SparkPeople Cooking Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets-category.asp?category=cooking Learn some of the secrets of success for Cooking from SparkPeople members. SparkPeople Cooking Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets-category.asp?category=cooking Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49620_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 08:49:00 EST Oil-free French Dressing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49585_oilfree_french_dressing Oil-free French Dressing<br> <br>Prep Time: 5 minutes<br><br>Cook Time: 15 minutes<br><br>Total Time: 20 minutes<br><br>Yield: 2 cups<br> ... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:02:00 EST BBQ Black Bean-Stuffed Sweet Potato http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49552_bbq_black_beanstuffed_sweet_potato <br>BBQ Black Bean-Stuffed Sweet Potato<br><br><br><br><br><br>This super easy recipe can be whipped up in minutes. Smoky BBQ sauce mingles with skillet black beans with garlic and red onion - all stuffed inside a steamy sweet potato. Vegan mayo on top!<br><br>Ingredients<br><br> 2 small-medium sweet potatoes, baked in oven or microwave**<br> 1 1/2 cups black beans, cooked<br> 1 small red onion, diced<br> 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped<br> 2-5 Tbsp vegan BBQ sauce (to taste!) ... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:52:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49522_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 09:19:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49509_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 08:08:00 EST Spicy Steamed Greens with Hemp Seeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49503_spicy_steamed_greens_with_hemp_seeds <br>Spicy Steamed Greens with Hemp Seeds<br><br><br>Steamed greens with tamari, chili and fresh garlic is my go-to option when I want something light and easy. <br>You can have these greens as a side dish at lunch or dinner — this dish is low in calories, high in micronutrients and plant compound... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 21:38:00 EST The Complete Meal Smoothie http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49488_the_complete_meal_smoothie The Complete Meal Smoothie<br><br> <br><br>Let’s be honest, our lives are busy and sometimes sit-down meals can be tricky to fit in. This smoothie is the solution to this dilemma! When it comes to making a complete meal into a smoothie, it’s important that the smoothie have vegetables, a little fruit for sweetness and flavor, healthy fat and protein; basically ever... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 23:10:00 EST 3-Ingredient Ultra Creamy Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes (Oil-free!) with White Bean Gravy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49473_3ingredient_ultra_creamy_roasted_garlic_mashed_potatoes_oilfree_with_white_bean_gravy 3-Ingredient Ultra Creamy Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes (Oil-free!) with White Bean Gravy<br><br><br><br><br><br>3-Ingredient Ultra Creamy Vegan Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with White Bean Gravy | yupitsvegan.com. Healthy and delicious garlicky vegan mashed potatoes with no added oil or butter!<br><br>I have grand ambitions of someday hosting a fancy, all-vegan Thanksgiving for my loved ones, but this year I’m keeping it simple — by skipping Thanksgiving altogether. I get Thursday and Fri... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 23:55:00 EST Skip the Gravy: Simple Oil-Free Sauces for a Delicious Plant-Based Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49436_skip_the_gravy_simple_oilfree_sauces_for_a_delicious_plantbased_thanksgiving Skip the Gravy: Simple Oil-Free Sauces for a Delicious Plant-Based Thanksgiving<br><br>by No Meat Athlete <br><br>A good sauce can turn an ordinary dish into something extraordinary. It can elevate each bite into a flavor-packed delight.<br><br>And on Thanksgiving, that’s especially true. Most of the dishes on our extended family’s dinner table are easily modified to be plant-based, but without the gravy, the meal can seem incomplete, and even a little dry.<br><br>I usually whip up a standard... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 21:26:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49412_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 08:11:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49395_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 08:48:00 EST Vegan Holiday Feast Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49380_vegan_holiday_feast_recipes <br><br>Holiday Feast Recipes<br><br>The holidays are right around the corner and what better way to prepare than to create a delicious vegan feast. From our Lentil Loaf with Mushroom Gravy to our Cranberry Walnut Krispy Bars, we’ve got you covered this holiday season. We hope you enjoy a few of our favorite recipes for a wonderful Holiday Feast from Healing the Vegan Way!<br><br>Walnut Lentil Loaf with Mushroom Gravy<br>Lentil Walnut Loaf<br><br>YIELD: 1 (8 BY 4-INCH) LOAF; 4 ½ CUPS<br><br>P... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 23:12:00 EST Lighten it up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49355_lighten_it_up I love food! On "diets" where I couldn't have certain foods, I would end up going way off track. Now, I've learned to make the lifestyle changes to Lighten Up. <br>This morning I had french toast with fall apples for breakfast. It felt like I was at a pancake restaurant, but it was soooo much healthier. I used whole grain bread with 3 grams of fiber, an egg and almond milk in a nonstick pan. For the apples, I microwaved a small apple cut up, 8 raisins and added cinnamon and sugar free m... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:18:00 EST Diet and exercise for seniors http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49311_diet_and_exercise_for_seniors Healthy Eating and Lifestyle<br>While it is important for people of all ages to stay healthy, it is especially important for senior<br>citizens to maintain healthy eating habits as well as to stay active which is important in the<br>prevention of chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. By practicing healthier<br>living practices, senior citizens can maintain a healthy weight, avoid depression, and stay mentally sharp. Those participating in caring for the elderly should be... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 21:22:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49303_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 11:05:00 EST How to Cook Quinoa: Simple Methods You Can Try http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49300_how_to_cook_quinoa_simple_methods_you_can_try <br>How to Cook Quinoa: Simple Methods You Can Try<br><br><br>How to Cook Quinoa: Simple Recipes You Can Try<br><br>Although the widespread use of quinoa started just recently, history shows that this alternative to grains had been utilized for a long time. The first instance of cultivation was recorded over 5,000 years ago, and the Incas even dubbed quinoa “the mother of all grains.”1<br>While most people consider quinoa a grain because of its appearance, it’s actually a seed. As the Oldways... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 09:54:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49288_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 11:10:00 EST Pumpkin Parfait with Cashew Vanilla Cream http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49240_pumpkin_parfait_with_cashew_vanilla_cream Pumpkin Parfait with Cashew Vanilla Cream<br><br>This is one of the easiest Thanksgiving desserts that I have ever made. It blends the spices in the pumpkin with vanilla cream very well. I love that it tastes so delicious and yet doesn’t require any cooking except for toasting the pecans. Make and assemble it a day in advance, and it will be ready to serve instantly whenever needed.<br><br>For the Cashew Vanilla Cream:<br><br> 1 cup cashews<br><br> ¼ cup maple syrup<br><br> 2 teaspoo... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 22:45:00 EST white pita bread http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49233_white_pita_bread Have you discovered the joy of eating pita bread yet? Eat all your sandwiches in a pita bread. It comes in two flavors: white and wheat. Wheat is healthier of course but I like white. I grew up eating this around the Mediterranean and you know how they say eating a Mediterranean diet is healthy. It is a matter of personal preference. Cut it in half and make two sandwiches. or in eights and scoop food like you would with a tortilla chip. Try it at room temperature or bake it into pita chips ... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 12:52:00 EST Warm Up with a Healthy Version of Chili Hot Chocolate http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49222_warm_up_with_a_healthy_version_of_chili_hot_chocolate <br>Warm Up with a Healthy Version of Chili Hot Chocolate<br><br><br>Got an urge for chocolate? Want a warming treat? This nutrient-dense cuppa is no danger to your waistline! With some spice to add a delicious kick, this hot chocolate is the perfect craving satisfier as the weather cools down.<br><br> <br>0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5 (0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5)... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 20:55:00 EST How to Cook Quinoa: Simple Recipes You Can Try http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49195_how_to_cook_quinoa_simple_recipes_you_can_try <br>How to Cook Quinoa: Simple Recipes You Can Try<br><br><br>quinoa seeds<br><br><br>Although the widespread use of quinoa started just recently, history shows that this alternative to grains had been utilized for a long time. The first instance of cultivation was recorded over 5,000 years ago, and the Incas even dubbed quinoa “the mother of all grains.”1<br>While most people consider quinoa a grain because of its appearance, it’s actually a seed. As the Oldways Whole Grain Council highlight... Sun, 6 Nov 2016 10:37:00 EST Healthy Organic Broccoli Chips Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49194_healthy_organic_broccoli_chips_recipe Healthy Organic Broccoli Chips Recipe<br>Recipe From Healthy Holistic Living<br><br><br><br>Broccoli Chips<br><br><br>A lot of vegetables are made into chips these days. Aside from classic ingredients such as potato and corn, you’ll find alternative chips such as wasabi and seaweed. In the case of this recipe, one growing trend is the use of broccoli.<br>But just like conventional chips sold these days, the broccoli chips you see at your local supermarket are most likely loaded with artificia... Sun, 6 Nov 2016 10:25:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49192_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sun, 6 Nov 2016 08:47:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49177_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 07:26:00 EST Hollywood Bowl Brown Rice Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49130_hollywood_bowl_brown_rice_salad Hollywood Bowl Brown Rice Salad<br> <br><br>This salad has been my favorite for a long time. It is filling yet refreshing, especially in the summer. There is no need for a separate dressing, and it can be made hours before serving, making it an ideal choice for a potluck or a picnic. I served this salad at a pre-show picnic at the Hollywood Bowl, and it was a big... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 01:05:00 EST Cooking Healthy VS Convenience http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49087_cooking_healthy_vs_convenience Well in this world of today we are running from one thing to the next.. Kids house children then housework and you look at the Cooking you want has to be fast quick and easy.. well really there is a lot of things you can do to keep and save time from stove to table.. You can always make it a Family affair to bring each one a little closer to eating better.. There is a lot of recipes on Spark People that can be done with little prep and also with the use of a Crock Pot and throw it all in that... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 14:28:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49080_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 08:14:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49069_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 08:52:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48984_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 01:17:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48971_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 02:14:00 EST How to get started and maintain a stock of home-made freezer meals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48920_how_to_get_started_and_maintain_a_stock_of_homemade_freezer_meals One way to get started on a stock of freezer meals is to simply cook extra of everyday meals that freeze ok, like chili, curry, stews, casseroles etc. It doesn't take much longer to chop some extra ingredients, takes no longer to cook it, but will save you a whole meals prep in the future. <br><br>Thats what I do a lot, there are only 2 adults and a toddler eating, so I cook something that feeds 6 adults and freeze 4 portions. <br><br>Or set aside a time to batch cook large volumes, I did tha... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:45:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48884_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 <br>I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient,... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:51:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48869_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 08:32:00 EST Cooking My Fav.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48829_cooking_my_fav In this day and times all of us should be working on cutting fats and making things in a healthier way.. There is a lot of gadgets and machines to make all things easier to cook.. are they really needed.. I did find one thing and that was this chopper from a party and you know they used all of the things and made a small Dinner for us to try with all their products.. I thought the chopper I would use.. I have got rid of a lot of things but the Crock Pot and that chopper was the best thing I h... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 14:04:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48773_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 01:05:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48757_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 07:49:00 EST Low Carb Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48730_low_carb_tips As I started back 9/26 again, I have found it much easier to adapt to a low carb eating plan. I don't feel so hungry and out of control HANGRY as before. If you don't want to low carb it but want a day to help you feel in control, pick only meals/snacks that are higher in protein/fat for one day and give it a try, note how you feel, are you satisfied even when eating less calories but higher protein/fat?<br><br>For example:<br><br>Breakfast: 1.5 egg omelet w/2 thin slices of deli ham chopp... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 10:14:00 EST Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream (No-Churn!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48704_starbucks_pumpkin_spice_latte_ice_cream_nochurn Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream (No-Churn!)<br><br>Yields About 3 cups<br><br>You can make your very own Starbucks latte at home, ice cream style and totally dairy-free! This is the ultimate indulgence for the season of pumpkin. This Starbucks vegan pumpkin spice latte ice cream tastes just like the drink, but in a decadent ice cream dessert!<br>Print Recipe<br><br>Ingredients<br><br>1 1/4 cups (190 g) raw cashews (soaked for 8-12 hours and rinsed/drained if you do not have a high-pow... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 18:19:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48654_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 00:24:00 EST Veggies and Navy Bean Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48651_veggies_and_navy_bean_soup Veggies and Navy Bean Soup<br> <br>Ingredients:<br> <br>Some red onion<br> <br>1 potatoes, diced <br> ... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 18:10:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48641_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 08:32:00 EST Bulk It Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48631_bulk_it_up I sprinkle a couple of tablespoons each of flax seed meal and wheat germ in my morning oatmeal or yogurt. It gives me essential omega-3s and vitamin E and provides an added sense of fullness. Not to mention a burst of energy that gets me through my morning workout! Bob's Red Mill Flaxseed Meal is the best and it keeps you from having to take the giant flax seed supplements if you're not a pill lover. (Make sure if you use wheat germ that you refrigerate it after opening because it will g... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 15:29:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48526_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:57:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48510_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:09:00 EST Avocado and Parsnip Salad anti aging salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48458_avocado_and_parsnip_salad_anti_aging_salad Avocado and Parsnip Salad<br>Anti-Aging <br><br>By: Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN<br><br>This anti-aging salad is a delicious mixture of hot and cold ingredients, all with healthy nutrients as well. The vitamin C in the tomatoes and avocado is good for skin health because it’s a precursor to collagen that keeps elasticity in the skin. Avocado is also a source of skin-healthy biotin and monounsaturated fat that helps to hydrate the skin as well and is anti-inflammatory. Finally, the vitamin A in t... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:33:00 EST spend time to save it later http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48416_spend_time_to_save_it_later In my world I know what foods I will eat and follow each with my tracker. I enter absolutely everything in it. I work up menus of various things and store them. I do admit that after a lifetime of cooking I dislike it and make easy fast and good foods. They may not be gourmet but they are all on plan items. I do buy, cook and store in bulk so that I am not in the kitchen every day. Everything is cooked and stored in baggies and everything is stored into single portions that I can just take o... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 20:11:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48395_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:14:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48385_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 07:51:00 EST Healthy Cooking for The Family http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48380_healthy_cooking_for_the_family As have a lot of people on Sparkpeople, I grew up eating up all the fried goodies my Mom could cook. She loved to make fried chicken, fried hamburgers, fried potatoes, lots of biscuits and sausage gravy with fried eggs,and don"t even get me started on the desserts she could whip in no time at all. As I grew up and started having a family of my own,my parents started having issues with their health, a lot of it related to the fried foods that Mom was famous for cooking. After that, I started l... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 22:37:00 EST Healthy Family Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48314_healthy_family_meals The truth is we could all use guidance in choosing the right foods and preparing meals that don't take ten hours. Oh, and options would be good, too. But the most nutritious eats in the world won't help in the slightest if you or your kids won't actually eat them.<br><br>Breakfast: Good<br><br>Make breakfast “ice cream” by blending fat-free Greek yogurt with frozen bananas, honey (omit for kids under 1), wheat germ and a handful of semisweet chocolate chips (don't worry—that's less sugar than... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 23:07:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48266_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 06:25:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48244_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 08:47:00 EST Cooking While Traveling http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48183_cooking_while_traveling Cooking in a Hotel Room<br><br>Sometimes travel and trying new food go hand in hand. Other times, you may crave a home-cooked meal. This series Cooking in a Hotel Room was written to share some of the meals that my family has eaten on the road over the years, with a few tips to get you started.<br><br>Cooking in a hotel room isn’t as difficult as it sounds. I’ve made home-cooked meals for my family in a variety of hotel rooms, some with a full kitchenette, some with a microwave and refrigerat... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 06:51:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48125_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 08:58:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48104_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 00:55:00 EST Healthy Pasta Salad Recipe Swap http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48085_healthy_pasta_salad_recipe_swap <br><br>Healthy Pasta Salad Recipe Swap<br> <br>The New Noodle<br> <br>Summer is winding down, but there's still at least one great cookout opportunity: Labor Day weekend! Ditch the carb-heavy pasta salads, and make this refreshing cucumber-noodle salad instead...<br> <br> ... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 00:46:00 EST Healthy Blender Pancakes: Peanut Butter Chocolate, Smoothie Inspired http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48068_healthy_blender_pancakes_peanut_butter_chocolate_smoothie_inspired <br>Healthy Blender Pancakes: Peanut Butter Chocolate, Smoothie Inspired<br><br> <br>Forget breaking out mixing bowls and whisking by hand... Just throw your pancake ingredients in a blender, and give 'em a whirl!<br><br>Hungry Girl's Healthy Peanut Butter & Chocolate Pancakes Recipe<br>Peanut Butter & Chocolate Pancakes Print<br><br>1/2 of recipe (2 pancakes): 271 calories, 6g total fat (2.5g sat fat), 515mg sodium, 40.5g carbs, 7.5g fiber, 11.5g sugars, 15.5g protein<br><br><br><br>These fl... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 00:33:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47988_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 01:09:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47974_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 09:03:00 EST PRE PLAN MEALS http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47948_pre_plan_meals I love to look online for New tastey recipes.I tend to find alot of food bland thats healthy.I have searched and downloaded alot of great tastely food that i make ahead of time and freeze so its ready to eat.Healthy can taste good. <em>252</em> <br><br>Pinterest has many healthy recipes that you can read up and try,here is my dirty rice recipe i like to use, Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 50 minutes | Yield: Serves 5<br><br>INGREDIENTS<br>2 1/2 Cups Water<br>1 1/4 Cups Brown Rice<br>1 l... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 15:58:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47880_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:14:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47856_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:25:00 EST Is Your Kitchen Due for a Makeover? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47774_is_your_kitchen_due_for_a_makeover Is Your Kitchen Due for a Makeover?<br>Clean up your Kitchen to Straighten Your Diet<br><br> By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1cc98df0-37a3-42a7-9f5d-db21c439c3ef.jpg"><br>Is your kitchen less attractive than it used to be? Do you find yourself spending less time with it? Has your kitchen held up as a healthy haven that encourages nutritional eating and smart choices? Or has it sagged into a calorie-packed danger zone that uses up space and hea... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:27:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47710_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 08:51:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47684_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 09:04:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47567_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 08:21:00 EST Caloric intake restrictions http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47551_caloric_intake_restrictions .I like to count the calories of everything I consume at each major meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) and make sure I am not consuming more than 400 - 600 calories per sitting. As a diabetic I also like to limit myself to 3 - 5 carbs (15g per carb) per meal. Also, per my doctors request, I begin each meal with a serving of sugar free jello. This has actually helped me to slowly lose weight each week and reduce my fbs from 300+ every morning to where it is today (179 - 215). The more I lose the ... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 10:14:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47549_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 09:35:00 EST Plan. Plan. Plan. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47499_plan_plan_plan I have always said it, plan out those meals. I've gotten good at making b/l/d the day before I go to my two jobs. I don't often need to supplement my day's worth of premade meals. But how about a week ahead? It requires veggies that wont spoil in 5 or 6 days. It is also best to freeze everything you can and have 5 bags of freezer food and then your 5 bags of fridge food. Here's an example of each; freezer bag could contain a breakfast burrito and a stirfry with rice. Fridge bag would h... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 22:10:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47467_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 09:06:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47449_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 09:18:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47345_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:22:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47332_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:40:00 EST How to Cook Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47280_how_to_cook_healthy I have tried may ways of cooking to help keep us healthy.. I bought a nice nonstick pan it is not a coated one but it was well worth the twenty dollars cause it requires little oil...I try to get away from using margarine... butter.. mayonnaise and sour cream add fat to vegetables and fruits... Try using nonfat or low fat versions of these foods.... You can also use nonfat or low fat yogurt.. low fat salad dressing.. or herbs as seasonings instead like Ms. Dash.. I have been cooking and tryi... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 17:47:00 EST low carb high fat . http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47261_low_carb_high_fat_ <em>334</em> The low carb high fat really works it can be hard but the food is really good and that makes it better . <em>224</em> I have found that there are so many good low carb recipes that it makes it easier to stay on track and they are easy . I don't have to workout but it does help but not necessary for weight loss I was down 75 lbs but put 15 back on and don't like it .I want to be m ore healthy for me and my family and so it is eraser to do thing with my granddaughter..I like to... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 17:34:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47211_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:52:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47189_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:23:00 EST Crunchy Zucchini Fritters With Avocado Dill Dip Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47157_crunchy_zucchini_fritters_with_avocado_dill_dip_recipe Crunchy Zucchini Fritters With Avocado Dill Dip Recipe<br><br>Recipe from Healthy Holistic Living<br><br><br>healthy zucchini fritters<br><br><br>Fritters are fried foods that can consist of a meat, fruit or vegetable filling covered in batter, and are popular across the world due to their ease of preparation. Fritters encourage experimentation and improvisation, allowing you to create a recipe that is uniquely yours once you've found ingredients that go well together.<br>However, if you’ve b... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:50:00 EST Herbs and Spices to "Spark" Your Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47153_herbs_and_spices_to_spark_your_food Herbs and Spices to ''Spark'' Your Food<br>Add Flavor Without Adding Calories<br><br> By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/debb165e-7934-4578-94e0-2bc424384d84.jpg"><br>Wake up your taste buds! Cooking with herbs and spices will enhance the flavor of healthy foods without adding fat, salt, sugar, or calories. Herbs and spices contribute bright color, savory taste and sensational aroma.<br><br>Tips for using herbs and spices: <br>A... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 10:52:00 EST The power of fresh herbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47151_the_power_of_fresh_herbs We keep a pot of fresh herbs growing just outside our kitchen door so they can be tossed into every meal. Fresh basil added to scrambled eggs, rosemary added to a pot of vegetable soup, mint topping a bowl of creamy yogurt, all add a delightful flavor and actually have loads of health benefits. <br>Here are a few herbs and their benefits:<br><br>Rosemary. Recently, scientists at the Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre in the U.K. reported that having higher blood levels of one ... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 06:43:00 EST Vegan Cheese Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47149_vegan_cheese_recipe I've been experimenting with recipes to come up with a great and delicious vegan cheese. Yes, I'm totally vegan now. This vegan cheese I came up with is my own recipe from trial and error. So many of the store bought products that are vegan have so many chemicals or other things added that I can't eat due to allergies. I had to get creative and came up with this amazing cheese that has the consistancy of ricotta. First get a block of organic super firm tofu. Open the package and drain o... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:42:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47076_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 09:26:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47055_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:16:00 EST Choosing the right fats http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47054_choosing_the_right_fats Some people think it's healthy to completely eliminate fat from their diet but eating fat can be heart-healthy if you pick the right kind. <br> Adults should get 20% to 35% of their calories from fat, according to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Here’s how to make sure you’re getting enough of the right kind.<br> Polyunsaturated fats can help lower our cholesterol levels. You can find polyunsaturated fats in nuts, seeds, vegetable oils such as corn and safflower oil, and fa... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 08:41:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2)&#57357;&#57357; http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46920_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_25735757357 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 09:31:00 EST Give Cooking from Scratch a try.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46913_give_cooking_from_scratch_a_try When we cooking from scratch gives us the flexibility in the choice of ingredients and thus allows us to use such as salt saturated fat and sugar to be our choice to help achieve a choice of how much and what we put into a dish that were making...to help us to achieve a nutritionally balanced diet like we should..being more involved in food purchase and preparation who cook more often are more likely to meet our choice and to cut calories.. cooking is a art when we can remake a recipe and bo... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 00:59:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46892_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 09:02:00 EST Cooking for a Crowd http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46886_cooking_for_a_crowd Cooking on the cheap shouldn't mean minute rice and buttered pasta every night. With a little creativity and a little planning, Gabriella Paiella shows us how to make the most of a tight budget -- without sacrificing flavor or variety. <br><br>More and more, the question of, "What should I cook for a group of 15 to 20 people?" has been coming up in our company chat room. My answer is typically to pour a bottle of klonopin in your mouth, go to town on one of these, and pray for the best. <br><... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 07:16:00 EST Lunch and turkey vegetable soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46837_lunch_and_turkey_vegetable_soup I buy turkey pieces and boil to make a stock to taste. I like to add some Italian seasoning and some jarred chicken bouillion. I usually make the stock on Saturday and make the soup on Sunday. It takes about 3 or 4 hours of simmering the meat to make a nice stock. As the stock is cooking I add onions and asparagus bottoms that I save in the freezer as well as the bottoms and tops of celery previously saved. When the stock is done, I strain out the bones and meat and whiz up the onions and a... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 15:17:00 EST What helps me when preparing a meal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46809_what_helps_me_when_preparing_a_meal I am really bad about picking while I am cooking dinner. Something about standing in the kitchen watching pots and such make me want to munch! I have started putting out some raw veggies or cutting up an apple and placing it on the counter. I try walking away and washing dishes as I finish with them so my hands are busy, but I know I have permission to grab a slice of apple or carrot or whatever my crunchy choice of the day is without feeling guilty. I also keep a bottle of water out as well.... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 09:32:00 EST Summer Foods for Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46788_summer_foods_for_weight_loss SHRIMP<br>One upside to the summer heat? We're less likely to crave those heavy foods that weigh us down and pack on the pounds. Even when opting for lighter fare; though, it's still important to get the right amount of protein. Enter shrimp, which is jam-packed with it but also low in fat. It's also high in B12, a vitamin found exclusively in animal products. Try a mix of shrimp, avocado, and cherry tomatoes for a healthy and filling summer dish.<br><br>FROZEN GRAPES OR CHERRIES<br>When the ... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 21:06:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46775_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 10:07:00 EST Buddha Bowls are Delicious and Nutritious http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46759_buddha_bowls_are_delicious_and_nutritious We always have brown rice and a few Asian staples on hand (ginger, miso, rice vinegar, tahini, etc). If we're not feeling inspired by anything else in our fridge or cookbooks, Buddha/Goddess bowl are our go-to recipe. <br><br>Cook up some rice (or other grain, if that's what you prefer), top it off with steamed veggies of your choice (or saute them with a little bit of coconut oil), and a quick sauce*, and dinner is done! We have a rather large rice cooker, so we cook up enough rice for three... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:47:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46753_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:20:00 EST Summertime Nutrition Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46751_summertime_nutrition_tips Summer is here which means there will be plenty of long days spent outside by the beach, lake, or poolside. It’s very important to apply and re-apply plenty of sunblock, but the sun can effect other parts of your body, not just your skin. Below is a list found on WebMD of sun problems and associated foods that can help your body bounce back from the sun’s powerful rays.<br><br>Dry or Damaged Skin<br><br>Caused by: sweating more in summertime causing your skin to be less supple; chlorine in p... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:34:00 EST My favorite lower fat substitute for mayo http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46726_my_favorite_lower_fat_substitute_for_mayo I try to eat healthier but there are some recipes that I have struggled to whittle the calories down. Tuna and chicken salad would be one of those things. To me, they just needed mayo. And to make matters worse, I cannot get past the taste of lower fat, lower calorie versions on store shelves. The greek yogurt substitution was working ok for me but I was still mixing a 50/50 ratio of mayo to yogurt. Still a win in my book because, the alternative is 100% full fat mayo.<br>My biggest down... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 19:57:00 EST Cooking Healthy Daily And Eating Responsibly http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46725_cooking_healthy_daily_and_eating_responsibly If I try to totally revamp everything I eat from top to bottom, I'll wind up overwhelmed and quickly burnt out. Though there may be things about my current diet that aren't working, surely some things are. At least I think so. I start by sorting through what I eat now, then pick out those meals that are good for me and include them in meal plan. Of course, I will/may have to reduce portion sizes or add in a few extra vegetables, but it's still a good jumping-off point.<br><br>The best way to... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:50:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46667_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 05:25:00 EST Budget-Friendly Quick-Fix Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46655_budgetfriendly_quickfix_meals Everyone in your family will love the taste of these budget recipes—even the kids!<br><br>Cheap and quick—those are magic words for busy cooks who don’t want to shortchange flavor just to save a few pennies. Our budget-friendly dinner recipes are low on cost and high on creativity. Feel like Italian? Try Cast-Iron Chicken Piccata, Speedy Lasagna, or Chicken Parmesan Pizza. Leaning toward Tex-Mex? Whip up a cheap and quick dinner featuring Southwest Chicken Rice Bowl or Taco Dinner Mac and Che... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 07:13:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46654_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 06:33:00 EST Substituting Broth for Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46604_substituting_broth_for_oil I substitute vegetable broth for vegetable or olive oil when frying anything. It lowers calories and is healthier for me. I used to fry in oil or butter, and that caused me to gain at least fifteen pounds because of the fat. But the vegetable broth is easy to make by simmering fresh vegetables in water and straining, plus it can be frozen. I use an ice tray to freeze it, then pop out a cube of broth when I need it. Best part is it's low fat, since the calories come from the vegetables. It too... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 03:24:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46560_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 05:35:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46542_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 05:25:00 EST Barley for Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46531_barley_for_breakfast What has twice the protein and almost half the calories as oats? Barley, and it’s about time we started eating it for breakfast.<br>Not only does barley have a wonderfully nutty flavor and a chewy, hearty texture, but it’s also a nutritious, high-fiber grain that boasts an array of health benefits. In fact, it’s been linked to improved blood sugar levels, appetite regulation, and the reduction of cardiovascular disease (as much so as oats!), according to a new research review conducted by St.... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 07:37:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46457_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 05:09:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46436_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 05:36:00 EST Healthy Cooking and Loving it.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46387_healthy_cooking_and_loving_it A lot of new men and women today have never learned to cook... The tend to go into a Grocery Store and by the Heat and Eat as I call them.. Way back in my day it was called TV Dinners.. Today they call some Health and easy to do.. but if you take a look at them ... There is a lot of things you may not even know to say or know what it is.. Fancy Terms of Salt or things to persevere it so it will be able to sit on a shelf or frozen longer.. Weight Watchers to Jenny Craig...Now they have Graze B... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 14:44:00 EST Why cooking at home is best for weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46376_why_cooking_at_home_is_best_for_weight_loss A new report shows that eating a healthy home cooked meal can put you on the fast track to a slimmer waistline and a healthier, fitter you.<br><br>The less you cook, the more weight you gain. I found people who cook their own dinner most nights tend to swallow significantly less sugar, fat, and calories than people who rarely cook. (And no, heating up a pre-packaged meal doesn’t count as “cooking.”) Specifically, at-home chefs eat about 140 fewer calories per day, which could add up to severa... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 23:07:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46321_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 05:12:00 EST 11 Things We Wish We Had Known About Cooking in College http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46305_11_things_we_wish_we_had_known_about_cooking_in_college 1. That I could cook for myself at all!<br>Like I said above, I didn't realize in college that you could make poached eggs or polenta in the microwave, or that a bag of salad and some deli cooked chicken would be a much better meal than a frozen pizza. On Twitter, @cookitpretty said much the same thing: "I wish I knew how much I love it and how much I'm capable of. Would've been great to start my kitchen-ucation then!"<br><br>There's a surprising amount you can do even in ultra-limited space ... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 02:42:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46303_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 00:24:00 EST Cooking for Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46285_cooking_for_weight_loss There's usually no single cause for being overweight or obese, and there’s no single solution either. But there are some simple steps you can take that will gradually shed pounds in a healthy way. (Hint: To weigh less, cook more!)<br>Home cooking puts you in control of what goes into your food and your body.<br><br>Here are some guidelines to get you into the kitchen and cooking healthy!<br>•Put vegetables at the top of your shopping list and plan your meals around them instead of what kind o... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 07:12:00 EST Sauteed Cabbage and Zucchini http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46265_sauteed_cabbage_and_zucchini Sauteed Cabbage and Zucchini<br> <br> <br>Ingredients:<br> <br>1 small head cabbage, chopped<br>1 small zucchini and yellow squash<br>Some onion<br>Some red and yellow pepper<br>Some collard greens<br>4 mushrooms<br>3 broccoli stems<br>1 tbsp onion powder<br>1 tbsp garli... Tue, 31 May 2016 01:12:00 EST Yummy Cole Slaw http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46225_yummy_cole_slaw Cole Slaw <br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d40c35dc-8453-470d-9d9e-1c3553416bac.jpg"> <br> <br>1/2 cup Mayonnaise <br> ... Sat, 28 May 2016 22:36:00 EST Hot Carrot Dog http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46212_hot_carrot_dog Carrot Dog<br><br>So it the time of year when you really want to bite into a yummy hot dog, bun and dripping in ketchup and mayonnaise...Wait, I'm a vegetarian and have you seen the ingredients list on the veggies dogs...yikes<br><br>But a carrot...really...so I'm trying this out..<br><br>Ingredients: <br> <br>2 Carrots<br>2 Buns<br>1/4 Cup Vinegar<br>1/4 Cup Wat... Sat, 28 May 2016 01:25:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46192_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Fri, 27 May 2016 00:24:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46170_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Thu, 26 May 2016 00:24:00 EST Upgrade your Smoothie http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46136_upgrade_your_smoothie When you need breakfast or a snack and you need it fast, it doesn't get much easier than smoothies. There is no quicker way to get your daily serving of fruit (and these days, even a dose of vegetables) into your body. along with tons of antioxidants and other nutrients. And you won't find any smoothies healthier than the ones you make at home. Many smoothie purveyors blend frozen yogurt, sherbet, and even ice cream into their smoothies. With all that extra sugar, you might as well call them ... Tue, 24 May 2016 06:22:00 EST Hummus Made Easy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46128_hummus_made_easy very delicious!<br>NEW! BUSH'S CLASSIC HUMMUS MADE EASY (the perfect mix of olive oil, tahini, garlic, and lemon juice) <br>As a bean company, we learned how to make hummus the old-fashioned way: with simple ingredients and absolutely no artificial preservatives. BUSH'S® Classic Hummus Made Easy contains only eight simple ingredients, including tahini and olive oil. Of course, it's gluten-free.<br>More hummus recipes and information www.bushbeans.com/en_US/product/classic-hu<BR>mmus-made-eas... Mon, 23 May 2016 15:12:00 EST Lentil Veggie Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46115_lentil_veggie_salad Lentil Veggie Salad<br> <br>This lentil salad has come along way from the mostly cheese and little veggies to no cheese and lots of veggies.<br> <br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6063a523-c02b-4b43-b26b-2c935de5434c.JPG"><br> <br>Ingredients:<br> ... Mon, 23 May 2016 01:17:00 EST Spice it up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46106_spice_it_up Sodium or salt is a big no-no for overweight people or people that have certain illnesses like high blood pressure. I fit both categories. Have you ever noticed just how much salt is in those box meals you buy? Wow! Some of them have more sodium than we are supposed to eat in a whole day! So I have started cooking from scratch. No more box meals, I gave them all away.<br>This only helped with part of the salt issue. Have you ever looked at your spice mixes? For example you have celery salt, g... Sun, 22 May 2016 16:59:00 EST COKING EVERY DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46079_coking_every_day I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Sat, 21 May 2016 03:27:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46078_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sat, 21 May 2016 00:32:00 EST Home Cooking Chef http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46062_home_cooking_chef How to Ditch the Excuses and Learn to Cook<br><br>The first step in building a sustainable cooking habit is to address your challenges head on and come up with rational solutions. Here are some of the most common reasons people say they can't cook, and tips to overcome each one.<br><br>The Excuse: I Don't Have Time<br>This popular excuse is pretty powerful, and we use this rationale to avoid much more than cooking. To overcome this block, the most important thing that’s needed is a shift in m... Fri, 20 May 2016 12:43:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46057_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Fri, 20 May 2016 00:23:00 EST Healthy Grilled Eggplant Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46010_healthy_grilled_eggplant_recipe Healthy Grilled Eggplant Recipe<br><br> Eggplant is a popular part of Indian, Middle Eastern, and Chinese cuisines, but in the US the average American eats less than one pound per year.1 They are, perhaps, the least popular member of the Solanaceae family, which includes tomatoes, pepper, and potatoes, as well as some poisonous plants like Deadly Nightshade.<br><br> For centuries, in fact, especially in Europe, eggplant was regarded as a bitter plant more suited for decorating the garden t... Tue, 17 May 2016 13:34:00 EST If you like volume and very hungry making a big pot of vegetable soup can be the trick to feeling satisfied and tame that gnawing hunger feeling. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45987_if_you_like_volume_and_very_hungry_making_a_big_pot_of_vegetable_soup_can_be_the_trick_to_feeling_satisfied_and_tame_that_gnawing_hunger_feeling NUTRITION INFORMATION Per Cup<br>100 calorie serving = 2 1/4 cups. <br><br>Try many varieties of the Weight Watchers Garden Vegetable Soup.<br><br>My version:<br>6 cup non-fat beef broth from ready made low sodium boxes. <br>3 cups green cabbage, shredded (you can use preshredded cole slaw package)<br>1 1⁄3 cups carrots, sliced<br>1 cup onion, diced<br>4 garlic cloves, minced<br>1 cup ,cleaned tips, green beans, cut in half or thirds depending on their size<br>2 Ttomato paste<br>3 stalks ce... Mon, 16 May 2016 09:40:00 EST Healthy Cooking 101 http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45981_healthy_cooking_101 News flash: There are plenty of ways to cook up juicy and flavorful food without adding tons of unnecessary extras. While most people know to ditch the fryer when cooking up healthy meals, many don’t think about how their cooking method affects the nutritional make-up of their entrée.<br><br>Heat can break down and destroy 15 to 20 percent of some vitamins in vegetables — especially vitamin C, folate, and potassium. And as you’ll see below, some methods are more detrimental than others. (This... Mon, 16 May 2016 06:35:00 EST Cook and try all new ideas.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45947_cook_and_try_all_new_ideas Everyone wants to cut fat from their diets. Even if we don't care about shedding pounds, we are aware that a low-fat diet is healthful. But it's not easy to eliminate fat.....Well let's look at this...First, don't try to eliminate fat..... Healthy adults and children can handle diets that are 20 to 30 percent fat.... Fat contributes to flavor, texture, and a sense of satisfaction. If you're not satisfied, you might overeat... You can control the food and the cooking techniques and the food su... Sat, 14 May 2016 11:43:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45944_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sat, 14 May 2016 07:59:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45925_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Fri, 13 May 2016 00:26:00 EST NEED TO COOK MORE http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45890_need_to_cook_more I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Wed, 11 May 2016 09:06:00 EST The Green Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45846_the_green_soup Green Soup<br> <br>Ingredients:<br> <br>Some red onion<br>Clove garlic<br>Some ginger<br>1 to 2 heads of broccoli<br>1 to 2 cup cauliflower<br>6 kale leaves (and the stems)<br>1-2 zucchini and yellow squash<br>2 sticks of celery<br>1/2 cup pinto beans<br>4 to 6 cups of veggie broth (I used my homemade veggie broth)<br>1 cup kale stems<br>Handful of parsley<br... Sun, 8 May 2016 22:35:00 EST The Borscht Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45830_the_borscht_soup Borscht<br><br>3 shredded beets<br>1 diced up potatoes<br>10 baby carrots shredded carrots<br>1 diced onion<br>1 c. chopped celery<br>1-2 tsp. lemon juice<br>1 c. broccoli<br>1 c. cauliflower<br>I can green beans<br>1 big can stewed tomatoes<br>1c. pinto beans<br>1 handful of dill<br>1 cup kale and beet stems<br>4 kale leaves<br>6 cups of veggie broth (I used my homemade veggie broth)<br>1/4 teaspoon (or more) of onion powder, garlic powder, spike, Ms. Dash, paprika, pepper, seasoned salt, ba... Sat, 7 May 2016 18:12:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45821_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sat, 7 May 2016 06:06:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45802_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Fri, 6 May 2016 05:37:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45701_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:27:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45686_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:30:00 EST Rise & Shine Baked Avocado http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45677_rise_shine_baked_avocado <br>If you’re looking for a healthy breakfast, you’ll want to bypass much of the traditional fare in the US. Cereal, bagels, pancakes, waffles, muffins, and doughnuts all have one thing in common…<br>They’re refined carbohydrates that will quickly break down to sugar, increase your insulin levels, and cause insulin resistance, which is the number one underlying factor of nearly every chronic disease and condition known to man, including weight gain.<br>Highly processed carbohydrates stimulate... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:59:00 EST PREPPING IS KEY http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45670_prepping_is_key I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:01:00 EST Stop Being Such Putz.. Get on the Ball http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45663_stop_being_such_putz_get_on_the_ball Put down that frying pan there is a new Sheriff in town and I am going to tell you a few things on cooking.. I have been cooking since I was knee high to a grasshopper... and could hold a fork and spoon.. I am from the South so this healthy way of cooking was a new idea... So I took a chance and I had to slap my knee and admit there are things and ways to cut the frying out and a new way of cooking that I needed to know... Making something other than pasta or a frozen pizza doesn't have to be... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:44:00 EST Keep It Lean: How to Cook Meat and Fish http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45661_keep_it_lean_how_to_cook_meat_and_fish Keep It Lean: How to Cook Meat and Fish<br><br>You've got your meat or fish and you're ready to cook a healthy meal. Do you know which cooking techniques will maximize flavor and minimize fat?<br><br>Buying skinless chicken breasts to cut back on fat makes sense; breading and deep-frying them does not. Fortunately, you don’t have to fry — many cooking techniques seal in flavor while keeping out extra fat and calories.<br><br>These easy tips will keep unwanted fat and calories out of your meat... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:43:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45565_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:15:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45550_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:32:00 EST Making your own seasoning salt which cuts the salt by 2/3 of regular seasoning salt. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45489_making_your_own_seasoning_salt_which_cuts_the_salt_by_23_of_regular_seasoning_salt I buy one container of seasoning salt and the same size container of onion powder and the same size garlic powder and 2 tablespoons of No Salt salt free alternative and 4-6 tablespoons of paprika, plus whatever spices you would like. I add 4 tables of curry to half and 4 tablespoons of cumin to the other half. This depends on taste and will require a little experimenting to get the taste the way you want it. You put all the ingredients into a good size bowl with a lid and shake it for at l... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 07:19:00 EST Cooking and Freezing Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45477_cooking_and_freezing_meals I've been selecting Spark Recipes and cooking and freezing in one meal portions, It's been a life saver. <br><br>I spend one day a week and make 3 recipes. Then I divide the portions and freeze in individual servings. If I am serving the same meal to my husband, I simply defrost 2 portions. <br><br>Sometimes dieting makes it seem as if you think about food all the time. I never felt that was a good thing and I believe it's caused me to veer off plan to easily in the past. It's great to be abl... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 12:15:00 EST How to avoid inadvertently poisoning your food when making home-cooked meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45473_how_to_avoid_inadvertently_poisoning_your_food_when_making_homecooked_meals How to avoid inadvertently poisoning your food when making home-cooked meals<br><br>(NaturalNews) When it comes to cooking at home, most health-conscious folks would probably say that their aim is to prepare wholesome, savory meals in the cleanest way possible for their families. However, unless these foods are cooked properly at the right temperatures and for the appropriate lengths of time, they could still be harmful to your health even if they are organic.<br><br>In addition to the more o... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 09:19:00 EST How to avoid inadvertently poisoning your food when making home-cooked meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45472_how_to_avoid_inadvertently_poisoning_your_food_when_making_homecooked_meals How to avoid inadvertently poisoning your food when making home-cooked meals<br><br>(NaturalNews) When it comes to cooking at home, most health-conscious folks would probably say that their aim is to prepare wholesome, savory meals in the cleanest way possible for their families. However, unless these foods are cooked properly at the right temperatures and for the appropriate lengths of time, they could still be harmful to your health even if they are organic.<br><br>In addition to the more o... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 09:19:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45454_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 09:22:00 EST COOKING IS KEY http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45453_cooking_is_key I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 01:14:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45434_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 01:12:00 EST Heart-Healthy Cooking Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45430_hearthealthy_cooking_tips To lower your risk of heart disease or to manage your existing disease, try these tips in preparing meals.<br><br>Limit Saturated and Trans Fat<br><br>* Select lean cuts of beef and pork, especially cuts with "loin" or "round" in their name.<br>* Cut back on processed meats high in saturated fat, such as hot dogs, salami and bacon.<br>* Bake, broil, roast, stew or stir-fry lean meats, fish or poultry.<br>* Drain the fat off of cooked, ground meat.<br>* When you make a stew or soup, refrigerat... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 22:05:00 EST Tips for Healthier Cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45355_tips_for_healthier_cooking Choosing healthy foods is an important part of eating right, but cooking them in a healthful way is another huge part. For example, zucchini can take on two completely different forms when it's quickly sautéed in olive oil versus battered and deep fried. What we add to foods makes all the difference when it comes to home cooking.<br><br>The first step to healthier cooking is to take recipes as suggestions. Before you start chopping and mixing, scan the recipe to see if there are any unnecessa... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 19:46:00 EST Eat this and that.... Better way to eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45352_eat_this_and_that_better_way_to_eating You do not have to have a lot of fat in cooking cause there is so many more ways to do it..Food doesn’t have to be high in fat to be good... get the whole family to help slice, dice, and chop, and learn how to cut fat and calories in some foods. You’d be surprised how easy heart healthy cooking and snacking can be....Make a few changes in the kitchen and you'll be eating healthy in no time...Instead of frying, try baking, broiling, boiling, or microwaving....Choose fat-free or low-fat milk pr... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 16:34:00 EST Healthy Cooking With Kids http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45329_healthy_cooking_with_kids Healthy Cooking With Kids<br><br>Raising healthy children goes beyond serving nutritious meals. Cooking with kids will help them develop lifelong good eating habits — and you'll both have fun, too.<br><br>Healthy foods help kids grow fit and strong. And cooking with your kids gives you the chance to introduce them to food groups and emphasize healthier choices like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, lean meat, and seafood. Kids who help pick and prepare foods are more likely ... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 10:59:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45327_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 10:01:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45307_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 08:32:00 EST Keep It Lean: How to Cook Meat and Fish http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45301_keep_it_lean_how_to_cook_meat_and_fish <br>Keep It Lean: How to Cook Meat and Fish<br><br>You've got your meat or fish and you're ready to cook a healthy meal. Do you know which cooking techniques will maximize flavor and minimize fat?<br><br><br>Buying skinless chicken breasts to cut back on fat makes sense; breading and deep-frying them does not. Fortunately, you don’t have to fry — many cooking techniques seal in flavor while keeping out extra fat and calories.<br><br>These easy tips will keep unwanted fat and calories out of y... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 11:42:00 EST PREPPING FOOD FOR A WEEK http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45257_prepping_food_for_a_week I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 14:10:00 EST optomistic all the time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45256_optomistic_all_the_time keep your attitude positive ... be optimistic ... always keep smiling and laughing... be friendly even when you don't feel that way... loses weight and keep your strength work out with others never allow depression to take over never let depression eat few fat and carbs eat lots of protein use probiotics take proper vitamins ... follow your doctor and nurses advice...drink plenty of water and fruit juice. there isn't much more to add except that strength training is important but yoga and bal... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 12:01:00 EST Healthy Recipes With Whole Grains http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45255_healthy_recipes_with_whole_grains Healthy Recipes With Whole Grains<br><br>There's a whole heap of reasons that whole grains are good for you. Here's how to get more of them into your healthy recipes.<br><br>Whole grains are an important part of any healthful diet. A diet that contains plenty of whole grains can help reduce your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and constipation, and can also help you maintain a healthy weight. As you search for healthy recipes for you and your family, you should look for those that inc... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 11:15:00 EST 10 Expert Tips for Making Healthier Sauces and Dressings http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45240_10_expert_tips_for_making_healthier_sauces_and_dressings 10 Expert Tips for Making Healthier Sauces and Dressings<br><br>Toss the store-bought bottles and top your foods with homemade versions of your favorite sauces and dressings instead.<br><br>Flavorful salad dressings and sauces can bring healthy meals to a whole new level — they make vegetables, lean meats, whole-grain pastas, and salads taste even better. And since store-bought products can be loaded with fat, calories, and sodium, learning to make your own sauces and salad dressings is an im... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 13:20:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45216_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 00:45:00 EST Top 5 Healthy Grilling Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45212_top_5_healthy_grilling_recipes Top 5 Healthy Grilling Recipes<br>Summer grilling doesn't have to mean calorie-laden outdoor feasts. Try these five delicious — and healthy - grilling recipes. You can even grill dessert!<br><br><br>Plank-Grilled Sweet Soy Salmon<br><br>Prep Time: 10 mins<br>Cook Time: 17 mins<br>Rest Time: 2 h<br>Total Time: 2 h 27 mins<br><br>Ingredients<br><br>1/4 cup soy sauce, reduced sodium<br>1/4 cup wine, rice, sake, or dry white wine<br>1/4 cup mirin (sweet rice wine)<br>2 tablespoons sugar<br>3 tabl... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 13:47:00 EST Choose the Right Cooking Oils http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45211_choose_the_right_cooking_oils Choose the Right Cooking Oils — for Great Taste and Nutrition<br><br>Before you reach for that stick of butter when sautéing veggies, consider a healthier alternative. Cooking oil, a tasty addition to many dishes, can be healthier than butter and other solid fats and add flavor. With so many vegetable oil and nut oil flavors to choose from, you'll never run out of healthy cooking options.<br><br>Choosing Nutritious Oils<br>Most liquid cooking oil is a better option than butter or margarine, b... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 13:42:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45204_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 09:59:00 EST Spice Up Your Cooking With Herbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45195_spice_up_your_cooking_with_herbs Spice Up Your Cooking With Herbs<br><br>No one wants to eat bland food, but ladling on sauces and gravies just adds excess fat and calories to your diet. Fortunately, calorie-free herbs add flavor without all that extra baggage, and they’re easy to use.<br><br>Herbs are edible, fragrant plants that add flavor and nutrients to many types of foods. By playing with herbal variations in your recipes, you can get a completely different taste every time you cook. Stock up on dried or fresh herbs at... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 12:35:00 EST 5 Simple Steps to a Healthy Pasta Dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45194_5_simple_steps_to_a_healthy_pasta_dinner 5 Simple Steps to a Healthy Pasta Dinner<br><br>Key Takeaways<br>Check the pasta label: whole-wheat flour should be listed as the first ingredient.<br><br>An easy way to enjoy noodles, while keeping calories in check, is to use vegetables to bulk up your bowl.<br><br>Be smart with sauce — jarred varieties should have no more than 75 calories and 150 milligrams of sodium per serving.<br><br>Whether you're trying to lose weight or just eat healthfully, pasta tends to be seen as "off-limits". Bu... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 12:27:00 EST Healthy Cooking With Fruits and Vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45177_healthy_cooking_with_fruits_and_vegetables Healthy Cooking With Fruits and Vegetables<br><br>Your first rule of thumb when buying produce is to make sure it's fresh. Next, avoid any fruits or vegetables with blemishes, cuts, bruises, or other soft spots. Any cut fruits or vegetables should be sold from refrigerated displays in your market.<br><br>Fruit will ripen at room temperature. Most vegetables and already ripe fruit should be refrigerated to stop the ripening process and prevent spoiling. Wash produce under cool running water be... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 12:59:00 EST HEALTHY RECIPES ARTICLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45156_healthy_recipes_article <br>HEALTHY RECIPES<br>.<br>There are sound nutritional reasons to include meat in your diet; healthy meat is a terrific source of protein, vitamins, and minerals. But beware: Some meats are heavy in unhealthy saturated fat and cholesterol. By choosing the leaner cuts and cooking meat in healthful ways, you can make the most of your meat dishes.<br><br>Meat: A Nutrition Powerhouse<br><br>Foods in the meat group go beyond red meats like beef and lamb — they also include poultry, pork, fish, an... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 12:54:00 EST I discovered a crockpot... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45132_i_discovered_a_crockpot No, I did not just find out what a crockpot is, I have had several for years that I utilize on special occasions; i.e., holidays or potlucks at work when I have to bring the meatballs. I just discovered that it can make everyday cooking a lot quicker and easier. This weekend I put an entire roast with the potatoes, carrots and onions in the crockpot with a little water and seasonings and it make a delicious meal overnight without out the stress of having to prepare the entire Easter dinner ... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 09:52:00 EST Creamy Celeriac Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45128_creamy_celeriac_soup Creamy Celeriac Soup<br><br> <em>284</em> <em>369</em> <em>284</em> <em>369</em> <em>284</em> <em>369</em> <em>284</em> <br> <br>Ingredients <br>1 large celery root <br>1 cup chopped celery <br>1 can beans <br>Some red onion, green onion and a little leek <br>1 teaspoon garlic powder <br>1 teaspoon o... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 21:41:00 EST Veggie Chili #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45118_veggie_chili_3 Veggie Chili #3<br><br>Ingredients: <br> <br>1/2 cup onion (red, green, spring and leek) <br>2-3 carrots (orange, purple and yellow) <br>1 cup swiss chard stems <br>1/2 red and green pepper (or more) <br>1/2 cup eggplant <br>1/2 cup golden beets <br>2 stalks of celery <br>A bunch of red, yellow, green, orange peppers <br>Big pile of chopped up greens <br>1/2 cup of water or veggie broth <br>1 can of tomato sauce (or paste) <br>3 cans of beans (I used 1 can Red Kidney and 2 can Pint... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 23:06:00 EST Veggie Chili #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45102_veggie_chili_2 Veggie Chili #2<br> <br>Ingredients: <br> <br>1/2 cup onion <br>2-3 carrots <br>1 cup bok choy <br>1/2 red and green pepper (or more) <br>1/2 cup mushrooms chopped <br>big pile of chopped up greens <br>1/2 cup of water or veggie broth <br>1 small can of tomato sauce (or paste) <br>2 cans of beans (I used Red Kidney and Pinto) <br>1 can of p... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 20:33:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45089_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 00:32:00 EST Veggie Chili #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45088_veggie_chili_1 Veggie Chili #1<br> <br>Ingredients: <br> <br>1/2 cup onion<br>2-3 carrots<br>1/2 red and green pepper (or more)<br>1/2 cup mushrooms chopped<br>big pile of chopped up greens<br>1/2 cup of water or veggie broth<br>1 small can of tomato sauce (or paste)<br>2 cans of beans(I used Red Kidney and Pinto)<br>1 can... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 22:42:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45072_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 06:28:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45008_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 10:06:00 EST Sauteed and Steamed Veggies along with Baked Sweet Potatoes and Butternut Squash http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45006_sauteed_and_steamed_veggies_along_with_baked_sweet_potatoes_and_butternut_squash Sauteed and Steamed Veggies along with Baked Sweet Potatoes and Butternut Squash<br><br>1/2 cup zucchini and summer squash <br>1/2 cup red, green onion and leeks <br>1/2 cup cabbage and bok choy <br>1 cup mushroom <br>1 cup eggplant <br>2 cups kale <br>1 can kidney beans <br>1 can green beans <br><br>First I sauteed the mushrooms and eggplant in one pan and the zucchini, summer squash, red, green onion, leeks, cabbage and bok choy in another pan and sauteed for around 5-10 minutes. Then ... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 21:41:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44992_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 02:14:00 EST Green Bean Casserole http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44987_green_bean_casserole Green Bean Casserole... <br> <br>That won't kill you...have you ever seen the ingredients in mushroom soup, the sodium alone might kill you, so here is what I came up with...<br> <br>2 cans no salt green beans<br>Bunch of sauteed mushrooms<br>White Gravy (recipe below)<br>Some crunchy onions<br> ... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 20:59:00 EST Pumpkin Butternut Squash Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44973_pumpkin_butternut_squash_soup Pumpkin Butternut Squash Soup<br><br>I had a whole bunch of frozen butternut squash that I was going to make several different soups out of, well ends up that I cooked the squash but didn't have time make the soup so I threw it in the freezer. <br> <br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2f7bd024-82ec-4277-89d4-2edc5ac05afa.jpg"><br> <br>Ingredients: <br> <br>butternut squash <br>1 can pumpkin<br>1 can pinto beans<br>red and green onion <br>leek<br>red pepper<br>cabbage<br... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 00:41:00 EST Adding Fiber Secretly! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44955_adding_fiber_secretly When making Tuna Salad, I pour the water from the can into a bowl. I add Quick Cook Rolled Oats to the water and let it sit for about 15 minutes, until all the water is absorbed. Use half the amount of rolled oats as you have water. After 15 minutes, add the rolled oats to your tuna. The oats take up the color of the water and the taste of the tuna! I make my tuna salad like this all the time and no one can ever tell! It should also work if you are using canned chicken in water.<br><br>Rolle... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 00:30:00 EST I made a Clean out the Freezer Stir Fry #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44952_i_made_a_clean_out_the_freezer_stir_fry_2 I made a Clean out the Freezer Stir Fry #2...while baking sweet potatoes, mushrooms and eggplant <br> <br> <em>258</em> <em>485</em> <em>267</em> <em>284</em> <em>69</em> <em>291</em> <em>369</em> <em>371</em> <br> <br>You know its time to use what you have in the freezer when you open the freezer and stuff comes flying out. So I found these veggies (used a little of each): <br><br>Celery <br>Green and red onion<br>Leek <br>Red pepper<br>Red and g... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 20:12:00 EST Cooking at your finest... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44938_cooking_at_your_finest We need a balanced diet full of vegetables, fruit, whole grains and legumes, nuts, dairy, poultry, fish and meat.... and then take up ways to cook a better way besides frying... Being from the South we fried everything and lard plus bacon grease kept in a can or jar... Wow I did these things and never thought of what I was doing.. We all tend to follow the way we see our family cook.. We now need to learn how to balance our foods and a new way of cooking... Each and every one of us are diffe... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 11:08:00 EST Sweetly Sour Veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44931_sweetly_sour_veggies I made this and it taste really good so try in out and see if you like:<br> <br>Sweetly Sour Veggies<br> <br>1/2 small head cauliflower cut into small pieces <br>1 stalk broccoli cut into small pieces<br>1-2 carrots cut into small pieces<br>A bunch of spinach, kale (or any greens) torn up into small pieces<br>1/2 red pepper (or any other pe... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 22:54:00 EST Easy fiber, protein soup! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44927_easy_fiber_protein_soup Do you ever have left over chicken breast from making another meal? How about you needed to stew boneless, skinless chicken breast for some other recipe like chicken enchiladas or something like that? <br>Well, what do you do with all of that left over broth and strings of chicken? How about a fiber rich, low fat chicken and endive soup?<br>Yep, that is what I do when I have leftover chicken breast especially with all that broth that would otherwise be thrown away! <br>So to start, I put ... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 18:50:00 EST "Clean out the Freezer" Stir Fry http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44899_clean_out_the_freezer_stir_fry I made a "Clean out the Freezer" Stir Fry<br> <br>You know its time to use what you have in the freezer when you open the freezer and stuff comes flying out. So I found these veggies (used a little of each):<br> <br>Celery<br> <br>Green and red onion<br> ... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 01:51:00 EST Raw Marinara Sauce http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44897_raw_marinara_sauce Raw Marinara Sauce <br> <br><br>Tomatoes Red Pepper <br> ... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 23:45:00 EST PREPPING FOR THE WEEK http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44895_prepping_for_the_week I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 21:27:00 EST No dishwasher diet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44893_no_dishwasher_diet First, I am not so in love with work that I MAKE it for myself. But, living without a dishwasher has changed my approach to food prep. Cooking all my food for the week and then storing it by meals, makes it easy and quick for me to stay on target and make good choices! If I know enchiladas and salad are waiting on me, I won't stop for pizza on the way home...<br><br>Sunday afternoon, after planning my weekly menus, I cook, wash, and prepare every bite for the next five days. I think about our... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 19:18:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44884_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 09:44:00 EST Cous Cous and Veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44879_cous_cous_and_veggies Cous Cous and Veggies <br> <br>1/2 cup dry Cous Cous (soak for a couple of hours) <br>1/2 can Black Beans <br> <br>Veggies: <br>Red onion, Green on... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 19:40:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44865_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 06:36:00 EST COOKING IS CRUCIAL http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44863_cooking_is_crucial I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 03:05:00 EST Mujadara: Lentils and Veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44859_mujadara_lentils_and_veggies Mujadara: Lentils and Veggies<br> <br>1 Cup Lentils<br>1/2 Cup Cabbage<br>1/2 Cup Red Pepper<br>1/2 Cup Mushrooms<br>1/2 Cup Eggplant<br>1/2 Cup Spinach<br>1/2 Onions<br>1 to 1 1/2 Cups Veggie Broth (water)<br>1 Teaspoon Cumin<br>1 Teaspoon Salt<br>1/2 Teaspoon Pepper<br>1 to 2 Tablespoons oil<br>Spices<br> <br>Directions:<br>Dice the onions into sma... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 20:59:00 EST Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44843_chocolatechocolate_chip_cookies Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies <br><br>Ingredients: <br>3/4 cup whole-wheat flour <br>1/2 cup sugar <br>6 tbsp. unsweetened applesauce <br>1/4 cup canned pure pumpkin <br>1/4 cup flax seed meal and water (let set for a while) <br>2 1/2 tbsp. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips<br>2 tbsp. brown sugar, not packed <br>3/4 tsp. vanilla extract <br>1/4 tsp. baking soda <br>1/8 tsp. salt <br>6 tbsp. cocoa<br><br>Directions: <br>Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredien... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 21:36:00 EST Spinach and Red Pepper Hummus http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44822_spinach_and_red_pepper_hummus Spinach and Red Pepper Hummus <br> <br>1 Can Chick Peas <br> <br>Bunch of Spinach <br> <br>1/2 Can Roasted Red Pepper <br> ... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 21:40:00 EST Sauteed Veggies and Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44807_sauteed_veggies_and_beans Sauteed Veggies and Beans<br><br>Ingredients: <br><br>Some water<br> <br>Various types of veggies: <br>broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, peas, snow peas, peas in a pod, carrots, eggplant, tomatoes, artichokes, red pepper, green beans, corn, mushrooms, zucchini, spinach, kale, bok choy, swiss chard, collard greens, ect. (I just use a combination of what I have, it’s a great way to use up what you h... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 00:44:00 EST Spanish Rice and Enchiladas http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44788_spanish_rice_and_enchiladas Spanish Rice and Enchiladas <br><br>Ingredients: <br><br>1/2 cup dry brown rice<br>1 cup of water<br>3 cans of tomato sauce<br>1/2 to 1 cup hot sauce<br>Corn tortillas<br>Vegan cheese<br>1 can refried beans (or black beans) with some spices<br>Onion<br>Green and red pepper<br>Mushrooms<br>Spinach <br>Tomatoes <br>Spices<br><br>Directions: <br><br>Boil the brown rice in a cup of water(more if y... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 22:03:00 EST Tomato Veggie Gazpacho http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44766_tomato_veggie_gazpacho Tomato Veggie Gazpacho<br> <br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4ac13126-5e9c-47ae-ba17-1396b23d6d92.jpg"> <br>Ingredients: <br> <br>4 ripe roma tomatoes <br> <br>5-6 sun-dried tomatoes (... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 20:55:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44754_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 07:57:00 EST Sweet Potato hashbrowns http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44750_sweet_potato_hashbrowns Sweet Potato hashbrowns<br> <br>1 sweet potato<br> <br>4 mushrooms<br> <br>1/2 cup onion<br><br>1/2 red pepper (any color pepper would work)<br> ... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 19:04:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44740_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 07:39:00 EST The Lentil Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44734_the_lentil_salad Lentil Salad <br> <br>When I first made this I did not put in all the veggies (just lettuce, hominy and beets) and I used alot of cheese so now I put in many veggies and little cheese.<br> <br>Ingredients:<br> <br>Lentils <br> ... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 14:53:00 EST That is a Lot of Veggies Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44707_that_is_a_lot_of_veggies_soup That is a Lot of Veggies Soup <br><br>Ingredients <br>1 tablespoon of oil, broth or water <br>1-2 onions (red, white, yellow)<br>1 cup chopped pepper (red, yellow, green) <br>1 cup chopped celery <br>1/2 cup bok choy <br>I cup carrot pulp <br>2-4 cups cabbage and greens (turnip and collard greens) <br>1 small diced yellow squash <br>5 mushrooms, chopped<br>3 potatoes, diced <br>1 cup broccoli<br>1 cup cauliflower<br>1/2 cup diced eggplant <br>1 can green beans... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 08:41:00 EST 8 Minute Split Pea Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44703_8_minute_split_pea_soup 8 Minute Split Pea Soup<br> <br>Ingredients<br> <br> <br>one pound of green split peas<br><br>one large chopped onion one pound carrots, sliced<br> <br>One celery heart, sliced<br> ... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 23:31:00 EST Vegan Taco Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44685_vegan_taco_soup Vegan Taco Soup<br> <br>Ingredients:<br> <br>Navy beans, red beans, black beans, chickpeas, white beans<br>crushed tomatoes<br>summer squash<br>corn<br>red and green pepper<br>onion<br>greens<br> taco seasoning<br>salt<br>pepper <br> small can of tomato sauce with some water<br> ... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 00:51:00 EST COOKING VERSUS EATING OUT http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44674_cooking_versus_eating_out I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 11:46:00 EST Spaghetti Noodles with Tomato Sauce http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44662_spaghetti_noodles_with_tomato_sauce Spaghetti Noodles with Tomato Sauce <br> <br>The sauce is tomato juice, tomato paste, garlic powder and some parmesan cheese.<br> <br> <br>or you can make this sauce:<br> <br>http://www.sparkpeople.com/m... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 19:23:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44632_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 08:08:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44615_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 07:48:00 EST Carrot Pulp Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44592_carrot_pulp_soup Carrot Pulp Soup (When I juiced the carrots I used the pulp to make a soup)<br> <br> <br>Bunch of carrot pulp soup (it was a lot) <br> <br>Bunch of green pulp (I used maybe a cup) <br> <br>1 Cup white beans <br> <br>1/2 onion and... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 19:07:00 EST MEAL PREPPING FOR BEGINNERS (KEY) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44582_meal_prepping_for_beginners_key my life is back to super busy, as I'm sure all of you are experiencing as well! Whether you're a student, in the work field, or have a family of your own, the beginning of the year can be a bit stressful! Eliminate the stress and time factor of having to cook every single night by meal prepping! It saves you time in the kitchen and helps keep you on track with healthy eating! You can prep and plan for just dinners, lunch and dinner, or even all three meals of the day and snacks too! The ... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 09:44:00 EST Black Bean Corn Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44575_black_bean_corn_soup Black Bean Corn Soup<br> <br>1 cup black beans (frozen)<br>1 can of salt free corn<br>1 can of salt free green beans<br>1 can of salt free diced tomatoes<br>1 cup broth<br>4-6 cups water<br>1/2 medium diced onion<br>1/4 green onion<br>2T leek and shallot (frozen)<br>2 cups brown rice (frozen)<br>1/2 cup asparagus, white asparagus, yellow squash (frozen)<br>1/2 cup fennel, bok choy and swiss chard (frozen)<br>6 brussel spr... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 00:31:00 EST Try new things http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44556_try_new_things ..........................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>......................................<BR>..................................................Try to find a new type of food or a new way to cook something at least once a week. Check out Spark recipes. The produce app is also a good place to go. There are so many fruits and vegetables that a lot of people aren't familiar wi... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 22:08:00 EST Pinto Beans and Barley Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44552_pinto_beans_and_barley_soup Pinto Beans and Barley Soup <br><br>2 cups of pinto beans <br>1 cup barley <br>4-6 cups water <br>1 medium diced onion <br>1/2 cup asparagus <br>1/2 cup white asparagus <br>1 small diced yellow squash <br>1/2 cup bok choy <br>1/2 swiss chard <br>1/2 cup fennel<br>2-4 cups greens (I used dino kale)<br>5 mushrooms, chopped<br>1 cup broccoli<br>1/2 diced eggplant <br>1 can green beans <br>1 can diced tomatoes <br>1/4 teaspoon (or more) of onion powder, garlic powder, spike, M... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 12:40:00 EST people with secret http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44536_people_with_secret It's a secret!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<BR>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<BR>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<BR>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<BR>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<BR>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<BR>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<BR>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<BR>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<BR>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<BR>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<BR>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 11:20:00 EST Kamut, Beans and Veggie Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44530_kamut_beans_and_veggie_soup Kamut, Beans and Veggie Soup <br><br>1/2 bag speckled butter and purple hull beans (frozen)<br>1 cup kamut<br>1 cup broth<br>4-6 cups water<br>1/2 cup asparagus, white asparagus, yellow squash (frozen)<br>1/2 cup fennel, bok choy and swiss chard (frozen)<br>5 mushrooms, chopped<br>1/2 cup cauliflower and cabbage <br>1/2 diced eggplant and turnip <br>1/2 medium diced red onion<br>1/4 green onion<br>2 clove garlic<br>2T leek (frozen)<br>2-4 cups greens (I used kale and collard) (frozen)<br>1 ca... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 10:32:00 EST Black Bean Tacos http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44520_black_bean_tacos Black Bean Tacos<br> <br> Corn Tortillas <br><br>1 can black beans <br><br>1 can corn <br><br>Some red and orange pepper, cucumber, tomato, avocado<br><br>Hot sauce <br> <br>Spices <br><br>One slice of daiya cheese <br> <br>Spinach and lettuce <br> <br>I took the Corn Tortillas and heated them in a pan with a tiny amount butter (I used some fat free... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 17:16:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44513_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 09:21:00 EST Warm Salad for the Winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44510_warm_salad_for_the_winter Warm Salad for the Winter<br><br>have you ever wanted to eat a salad but your tooo cold well try this...<br> <br>1/4 cup red onion, bok choy and leeks<br> <br>4 chopped up mushrooms<br> <br>1 cup cabbage<br> <br>1/2 teaspoon onion powder, Mrs. Dash<br> ... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 21:19:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44496_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 01:13:00 EST I have these tortillas.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44493_i_have_these_tortillas I have these tortillas....<br> <br>To use up and I had some (Both frozen and fresh)...<br> <br>Brown rice<br>Tomato sauce with hot sauce<br>Pinto beans<br>Kale<br>Red pepper<br>Bok choy<br>Onion<br>Mushroom <br>Cabbage <br>Tomatoes ... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 19:16:00 EST Eat more veggies by making salsa and adding it to your food when you cook. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44479_eat_more_veggies_by_making_salsa_and_adding_it_to_your_food_when_you_cook I make homemade salsa by throwing tomatoes, onions, garlic, bell peppers and jalapenos into my processor. I make a ton of it. I add salt and some spices and usually boil it but you can skip that. My mother makes it and keeps it raw, it still tastes great it's all about preference. Keep tweaking it till you find the perfect mix that you just love. I then toss it into a ziplock bag and throw it in the fridge. It's also freezable after it's cooked. I've never frozen it raw before. <br><b... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 09:04:00 EST Tomato, smashed chick pea sandwich with veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44465_tomato_smashed_chick_pea_sandwich_with_veggies <em>370</em> Tomato, smashed chick pea sandwich with veggies <em>370</em> <br> <br>I love tomato sandwich, but then I think I should be eating beans and a salad so what am I to do?....put them together. <br> <br> <em>370</em> <em>485</em> <em>69</em> <em>284</em> <em>267</em> <em>371</em> <em>284</em> <em>368</em> ... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 09:44:00 EST Lentil and Veggie Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44460_lentil_and_veggie_soup Lentil Soup<br><br> <em>284</em> <em>291</em> <em>367</em> <em>370</em> <em>371</em> <em>373</em> <br><br>Ingredients<br><br>1 can of tomatoes<br>1 can of green beans<br>1 cup zucchini<br>Half bag cabbage<br>1/2 cup swiss chard <br>1/2 cup dandelion greens <br>2 large carrot, finely diced<br>1 potato, finely diced <br>1/2 medium onion, and 1 green onion, finely diced <br>2 stalks celery (leaves too), finely diced <br>1 pound dried brown lentils<br>2 quarts water or v... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 00:49:00 EST Christmas Lima Beans with a Little Bit of Veggie Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44442_christmas_lima_beans_with_a_little_bit_of_veggie_soup Christmas Lima Beans with a Little Bit of Veggie Soup<br><br>Soup is an awesome way to get healthy. Soup is easy to make, unless you burn the soup or pour the whole salt container in the soup, you can't really mess it up, you can use up extra veggie so no veggies are wasted, you can add or subtract ingredients on any recipe and you can make up your own recipe, and it never turns out the same, so here is another soup recipe I made. <br> <br> <em>267</em> <em>284</em> <em>291</em> ... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 00:57:00 EST WHAT I PLAN EVERY DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44425_what_i_plan_every_day I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 09:31:00 EST Turnip Squash and Bean Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44417_turnip_squash_and_bean_soup Turnip Squash and Bean Soup <br><br> <em>369</em> <em>284</em> <em>370</em> <em>371</em> <em>369</em> <em>284</em> <em>370</em> <em>371</em> <em>369</em> <em>370</em> <br><br>I had a whole bunch of frozen butternut squash that I was going to make several different soups out of, well ends up that I cooked the squash but didn't have time make the soup (back in November) so I threw it in the freezer. I had sooo much squash that I had to make a second soup and her... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 21:40:00 EST COOKING AT HOME IS KEY http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44401_cooking_at_home_is_key I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 01:05:00 EST Cabbage and Yellow Split Pea http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44400_cabbage_and_yellow_split_pea Cabbage and Yellow Split Pea<br><br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cb8482c2-9285-4603-8ff6-ec8f92199df7.jpg"><br> <br>Ingredients: <br><br>Red and green cabbage <br>1 cup yellow split peas <br>onions (red, green)<br>leek <br>red pepper <br>celery <br>bok choy <br>asparagus <br>greens <br>zucchini<br>yellow squash <br>swiss chard stems<br>mushrooms<br>broccoli <br>cauliflower<br>green beans<br>1 can dic... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 23:45:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44386_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 10:39:00 EST I made a Clean out the Freezer Stir Fry #2...while baking sweet potatoes, mushrooms and eggplant http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44380_i_made_a_clean_out_the_freezer_stir_fry_2while_baking_sweet_potatoes_mushrooms_and_eggplant I made a Clean out the Freezer Stir Fry #2...while baking sweet potatoes, mushrooms and eggplant <br> <br> <em>258</em> <em>485</em> <em>267</em> <em>284</em> <em>69</em> <em>291</em> <em>369</em> <em>371</em> <br> <br>You know its time to use what you have in the freezer when you open the freezer and stuff co... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 21:00:00 EST Veggie Juice Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44368_veggie_juice_recipe <em>210</em> <em>370</em> <br><br>Veggie Juice is so nutritious for your body!! I like to to make a juice often to help with inflammation in my body. It is also good for energy and vitality. Juicing is giving your body nutrients in a pure, easy to digest and absorb form. I have been making juices for about six years now. I can really tell when I have had my juice and when I have not. I have a better feeling of wellness and energy when I have had one. Generally, I like to make a juice in ... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 07:28:00 EST Chunky Red Lentil Stew http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44366_chunky_red_lentil_stew Chunky Red Lentil Stew <br><br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3ab8905e-3136-4ea9-9ba9-efca40e79af1.jpg"><br> <br>Ingredients: <br><br>celery <br>greens<br>bok choy <br>red onion <br>mushrooms<br>diced tomatoes <br>swiss chard stems<br>2 carrots, chopped<br>red and green cabbage <br>1 cup dried red lentils, rinsed and drained<br>2 cups plus 2 tablespoon of veggie broth <br>curry powder, garlic, dried veggie (it is dry veggie chunks that I found in the spice secti... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 23:40:00 EST Chocolate Banana Ice Cream http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44330_chocolate_banana_ice_cream <em>265</em> <em>265</em> <em>265</em> <em>265</em> <em>265</em> <em>265</em> <em>265</em> <em>265</em> <em>265</em> <em>265</em> <em>265</em> <em>265</em> <em>265</em> <em>265</em> <em>265</em> <em>265</em> <em>265</em> <em>265</em> <br> <br>Chocolate Banana Ice Cream<br> ... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 22:36:00 EST Vegetable Tomato Sauce http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44293_vegetable_tomato_sauce Vegetable Tomato Sauce<br> <br>Ingredients <br> <br>Vegetables to saute <br> <br>2 fresh tomatoes <br>1 carrot, peeled and diced<br>1/4 cup mushrooms, sliced<br>1 celery stalk... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 23:41:00 EST Meal Prepping to Save You on a Bad Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44292_meal_prepping_to_save_you_on_a_bad_day I live alone, so this is easier for me now than when my kids were still home & my husband was still alive.<br><br>I bulk cook whenever possible. Then, I package and freeze the remainders in single servings in zip-lock bags. So, when I make rice, I make a lot. Same with roasted chicken breasts. I chop up the extra & freeze it, already cooked. Those two items in particular, are my staples. I use my slow cooker often, too. Once I take out my dinner portion, I freeze the rest.<br><br>I buy frozen... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 20:53:00 EST Homemade Oat Milk http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44273_homemade_oat_milk Homemade Oat Milk <br><br><br>I forgot to get some plant milk and I had one cup of steel cut oats so...<br> <br><br><br>...I soak one cup overnight in lots of water...rinse very well (they will be slimy if you don't rinse well)...add 3 cups of new water and blend in blender...strain.<br> <br><br><br>I don't use very much milk so I freeze the leftovers in smal... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 21:12:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44260_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 10:43:00 EST Veggie stock made with scrap veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44255_veggie_stock_made_with_scrap_veggies Veggie stock made with scrap veggies<br><br>I thought that making stock (or both) would be really hard. Then I started reading how easy it is to make especially when you use the pressure cooker.<br><br>Well then I just didn’t have the heart to use the good veggie to make the stock.<br><br>Well why not use scraps from the veggies…you know parts you throw away. Hey what a great idea so here is what I did.<br><br>Saved:<br>Onions including the skins (three different types)<br>Carrots even the ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 20:40:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44241_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 01:30:00 EST Red Lentils Barley and a Lot of Veggies Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44240_red_lentils_barley_and_a_lot_of_veggies_soup Red Lentils Barley and a Lot of Veggies Soup <br><br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/634f24b4-31d3-4bc8-8c02-8e5917459d3e.JPG"><br><br>Ingredients <br>1 tablespoon of broth <br>1-2 onions (red, white, yellow) <br>1 cup chopped celery <br>I cup carrot <br>2 cups purple and green cabbage <br>2 cups collard greens<br>1 small diced zucchini <br>5 mushrooms, chopped <br>3 potatoes, diced <br>1 cup cauliflower <br>1/2 cup diced eggplant <br>1 cans diced tomatoes <br>2 cups red l... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 00:17:00 EST Cooking: Changing diet food into a sustainable lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44228_cooking_changing_diet_food_into_a_sustainable_lifestyle Many people hear the word "diet" and think of torturous months of bland rabbit food. It most definitely does not have to be like this!<br><br>I have followed many different meal plans that were traditionally bland, felt extremely restrictive, or consisted of nothing but salads. And it was always so hard eating my pitiful diet food while I saw my family enjoying foods I craved. My diabetic husband was still eating regular food, which was not helping him control his condition. And there was... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 12:44:00 EST Butternut Squash Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44218_butternut_squash_soup Butternut Squash Soup<br><br><br>1 big butternut squash (mine was about 2 pounds)<br>1/2 cup onion<br>1 can white kidney beans<br>1/2 red pepper<br>big pile of cut up greens<br>3 cups of water<br>1 cup orange juice<br>A small amount of ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon<br>1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder, Mrs. dash, garlic, curry powder, seasoned salt<br><br><br>Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut up the butternut squash into small pieces and place on a pan and bake for around 30-45 minutes.<br... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 19:34:00 EST italian wedding soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44212_italian_wedding_soup Italian Wedding Soup<br>Think of this as a first-rate chicken soup with mini-meatballs and loads of flavor.<br>Ingredients<br><br>1 cup chopped onion<br>1/2 cup chopped celery<br>1 cup diced carrots<br>1 tablespoon minced garlic<br>8 cups fat-free chicken broth<br>1 1/2 cups beef broth<br>1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves<br>1 cup orzo pasta<br>6 cups fresh baby spinach<br>1 pound ground sirloin<br>1 egg<br>1 egg white<br>2 tablespoons chopped parsley<br>1 teaspoon minced garlic<br>1/4 cup Ital... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 14:19:00 EST PREPARATION IS A BIG DEAL http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44205_preparation_is_a_big_deal I have been working out a minimum of 120 minutes a day. I only do 30 minutes at a time, so I do not get frustrated or burnt out. It has been good so far.<br><br>I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to rem... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 09:26:00 EST Hearty Veggie Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44182_hearty_veggie_soup Hearty Veggie Soup<br><br> <em>140</em> <br><br>1 tablespoon of broth or water<br>1 medium diced onion<br>1 red pepper <br>1 cup chopped celery<br>1cup chopped carrots<br>2 - 4 cups cabbage and greens ( I used turnip and collard greens )<br>1 small diced yellow squash<br>3 chopped roma tomatoes<br>1/2 diced eggplant<br>1 cup green beans<br>1 can diced tomatoes<br>2 cans of beans ( I used great northern and red beans )<br>6 cups of veggie broth ( I used 4 cups of veggie broth and two cups o... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 21:12:00 EST Cauliflower and Broccoli Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44160_cauliflower_and_broccoli_soup Cauliflower and Broccoli Soup<br><br><br>1/2 of a cauliflower<br>A bunch of broccoli<br>1/2 of a zucchini and yellow squash<br>1 to 3 stalks of bok choy (the white stems cut up and sauteed, the green leaf tear up with the other greens)<br>2 to 3 stalks of celery<br>1/2 cup onion<br>1 to 2 cups white kidney beans<br>1/2 red pepper (any color pepper would work)<br>big pile of torn up greens<br>6 cups of water<br>1 cube of veggie broth<br>1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder, Mrs. dash, garlic, c... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 22:17:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44127_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 08:42:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44104_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 08:16:00 EST Include the Family http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44061_include_the_family We sit down on Thursday nights and menu plan as a family -- my 7 year old daughter, my husband, and myself. We have 3 major cook books we choose from plus the spark app. We grocery shop on Friday evening or Saturday mornings as a family. I cook 6 nights per week so we each choose 2 dishes. I find it's easier for everyone to eat healthy while I only cook 1 meal. This way my daughter feels like she has a say in what she eats and it motivates her to come to the kitchen and help prepare our me... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 07:20:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43937_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value_part_2 I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 05:52:00 EST How to Spark with the Recipe Builder! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43923_how_to_spark_with_the_recipe_builder I love the recipe builder in Spark! It's easy to use, I can add my foods from my favorites (which are all in grams), I can enter directions, and the end result is clear and concise recipes in an Internet recipe box that I can easily share with others. In my opinion, there are some secrets for successfully building killer recipes. <br><br>First, always weigh your ingredients and enter them into the recipe builder in grams. You're mixing a lot of different foods together and using generic "serv... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:47:00 EST Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43912_substitute_healthy_ingredients_when_baking_for_less_calories_and_greater_nutritional_value I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently I’ve begun reading about making healthy ingredient substitutions, wherever possible, when preparing certain dishes. It is really fascinating how you can take a particular ingredient in a recipe and substitute in its place a healthier ingredient, whi... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 00:23:00 EST A filling low-fat meal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43907_a_filling_lowfat_meal Bake 1/2 of a Spaghetti Squash (seed the squash)<br><br>While baking the squash<br><br>1. Saute onion and red pepper in cooking spray<br>2. Add 1/2 cup of shredded cooked chicken<br>3. Add one can of enchilada sauce<br><br>When the squash is done - loosen up with a fork in the skin creating a squash "bowl"<br>Pour the mixture above over the squash in the "bowl"<br><br>This is a low-fat, low calorie and delicious meal that is incredibly filling. Spaghetti Squash is one of the most filling ... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 17:39:00 EST cook on weekends http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43906_cook_on_weekends I found that cooking during the week was almost impossible. I'd come home from work too tired to cook. But I've since learned that cooking your own food is the secret to eating healthy.<br><br>Therefore I have started planning my meals on weekends, shopping for them and cooking them.<br>This simple change has made it possible to eat healthy, home-cooked food every night.<br><br>That way when you come home from work you don't have any decisions to make except to take the meal out of the free... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 17:01:00 EST JANUARY IS THE MONDAY OF MONTHS http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43883_january_is_the_monday_of_months I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 12:03:00 EST BEING PREPARED IS KEY http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43846_being_prepared_is_key I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 10:26:00 EST Dehydrators are Presents from Above! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43838_dehydrators_are_presents_from_above If you're just beginning to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet and find that they tend to go bad before you can use them, invest in a dehydrator. You can dehydrate food (and rehydrate as needed) as much as you need and while it's in season, allowing to save money. Double bonus!<br><br>Also, if you're a candy kid, and miss those sweets, dehydrating fruit intensifies the flavour and gives it that little chewy texture like chewy candies. You're Welcome! <br><br>I personally love chips, ... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 00:10:00 EST Like beef? Substitute! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43776_like_beef_substitute I like the taste of beef. <br><br>After days of chicken I want to squawk or sprout feathers. <br><br>I started with ground beef and went down the fat chain from ground beef to ground chuck to ground round to 93% fat free. Eventually, although it supposedly is much better for you, I would rather cook meat in its own fat than add fat just to brown the meat. What should I do? <br><br>I switched to stew/shredded meat for spaghetti, tacos and such. First, you braise the meat to turn it brown. Nex... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 21:35:00 EST Substitution of Healthy Foods for Not So Healthy Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43755_substitution_of_healthy_foods_for_not_so_healthy_foods I am writing about finding healthier alternatives in cooking simply because...I am NOT going to eat something if it doesn't taste good; however, I have made a choice to consciously put healthier options into my body. <br>One of my favorite foods EVER is potatoes. They are not the worst....right? However, when watching carbohydrate intake; well, they just don't make the cut. In my desperation to find something, anything, that can take their place; I stumbled across something that is so much he... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 22:51:00 EST Meal Planning/Prepping helps you eat healthy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43750_meal_planningprepping_helps_you_eat_healthy Do you find it difficult to find time to cook a healthy dinner for you and your family? I know I do. I work full time and between that, a husband and kids, having the time and energy to cook healthy dinners has been one of my biggest struggles. My only new year's resolution this year was to resolve this issue.<br><br>A few years ago, I attended a cooking class at the local Jr. College, and it was centered around "freezer cooking" or "30 day cooking" as you may have seen titles out there on th... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 16:03:00 EST Flames and Sauce http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43738_flames_and_sauce Thought I would venture into the world of cooking today. As I was growing up way back in the '50's, my mother thought we should know our way around the kitchen even if we were boys and at the school I went to, boys took home ec and girls took shop. Everybody learned a little bit of everything.<br><br>Today, my cooking chores are for the most part relegated to the grille. Chicken, steak, pork chops, ribs, salmon, vegetables, and corn pretty much make up my palate. <br><br>Two staples on my... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 09:46:00 EST Avocado oil is the new coconut oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43614_avocado_oil_is_the_new_coconut_oil Use it to replace canola oil when making homemade mayonnaise. You can store it in the refrigerator for up to a week.<br>Drizzle it over fish before baking or roasting.<br><br>Lecic / Shutterstock / Lecic<br>If hashtags are any indication, avocado oil is having a moment—the green oil has over 17,000 mentions on Instagram, plus it's trending on Pinterest, with tons of ideas for using it in DIY skin and hair treatments and recipes. But does it live up to the hype?<br><br>The avocado itself is no... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 18:53:00 EST Discover the Versatility of Eggs...for Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43392_discover_the_versatility_of_eggsfor_breakfast_lunch_or_dinner Since embarking on my weight loss journey, I have been looking at different foods with lower calorie counts, that also have the benefit of making me feel full. Eggs are one such food, and they are so versatile! They can be used for any meal - breakfast, lunch, or dinner.<br><br>For breakfast, I can prepare an egg in a variety of ways -- fried, scrambled, poached -- or use eggs to make French toast. French toast is always enjoyed in my house, but it's the syrup I have to be careful about wh... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 10:24:00 EST This is how I do it http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43354_this_is_how_i_do_it I like to host dinner parties. I even like to try new recipes when I entertain. I know, sounds risky doesn't it? I'm getting cocky because my new recipes generally turn out well. I make an announcement to my guests that they are being Guinea pigs and helping me test the recipe. They are asked to tell me if I should make it again. Fortunately for me, my guests enjoy this and are happy to participate. Some recipes make it into the recipe file, some do not. All in good fun and file building. Alt... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 07:54:00 EST Use the Slow Cooker to Prepare Today's and Tomorrow's Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43335_use_the_slow_cooker_to_prepare_todays_and_tomorrows_meals I've recently "rediscovered" my slow cooker, and started using it to prepare soups, stews, and spaghetti sauce - either during the day while I'm at work, or on a weekend while I'm doing other housework. <br><br>My favorite meals to prepare in the slow cooker include a vegetable soup, beef stew, or spaghetti sauce (once I've pre-cooked the ground beef on the stove). To add flavor to my soup or stew, I will sometimes add in a dry soup mix (consisting of vegetables, barley, and spices), or I ma... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 10:21:00 EST Changes I made http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43324_changes_i_made Spark people has helped me significantly change the way I cook. Before SparkPeople, I fried or deep fried everything. Or I made pasta with most every meal. I never weighed my food, I filled the plate and I was raised that what you put on your plate you eat. Since coming to Sparkpeople, I have become more selective in the sorts of foods and meats that I cook and eat. I used to eat a lot of junk foods - hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages or brats. Not bad food if mixed with some healthy choic... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 19:37:00 EST Cooking for one is making me a much more creative cook. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43231_cooking_for_one_is_making_me_a_much_more_creative_cook It sounds selfish to just cook what you like, especially if you are cooking for others as well as yourself. Most people are. Having lost my husband earlier this year the last thing I wanted to do was cook. I relied on my grown daughters and quickly got tired of pizza and tacos. My husband had been the cook. He loved the praise and rightfully so. When I used to cook for him I was always taking that into account his tastes and it never turned out quite right for either of us. SO.. I say to... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 18:20:00 EST Dinner meals at home and at restaurants don't have to be too difficult, it takes planning, to ensure good nutrition. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43226_dinner_meals_at_home_and_at_restaurants_dont_have_to_be_too_difficult_it_takes_planning_to_ensure_good_nutrition I try to limit my dinner meals to smaller amounts. I cook most of my meals at home. I make lots if marinated chicken on the grill and I use leftovers for lunch the next day at work. I try to only have 3 oz. of chicken, a side vegetable, and a vegetable salad for dinner. If I haven't had enough fruit, I'll include some with dinner. If I have a desire for something sweet I will eat 1 cup of fruit and some fruit dip. I make a simple fruit dip. I make up instant unsweetened vanilla pudding with... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 13:23:00 EST Cooking Substitutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43096_cooking_substitutions I like to substitute egg beaters for eggs for lower cholesterol and applesauce for less fats. In most baking you can not tell the difference. Also to save a bit of money I sometimes use cheese soup (Campbell's) or fiesta soup for flavor in place of cheddar cheese or American cheese. <br><br>Anything left over, I freeze most leftovers or have them for lunch the next day. (My men are not real big on eating leftovers.) <br><br>For a bit more nutrition, try adding apple pieces or orange pie... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 22:37:00 EST plan ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42997_plan_ahead Because cooking for one is tedious every night I create several servings of a new healthy meal and package the rest for lunch the next day, and freeze what is left in individual portions for use when I just don't have time to cook. Mon, 3 Aug 2015 17:47:00 EST Healthy, easy, delicious treat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42969_healthy_easy_delicious_treat Are you barbecuing this weekend? Grill some fruit for an easy treat. You can grill anything from melon to pitted fruits. Suggestion: cut some peaches in half. Remove the pit. Spray the cut halves with cooking spray. Grill cut side down until the fruit has some grill marks, a couple minutes on each side, but be careful not to overcook, as the fruit will get mushy. Enjoy guilt free AND get your serving of fruit. It's a win-win! Fri, 19 Jun 2015 17:47:00 EST Using packaged frozen spinach http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42960_using_packaged_frozen_spinach I have a few ways that I use frozen spinach because it is so convenient. I make a spinach-rice casserole, cream of spinach soup, spinach frittata, but I'm always looking for new recipes to use it. (but I don't care for spinach in smoothies, I know that most say you can taste it but I certainly can) Mon, 8 Jun 2015 19:04:00 EST Success Salad Dressing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42758_success_salad_dressing Balsamic vinegar<br>Italian dressing dry mix<br>Water<br>2 Splenda packets<br>1 Salad shaker<br><br>Mix 2/3 vinegar with 1/3 water, a couple of Splenda packets and dry Italian dressing mix in a dressing shaker. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:49:00 EST Quick and nutritious soup for a week http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42648_quick_and_nutritious_soup_for_a_week Recipe for a 5 veggie soup that runs about 350 calories for 2 cups. Kids like it to0. Freezes for lunches<br>1 pound ground veal <br>1 46 oz can Cento chicken broth (we love Cento the best; Swanson's is our #2)<br>1 can chopped tomatoes (we like Cento or Furman)<br>half a head of napa cabbage (not as pungent)<br>1 huge onion<br>About half a stalk of celery<br>Garlic (we like Penzey's dehydrated)<br>fresh parsley (huge bouquet)<br>green beans<br><br> Wed, 9 Jul 2014 08:16:00 EST Tofu success without deep fat frying http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42525_tofu_success_without_deep_fat_frying I love tofu in Asian restaurants but know that they deep fat fry the pieces. I asked a Chinese friend how her tofu comes out so perfect . She told me to drop the pieces into boiling water for a minute or two, then drain. Then fry the pieces with just a thin coating of oil in the skillet. Comes out perfect without the excess oil. The outside of the pieces are nice and crusty. I use firm tofu for this. Fri, 23 May 2014 12:07:00 EST Stretch meat with lentils. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42519_stretch_meat_with_lentils To cut back on our meat intake, I add cooked lentils to dishes that I use ground beef or ground turkey in. Thu, 22 May 2014 00:30:00 EST Rice Cooker & Brown Rice http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42508_rice_cooker_brown_rice I kept having my rice cooker spewing out liquid when cooking brown rice.<br><br>I started putting the steamer basket in empty and it "breaks up the bubbles" as the rice cooks -- no more spewing! Tue, 20 May 2014 16:00:00 EST Prep the pan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42418_prep_the_pan Buy a pan with a good non-stick coating and use less than half the oil or butter for saute or pan-frying. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:17:00 EST Love long-cooking oatmeal? Hate stirring? Use your crockpot http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42396_love_longcooking_oatmeal_hate_stirring_use_your_crockpot My hubby loves the oatmeal that takes 40 minutes of constant stirring until it's cooked. (example is McCann's Steel Cut Oat Meal).<br><br>Now he can use a small crockpot, 4 cups cold water, 1 cup oats and set it on low just before going to sleep.<br><br>6 hours later, an entire pot of perfectly cooked oatmeal. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:00:00 EST Kitchen Workout!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42389_kitchen_workout If you cook wearing your work out clothes; you'll be less likely to keep on tasting; therefore saving calories. Sounds silly and it may just be. But it works. lol<br>Plus it also may remind you to squeeze your booty muscles! <em>244</em> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:24:00 EST Skinny Taste great cooking site. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42381_skinny_teste_great_cooking_site Is a great website with recipes it gives you the calories count and WW points and so far I try 3 recipes and they were delicious I made : Flourless Brownies, Beef stir fry , Thai coconut shrimp yummy. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 06:29:00 EST Buy chicken with bones -- then make soup with leftovers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42380_buy_chicken_with_bones_then_make_soup_with_leftovers I usually buy my chicken with the bones in -- whether it's chicken breasts, thighs or an entire roaster. <br>Then I toss any left over carcass in water to cook for about 4 hours. Delicious broth and occasionally pieces of meat as well that were just too difficult to pull off the bone. <br>If I only have a couple of bones, I freeze them until I have enough. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 22:19:00 EST fats http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42342_fats well instead of making goodies with sugar or bad fats I use very little or add things like unsweetened applesauce, or bananas, coconut milk, whole wheat flour, nonfat milk if called for, nonfat cream cheese, etc. little tricks that help lower fat and sugar too. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:27:00 EST The Weekly Purge http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42305_the_weekly_purge Once a week, I 'purge' the refrigerator, getting rid of all limp or wilted foods, wipe down the shelves and drawers; then I can see what we need to replenish and it helps me w/ my grocery list as well as menu plan for the week. (It only takes minutes) Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:21:00 EST USE BANANAS!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42211_use_bananas Need a healthy, natural, sweet, and usable substitute for cooking? IN place of eggs or anything else unecessary? Go the Vegan route and use bananas. It only takes one, mush up your ingredients w/ your hands and it makes it fun!!!! Wed, 12 Feb 2014 15:58:00 EST Lasagna without noodles http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42169_lasagna_without_noodles I blanch cabbage leaves and drain them and then use them in place of the pasta. It freezes beautifully and my husband and I hardly miss the pasta. Mon, 3 Feb 2014 20:51:00 EST Silk Coconut Milk as Coffee/matte for coffee http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42158_silk_coconut_milk_as_coffeematte_for_coffee I use Coconut milk Vanilla flavor for coffee . I don't like just milk in my coffee but this is a great creamy milk it does the trick .I use same one for Oatmeal too . Wed, 29 Jan 2014 06:28:00 EST Extend splt pea soup with spinach and butternut squash http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42149_extend_splt_pea_soup_with_spinach_and_butternut_squash In addition to sauteed carrots, onions and garlic I added 4 cups of fresh spinach and 1 cup of cooked butternut squash to the 8 cups of water and 1 pound of dried split peas when I made soup. Once cooked, the immersion blender mixed everything into the familiar look of split pea soup. Doing this adds flavor, nutrients and some volume lowering the per serving calorie count. . I also added a splash of balsamic vinegar to finish the soup. Quite Yum Sun, 26 Jan 2014 16:59:00 EST Savory Oatmeal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42127_savory_oatmeal I make oatmeal and add some sauté onion, carrots, olives and is a nice healthy lunch. You can add what veggies you like . Wed, 22 Jan 2014 10:31:00 EST Low Fat Ranch dip http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42126_low_fat_ranch_dip I mix 1 c of Greek yogurt with 1 tablespoon of Ranch dip powder mix is a delicious dip good for veggies ,I put it over a bake potato. If you don't like too salty start with 1 teaspoon first,, and add more for you taste. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 09:24:00 EST Oatmeal growing with more water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42114_oatmeal_growing_with_more_water If you want to double your Oatmeal but use only 1/2 c put 2 c of water in a pot simmer slow after start boiling 5 min.add 2 T flax meal at the end and you have almost double the amount .I add cinnamon and 2 T of light cream and Splenda in mine is delicious. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 08:45:00 EST Fun Cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42052_fun_cooking I love cooking and I always look for recipes in sparkpeople. I usually cook dishes that I can take leftovers for lunch the next day. My favorite recipes are slow cooking ones. I recently found crock pot liners that come right out after your food is ready leaving your crock pot spotless. Fri, 3 Jan 2014 17:04:00 EST Batch Cooking Has Saved Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41992_batch_cooking_has_saved_me Struggle to cook homemade, healthy dinners during the week? Try batch cooking on Sundays. This week I baked chicken with oregano & lemon, baked pork chops, roasted potatoes & carrots, baked sweet potatoes, & lasagna (1 for this week, froze 2). From this I make my lunches, early dinners and my husband can make his dinner easily from the already cooked choices. Add ons are salads, frozen veggies and more. We eat well, I'm not exhausted, and I still have time for me after dinner to workout and ... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 23:19:00 EST Meal Planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41897_meal_planning I don't always have time to make a meal plan for the week. In an effort to make at least one healthy dinner I keep a favorite cookbook in the car and stop at the store on the way home. This way I know I will have everything I need. Mon, 4 Nov 2013 10:29:00 EST preparation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41810_preparation Preparing meals for your family the night before help save time and makes the next day a little easier. Sun, 13 Oct 2013 21:19:00 EST sneaky vegetable (kids and me) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41805_sneaky_vegetable_kids_and_me When making chili, curries, or other seasoned meat sauces. mince vegs to a very fine level, or puree. Then and to sauce. You may need to add some additional seasoning. Fri, 11 Oct 2013 22:26:00 EST