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Buy shredded cheese; eat far fewer calories

I never thought I'd ever buy shredded cheese but I've found it a great help in my craze for nibbling cheese. Sprinkle just a few grains on salads, baked potatoes etc and you get the taste of cheese without all the calories.

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protein drink

I mix my protein drink for breakfast and then I sneak in one cup of frozen spinach.....and you can't taste it and it's a power house of goodness, I also add in berries or frozen banana slices..... Life is Good !

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Cucumber Water

Just add a slice or two of cucumber to your ice water...very refreshing, feels like I'm enjoying something from a spa!

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Favorite snack - cheese & crackers

My favorite afternoon snack is Special K (Italian Tomato & Herb or Multi-grain) crackers (17 crackers = 90 calories) & a wedge of Laughing Cow Light original or garlic & herb (1 wedge = 35 calories). It's just enough to hold me over til dinner =)

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No Fat Please!

Avoid foods that are "lite/low-fat/nonfat"! Because removing the fat from foods doesn't necessarily make them non-fattening. Carbs can also make you fat. Many low/nonfat foods boost the sugars to make up for the loss. While demonizing 'fat', we give a free pass to other, allegedly "good" nutrients.

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Boredom water

I don't know about you, but when I'm bored, I can get munchy. Having water available to me - and closer than snacks - means sometimes I drink water just to do SOMETHING. I bring my "boredom water" in the car to drink while I drive, sit it next to me at work... and that's how I drink so much water!

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spinach, spinach everywhere

I eat a huge spinach salad everyday and put fresh spinach on everything - sandwiches, pizza, pasta, eggs, etc. It's a super food with very few calories and tons of nutrients.

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Buy a condiment squirt bottle with a narrow tip for your salad dressing.

I use one of those plastic condiment squeeze bottles with a narrow tip for my salad dressings. Even my kids can use the bottle without squirting too much out onto the salad. It saves TONS of calories and fat by squeezing out a smaller stream. This saves money too!

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Use Greek Yogurt Instead of Sour Cream

Using plain low-fat or fat-free Greek yogurt instead of sour cream (on nachos, chili, etc.) will give you the thick, creamy consistency without (or with little) fat and A LOT of protein.

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Try New Foods

I'm almost 50 and I've started trying one new food every month.

Previously I didn't "like" tomatoes. Now, I still won't eat them plain, but, I will use them in cooking and eat them in salads.

I have added some foods to my staples. Others, I've tried I didn't care for and won't eat ...

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