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Do you snack during meal preparation?

Usually by the end of my day, I'm so hungry that it's all I can do to not consume a meal's worth of (albeit healthy) snacks while I'm cooking. I have discovered that chewing a piece of sugarless gum while I'm cooking keeps my mouth occupied and my hunger under control until it's time to eat dinner.

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Grill every week!

It's spring - time to grill food. I fill the grill with chicken or salmon and vege's: onions, red & green peppers, corn, whatever you like. Make extra of the protein to use in salads or sandwiches or spreads or whatever. Enjoy!

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Use spinach instead

I put raw spinach on sandwiches instead of lettuce. In fact, I substitute it for lettuce everywhere. It has the same crunch factor, doesn't taste different, and is way more nutritious.

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Eat all Week

Roasting a chicken on Sunday gives us chicken for salads, casseroles and wraps for several days. I have purchased deli chickens which really is a time saver. Take it home, remove the skin and put in serving sizes and freeze what you are not going to eat in the net few days.

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Freshness

I just found out if you keep a bunch of celery wrapped in aluminum foil that it stays crisp.

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Healthy Chocolate Fix

When I have a chocolate craving I make a fruit cup with 11/2 Tablespoons of Chocolate Sauce underneath it. It is delish, you can take it with you and really kicks the craving too!
I use cut up Apple, a few grapes, a slice of orange filet and maybe some copped up nuts. But all fruits fits!

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CANT STOP EATING HOT SAUCE

I put it on everthing lol

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I don't want to drive all the time!

Thinking about how much I dread going to the store or to a restaurant because of the distance and time it takes to get there prevents me from eating out and encourages me to stay home and cook.

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Keeping your washable cutting board in place.

I love the dishwasher safe cutting boards. Usually made from Plastic, glass or any other surface that slips. If you heavily dampen one ( two paper towels if thay are thin). Place them under your board for rolling or hand chopping. The board will stay in place.For a long job, wet it again as needed.

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Spicing up food

Spicing up food makes me feel as if I am not being deprived, since certain spices make food taste great & high quality.

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