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Snack Ideas - A little bit of this...A little bit of that


Published: 06/19/2012

by Evelyn

* Got a sweet tooth? There are low-fat ways to satisfy it. Bananas are sweet yet provide few calories (about 100 per medium banana) and little fat. They also give you lots of potassium and vitamin C. Another great way to pack in vitamins while avoiding calories is to eat kiwi fruit. Ounce for ounce they have twice the vitamin C of oranges, are an excellent low-fat source of vitamin E and are high in dietary fibre. Look for the new gold variety of kiwi. They are sweeter than the green. Frozen grapes make another great fruit treat.
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* If you're trying to eat a healthier diet, avoid most microwave popcorns as well as bagged, pre-popped varieties. They often have added hydrogenated vegetable oil, which boosts their fat content. Choose air-popped popcorn instead. To help herbs or salt stick to the kernels, spray sparingly with non-stick vegetable oil spray.
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To remove stubborn stains from clothes, pre-treat them by applying a stain remover prior to washing or taking them to the cleaner. The idea is to try to remove the stain or make its removal easier when using chemicals. But you need to know if the stain is water- or oil-based. Simply apply water for wet stains (a stain that had water in it, such as chicken broth) and solvent for dry stains (a stain that has grease or oil in it). Then, gently tap and blot both sides of the fabric with a soft cloth so the stain "bleeds off" onto the cloth. Then, rinse the fabric and let it dry. If you don't know what to do with a stain, try calling a local dry cleaner.
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Half-empty chest freezers waste energy, plus it's a long reach down to retrieve items at the bottom. Here's a simple solution. Add water to several milk jugs or other plastic containers of a similar height, and place them in one or two layers at the bottom of the freezer. Don't fill them completely -- two thirds to three quarters is good -- as the water expands when it freezes. Then place your food on top, where it will be easier to reach. Need more room? Just remove a frozen jug or two. Your freezer will operate just as well as before, but consume a lot less energy.

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