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spend time to save it later

In my world I know what foods I will eat and follow each with my tracker. I enter absolutely everything in it. I work up menus of various things and store them. I do admit that after a lifetime of cooking I dislike it and make easy fast and good foods. They may not be gourmet but they are all on pla...

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Avocado and Parsnip Salad anti aging salad

Avocado and Parsnip Salad
Anti-Aging

By: Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN

This anti-aging salad is a delicious mixture of hot and cold ingredients, all with healthy nutrients as well. The vitamin C in the tomatoes and avocado is good for skin health because itís a precursor to collagen th...

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Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2)

I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes Ė cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently Iíve begun reading about making healthy ingredient su...

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Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value

I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes Ė cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently Iíve begun reading about making healthy ingredient su...

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Healthy Cooking for The Family

As have a lot of people on Sparkpeople, I grew up eating up all the fried goodies my Mom could cook. She loved to make fried chicken, fried hamburgers, fried potatoes, lots of biscuits and sausage gravy with fried eggs,and don"t even get me started on the desserts she could whip in no time at all. A...

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Healthy Cooking and Loving it..

A lot of new men and women today have never learned to cook... The tend to go into a Grocery Store and by the Heat and Eat as I call them.. Way back in my day it was called TV Dinners.. Today they call some Health and easy to do.. but if you take a look at them ... There is a lot of things you may n...

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Cooking and Freezing Meals

I've been selecting Spark Recipes and cooking and freezing in one meal portions, It's been a life saver.

I spend one day a week and make 3 recipes. Then I divide the portions and freeze in individual servings. If I am serving the same meal to my husband, I simply defrost 2 portions.

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Cooking: Changing diet food into a sustainable lifestyle

Many people hear the word "diet" and think of torturous months of bland rabbit food. It most definitely does not have to be like this!

I have followed many different meal plans that were traditionally bland, felt extremely restrictive, or consisted of nothing but salads. And it was always s...

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Buy Only the Healthy Versions of Food

You can still enjoy food. Just eat the healthier version

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Reducing Fat

When a recipe calls for sauteed veggies, i.e. onions, peppers, etc.--I use water instead of oil--it works really well and no added fat.

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