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Chicken Broth

Whenever I'm cooking and the recipes calls to saute vegetables in oil or butter, I use broth instead. It saves so many calories and tastes the same

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Grating ginger for stir fries.

I prefer Ginger root for stir fries. I store my ginger root in a zipper bag in my freezer. When I want the ginger I just remove the end skin and grate the frozen root over the pot.
It goes through the fine grater and sprinkles over the surface. No clumping. I return ginger in bag to the freezer...

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Avoid those little calories

You put a lot of calories on when your cooking by tasting your food so see if it seasoned right. If you brush your teeth and tongue first the food will taste funny and with a nice fresh breath you don't want to put something in your mouth to spoil that freshness.

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bake potato in a bag

quick and easy! I hate waiting for food to cook. So, I placed a potato in a plastic grocery bag trapped air in the bag. tid the bag closed. and set the time to cook for 5 mins. Wow! it really works. A fresh bake potato when ever you want

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Most valuable tool.

My most valuable kitchen tool for dieting is a nonstick fry pan.
I use it for almost every meal with nocalorie cooking spray.

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Cheeseburger

Opt for a plain hamburger/turkey/chicken burger and spread Laughing Cow on your bun/bread/sandwich thin/bagel thin and save on calories; 1 wedge is approx 35 calories and it's delicious!

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Vegetables water

Don't throw it away. Either use it to add up for your daily water intake or make nice soups with it. Leek, broccoli and coliflower water are in my opinion the best.

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Prepare fruits ahead

Cut up large fruits like canteloupe and water melons all at once and put chunks in a large bowl and keep in the fridge for fast easy snacking. You'll be less tempted to eat something 'unhealthy'.

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Spices Are a Way of Life

In order to keep the same foods interesting, I buy a variety of salt free seasonings from Penskey's spices. I'm able to create a different "flavor" every night of the week and it keeps me from getting bored with my meal plan.

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Cooking up Some Fun

Download the free e-cookbook and show your child the joy of cooking. It offers healthy alternatives & ideas for parents & caregivers of children. http://www.peelregion.ca/health/obesity/resources/pdfs/cookbook.pdf

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