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Fat-Free Whipped Topping and other low-calorie snacks

I keep fat-free whipped topping, sugar-free pudding, No Pudge brownies and other low calorie treats on hand. I eat these as a part of my regular diet, so I never feel deprived when I'm trying to watch what I eat. (My family also eats them and doesn't seem to notice the difference.)

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Using Coconut Milk

Many Curries call for the use of Coconut Milk.If the Litevariety is used by itself it makes the Curry thin and watery .Add a0.5 tbsp.of Rice flour to a can of Milk--whip for 30 seconds in a blender.Pour into the Curry and cook covered on low flame.The Curry gets a thicker texture and body this way.

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Use a Silpat for baking

If you don't want to add extra calories to your baked goods like cookies. Go to a cooking store and get a silpat. You never have to grease another cookie sheet. Silpats are non stick mats and you can wash them in the dishwasher. I have had mine for years!

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Lightly Dressed


Trading your creamy salad dressing for a vinaigrette may help you lose fat

Top salad with a tablespoon of this dressing:
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar mixed with 1/2 cup of olive oil, 2 teaspoons Dijon honey mustard, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. Store in fridge for up to...

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steaming

steaming veggies keeps in the freshness and tastes GREAT!! and no extra cals!!

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enjoy that store bought macaroni salad

I buy a pound of our favorite macaroni salad and toss it with a 1 pound bag of frozen veggies. try different veggies or mixes. no need to thaw. there is plenty of dressing for flavor, fewer calories overall, and you get in more veggies.

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Visit your library for free food ideas!

Cooking magazines are a great resource, but nobody wants to try every recipe in an issue or keep a bunch of issues cluttering their space. So head to the magazine section of the library with your notebook and write down your favorites to try throughout the month. Great, cheap way to get inspired!

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Eating With Your Eyes

Everyone knows that portion sizes have increased over the years and have many ways to battle them.
One trick we've found that works is to buy the junior size Hamburger buns.
A three ounce burger looks HUGE. Neither of our two adult sons have even noticed the difference in size and still have t...

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Zing up salads without dressing

I use flavored vinegars (Pomegranate Vinegar, Black Currant vinegar) on salads as a "salad dressing" (I don't use oil). They have little calories and add an incredibly wonderful flavor to the salad.

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salad dressing stretch

I just have to have dressing on my salads, so to save calories I use less than normal and sprinkle extra wine vinegar and lemon juice on top. I love the added zing!

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