Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Super Healthy Recipes For The Big Game

(NAPSI)-Ever since you made a New Year's resolution to eat more nutritiously, you've followed your playbook without fumbling. You've taken a time-out from overindulging in higher-fat foods, scrambled to make smart choices when dining out, and avoided interference from colleagues who brought treats into the office.

Keep your offense strong during the big game by filling up on low-calorie-density vegetables, fruits, high-fiber starches and lean protein. The Volumetrics® approach developed by Dr. Barbara Rolls--and incorporated into the Jenny Craig Program--allows you to feel full on fewer calories. So you'll still be able to enjoy snacking with your fellow football fans-without sacking your hard-earned weight loss efforts.

"Socializing with friends doesn't have to mean abandoning your healthy eating behaviors," explains Lisa Talamini, RD--vice president, Research and Program Innovation for Jenny Craig, Inc. "All it takes is a little preplanning and a positive weight loss mindset.

"Have a filling snack of fresh fruits or a bowl of soup before you leave home, so you don't arrive at the party hungry. Or bring a vegetable party platter with you and dip crunchy veggies into one of the tasty dips below to score your own weight loss touchdown."

Tex-Mex Salsa

1¾ cups canned black beans, rinsed and drained

2 cups canned whole-kernel corn, drained

1 cup seeded, chopped red or green bell peppers

½ cup chopped fresh cilantro or fresh flat-leaf parsley

1 cup chopped scallions

3 Tbsp. lime juice

2 Tbsp. red-wine vinegar

½ tsp. ground cumin

¼ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. hot pepper sauce

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Salsa can be refrigerated for up to three days.

8 servings (½ cup each). Per serving: 95 calories, 18g carbohydrate, 1g fat, 5g protein

Mel's Fresh Lemon Hummus

¼-⅓ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 cups canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained

¼ cup tahini

2 tsp. chopped garlic

1 tsp. grated lemon zest

½ tsp. salt

Puree ¼ cup lemon juice with the rest of the ingredients in a blender or food processor until the texture is slightly chunky. If desired, stir in more lemon juice.

10 servings (2 Tbsp each). Per serving: 90 calories, 13g carbohydrate, 3g fat, 3g protein

Recipes from The Volumetrics Cookbook for Jenny Craig by Barbara Rolls, published by Harper Collins, 2007. For more recipes and information on Volumetrics, see The Volumetrics Eating Plan by Barbara Rolls, also published by HarperCollins, 2007.

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