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I love mall pretzels! But they are definitely a no-no if I want to make this goal, so I found a decent alternative. These little pretzel bagels, while not the same in flavor, they are darn good! I heat mine up a few seconds in the microwave and dip it in honey mustard dip. They are also a great alternative to regular bread once in a while. They come unsalted, with the salt pack included, but I like them without it, and only .5 g of fat per bagel. I found them at Walmart.
As you start putting things together for a garage sale ( I usually start piling things into a spare room or downstairs), I price everything before I put it in a pile. Then, come early saturday morning, I just take it out to the driveway and organize it. One less thing to do!
I already use ground turkey to replace ground beef in a lot of my recipes, but now I have started adding ground turkey sausage. For spaghetti, I use half and half, and it meatloaf I might use half ground beef and half turkey sausage. It adds really good flavor!
I found these after reading about them in a Sparkpeople Email. Decided to give them a try. Do they taste like the decadent yummy chocolate muffins we would love to be eating? No...but they do satisfy a sweet tooth, and have 9 grams of fiber...I think they are pretty decent and keep them around for a quick start to a busy morning or a sweet snack in the afternoon.
I love cereal in the morning, but sometimes I dont have the time to sit and eat it. For that reason, I pick a cereal that is good for eating with fingers (honey chex, quaker oatmeal squares ect.) and fill a coffee mug with milk. I munch on my cereal while driving, and drink my milk. Getting the nutrition from a bowl of cereal, just not mixed together. It helps me stay on track!
Ive started keeping my favorite gum on the counter of my kitchen. That way whenI have a sweet tooth, or just grazing through, I grab a piece and walk out. It works pretty well, and even if I spit it out 15 minutes later, by then the craving has passed.
I found that calories, fats, and carbs were sneaking into my diet, since I was just eyeballing serving sizes (and not very well). So now I keep a few measuring tools close at hand...usually in the drying rack in the sink or in a small bowl. That way, I know exactly how much ingredient (like sugar in my coffee, and rice on my plate...) I am using!
When I make a recipe from a magazine or cookbook, I usuallly cut the butter and/or oil used for saute veggies in half. I usually find I dont need as much as was written, and if I do, I can always add a little more at a time. Every little bit helps!
These things are awesome. I hate cleaning my crockpot, its heavy and akward. These things work great, and all I have to is pull out the liner once everything is cooled off and throw it away. Hardly any mess....love it.