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Ice Cream Substitute

Sometimes I crave something cold…usually in the form of ice cream in a bowl. Popsicles are okay once in awhile….but now I buy a big bag of mixed frozen fruit…I put a portion in my bowl still frozen. Tastes delicious, fills me up especially if I add yogurt and it's all on my food plan….takes longer to eat too…melt in your mouth goodness!
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- Submitted by JACEYLEE 5/8/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Simple Tip for Cutting Watermelon and Other Fruit

Watermelon and other fruits can equal messy clean-up! Do you have memories of sticky juice running across counters, down cabinets, onto the floor? We use a laminate tray on the edge of the sink to collect the drips and peels while cutting fruit instead of using the bare counter top. Making fruit salad is much more enjoyable now! emoticon

- Submitted by JACEYLEE 12/13/2013 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Keep fresh fruit around

Buy fresh fruit and keep it in stock and in sight. I keep apples and bananas on the counter, and fresh berries and such at eye level in the fridge. Chances are, if it is in sight, you'll eat it.

- Submitted by GRACIEGIRL93 5/4/2013 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Sweet tooth approaching

Right when i began to feel a sweet tooth approaching I go straight to the fridge and grab a apple. A lot of the problem with eating bad and you know you shouldn't is because you sit there and keep thinking about it then your mind starts wondering around the kitchen seeing what you have that will trigger that urge to be intense. Instead of falling off the deep end get up right when you feel like you want something & grab you some fruit, Can't regret what you didn't do. GOOD LUCK!
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- Submitted by KRAZYDEA 3/22/2013 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Fruity breakfast

Add chopped fruit to your wholewheat cereal for a yummy breakfast and at the same time satisfy one of your five-a-day emoticon

- Submitted by LBENNETT35 2/7/2013 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Vision Board & GOALS

I "vision collaged" my back of the door mirror, this way I "SEE" it all the time!!! Everyday, sometimes several times a day! Foods, Exercises, Physically fit bodies, places I want to go and things I want to do!! Anything that is something to strive for or look forward to I put it on the edge of that mirror. SO when I do that one last check in the mirror before I sweep out the door I know what I want in LIFE!!! EVerything I want to live for is there: Prayer, Familiy, Friends.Healthy Lifestyle!

- Submitted by MIPALADY23 1/8/2013 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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If you don't like the taste of water

Add slices of frozen fruit to your water for a better taste. I buy a bag of mixed fruit but you can add almost any fruit. Strawberries, watermelon, raspberries, etc. It taste better than some of those taste additives from the store, and you get your fruit serving! I will mix up to a cup of fruit into my days worth of water and drink throughout the day.

- Submitted by 68ANNE 1/6/2013 in Everything Else | 1 Comment
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Quick Fruit Fix with Yoplait Smoothie Bags

Forget the smoothie, it's great as an on-the-go bag of fruit and yogurt. Just grab a fork or dig in with your hands; there are a few varieties and it's only 70 calories per 1/2 cup serving. Although it's kept in the freezer, the fruit doesn't get rock solid, just very cold and refreshing! Perfect for hot days. Another plus - because it's frozen, there are no worries about it going bad.

- Submitted by DANDAN99 10/9/2012 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Take home-made smoothies on the go to stop drinking soda

I used to be a soda addict. Now, I prefer fresh juices and smoothies to anything else! They are so much healthier, frutier, and don't have any of the nasty sugar and acid from soda. I used to go to vending machines all the time, but now, I take it in insulated water bottles(that keep my smoothie COLD and don't even sweat on humid days!). They are the perfect size to carry around, and fit nicely in a backpack or purse(for the ladies) emoticon

- Submitted by SHABBIRUN 10/7/2012 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Drink a smoothie every morning

I drink a veg/fruit smoothie every morning and track/measure everything I eat.

- Submitted by HANDS_UP 9/29/2012 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Off the couch, on the floor..

Determined to stay off the couch in the evening after a long day and exercise, I found if I sit on the floor I end up doing all my Calisthenics, yoga poses and stretching, while hanging with hubby and enjoying our tv show.

- Submitted by MIPALADY23 9/2/2012 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Switch out your snacks!

I hear people complain about being tempted by their snack food. Here's a flash! No matter where you are in your journey, take a look at your stash of snacks. Purge that stash with healthy goodies. Focus on snack time at twice a day, three times max! Put fruit and veggies into the mix! Get rid of the bad stuff! It's really easy to do and it will become a healthy change to your lifestyle!
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- Submitted by MIRAGE727 7/27/2012 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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The reduced price produce is fine with me

There's usually a reduced-price cart in the produce section of the market. The store puts vegetables on it that are close to the sale date, or have a blemish or two. It's a good way to save some money on vegetables.

- Submitted by MASHAMOO 2/26/2012 in Saving Money | 2 Comments
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Review and Tweak the Plan~

Whenever i'm getting off track or even when i'm feeling a little bored I look over my old blogs. Almost all of them give me a more positive perspective or solutions to what I want to tweak or change. Should I not feel more empowered or motivated to a new direction then I hit some of my SP friends blogs.

- Submitted by MIPALADY23 2/16/2012 in Getting Back On Track | 2 Comments
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THE 1 INGREDIENT RULE

whats helped me a lot is using the 1 ingredient rule. I try to stay clear of anything in the grocery store that contains more then one ingredient... I make everything at home myself from scratch and freeze extras if necessary. This keeps me from putting a lot of preservatives and extra sugars and salt. Saves me so much time not having to read every label as I go through and my meals turn out bright and colorful!!

- Submitted by KANDIGREGORY 10/3/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Cheap way to try new fruits/veggies

Try going to bountifulbaskets.org and ordering a basket of fruits and veggies for cheap ($15.00). You never know what you're going to get, and I've tried tons of new veggies using it. Who knew my kids and I would love things like cabbage, kale and bok choy? While most of the foods are "normal" parts of our diet, we occasionally get something I've never bought, and it's been a definite healthy learning experience for all of us.

- Submitted by MRSAHARPER 8/14/2011 in Healthy Eating | 6 Comments
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Berries in the Summer

I become a junkie for blueberries and blackberries in the summer and my berry obsession almost completely replaces salty snacks in the winter. Also, in season and affordable!

- Submitted by SOCIABLESPARROW 7/20/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Homemade Fruit Sorbet

Puree a blend of your favorite fruit and berries in the food processor, then stick the result in the freezer for 2-3 hours for a healthy and refreshing snack or dessert with no fat, no salt, and minimal calories. Plus, get in at least 1 more serving of fruit! Some of my favorites are blueberry/lemon and pineapple/raspberry. PS It's a great healthy snack for the kids too!!

- Submitted by CECSAV 7/11/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Cereal Lovers Cheat

I love cereal, and I love big fat bowls of it (which can be multiple servings). To trick myself, I fill up a bowl with fruit-- bananas, berries, kiwis, pineapple, whatever I have-- and then pour a measured serving or half-serving over the fruit. Looks like a HUGE full bowl, but isn't! Top off with unsweetened almond milk at 35 calories to be EXTRA GOOD :) (or skip milk and use low-fat yogurt instead). Yum!

- Submitted by HARRISUZ 7/8/2011 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Better tasting fruits

When you take a fruit out of the refrigerator, let it warm to room temperature or warm in the microwave before eating. This will make it taste much sweeter and juicier.
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- Submitted by CONRADBURK 7/8/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Run the Amazing Race!

Doing something fun will keep you motivated, especially when you get results!
On our Spark team the Amazing Race Fans, we ran a virtual race around the world via our fitness minutes and by eating fruits & veggies and drinking water. It has been a big success and we are doing it again in July.
Contact me if you would like to join in for our next race.
Whether you do this or something else, make sure it is something you will enjoy so you stick with it!
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- Submitted by SANDYDOLLAR201 6/15/2011 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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Strawberry Banana Icy Treat

Cut up bananas, throw into a food processor and run it for a minute. Add strawberries, throw them into the food processor with the mashed up bananas, and run it again for another minute or two. Toss it into the freezer and an hour or so later - replacement "ice cream!" MUCH healthier for you and in my opinion, just as delicious! It makes 4 1/2 cup servings and only has 67 calories per serving!!

- Submitted by GISPIN 6/7/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Like to have something with your cheese but can't be trusted with crackers?

I love having whole grain crackers with cheese at work for lunch, but I can't be trusted to have a box of crackers in my house without eating the whole thing one night. So I stopped buying crackers and now use pears or apples instead. I bring a paring knife with me to work and smear the cheese right on the fruit pieces. Delicious, and it cuts way down on my temptation to binge on carbs.

- Submitted by HOTSTENO 4/27/2011 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Oh ma darlin', oh ma darlin'

Clemintines are my new favorite pre-workout snack! I'm one of those people who have to have a little something in the half-hour before I hit the gym. At 40 calories a pop this fresh and fruity little gem is the perfect portion of natural sugar and gives me a vitamin C boost that gets me through my workout. They're super easy to peel and seedless, so I don't need to worry about eating them on the go. I toss a couple in my purse every morning and up my fruit and veggie count for the day.

- Submitted by BIGGERINREALIFE 4/19/2011 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Prep fresh ingredients for easy healthy snacks

When I come home from the grocery store I immediately prep all my fruits so that I can have them for healthy snacks and smoothies (melon, strawberries, mangos, etc.). I will cut up all fruits that won't oxidize...even oranges...because sometimes the effort to peel an orange seems too much on a busy day. I put them in both big bowls and 8-oz bowls to take to work. Prep like this helps me save money too because I don't waste half-eaten produce, like melons.

- Submitted by CAKKIEREE 3/23/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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