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Perking Up Water

When I am over plain water, I perk it up by adding a tbsp of kool-aid to a bottled water. The kool-aid adds a little kick without all the calories of adding the full measure.

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Breakfast

Breakfast is my favorite meal. I eat oatmeal. Can be made many ways as I mentioned before. It's oooh sooo good!!

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A Healthy Breakfast

I like to put an 1/8 of a cup of walnuts and 1/2 a cup of blueberries in my breakfast cereal. Whether I'm having a cold or hot cereal. The walnuts are a great MUFA (Monounsaturated Fat and blueberries are full of antioxidants.

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Cook in large batches but eat in small ones

I started this when I was racing around trying to find healthy things to take for lunch at work. I cook large batches on the weekend, and then put them into serving-sized containers in the fridge. Ready to grab and go, no thinking required.

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Spark People Recipes

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Extra commercials are right

Have a craving, chew a piece of gum. I personally prefer strong mint flavored gum, Trident White to be exact, which gives the added bonus of whitening my teeth. It's also a great way to deal with those times when you want to stress eat.

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Easy Food Weighing

When weighing food, I put a piece of plastic wrap on the plate or scale before adding the food, then you can wrap it up and take it with you and the plate/scale doesn't get dirty.

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A penny's worth

Do you sock away a penny for each SparkPoint? Take the month's worth and spend it on healthy produce at the farmer's market.

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Cook spaghetti in the microwave - quick & easy (click to view all the steps)

Looking for a fast and easy way to cook spaghetti or pasta with little clean up? Now you can use your microwave.
- Add spaghetti to a large plastic container. Break in half if needed.
- Fill box with water so that all of the spaghetti is under water. Add salt or any spices you like, then...

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For FF Lovers

Wash and cut potatoes into FF strips. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray baking pan with PAM. Put single layer of potatoes in pan and Lightly spray with PAM. Cook for 20-25 minutes. Adjust time if using thicker FF.
No grease no salt.

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