Weekend Weigh-in

Don’t have a taste for “rabbit food” but want to add the nutrition of fruits and veggies to your diet? Try sneaking them into the dishes you already love for unique texture and flavor!

Svelte Bunny

Imagine chicken salad. Now imagine it’s Waldorf chicken salad. Go, imagination train! You just threw grapes in!

I love doctoring chicken salad (tuna salad, too!). I cut back on gluten by putting the salad over lettuce rather than on bread. Romaine or raw spinach leaves add lots of nutrients, but iceberg will work in a pinch. Be creative in your toppings — I’ve found that grapes, blueberries and sliced apples all work well. Sometimes I’ll even throw a few cashews on top (use sparingly).

Another easy way to add nutrition is to pick a staple. Choose something versatile that you can throw into a variety of different meals: I chose tomato. For example, I like to make instant rice dishes (ones that say that a serving or two of vegetables is included in the bag), and while the rice microwaves (I’m a master chef), I slice two tomatoes into bite-size chunks. Once the rice has finished cooking, I throw these tomato bits on top. The cool temperature as well as the flavor and texture set the tomato apart from the steamy rice, which makes for a tasty combination in each bite.

Mmm, pasta. Chef Curtis Stone made a great suggestion on this episode of The Biggest Loser: Replace half of your pasta with sliced vegetables like cooked zucchini. In his words, “Much less calorie, you still get all the benefits from the pasta, and of course, all the goodness from the vegetables.” This tasty replacement cuts 248 calories from a single serving of pasta!


[Aside: Thank you, spammer friend, for sending me a link to watch The Biggest Loser online! Woo!]

I have two cousins that are longtime fans of The Biggest Loser. They have tried several times to get on the show as a team. They’d be wonderful candidates — they’re spunky and positive and energetic, great for TV. They love The Biggest Loser; they’ve gone to casting calls, made a dynamic blog for the Million Pound Match-Up, etc.

And I’ve always rooted for them to make it on because it’d be a great opportunity, and I have no doubt that they’d go far with it.

But Jillian, the “tough love” trainer, said something on the show (USA season 9 episode 1) that really put things in perspective. She said, “This is the end of the road, this place. This place — you don’t wanna end up here. It’s the end of the road, here. Last stop.”

Now I understand why they’ve never been picked, and why they probably will never be. Whenever you see people starting the show, they say things about not being used to running, biking or whatnot. My cousins are very active. They love to snowboard, and I believe they go running too. As much as I’d like for them to have the opportunity they dream of, I’m glad to know that the folks from the show believe in them too. They know my cousins can get healthy on their own. Go get ’em, kin.

Dear NBC,

I’m a longtime fan of your programming and of watching it online. I regularly watch The Office online and have enjoyed The Biggest Loser on television in the past. But it’s time we talk.

I looked up The Biggest Loser, hoping to watch the premiere of season 9. It was not there! And I had thought that you hosted all your shows online.

Surely The Biggest Loser, which is so saturated with product placement, should have no trouble converting to an online medium. You have included a range of supplementary videos, indicating that there is a demand for viewing that program online. However, the episode is nowhere to be found. This is discouraging. Unfortunately, I will not be able to watch your show until you provide access to it online.

Please start giving the same consideration and flexibility to your Biggest Loser fans as you do to the fans of your other shows. Thanks for listening!

Weekend Weigh-in

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