Weight Watchers

 

Image Detail After recently having her baby, Jessica Simpson signed a contract with Weight Watchers to lose her “post-baby fat.” Highly advertised and fairly well-known, Weight Watchers promotes a balanced diet in addition to exercise. It is one of the very few diets celebs use that does NOT encourage any weight-loss supplements or ingestion of chemicals thereof.

Individualized, this plan creates a nutritiously balanced diet incorporating meals that each contain a certain amount of points. This point-based system allows its customers to create a unique plan based on their weight-loss and health goals. They provide a support system both online and in group environments, this plan is intended to help people learn portion control and eat a variety of foods in moderation.

There online webite provides recipes and daily motivational tips to help people stay on track. They do not promote any starvation strategies, they enourage the proper caloric intake, and the essential vitamins and minerals founds naturally in food. Unlike plans such as NutriSystem or Jenny Craig, food can be bought in your local super market and made right at home. That being said, this plan is intended to be habit-changing and adopted as a long term health changer –http://www.weightwatchers.com/plan/apr/unique.aspx.

In addition to recipes, Weight Watchers provides tips for eating healthy while away from home, how to avoid/cope with temptation, as well as grocery lists to ensure your cupboards are full of healthy options.

As mentioned in previous posts, I found a great recipe for smoothies as well as helpful tips!

Summer Smoothies

Learn to whip up healthy, luscious treats in your blender.
Article By: Bruce Weinstein
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Summer’s here — and on decks everywhere, blenders are whirring away, full of juice and fresh fruit at the peak of ripeness. Possibly the perfect solution for dessert, these smoothies also stand in as creamy breakfasts or as sweet afternoon pick-me-ups.To make your own, you’ll need a sturdy blender and your favorite smoothie ingredients. Keep these seven tips in mind for the perfect summer smoothie:

1.  Buy a blender with multiple speeds, preferably one with a glass canister that allows you to see what’s going on inside. The best blenders let you blend smoothly and also pulse in quick shots.

2.  Always smell fruit before you buy it. If it doesn’t smell like anything, chances are it won’t taste like anything either.

3.  To make a cool, smooth drink that’s not watered down by ice, partially freeze fruit before you blend it. Arrange berries, peach slices or peeled bananas on a cookie sheet and freeze 1½ hours, until they’re partially frozen (not rock hard).

4.  Put the fresh fruit in the blender before you add any ice or partially frozen fruit. This may sound odd, but you want the fruit to puree first, so the ice has something to blend into. Ice on the bottom results in needlessly spinning blades.

5.  Partially melted ice makes a creamier smoothie. Take slightly more ice than the recipe calls for out of the freezer, let it stand at room temperature for 10 minutes, then drain the water and use whatever ice you need.

6.  Frozen nonfat yogurt, sherbet and sorbet make terrific additions to smoothies, but they need to be softened slightly for the creamiest drink. Let stand for 10 minutes at room temperature before using.

7.  Decorate your drinks with non-food toppers such as paper umbrellas, plastic monkeys and tall straws, rather than potentially fattening garnishes.

Here are two classic smoothies, perfect for summer. Once you get comfortable with the formula, experiment with your own combinations.

Banana-Berry Smoothie

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup partially frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup partially frozen banana slices

Instructions

  1. Add ingredients to blender in order listed; pulse twice, then blend until smooth.
 

Mango-Peach Smoothie

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peeled, chopped mango
  • 1 cup peeled, chopped peach
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup softened ice (see tip #5 above on softening ice)

Instructions

  1. Add ingredients to blender in order listed; pulse twice, then blend until smooth.
 
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