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Budget calories for dessert

I always save 100 or so calories of my daily budget for dessert. This prevents me from feeling deprived and satisfies my sweet tooth while keeping me well within my calorie range for the day. It also helps prevent binging since I know I can have that pudding or chocolate chip cookie.

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Strawberries

If you want to add sweetness to strawberries without adding sugar or artifical sweetners, try a couple of tablespoons of balsamic vinegar. It's delicious and healthy.

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Pizza

On those days when you choose pizza (for whatever reason), choose thin crust and vegetable toppings only. This can save up to 150 calories a slice! Two pieces with a salad and water is a 500 calorie dinner that feels like a huge cheat, but can be part of a healthy day.

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Curb Those Afternoon Sweets Cravings

When the afternoon sweest cravings hit, I break out my sugar free gum. The sweetness satisfies my sweet tooth and the chewing keeps my mouth too busy to snack on junk.

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Organic

Just because a food is labeled organic does not mean it is good for you, organic soda is still soda. There is evidence that soils rich in organic matter produce more nutritious food, food with more vitamins, flavonoids, and minerals.

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snacking

i found that if you plan to snack on fresh fruit or veggie you eat less at meal time , and get less hungry doing the day.

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Spliting up

I buy large bananna at the store. I cut in half and have half on my oatmeal in the morning and the other half as an evening snack before my jog.

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Snacking

Spend some time making fruits and vegetables easily accessible. As soon as possible after bringing your produce home, wash, cut up, and store in clear containers. You (and your family) are more likely to reach for these ready-to-eat healthy choices. I also found we have much less spoilage.

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amazing snack only 70 cal

quick, easy, crunchy, flavorful

sourdough crispbread (any flavor will do)
one wedge of garlic and herb laughing cow cheese spread on top

great for those that love that crunchy texture
very satisfying

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Neat Snack

Try this for a fun and different snack:
1/4 cup of honey nut cheerios
10 rasberries
10 blackberries
4 Trader Joe non pareils- cut in half

Mix together in a bowl- EAT.

Total calories - roughly 165- per my labels, etc.

Love it- keeping me full.

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