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"Frosting" an Avocado Half

A whole avocado may be too much for 1 meal. How to keep the second half from turning brown? "Frost" it with Greek yogurt! The thick yogurt creates an airtight layer, and the avocado stays fresh, green and delicious--ready to eat as a healthy "frosted" snack, or to be mashed up for yogurt-based guacamole. To make it even more elegant, sprinkle the "frosting" with dill weed or paprika.

- Submitted by NANCYHOME247 8/31/2012 in Cooking | 5 Comments
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Kill 3 Birds with 1 Stone

1) Fighting Daily Crave time; 2) Fitting in Exercise Minutes; and 3) Giving Yourself Props

Instead of pacing around constantly thinking about what I craved for a 3-4PM afternoon snack, alternately fighting the urge or feeling guilty if I gave in--I'd keep my body busy and do those 20 minutes' of exercises I'd set as a goal. That's 4 exercises, 5 minutes each! By the time you choose them, do them, and track them in, that snacky craving feeling is long forgotten. So pat yourself on the back!

- Submitted by NANCYHOME247 8/27/2012 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Easy Soup Stock

After simmering or steaming vegetables, freeze the cooking liquid in baggies. When it's time to make soup, use up the baggies instead of canned broth--they're rich in vitamins, minerals, and give soups some one-of-a-kind flavor.

- Submitted by NANCYHOME247 7/28/2012 in Cooking | 0 Comments
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Simple Protein Drink with Anti-Oxidants

Brew up a pot of green tea--chill for iced tea. To a 12-oz serving of this anti-oxident rich green tea, add 1 packet of Knox Nutramix for a 7 gram boost of protein. Delightful orangy flavor, only 40 calories, very refreshing. Who knew fingernails are almost pure protein??

- Submitted by NANCYHOME247 7/11/2012 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Healthy Homemade French/Catalina Dressing

Mix 3/4 portions of Greek yogurt with 1/4 portion of Spicy Low Sodium V-8 juice (or just enough to thin as desired) for a low cal/low sodium red salad dressing. Use for salad, or for a chicken/fish marinade or sauce. V-8 is always in my refrigerator for a quick veggie fix, anyhow!

- Submitted by NANCYHOME247 7/9/2012 in Cooking | 0 Comments
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Juicy Yet Healthy Burgers

Burgers made with 96% lean beef or with ground turkey can be as dry as sawdust--and as tasteless. Add a dash or two of olive oil to the raw meat to make them as juicy as those decadent no-no burgers.

- Submitted by NANCYHOME247 7/3/2012 in Cooking | 1 Comment
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Georgia Sweet Corn on Sale Now

..So buy it! Blanch the shucked ears in boiling water for 4-5 minutes; let them cool down; then cut off the kernels. Portion the corn into 2-cup ziplok baggies (or whatever measure is convenient for you), and freeze them. Thaw for chowder, muffins, salads or sides as needed.

- Submitted by NANCYHOME247 7/1/2012 in Cooking | 0 Comments
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Mock Constant Comment Tea

Have you just eaten a navel orange and have a nice, thick juicy peel begging to be used? Brew up a pot of green tea (think of the antioxidants in it!), and throw in the orange peels! Let it steep until it gets a bit mushy, then throw it out. Refrigerate the tea, and voila! icy refreshment for the hot summer ahead. No sugar needed.

- Submitted by NANCYHOME247 6/26/2012 in Cooking | 5 Comments
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Rice Cooker--Triple+ Duty

Cook more than just rice in a Rice Cooker: Why hide away that rice cooker you got as a shower gift and only use it once in a while! I discovered it cooks hot cereals like Cream of Wheat or Red Mill grains--quickly, easily, with no boilover to clean up afterwards. I use mine to cook beans after soaking them--again, easy and no boilovers. And why not easily and gently poach a chicken breast the same way?

- Submitted by NANCYHOME247 6/25/2012 in Cooking | 2 Comments
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