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Beef up Frozen Dinners

Healthy frozen dinners are really handy but I find that the serving size is often too small to fill me up. So I microwave a cup or two of frozen veggies and stir them into the meal. Super easy and fills me up!

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Tasty Alternative to Mayo

Through experimenting, I've found a great alternative to mayo - hummus. I especially like the red roasted pepper. Great flavor and really brings out the flavors in a veggie sandwich!

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Office Snacking

Every Monday, I go to the local Kroger and purchase cut fruit, carrots, celery, and other bite sized fruits and veggies. I also get a container of hummus. Then during the day if I need a quick snack, I am not tempted by the pretzels, chips, and candy that my coworkers bring.

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Adding Fruit/Veggies

I find creative ways to add fruit/veggies to my meals. I add bananas, strawberries, craisins, raisins - whatever I have on hand - to my morning oatmeal (as well as nuts!). I also add these things to my salads. I add a bag of frozen veggies to my spaghetti sauce. Anywhere I can get them in!

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iPhone - not just the app

When I'm preparing food, and I don't have time to look up the nutritional content for what I'm making, I take a picture with my phone. There are several apps that can do text recognition, and then I have it when I'm ready to sit down in front of the computer.

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Calorie tracking

I keep a notepad on the counter in the kitchen, anytime I eat a new food, or pack a new food in my lunch I first right down all the nutritional information on the pad. I pack that paper with my lunch so I can enter the info when I enter my lunch.

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Nurture your Spirit, too

Make your table pretty and you will enjoy your meal more. Use a nice cloth, a candle. a flower from the yard. Also, put on some soothing music. Then savor every bite as you eat slowly and enjoy the meal. YOU ARE WORTH IT and you will feel more satisfied.

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Nurture your Spirit with Your Body

Make your table pretty and you will enjoy your meal more. Use a nice cloth, a candle. a flower from the yard. Also, put on some soothing music. Then savor every bite as you eat slowly and enjoy the meal. YOU ARE WORTH IT and you will feel more satisfied.

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Chew Chew Chew

If you are having or craving or feeling like you want to eat just for the sake of eating (boredem) then pop in a piece of gum. I find that it helps curve cravings and also keeps my mouth busy! Seriously though - if you usually don't keep gum with you, keep a pack with you for this reason.

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Helping fruit ripen faster

If you have bananas that are green or fruit that is otherwise too hard, put it into a brown paper bag with a ripe apple. This will help it to ripen considerably faster.

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