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Consistently Eating Well

Food prep on Sunday: chop all veggies, make a protein to last all week, and have it ready to assemble in the fridge--an at-home salad bar!
The harder chopped veggies go in one bowl and softer ones in another to help keep them fresh longer. Same goes for leafy greens--I wash and pat them dry wit...

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Use a food scale to accurately measure portions, especially when cooking

I do a lot of crock pot cooking. Let me repeat that. I do a LOT of crock pot cooking. Most of the recipes I use come with a recommended number of servings (i.e. "makes 8 servings" listed at the start of the recipe). When I started working heavily on portion control, I got irritated because if I ...

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My very own ever changing cookbook

I used to have about 12 cookbooks on my shelf with sticky notes marking the pages of my favorite recipes. They took up a lot of space and I couldn’t seem to remember which book some of the recipes were in. I spent a lot of time looking for a recipe for dinner. And when I wanted to tweak the recip...

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Using ground ginger

By using ground ginger, you can cut the amount of sugar you use by half. I use 1/4 teapspoon of ginger and reduce the sugar by a cup. It still taste just as good as the ginger makes you taste sweetness without adding sugar.

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Plan a menu

Every weekend I sit down for an hour and plan my menu including snacks for the next week. I type it up and post it on my frig. I will plan down to how many calories I will have each day. I make sure that I have about 4 weeks of menus and rotate them. I also try a new recipe each week.

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