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Healthy Snacking Choices

My go-to snacks include the following. Fruit, veggies, natural almonds, string cheese, I like Dannon Greek Yogurts. Triple Zero uses stevia, Light and Fit uses a more controversial artificial sweetner but it only has 80 cal. They have other brands using real sugar. Lowfat cottage cheese with berrie...

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Start an Exercise Streak!

I first joined SparkPeople 9 years ago. It was the catalyst I needed to lose weight and get back to exercising. Upon signing on I received a message from some man who called himself "Sparkguy". SparkGuy? Are you kidding me? Well, I come to find out he is the guy who started SparkPeople. After maki...

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Give up processed sugar.

On March 14, 2016 I gave up sugar, in the form of chocolate candy, doughnuts, brownies, cookies, cake, special k bars, those cinnabon cream cheese dessert balls at Taco Bell, and other such delights. While they give me instant gratification I found I could not stop with one, or two, or three, or ....

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Shopping at Sam's Club or Costco?

Avoid the snack bar. The processed foods with added fat, salt, and sugar that they serve have no health benefits. They are actually detrimental to your health.
The pretzels, pizza, hot dog/soda combo, etc. Nothing good comes from eating any of that junk. Sure it tastes good but it causes cr...

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Turnip Greens in a Fruit Smoothie

I put spinach in my fruit smoothies to boost nutrients. I can not taste the spinach. Recently I was at Super Walmart and noticed they have turnip greens in big bags and they cost a lot less than spinach. I read the nutritional label and they have a lot more nutrients than spinach. I bought some ...

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Scrub Fruits and Vegetables With a Scrub Brush

I read somewhere that Dr. Oz recommends scrubbing fruits and vegetables with a scrub brush before eating them. I use a potato scrubber to scrub all of my fruits and veggies before eating or cutting them.
You still need to peel cucumbers if they are regular cucumbers from a supermarket that hav...

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Steaming Vegetables?

If you are steaming vegetables try to steam them less than the time recommended. Fewer nutrients will be lost.

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Cut Back Processed Foods

Try to cut back on processed foods. They are loaded with sodium.

In 1 year, the average American eats enough salt to fill 57 shakers- that's 1.2 million mg. of sodium.

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Ice Cream Lovers: Save Countless Calories

A weight watcher's leader taught me this:

Don't keep ice cream in your refridgerator. If you have an urge for ice cream drive to the nearest McDonald's with a drive-through. If there is a car or more in line drive by.

By keeping ice cream out of your fridge you don't have that tempta...

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Invest in Glass Storage Containers

To store food, glass is probably a better choice. (There may be reasons to keep the plastic, you can decide.)
Glass can be used in the dishwasher and microwave.
When plastic is heated (in microwave or dishwasher) and then we eat from that plastic container, a "chemical" is released that can t...

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