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Writing a Menu

Since we are on fixed income of SS and get paid only once a month. I write out a monthly menu before I go shopping. That way you can easily keep track of your calories and get healthy foods to eat. You can vary as much as like when fixing your meals but at least you have a staring place,

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Banana oatmeal

When I make my morning oatmeal, I use 1/2c quick cook oatmeal, and 1 cup skim milk (for the calcium). I microwave for 2 min then mash up a ripe banana or add 1/3 sugar free applesauce and cinnamon. The fruit adds enough sweetness and the whole bowl is really filling but just 320 calories.

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Preparing for the week.

After I grocery shop, I force myself to clean all my fruits and veggies. I use small storage containers that are flat and stack easily. When I am looking to snack, I am more likely to grab something healthy because it is ready.

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Saving Time Cooking

When chopping onions, garlic and celery, I chop multiple onions, celery and garlic and put them in snack size baggies to store in the freezer. That way when I need to cook something with them in there, I just pull a bag out and it's already done!

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DO NOT OVERCOOK YOUR MEALS

I STEAM MY VEGGIES AND MAKE SURE THEY STILL HAVE A SLIGHT CRUNCH TO THEM.
I BAKE FISH, NO MORE FRYING.
I DON'T OVERCOOK MY MEALS AS I ONCE DID!

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Frozen Leftover serving size

When I freeze left over meat, I weigh it before putting it into a container. I put a small sticker on the container with the weight, so when I use it later I know how much is there, and don't have to estimate.

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Easy Oatmeal

I make Oatmeal every morning. I use the Old Fashioned Quaker Oats but I still microwave it. I use 1/2 cup Oats and 1 cup water and cook for 2 minutes. I have a canister that I store the Oatmeal in and I also keep a 1/2 cup measuring cup in there too..makes preparing it that much quicker.

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At Home

Cooking and eating at home saves calories

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I make two...

When I am making tuna noodle casserole....or Spinach stuffed turkey meatloaf....mac & cheese....I make two....and freeze one so that I always have a delicious meal...even when I have no time to cook. I freeze it in the small casserole dish that I am putting in the oven.

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Low Calorie Refreshing Tuna Fish

Instead of mayo, I use low or fat free ranch dressing and mustard with the tuna. I dice cucumber with skin into it. It makes for a refreshing, low calorie and flavorful dish!

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