Kiddie food is making me fat!  I’m up 2 sizes since I started working from home and to be with my kids.  Help!

The key culprit behind a busy mom’s expanding waistline is sugar. For speedy slimming, avoid foods that list it in the first three ingredients (which means it’s a primary ingredient) or that sneakily list sugars multiple times under different names like high-fructose corn syrup, malt syrup and dehydrated cane juice. You can also transform kid favorites into healthy fare with the help of ground chia seeds (available at health-food stores and These are exceptionally rich in satiating fiber, sugar-balancing magnesium and fat-burning omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, having 2 Tbs. daily can help you lose up to 5 pounds a week. Sneak the ground seeds into smoothies, cereals, mashed potatoes, mac-and-cheese, meat loaf, dressings and sauces. Grind about 1 cup at a time with a coffee grinder and store in the fridge to keep the slimming omega-3s from going bad.

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