Good Job, Good Grips

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

My 10-year old loves strawberries. She loves to slice off the ends and help herself. As a nutritionist and mom, I couldn’t be happier. Problem is, she ends up slicing off way too much and a lot of edible berry goes to waste.

So when a PR rep emailed me about the OXO Good Grips Strawberry Huller, I was intrigued. And I am happy to report, it works as promised.

You just insert the huller into the top of a berry, twist and pull out the leaves and hull, then press and release it into the garbage. You end up with a small, neat little hollow in the top of the berry. Great as is or filled with a small bit of vanilla yogurt.

Thanks OXO for another great kitchen prep tool!

Leslie Fink, MS, RD


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If you do one thing this summer...

Monday, April 21, 2014

Coppertone Sport sunscreen I'm gonna hijack this blog for a quick little PSA. I promise it'll be short and useful and at the end, there might just be a prize.*

Rumor has it, summer's coming. (It is coming, right?) Which means that there will be picnics (in the sun) and swimming (in the sun) and long, chatty walks with your pals (in the sun). You know what should not be in the sun? Your beautiful skin. And yes, I know you know about sunscreen - but friends, I have discovered sunscreen MAGIC.

Ready?

Plain, drugstore Coppertone Sport.

I've always used it on my body, but a few weeks ago I ran out of my facial sunscreen and had to make due with (gasp!) body sunscreen under my makeup. And it was the best thing I ever did.

Coppertone Sport is a one-way ticket to Compliment Town. At least once a day someone tells me how pretty my skin is. It gives me a dewy, $200 moisturizer look (with out the Creme de la Mer price tag). Sun protection and an ego boost? SOLD.

Fun fact: Did you know that you're also supposed to wear sunscreen even when it's overcast? The rays that cause wrinkles are just as strong, even when the sun isn't shining.

*There totally isn't a prize. But your skin really will thank you.

Do you have a secret summer boost that makes you feel great? Tell me, tell me, tell me! (You guys had GREAT suggestions for 1-minute workouts. I'm still working on mastering the plank...)

- Alisha McKinney, weightwatchers.com Copywriter


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T.WEBB1 (teraysa)


4/23/2014 7:06 PM
I assume the visitors to this group are also doing ww online - I haven't had much luck finding a chatty group - I did just join yesterday, excited that I made the move to lose weight I guess - lose pounds and add patience :-)

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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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HENHOUSE84321 (Sarah)


4/22/2014 8:44 AM
Tell me about the roasted vegetables if you don't mind. Fun to read, thank you.

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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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RUTHJONES523 (RUTH)


4/23/2014 3:15 PM
I bought some of this yesterday and it was very good!

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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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Melanee Roper


4/21/2014 10:19 PM
I can walk in a circle and/or do jumping jacks.

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