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Whenever I bake chicken or anything else in the oven, I line the pan with parchment paper. Nothing ever sticks and cleanup is so easy. There's no need to use a non-stick spray either! It's very reasonably priced and is usually located near aluminum foil. I wish I hadn't waited so many years to try it!
A few days ago I posted a suggestion to always keep a box ready to put things in for donation as you run across them during your day - always keeping an eye towards things you no longer need or want. If you plan on using the donation as a charitable tax deduction I would suggest keeping a pad of paper and pen with the box so you can list the items as you place them in the box. This is more efficient than going back later to list everything. This has worked wonders for me to pare down stuff.
Paring down excess and no longer used "stuff" can be a daunting task. Where does one begin? I designate a large box and as I come across something I no longer need or want, I put it in the box. I actively look for things to get rid of. When the box is full, I take it to one of the local thrift stores that do good deeds in our community. It's a win-win situation! And if you're so inclined, it might also qualify as a tax deduction.
Have you tried edamame? Found in the freezer section. They are green soybeans. You can get them in the pod or shelled. I love the taste. They’re filling and an excellent source of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Funny name, great taste!
1/3 Cup Natural Peanut Butter
I buy 2 bags of Romaine & 1 bag of "Broccoli Slaw". I empty 1 bag of salad & half the broccoli slaw into a Tupperware bowl & store in the fridge. Salad is prepared for several days, repeat. Broccoli slaw adds a nice texture & visual. Cucumbers & tomatoes are best added when you're ready to eat.
I have a ReboundAir brand of mini trampoline. I just discovered how to walk in place on it. Alternate lifting each heel off the trampoline, without lifting the entire foot. Move your arms as you would when walking. It's quite effective!
Would you like a wonderful summer treat? Try freezing Red Flame Grapes. They’re sweet and refreshing and take awhile to eat.
I finished a jar of Vlasic sugar free bread & butter pickles and saved the brine. I drained a can of sliced beets and placed them in the brine. In no time at all I was enjoying some low calorie pickled beets. They were inexpensive, easy and tasty.
To make healthy changes - start where you are and work towards where you want to be. Make gradual changes and build upon your success. It's like a jigsaw puzzle, lots of little pieces fit together to make a great picture.