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nutritious breakfast

By eating a nutritious breakfast filled with good proteins and carbs will help you get through the day & also exercise properly as well

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Avocado instead of dressing

I like to put mashed avocado on my salads instead of dressing. The calories are about the same and they both make the salad less dry, but the avocado has healthier fat and counts as a serving of veggies.

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Be proactive when dining out @ restaurants, #2

When I must eat at a restaurant, I have 2 secrets that help me avoid over-doing it. Here is #2:

2 - When placing your order, ask the server to bring a to-go box WITH your meal. If they forget, ask again when the food comes. Don't start eating until you've packaged HALF of your meal to take...

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Be proactive when dining out @ restaurants, #1

When I have to eat out at a restaurant, I have 2 secrets that help me avoid over-doing it. Here is the first:

1 - If they serve free bread or chips/salsa before the meal, tell them to NOT even bring it out. If they already have, send it right back. Avoid the temptation of it staring at you...

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salads

I love salads but mostly I love those high calorie dressing we put on our salads. I have learned to eliminate those by using salsa. I get the mild for things like burgers and chicken and hotter for our more spicy meals like enchiladas or tacos. This works for me hope it will help you too.

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Alternative to salad dressing

My husband also doesn't like mayo or salad dressings. In order to get him to eat a salad I had to come up with an alternative, so I mixed the juice of a lemon with a litlle olive oil and a packet of sweetener. He loved it! I also do this with all other citrus fruits, for a change

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Mindless Snacking

I work at a desk job and find myself mindlessly snacking all day. I pack a healthy lunch and healthy snacks, but am still tempted-the vending machine. I started keeping sunflower seeds (in the shell) at my desk. I get the salty snack, but don't consume too many calories since I have to crack them.

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Rhubarb, delicious, low calories, fibre & potassium

Spring is the time for rhubarb, it's high in vitamin C, has on average 1g of fibre per stalk, is not bad in the potassium department and tastes good.
Instead of sugar add sweet fruit like pineapple, apple or strawberries. Topped with low fat yogurt and some seeds & you have a tasty and healthy lu...

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Salad Dressing Substitute

I am probably one of only two people I know that HATES mayo and salad dressing of any kind. Instead of salad dressing on my salads I put Walden's Strawberry or Blueberry Calorie Free Syrups.

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Low fat Ricotta Cheese Frosting

1 tsp flour & 1 tsp low fat margarine
1/4 c milk, 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 c coconut powder
3-4 pkts stevia or splenda
1/2 to 1 tsp vanilla

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