Where will you be on Saturday, April 18, from 4:30-8:00 PM? I’ll be at the inaugural AVPRIDE Hawaiian “Run Thingy” at Heritage Christian Church in Fayetteville. I (along with other FW gal pals) will be doing the 5K, and I hope you will too! The proceeds from this event will benefit AVPRIDE’s efforts to remove barriers for our students and create a healthier community by investing in the lives of our youth in Fayette County. AVPRIDE is a 501(c)3 youth leadership development organization that has been serving Fayette County since 1996. It is sure to be a fun event, so break out your favorite Hawaiian shirt and bring the family for an evening of fun! There is no cost to attend the event; however, if you plan to enter the 5K, 1 mile fun run, or 50 yard roll, you will need to register here.
Hope to see you at the Hawaiian “Run Thingy” on the 18th!
The “Skinny” on Fruit
Tonight I actually sent my husband to the grocery store for fruit salad. I just had a hankering for fruit. What a difference a year makes, I thought to myself. I used to send him out for cake (the kind with the buttercream frosting) or cream horns, but fruit salad? In Weight Watchers, that’s what we call a “non-scale victory.”
According to Dr. David Ludwig, the director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, sugar consumed in fruit is not linked to any adverse health effects, no matter how much you eat. (This information does not pertain to diabetics. Always follow your doctor’s advice.) In fact, in a piece Dr. Ludwig wrote for The Journal of the American Medical Association, he cited observational studies that showed that increased fruit consumption is tied to lower body weight and a lower risk of obesity-associated diseases.
In addition to containing all kinds of antioxidants and nutrients, fruit also contains fiber, which increases satiety and slows the absorption of fructose into the bloodstream. However, fruit juice does not have the same effect as whole fruit. Once you pulverize fruit, the calorie load becomes more concentrated and the fructose is absorbed into the bloodstream more quickly. That’s not to say juicing is bad. But if weight loss is your goal, it is better to eat your fruit whole. So eat up!
Recipe Spotlight: Chicken, Mozzarella, and Beet Salad
I absolutely looooove this salad! It is a remake of a WW recipe with my husband Scott’s homemade balsamic vinegarette dressing.
- Mixed greens
- 3 oz. grilled chicken, cubed
- 1 oz. low fat mozzarella cheese, cubed
- 1 tbsp. pine nuts
- ¼ can sliced beets
- ¼ c. fresh basil leaves, torn
- Fill a bowl of mixed greens to your liking.
- Tear basil leaves and add to greens
- Add approximately 1 oz. cubed mozzarella.
- Add sliced beets. (I like to use about ¼ of the can and slice them even smaller.)
- Toast 1 tablespoon of pine nuts in a non-stick pan for a crunchy topping.
- To make Scott's Homemade Balsamic Vineagrette: In a 9 oz. carafe, mix: 1 part extra virgin olive oil, 2 parts balsamic vinegar, 1 minced garlic clove, 2 tbsp. shallots, minced, 2 tsp. Dijon mustard, to taste