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Cooking Secrets

Do you have a kitchen or cooking secret that saves time, calories or clean up?

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Think like a man

When woman are upset we tend to reach for food as a comfort. When men are upset they tend to hit the gym and power lift.

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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!

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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!

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Eating Breakfast

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

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Devin Alexander Cookbooks

Devin takes the food we love, ups the nutrition, lowers the calories and fat, and keeps it tasting just as good as the original. She wrote the Biggest Loser cookbooks, Fast Food Fix (which takes fast food favorites and makes them healthier), and The Most Decadent Diet Ever (my current favorite).

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Hold The Oil

If you must use oil for cooking, use olive oil or canola oil. They are healthier and your food doesn't absorb the oil. And your body will thank you too.

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Spices,Spices,S
pices!!

I know this sounds a little obvious, but the more boring meals become, the less likely we stick to a healthy food plan. Chicken breast and fish can be sooooooooo boring after awhile. Add spices and herbs! (fresh and dried). Change it up to change the tastes. Watch the salt however.

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Clean up that George Foreman Grill!

A quick way to clean up your grill is to get a clean dishrag or washcloth, wet and put it on the grill right after the food is done. The steam from the wet rag will help soften the hardened "bits" making it easier to clean up after your meal.

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Yogurt dessert

I use plain low fat or non-fat yogurt and add fresh strawberries or any other fruit, add artificial sweetener and let the mixture sit in the fridge for at least a half hour. It's delicious and low cal has calcium and fiber

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Easy tasty vegetables

By the end of the week, on the eve of my shopping day, I take all the vegetables out of my refrigretator, chop them up, add garlic and onions, a few herbs and spices, stick them all in an oven pan sprinkled with i teaspon of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and bake them for 20-30 min, and voila! Yum

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