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Herbs are the best helper

I do not use salt, I use herbs in almost everything I cook, rosemary under the steak on the grill, mint in the zucchini, cinnamon in the coffee. Try yourself and find your favorites.

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Roasted Vegetables to help get all servings in every day

I have started roasting vegetables-just lay out in a roasting pan with a small amount of olive oil and various spices (according to the veggie); roast on 375degrees for about 30 minutes and they are just awesome! It is a treat-I roasted asparagus this week and had some left over; I wrapped a piece ...

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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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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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Plan. Plan. Plan.

I have always said it, plan out those meals. I've gotten good at making b/l/d the day before I go to my two jobs. I don't often need to supplement my day's worth of premade meals. But how about a week ahead? It requires veggies that wont spoil in 5 or 6 days. It is also best to freeze everythin...

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Buddha Bowls are Delicious and Nutritious

We always have brown rice and a few Asian staples on hand (ginger, miso, rice vinegar, tahini, etc). If we're not feeling inspired by anything else in our fridge or cookbooks, Buddha/Goddess bowl are our go-to recipe.

Cook up some rice (or other grain, if that's what you prefer), top it off ...

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My favorite lower fat substitute for mayo

I try to eat healthier but there are some recipes that I have struggled to whittle the calories down. Tuna and chicken salad would be one of those things. To me, they just needed mayo. And to make matters worse, I cannot get past the taste of lower fat, lower calorie versions on store shelves. T...

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Barley for Breakfast

What has twice the protein and almost half the calories as oats? Barley, and itís about time we started eating it for breakfast.
Not only does barley have a wonderfully nutty flavor and a chewy, hearty texture, but itís also a nutritious, high-fiber grain that boasts an array of health benefits. ...

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Why cooking at home is best for weight loss

A new report shows that eating a healthy home cooked meal can put you on the fast track to a slimmer waistline and a healthier, fitter you.

The less you cook, the more weight you gain. I found people who cook their own dinner most nights tend to swallow significantly less sugar, fat, and calo...

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Upgrade your Smoothie

When you need breakfast or a snack and you need it fast, it doesn't get much easier than smoothies. There is no quicker way to get your daily serving of fruit (and these days, even a dose of vegetables) into your body. along with tons of antioxidants and other nutrients. And you won't find any smoot...

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