What Does WeightWatchers Have to Do With Gardening?
WeightWatchers encourages followers to eat fresh fruits and vegetables.
What a great incentive to go out and grow my favorite varieties fruits, vegetables and herbs!
I recently joined WeightWatchers to lose the extra weight I gained during the past few months and I've adopted their new "PointsPlus" eating formula.
Even though I started my "eating modification program," (don't call it a "diet"), during the holiday season, I lost nearly 6.5 pounds during the first few weeks.
I was a WeightWatchers member years ago after my children were born and followed the "regular "Points® system, ( which was good), but the new revamped PointsPlus® way of eating blows it away!
I'll tell you why.
The Old "Points" System
Under the old WeightWatchers Points® system, I used to have to calculate every banana, papaya and carrot I ate, which was kind of a pain.
You'd think that these power foods would be sanctioned as "safe foods" to eat in any amount!
When you're watching your weight, fruit becomes your "candy" and salads and veggies your salvation since you can fill up on them without consuming too many calories.
In any case, under the old Points® system, you had to count the point value against these saintly foods.
The New WeightWatchers "PointsPlus®" System
Members are encouraged to "fill up" on most vegetables and fruit without having to count their points!
Bananas, papayas and pineapple included, watch out.
Of course if your vegetable preference leans towards starchy food like corn, potatoes or beets you still have to count their point value.
This modification to the Points® system makes ALL the difference for me!
I eat a plate of papaya, bananas and strawberries twice a day and I don't count it against my allotted Points for the day!
Why Weight Watchers is Perfect For Gardeners
Vegetable gardeners take heart! Now our vegetable gardens can play a greater, CALCULATED role in our diets!
Now that I can eat ALL the vegetables and fruit that I want and still lose weight, my vegetable garden has become my favorite room in the house. It's like my pantry.
Vegetables From Shirley's Garden
I'm enjoying vegetable gardening more than ever now that I've got a plan for healthful eating! If I like a vegetable that is difficult to find at the market, or is pricey, I grow it.
A chayote from the supermarket can cost up to $2 each!
- Chayote- this satisfying squash is popular in Latin American cuisine and can be enjoyed in place of potato or other starchy and filling vegetables. I dice it, saute it in olive oil spray, add onions, cumin, salt, pepper and top with cilantro.
Chayote will grow into a tall vine. Make sure to add a support it can grow on at planting time.
You can root a healthy looking chayote that you buy from the market. Set a whole chayote fruit about 4 to 6 inches deep, fat end down and at an angle so that the stem end is just level with the soil surface. Wait a few weeks until after your last frost as chayote is a warm season plant that grows into a beautiful vine. Give it some room. One chayote plant will feed a family of four.
Even dogs find lemongrass hard to resist!
- Lemon grass- (Cymbopogon citratus) Why buy this Thai cuisine staple when you can grow it? This fragrant, lemon scented strappy plant makes a delicious and comforting tea, soup flavoring and is one of the stars of Pad Thai. Anyone have a "low points" recipe for this?
Lemon grass is another plant that is simple to propagate (if you can find it at an Asian market). Select a healthy specimen with bulb and roots intact. Cut off the top part of the clump and place the bundle into a glass of water until you have a couple of inches of root growth. Plant in a container or in your garden if you are in a warm climate zone. Make room- can grow up to 6 feet tall!
Rosemary is a sharp and complimentary tasting herb for roasted vegetables, meats and bread.
- Rosemary- (Rosemarinus officinales) This popular mediterranean herb thrives in hot, dry climates. If you garden in a more temperate climate, try growing rosemary in containers. Add it to roasted vegetables, meats and scrape some on your high fiber bread.
"To take cuttings, clip 2-1/2-inch stems from new growth on an established plant (see Propagating rosemary). Snip off the bottom leaves (rather than pulling them off) and dip the bottom 1/4 inch into a hormone rooting powder. Place the cuttings in a container with equal amounts of peat moss and perlite. Spray the cuttings with a light mist on sunny days."
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