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Pumpkin Smoothies

I buy canned pumpkin (not pie mix -- just plain ol' pumpkin) and blend with my plain, non-fat yogurt, banana/frozen berries, and protein powder. If I don't use frozen fruit, then I toss in some ice. The pumpkin makes the texture almost fluffy, plus I start my day with a veggie!

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Smart Food Choices

Make the choice at the store, not in the kitchen.

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Hungry while running errands? Don't hit the fast food--hit the grocery store!

If you're not at home (eg. running errands) and you find that you're hungry, find a grocery store and run in. You can get tons of healthy snack options in small portions for very little money! This lets you satisfy your hunger without resorting to the drive through!

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Dip only your fork in your dressing

Instead of pouring salad dressing on your food, just dip the tips of the tines of your fork in the dressing before you stick the fork in the salad. This way, you'll have the flavor of the dressing in each bite while saving a lot of calories that your salad would normally be swimming in.

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Drinking Water Before Meals

I keep a small glass in the kitchen by the sink to remind to drink a glass of water before each meal.

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Cholesterol Counts


I track BEFORE I CONSUME that way I can change anything I go over on to a healthier choice.

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Wash it...

Take your temptation of choice to the kitchen sink and run it under the water from the faucet for a minute. If it's still there when a minute is up eat it.

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NO

A successful loser said to say NO to unhealthy, fattening foods at social events. I thought people would notice if I put a big N on 1 lens and an O on the other. So I decided to carry a worry stone, a smooth stone, with the word NO printed on in in my pocket or purse.

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Fooling Hubby with Veggies.

I disguise veggies like cauliflower by mashing it in with potatoes (no different taste). I also mashed parsnips with carrots and now he eats them. Try mixing a new veggie with a veggie that they like, in order to make them eat it.

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Beans, Greens, and Grains

For a quick and super-healthy meal, microwave one bag of frozen mixed veggies, then add one can of beans (any type, drained and rinsed), one cup of cooked brown rice or quinoa, and one can of tomatoes, + spices. A healthy and filling meal for two people, or one person with leftovers for lunch!

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