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Rhubarb, delicious, low calories, fibre & potassium

Spring is the time for rhubarb, it's high in vitamin C, has on average 1g of fibre per stalk, is not bad in the potassium department and tastes good.
Instead of sugar add sweet fruit like pineapple, apple or strawberries. Topped with low fat yogurt and some seeds & you have a tasty and healthy lu...

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Salad Dressing Substitute

I am probably one of only two people I know that HATES mayo and salad dressing of any kind. Instead of salad dressing on my salads I put Walden's Strawberry or Blueberry Calorie Free Syrups.

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Low fat Ricotta Cheese Frosting

1 tsp flour & 1 tsp low fat margarine
1/4 c milk, 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 c coconut powder
3-4 pkts stevia or splenda
1/2 to 1 tsp vanilla

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Pack road trip food

My mother and I are going on an 8 hour road trip on Saturday. Versus the cost of munchies and junk food on the way, I'll be packing all my own food for the cooler. A fraction of the cost and a fraction of the calories

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Less Salt

According to Ayurveda table Salt has lots of Sodium.Ayurveda advises the use of White Rock Salt instead---add it after the Food is 80% cooked---this will reduce the quantity of your Sodium intake.Failing White Rock Salt one can use Sea Salt too.

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Bring on the flavor!

Worried about how to make your low fat dishes flavorful? Put down the fat, and reach instead for some strong and healthy flavors instead. Lemon juice and jest can add some tartness to veggies, red pepper powder can add a spicy kick to meats, and you can never go wrong with garlic!

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Plan snacks you enjoy, and improve veggie/fruit counts!

Choosing a few snacks that are enjoyable, healthy, and easy to fix. I repeat the snacks each day. Seems like I'm never hungry since trying this.

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FAST FOOD - NOT A PROBLEM

When I'm out running errands and won't be home for lunch; I avoid the fast food drive through by packing a healthy meal (sandwich or salad ) in an ice filled cooler which I keep in the trunk of the car. That way I'm not tempted by french fries or chocolate shakes.

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eat one piece of fruit or veggie before every meal or integrate it into the meal

This way you'll be sure to get your daily servings and it'll make you fuller faster so you won't go over your calories so easy!

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Using Containers for Sliced Melons, Fruits and Veggies

When I buy a canteloupe, honeydew melon or watermelon ~ I slice it up and store the prepared fruit in the fridge a plastic lidded shoe box container from the $1 store. The fruit is ready to go and makes meal prep a snap. Also works well for storing prepared veggies such as carrot and celery sticks

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