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Frozen veggies are OK

I used to feel bad about eating frozen veggies vs. fresh veggies, until I learned that frozen veggies can actually be better for you and contain more nutrients! I hate cooked peas but frozen peas as a snack is delicious!

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Adding 'whole' food to your diet

If you, (or significant others) are used to highly processed foods and complain about whole foods, change your recipes little by little. e.g. Start by using half white/half wholemeal flour in your recipes and gradually increase the percentage as you get used to it. Gradually you won't even notice ...

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Water, water, everywhere!

Chug-I mean it-chug, a BIG glass of water before you eat a meal. It fills you up, and it helps you get your daily intake of water!

If you sip water, it doesn't fill you up. So chug away!

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Yummy snack

Sometimes I eat Frozen grapes, It makes me feel like I am eating hard candy.
I love hard candy but it is full of sugar and fat!

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A healthy "sweet" treat

In trying to change the cravings of our taste buds, sweets at times can be an "easier said than done" endeavor. I found that a serving of plain fat free yogurt with 2Tbs of honey added and swirled in cuts my sweet cravings and mignight munchie madness wonderfully! Want a little more flavor? Add ...

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Get your Tupperware together!

Use clear plastic storage bins to keep your Tupperware organized. Anything that doesn't have a pair (bottom, but no lid), toss it! Put all of your Tupperware in the storage bin and it slides perfectly in & out of the cabinet. This will eliminate taking out everything in the front to get to things i...

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Toolshed shapeup!

After seeing the beautiful toolsheds in the garden mags recycled as reading rooms or crafts rooms, I am working on mine! I have rolling carts below the counter for the gardening supplies & hung a bright pretty shower curtain with pretty rings to hand from an extendable curtain rod! Cleans up & brigh...

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in the car

leaving work was often a rough spot for me... kids are gone..so I was stopping for fast food on the way home... I now keep a box of special K chips, or pita chips in the car with a bottle of water so on the way home.. I have an afternoon snack on the way home... I never even think of stopping or fai...

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Freezer List

Get a dollar store white-board w/magnet & marker to stick to outside of freezer. Keep a list on what you have. How often have you over-bought or thrown out food bc you don't use or know what's in there? This has saved me time and money. Also, mark down when you froze it or for pre-packaged goods, th...

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1 mile run is a $1 saved

For every mile I run, I set a $1 aside. Then I get to buy something I really want. I purchased a new purse. Now I am saving for a pair of Hunter Wellington Boots (and they are going to fit!)

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