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Freezer Bananas

Buy discount bananas in bulk, peel and freeze! Save money and eat healthy too!

- Submitted by SCAROUSEL1 3/25/2010 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Herbs are the best helper

I do not use salt, I use herbs in almost everything I cook, rosemary under the steak on the grill, mint in the zucchini, cinnamon in the coffee. Try yourself and find your favorites. emoticon

- Submitted by FIORENZA 3/25/2010 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Clean Eating

Eating clean has changed my life! I eat as close to the source as possible and very little processed food. Clean Eating Magazine and Tosca Reno's Eat Clean Cookbook are staples in my kitchen!

- Submitted by BENJAMINSBABY 3/25/2010 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Salad Dressing

I dress my salad by using a 1 gal. Zip Lock bag. I put in the greens and add 1-2 tsp. olive oil 1st. I shake the bag for 15 sec. or so and coat all the leaves with the oil. Then I can add the kind of vinegar I like. Crumbled cheese, nuts, etc. sparingly on top! Uses so little & tastes so good!

- Submitted by BEGONIAC 3/25/2010 in Cooking | 3 Comments

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Deconstruct your favorite meals!

Take apart any meal you like and break it into it's basic components. Realize what it is that you like so much about it and how you can reconstruct that in a healthy fun way! emoticon emoticon

- Submitted by KSIGMA1222 3/25/2010 in Cooking | 2 Comments

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keep adding the Veggies

I like to add veggies to everything my meat loaf i grind up brocoli carrotts and spinich along with the meat so its almost half and half. tastes great and can sneek in more veggies

- Submitted by RAEJAMES17 3/25/2010 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Eating more naturally

I am eating more natural foods, and less refined or over-processed foods. No more white: rice, pasta, bread, etc. It helps me feel full and increases my metabolism at the same time.

- Submitted by TEEDAGG 3/25/2010 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Sugar free gum is your friend

When I'm cooking I chew on a piece of sugar free gum. This keeps me from "tasting" as I'm cooking, as I'm usually pretty hungry. I would estimate two 5 calorie pieces of gum (dinner and lunch) save me 50-100 calories a day!

- Submitted by JAF3481 3/25/2010 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Clean up

I clean as I go when cooking then when I'm done, there isn't too much to clean! When done with a pot-served on a dish--either soak it or clean it--one less pot at the end!!

- Submitted by JULIEWATSON1 3/25/2010 in Cooking | 2 Comments

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Batch Cook

Cook up a big batch of SOMETHING when you have time. I particularly like things like soups and stews. You can freeze some and keep some in the fridge - that way, there is always something healthy at hand!

- Submitted by MBSHAZZER 3/25/2010 in Cooking | 4 Comments
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