A Welcome to Our New LaaLoosh Recipe Contributor!

As you may have all noticed, we have a new recipe contributor on the blog, and I wanted to take a minute to extend a warm welcome to her — welcome aboard Cathy Rockwell! Cathy has been a Weight Watchers member in the past and has had great success with their program. She loves creating new recipes that are not only Weight Watchers friendly, but simple to prepare! She’s a fellow foodie who takes inspiration from her family heritage and the supper clubs she’s attended, where she’s had a chance to experience recipes and foods from all around the world. Since I won’t be able to post as many new recipes as I’d like, Cathy is going to be contributing lots of new Weight Watchers recipes on LaaLoosh on a regular basis, to keep you all satiated :). I’m sure you are all just as excited as I am to check out some of her delicious new recipes. It’s great to have another person to deliver some food ideas that not only taste great, but that are healthy too. We’re glad to have you on board, Cathy!

New Weight Watchers Points Plan for 2011!!

If you are an active Weight Watcher, you’ve probably heard the hubbub about their new Points program that’s being launched for 2011 — it’s called the PointsPlus Plan! Now, I don’t really know a whole lot about it myself yet, as Weight Watchers is being really hush hush about it, but based on the UK’s version of it, which is called the Weight Watchers ProPoints Plan, here’s what we know so far:
* Instead of calculating a food’s Points on calories, fat and fiber, there will be more of an emphasis on the quality of the food. Brown rice will have fewer Points than white rice. A 100-calorie pack of cookies will have more Points than 100 calories of chicken breast, and so on.
* To encourage better food choices, fruit and most vegetables will have zero Points. Starchy vegetables, such as potatoes, corn and peas will not be in the free Points list.
* The minimum amount of Points assigned to people will be 29 Points, but they’ll also be given a weekly allowance of 49 Points as “Real Living” Points to be used on fun foods.

So that’s the scoop thus far. As I learn more about the program, I’ll make sure to keep you all posted. Some of you have asked how I’ll handle the calculation of my “Point Total” based on the new Weight Watchers Plan. What I will end up doing is including a Point Total for the new plan, but I’ll still include my regular Point Total as well, so those of you who remain on the old Weight Watchers Points plan, can still use the recipes. As for all my old recipes, I HOPE to go back and add the new Point Totals to each of those recipes in time, but first I will need to learn how Points will be calculated with the new PointsPlus Plan, and see how time consuming it will be to revamp all those old recipes.

For now, until I’m fully onto the new Weight Watchers Points Plus Program, I’ll still be posting recipes with my regular “Point Total”.

More info to come as I get wind of it!! Keep reading, and get ready and excited for a new year!!!!

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution – Sign the Petition!

Have you signed Jamie’s petition to improve school lunches? If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard about Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and the petition that Jamie is trying to get signed in order to convince Congress to put better food in schools, you can learn more here! If you care about what your kid eats and what current school foods are doing to their health, you NEED to get on board with this. It’s not too late to sign the petition!! Over 500,000 people across America have signed Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution petition, and many of those have tuned in to the ABC show.

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NEW Applebee’s Weight Watchers Menu!!!!

Applebees Weight Watchers Menu

As I’m sure many of you might have heard, Applebee’s Restaurant has launched a new line of DEEEEE-LICIOUS new Weight Watchers Menu Items! (Applebee’s refers to them as their “Under 550 Calories Menu”) Currently, the nutritional information isn’t available online, BUT the calorie count for each dish is available at all California Applebee’s Restaurant locations. Well, guess who’s located in CA, folks? That’s right…ME! As soon as I heard about the arrival of these fabulous new dishes, I ran on over to the nearest Applebee’s and gave them a try. I took my friends, and we each got one of the new Weight Watchers meals. And I made sure to snag the calorie counts while I was there too! Read on to get the scoop for each dish!

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FREE Fiber One Yogurt 4-Pack Giveaway!!!

Fiber One Yogurt

As many of you diet-foodies know, Fiber One has ROCKIN’ 0 Point Yogurts (1 Point for 2 yogurts!) that are so yummy and delicious, and yet nutritious and low in calories and Weight Watchers Points! So when Yoplait contacted me to tell me about this awesome Fiber One Yogurt giveaway they were having, I was super psyched to share it with all of you. Read on to find out how to get your free Fiber One Yogurt 4-Pack!

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Weight Watchers Launches the new Momentum Plan!

Weight Watchers Momentum Plan

As the New Year comes upon, this is a great time to make a commitment to healthy eating choices. And if you are currently a Weight Watcher or are thinking about joining, now is the time do it! They have just started their new Weight Watchers Momentum Plan. Before the Momentum Plan, Weight Watcher members had two plans to choose from: Flex and Core. Now, everyone will be on the same plan: Momentum. Which is really the best of both Weight Watchers plans combined together to create Momentum. The whole philosophy behind this new plan is, “Don’t eat less, eat smarter.”

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Miracle Noodles – The Zero Calorie Pasta!?!

Shirataki Noodles

Yes, the Gods have finally answered my prayers….a ZERO calorie pasta has been created! When I first heard about Miracle Noodle and their no-calorie Shirataki noodles, I was hesitant to believe it was possible to have pasta that has no calories, yet my interest was piqued. I knew I had to try it. After reading through Miracle Noodle’s website, I learned a lot about these special Shirataki noodles. Unlike typical pasta noodles which are made from grain-based flours, and thus loaded with lots of calories and carbohydrates, Shirataki noodles are made from yam flour. So you wind up with gluten-free, calorie-free, low-carb pasta! Granted, the texture of these noodles is a bit different than regular pasta, but the taste is good, they are quite filling, and you can use these in a such wide variety of recipes. And when you think of the calories you’re saving, it’s a fantastically fair trade.

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Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt – Is It Worth All The Hype?

Pinkberry New York

Surely you’ve heard about Pinkberry. Everyone is talking about it. It’s known as the “real” frozen yogurt, and it’s all the rage in Hollywood. With US franchises only in New York and California, Pinkberry is definitely setting the trend for frozen yogurt. You gotta give props to the Pinkberry marketing team though…. Load all your franchises in the two most celebrity infested states, get it into celebrity hands, get a picture of that and voila – you’re business explodes. Here’s an example of what I’m talking about…I found this photo of Kirsten Dunst getting’ her Pinkberry on in LA. I’m sure the Pinkberry marketing execs were just loving this.

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