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MARSHBABE's Photo MARSHBABE Posts: 71
11/10/08 9:25 A

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Oh he's trickier than that to manage. lol For example his fresh apple has to be one of two kinds not available year round, no bruising at all, and no blemishes whatsoever on the skin. And apples are the only fruit he eats. But since after 8 years he has declared that he needs to eat more healthily he is at least thinking about being more open minded.

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11/8/08 10:10 P

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MarshBabe, that does make it tougher! You might need to stick more to whole foods that he can't complain about (like an apple vs. an apple pie with artificial sweetners). And that would be a good decision overall, anyway, right?

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11/8/08 5:50 P

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I can make healthy substitutions for me with ease, but my husband is not just picky about the taste, he is very very picky about the texture of his food and sees differences that I would never notice.

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10/19/08 4:01 P

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Thinking of baking (which I don't do often), when I make brownies, I use the low-fat mix and add mashed black beans. It really increases the fiber, and the beans pick up the chocolate flavor and really seem like little pieces of chocolate. My 9 year old god-daughter helped me make them for her birthday, and thought they were delicious!

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10/18/08 6:50 P

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I'll even do it with chocolate chip cookies. I don't mind the stronger flavor, but if I'm baking to take somewhere, sometimes I don't. A lot of people aren't used to it and the taste is "off" to them. Works fine for me, though. emoticon

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10/18/08 8:08 A

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I never thought of substituting part of the white flour with a grain based flour. It was either all or nothing for me. I'll try this! Thanks!

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10/13/08 9:13 P

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I take butter and mix it with olive oil. I use that in place of all butter.

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Good article, I do some of those things already, I love the whole wheat pastas, I like the nutty flavor, since joining SP when I look at a recipe I try and see where I can make changes to make it healthier and usually the changes don't make a difference in the taste.

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Brown rice is very expensive so we just use white rice. For margarine we use a calorie reduced kind by presidents choice, its got all of the good fats and none of the bad. When we have recipes like chili or something meaty, I usually add a whole can of diced or crushed tomatoes to make the meat stretch further. Also for pasta we use flax seed pasta instead of just plain whole wheat, its better on calories and you dont even notice its whole wheat! When we have things like meatloaf, instead of filling it with bread crumbs I add wheat germ, wayyy better for you and you dont even notice it.

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8/17/08 10:07 A

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I also use Mrs. Dash. I don't even know where my salt shaker is anymore.

I also use Olive Oil when I do need cooking oil.

I do still like a pasta dish occassionally. I buy the Dreamfields pasta as it has more digestible carbs in it than the other pasta's; and it tastes great!

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8/12/08 9:22 P

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That sounds good-thanks!

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8/12/08 11:52 A

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The other night, my daughter, niece, and boyfriend wanted something sweet to eat. I cut up some strawberries, using a little splenda to sweeten them, put them over no sugar angel food cake, and added about 1/4 cup of sfff white chocolate pudding. They loved it and had no clue it was healthier than the normal version of strawberry shortcake.

I definitely enjoy getting creative with substitutions!

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8/12/08 9:46 A

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Thanks for the helpful article. Surprisingly (at least to myself), I already do a lot of the things she recommends. I know they're not to everyone's taste, but I like the whole grain pastas. They come in varieties other than wheat, so those of you who don't like whole wheat may want to try some of the other kinds, like quinoa, etc. I also use brown rice all the time, I don't even like white rice any more. I also agree with some of the other posters, the Smart Balance spread is really good and very healthy. I think once you start incorporating some of these changes/substitutions, they become second nature, and you don't even think about them anymore, you just do them. But it never hurts to be reminded about them!

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8/12/08 1:29 A

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Great ideas!

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8/11/08 2:21 P

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All of the suggestions in the article we already do. Whole wheat pasta and low fat cheeses are too expensive. My husband is usually surprised when I make a recipe as it is written. Many times I use only half the meat in one dish meals and up the vegetables. You get the meat flavor, but not all the fat, calories, and cholesterol.

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8/10/08 9:49 P

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Thanks!

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Gail - thanks for the DeBoles Pasta suggestion. I'll give it a try.

LishDN - great ideas. I've recently tried the Smart Balance, but it might be the light. I find it a bit harder than what I was using. I've never tried Mrs. Dash, but it's now on my list as well. I rarely salt things, but there are a few things I do.

Also, when I eat out, it's usually me, so I usually plan on ordering something that I can take half of it home for another meal. Works out great.

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Great substitutions/changes...there were several I didn't know about and now have written down. This is why I love SP! Thanks guys!

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We sub the salt for Mrs. Dash...its really good! Try the Garlic and herb on a baked potato...its the healthiest and cheapest way to get the flavor of Garlic Fries minus the fat. We load up when Mrs. Dash is on sale.

We no longer use butter. We tried Smart Balance Buttery Spread about 4 years ago, we have never bought butter or any margarines again. It taste just like butter but for this particular item, we stick to regular, the light was lacking something...sometimes its worth getting the regular and staying away from non fats, low fats, etc. We did a lot of research on Smart Balance, its like miracle butter I swear, with Omega's and a great taste! But we do limit our intake.

DH and I are picky eaters. We don't like left overs so sometimes its actually cheaper for us to go out and eat. We are not afraid to use coupons, we don't care where we are. We are both unemployed and struggling, we do what we have to. Coupons can be a great way to get a delicious meal! We share a $5 footlong from Subway, can't beat that. We share most of our meals when we go out, we only ask for water and we stay away from appetizers. When we go out to eat, we try to eat to satisfy, not fill up.

Sushi is a wonderful journey. It actually can be inexpensive if you stick to these tips. Stay away from boxed lunches, with $15+ per box, you can get more of what you want ordering individual. My meal looks like this: Miso soup ($1), side salad ($1), edamame appetizer (free), hot tea (free), water (free), 1/2 Super CA roll ($2.50 per person), 2 shrimp & rice roll ($3) and if I go on a Saturday, they give you a free appetizer...it can be a very filling day! And this is a very nice Sushi restaurant where most people drop a $100 a dinner.

Its easy to share Mexican food for example, share a buritto and a small nachos with no meat. We order one item plates if we don't want to share. I really don't need two items...beans and rice is filling and then you can feel good about enjoying the free chips and salsa. Pile on the salsa if its free! Its very good for you and did I mention its usually free? Save your money on drinks, how many flavors does one really need anyways? Water is always free and filtered. This change can easily save you $3-6 per meal which also affect the tax and the tip if you live in CA. And we can always find coupons, buy one meal get the other meal free deals at these local places.

Each time we spend money on food out, it comes out of the grocery bill. I manage this by writing it down on the calendar. This keeps me on track when we do go out to eat. I know and realize that I need to make wise decisions as it could mean nothing but beans and rice at the end of the month..which is actually ok by us, we love beans and rice!!!

Have a healthy day!!!

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My husband makes homemade pizza. I add mushrooms or a vegetable to mine to try to add nutrition.

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Great article, you might try DeBoles ww pasta with Jerusalem Artichoke I find the texture and taste very good. Won't stand up to delicate seasoning but does fine with any robust sauce.

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This idea was really helpful too! THANKS.

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I came across this article today with hints for making healthier home cooked meals. We know most of these, but it never hurts to be reminded.

Do you use any tricks not listed in the article to make your meals healthier?

I frequently substitute whole wheat flour for half the white when I bake and I've switched to brown rice. However, as much as I try the whole wheat pasta's, they are just too strong for me.

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