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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!

- Submitted by SWEETIE022189 7/14/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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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 the lack of processed food.
It also helps to use finely ground whole foods.

- Submitted by GOURMETLOSER 7/5/2011 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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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!

- Submitted by CGOLUBSKI 6/30/2010 in Weight Loss | 5 Comments
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Yummy snack

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

- Submitted by VAMPIRESS2DIE4 2/10/2011 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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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 a touch of cinnamon, nutmeg, or pumpkin pie spice.

- Submitted by DAWNIAMW 5/21/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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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 in the back.

- Submitted by DELIALOLO89 5/10/2011 in Organization | 7 Comments
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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 & brightens up the place! Painting the inside a pretty color too! Other side will be the same for crafts! emoticon

- Submitted by JULESDUD1 5/11/2011 in Organization | 1 Comment
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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 failing at the dinner choices

- Submitted by JETTANALA 5/11/2011 in Organization | 5 Comments
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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, their expiration date, esp. if stuff tends to hang around in your freezer. Works for the frig, too!
I also keep a grocery lister on there, to write down what I use up or need.

- Submitted by 1GR8FULGAL 5/5/2011 in Organization | 8 Comments
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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!)

- Submitted by RUNNINGYOGI 5/3/2011 in Saving Money | 4 Comments
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