Tuesday, January 18, 2011

TV Debut and the Importance of Power Foods.


Here is a summary of my Weight Watchers meeting January 11, 2011.

My Weight Watchers leader Amanda was interviewed by our local news station last Friday. Click here to check out her TV debut.

Pile on the Power Foods
Article By: Melissa Sperl

There's a reason we made all fruits and most veggies Power Foods – and 0 PointsPlus™ values: They're a fabulous tool for weight loss. Here's how to get them into your meal plan.

If you're like many people, you may find it hard to fit five servings of fruits and vegetables into your menu each day. It makes sense: When you're more used to extra breads, meats and cheeses than veggies and fruits, it's a big adjustment.

But it's an important part of the Plan, so do what you can to make the change. It's worth it. In addition to all fresh fruits and most vegetables having zero PointsPlus values, fruits and veggies offer the following perks:

• They make you feel fuller.
• They're rich sources of disease-fighting antioxidants.
• They reduce the risk of heart disease.
• They provide folic acid, vitamins and minerals.
• They increase energy, fight infection, improve regularity, keep skin healthy, promote normal blood clotting and build bones!

Fitting them in
There are many ways to include more fruits and vegetables into your meals. Variety is key. When you go grocery shopping, pick up a fruit you've never tried before or spice up your green beans with a fiery peanut sauce instead of the usual butter spray.

Here are some tricks to try:
• Add vegetables to frozen entrees, pasta dishes, soups or wraps.
• Use frozen veggies to save time. Add them to recipes or use them on their own.
• Snack on crudités with salsa, hummus, low-fat dip or dressing.
• Buy fresh seasonal, local or organic veggies, which are often more flavorful.
• Mix fruits into salads for a surprising new taste.

Click here for a list of power foods that can be found under your toolbox on etools. For maximum satisfaction and nutrition, make the extra effort to try to incorporate these into your daily food choices.

2 comments:

Crystal said...

I've enjoyed my visit with you, Jen! Your weight loss journey and tips have been very helpful and interesting. And I loved the wedding pictures too :) I'll be back to visit again!

3GirlKnight said...

First time visitor here. Linked over from blogfrog.

Thanks for this post! Just started using Your Shape Fitness Evolved and this is good encouragement for getting more fruits & veggies in my diet.

And super duper confreakingrats on losing 90 pounds!! That's beyond awesome.

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