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Convenience Store $1 purchase

I've noticed that bananas are sold in most convenience stores. When I'm feeling hungry and find myself faced with all the unhealthy stuff sold in those places, I turn to bananas. In the stores near where I live, they are usually priced 3 for a dollar or 49 cents each. I buy 3, eat one, and bring the others home to use later. They are usually perfectly ripe since they sit out as everyone else is buying up the candy and chips.

- Submitted by KALAJIJO 5/20/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Cups & Scale

I like to keep measuring cups that range from a teaspoon all the way to a cup and a scale, on my kitchen counter all day. That way I can easily measure whatever I eat through out the day. This really helps me keep portion control in check.

- Submitted by SHRINKINGMOMMA1 5/16/2014 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment

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Keep measuring cup with nuts to control the portion

I like nuts as one of my daily snacks. I do not have the ability to stop once I start unless I pre-measure a quarter cup. So now I keep a small measuring cup with my nuts at work. Maybe I should post this in saving money too because the pound of nuts lasts much longer.

- Submitted by HAWKTHREE 5/16/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Divide and Conquer

Whenever you go out to eat, immediately divide each food into two equal portions. You'll eat HALF the calories and have a meal for the next day!
Ask the server for a take-out container at the beginning of the meal so you don't forget or over-eat. emoticon

- Submitted by LIFENPROGRESS 5/15/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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PIC THE PLATE

Take a photo of your meal when you go out to eat. It will serve to remind you of what you ate and the size of the portions.

- Submitted by LIFENPROGRESS 5/14/2014 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment

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Track before eating

I track what I eat before I eat it so I know where I'm at with calories. That way if I want a little extra, I can see if I've got the calories for it before I give in and eat it. It's like balancing a checkbook.

- Submitted by CRYSTASTRAT 5/13/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Less is More

Most foods it seems are loaded with sugar, fat, or salt. Who says everything has to be "super duper delicious". Learn to cook from scratch. Keep it simple, just use a few ingredients. Use salt free herbs & spices to flavor meals. learn to enjoy the natural flavor of a food. I use cumin for meats and chicken, paprika & pepper with lemon zest for chicken. Cook veggies and meats on low heat to carmelize and sweeten them.

I use no cheese, butter, salt , oil at all. I don't even miss it.

- Submitted by MDH44109 5/12/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Raw Green Beans Make a Great Snack!

Buy a half pound of fresh green beans. Wash thoroughly, then remove stems and ends.
Put half in a zippered baggies and put half in a cup. Snack on the raw green beans. They will be crisp and slightly sweet.

- Submitted by LIFENPROGRESS 5/11/2014 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments

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No Self-Control? Toss half before starting to eat

If I'm going to have a bad treat (think Hersey bar or ice cream from a stand), I find it easier to toss half of it BEFORE I start eating it rather than just eating half. I can't eat just half if it's in front of me. So for those few seconds when I still have a bit of self-respect and self-control, I toss away half.

- Submitted by HAWKTHREE 5/11/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Ice Cream Substitute

Sometimes I crave something cold…usually in the form of ice cream in a bowl. Popsicles are okay once in awhile….but now I buy a big bag of mixed frozen fruit…I put a portion in my bowl still frozen. Tastes delicious, fills me up especially if I add yogurt and it's all on my food plan….takes longer to eat too…melt in your mouth goodness!
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- Submitted by JACEYLEE 5/8/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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