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7. Think plant fat.

Make canola oil or olive oil your go-to ingredients. Both are rich in monounsaturated fat. Canola oil also has  heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

8. Make salads easier.

Prep so it’s super-simple to throw together. Store a large spinach salad or vegetable-filled romaine lettuce salad in an airtight container without dressing. (You can add it later.) You can have a crisp tasty salad with your dinner or as a snack for the next several days.

9. Slice up dessert.

With a few chops of a knife, you can turn a few pieces of fruit into a beautiful fruit salad. Drizzle lemon or orange juice over the top. Then toss to coat the fruit. The  vitamin C in the citrus juice helps prevent browning.

10. Outsmart your drink.

Watch the calories, sugar, and alcohol. If plain water doesn’t appeal, you can try a fizzy flavored (but not sweetened) water. Or sip no-calorie tea or coffee as the perfect finish to your home-made meal.