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Most valuable tool.

My most valuable kitchen tool for dieting is a nonstick fry pan.
I use it for almost every meal with nocalorie cooking spray.

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Cheeseburger

Opt for a plain hamburger/turkey/chicken burger and spread Laughing Cow on your bun/bread/sandwich thin/bagel thin and save on calories; 1 wedge is approx 35 calories and it's delicious!

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Vegetables water

Don't throw it away. Either use it to add up for your daily water intake or make nice soups with it. Leek, broccoli and coliflower water are in my opinion the best.

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Prepare fruits ahead

Cut up large fruits like canteloupe and water melons all at once and put chunks in a large bowl and keep in the fridge for fast easy snacking. You'll be less tempted to eat something 'unhealthy'.

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Spices Are a Way of Life

In order to keep the same foods interesting, I buy a variety of salt free seasonings from Penskey's spices. I'm able to create a different "flavor" every night of the week and it keeps me from getting bored with my meal plan.

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Cooking up Some Fun

Download the free e-cookbook and show your child the joy of cooking. It offers healthy alternatives & ideas for parents & caregivers of children. http://www.peelregion.ca/health/obesity/resources/pdfs/cookbook.pdf

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Steam anything

Using a multi-tier bamboo steamer that you put on top of your normal pan, makes great low fat or fat free cooking. It leaves all flavor and nutrients in the food and is much quicker than you'd think!

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Hemp Seeds

Having trouble getting omega-3 fatty acids or enough protein? Get some hemp seeds. They are fairly tasteless and small, so they can easily be added to foods. I add some to my oatmeal every morning

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Rinse your cooked ground beef

After training your cooked ground beef, try this!

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Prepare Veggies and Fruits

When you bring veggies/fruits home from the grocery store or farmer's market, immediately wash them then cut them up or otherwise prepare them for eating and put them in bowls or baggies in the frig. This increases the chances of eating them 5 X Day!

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