Showing posts with label holiday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label holiday. Show all posts

Friday, December 14, 2012

Happy Holidays!

I'm going to be leading and working meetings as usual for the rest of the year (and will be subbing a little extra too!) but am going to take a break from updating here until the beginning of the year.

Keep those healthy spaces and routines going, pop in to a meeting, and keep focused during these crazy next few weeks. Above all, enjoy the holiday festivities!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Weekly Recipe: A Traditional Thanksgiving Menu

In our meetings this week we discussed the PointsPlus values of many of the traditional Thanksgiving dishes. If the numbers shocked you or seemed too high for your needs, our website has a bunch of great resources to help you skinny down those favorites:

A Traditional Thanksgiving Menu

That article has links to just about every course you can think of for turkey day. You may find it necessary to log into eTools to get all the recipes, but it's worth checking out. If you try any, let me know how they work out!

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Weekly Recipe: A Plethora for Passover

Today on the Weight Watchers website they are featuring a bunch of recipes suitable for Passover. By my count, fourteen recipes will get you two full seder options and some other miscellaneous dishes.

Even if you're not observing Passover, these links are worth a click. No matter what you believe in, I'm pretty sure most of us would believe in something called "Ultimate Chocolate Sorbet."

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Thanksgiving Thought

I've just finished reading Jonathan Safran Foer's book Eating Animals. I didn't come here to discuss the meat (heh) of his book - for about a million reasons, the greatest of which is that it's not appropriate for this particular forum - but to share a quote about Thanksgiving.

Of the thousand-or-so meals we eat every year, Thanksgiving dinner is the one that we try most earnestly to get right. It holds the hope of being a good meal, whose ingredients, efforts, setting, and consuming are expressions of the best in us. More than any other meal, it is about good eating and good thinking.

No matter what you eat (or don't eat) in the next week or so, I hope you all have a fantastic Thanksgiving. I give thanks just about every day that I have you all in my life.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Weekly Recipe: Thanksgiving Options

Yesterday morning we had a bit of a recipe swap. Marta brought in tons of copies, so I think everyone on the Wednesday crew had access to them. My brief googling this morning tells me there's not a fast and easy way to link to the recipes from the 2007 WW magazine - they are not in eTools. I'd love to get them posted, but frankly I don't have the time to devote to this right now.

What I CAN get to you today, is a link to the recipe that Minna shared with us. She recommends the stuffing with sage and chives from eTools. It's tried and true for her, and she says your guests will never know the difference!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

The newsletter is going on holiday this week (probably eating too much turkey) but I wanted to pop in to wish you and yours a fantastic holiday.

Remember the rules:

1. Have fun!
2. Come back!

I don't care what happens this week, make sure you're back on track and in your meetings next week.

And now, your moment of zen:

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Newsletter, week of November 19th

Follow Up On Last Week’s Topic

Now that you’ve done a dry run, a Thanksgiving feast will be easy as pie! (Sorry, couldn’t resist) Knowledge is power – knowing the Points values can help you decide what foods to put on your plate and what foods to pass on by.

This Week’s Topic

2-4-6-8 What do you appreciate? In honor of the season, let’s think about what we’re thankful for – the things we’ve learned, the people who have helped us, the small victories we find each day.

KUDOS: (from the Greek: acclaim or prestige resulting from notable achievement)

Wow, what a week! Alanna reached her 10-pound milestone on Wednesday, and both Marianne and Dora achieved their 10% targets. Good going, girls!

WW Product of the week

Weight Watchers Mix-Ins - if plain old water just doesn’t do it for you, give these a shot. Raspberry and Lemonade flavors are easy and portable. Mix and enjoy the taste. $3.50

Non-WW product of the week

When you exercise, you sweat. Sorry, it’s unavoidable! If you’re wearing a cotton t-shirt during exercise, you’ll realize how heavy and wet your workout clothes can get. Coolmaxâ fabric is your answer. The fabric “wicks” away sweat and is breathable. It keeps your skin drier, and is more lightweight than regular cotton. Upgrade today!

Got a product you love? Tell me about it so I can include it in future newsletters.

Recipe of the Week

“Cheat” Potato Casserole
Makes 4 servings
2 Points

1 large butternut squash (to yield 2 cups flesh)
½ cup egg substitute
1/3 cup light vanilla soymilk
1/3 cup sugar free maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ cup Splenda
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup miniature marshmallows

Preheat oven to 350. Peel squash and cut into large chunks. Fill a large dish with a half an inch of water. Place squash into dish and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave for 8 min (and drain). Squash should be tender enough to mash, but not fully cooked. Mash squash, measure out 2 generous cups, lightly packed, and place in a baking dish. Add all ingredients except for marshmallows. Mix ingredients thoroughly, but do not over-stir; squash should still be pulpy. Cook for 45-50 minutes. Remove from oven, and sprinkle marshmallows over top of pie. Return to oven for 5 minutes, until marshmallows begin to brown.


Tip of the Week

If you have trouble with PM snacking, try these tips: brush your teeth right after diner, gargle with minty mouthwash, chew gum, or suck on a spicy cinnamon candy.

Quote of the Week

We must never be afraid to go too far, for success lies just beyond.- Marcel Proust

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Newsletter, week of November 12th

Follow Up On Last Week’s Topic

I hope you all plotted out the upcoming events on your calendar. Plan ahead for those tricky events and you might find you succeed at staying on program.

This Week’s Topic

This week is our annual “Thanksgiving Dinner.” Let’s do a dry run and see how many Points you might spend on a meal of turkey and all the trimmings! (No actual food involved…sorry!)

KUDOS: (from the Greek: acclaim or prestige resulting from notable achievement)

Did you know that you earn a charm for attending 16 meetings? If you’ve been a member for that long and don’t have the clapping hands charm, be sure and let me know! We’d like to recognize you for “Staying and Succeeding.”

WW Product of the week

Weight Watchers Fruities - these little candies can be a lifesaver when you want a little something. Think sugar-free Jujubes and that’s what you’ve got. Available in several different fruit flavors, one sleeve is 1 Point. $2.50

Non-WW product of the week

Lynn shares a tip to cut down on the Points you’ll spend on a baked potato. She tops hers with La Victoria salsa. 2 Tbsp = 10 calories, and you can bet that’s less than butter or sour cream. Salsa…it’s the ultimate condiment!

Got a product you love? Tell me about it so I can include it in future newsletters.

Recipe of the Week

Mulled Apple-Cranberry Cider
Makes 6 servings
2 Points

3 cups apple cider
3 cups cranberry juice cocktail
1 Tbsp unpacked brown sugar
½ tsp ground allspice
¼ tsp ground cloves
1 Tbsp orange zest
3 cinnamon sticks

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a slow boil over medium-high heat and then reduce heat to simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes and then strain into mugs. Yields about 1 cup per serving.


Tip of the week

If you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning to exercise, help yourself wake up. Turning on some bright lights, taking a shower, or having a light snack can wake you up a bit so you can face your workout.

Quote of the week

Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high, look it squarely in the eye and say, 'I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.'--Ann Landers