When preparing meals, strive to allow everyone at the table to customize and personalize foods whenever possible.
Example: Rather than filling a burrito with sour cream, set chopped onion, tomato, cilantro, grated cheese, sour cream and hot sauce on the table, along with the flour shells and a bowl of beans.
People really enjoy making foods their own - no matter what age they are.
Parkay and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter are two, no calorie butter sprays that are delicious and will add a burst of butter to your diet without adding fat or calories.
If you are out of non-stick cooking spray, then refrigerated no-calorie butter spray works very well in a pinch.
Diet Cheese Toast: spray slices of diet bread with non stick butter spray and add slice of mozzarella cheese. Place under toaster oven until cheese is melted.
Rather than frying meats, roast or broil. Add a glaze consisting of the following: Tablespoon of your favorite dried fruits plus one teaspoon of water. Warm in the microwave and drizzle over roasted meat.
Exotic glazes and sauces, including bar-b-que sauces are generally packed with calories due to the sugar content. Experiment with healthier choices, such as adding a Tablespoon of your favorite LIGHT jam, jelly or preserves to your meats.
Do away with electrical gadgets, such as can openers. You'll burn a bit of calories while building a bit of muscle doing it the old fashioned way.
Cut meat into tiny pieces to last longer and so that it digests more efficiently.
Fancy store-bought meat sauces may contain more calories than the meat itself.