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1/21/10 10:57 A

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I like to bake cakes for friend's birthdays. When making a cake I take the cake mix and mix it with a can of diet clear soda (usually diet 7up) instead of the milk, butter, etc. that the box suggests. It comes out great. In fact, many of my friends prefer my "low-fat" cakes...

Also, for deviled eggs I use orange cauliflower instead of egg yolk to make the filling. (I also use 1/2 potatos and 1/2 cauliflower to make mashed potatoes...same consistancy).

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1/5/10 11:35 A

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hey everyone. I dont eat alot of veggies so i try to get alot in a big colorful salad. i put mixed greens(the most colorful ones i can find), cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, a small handful of craisins, and some kind of fatfree cheese, i prefer either mozzarella or feta, then i dress it with balsamic vinegar, oil, garlic powder, salt pepper and oregano. I find if one of these ingredients is missing my salad is just not complete. sometimes i throw in some grilled chicken.

Another great thing is "flat out" wraps, they are low fat and loaded with fiber. great for fajitas, salad wraps...etc.

I have a major sweet tooth and make sugarfree fatfree puddin parfaits. 2 diff flavors with fatfree cool whip, if u make them and leave them in the fridge its great to grab when u need something sweet and since its already portioned u dont eat too much.

hope this helps someone. thanks for all the great tips.

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My favorite breakfast is an english muffin and veggie sausage sandwich. Add cheese if you're feeling the need for flavor...or just some salsa!!

The morning star farms veggie sausages have great flavor and consistancy for only 80 calories!!

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11/2/09 12:50 P

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so im sitting here eating a delicious salad.. thinking I am doing good because I measured the ranch...UNTIL I seen that it counts for almost half of my daily fat intake. I need suggestions.. There are few times when I can tolerate the red wine vinaigrette.. I love the creamy sauces like ranch... any suggestions? PLEASE?!

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10/27/09 11:46 P

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I absolutely love french toast and bread. I have discovered Sara Lee's 45 calorie delightful bread. In two pieces there are 90 calories, it tastes pretty yummy. I also have left eggs behind for egg beaters. They are definately more expensive but for the equivilent of 2 eggs there are 60 calories instead of 140. So my french toast is 150 calories. I also use Brummel and Brown yogurt blend butter, alone you can taste the difference but otherwise you cant and there are 50 calories a tbsp instead of 110 as in butter.

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10/22/09 11:33 P

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instead of eating potato chips or crackers i eat soy crisps when i'm feeling like i need to snack on something. they have a lot of protein and hardly any fat plus the cheese flavor taste great.

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10/12/09 12:59 P

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To make a creamy "alfredo" sauce, I take 2 tablespoons of FF sour cream and 1 wedge of Laughing Cow cheese spread, it can be any flavor, and I usually mix it with shrimp and noodles to make shrimp alfredo.

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10/11/09 10:40 A

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I just discovered when I am craving pasta, a great alternative is to have romaine lettuce and use Kraft's Pesto vinegarette (80 calories for 2 tbsp) and sprinkle some parmesean cheese (25 calories for 2 tbsp) on. I think the pesto tricks my brain into thinking it is pasta. I can't wait to try spaghetti squash though, I bet that would be great with the pest too.

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10/7/09 3:08 P

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I have actually substituted applesauce for all of the oil/butter. It works really well with cakes/brownies because it makes them moister, but with cookies it makes them runny so you have to add more flour.

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10/5/09 12:40 P

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For PB, there's also this crazy stuff called PB2. Basically, it's powdered peanuts - they extract much of the fat and the water, which leaves you with powder. So then you take the powder, mix with water, and effectively reconstitute the stuff back into PB. It's something silly like 60 cal/2 tbsp, plus way less fat too. And suprisingly, actually takes like PB and has the right texture (if you mix it right!). I get it at the "diet" store by my house, but I think you can order it online too.

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9/30/09 11:16 P

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I spent 10 minutes in the peanut butter isle. I LOVE toast with peanut butter and jelly. It is for sure one of my favorite breakfasts. The one with the fewest calories for a 2 Tbls serving was Skippy All Natural. This is from about 15 different types. It only has 120 calories per serving compared to the almost 200 in other kinds.

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9/28/09 4:09 P

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I learned a while back to pay attention to the sigh's during your meal. Like when you are in the middle of a meal, and you sigh, you have probably had enough. It may sound a little crazy, but try it.

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9/28/09 2:45 P

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This summer I was looking for something cool and fruity to snack on. I found some individual applesauce cups and I just popped them in the freezer. They taste great and are a good alternative to the sugary fruit items in the ice cream section. I stick with the no sugar added varities and picked up some pomegranate and key lime flavored applesauces.

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9/27/09 8:26 P

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I Love Love Love potato chips. I have recently started eating popcorn, with a couple of spritzes of olive oil spray ( to make the seasoning stick), and then some of the white cheddar powder, sold next to the popcorn. This does the job and is about 1/20 of the fat and calories of regular potato chips. The carbs are way lower too.

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9/18/09 10:59 P

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I eat the smucker's natural (and they have organic). I think the ingredients are peanuts and salt. That's it. I like it!

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9/18/09 11:27 A

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I have a major peanut butter addiction.. it's bad. Anyone know any good healthy peanut butters? I mean I guess peanut butter is never healthy, but more healthy then say Jiffy.

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9/2/09 9:23 A

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I would just repeat some of the same old great tips
chew your food very slowly
don't eat while distracted by things like the tv
eat at the table
drink lots of water with your meals
eat on a smaller plate



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8/26/09 8:40 A

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wow that tip about the french fries really puts things into perspective. Not just about french fries, but all the food we eat. I suppose I should start chewing my food a bit. emoticon

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I have the same problem, except I live with my mum and siblings. Whenever they leave leftovers out, I pick at them and finish them, even if the foods aren't vegetarian (I'm a pescetarian) or ones that I particularly like.
My tip is to serve yourself food in good portions, then as soon as the rest is cool enough, store it out of sight. Generally I'm not hungry immediately after eating, so I do it right after dinner. I think that when I have to go into the fridge and get the food, the extra step allows me a moment to think if I'm really hungry or not.
And a piece of advice from my family doctor: if you eat sensible meals for a week, stick to a diet, your stomach adjusts and you learn pretty quickly what's hungry and what's bored/sleepy/distracted.
My nutrition teacher also gave us this challenge: go out and buy a packet of french fries from your fast food purveyor of choice. Then eat them, chewing each french fry 17 times, only one fry at a time. The next class, no one could say they had finished the fries. The experiment really surprised me because I hadn't realized how quickly I had been eating before.
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8/9/09 10:20 P

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does anyone have any tips about portion control or knowing when you are full? i notice when i make meals for myself i have...actually i should have a lot of food left over. i see the remaining pasta or chicken, or seemingly healthy food sitting there and i stuff my face until i am so full i can't move. heeelp!

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8/2/09 10:15 P

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I have and it isn't bad. My husband has celiac disease and therefore is gluten-free; I juse apple sauce in a lot of his recipes. You can even use pureed white beans as a substitution for oil or butter so you get extra fiber.

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8/2/09 8:02 P

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It works great and keeps a moist recipe. Funny though, when I saw healthy substitutes as a forum title, before I even clicked on here I was going to suggest apple sauce in baking.

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7/31/09 5:38 P

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Has anyone substituted unsweetened applesauce for half the margarine/butter in baking recipes? Is it good?

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7/12/09 12:09 A

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Something that I have heard but have not tried yet is mixing finely chopped mushrooms with ground beef/turkey/chicken to cut back on calories and fat.

I will have to try it and let everyone know what it's like!

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6/30/09 7:53 P

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Hi. Greek Yogurt is pretty hard to find around here in Savannah. Look in the organic refrigerated section of your grocery store. That is where I can find it from time to time. Alos if you have a whole foods store of a fresh market you can probably find it there. Good Luck!

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6/24/09 8:07 A

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Where do you buy Greek Yogurt? Can it be found in a regular grocery store or in a Whole Foods store?

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6/21/09 12:35 A

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When I have a craving for ice cream, I make a protein shake. I use Vanilla or Chocolate protein powder, 1 cup of low fat milk, and usually fruit such as bananna or strawberies. What ever flavor you what to make your ice cream shake. Throw in a few ice cubes or freeze the fruit ahead of time. Mix in a blender for a few seconds and violia! You have a nice big frothy shake that taste fabulous is low in fat and calories and high in calcium and protein.

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6/19/09 11:20 P

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When I have that chocolate kick, I eat fat free or sugar free chocolate pudding. It has less calories. So does sugar free jello. It hits the spot just the same.

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6/13/09 1:55 A

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Now that it is summer, I'm often craving frozen treats. While I'd love a popsicle or one of edy's fruit bars (I can never finish an entire bar - too much), I tend to reach for some frozen grapes. Easy as heck to create, frozen grapes have a different taste than fresh grapes, but you are rewarded with a mixture of tart and sweet treats.

Just wash some fresh grapes, measure them into individual serving sizes, stick them in a freezer bag or reusable container and put them in the freezer. It doesn't take long until they're frozen and they'll last for a couple weeks before they start to taste freezery. They are especially handy to have towards the end of the week when we start to run out of fresh fruit.

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6/13/09 1:13 A

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Well it is not a subsitute, but right after each meal, I'll brush my teeth so I won't snack on anything (because it will taste nasty). lol

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6/11/09 4:39 P

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Thanks for the tip on the choc. craving with the mini wheat Little Bites "MarleyCupCake". I have a choc craving everyday so this should help me lose weight instead something bad for me.

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For those of you who like McDonalds Egg sandwiches, I also have a pretty good recipe for a substitute.

Serves 4
Calories per serving: 306

2 tablespoons white vinegar
4 whole-wheat English muffins
4 slices low-fat cheese
4 thin slices low-sodium ham
4 eggs
4 slices tomato
Spritz of olive oil
1/2 tablespoons dried oregano
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Fill a large, deep skillet of water to a depth of 4 inches. Add vinegar and bring to a steady simmer.

2. Arrange the muffin halves on a baking sheet. Place a slice of cheese on each of the bottom halves. Cut the slice of ham into shreds or ribbons and place on top of the cheese. Transfer to the oven and bake until cheese melts and top halves are toasted, about 4 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, cut 4 slices from the tomato and spritz each slice with some olive oil. In a separate nonstick saute pan over medium-high heat, saute the tomato slices for 1 minute on each side. Then season with salt, pepper and dried oregano. Set aside.

4. Break one egg into a small bowl. Hold the edge of the bowl close to the simmering water and gently tilt the bowl to pour the egg into the water. Repeat with the remaining three eggs. Cook until whites are solid and the yolk is still runny, about 3 minutes. Carefully remove the eggs one at a time with a slotted spoon. Transfer to a plate with paper towels to drain.

5. Remove the toasted muffin halves with cheese and ham from the oven and transfer to a plate. Place a slice of sauteed tomato on top of the ribbons of ham and top with a poached egg. Season with salt and pepper and top with the other half of each muffin. Serve immediately.


I love em, I reward myself with one on Sunday, when I have had a pretty good week.

Also, I have noticed a lot of sugar questions. I also use Stevia. I live in Michigan, so I bought mine from Meijer. They came in little packets. For baking, I go to the health food section or store and buy raw sugar.


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I used egg beaters instead of eggs, and also use sucranat for sweetener its like stevia, and you can get it at whole foods.

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5/4/09 2:17 P

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i put hot sauce (Frank's Buffalo wing sauce) on my salads instead of dressing. it makes it more interesting to me and it has 0 calories. ;) too much salt if you use too much though!

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4/30/09 10:39 A

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My fiance and I love McDonald's breakfast sandwhiches...but DO NOT love what they do to our waists!!!...So, here's my alternative::
1 whole wheat english muffin
2 slices canadian bacon
1 slice Kraft 2% cheese (I like cheddar)
a combo of 1 egg white, and 1 whole egg

spray a 1 cup plastic measuring cup with cooking spray and crack one whole egg and 1 egg white. Microwave on 50% for approx 1 minute (until all egg is cooked). Toast up the english muffin and pop the canadian bacon in a non-stick fry pan just long enough to heat through...build your sandwhich and OH SO GOOD!!!

McDonald's Sausage & Egg McMuffin w/cheese =450 cal, 27 gr fat, 21 gr protein

Amber's Egg/Cheese/Can-bacon muffin =370 cal, 13 gram fat, 32 grams protein

and mine won't kill your stomach with the grease!!!! It's nice becuase it tastes "naughty"! :)

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4/17/09 8:21 P

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It's not exactly a substitute, but:

I NEVER put salt in when I'm cooking

I rarely rarely put any butter in when cooking

When baking I reduce the butter at least by half (and noone can ever tell)

Instead of frying up my vegetables. I cook them in either water or pineapple juice! Way better than oil crap!

When it says "24 oz beef broth" or something similar. I generally use 2/3 or 1/2 and use water for the rest.

My best suggestion so far: Add SPICES! They're virtually calorie free and can make any meal amazing! Favs include: Garlic Powder, Basil, Montreol Steak Seasoning, Thyme, and Red Pepper Flakes!

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4/15/09 12:45 P

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Hello everyone! I'm new here :-) One of my favorite substitutions when I'm having a chocolate craving is Mini Wheats Little Bites in chocolate flavor. They're miniature sized chocolate mini wheats, if that makes sense, lol! They taste really good!

They are only about 4 calories per little biscuit thingie, plus being mini wheats they are already packaged with a little extra dose of fiber. Usually one or two biscuits is enough to satisfy my chocolate craving. Way better than going for the Hershey's bar!
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I use fat free cottage cheese instead of salad dressing...its usually less calories and full of protein!

I also use hummus on sandwiches instead of mayo.

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Instead of eating regular iceberg lettuce or salad leaves with empty calories I replace that stuff with fresh spinach. I was shocked when I found out just how much more healthy spinach is! I usually use spinach, grilled chicken breast and light ranch dressing. Sometimes I'll even sprinkle some unsalted sunflower seeds on it as well.

Another food I love is rice. I used to make my rice plain and then load it up with WAY to much butter so it tasted good. Now what I do is I cook the rice in low fat chicken broth and then I don't have to use any butter at all!

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i have an obsession for samoas (now called "carmel delights")girl scout cookies, but i found these granola bars there from a brand called "sunbeam" and there chocolate covered coconut and when i have a craving for samoas, i eat half of a sunbeam granola bar! so yummy



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I use turbinado raw sugar rather than regular granulated sugar. It has more flavor and it's healthier for you.

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I found a tea from celestial seasonings called " english toffee" tastes just like a cookie.

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I love Garlic hummus with veggies, I try to keep some with me at work when temptaion hits!

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Answer to sweet tea.. I am loving splenda. But, I buy my tea already made.

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Ooh. That's something to try!

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Do you have any trouble cutting it before you put it in the microwave? I've done it in the oven because I've never been able to get a knife in it until it softened.

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I don't know if this has been mentioned. I use potassium substitute instead of salt. Potassium is good for heart health and we get way too much sodium in this country (in general). It's a great way to cut down on sodium intake and get the same salty flavor. Seriously, can't tell the difference taste or texture-wise. It costs a little more in the store and it's not well known so you have to look for it (I use some called "No Salt").

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A substitute that I enjoy is taco sauce or salsa on salads instead of dressing. It saves a lot of fat and calories and adds flavor.

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in response to the sweet tea question below - I try to find teas that have a fruit flavor included like ginger peach, pomegranate green, and green tea orange spice (all Republic of Tea flavors). That way, I don't have to add anything to the tea when I make it and can just drink it as is. If I'm out and stop to get some iced tea at a restaurant or coffee shop, I just ask if they can add a wedge of lemon to my plain green tea. If I've made green tea, I like to add agave nectar, lemon or lime wedges, or a frozen berry. The natural sweetness and flavor just diffuses into the rest of the tea!
I hope this helps! I've also heard from my mom that truvia, the "new" sweetener, is good. She says there is a bit of an aftertaste, but she didn't find it unpleasant, just different than splenda and the like.
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I have 10, 4, and 2 year old boys - we eat spaghetti squash for dinner a lot! I cut a large slit in the squash and put it in the microwave for about 15 minutes depending on the squash size.

Just cook it till you can push in easily on the sides. It's going to be VERY HOT when you take it out so be careful and don't try to cut it too soon. After it cools a while cut it in half and take out the seeds with a fork in each hand (like salad tongs).. Scrap it out with a fork into a dish. It looks a lot like spaghetti and my husband prefers it!
I like to add canned diced tomatos (hardly and calories) and low fat shredded cheese. You can also add sauce and meatballs and garlic bread if you want it to really feel like spaghetti for the kids.

It's also super easy to grow so if you want to save some seeds take them out before you cook it :-)

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I have a question...Im wanting to make some sweet tea. What kind of sugar do you all suggest?

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One of my new favorite snacks for when I am craving something warm...

Take a Ruby Red grapefruit, slice in half. Sprinkle the top with cinnamon. Bake in the oven for about 10 to 15.

It's super yum, and makes your kitchen smell really nice, too!

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I like to substitute bread with high fiber wraps.

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The baked potato sounds good. I'm going to try it, especially with the turkey meat.

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I can not find that Stevia stuff. I am in Wisconsin. Maybe at Sendiks? How expensive is it? Would you use it for baking?

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I 1st substituted sugar for Splenda and now, I've substituted the Splenda for STEVIA. I find it at the natural food store and Whole Foods has it too. It's a little expensive but it's from the AGAVE plant and it tastes JUST LIKE SUGAR!!!!!

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Fat free plain yogurt is a really versatile replacement to have on hand, I've found. You can use it to top baked potatoes, and just add fruit to flavor it. I like adding vanilla extract and a little sugar to make vanilla flavored yogurt.
It can also be used in place of mayo in Waldorf salad! I make it with with apples, walnuts, raisins, and celery, but you could probably add whatever you like, too.

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Hummus is chick peas. It's really good & really good for you. You can find it at any grocery store. It makes a great snack!! emoticon



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I have a question. I hear people talk about hummus all the time, especially on here, but I have no idea what it is. Would someone fill me in please? :)

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I have an idea that's not a substitute, but really helps with drinking more water. I squirt lemon juice in my water bottle before filling it up. I find that it helps me get those 8+ 8oz of water in each day. I use a water bottle that holds 3 cups and usually have no problem downing at least 3 full bottles a day. It gives the water a little boost, adds no calories (or anything else), plus my boyfriend says the lemon juice helps with digestion. Give it try!

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i like to substitute a regular bagel with a 100 calorie version or an english muffin.

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I like to substitute butter/spread on my tortilla with hummous.
- sub jam with low sugar jam (more fruit less sugar)- still has quite alot of calories but only 1tsp is enough
- I sub cream cheese with low fat cottage cheese (it actually tastes rather yum which i didn't think it would
- bread - i have only one slice of either wholemeal bread, wholemeal tortilla or wholemeal pitta - add lots of salad and i don't feel like i'm missing anything.
-greek yogart - instead of mayo (I buy the Total 0% which has less calories and fat than regular low fat yoghart).
- add a tiny bit of honey to the greek yoghart for a sweet topping.




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I actually prefer spaghetti squash over spaghetti noodles, that is so yummy!

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Ooo, I might have to try that. It sounds really good, being that I love squash anyways. How much is it compared to normal spaghetti?

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I just tried today for the first time substituting spaghetti squash for spaghetti.

Baked the squash while I heated up some pasta sauce (I love Newman's Own Sockarooni sauce) with some artichoke hearts. Was delicious! The squash has the same look as spaghetti when you peel it from the rind, it's just a little sweeter. I'll definitely be adding this to one of my regular dinner plans!

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Suger: Honey

Oil- Crisco Cooking Spray

Bread: None! Try making a turkey burger and dress it with a whole lot of fixins EXCEPT Bread and you good to go! If you Have to have it, try a Wheat Tortilla!

Eggs: Egg Beaters or Just egg whites.

Beef: Ground Turkey of Chicken, There is also a Soy Version (Boca Mayby???) That sells a Grounf Meat Substitute. It Very good onced seasoned! Their Burgers and Pattys are great too if you need that Meat Consistency.

Mayo: If you need that Mayo consistency to wet your sandwich, Try 1/8 of a ripe Avacado, 1 Tbsp Of Low Fat/Low Cal Ranch Dressing and a dsah of Onion Powder(not onion salt). Mix well and spread on the bread!
Yummy! Very Flavorful!!!

Smoothe's: I have a simpe recipie on my Sprkpage! Take a look!

Toppings on Baked potatoes:
~Low Fat Sour Cream, Ranch Dressing and Other Saled Dressings.
~Salsa
~Sauted Mushrooms and Onions w/a sprnkle of 2% Milk Cheese.
~ Make it a meal with 1 Cup of Ground White Meat Turkey and your One of the toppings above! Serve with a side salad.

Desserts:
~Thawed Mixed Berries with a dollop of CoolWhip Free whipped Topping.
~Baked Fruit with Nutmeg and cinnamon
~ Suger free Jello With Whip
~ Hot Chocolate (Swiss Miss 25 Cal) made with Light Soy Milk. Pour in a pretty mug and top with Whip Cream! Delish!!!
~ 1/3 Cup Heated Apple Pie Filling (Canned) topped on a buttered, toasted English Muffin. Paired with you favorite Herbal Tes.
~ I Chocolate Fudgsicle Bar 60 Calories! Yay!

Croutons: Cut up some Pumpernickle bread into squares and spray with a bit of Cooking Spray. Toast in an oven until they are crunchy and kind of dryed out.
Wasa Crackerd (In the health food Isle at Publx) are good crumbled on top of a saled too!

Speaking of Wasa Crackers, top them with some Cream Cheese and some Smoked Turkey and you have a great snack!!! Yum-O!




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For a quick and healthy breakfast I blend 190g plain yogurt, 100g frozen berries, a tbsp vanilla and a pasket of stevia. Add some water to get the consistancy you like and voila...perfect for when Im running out the door :)

I sweeten my own yogurt since most of the artifical sweeteners are sooo bad for you. Someone told me that Splenda actually has a molecule of chlorine in it! Does anyone know if this is true!? I just avoid it all together :s

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Hello! My Name is Stephanie and Im a Newbe!

Here are some everyday food Subs!

If you have a Trader Joes in your area, they sell a salad dressing called Chanpaign Pear Vinergeret. They also sell an awsone brocolie Slaw saled.
Take you brocolie Slaw (Half the bag) and 3/4 Cup of the dressing and some dried Cranberries (or raisins if you perfer) Toss in bown untill everything is evenly coated and Wah-La! This is an exotic cole Slaw with less then half the fat of a mayo-based Slaw. and I believe Brocolie has WAAAAYYYY more fiber then cabbage! Its so Good!

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Another thing that will calm your Comfort Food Cravings is Baked Apples(or Pears...) with Raisins/Dried Cranberries and a dollop of Whip Topping!
Just take 2 sheets of foil and make a Sturdy Pouch for your mixture. Cut up your favorite Apple's ( I do 2 because I am greedy! lol!) and sprinkle some nutmeg and cinnimon. add about a 1-2TBSs of orange juice (of and 100% Juice) to the mix and gently toss around in the foil. Seal the top of your foil bag and bake @350 for about 15min (or untill apples are soft or to your liking) Taste for sweetness, if not sweet enough, add a drop or 2 of honey.
Now this is optional, I add a dollor of Coolwhip Free on top...You could also all a dollop or Lowfat yogurt (Note: This will add Calories!!!!) and There you go! Its like a Crustless Apple Pie! lol!

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1 Apple, chopped
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a sprinkle of Walnuts (Of your fav nut...pecans might be good)

Toss and searve! Its yumm-O (in the words of Rachel Ray! lol!)


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I found another new snack that is really good. It is caremal by litehouse and an apple. The best thing is the caremal is light and it is only around 100 calories. They come prepackage.

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I have a problem with snacking, especially at work! I've found I love rice cakes (Apple cinnamon are awesome with peanut butter!!), soy crisps (which are kind of the same) and veggie chips. I've also started bringing fruits and veggies in sandwich baggies to snack on.

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ive found that hummus can take place of peanut butter in many situations...except pb&js of course.

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if you love diet soda (or soda in general) but don't want the aspertame try "Hansens Diet" it's AMAZING!

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Hey Loi, I'm so glad others know how bad Aspartame is! It wasn't intentionally created for a "sugar substitute" either:

"Aspartame was discovered in 1965 by James M. Schlatter, a chemist working for G.D. Searle & Company. Schlatter had synthesized aspartame in the course of producing an anti-ulcer drug candidate. He discovered its sweet taste serendipitously when he licked his finger, which had accidentally become contaminated with aspartame."

That scares me more than anything! I use a 1/2 tsp of honey to sweeten my tea, but the calorie intake is high. I'm just learning to cut out sweets and if need be, Stevia is the definite way to go :D

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just wanted to share, i take vitamins and fish oil. well i went to get more fish oil from walgreens and they had a buy one get one free so i picked up some cinnonmon tablets (don't know if i mentioned it in this group), and the instructions say take in morning and afternoon. i'll tell you why, it gives you a surge of energy, really. or at least it did me. it's suppose to help maintain good gulcose levels, and i think it has some antioxidant quality to.

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I find publix has it stocked near the tea section. sweetleaf is the brand i use. hope this helps! emoticon

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I ordered mine on Amazon. Got the stevia with fiber and the flavored stevia.

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JENNY-
I don't know what's around you, but I got my Stevia at a healthfood store, seems like most of them should have it. The one I go to is called the Sunflower Market, they usually also have really good deals on produce.

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so i dont know about healthy ... but i love the warm delights minis by betty crocker they are good for chocolate cravings and only 150 calories.. however make sure you get the mini ones

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Where can you find Stevia? I have tried looking for it at publix but they don't have it.

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ok folks, its time for some schooling. WARNING-IF YOU LIKE SUGAR FREE ANYTHING or DIET SODAS, BEWARE!

Aspertame- found in the sweet & low, Diet coke, and most every kind of bubble gum, including the sugar free kind. when it goes above 85 F it turns into the chemical composition known as formaldehyde (menthanal or CH2O). this is embalming fluid. Instead of that or sugar, use stevia. An all natural substitute off a plant found in brazil, stevia shows up with no glycemic index, no glucose or sucrose, and just a pinch of it will do the trick. Sweetleaf tea has a very nice powdered form.


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I love Gimme Lean Soy Sausage Style. We use it in all kinds of dishes instead of sausage.

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These are some great tips, thank you! I just saw the new olive oil mayonnaise commercial last night, it looks pretty good, am going to have too try it. What I try doing, too, is if I eat a sandwich (i.e subway, quizno's etc.) I usually take the top bread slice off, and eat it like an open faced sandwich, and discard the top of part of the bread...it tastes pretty good, and you can load it with more veggies and stuff. Also making your own dressing is good too, I have a recipe for a lemon rosemary dressing, with a slight touch of olive oil that is pretty good, if anybody wants it! Take Care and much luck to everyone on continuing to meet their goals!

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i've found a few good subs:

instead of mayo: new olive oil best foods mayo.

reg mayo has 90 cals and 10 grams of fat per tbsp. this kind has only 50 and 5!

instead of regular salad dressing: bolthouse yogurt dressing!

instead of 180 cal and 16 gof per 2 tbsp it's only 70 cal and 4 gof!i find mine at haggans store....and this stuff is soooo good! they have all the basic flavors and it's really good!

instead of fries - and i'm a fry junky! i do oven baked fries....portion control is necessary here cause it's about 160 cal and 2 gram of fat per serving (like 30 to 40 fries depending on brand) but if you gotta have fries it's worth it! and it's way better than deep fried ones at McDonald's for example which will run ya 380 cal and 18 grams of fat!

instead of beer: pear cider!

there's about 130 cal per 12 oz bottle and it's yummy! you're standard ipa is like...400!





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I found a possible substitute for MAYO!!! Try some dijon mustard and/or Basalmic Vinegar (this will punch a ton of flavor into your sandwich).

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For when you've GOT TO HAVE ice cream:

Ben & Jerry's has teeny tiny 1 serving packages. I'm not sure of the nutrition facts, but if they have them in the light (frozen yogurt) variety it's probably not bad emoticon

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For when you've GOT TO HAVE ice cream:

Ben & Jerry's has teeny tiny 1 serving packages. I'm not sure of the nutrition packs, but if they have them in the light (frozen yogurt) variety it's probably not bad emoticon

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My fiance works at a take n'bake pizza shop, and as a replacement for pizza cravings, he makes a very thin crust pizza, with a bit of oil and garlic salt, topped with a blend of their cheeses, but only lightly. It's wonderful! You can try and make your own or get it from a take n'bake shop if you have one.

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something i do which is quite tasty. I take a weight watchers whole wheat pita and cut it into fourths....then you lighty brush the top with olive oil (make sure you do it lightly), and then sprinkle on some garlic powder....bake it in the oven/toasteroven for about 10 min and you have your very own healthy version of pita chips. THey are quite tasty

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I found a good substitute for French Bread pizzas. Lean Cuisine French Bread Pizza is excellent and low cal/fat. Also Oscar Mayer 98% Fat Free hot dogs are only 40 cal, 0 fat and so yummy. And if you like real burgers, Boca All American Flame grilled burger tastes pretty good :) Especially with Fat free American cheese on top.

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I use my Magic Bullet to make sorbet. I use V8 fusion juice (you get one serving of veggies and one of fruit with each cup of the juice) and then throw frozen fruits in with it. To make it even a little healthier I put some berry flavored fiber powder in it as well. It's a great alternative to ice cream (if you like fruit flavored ice cream).

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If you want ice cream treats every once in a while try skinny cow there low in fat and calorie's and taste pretty good!

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Alannayh:
In your case, I would bake both loaves, and put one of them into the freezer at that point. If you freeze the dough in advance, you won't get it to rise properly.

That said, once baked, you may want to pre-slice the loaf, so you can always keep it in the freezer, only grabbing a slice of bread as needed.

Good luck! :)

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Alannayh:
In your case, I would bake both loaves, and put one of them into the freezer at that point. If you freeze the dough in advance, you won't get it to rise properly.

That said, once baked, you may want to pre-slice the loaf, so you can always keep it in the freezer, only grabbing a slice of bread as needed.

Good luck! :)

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