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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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Weights and Measures

I bought a decent digital scale that measures in both kg and ounces.

I weigh out all my foods for accurate accounting.

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almonds

I once heard a health guru say that for breakfast they ate 28 almonds (194 calories). They are a healthy alternative to just snacking on sweets. A jar sits on my kitchen counter top for when the munchies are taking over. And they're good for you!

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Broth

years ago we keep a stock pot on the stove and put all peeling and scraps in it and let it cook then strained it to use the broth

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Crockpot

Using a crock pot is a great way to stay healthy when you have a busy hectic lifestyle. You get great flavor when you let the ingredients meld together all day long. You can monitor what you put in, and because it cooks all day you don't have to put as much salt in to get the flavor you want.

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homemade broth

save all your peelings in the freezer and when you have enough put it all in a pot of water and cook up your own broth for soup............

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to start a life style change

clean all the big carb foods out of your pantry or cupboards.
A great start for your new life style change.

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COOKING LOW SALT

WHAT EVER YOU COOK, COOK WITH VERY LITTLE SALT. SUGAR, THE SAME.. OR USE SUBSTITUTE!

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