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5 Fruits & Vegetables

To get in your fruits and vegetables make a smoothie using healthy ingredients like yogurt. With a nice size smoothie you can get 2 to 3 servings at once.

- Submitted by WALKING4FITNESS 9/4/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Eat a medley of 6 fruits pieces with lunch & 6 veggie pieces with dinner.

Eat a medley of 6 fruits pieces with lunch & 6 veggie pieces with dinner. Take 6 fruits or vegetables and cut them into about 1 ounce portions. This makes about a cup.

You won't get sick of the taste because it's only 1 small piece per day of each kind. Plus you can create 2 or 3 medleys.

I used to buy a whole pound bag of broccoli & cauliflower, then I would get sick of it and wouldn't want any more veggies for awhile.

This will help to keep you full and to eat healthier.

- Submitted by MDH44109 5/10/2014 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Frozen Vegetables are Healthy and Save You Money Too

When on a tight budget, frozen vegetables are healthy and affordable. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

- Submitted by AWESOMECHELZ 1/16/2014 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Want to add Greens to your protein shake?

Wash,dry, and freeze your greens (spinach/kale) in a bag and throw them in the blender with your protein shake. They get so small and don't over power the taste you wont even know they are in there!

- Submitted by RAINDROP16 10/13/2013 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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1LB Ground Meat = 4 Meals with 4 servings per meal!!!

Use 1lb ground meat and lots of veggies to make 4 different meals! Add bulk with lots of different veggies (shredded or chopped). You get up to 4 servings per meal (approx. 12-16 servings). I stretch meat and save money too. I do the same with boneless chicken breast and boneless pork. Some weeks I get 12-14 individual meals that I would add different side dishes, salads or more veggies too! All my lunch & dinner entrées for the week done!!

- Submitted by LTCARTWRIGHT 8/15/2013 in Cooking | 1 Comment
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A simple way to curb mindless eating

If I'm wanting to eat I ask myself two simple questions:
Are you hungry? Are you willing to eat fruits or veggies?
If the answer to both of those is yes, then I know I'm truly hungry and I eat something healthy. If the answer to either of those is no, then it's off to drink some water and do something else.

- Submitted by AMMCCARTER 6/6/2013 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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You MUST keep track of your food

I'm sure others have said this, but tracking your food is key to staying on track. I ate a meal out of my house for the first time in about 2 weeks. It was a sit down restaurant and I started thinking of excuses to have a burger and fries(and almost ordered a sprite) for almost 1100 calories(not even including soda)... Once I thought about having to log that in, I found something a lot healthier for only 550 calories and it came with vegetables!

- Submitted by MATT_SP 5/30/2013 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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Eat more fruits and veggies

We used to be a family that for dinner we had a main course of meat, a veggie, and a carb side dish. Since beginning this I have discovered if I can cut back on my carb side dish and filling it up with fresh veggies, I feel so much better! I consume fewer calories, I get the vitamins and minerals that my body needs, and I feel healthier and get sick less!

Instead of the baked fries go for some baked broccoli or baked cauliflower! Instead of a granola bar for a snack go for an apple!

- Submitted by TLENGYEL 5/15/2013 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Eat your spanakopita (Greek spinach pie)

You can eat vegetables in lots of ways. You can eat them raw,boiled,roasted or fried. But what happens if you're not a veggie person or your kids don't eat their veggies? Try making a spinach pie recipe. It's healthy,tasty and you and your family will love it. It's a good source of Vitamin A & C.

- Submitted by ANHEALTHYAN 3/31/2013 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Staying on the Defense for Fighting Infections!

One of my Sparkfriends has an infected foot and as I was reading The Doctors Book of Food Remedies {by Selene Yeager & the Editors of Prevention Magazine} I came across on p.350~ a garlicky soup recipe{it is a published work so I can't post recipe} and Eating for Immunity~Vit A ~carrots,spinach,kale,yellow & orange squash & mustard greens{that provides the immunity defense } and Vit .C ~oranges and broccoli provide the offense{words used in the book~though I know Super Bowl Sunday is tomorrow!

- Submitted by MOMWANTSNOWAIST 2/2/2013 in Staying Healthy | 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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Base 2 Meals on Fruits and Veggies

Eat tons of fruits and veggies every day. Base 2 meals a day around veggies. Just fill your plate! (Add protein and fat to complete the meal). They are nutrient dense and have lots of fiber which will help you prevent additional cravings and getting hungry as much.
If you're dieting, you are taking in less calories... make them count.

- Submitted by MEG-NATALIA07 12/4/2012 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Have a "Chop Fest"!

Every 2-3 days have a "chop fest"! Fill a few tupperware boxes with lots of washed and chopped/sliced salad and veggies e.g. lettuce, carrots, cucumber, onions, mushrooms, peppers, baby tomatoes, corn, peas, beans, little broccoli florets, bean sprouts and so on.

Then anytime you want to prepare a quick salad, or stuff a pitta bread or add a few veggies to a stir fry - they all all ready for you! Like your own private salad bar!

- Submitted by ADELE66 9/14/2012 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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Increase your vegetables

Look for any opportunity to add vegetables to your dish or meal. Add eggplant to your pasta sauce, add tomatoes and spinach to your morning egg white omelet, serve your dinner over a bed of greens, replace crackers with cucumber slices. Get creative. Be sure to have "friendly" vegetables on hand.

- Submitted by JOANJAM 9/11/2012 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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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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Eating enough freggies!

I try to eat 2-3 servings of fruits and veggies with every meal. If I do this, I will have consumed 10+ servings of fruits and vegetables by the end of the day. And I always make sure I have a variety of fruits and vegetables, and a variety of color!

- Submitted by KRISTEN_SAYS 6/10/2012 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Roast veggies

When I'm baking rolls for my family's dinner, I also slide in a little pan of vegetables to roast for me. I especially love blanched brussels sprouts with olive oil just spritzed on them, sea salt, and freshly ground pepper. Carrots are amazing roasted a bit, too, with some onion slices.

I enjoy them instead of the rolls and don't feel deprived! Extras go in a lunch baggie for work the next day.

Watch them start snitching "my" veggies...

- Submitted by GAILITCH 6/4/2012 in Cooking | 1 Comment
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Breaking Bad Road Trip Habits

Prepare a big zipper bag full of colorful, crunchy veggies like carrots, broccoli, radishes, green beans and store in a portable cooler. Add a few small hummus containers and Spring Water. Bring a brochure that lists all the benefits of eating veggies and as you read, you will feel healthier and happy that you are actively doing something good for yourself. We did this and drove right past our usual fast food places....and reaping the benefits today!
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- Submitted by JACEYLEE 5/29/2012 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Bread Vegi Exchange...

I have replaced almost all traditional bread, crackers and chips for dipping with vegetables. This has been a HUGE benefit because i'm fitting in more vegetables, especially RAW organic vegetables into my daily diet. I don't mean "Grab your celery People" I mean PEPPERS!! and NOT Green. Red, yellow and orange ~ YUMMY!!!
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- Submitted by MIPALADY23 3/1/2012 in Healthy Eating | 2 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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Eat your fruits and veggies first

Having difficulty eating your fruits and veggies? Eat them at the start of your meal, when you're really hungry. They'll taste better if you're hungry than if your stomach is already full, and you won't have to make up excuses for not eating them. Works for me everytime, and in fact, this made me realize that most fruits and veggies taste in fact extremely good and are very refreshing! I'm no longer struggling to eat them, I just eat them first!
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- Submitted by FREDANN 2/19/2012 in Healthy Eating | 0 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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Raw Veggie Salad

Grab a whole bunch of fresh veggies and grate and chop away. An awesome healthy meal that can be a staple or goto meal. Great nutrition and not many calories. Lots of serves of veggies, good amount of carbs.

- Submitted by RICHOJOHNSON 12/11/2011 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Breakfast Veggies

Having trouble getting in 5+ fruits and veggies a day? Why not add a serving of vegetables to breakfast? Have some baby carrots for a crisp contrast to "soft" breakfast foods like oatmeal and eggs. Warm up some leftover corn or green beans from last night. And who said you couldn't have a small salad with breakfast? Don't be afraid to be unconventional if it helps you meet your goals! 1 breakfast veg + 1 breakfast fruit = well on your way to eating well for the day.

- Submitted by KOSPELLI 11/26/2011 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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