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Using packaged frozen spinach

I have a few ways that I use frozen spinach because it is so convenient. I make a spinach-rice casserole, cream of spinach soup, spinach frittata, but I'm always looking for new recipes to use it. (but I don't care for spinach in smoothies, I know that most say you can taste it but I certainly can)

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Never never let yourself get too hungry & exercise every day

My secret to maintaining my weight is to always plan to eat at certain times so I'm never hungry. Getting over hungry not only makes me eat things that I shouldn't but sometimes gives me headaches. Also, plan exercise every day regardless even if it's only for a short time. I always exercise firs...

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Plate salad

Often for dinner I create a huge salad on a plate with lots of variety. Then I have a small burger (veggie or meat) or a slice of pizza or a bowl of soup with it. The activity of crunching up the huge salad makes me feel as though I've had quite a big meal. Of course, watch the dressing and extra...

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Put healthy snacks in your way

I have been making healthy snacks mostly cut up fruit & veggies and putting them in attractive bowls everywhere in my kitchen & dining room. So when I want to grab something to pop in my mouth it's the first thing I see. This is helpful when I'm cooking so I eat healthy snacks instead of looking f...

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Tofu success without deep fat frying

I love tofu in Asian restaurants but know that they deep fat fry the pieces. I asked a Chinese friend how her tofu comes out so perfect . She told me to drop the pieces into boiling water for a minute or two, then drain. Then fry the pieces with just a thin coating of oil in the skillet. Comes o...

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Just say "Stop!"

I use this technique when I begin to snack on stuff that's not in my eating plan for the day. Before it gets out of hand, I say "stop" to myself. I don't know why this does the trick.

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Convenience Store $1 purchase

I've noticed that bananas are sold in most convenience stores. When I'm feeling hungry and find myself faced with all the unhealthy stuff sold in those places, I turn to bananas. In the stores near where I live, they are usually priced 3 for a dollar or 49 cents each. I buy 3, eat one, and bring ...

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Exploring Super Foods using Sparkrecipes

When I come across foods that are so-called super foods, I go immediately to Sparkrecipes to find ways to use them. The latest super foods are quinoa, chia seed and kale. I've never cooked with those foods, so it's a new culinary adventure. It's great that I have a husband that will try anything...

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Snack before bedtime

I really need a snack before I sleep because I can't sleep if I'm hungry. I usually eat dinner quite early. I found that I can eat a very small snack if I drink two glasses of water first. It helps me eat less and feel fuller. Also the water serves as a natural alarm clock, since I will always h...

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Hot Lemonade

I love coffee but am not a tea drinker and know it's not a great idea to drink coffee right before bed but I do love a hot drink in the evening so I came up with a caffeine free alternative. I squeeze out the juice of a lemon (a Meyer lemon is best if you can find it). I add boiling water and calo...

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