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brownies

I put apple sauce in my brownie mix instead of butter and eggs!

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2 (or 3 or 4) for 1 meals

When you are cooking dinner - think about leftovers.
Make 2 or 3 extra servings & use that for lunch or dinner over the next week - Great for Chili (put on baked potato or make taco salad) or Grilled Chicken.

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Spices Can Open Up a Whole New World!

I love trying new spices - they can turn a plain chicken breast from Italian to Cajun to Moroccan to Thai!

Some great resources are www.thespicehouse.com, www.penzeys.com, or www.victoriagourmet.com. Also try the bulk spices department at your local fancy grocer!

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greek yogurt

fAT FREE USE IN PLACE OF MAYO, OR SOUR CREAM OR IN SAUCES THAT REQUIRE CREAM.JUST ADD DIJON MUSTARD OR SPICES FOR FLAVORING SAVES CALORIES AND FAT

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Have the right tools!

Make sure you understand and control portions by having measuring cups and spoons handy, smaller bowls and plates (custard cup, salad-sized), and, if you find it helpful, a food scale.

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Weekly Food Prep

On Sunday afternoons, I plan my food for the week and prepare my food for lunch. I then bag up my veggies and fill my lunch containers with my daily meals. Each day I am able to grab my lunch and quickly head out the door. No room for cheating when it's already made. Great time saver too!!

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Better Than Peanut Butter

I love peanut butter and I have tried living without it, but it was hard. I had been finding other alternatives for the food I love, but I was having a hard time finding a pb swap until I discovered Better Than Peanut Butter. Its fantastic and tastes EXACTLY like peanut butter. 2 TBSP = 100 cals!

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no clean-up for slow cooker

I just love the new Reynolds slow cooker bags. I put one in my slow cooker every time I use it. Once the meal is done you simply pull out the bag throw it away. No more soaking or scrubbing of your slow cooker.

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Use Recipe Calculator to create a healthy recipe

I use the Recipe Calculator to determine calorie count of a new recipe. I check the recipes on file to see if someone else has made it yet or create my own recipe and add it to my Meal Planner

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Join a CSA!

Community-Supported Agriculture is good for local farmers AND your waistline! By investing in a farm for a season, you, get a weekly share of locally grown fresh - often organic - veggies and fruits (many farms offer beef, poultry, and dairy as well). I've learned to love a huge variety of veggies!

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