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food exchanges

I always substitute homemade applesauce (no added sugar) for oil and egg whites for eggs taking most of my recipes to very low fat and almost sugar free. Cuts the calories big time and the added flavor with the apple sauce makes things even more yummy

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CREAMY SALAD DRESSING

I make creamy salad dressings by using 0% Greek Yogurt and then I thin it out with some vinegar and olive oil. So the other day I mixed some yogurt with dry ranch dressing and then thinned it out -- DELICIOUS and VERY LOW CAL, just the olive oil counts!! YUM!!!

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I drink water when I cook

I always have my water with me when I cook. If I feel the urge to "nibble" I drink water. This really fills me up and I don't eat as much at meal time!!

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chicken

quick dinner

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Protein for Breakfast

Stir in a couple of tablespoons of your favorite salsa into a cup of cottage cheese. A yummy protein enriched and fast breakfast.

Add a large can of pumpkin to a brownie mix, spread in a cake pan and cook on 325 for 40 minutes until firmly set. A Store in fridge for a healthy chocolate fix.

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A really healthy, quick, breakfast

One of my favorite quick, healthy, breakfasts is a Whole Wheat Bagel, spread it with a wedge of Laughing Cow Light Cheese & top it with prunes. It is a great alternative to a pastry shop treat. YUMMY!

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Simple cake cutting hint

Little trouble can be experienced when cutting a standard cake baked in one container into two halves for spreading with cream or jam. Just bind a silk or cotton thread around the cake and draw it right through. Result clean cut and no mess.

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Use cayenne instead of salt

I have started using cayenne on just about everything: popcorn, rice, any meat, soup, potatoes, even on apples. It adds a little spice, but not really any flavor. I find that somehow this "tricks" my taste buds into forgetting there isn't any salt on my food, and I don't have regrets later!

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Add a rainbow to your meals

When planning a meal, think about the colors on your plate. One color meals are boring. For example, when making stir fry use RED bell peppers, zucchini (GREEN), PURPLE onion and chicken (WHITE). See how many colors of the rainbow you can include!

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cheesey cheese

found out that if I grate the cheese when I first buy it, (a) not so easy to pick at and (b) an ounce goes so much further in a jacket or as a topping for a meal or cheese on toast, believe me, my half pound of cheese lasted so much longer than before.

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