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Cutting green onions

I use a pair of kitchen shears to make quick work of cutting up green onions. They also work great for cutting up fresh herbs.

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Yoplait Greek Yogurt

Yoplait makes a Greek-style yogurt that is really good. 130 calories (for the honey vanilla I'm eating right now!), no fat, plus 12g of protein. A protein powerhouse! It comes in strawberry, blueberry, honey vanilla and plain. Fantastic!

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Use your SparkPoints list

Go to your SparkPoint list and see where you can gain some points. I go there everyday and gather as many as I can. Remember, every 5 minutes of exercise is 1 point, so rack a few up. The points give a sense of satisfaction like crossing items off a to-do list.

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Try to earn as many Spark Points per day as you can.

Everyday I try to earn as many spark points as possible. I learn allot reading the articles and playing trivia. And You also have to drink all your water and do all your exercise to earn the max amount of points for the day. It's a fun way to keep myself on track.

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Buy Meat in Bulk

I buy 5 lb bags of leg quarters or family packs of steak, pork or hamburger and take it home and divide it into meal size storage bags just right for my family. It saves money and I have a full freezer in return and I save money `WIN~WIN~WIN!!!

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Check the price per unit

When grocery shopping, make sure you check the price per unit. Don't simply assume the bigger box is the better deal; stores have gotten wise to that idea and often the big container does, in fact, cost MORE per pound/ounce/cracker than the small one. Crazy, but true.

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Work with your body...not against it

I've been learning recently that a plateau is when my body is trying to create a new set point because I've lost a certain amount from my last set point. I believe we should relax and practice maintaining our weight for a few weeks. Then we can try losing again.

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Saving tupperware from stains

Whenever I put something in tupperware that will stain if heated up (especially anything with tomato sauce), I first spray the container with cooking spray. It provides a barrier and the container won't stain, and also makes washing it out easier

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easy-peel boiled eggs

When boiling eggs, add baking soda to the water and you will always have easy-peel shells!! The baking soda changes the Ph of the water, causing a chemical reaction in the egg, making the shells slide off easier!!

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Keep the Dates from Expiring

Save money by not exceeding safe storage dates. Skip the grocery store for a week or two. Make a list of everything you have on hand, post it next to your computer. Brainstorm meal ideas. Create menus and cross the items off your list as you use them.

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