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Spinach

Eating spinach instead of lettuce.

- Submitted by 73STRAWBERRIES 3/30/2010 in Cooking | 3 Comments

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Save time by knowing how much things hold

have dishes and such that you know how much they hold ie: a glass for milk (or other liquids) that you know holds I cup worth exactly. It helps keep you to your portions

- Submitted by MAQUESTA 3/30/2010 in Cooking | 2 Comments

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- Submitted by MCCALI59 3/30/2010 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Cooking ahead

I like to cook on the weekend to have meals prepared and ready when I walk in the door! Makes a great head start on the evening and my spare time!

- Submitted by FOXY-NESS 3/30/2010 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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One recipe at a time

The easiest way for me to get into a healthy habit is by going slowly. So I add one healthy recipe to my diet at a time. Then once I have that recipe down I add another and eventually everything we're eating at home is healthy. I might try a healthy dessert to add one week or a healthy entree next..

- Submitted by LILLYANNASMOM 3/30/2010 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Applesauce

In many if not most baked goods, you can substitute unsweetened applesauce for cooking oil. 1/2 cup applesauce for 1/2 oil--and muffins, etc. are just as moist and delicious--and lower in fat and calories!

- Submitted by BARBARASDIET 3/30/2010 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Savng the Sodium on Salad Dressing

I tried lemon juice as a dressing. It tasted much better than I thought and certainly helps in watching sodium levels.

- Submitted by WESLEYV 3/30/2010 in Cooking | 2 Comments

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Chewing Gum While Baking

To keep myself from cheating while baking for my family by licking the spoon or trying a crumb, I pop in a piece of gum. Simple yet effective!

- Submitted by HARLEYSLP 3/30/2010 in Cooking | 5 Comments

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Plan!

Plan your meals for the entire month. Shop two times a month. Weeks 1 and 2, then shop for weeks 3 and 4. By planning out your meals your are more likely not to eat out!

- Submitted by REMYSMOMMY 3/30/2010 in Cooking | 4 Comments

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Eating Breakfast

Eating an egg white omelet loaded with veggies is a great way to start my day.

- Submitted by RAVEN227 3/30/2010 in Cooking | 0 Comments
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