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Stop When Full

If you are truly full it is okay to stop eating and save the rest for later even if your calories are low. By the same token if you are truly hungry it is okay to eat a little more. Just make sure it is healthy.

Our bodies don't know calorie ranges. The ranges are an overall guideline.

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Mayo substitution

When making tuna you can substitute half the mayo with twice the amount of reduced fat sour cream. Taste great and no extra calories.

My tuna has one tablespoon mayo and two tablespoons of the sour cream. Moist and tasty.

Can't wait to see how this works with potato salad.

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Sugar Free Pancake Syrup

Sugar free pancake syrup is a wonderful way to moisten baked sweet potatoes without having to add a lot of butter. It is also very good in and on top of oatmeal.

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Double Duty

Your crew eat differently than you and you don't want to cook two different meals. Just let some dishes pull double duty. When I make a pot of beans I pull mine out when they are done and then add the sausage and things that I don't eat into the main pot. You can also cook a larger batch and pull...

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Revisit your Spark Goodies

If you are feeling a bit discouraged or facing a plateau and could really use a boost just revisit your Spark Goodies. Seeing the encouragement from others often helps us get past those momentary blahs. It also helps us to remember we are not going through something that others are dealing with a...

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You CAN do brown rice. *smile*

For those of us who didn't start out as fans of brown rice I have a couple of tips to make it more tasty and even enjoyable. Brown rice needs lots of flavor so add salt, pepper, garlic and or red pepper to spruce it up a bit. If texture is the issue add a little extra water and cook longer than th...

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Carrots and Patotoes Oh My

Mama always taught me to peel potatoes and carrots. But I've found you can save time and add fiber by just giving them a good scrubbing especially carrots. Potatoes can be chopped and fried and you'll never notice the peelings. I've found with carrots you can shred, boil or roast with no problem.

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Skip the boil

When making lasagna you do NOT have to boil the noodles first. And you do not have to use the special no boil noodles. I've used white and whole wheat pasta. Both work just fine. All you have to do is layer like normal. Cuts down on prep and clean up time.

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Yes, boil it

To help cut some of the fat of hamburger meat you can boil it. I know it sounds crazy but it works and doesn't hurt the flavor. If you break up and boil your hamburger for spaghetti or tacos you can then drain and rinse. Throw it back in the pan and cook like normal. A lot of the fat washes away...

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Those bites add up

It is so easy to take a bite or two when cooking. One of my secrets is to keep the scale right by the stove. That way if I'm tasting that roast or chicken I can weigh it first. It is an eye opener when those bites start to add up.

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