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Make your own mother yogurt starter

If you make your own yogurt, you probably spend a pretty piece of change on a yogurt starter that has to be replenished pretty quickly. Well you can make your own yogurt starter that will last at least a year from chili pepper stems.

- Submitted by HAWKTHREE 4/9/2014 in Around The House | 0 Comments

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Freshly ground peanuts won't separate for months.

I noticed when I bought freshly ground peanut butter at Whole Foods that it didn't separate at all. So I finally let a small bit sit and see how long it takes to separate -- 4 months. The moral of the story is to buy it freshly ground when possible. I've found cheaper places than Whole Foods. emoticon

- Submitted by HAWKTHREE 4/9/2014 in Around The House | 0 Comments

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Oatmeal...Feel Full

People who ate a warm oatmeal breakfast felt fuller four hours later than those who had cold cereal...the fiber in the oatmeal slows digestion and should keep you full until lunch.
Add 4 walnuts to protect you heart or flax seed. Berries for even more fiber. Steel cut oats are denser. Good Carbs.

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 4/9/2014 in Living With Diabetes | 2 Comments

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Afternoon Slump?

A high protein snack will not only control afternoon munchies but give you a boost as reported by researchers at the University of Missouri at Colombia. Try
3/4 cup of plain non fat Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon of chia seeds
1 teaspoon of Cocoa Powder
top with 1/2 raspberries ( frozen or fresh)
160 calories

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 4/9/2014 in Living With Diabetes | 0 Comments

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Lunges and Squats While Taking a Smoke Break

Okay, I'm bad . . . I smoke. But, whenever I go outside to smoke, I get in 10-20 lunges and 10-15 squats. Gets my heart rate and respiration up. My knees are getting stronger. The gorgeous weather we're having here in Houston lately makes it a real pleasure! If it's raining, there is a covered area that I can do my lunges and squats in.

- Submitted by LWARD8447 4/9/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Lunges and Squats While Taking a Smoke Break

Okay, I'm bad . . . I smoke. But, whenever I go outside to smoke, I get in 10-20 lunges and 10-15 squats. Gets my heart rate and respiration up. My knees are getting stronger. The gorgeous weather we're having here in Houston lately makes it a real pleasure! If it's raining, there is a covered area that I can do my lunges and squats in.

- Submitted by LWARD8447 4/9/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Skinny Taste 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.

- Submitted by ALINA1969 4/9/2014 in Cooking | 2 Comments

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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.
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.
If I only have a couple of bones, I freeze them until I have enough.

- Submitted by HAWKTHREE 4/8/2014 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Wall push-ups

Wall push-ups are a good way to get more upper-body exercise when you may not have time for floor push-ups, or maybe you're not so great at floor push-ups. They benefit chest, shoulders, arms/triceps, and core muscles. Step back just a little (safely) to "lean into the wall" more, and make the push-ups a bit more challenging. If you need to protect a wall from natural oil from your hands, try wearing non-slip or rubber gloves.

- Submitted by MSBOOTCAMP 4/8/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Bathroom walk

I always choose the furthest bathroom away from my office so I have an excuse to get in at least 5 more minutes of walking in my day! And drinking lots of water helps, because then I have to go every 30 mins! That's a lot extra walking!

- Submitted by MISSCALFO 4/8/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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