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Plate salad

Often for dinner I create a huge salad on a plate with lots of variety. Then I have a small burger (veggie or meat) or a slice of pizza or a bowl of soup with it. The activity of crunching up the huge salad makes me feel as though I've had quite a big meal. Of course, watch the dressing and extras on the salad or you defeat the purpose.

- Submitted by KALAJIJO 5/31/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Put healthy snacks in your way

I have been making healthy snacks mostly cut up fruit & veggies and putting them in attractive bowls everywhere in my kitchen & dining room. So when I want to grab something to pop in my mouth it's the first thing I see. This is helpful when I'm cooking so I eat healthy snacks instead of looking for something not so healthy. It's just more convenient not to get something else out.

- Submitted by KALAJIJO 5/28/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Tofu success without deep fat frying

I love tofu in Asian restaurants but know that they deep fat fry the pieces. I asked a Chinese friend how her tofu comes out so perfect . She told me to drop the pieces into boiling water for a minute or two, then drain. Then fry the pieces with just a thin coating of oil in the skillet. Comes out perfect without the excess oil. The outside of the pieces are nice and crusty. I use firm tofu for this.

- Submitted by KALAJIJO 5/23/2014 in Cooking | 1 Comment
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Just say "Stop!"

I use this technique when I begin to snack on stuff that's not in my eating plan for the day. Before it gets out of hand, I say "stop" to myself. I don't know why this does the trick.

- Submitted by KALAJIJO 5/21/2014 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Convenience Store $1 purchase

I've noticed that bananas are sold in most convenience stores. When I'm feeling hungry and find myself faced with all the unhealthy stuff sold in those places, I turn to bananas. In the stores near where I live, they are usually priced 3 for a dollar or 49 cents each. I buy 3, eat one, and bring the others home to use later. They are usually perfectly ripe since they sit out as everyone else is buying up the candy and chips.

- Submitted by KALAJIJO 5/20/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Exploring Super Foods using Sparkrecipes

When I come across foods that are so-called super foods, I go immediately to Sparkrecipes to find ways to use them. The latest super foods are quinoa, chia seed and kale. I've never cooked with those foods, so it's a new culinary adventure. It's great that I have a husband that will try anything new! emoticon

- Submitted by KALAJIJO 4/19/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Snack before bedtime

I really need a snack before I sleep because I can't sleep if I'm hungry. I usually eat dinner quite early. I found that I can eat a very small snack if I drink two glasses of water first. It helps me eat less and feel fuller. Also the water serves as a natural alarm clock, since I will always have to use the bathroom before I have to get up. emoticon

- Submitted by KALAJIJO 4/18/2014 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Hot Lemonade

I love coffee but am not a tea drinker and know it's not a great idea to drink coffee right before bed but I do love a hot drink in the evening so I came up with a caffeine free alternative. I squeeze out the juice of a lemon (a Meyer lemon is best if you can find it). I add boiling water and calorie free sweetener. This hot lemonade is very satisfying on a cold winter night.

- Submitted by KALAJIJO 4/7/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Eating Out

When eating out, I bring my own container (I hate those styrofoam clam shells), and I pack 1/2 the meal in it BEFORE I eat, so I am free to clean my plate.

- Submitted by KALAJIJO 4/2/2014 in Weight Loss | 4 Comments
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Dinner then lunch for the next day

Every time I make dinner, I make enough extra to fill two reusable containers (one for me & one for my husband) to reheat for lunch the next day. There's nothing like a tasty hot lunch instead of a boring sandwich.

- Submitted by KALAJIJO 11/7/2011 in Organization | 4 Comments
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