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Parchment Paper

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 i...

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Paring Down Stuff Part 2

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 pap...

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Paring 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 store...

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Edamame

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!

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Peanut Sauce

1/3 Cup Natural Peanut Butter
1/3 Cup Water
1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 Teaspoon Sugar
2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
2-3 Shakes of Cayenne to taste

Place all ingredients in a bowl, stir well, and microwave for 30 seconds.

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Salad

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.

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Rebounding

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!

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Frozen Grapes

Would you like a wonderful summer treat? Try freezing Red Flame Grapes. They’re sweet and refreshing and take awhile to eat.

It’s a side bonus that it keeps the grapes from spoiling if you have more than you can eat right away.

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Another Weird Idea

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.

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Start Where You Are

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.

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