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4/23/14 8:20 P

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Just finished reading the thread on suggestions to avoid chocolate. I love raisins and/or craisins, but never think to have them in place of chocolate. Also, you suggested sliced red peppers, carrots etc. My problem is that when I want the chocolate, I wanted then, not having to cut up veggies first. Any idea on how long cut up veggies will last if I do them in advance?


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4/23/14 7:12 A

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Can you do like I do when I use Craisins (and raisins) in baking? I soak them in hot water and drain them off after about 15 minutes. It gets ride of a lot of the sugar plus it plumps them up :)

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3/10/14 9:04 A

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Thanks for those great suggestions! I really liked the craisins because they were the same general size & shape of an M&M, and also required no prep, just dump them out of the box. For me, carrots require dip like hummus or ranch because I really don't care for them raw. The peppers do sounds great though as well as grapefruit, which I haven't had in a very long time. I'm going to try raisins again too, they aren't my favorite but unlike the craisins they have no added sugar.

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3/7/14 7:08 P

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First question to ask is why do you have to dip carrots? Of all the vegetables out there carrot has a lot of sugar all on it's own. Just slice the carrots up and go for it. From carrots, try some sliced sweet red peppers, or cucumbers. Or go for fruit that can be broken up into sections, like an orange or grapefruit? Toss an apple into the oven and cook it down with some cinnamon, sprinkle with oats or nuts (or gingersnaps, if you can handle having them in your home, without going overboard). And if you don't want something to chewing, a sweet natural roobios tea can help.

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3/7/14 11:32 A

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In the past I've replaced chocolately snacks like M&Ms with craisins. That isn't going to work if I'm taming that sweet tooth! Any suggestions for something small and takes a bit to chew and doesn't really require a dip (like a carrot) that I can try to replace chocolate?

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