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Try making a healthy version of an indulgent food--Rutabaga fries!

I got a recipe off the internet for "rutabaga fries" (yes the waxy vegetable, easy to peel!)...1/3 the carbs of a potato, and 1/2 the fat! Plus, you can slice them similar to McD's fries (not that I crave them anymore, but such a treat to have them look that way!) They are also only "fries" in name, as they are prepared--oven roasted, and actually taste healthier

Lots of variations to try...I can "trick" myself into thinking I'm indulging!

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- Submitted by STEFFIE333 9/3/2012 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Cheese, avocado, chili topping

Mix together a Lauging Cow cheese wedge with a sliver of avocado and just a touch of chili garlic sauce for a satisfying and tasty topping. I've put it on an english muffin and in my omelet. I felt like I was eating something fattening. Hope you like it. :)

- Submitted by JULESANN130 7/16/2011 in Cooking | 0 Comments
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Sassy Water

Get a pitcher of water and add slices or cucumbers and lemon, also add grated ginger and 12 mint stems. This will help with digestion.

- Submitted by KENDEM77 1/5/2011 in Weight Loss | 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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Making Hard-Boiled Eggs

Instead of boiling eggs, heat the oven to 325 and put the eggs in a cupcake pan and bake for 25-30 mins. The shells come off amazing. I saw this on pinterest and had to try it and it worked like a charm! Best thing I found on pinterest.

- Submitted by -AIRYN- 7/5/2012 in Cooking | 7 Comments
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GREAT Protein Shake

1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
1 cup Kefir (plain)
1 cup unsweetened vanilla Almond Milk
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 of a frozen banana (or you can use fresh!)
1 T Sugar-Free Strawberry Preserves
3 packets Splenda



Blend all ingredients in blender and enjoy! This is my favorite "smoothie" recipe ever!! emoticon

- Submitted by EILEA73 3/12/2012 in Cooking | 3 Comments
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MMMMM - Chocolate

3 tsp unsweetened cocoa, 2 envelopes Splenda, 2 oz. non fat milk in tall glass. Stir (briskly) until fully blended. Fill glass with plain soda water (be Careful - it will bubble up and overflow if you pour it too fast). Enjoy. This is the "soda" in an ice cream soda. emoticon 30 calories (for the cocoa)

- Submitted by DRULON 6/17/2012 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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A Lighter and Healthier Mac and Cheese

I LOVE Mac and Cheese but avoid it as it is a calorie disaster and not all that nutritious...however I recently made a lighter and healthier version that was pretty darn good. I used 1/2 the normal amount of pasta and instead substituted cauliflower. Delicious!

- Submitted by GOING-STRONG 5/7/2012 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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