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Greek Yogurt

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.

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Measuring cups and spoons are my Best Friend.

Until I can truly identify what a cup looks like or how much 2 Tablespoons is I measure everything if possible.

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Licking the spoon

I agree - no0 licking the spoon and that is very hard to NOT do.

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Trash Goes in the Trash!

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!

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smaller meals more

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.

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Cooking for One? Make the same recipe but immediately separate one portion and freeze the extra portions

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.

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Clean As You Go

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.

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Don't throw it out

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

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Chef Meg

She's made a great change in my way of life. Without sacrificing taste, I've gained healthy habits AND lost weight!

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Plan Ahead

Prepare food ahead of time. It will save alot of frustration. Enjoy every bite you deserve good food! The better you eat the more you will lose. Have Fun with food!

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