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tasty water

Sometimes I have a tough time getting down 8 glasses of water a day. I recently found these great little packets of lemon, lime or orange. One packet adds the flavor of a wedge of fruit with out any mess or cutting and it has 0 calories

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It doesn't matter HOW late you eat. It's total calories for the day....

I hate to burst your bubble, but it's not how late you eat that makes you gain weight..... I'ts how many calories you have eaten.
If you eat a normal days worth of calories within a "day" and turn around and ADD more food=calories on top of that....?? THAT is where your weight gain comes from.

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Best Snack

Light weight smoothie-two ice cubes, four frozen strawberries, 1/4 cup frozen raspberries, 4 TBSP plain yogurt, 1/4 cup orange juice, one banana, 1/8 cup dark chocolate. You get fruit, calcium, antioxidants, and it tastes fantastic!!!!

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Freezing Baby Food

Whether you're making your own baby food or trying to figure out what to do with the remaining food in the jar you just opened, get shallow specialty-shaped silicon ice cube trays to freeze the baby food. Silicon makes it easier to get the food out of the tray & you don't have to worry about BPA.

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Frozen Mixed Fruit with a bonus

I try to get five fruits and vegetables daily. A fave is two cups of frozen fruit, slightly nuked, with a tablespoon of chocolate syrup. We buy huge bags of precut Dole Wildly Nutritious Mixed Fruit at the cost-saver club store. A filling mid-morning treat with a small chocolate chaser!

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smoothies

When it is hot and I am looking for something cool to drink I make smoothies, it takes no time to make.
I use 1 cup of yogurt, 1 package of chrystal light drink mix, 1 cup of orange juice, 1 small banana. Mix it all together in a blender and serve over ice. A nice cool relaxing drink.

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Salads

When eating out and you have that list of heavy salad dressings from which to choose, opt for a couple of lemon wedgies. It really sparks up the salad.

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If you can't pronounce it...

If you can't pronounce it (in the ingredience list) DON'T EAT IT. The closer it is to its natural state the better it is for you. Try to purchase only things with 3-5 ingredients that you can pronounce.

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Meal Planning

Planning meals for the week keeps me on track with ensure I am providing healthy meals for my family. I buy just the groceries I need for the meals and try to stay away from the extra goodies. In addition, it means evenings are less stressful, and we don't spend as much money ordering in.

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Stevia - Sweetest Sweetner Ever

Use stevia for your sweetner. Available under names such as Truvia, Sweet Leaf, and Only Sweet. Usually found right next to Splenda. Also available in the bulk packet. This sweetener has NO sugar dirivative! Much healthier and 0 calories too! Take with you to eat out as restaurants don't have it!

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