Grilled Fish Tacos + Cookbook Giveaway

I am an unapologetic taco lover. Love, love, love them. Always have since I was a kid. But here’s the thing – I’ve only ever had the traditional ground beef tacos. I’ve heard rave reviews of fish tacos and have been wanting to try them for some time, but obviously have fallen short. Until now. See, part of the thing is that I’m not a huge fish person. Shrimp, salmon, crab, sushi, all good. Also, cannot forget battered cod sandwiches, those are killer. And they should be in abundance soon with Lent right around the corner! But all those other types of fish? Trout, bass, snapper, etc? Meh, never appealed to me. Well, let me tell you. I am officially converted because this is, hands-down, one of the best meals I have made in a long, long time.

You can use red snapper or striped bass for this recipe. You rub down the fish fillet with a spicy herb mixture, let it marinade for a short time, and then grill it over high heat. Since there is still snow on the ground here, I used an indoor grill and had great results. Serving suggestions include shredded green cabbage, avocado, hot sauce, sour cream, pickled vegetables and some fresh lime juice. You can of course top them with whatever you’d like, but this combination of flavors is positively suburb. The fish is really mild and has a great smoky flavor from the rub; pair that with cabbage that’s a little salty, creamy avocado, tart pickled vegetables, a dash of hot sauce and cool sour cream and you have a seriously amazing taste buds dance party.

Back at the beginning of the year when I shared some of my favorite healthier recipes from the site, I also put a list of bestselling healthy cookbooks on the sidebar. Well, the editors at Whole Living saw that I had their book, Power Foods, on the list and asked if I’d like to check out a copy. I said sure, and have since really fallen in love with the book. Not only are there tons of great (healthy) recipes like this one, but they also go through 38 “power foods” that are great to include in your diet.

While it probably appears that I subsist primarily on butter, sugar and chocolate (with a side of cream cheese), that actually couldn’t be farther from the truth. I strive to eat mostly clean (nothing processed) meals the majority of the time – whole grains, fruits, vegetables (this is the hardest for me!), very little sugar, etc. So when the time comes to have a sweet treat I allow myself the indulgence, and then share the love with others. And since watching Food, Inc. a few months ago, I have been eating significantly less meat and poultry, so meal options like this one are great to have in my repertoire.

Since I loved this book so much, I want to share a copy of it with one of you! Details below on how to enter to win…

How to Enter

To enter to win a copy of the cookbook Power Foods, leave a comment on this post sharing your favorite healthy eating tip.

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Deadline: Friday, March 4, 2011 at 11:59pm EST

Winner: The winner will be chosen at random using and emailed. If the winner does not respond within 24 hours, another winner will be selected.

Disclaimer: The cookbook is provided by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.

This giveaway is now CLOSED. Congratulations to commenter #24, Mariah!

Mariah won her chocolate by liking Brown Eyed Baker on Facebook: “Following you on Facebook too!”

And if you are curious, Mariah’s healthy eating tip: “My favorite healthy eating tip is substituting plain yogurt for mayonnaise in chicken or tuna salad. It tastes the same and is lower in fat than mayo =)”

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Grilled Fish Tacos

Yield: Makes 12 tacos

Prep Time: 20 minutes (active), 30 minutes to 2 hours (inactive)

Cook Time: 8 to 12 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Tacos:
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon chili powder
Coarse salt
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup finely chopped cilantro, plus sprigs for garnish
2 pounds skin-on striped bass or red snapper fillets
5 cups shredded green cabbage (½ head)
Neutral-tasting oil, such as canola or safflower, for grill
12 corn tortillas
Lime wedges, avocado, sour cream, and hot sauce, for serving
Quick Pickled Vegetables, for serving (optional, below)

For the Quick Pickled Vegetables:
2½ cups apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons coarse salt
3 cups cold water
4 carrots, peeled and sliced diagonally ¼ inch thick
2 small red onions, halved and sliced into ¾-inch wedges
4 jalapeño chiles, quartered lengthwise; ribs and seeds removed

Directions:

1. To make the Quick Pickled Vegetables: Combine vinegar, sugar and salt in a saucepan with the water; bring to a boil over high heat and stir to dissolve sugar. Add carrots, onions, and jalapeños, and reduce heat to medium-high. Simmer until carrots are just tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Pour into a bowl; let cool completely before covering and refrigerating. (Pickles will keep up to 2 weeks. Recipe makes 1 quart.)

2. Stir together cumin, oregano, chili powder, and 2 teaspoons salt. Mix in the olive oil and cilantro. Use a sharp knife to make shallow slits about 1½ inches apart into the fish skin; transfer to a large dish and rub both sides with spice mixture. Refrigerate, covered, for 30 minutes to 2 hours.

3. Toss together cabbage and 1½ teaspoons salt in a medium bowl. Let sit 30 minutes.

4. Heat grill (or grill pan) to high (if using a charcoal grill, coals are ready when you can hold your hand 5 inches above grill for just 2 to 3 seconds); lightly oil grates. Place fish, skin side up, on grill. Cook, without moving fish, until opaque throughout, 3 to 5 minutes. Carefully flip, using two spatulas if necessary. Cook until fish flakes slightly when pressed in the center, 5 to 7 minutes more.

5. Transfer fish to a serving platter; let cool slightly, then shred with a fork into bite-size pieces. Garnish platter with lime wedges and cilantro sprigs. Serve warm or at room temperature (within 1 hour). Allow guests to assemble their own tacos, layering fish with cabbage, avocado, sour cream, hot sauce, pickled vegetables, and other toppings, as desired.

(Recipe reprinted from the book Power Foods by the editors of Whole Living magazine. Copyright © 2010 by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.)

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  1. Mia on February 28, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    My big thing is to always eat breakfast.

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  2. LaurenW on February 28, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Great giveaway!

    I am not a morning person, but I always force myself to eat a breakfast high in protein to avoid blood sugar dips at 10 am

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  3. Christine on February 28, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    The photos are great!

    My tip is to reduce portion sizes!

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  4. LaurenW on February 28, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    I’m an e mail follower

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  5. LaurenW on February 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    I’m a facebook fan

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  6. Hillary on February 28, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    My tip is to make sure you enjoy what you are eating. Don’t rush your meals. Actually taste what you are eating.

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  7. Hillary on February 28, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    I am a fan on facebook

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  8. Laurel on February 28, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Always have a healthy snack with you. That way when you’re hungry, you’re not forced to eat junk food.

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  9. Laurel on February 28, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    i’m a fan on facebook

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  10. Laurel on February 28, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    I subscribed by RSS

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  11. Katie on February 28, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I absolutely love fruits and vegetables, so I make sure to eat at least one serving at every meal, and they are almost always my snack of choice!

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  12. Fuji Mama on February 28, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    These tacos look FABULOUS! One of my healthy eating tricks is one I use with my kids a lot. I tell them to “eat the rainbow.” We try to incorporate as many (natural) colors into our meal as possible. This insures a more balanced and healthy meal!

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  13. n. tanner on February 28, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Since, I too have intense sugar cravings when trying to eat healthy–I indluge in a banana shake. It’s just frozen ripe bananas, milk and a little vanilla. Or if for chocolate lovers–add some baking coaco. Healthy and sweet! yea!

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  14. Firefly on February 28, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Those tacos look so good! Can’t wait to try them :)

    My healthy eating tip would be eat lots of seafood, veggies and fruits. If t was up to me we would have seafood everyday! But we do have veggies and fruits!

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  15. Fuji Mama on February 28, 2011 at 7:10 pm

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  16. deanna on February 28, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    I add some type of veg into most everything I can. I put avocado into our smoothies the other day (which my husband dispises) and he loved it. Then I told him what I added and he didn’t even wrinkle his nose!

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  17. deanna on February 28, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    I subscribe via email.

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  18. mauro on February 28, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    make home made whenever possible, then you know the ingredients you put in.

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  19. Fuji Mama on February 28, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    I follow on Twitter! :)

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  20. Jennie on February 28, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    I love those steam in the bag vegetables. They make it easy to reach for something healthy.

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  21. Fuji Mama on February 28, 2011 at 7:21 pm

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  22. Krista on February 28, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    I try to eat lots of veggies and fruits everyday.

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  23. Lexi on February 28, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    My favorite healthy eating tip is an apple a day!!

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  24. Lexi on February 28, 2011 at 7:30 pm

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  25. Emily on February 28, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Everything in moderation!

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  26. Catharine on February 28, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    healthy eating tip would be to have some form of liquid (preferably water) with all your meals. Often time you may mistake thirst for hunger! And water takes up stomach space that would otherwise be occupied with calories.

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  27. BeckyS on February 28, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Substitute half of the flour called for in any recipe with whole wheat flour. Take care in substituting in delicate cake and cookie recipes!

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  28. Pam on February 28, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I became a fan of yours on FB!

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  29. niki on February 28, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    stay away from processed foods!! the home made version is always healthier!

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  30. rebecca subbiah on February 28, 2011 at 8:17 pm

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  31. Christina on February 28, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    My healthy eating tip is to eat everything in moderation :]

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  32. Christina on February 28, 2011 at 8:19 pm

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  33. Christina on February 28, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    I am a fan on Facebook too.

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  34. Allison on February 28, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    I try to eat natural products, whole grains, and organic fruits/veggies when the skin is consumed as well as the fruit (or all the time if I can afford to). Obviously reducing butter, sugar, chocolate, and most things “evilly good” is helpful… but I do not omit them entirely. Eating healthy is about balance and moderation, but indulging every once in a while is good for both mind and body.

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  35. Allison on February 28, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    I am a FB fan

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  36. Allison on February 28, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    I subscribe via email :)

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  37. Emily on February 28, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Okay, so I googled fish tacos today-2/28/11 and your blog came up. I thought, “I’ve heard of her before…I’ll try this for dinner tonight.” So, I did. And, it was amazing! Thanks so much for posting at the PERFECT time. I’ve never had fish tacos and I certainly don’t want to try any other for fear they won’t be as good!

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  38. melissa @IWasBornToCook on February 28, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    a filling, healthy breakfast!

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  39. Kara on February 28, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    I try to snack mainly on fruit and vegetables, and eat whole natural foods for my main meals. :)

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  40. Viv on February 28, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    One of my favorite healthy eating tips is to use seasoned rice vinegar as my salad dressing, sometimes adding a few fresh herbs. Be careful, the seasonings come in several varieties, so don’t choose hot pepper unless you are sure that’s what you want!

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  41. Kara on February 28, 2011 at 8:32 pm

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  42. jacquie on February 28, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    always trying to have on hand popcorn w/o butter poppped and oven baked veggies in the fridge for munching on. having low fat healthy options at the ready things that i can just scoop up rather than reaching for that cookie or whatever. not that i don’t do that either :)

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  43. brandy on February 28, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    I love fish tacos!!
    Ever since starting P90X, I have learned to always carry some sort of food with me. I always have a Larabar in my purse or a recovery drink near me after an intense sweat sesh… And now that strawberries are back in season, I will always have fruit stocked up.

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  44. Kara on February 28, 2011 at 8:33 pm

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  45. jacquie on February 28, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    already a subscriber

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  47. Betsie on February 28, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    I have oatmeal for breakfast every morning. I add a spoonful of jam and a handful of frozen blueberries. It is delicious and fills me up!

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  48. Zahra on February 28, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    I sprinkle finely ground flax seeds on everything. They don’t change the flavour of your meal at all and are really really good for you!

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  49. Amber on February 28, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Yuck I watched Food Inc. not long ago as well and all i can say is GROSS!!!!
    A few things that we do:
    Try to purchase home grown food …. Just picked up our pork the other day…. YUMMIE :)
    Use Romain instead of iceberg
    Sea salt instead of Iodized
    By treats made with cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup :)

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  50. Dana on February 28, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I give in to my cravings, in moderation. If I am craving a brownie, I will bake some using Greek yogurt or apple sauce, and allow myself to eat small bits. I freeze it in portions and then eat when I want (fyi: frozen brownies are amazing!!!). This helps a lot, and I don’t find myself indulging often. This works for any food-if craving, make modifications and enjoy in moderation.

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  51. Jayne on February 28, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    We bought a share in a community supported agriculture program (CSA) this past summer. We incorporated so many new vegetables into our diet as a result. Between freezing and canning, we are still enjoying last summer’s harvest this winter. I am looking forward to trying new vegetable recipes this summer.

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  52. Jayne on February 28, 2011 at 8:51 pm

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  53. Amber on February 28, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Subscribed via RSS :)

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  54. Jayne on February 28, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    And I like you on Facebook too. Thanks for the offer! I have been wanting to check out this cookbook.

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  55. Aly on February 28, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    My healthy tip is to incorporate fiber into your diet as much as possible! It fills you up faster and is great for your heart and digestive health! Put fiber one cereal in low fat yogurt, grind fiber one in a food processor and mix it in with bread crumbs when breading chicken, eat a high fiber cereal (one with more than 5 grams fiber/serving) for breakfast. Fruits such as berries, apples, and pears are high in fiber. Veggies such as broccoli, legumes, and artichokes are high in fiber.

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  57. Amber on February 28, 2011 at 9:03 pm

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  60. Maggie on February 28, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Oatmeal every morning and lots of veggies with egg whites for quick easy meals!

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  61. Dana Metz on February 28, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    My tip for eating healthy is to prepare appropriate portions of snack foods like nuts and fresh veggies on the weekend. I usually grill extra for the week, as well. Then when I’m on the go, or need a quick snack, I’m not reaching for the c-r-a-p.

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  62. Jennifer on February 28, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    I use whole grain as often as possible including making bread from wheat flour. My kids only know this and nothing else. Also lots of fruits and veggies as snacks!!!

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  63. Katie on February 28, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    I am a facebook fan!

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  64. Maggie on February 28, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Subscribed via email.

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  65. Claire @ Live & Love to Eat on February 28, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Using corn tortillas, which I think are more traditional for fish tacos, can make this recipe gluten-free (check the labels!).

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  66. Maggie on February 28, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Already follow you on twitter :)

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  67. Katie on February 28, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    and I follow you through RSS :)

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  68. Val on February 28, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Quiona is my new found healthy food. Mixed with various veggie and a little balsamic.

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  69. Maggie on February 28, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    tweeted the giveaway.

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  70. Maggie on February 28, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    I’m also a fan on facebook.

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  71. Cathie R on February 28, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Love fish tacos and these pickled veggies sound yummy! I subscribed through email – hope to get updates from Brown Eyed Baker :)

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  72. Shauna on February 28, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Yum. Those blackened bits look amazing. Can’t wait to try this recipe!

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  73. Beth on February 28, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    I follow you!

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  74. Emily on February 28, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I managed to lose 30 pounds before my wedding by being very conscious of portion size and calorie content! Nowadays I try to include lots of vegetables and whole grains in my diet, and make things from scratch rather than buying processed food so I know exactly what I’m eating.

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  75. Chaser on February 28, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I’m loving your baking recipes! I liked you on facebook.

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  76. Beth on February 28, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I experiment with at least one new vegetable recipe a week to spice things up

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  78. Chaser on February 28, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    There are so many of your recipes that I have lined up to make…I also subscribed to your blog through email – can’t wait to see more!

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  79. Stefanie Hassan on February 28, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    I like to flavor my water with lemon or 5 calorie powder mixes – it makes me drink a lot of water!

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  80. Stefanie Hassan on February 28, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    I subscribe to Brown Eyed Baker!

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  82. Chao on February 28, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    My tip is to take your time to chew and drink lots of water :)

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  83. Stefanie Hassan on February 28, 2011 at 10:27 pm

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  84. Chao on February 28, 2011 at 10:27 pm

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  85. Chao on February 28, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    i tweeted :)

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  86. Baking Serendipity on February 28, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    I’m in the chicken and beef taco box. I’ve also heard rave reviews of fish tacos and yours are definitely pushing me to finally get them on my meal plan in the upcoming weeks! They look delicious and this cookbook looks awesome :)

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  87. Abby on February 28, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Eat fresh!

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  88. Jennifer on February 28, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    My tip is to not buy junk food or soda, since it’s not in your house you won’t be tempted to eat it.

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  89. Sharlene on February 28, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    I recently started trying out fish tacos too and love them! My favorite healthy trick is to substitute half of the pasta in a dish with whole wheat – you can barely taste the difference but it’s huge for nutrition!

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  90. Julia on February 28, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    my favorite eating healthy tip is actually watching portions. a nutritionist once told me that my palm is the approximate size of 1 portion (she said to use it as a general rule of thumb). when i went out to eat at restaurants, I was always shocked by how many “palm” sizes were their “portions”.

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  91. Julia on February 28, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    hey gurl! i follow you on twitter!

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  92. Julia on February 28, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    and I “liked” your page on fb and placed it under my favorite pages!

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  93. Jillian on February 28, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Mmm!
    I believe in moderation in everything, so even ice cream is a good dessert. I just load it up with lots of fruit (bananas, strawberries, etc), so I eat more fruit, less ice cream, and it’s doubly delicious!

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  94. Julia on February 28, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    and I just subscribed to your blog!

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  95. Koko on February 28, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    My healthy eating tip is to always keep snacks on hand- almonds, a small bar, fruit, so if the urge strikes you you can grab it from your purse and not think!

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  96. Melody on February 28, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    My trick when trying to diet, besides eating healthier and exercising more, is to watch my portions much more closely. My trick is to use smaller plates. If I use a smaller plate my portion size is naturally smaller. Then if I want seconds of something so delicious, I make myself wait 15 minutes to see if I am really full or not.

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  97. Sara on February 28, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    My healthy eating tip is to drink a TON of water!

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  98. Sara on February 28, 2011 at 11:02 pm

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  99. Taylor on February 28, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    my healthy eating tip is to eat an apple about 15 minutes before you eat dinner..it fills you up so you dont over eat!

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  100. Sara on February 28, 2011 at 11:03 pm
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