Any healthy suggestions on healthy recipes?

Tiffany Dawn - posted on 11/18/2012 ( 54 moms have responded )

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I need to get healthy. Need some healthy cheap recipes please :)

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Nancy - posted on 01/10/2013

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Skinny Meatloaf Muffins with Barbecue Sauce...These meatloaf muffins are yummy, yummy, yummy! The whole family will love them and so will you because they are super easy to make. The skinny for each muffin, 115 calories, 2 grams of fat and 4 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. So low in calories and fat you can easily enjoy 2 of them! http://www.skinnykitchen.com/recipes/ski...

Stephanie - posted on 01/07/2013

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Chunky Tomato Soup
(if you want smooth tomato soup, use your immersion blender at the end)
6 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1 large can crushed tomatoes
1 large can petite diced tomatoes
2 small cans tomato paste
1 cup ketchup
2 Tbls or more Italian herb blend
1 1/2 Tbls onion powder
1 Tbls garlic powder
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbls flour
1/2 cup milk
This soup is very easy, I have made it in a crock pot and it came out great.
In a large pot combine stock and all tomato products, herbs and spices. stir together and cook over medium heat until boiling. Whisk together the flour and milk in a measuring cup and make sure there are no lumps. Stir the flour/milk mixture into the soup and let boil for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1-3 hours, stirring occasionally. The longer you simmer the soup, the better taste it will have. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and add more herbs at the end of cooking, if desired.
I serve this soup with crusty croutons on top.
Croutons:
day old bakery bread or rolls, cut into big cubes
and kind of oil
salt and pepper
spices, such as, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a plastic bag toss all ingredients well. Place, in a single layer onto a sheet pan and bake until browned slightly, about 15 minutes.

Nancy - posted on 01/09/2013

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Stuffed Pepperoni Pizza Melt, Low in Calories, Big on Taste! This super delicious melt uses low fat turkey pepperoni, reduced-fat cheese and a high fiber sandwich thin. The skinny for 1 melt, 215 calories, 8 grams of fat and 6 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. Here's to a recipe the whole family will enjoy! http://www.skinnykitchen.com/recipes/stu...

Nancy - posted on 01/08/2013

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Whole Foods Amazing Tuna Salad Made Skinny...The first time I tasted this tuna salad, I fell in love with the flavor! Light mayo, dried cranberries, fresh dill and chopped apple are some of the yummy ingredients used to make this skinny version so fabulous! The skinny for 1 serving, 205 calories, 8 grams fat and 5 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. http://www.skinnykitchen.com/recipes/who...

Stephanie - posted on 01/07/2013

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Corn and Chicken Chowder
5 Tbls flour
5 Tbls butter or margarine
6 cups chicken stock
2-4 cups milk
1 chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1-2 cups cooked chicken meat
1 large can sweet kernel corn, or 2-3 fresh ears of corn
1-2 cups cooked potatoes, cubed (depending on how chunky you want it to be)
1 tsp dried thyme
salt and pepper to taste
In a large pot, heat butter on medium until melted, whisk in flour and continue to whisk for 5 minutes. (this is a roux, it will thicken the soup) Whisk in a little of the chicken stock at a time, making sure there are no lumps. Then add the rest of the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat to low, and put in the celery and onion simmering until tender. (if you're using fresh corn, add it now. Cut the kernels off the cob over the pot, scraping the back of the knife along the cob to remove the juices)
Once the veggies are tender, add in the milk, chicken, corn and potatoes and let come to simmering. Add the seasonings.
If you want your chowder thicker: in a measuring cup, put 1/2 cup of milk or chicken stock and whisk in some flour, make sure there are no lumps. Add this to the boiling soup and stir well.

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Nancy - posted on 03/27/2013

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Asparagus Season is Here...I'm so excited to share Caesar Asparagus, Low Calorie, Big on Deliciousness! If you love Caesar salad you'll love this skinny one using asparagus. Each serving, 95 calories, 4 grams of fat and 3 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. http://www.skinnykitchen.com/recipes/cae...

Nancy - posted on 03/23/2013

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Dinner this weekend-Skinny and Delicious Steak Pizzaiola! This fabulous Italian classic is simply steak topped with a quick cooking, zesty, pizza-like sauce. The sauce absolutely makes this dish! Each serving, 217 calories, 5 grams of fat and 6 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. Enjoy! http://www.skinnykitchen.com/recipes/ski...

Nancy - posted on 03/19/2013

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Spice Up Your life to Lose a Few Pounds! A new study found adding about 1 tsp of ginger to hot water increased feelings of fullness and helped the body burn an extra 43 calories. Other studies show hot spices can provide a metabolic advantage. Just a pinch or a dash may be one of the best ways to improve your health. Read more: http://www.skinnykitchen.com/recipes/spi...

Nancy - posted on 03/17/2013

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Skinny Chicken Chow Mein. I'm so excited to share this new recipe! It might even taste better than the yummy chow mein at Panda Express. It has healthier ingredients so enjoy every bite guilt-free! Make it vegetarian by leaving out the chicken. Each serving, 327 calories, 5g fat and 8 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. http://www.skinnykitchen.com/recipes/ski...

Nancy - posted on 03/16/2013

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Six Easy Ways to Eat Less-Without Even Noticing! Portions in the US have become larger and larger. As portions have grown, so have waistlines. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women who shrank their portions by 25% slashed 250 calories a day! Read more: http://www.skinnykitchen.com/recipes/six...

Nancy - posted on 03/09/2013

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Chicken Tostadas in 20 Minutes! This dinner is ridiculously easy to make and absolutely delicious It’s packed with 7 grams of fiber per serving and very low in calories! Each tostada has 255 calories, 4 grams of fat and 6 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. http://www.skinnykitchen.com/recipes/ski...

Nancy - posted on 02/27/2013

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Sharing, Super Skinny Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup. This deli-style, main course soup is so low in calories, easy to make and really delicious!! If you’ve never tried this type of soup you’re in for a treat. A generous 2 cups serving, has only 157 calories, 2 grams of fat and 4 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. http://www.skinnykitchen.com/recipes/sup...

Nancy - posted on 02/15/2013

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Skinny Fish & Chips Cakes...What a delicious way to incorporate fish into your diet. Here’s my skinny take on traditional English pub fish and chips. The skinny for each serving (3 fish cakes) 240 calories, 6 grams of fat and 6 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. http://www.skinnykitchen.com/recipes/ski...

Nancy - posted on 02/12/2013

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For Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) Cajun Chicken Linguine Alfredo, Skinnyfied! A bit spicy, a bit creamy, this decadent pasta brings a classic Chicken Alfredo to a whole new level. It’s bursting with flavor and spice thanks to the Cajun seasonings. Each serving, 391 calories, 9.8 grams fat and 10 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. http://www.skinnykitchen.com/recipes/caj...

Nancy - posted on 01/28/2013

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Skinny and Vegetarian, Mexican Mac and Cheese Casserole! This recipe is perfect for "Meatless Mondays" and the whole family will enjoy it. This fiber packed mac and cheese is super rich tasting, very creamy with great Mexican food flavors. Each serving has 329 calories, 5 grams of fat, 8 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS and 10 grams of fiber! http://www.skinnykitchen.com/recipes/ski...

Nancy - posted on 01/20/2013

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Skinny Mexican Style Chicken and Cornbread Casserole...This recipe is a real keeper! It’s a cinch to make, freezes great and only needs a side salad to serve with it. The skinny for 1 serving, 323 calories, 8 grams of fat and 8 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.
http://www.skinnykitchen.com/recipes/ski...

Stephanie - posted on 01/10/2013

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That sounds so delicious! I love pizza, a great recipe for a healthy variety! Thanks

Stephanie - posted on 01/07/2013

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Turkey Chili
This is a quick meal and is delicious topped with a dollop of sour cream and some scallions
1 lb. ground turkey
1 medium onion, diced
2 Tbls oil or butter
1 red or green bell pepper, diced
1 large can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 reg. size can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 large can diced tomatoes
1 large can crushed tomatoes
1 small can tomato paste
1 packet of chili seasoning or...
1Tbls chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 Tbls garlic powder
1 Tbls onion powder
1 Tbls coarse ground black pepper
1 tsp salt
8 drops of tabasco
optional add-ins :
1 green zucchini, diced
1 1/2-2 cups frozen corn kernels
In a large pot, heat the oil on medium. Saute turkey, pepper and onion together until turkey is fully cooked. Use this cooking time to open all those cans! (lol) Once the meat has browned a bit, add in all the tomatoes, beans and seasonings. Make sure to really stir the tomato paste in, so it's not in one big glob:). If using the zucchini and corn, put those in too. Heat on medium until bubbly, or until the zucchini is cooked. Taste and add more seasonings if desired.
I like to add in some chunks of cheese when I serve it, with corn bread on the side.

Tiffany Dawn - posted on 01/07/2013

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wow everything sounds very yummy i will be trying these.....going to grocery store tomorrow :)

Stephanie - posted on 01/07/2013

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Homemade Chicken Soup
Ingredients:
1 1/2 - 4 lbs. chicken with bones, this could be legs, thighs, or a whole chicken
water, enough to fill the pot
10-12 peppercorns
salt to taste
1 bay leaf
1-2 cups carrots, chopped (depending on how chunky you want your soup to be)
1-2 cups celery, chopped
1/2 -1 cup white onions, chopped
2 cups rice or 1/2 bag egg noodles, cooked

In a very large pot, put in raw chicken (okay if frozen) and fill the pot with water. Add in the peppercorns and bay leaf and some salt. Bring to a boil on medium high, reduce heat and simmer on low, covered, for 3 hours or longer. (I usually have the problem of my pot boiling over, so I put the cover on tilted:))
Turn off the heat and strain the broth to remove the solids, set it the chicken aside on a large plate, let cool slightly. Put the broth back into the pot and skim some of the fat off the top and discard. Heat broth on medium high to get it boiling again and add in all the chopped onion, celery and carrots and cook, lightly boiling until tender. Meanwhile, pick the meat off the bones and add it back into the soup. You can keep the chicken in chunks or shred it, or cut it into little cubes, however you want it to be. Once the veggies are tender and the chicken is back in the pot, taste the broth and add some salt and pepper if needed. Lastly, turn off the heat and add the cooked rice or noodles. Serve with crackers or bread and butter.
Sometimes, before serving, I will strain out some of the soup "guts" and reserve them for tomorrow's casserole. I'll add in some extra noodles or rice, and a can of cream of tomato soup, top it with cracker crumbs and it's a good leftover meal without having the same thing two days in a row.
Enjoy!

Sawsan - posted on 01/06/2013

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by the way you can also replace the fresh cream with yogurt for healthier and lighter meal , the pisto if it is too much too much fatty can be replaced with fresh Basil and add the amount of olive oil better for you or none then you can add almonds which is healthy fat and the body needs it.

here is another idea a meal that I love !

baked chicken sticks ,sweet potatoes and parsnips

you will need to spice it up
rosemary , grill spice or paprika or any spice you like , olive oil and some salt

simply cut the sweet potatoes and parsnips to small pieces in order to be baked fast , then wash it , and after that mixe it with some olive oil , rosemary , salt , do the same with the chicken and add water like few inches it will make a tasty sauce and this way the meal won't be dry and hard to digest , after that you can bake everything in the oven as long as it takes , I think it will take 30-40 min , I never time it :) just check with the fork if the veg are soft and the chicken is cooked well
this meal is a winner and very tasty , the sweet potatoes and parsnip are a great couple , you can serve it with salad , it is good for dinner parties , and for the family , bon appitit :)

Tiffany Dawn - posted on 01/06/2013

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yum all of it sounds good...i would love to have your chicken soup recipe.....im a big soup fan love it. If you dont mind can you tell all the recipes :) the soup above ^^^^^^^^^^ sounds very yummy i am gunna surly try that one any other good soup recipes would be great thanks :)

Stephanie - posted on 01/06/2013

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I had soup on my mind today and we had a good one for dinner. For this recipe you will need an immersion blender, you can also use a normal blender, but it will take a little patience.
Squash bisque
2 sweet potatoes, diced
1 acorn squash, diced (butternut or buttercup work nice too)
*reserve the squash seeds for roasting...yum!
2 cups carrots, diced
2 cups celery, diced
1 Tbls dry minced onion, reconstituted (or 1 diced white onion)
8 cups chicken broth
1 cup white wine (optional)
1/2 stick of butter or margarine or some oil
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbls honey
1 bay leaf
10 peppercorns
In a large pot heat butter or oil on medium heat, add in celery and carrots, cook until tender but do not brown. Turn up the heat to medium high and add the onions, let cook a minute, then add the white wine. Let the alcohol cook off and then add in the diced squash and sweet potatoes, bay leaf and peppercorns. Add the chicken broth and let it come to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Let simmer uncovered for up to 3 hours, or until potatoes are tender and some of the moisture is evaporated.
Turn off the heat, sprinkle in the cinnamon and honey and remove the bay leaf. Blend until smooth using an immersion blender. (If you don't have an immersion blender, use a slotted spoon to transfer the cubed veggies to a blender and puree them (the soup will be chunkier this way, but still good).
I served this creamy, low fat soup with warmed cranberry pecan bread.

Stephanie - posted on 01/05/2013

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The cheapest chicken parts to buy are the legs, and they make great soup. My hubby will eat the legs off the whole chicken, but I'm not a fan. I use them to make soup. If you want I can tell you how I make my chicken soup.
Also very good are Better Than Bullion soup base. Just follow directions for broth and add in any veggies you want. Beef stew is good, and stew meat is the cheapest and a very lean type of beef. Let me know and I will write the recipes out for you:)

Tiffany Dawn - posted on 01/04/2013

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hey stephanie :) i was the same way over christmas...i became a baking queen and queen of eat them too :) So far healthy eating is going great about a week into im doing pretty good :) we do that same thing we will go out and buy a whole chicken cook it and stretch as far as we can. thats the same in our grocery stores they call them 50% off and they expire in like 2 days we buy them and either cook them or put them right in the freezer :) i havent found anything that good yet that caught my eye i would like to try to make my own soup. im very fond of soup love it :) u know any good soups i could make???? :)

Stephanie - posted on 01/04/2013

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Hey Tiffany. How's the healthy eating going? Now that the holidays are over and it's pretty much back to normal, I've been getting back to eating healthier and cooking healthier. I think I spent all of December baking cookies...and eating them! Now it's back to normal.
I have recently also started to think more budget minded about grocery shopping and how to really stretch the money out. Now that we are getting $150 less each week due to new taxes.
Frozen veggies and the greatest buy for me. Also, I hit up the organic section of the meat case to look for manager's specials, the ones that are about to expire. It kind of stinks to have to do that, but I put it right in the freezer or cook it that night. Baking a whole chicken can get me 3 nights worth of chicken dinners. Throw in some minute rice and mixed frozen veggies with a can of low fat cream of mushroom soup, and we're all happy:)
Have you found any good healthy recipes lately? How's your new year going so far with eating healthy?

Nancy - posted on 01/01/2013

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HAPPY NEW YEAR...I wanted to wish all of you a Happy, Healthy and Fabulous New Year! I can't wait to see what 2013 brings! I hope you'll join me on Skinny Kitchen. All of my skinny recipes include Weight Watchers POINTS and nutrition facts, plus cooking tips, food finds and more. http://www.skinnykitchen.com

Nancy - posted on 01/01/2013

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HAPPY NEW YEAR...I wanted to wish all of you a Happy, Healthy and Fabulous New Year! I can't wait to see what 2013 brings! I hope you'll join me on Skinny Kitchen. All of my skinny recipes include Weight Watchers POINTS and nutrition facts, plus cooking tips, food finds and more. http://www.skinnykitchen.com

Tiffany Dawn - posted on 01/01/2013

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very true stephanie thanks for pointing that out!! :) sorry sawsan i need healthy ones cant eat the recipe :)

Stephanie - posted on 01/01/2013

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Isn't pesto sauce extremely fatty? And cream and cheese are not so healthy?

Sawsan - posted on 01/01/2013

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Ingredients

1. Pasta
2. Fresh cream
3. Pesto sauce ready or homemade
4. mushrooms (optional)
5.salt
6. parmesan cheese or any other cheese you and your kids like

after cooking the pasta , and lightly cook the mushrooms in some olive oil in separated pan , add the cream fresh and the half of pesto sauce jar n or the amount that you like and some parmesan cheese (can be replaced in any cheese you like ) , that's it , you have a healthy meal in 15-30 min

you can serve with green salad and tomatoes with balsamic salad dressing

bon appetit ;)

Angie - posted on 12/30/2012

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Vegetarian Paella

2 leeks finely sliced
4 large tomatoes diced
2 zucchini grated
3 carrots grated
1 sprig of fresh parsley finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic minced
1 teaspoon of tumeric
1/2 cup of fresh vegetable stock (msg free)
1 cup of brown rice (pre cook)
1 teaspoon of sunflower oil

Brown garlic in oil in a large pot.
Add leeks. Stir until leeks are slightly softened. Add stock, all vegetables and tomatoes. Mix well and bring to a simmer. Add herbs and spice and finally the rice. Allow rice to warm but not go soggy. Eat.
This recipe will make you feel full a stay feeling full taking away the urge to snack. Be wary of which stock you buy, check fat content. This recipe will make you quite regular too. Left overs can be stored in fridge to heat and eat later. It is really effective for weight loss and detoxing.

Jill - posted on 12/23/2012

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I dropped 40 pounds in 6 months. It was my fourth time on Weight Watchers. So I feel your pain. Really. But this time around I used a meal planning service (with WW Points and nutritionals), walked every day, drank tons of water and tracked every bite I put in my mouth. My meal planning service planned very low calorie breakfasts and lunches so that I could share a somewhat higher calorie meal with my family. I got off track in the past trying to make myself a seperate meal. I would sneak little bites of what I was making them. Just too tough.

Having my meals planned (or planning them yourself) was key too. Because I wouldn't be caught making decisions about what to eat while starving or having a weak moment. And if you are planning meals yourself, make sure they are adaptable for those in your family who don't have to diet.

Here is just one example of a meal that my family enjoys - very low calorie:

Crispy Ranch Chicken
From: Shrinking On A Budget

Ingredients:
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (4 ounces each)
1 cup cornflakes cereal
1 packet dry Ranch dressing mix
tiny pinch cayenne pepper (ground red pepper)
1/3 cup reduced fat sour cream

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. If available, top a baking sheet with a wire cookie cooling rack and spray rack with nonstick cooking spray. If no wire rack is available, spray cookie sheet with nonstick cooing spray. Set aside.If necessary, cut chicken breast into 4 ounce portions. Rinse and chicken breasts and throughly dry with paper towels. With fork, mix cayenne pepper into sour cream. Coat both sides of each breast with sour cream.Add the cornflakes and Ranch Mix, and crush cornflakes well. The easiest way is to just squish the bag. Don't crush into a powder, but the coating doesn't need to have large chunks either.One at a time, put each sour cream coated chicken in the seasoned cornflake crumbs and gently shake until chicken breast is coated. Remove and put on chosen method of pan (see instructions above). Do this separately with each chicken breast.You should only have one breast in the bag at a time.Lightly mist top of chicken with nonstick cooking spray, and bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes.

Stephanie - posted on 12/20/2012

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Crockpot. Throw just about any combo of raw veggies (like celery, carrots, onion, mushrooms), sweet potatoes, and a protein in there (low setting for 6-8hrs, high for 4) and you will have created a healthy and easy meal. I like to use roast beef, drumsticks, and turkey.

There's also a brand of microwavable organic rice that comes in different flavors that is very helpful in making quick and healthy meals- http://www.seedsofchangefoods.com/our_fo...
I'll change up beans, veggies, and a protein combos for different meals. My fave is lightly cheesed rice and asparagus with chicken and mushrooms. Or with tomato paste, diced tomatoes, green beans, corn and beef

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Hi Tiffany,
I'm a health coach at Essential Nature Wellness, where I help tird moms take back their lives. The easiest way to start eating healthy is to crowd out the bad food. Ie. add in so many more fruits and vegetables that you don't have room for the bad stuff. It sounds like you are already eating pretty well. One of my favorite ways to get in more fruits and vegetables is through smoothies or juicing, and my two-year-old loves them too. This morning we had a smoothie with two cups of kale, a banana and 6-8 strawberries with 8oz water. We also love butternut squash fries, just cut up the squash into thin strips, add some oil and spice of your choice (garlic, rosemary, salt, etc.) and roast on 400 until crispy. If you have a juicer, 3 carrots, 2 apples and 2" of ginger is delicious and protective against disease. Many health experts say to drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day. So if you weighed 150lbs you'd want to drink 75oz water. Remember to congratulate yourself on improving your health. You deserve it!

Nancy - posted on 11/29/2012

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How about, Fiber Rich, Deli-Style Mushroom Barley Soup...Make a pot of this super delicious, hearty and nourishing soup! It's loaded with fresh mushrooms, fiber rich barley and vegetables.The skinny for 1 cup, 142 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 5 grams of fiber and 4 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. http://www.skinnykitchen.com/recipes/fib...

Stephanie - posted on 11/27/2012

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I did weight loss pilates to get going with exercise. I found a good 30 minutes video on Netflix, not sure if they still have it, though, I couldn't find it recently. I think pilates was good for me because it was a little bit slower pace than most workout videos I've seen, easy to follow. Some yoga or pilates videos on you tube are good. They are low impact and usually pretty easy for starting out.

If you can't do videos, you could try lunges, going up and down the stairs as many times as you can, lifting soup cans, jumping jacks, squats. When you go for walks, try to break a sweat every time.

As far as eating goes, portion control may be your best bet at dropping some pounds. This is hard, but it gets easier.

A portion of meat is 4 oz, the size of a deck of cards. Generally portions for veggies are 1/2 a cup and carbs about the same. Try to stay away from white potatoes, white bread or white rice. More whole grains in your diet the better.

Eat about 5-6 times a day, small meals keep your metabolism going. Eat within 1 hour of rising in the morning, have protein and carbs. I have read that drinking water upon rising is very good for your body, too. I usually drink a full glass before I eat, helps me feel full a bit.

Is this a help to you?:)

Tiffany Dawn - posted on 11/27/2012

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Thanks that would be awesome :) I eat usually a lot of veggies and chicken umm ground beef pasta and lots of water. I'm kind of at a loss what to eat or how many calories to eat to drop the weight :) and I only have walking as an option for excersise. You know any at home excersises that work :)

Stephanie - posted on 11/27/2012

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Hi Tiffany, I know about nutrition and such, maybe I can help you. I think the best thing for getting healthy and maintaining it is to eat the foods you like, just modified. What kinds of foods do you like to eat? What kinds of meals do you typically cook? Tell me things you like or generally have on hand and I can help you make some healthy recipes if you want.

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