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Extra commercials are right

Have a craving, chew a piece of gum. I personally prefer strong mint flavored gum, Trident White to be exact, which gives the added bonus of whitening my teeth. It's also a great way to deal with those times when you want to stress eat.

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Easy Food Weighing

When weighing food, I put a piece of plastic wrap on the plate or scale before adding the food, then you can wrap it up and take it with you and the plate/scale doesn't get dirty.

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A penny's worth

Do you sock away a penny for each SparkPoint? Take the month's worth and spend it on healthy produce at the farmer's market.

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Cook spaghetti in the microwave - quick & easy (click to view all the steps)

Looking for a fast and easy way to cook spaghetti or pasta with little clean up? Now you can use your microwave.
- Add spaghetti to a large plastic container. Break in half if needed.
- Fill box with water so that all of the spaghetti is under water. Add salt or any spices you like, then...

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For FF Lovers

Wash and cut potatoes into FF strips. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray baking pan with PAM. Put single layer of potatoes in pan and Lightly spray with PAM. Cook for 20-25 minutes. Adjust time if using thicker FF.
No grease no salt.

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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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