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Salmon and Chickpea Lettuce Wraps: One study found that women who ate oily fish, such as salmon two to four times per week had the lowest levels of body fat. You don't have to be able to cook fish to get this benefit! To make a salmon and chickpea lettuce wrap (above), drain one small can of wild salmon and toss with ½ cup chickpeas, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon chopped sun-dried tomatoes, and a sprinkle of dried dill. Serve in bib lettuce leaves.

Italian-Style Loaded Potato: Potatoes contain resistant starch, a carbohydrate, which studies have shown may encourage the burning and shrinking of fat cells. I've added cottage cheese since low-fat dairy foods aid in weight loss by providing nine essential vitamins and minerals and loads of protein for very few calories! To make this satisfying meal in five minutes flat, poke a few holes in a small potato with a fork. Microwave for four minutes. Meanwhile, stir together ½ cup low-fat cottage cheese, 1 cup baby spinach, and ¼ cup marinara sauce. Slice the potato open, stuff with cottage cheese mixture, sprinkle with 1 tablespoon mozzarella cheese and a dash of an Italian herb blend. Then microwave one minute more until heated through.

Source: Ron Manville

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