other fruit, such as chopped strawberries or cherries, could work in this healthy popsicle.


  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 2 cups limeade


  • Divide blueberries and raspberries among freezer-pop molds. Pour limeade over the berries. Insert the sticks and freeze until completely firm, about 6 hours. Dip the molds briefly in hot water before unmolding.

Red, White & Blue Potato Salad Recipe

2.  Dressed with a tangy lemon vinaigrette and fresh mint, this healthy red-white-and-blue potato salad makes the perfect potluck contribution. Make it the day before and stir in the peppers and herbs right before you serve it.


  • 2 pounds baby potatoes, a mix of white and blue (or purple)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup chopped roasted red peppers, rinsed
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint


  • Place potatoes in a large saucepan or Dutch oven and cover with lightly salted water. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Transfer to a cutting board. Let cool for 20 minutes.
  • Whisk lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Cut the potatoes in half, add to the bowl and toss to coat.
  • Just before serving, add peppers, scallions and mint to the salad and toss gently.

EatingWell Flag Cake Recipe

3.  Though this stunning red, white and blue American flag cake screams “Fourth of July Cake,” it’s such a good dessert you’ll want to make it for Memorial Day and other summer holidays too. We made this flag cake recipe healthy, with less saturated fat and calories than traditional versions, by replacing some butter in the yellow sheet cake with oil. Plus, for the cream cheese frosting, we used reduced-fat cream cheese and low-fat Greek yogurt instead of full-fat cream cheese and butter. And for decorations we used fresh blueberries, strawberries and raspberries dusted with confectioners’ sugar instead of loads of piped-on frosting.



  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature (see Tips)
  • 2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour (see Tips) or all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Zest and juice from 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Frosting & Decoration

  • 12 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar plus 2 tablespoons, divided
  • 3 tablespoons low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups raspberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 2 cups strawberries, sliced


  • To prepare cake: Preheat oven to 350°F. Line the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with parchment paper; coat the paper and sides of the pan with cooking spray.
  • Beat granulated sugar, oil and butter in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until well combined. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until just incorporated.
  • Whisk whole-wheat (or all-purpose) flour, cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Combine buttermilk, lemon zest, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons vanilla and almond extract in a measuring cup. With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl alternately with the buttermilk mixture, beating just until incorporated after each addition, scraping down the sides as necessary. Spread the batter in the prepared pan.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 28 to 34 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Turn out onto the rack and let cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • To prepare frosting: Beat cream cheese, 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, yogurt and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in a mixing bowl until smooth.
  • To decorate: Invert the cake onto a platter. Spread the frosting over the top and sides. Mark 3 horizontal lines for the white “stripes” and a rectangle in the upper lefthand corner for the “blue rectangle.” Gently pat berries with a paper towel to dry. Make 3 “stripes” of raspberries on the marked lines. Place half of the blueberries in the “blue rectangle,” leaving space between each berry. Sift the remaining 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar over the raspberries and blueberries to make them the white “stripes” and “stars.” Fill the rest of the “blue rectangle” with the remaining blueberries. Place strawberries between the rows of raspberries as the red “stripes.”

4.  Fourth of July isn’t all about the food try making this delicious lemonade to keep the guests cool!

Healthy Watermelon Lemonade (Serves 4-6)

Check out this link to see the full recipe and many more.


  • 6 cups fresh watermelon chunks
  • juice of 2 large lemons
  • 4 tablespoons (or 1/4 cup) pure maple syrup (Grade B preferred)
  • 2 cups cold water


  • Put the watermelon in a blender on high or “smoothie” setting, pushing it down with a tamper if needed, until it breaks down and becomes juice consistency (you may have a little froth on top, which is fine).
  • Squeeze both lemons into the blender with the watermelon juice, catching seeds with your hands (or use a juicer).
  • Finally, add in the maple syrup and water to the watermelon mixture in the blender.
  • Set the blender to medium speed and blend for about 30 seconds until thoroughly mixed.
  • Serve the watermelon lemonade over ice in glasses.



Turkey Bacon & Gorgonzola Sweet Potato Skins with Fresh Thyme

5.  These are bursting with complimentary flavors thanks to the smokiness of the turkey bacon, the bite of the Gorgonzola and the brightness of the fresh thyme. They are simple and DELICIOUS!


Turkey Bacon & Gorgonzola Sweet Potato Skins with Fresh Thyme

Check out this link to see the full recipe and many more.


  • 4 small sweet potatoes
  • 3 slices of turkey bacon
  • 1/2 cup Gorgonzola cheese crumbles
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Wash the potatoes, then cut them lengthwise. Add them to a pot filled with cold water. Bring to a boil and cook until fork tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Transfer the potatoes to a plate until they are cool enough to handle.
  • Place the bacon on a paper towel or plate and microwave until crispy and browned (about 4 minutes).  When it cools, crumble into small bits and set aside.
  • When the potatoes are cool, use a spoon to scoop out most of the meat of the potato, leaving about 1/8 of an inch of potato over the skin (reserve this for mashed sweet potatoes, like these!). Place the potatoes on a baking sheet.
  • Divide the gorgonzola cheese among the potato skins, then top each with bacon bits. Sprinkle with the red pepper flakes, a pinch of salt and some freshly ground black pepper. Drizzle with olive oil.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is golden and bubbly.  Remove from the oven, garnish with thyme, and serve.


6.  If you’re looking for the perfect, healthy dish to bring to a BBQ or potluck, this is a fantastic summer side dish. It’s packed full of fresh green beans and grape tomatoes so it’s really low in calories and the Dijon and Parmesan add a ton of flavor while keeping it healthy.

Dijon Parmesan Green Bean Salad (serves 8-10)

Check out this link to see the full recipe and many more.


  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  • Place beans in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil
  • Cook, covered, for 8-10 minutes or until crisp-tender
  • Drain and shock the beans in a bowl of ice cold water to stop the cooking and keep them crisp and bright green
  • Place the green beans in a large bowl
  • Whisk the vinegar, oil, mustard, salt and pepper in a small bowl
  • Add tomatoes to the green beans
  • Drizzle with dressing and toss to coat. Sprinkle with cheese
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve

Magical Fruits Wands

7.  Fruit wands! They look super fun and not only will the kids love them adults as well. They are super easy to make and healthy. I guarantee they will be a big hit.

7 Ways to celebrate Dad this Father’s Day

Some dads can be so easy to shop for: bow tie, baseball tickets, or new tool box. Then there are some that require days, maybe even months of thinking and planning for a clever and unexpected Father’s Day gift. If your Dad is one of those or you just simply need some suggestions, we’ve come up with 7 ideas that will show him he’s number one on this Father’s Day.

Most Dads spend this time of year outdoors. From BBQ‘s to camping they seem to gravitate to the outdoors. This can be a good thing for gift ideas. Depending on which outdoor activity he enjoys look to buy him a new or updated item he already owns. A new grill, tent, or even lawn mower is great idea. Visit your nearest outdoors store and shop around for some items like these.

Electronics, electronics, and more electronics! Dads are for some reason fascinated with electronics. Get Dad that new TV, or new surround sound system for the living room. We found some great ideas at

For the Dad that loves sports. If you’re thinking about getting him something from this department, it should be a little easier. Anything with his favorite teams’ logo will most likely do just fine. Anything from a jersey to coffee mug is a nice gift. To think a little bigger season tickets or new equipment for tail gating is something that would be unexpected. Check out this website for great sports apparel

Men usually don’t shop throughout the year unless it’s a holiday or for someone else. This would be a great time to get him some new clothes that he normally would not think to purchase for himself. A new shirt (casual or dress), pants, or even shoes. Check out his closet to get a better idea of what he needs most.

Make him his favorite meal or take him to his favorite restaurant. Men love to eat and you definitely cannot go wrong if you decide to simply take him out or cook that meal that he loves.

Buy something for his car. For the Dad that has a passion for his car or cars in general, buy him something that he can use or has wanted to upgrade his car. He’ll not only love the thought, but probably be totally surprised.

As we said for Mother’s Day a personalized gift is always a great thoughtful gift and can also be a great idea for Dad also. A personalized shirt, coffee mug, or even cell phone case are a few ideas that he might enjoy.

7 Tips to get in shape this Summer!

English: Jogging with dog at Carcavelos Beach ...

Exercise daily. Taking walks, joining a gym, or even taking a pair of light weight weights to work for at least a half hour a day will dramatically help you to get and stay in shape.

Maintain a clean diet. Know what you eat. Stay away from processed foods and sugar. Try eating more veggies and protein.

Don’t drink your calories. Try not to drink anything that has calories or a lot of calories. Drink water and plenty of it. Water suppresses hunger and is calorie, sugar, and carbohydrate free!

Try not to eat before bed. As we sleep our energy levels drop, which makes it twice as hard for our bodies to burn excess calories that we eat during a late night dinner. Save your food for when you are awake.

Starting slow is better than fast. Starting an exercise plan that includes running ten miles and then being sick for weeks is not where you should be starting. Start by walking for 30 minutes or using a lighter weight than heavier weights.

Find a partner. Having someone else pushing you and doing exercises with you, will make it easier to stay on track. They also can be a great motivational boost and make working out fun, rather than actual work.

Resting day. Make sure no matter what, you set aside a day or two to rest.  Some people choose to rest on the weekends. While others the weekend is the only time they have to work out.  Just as long as you give your body the proper rest it needs doesn’t really matter what day you choose. Do keep in mind this is not an excuse to binge eat and ruin all your heard work.

7 ways to stay on track this Memorial Day

Memorial Day is almost here! Simply7 knows it can be hard to stay on track with all the BBQ’s and gatherings that will be going on this weekend. We wanted to give you some tips on how to enjoy this Memorial Day weekend guilt-free.

Try grilling Veggie Kabobs! Try eating more of these to stay away from the potato salad and mac n cheese. Check out this website for some great recipe ideas

Burgers and hot dogs are two of the most traditional food items you will see on the grill this Memorial Day weekend. This year try grilling turkey burgers and turkey hot dogs. Follow this link for an amazing turkey burger recipe

Stay active! It is Memorial Day weekend after all and for most a long 3 day weekend. Get some exercise in. If there is a volleyball game or Frisbee game going participate! This weekend does not have solely be about eating.

Think and eat in moderation. Don’t arrive with the “all or nothing mentality”. Don’t deprive yourself of everything, but don’t eat everything in sight and tell yourself you will start over on Monday. Remember everything in moderation.

Drink plenty of water. We all know sodas, lemonade, and fruit juices are loaded with sugar. Remember staying hydrated and drinking plenty water also helps you know when you are really hungry. Not only will you avoid drinking your calories, but it will help you from over eating.

Fruit, fruit, and more fruit! Cold fruits make a great dessert. Watermelon, pineapples, strawberries, and melons will be popular this weekend as well.  Choose this to satisfy your sweet tooth after your meal instead of cake and cookies.

If you happen to be a meat lover, stick to the leaner meats like grilled chicken breasts or fish if available. Try to avoid all of the mayo filled dishes.  Load up on the good stuff and enjoy yourself.

Thinking about hosting your own Memorial Day cook off? Here are a few websites to check out for some delicious recipes ideas.

Mother’s Day Is Right Around The Corner, Here Are 7 Ways to Celebrate Mom!

Mother's Day Gift Ideas!
Mother’s Day Gift Ideas! (Photo credit: The Greenery Nursery)

As children in school we make finger painted cards and noodle necklaces for Mother’s Day. As we get older the search for the “Right” gift becomes a little more stressful and time consuming. Simply7 came up with 7 tips to help you find the best gift for mom this Mother’s Day.

  1.  Personalized Gifts always tend to touch the recipients heart a little more than a traditional gift. Giving mom a personalized card, piece of jewelry, or photo related gift will give her an item that connects you and her to the special occasion and relationship you have. To find reasonably priced personalized gifts for her go to
  2.  A gift basket of her favorite scents, lotions, candles, or soaps is a traditional, yet thoughtful gift. A woman can never go wrong with a basket full of her favorite goodies. A great website to shop for gift baskets is A custom made basket makes a great gift as well.
  3. Gift cards are easy and a great way to get mom to spend money on herself in places she wouldn’t normally. A gift card to a spa day, her favorite restaurant, pottery class, or a wine tasting are some great ideas to surprise her with.
  4. Flowers are the more traditional and popular gift choice on Mother’s Day, yet it still is a beautiful and colorful way to brighten her day. You can also, have them delivered to her job or house to make her feel a little more special around the office or house. Wanting to order flowers to get delivered?  Try ordering through or your local florist.
  5. If she enjoys cooking, gardening, travel, or crafts find creative gifts that match her interest. I would suggest looking on to have a variety of choices.
  6. Mothers are always the first and last to be in the kitchen. This Mother’s Day be the one cooking a home cooked meal for her and the family.
  7. Take her to a restaurant she has never been to or has wanted to go to, but has not had the chance to treat herself. Wanting to make reservations? Visit to avoid the wait.