Feeding the boo boo …..

Thursday, April 17, 2014

….doesn’t make it better! Some years ago I found a clever cartoon; a young boy was sitting on a counter holding a cookie to his bruised knee. The caption was, “Mom said this would make it feel better.” Maybe that’s where it all started for me; the cookies and milk after school, an ice cream to ease a disappointment. Seemed harmless at the time. Food as comfort must have made us feel better because many of us continue that behavior today.

I’ve had bad knees since high school. While I rarely let them stop me from being active, occasionally I have to slow down a bit to give them a rest. I’ve been poorly nursing a very swollen knee for several weeks now. I’ve been cutting down on my workouts. I walked on the treadmill the other day, but after a short while, even that was too much and I told myself I needed to stay off of it for a little while. But that little while turned into a long, three-pound gain kind of while. I could say that the additional fluid in my knee accounted for the weight gain, but that wouldn’t be totally truthful. I discovered that lying to myself didn’t help my knee—or my thighs for that matter. Like the boy with the cookie, I gave my boo boo a bit too much attention.
I’ve catered many a pity party and while they seem like fun at the time, the after party is a nightmare.

As this self-serving vent comes to an end, let me share that I filled my fridge with lots of fruit, I roasted up a bunch of vegetables and I didn’t buy lots of Passover treats that I didn’t really need.

While my knee is still out of commission, my sense of self-control and motivation is fired up!

~ Anita Sado – Community Editor


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LDLINDA (Linda)


4/17/2014 1:32 PM
I know that a lot of people eat for comfort. It has been a big problem for me lately. I needed to hear this. Thanks.

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Who’s ready for a fiesta?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I love this new yogurt-based Cilantro Avocado dressing by Bolthouse Farms. You get 2 tablespoons of creamy deliciousness for just 1 PointsPlus value.

I can plan a whole Mexican meal around this stuff. Just toss some with arugula, corn, black beans, carrots, grape tomatoes, tortilla strips and some diced avocado for the beginning of a fabulous fiesta.

Leslie Fink, MS, RD


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MELISSAALFRED (Melissa)


4/17/2014 8:08 AM
oh my goodness that sounds yummy!

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Cheese Popcorn Gone Light

Thursday, April 10, 2014

I love snack foods. So whenever I get samples, I have to try them. Immediately. Even at 10 AM. And I am happy to report that Smartfood Delight White Cheddar really hits the spot when you’re in the mood to munch. It’s almost as good as their regular cheddar popcorn – just a tad less cheesy (which also means less mess).

If “almost as good” isn’t good enough for you, perhaps the numbers will sway you:

Smart Food Delight White Cheddar:
1 oz (3 ½ cups) - 3 PointsPlus values

Smart Food White Cheddar Cheese:
1 oz (1 ¾ cups) - 4 PointsPlus values

You get twice as much popcorn and 1 PointsPlus value to spend on something else. Try it and let me know what you think.

Leslie Fink, MS, RD


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STARFIRE067


4/17/2014 3:25 PM
Oh yeah! Lower calorie Smartfood

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Four grams of protein but how much sugar and fat?

Monday, April 07, 2014

I noticed some crafty marketing on my favorite candy bar recently. Seems like someone wants me to focus on the 4 grams of protein it contains and ignore its high sugar and fat contents.

Am I supposed to believe that this is more like a protein or energy bar than a candy bar? Sure, it will give you a burst of energy but you might be scraping yourself off the floor after you crash from your sugar high.

There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a candy bar every once in a while. Just don’t try to pass it off for something it’s not.

Leslie Fink, MS, RD



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SUNSTRENGTH


4/10/2014 6:54 PM
On the positive side, this marketing MAY lead to lightbulb moments for people who think that those salty, sweet, crunchy granola type bars are healthy ... six in one have dozen in the other.

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Zero PointsPlus Value Cuties

Thursday, April 03, 2014

kiwi berries

My kids are sick of apples and oranges. In fact, my 2nd grader told me that I am not allowed to put another clementine in her lunch box. Summer fruits cannot get here fast enough! In the meantime, I tried an import. (I know, not my most environmentally-aware moment. Forgive me.)

Pictured to the right (near a teaspoon for size-comparison) are kiwi berries. They're the size of a grape, have edible, smooth skins, and sweet, juicy insides. They’re great on their own or tossed (whole) into fruit salad.

Leslie Fink, MS, RD



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COURSM


4/9/2014 4:32 PM
I have never seen these but will be on the look out. Where do you buy yours? Are they in the fresh fruit section or frozen?

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Funky Fingerlings!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

I bought a bag of mixed fingerling potatoes to roast. I love them for their buttery-flavor and thin, edible skins. What a lovely surprise when I started to slice some of the red and purple ones - such interesting patterns and designs. They taste just like regular fingerlings but look really pretty and definitely added a whole lot of fun to our meal.

If you like the way these look, give watermelon radishes a try. Love their bright pink centers and green outsides!

Leslie Fink, MS, RD


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SUEMF2007 (Susan)


4/3/2014 11:26 PM
These look great. I need to find these. I like an assortment of color on my SFT dinner plate. :)

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You had me at sea salt caramel!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tomorrow’s the first day of spring. But it’s still cold here in the Northeast. And rumor has it the temps are not warming up too quickly.

I’m longing for that first hot day - the type that ends with my kids asking for ice cream. I know just what I’ll have: Yasso’s Sea Salt Caramel Frozen Yogurt Bar. It’s rich and creamy, made with nonfat Greek yogurt and has a delicious gooey caramel swirl throughout. They’re just 3 PointsPlus values each. A fabulous protein-rich treat.

Yasso also makes a variety of other flavors, some of which are just 2 PointsPlus values each (Chocolate Fudge, Mango, Strawberry, Coconut and more). Give them a try and let us know what you think…

Leslie Fink, MS, RD


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HSCGARDENER (Penny)


4/10/2014 6:54 PM
I LOVE these YASSO bars. The coconut ones are my favorite - my store hasn't gotten the caramel one in yet!

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My 1-minute butt lift

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

In honor of the Live Life Active launch, I decided to challenge myself to add some activity to my day. So when my Leader mentioned that she does push ups every day for 1 minute - yep, just 1 minute - I was SOLD.

Because I'm lazy (and therefore forgetful) I knew that I'd need to tie my activity to a daily habit. So I decided that every time I needed to get a drink at work, I'd march my heinie up the stairs to the 6th floor dispenser instead of the oh-so-convenient one next to my desk.

At first it was rough. I'd find myself halfway through filling my cup before remembering that I was supposed to be doing it upstairs, but instead of throwing in the towel I stopped, marched myself upstairs, and finished getting my drink. (Can a girl get a Bravo?)

It's been about a month now and I'm not nearly as winded (OK, I'm still a little winded. But hey, that's what railings are for!) and I have a smug sense of self-righteousness whenever I walk past my old water fountain. And my butt? Definitely less droopy.

Want to join my 1-minute fitness club? What can you do for 1 minute?

- Alisha McKinney, Copywriter


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SANIT@60


4/6/2014 8:01 AM
My job is ultra-sedentary. The nurse practitioner at my MDs office said to try to get 60 seconds of walking in every 60 minutes. If I remember to do it (!) I do feel better.

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Better than Butter

Monday, March 17, 2014

Melt Organics product packaging

My house is a butter house. I bake with butter, my 4-year-old asks for butter on his toast every morning, my husband likes butter on his vegetables. But too much butter, as we all know, is not a good thing: the artery-clogging saturated fat, the PointsPlus value -- it can all add up to trouble.

There are alternatives of course. If margarine works for you, great, but I have sat through blind taste tests (not kidding -- thanks mom!) and can pick it out the minute it hits my tongue. And I don't bake with it either. (Though I do love to bring down the PointsPlus value of my baked goods by employing the old applesauce/yogurt swap: I use half the butter called for, then replace the rest with one of those lesser-evil ingredients. Oh, and here comes my plug for my favorite members-only Weight Watchers tool of all time: the Recipe Builder).

Anyway, then along came Melt Organic spread. This stuff is delicious, made with natural ingredients, and satisfies all my buttery needs. It is made with virgin organic coconut oil, plus flaxseed, high-oleic sunflower, palm fruit and canola oils. And it has half the saturated fat of butter. Better yet -- there are also Honey Melt Organic and Chocolate Melt Organic varieties. Delicious.

I put the regular variety on my husband's veggies, and use the chocolate variety to add a flavor boost to brownies. My son especially loves the Honey Melt Organic on his whole-grain waffle -- and I love that it has just 1 gram of sugar per tablespoon (same with the chocolate). And for those of you keeping track, it has a lower PointsPlus value than an equal measure of butter spread.

-- Melanie Mannarino, Content Director



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HAZEL1505


3/30/2014 5:15 PM
I 'm new so thanks for the heads up.

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Where are the bumpers?

Monday, March 17, 2014

I retrieved my bowling ball from the basement. Yep, I have a bowling ball. It’s a pretty blue with my name engraved on it. I was preparing to go bowling with my neighbors. Their six year old daughter, Bella , loves to bowl and they love the burgers at the alley’s café. Since my husband and I love Bella and the burgers, we decided to join them. I knew Bella used bumpers and I would have no problem swallowing my pride and bowling with them as well. But a funny thing happened. She punked out! She decided she would cheer and not bowl! Seriously, no bumpers?

I’m a true lefty who bowls (poorly) with my right hand. I have an inconsistent, natural left hook and take funny-looking steps as I approach the line to release the ball. Honestly, at this point I was aiming for a final score of 50. If all else fails, I figured I’d at least get some movement in (I’m participating in the Live Life Active Challenge)! It was such a hoot. My form was horrible, my curve unpredictable – and yet, I had a blast! I actually bowled a 52. Tah dah!

All in all, we had a fun couple of hours with friends: we bowled, we ate, we laughed. Now the competitive person inside of me wants to go bowling again and aim for 100. Did I mention I was once on a bowling league?

What are you doing to Live Life Active?

~ Anita Sado – Community Editor


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TOOSUKI (Christine)


4/10/2014 7:29 PM
I have been thinking of getting my bowling ball out of storage as well. It is something I am thinking of doing after my Saturday meetings since the alley is right down the road. Plus I figure anyone from the meeting that wants to join me all the better.

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