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Include the Family

We sit down on Thursday nights and menu plan as a family -- my 7 year old daughter, my husband, and myself. We have 3 major cook books we choose from plus the spark app. We grocery shop on Friday evening or Saturday mornings as a family. I cook 6 nights per week so we each choose 2 dishes. I find...

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Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2)

I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently Ive begun reading about making healthy ingredient su...

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How to Spark with the Recipe Builder!

I love the recipe builder in Spark! It's easy to use, I can add my foods from my favorites (which are all in grams), I can enter directions, and the end result is clear and concise recipes in an Internet recipe box that I can easily share with others. In my opinion, there are some secrets for succes...

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Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value

I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently Ive begun reading about making healthy ingredient su...

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A filling low-fat meal!

Bake 1/2 of a Spaghetti Squash (seed the squash)

While baking the squash

1. Saute onion and red pepper in cooking spray
2. Add 1/2 cup of shredded cooked chicken
3. Add one can of enchilada sauce

When the squash is done - loosen up with a fork in the skin creating a squ...

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cook on weekends

I found that cooking during the week was almost impossible. I'd come home from work too tired to cook. But I've since learned that cooking your own food is the secret to eating healthy.

Therefore I have started planning my meals on weekends, shopping for them and cooking them.
This simpl...

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JANUARY IS THE MONDAY OF MONTHS

I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compu...

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BEING PREPARED IS KEY

I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compu...

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Dehydrators are Presents from Above!

If you're just beginning to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet and find that they tend to go bad before you can use them, invest in a dehydrator. You can dehydrate food (and rehydrate as needed) as much as you need and while it's in season, allowing to save money. Double bonus!

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Like beef? Substitute!

I like the taste of beef.

After days of chicken I want to squawk or sprout feathers.

I started with ground beef and went down the fat chain from ground beef to ground chuck to ground round to 93% fat free. Eventually, although it supposedly is much better for you, I would rather cook...

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