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Making your own spice blend

I grow lots of herbs and dry them in my dehydrator. I whirl them in my food processor and blend oregano, rosemary, chives, thyme, etc for my own salt-free seasoning. I also add dried minced garlic and onion purchased in bulk at my grocery store.

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Crispy corn tortillas for tacos without frying!

I prefer fresh corn tortillas for tacos, but hate frying them in oil to get crispy/soft. I now soften them in the microwave, then place shredded chicken, onions and a little cheese on them, fold them over and lay them on a sprayed cookie sheet. A quick spray of Pam on the tops and 5 minutes in a

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Make ahead oats/barley cereal

To 4 cups boiling water, add 1/2 cup barley and 1/2 cup steel cut oats. Boil, stirring, for 5 minutes, then simmer for 30 minutes. When water is absorbed, add 1/2 cup nonfat milk, finely chopped apple, 1 Tbsp honey, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 cup raisins.

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Alternating chores and leisure

When I have a long to-do list, I set the timer for 30 minutes and work at full speed for that time. When the timer dings, I set it for 15 - 30 minutes and spend that time sparking, reading, or doing something for ME. I get all my chores done but don't feel like I've work4ed all day.

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Heart Rate Monitor

Since I started wearing my HRM while exercising, I have increased my cardio from 30 minutes to 60 - sometimes I even go for 90. I just LOVE to see the calorie burn climbing and it spurs me on to do "just another mile", or" just another 10 minutes"

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Thickening soups and sauces

To slightly thicken pan juices or soups, I use instant mashed potato flakes instead of white flour. Dissolves instantly and no lumps! And it adds about 1/2 the calories and a lot fewer carbs, measure for measure.

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Healthier hummus

I make my own hummus, using plain fat free yogurt instead of olive oil. I also soak and cook dried garbanzos which cuts down on the sodium, Add some spices and LOTS of garlic, and you've got a healthy dip for fresh veggies.

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Making your own low sodium vegetable broth

Since I cook fresh vegetables at least once a day now, I save all the ends and tops in a container in the fridge. Every couple of days I boil them to make my own vegetable broth.

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Use up the mustard

When the mustard container is almost empty, I add water to make a very thin sauce. I add it to marinades and dressings to zing things up a little.

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