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I make it a game to serve at least two different vegetables at dinner. It makes the meals more interesting, fills people up and cuts back on the amount of meat family members need to feel satisfied. I try not to have salad count as one of the veggies. If we have salad then it is a triple score dinner.
Instead of having a cup of granola which is 600 calories have a .75 cup serving of bran flakes with two Tablespoons of granola and you get the taste plus save over 400 calories. Check out my modified Alton Brown SP recipe it is really good. I have also started adding chia seeds to to granola and bran cereal to up the protein and fiber.
I make a big bowl of toss salad and store the left overs in a bowl that has a silicon steamer pressed into the bottom. The steamer I have has little silicon legs so any water that drips off of the salad ends up below the steamer and the leaves stay fresh longer.
Saute onions, mushrooms, finely minced carrots til brown then mix with ground beef or turkey along with seasonings, rolled oats and an egg. This is a great way to stretch the meat and sneak veggies into everyone's diet. We also like chopped jalapenos added to the sauted veggies.
Instead of a full serving of strawberry ice cream have 1/4 cup mixed with 3/4 cup frozen blueberries Cool creamy sweet and less fat than the same volume of ice cream alone. 1 cup of a wonderful dessert for 100 calories instead of 120 calories for 1/2 cup ice cream.
Since this is a life style change and not a diet I needed to learn how to eat deserts.
I do my main exercise in the morning but after sitting at the computer for hours throughout the day I am ready for a break. In the evening I put a my rubbermade step stool near the tv, pop in a movie and step up and down for 20 minutes. It works the kinks out from sitting too long and burns some additional calories.I think of this as an exercise snack.
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