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picnic tips

fresh fruit, lowfat cheese, whole grain breads, non-mayonnaise based salads, (pasta salad with low fat vinaigrette and lots of fresh veggies is one of my personal favorites) non sweetened ice tea, grilled meats, all are great for a picnic and will help you stay on plan!!

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FRUIT AND VEGGIES

THE NIGHT BEFORE I PUT MY TOTAL V EG AND FRUIT ON A TRAY NOW WHEN I FEEL A MUNNCHIE COMMING ON I USE FROM THE PLATE I GET MY QUOTA FOR THE DAY AND KEEP WITHIN MY DAILY RANGE

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Hummus + carrots = delicious

My daughter loves this and I discovered last night how good it is. Feel like I am cheating but it's a healthy snack. (I bought the hummus with roasted garlic on top.)

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Eating On Track

Water. 8 fl. oz. a day. It's the best way to maintain balance, keep from eating between meals, keep from overeating, and it's awesome for skin and kidneys. Don't you know how lucky we are? Water is a sacred gift. There's nowhere else in the universe water is plentiful, except where we are.

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Watch Fast Food portions

Fast food is already fattening. But check the portions sizes as well. Look on thier website (if possible) before ordering and see what the options are. Some are starting to have under __ calories or low calorie options.

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pickled five bean salad

Lately I have been eating a lot of five bean salad. There are several good recipes on Sparkpeople already. I love eating it because it is 1. veg 2. high protein 3. easy to make 4. low fat 5. It fills you up and sticks to your ribs. 6. It is delicious and 7. It keeps for a long time

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Weekend Snacking

Weekends can be a dietary challenge. To help me stay on track, I stock my kitchen with healthy snacks with a theme. One weekend the theme will be fresh melon so I buy a party tray of cut melon. Another weekend, the theme will be orange and I will buy sweet potatoes, carrots, and cantaloupe.

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Take healthy snacks with you

Taking healthy snacks along with me when I travel, even on short trips so I won;t fall to temptations when I'm hungry, examples are: raw veggies, granola bars, 100 calorie snacks, etc., it will save your diet days.

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Fruit can be grilled for a healthy BBQ side!

A healthy alternative to a side of chips. Apples, pears, and pineapples hold up well. peaches, nectarines, plums and mangoes can work if they are under ripe.

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switch out soda

I am a soda addict...It was hard to give them up. To help I switched to chocolate milk. I have low vitamin D. Drinking milk help with the absorption of vitamin D supplements. I don't seem to be craving soda's now.

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