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I Try NOT to Get Empty Spark Points

Using the SparkPoints is a very good tool, UNLESS you cheat to get them! I nearly fell into that habit, as I am one of those who really wants my points each day! However, it dawned on me that I am the only one I'm cheating when I say I've read things I haven't read, say I've done things I haven't do...

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Vegetable Beef Soup Starter

I use my slow cooker to cook a full batch of veggie broth soup starter with beef, onions, and black beans.

After letting it simmer all day on low I then split it into four parts, freezing three. That way I can add fresh veggies, pasta, barley, brown rice, etc. I try to always keep some kind a...

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Chew Gum While Cooking

I saw this tip on the Doctor Oz show and it's actually very helpful! When you chew gum while cooking you avoid grazing.

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Talk in the Kitchen w/Your Kids!

Kids of all ages can help and learn in the kitchen - the smallest kids can tear lettuce for salads, wash vegetables, or stir things in bowls. Talk about what you're doing - kids love to talk about the kinds of food they like best, and what they are most looking forward to enjoying in a meal.

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Veggies

When serving a dish that calls for pasta or rice, steam an extra amount of veggies. Cut your own rice/pasta serving in half, mix in the veggies and not only do you get more veggies, you also have not deprived yourself of the good stuff either. Works real good with spaghetti and rice a roni dishes.

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Lean Cuisene

I am single so I only have myself to cook for. If I don't want to make a fuss I have a Lean Cuisene and add a heaping side of fresh vegetable steamed.

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Easy Alternatives to cooking

It's easy to put together an impromptu meal with whole grains and protein etc in just a few minutes--try veggie burgers and whole grain toast and microwave some frozen veggies--and Voila! a meal!

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DIY TV Dinners

The best thing I did for my healthy lifestyle was invest in a small chest freezer and stacks of freezerware. I took one weekend, made about 10 different dishes, portioned them into individual servings, labeled them with necessary nutritional info, & froze for healthy instant convenience meals.

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Spinach

Eating spinach instead of lettuce.

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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

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