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  • Sugar-Free Ketchup With Lemon Zest And Chili Paste

    7/25/2016 6:07:20 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Are you grill'in and out of ketchup? Well then, make your own! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 6-oz. can of tomato paste 1/3 c water 2 tbsp. of your preferred sugar substitute (optional) 2 tbsp. onions 2 cloves garlic 1 tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. ground allspice... Read more

  • Chard Salad

    7/24/2016 8:57:35 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I will meet you in the garden! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 3 lb. chard stems 1 qt. water 1 clove garlic 1 tsp. salt 1/3 c. oil 1/2 c. lemon juice 1 tsp. dried crushed mint Directions~ Cut chard stems into 1-inch pieces and boil them in water ... Read more

  • 30 Ways to Lose It! - Pounds that is! #12

    7/24/2016 8:35:38 AM, by ELIZABETHBECK1

    Ok, #12 Avoid foods that contain preservatives and artificial sweeteners. Let me address artificial sweeteners first. These are just plain horrible. Every nutritionist that we have met in 3 different states for my daughter (NC, KY, and PA) told us they would rather Savannah have raw suga... Read more

  • Oatmeal Muffins

    7/23/2016 8:39:18 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Have you had your oat;s today? Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 c of quick cooking oatmeal 3/4 c of milk (whole, 1 or 2% or skim) 1/2 c of vegetable oil 1/3 c packed brown sugar 1 egg 1 c of flour 3 tsps baking powder Dash of salt 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1... Read more

  • Tangy Thai-style Melon And Chicken Salad

    7/22/2016 8:40:37 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Have a healthy lunch on me! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 12 ounces cooked, shredded chicken 1/4 tsp kosher salt 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper 1/4 c lime juice 3 Tbsps fish sauce 2 tsp sugar 1 clove garlic, grated or minced 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper (... Read more

  • Oven Baked Chips

    7/21/2016 10:08:29 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Do you have the munchies but do not want all the fat? Well grab a good movie and...Take a peek! Ingredients~ 4 Russet (baking) potatoes, peeled and sliced about 1/8-inch think 1/2 stick butter, melted Coarse salt to taste Directions~ Pr... Read more

  • Shrimp Avocado Tacos

    7/20/2016 9:03:44 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, HEALTHY taco's for dinner! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 3/4 pound medium shrimp, peeled, deveined, and cooked 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained 1/4 c sliced scallions 1 avocado, diced and peeled 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1/2 c bot... Read more

  • Recapping Ways 1-11 to lose weight (Because I NEED IT!)

    7/19/2016 9:33:19 AM, by ELIZABETHBECK1

    #1 - Have a plan and set realistic goals. #2 - Eat slow and often #3 - Eat breakfast everyday #4 - Don't eat past 7:30pm #5 - Eat vegetables with every meal #6 - Eat protein at every meal #7 - Eat good fats #8 - Cook at home #9 - Always read the labels #10 - Banish foods with high... Read more

  • Spicy Vegan Sloppy Joes

    7/19/2016 9:04:05 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Our internet has been on the blink AGAIN but not to fret, it is back up and so I present to you...Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 pound cremini mushrooms, halved 1 Tbsps extra-virgin olive oil 1 large sweet onion, diced 1 3/4 cups light beer Kosher salt 1/... Read more

  • I really found this blog extremely helpful this morning!

    7/15/2016 8:55:58 AM, by ELIZABETHBECK1
    -eating/ It was just what I needed to hear this morning! Yes, several years ago but golly, hit the nail on the head for me this morning!... Read more

  • 30 Ways to Lose It! - Pounds that is! #11

    7/14/2016 4:39:49 PM, by ELIZABETHBECK1

    #11 Limit Sugar and Refined Starches Ah. My vices! I'm currently eating a homemade biscuit with butter and raspberry jelly and drinking a MONSTER drink. (cough) I should have reached for the cantaloupe or tomato on my counter instead and a nice cold glass of water. I'm addicted to... Read more

  • Super Frustrated

    7/10/2016 6:53:47 AM, by ELIZABETHBECK1

    With Sparkpeople website! Seriously. I don't know what happened but for the past several weeks it takes FOREVER to do ANYTHING onSpark! Am I the only one this is happening to? For instance, to go from one place to the next. Say Sandy's blog to home page may take up to 2-3 minutes!!!! I'm... Read more

  • Tilapia Fillets With Olive-Caper Butter

    7/6/2016 11:35:59 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I hope that y'all have had a safe and healthy 4th! I have been swamped but now I am here to present to you this...Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1/4 c unsalted better, at room temperature. 2 tbsp green olives, finely chopped (do not use pimiento-stuffed variet... Read more

  • 30 Ways to Lose It - Pounds that is! #10

    7/5/2016 4:31:08 PM, by ELIZABETHBECK1

    Banish foods with high salt content Typically this is true for most people. There are a few individuals that do need a higher salt intake to increase blood pressure and aid with hypotension. However, I'm pretty sure most of us fall under the eat LESS salt category. I've never watche... Read more

  • 30 Ways to Lose It - Pounds that is! #9

    7/2/2016 8:46:55 AM, by ELIZABETHBECK1

    #9 - Always read labels Guilty. I know IF I did this then half the food I purchase would not be purchased nor consumed. Chemicals, blech! I also feel guilty for serving this food to my husband and children. I do well for a few weeks at a time but then I crave to the processed pizza, raman... Read more

  • Marinated Vegetable Salad And Salmon

    7/2/2016 12:45:14 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Did you forget to add salmon to your grocery list this week? Well let me jog your memory! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 4 stalks celery 3 large carrots 2 large zucchini 2 cups broccoli florets 1 clove garlic, pressed 1/2 c vegetable oil 1/4 c minced onio... Read more

  • Sweet Potato Bread

    7/1/2016 12:14:46 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, What was I think'in! It is way to hot to bake bread but a woman's gotta do what a woman's gotta do! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 7 to 7-1/2 cups white flour 1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour 1 Tbsp sugar 1-1/2 tsps salt 2 packages dry yeast 4 Tbsps melted butt... Read more

  • Strawberry Lemonade

    6/30/2016 10:25:01 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Let calgon take ya away or better yet...Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 c strawberries, hulled and sliced 1/2 c sugar 1 c fresh lemon juice 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 cups cold sparkling water Directions~ Put the strawberries into a blender or food p... Read more

  • Fresh Tomato And Basil Quiche

    6/29/2016 12:05:54 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, You might as well just stay in the garden! Take a peek! Ingredients~ Crust for 10-inch quiche pan 1 tsp olive oil 1 c slivered onion 1 clove garlic, chopped 3/4 c shredded mozzarella cheese 1/4 c shredded fresh basil 1 c evaporated skim milk 1-1/2 ... Read more

  • Kale With Lemon And Garlic

    6/28/2016 10:01:43 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, It's back out to the garden for this healthy and not to forget, yummy dish! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 3 to 4 pounds fresh kale Olive oil 2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced or crushed Salt to taste Lemon wedges Directions~ Clean kale thoro... Read more