Do you have a kitchen or cooking secret that saves time, calories or clean up?
I make my own greek yogurt by purchasing whatever skim milk yogurt without gelatin is on sale. I use the basket type coffee filters and a strainer to drain it 3 or 4 hours.
Until I can truly identify what a cup looks like or how much 2 Tablespoons is I measure everything if possible.
I agree - no0 licking the spoon and that is very hard to NOT do.
Don't munch on the little extra bits of cheese, chopped nuts, and other high-calorie foods that are left on your chopping board. Don't lick the batter bowl, don't lick your fingers, don't lick the spoon. Those calories count! Trash goes in the trash - not in your mouth!
I try to mix up the foods I eat. I try to eat smaller meals more often. Lots of different foods. It helps me feel less deprived. I also enjoy the hungry girl cookbook lots of low calorie recipes.
I have tons of trouble with portion control when I cook. So, when I make a recipe that results in 4 servings, I try to immediately weigh out one portion to use, and freeze the rest in single portion containers - I label them with the recipe name & date using masking tape & a black sharpie.
I don't like to clean up after I finish cooking, so I got into the habit of cleaning as I mess things up. That way when I finish cooking my kitchen is clean too.
If I have any fruit that is about to go bad like apples, berries, or peaches I like to cook them down with some splenda if they need it. I freeze in small containers and always have fruit to add to my plain yogurt or cottage cheese
She's made a great change in my way of life. Without sacrificing taste, I've gained healthy habits AND lost weight!