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Jam/jelly substitutions

Instead of loading up your peanut butter sandwich with sugary jams, try smashing some grapes or blueberries instead. You save on calories and artificial sugars, and get in some of your daily 5 in the process!

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Chocolaty Pretzel Special K Bars

Salty, sweet, crunchy, chocolate, and only 90 calories??? What's not to love!!! My favorite go to snack (when the kids don't eat them all!!!).

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Canned vegetables

When using can vegetables spend 20 min rinsing vegetables over cold water, this will rinse a majority of the salt.

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Breath Mints

I always try and pop a breath mint (about 2 cals.) in my mouth before I go in the grocery store. Keeps me from wanting to try all those samples. It also helps cut down on the impulse buying of unhealthy sweets. Good for my waistline and my wallet both.

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Open Faced Sandwiches

Eat open faced sandwiches instead of using two pieces of bread. It is actually tastier because you don't have bread in the way of your fillings and you cut down on the extra calories of the extra piece of bread.

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Pre-portioning Nuts

I buy large bags of raw nuts at bulk discount stores then roast them myself at home to control the amount of oil and salt added. Then I can divide them into little containers that hold about an ounce, making it easy to grab the little snacks on the go with an apple or other fruit.

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"ONE DAY AT A TIME"

If you have never been a healthy eater and want to become one, it's not going to happen overnight. By adding one new vegetable or healthy food a week will slowly build your menu and before you know it, you won't be thinking twice about the unhealthy stuff.

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Skip dinner

Try to eat only fruits or a light salad for dinner. While you can eat anything during the day, eating light for dinner helps a lot in burning fat.

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Chew Gum!

Chewing gum is quite possibly, and quite literally, a lifesaver for me. Whenever I feel that craving coming on for something I don't need, I pop the gum in the my mouth and move on.

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Get Points for Creativity

Work on your presentation. Food taste better when it looks good on the plate. Play around with diffferent plating options. Creative presentations can get you engaged with your meal and you won't think of it as less or healthy it will just be good food!!!!

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