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Here’s one of our current favorites!

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True Citrus products

Why we like them:

  • Low in calories- 10 or less per serving
  • Contains no artificial sweetener, gluten, preservatives, or flavorings
  • No sugar
  • Has 100% of daily vitamin C needs!
  • Easily portable
  • A great way to add delicious flavor to any beverage!

Another benefit is that this company supports Feeding America  (click for more info)

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Great alternative to powdered or sugary drinks. Stay hydrated!

What’s new in print

Hello everyone, here is a quick recap from Food & Nutrition magazine

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We found an interesting article featuring apps that will help you explore healthy eating options, characterize sugar content, and even monitor brain function

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Our personal favorites (in no order) included:

  • Sugar Cube (available for apple devices) provides a visual aid to show the sugar content of food and beverages. It also translates grams to teaspoons, to packets for better visual representation.
  • Healthy Out (available for Android & Apple devices) shows nearby restaurants which provide lighter and healthier options for dining out. Very useful because you can choose your meal before you get there and won’t have to battle temptations.
  • Ness (available for apple devices) is another tool for dining out, but incorporates a wider variety of cuisines and locations. Also helpful because it allows you to make reservations through Open Table.

Keep checking back for updates on the latest in nutrition & food trends!

Cooking with Kidstir

The best way to encourage picky eaters to try new things is to involve them in the preparation of meals.

And what better way to do that than with cooking classes tailored to children!

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WWC and Kidstir have partnered to create monthly cooking classes that train little chefs in

kitchen safety,cooking skills, nutrition, and gardening!

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This is Chef April Stearns, our lovely culinary instructor! She has a passion for cooking, backed by a degree from the Culinary Institute of America. She also has extensive experience in restaurant and catering businesses.

April is a wonderful teacher, and will make sure that your child has fun throughout the entire class with hands-on activities and engaging lesson plans. Don’t be surprised if they come home with a new vocabulary of classical cooking terms!

Here are some of the pictures from our cooking class on saturday, April 18th:

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Professional chef gear for chefs in training

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Plenty of tasks for everyone to participate in!

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Preparing our first salad as a team

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Our finished products! In this lesson, the kids made a colorful Cobb salad, sunny southwestern salad with blue corn tortilla chips, and a rainbow-in-a-bowl fruit salad for dessert!

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A few of our chefs tasting their creations! Everyone will be encouraged to taste what they make, but eating the food is not required.

Our only rule is that you can’t say anything is yucky!

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Throughout the lesson, all of the food scraps went into these two bowls…

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…which went into the compost bin after! Here is Jennifer with the chefs, explaining how a compost bin can be

a great addition to any household. (To read more about compost bins, click here)

Testimonials from our chefs in training are on the way!

Please give us a call to schedule your kids for cooking lessons: (201) 636- 2143

Spicy!

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Spices are everything. Entire civilizations have been funded and localized around herbs and spices. Ancient Egyptians were wrapped and buried with their spices. They evoke memories and bring dimension to food, without contributing any calories, carbs, or fat. And furthermore, spices and herbs have been shown to reduce inflammation and incorporate an array of health benefits!

Try them. Cook with them. Love them.

Don’t limit yourself to the spice aside in the supermarket! Local ethnic markets will be a fantastic place to find unique spices and condiments, often at a more reasonable price.

We found some great ideas at Shape.com, click this link to take a look: click here

Also, here is an interesting article about spices and their health benefits: click here


Also, stay tuned for our next big event at WWC:

we plan on hosting a tasting and preparation demo on how to incorporate spices, herbs,

and condiments into your diet for maximum flavor and health benefits! Perfect way to kick off

spring and summer by adding brightness to your meals and snacks.

Call for more information: (201)-636-2143

Almost time to start the garden

20150404_114526Today was a great day because it was very sunny (albeit, windy), but we put together the raised garden bed!

Special thanks go out to Mrs. Pamela Peterson who helped us with the assembly, thanks Pam!

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Above ground gardening is great because it’s easier for planting and digging (no back pain!)

We can’t wait to get some soil and seeds down. Let us know if you have any other ideas for the garden!

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Wishing you a happy holiday and plenty of sunshine 🙂


P.S. don’t forget about our kickstarter fund so we can really make the most of our garden space!

Please try to donate and spread the word!

click here for the kickstarter page

 

What’s new in print

Finally a beautiful day, hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine!

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With that in mind, has anyone considered a spring cleaning of your snacking habit? The current issue of Food & Nutrition Magazine (courtesy of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics) features some great recipes for roasted chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans). These little guys bring a slew of fiber and protein which will help you feel satisfied and energized. They’re also great because they are a nutritional blank canvas! Roast and season them with whatever flavor profile you like. F&N magazine suggested:

  • Ginger-sesame
  • Cayenne-maple
  • Brown sugar-nutmeg

Find recipes and directions here: Roasted chickpeas three ways

We suggest trying:

  • Lemon zest & Old Bay seasoning
  • Siracha & garlic
  • or skip seasoning and drizzle roasted chickpeas in dark chocolate! Add a dash of sea salt too 🙂

Keep in mind, one carb serving will be about 2 ounces of chickpeas (110 calories, 16 grams of carbs)

Be aware of the calories in your additives! Nutrition info for plain chick peas: click here


 

Another interesting section was F&N’s app reviews

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Smartphones, tablets, and laptops aren’t going anywhere so we might as well use them to our advantage!

See if there are any apps that can help you stay motivated, organized, or mindful

Take a look here: Food Apps

Hope you find this interesting and helpful, please take a look at F&N’s website for more recipes and inspiration

Taste Testing Event

No food is healthy until you eat it! So  we decided to put on a dinner event for our Loser group, showing members and friends how easy it can be to plan meals, shave off calories, increase flavors, and prepare amazing dishes.

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All of the featured recipes were variations of our Weight Wellness Center brand supplements. Thank you to Fabi, our intern, for creating these amazing dishes! We also wanted to introduce the line of Walden Farms products that we now sell in store at WWC. The goal of this event was to demonstrate how combinations of the supplements with low-calorie spices, condiments, veggies, or lean protein, can create a delicious meal that sheds the label “diet food.”

Take a look at some pictures from the event. We hope to see you there next time!

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Jennifer prepping some demo items

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Introducing our new Walden Farms products

 

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Layered Mason salad– perfect for meal prep and completely portable

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Some of our favorite flavorings and store brands

 

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Thanks again for coming! Looking forward to offering more events in the near future

And don’t forget to spread the word! Your weight wellness journey will be much easier and more enjoyable

when surrounded by supportive friends and family 🙂

 

Earth Day- April 22

Weight Wellness Center will be celebrating Earth Day and we would love for you and your family to join us! For $15, we will be giving a children’s book reading, a craft, and finishing with a treat. A portion of the profits going towards bee conservation efforts worldwide.

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Author Jennifer Burns Katafigiotis (Founder / Owner Weight Wellness Center, LLC ) will be reading her book, Belinda Bumble Bee – A tale about a young bee that leaves the hive and gets lost. This is a story that both children and adults can learn from… Belinda Bumble Bee presents a whimsical look at a very serious matter: Colony Collapse Disorder. According to a 2011 United Nations report, of the 100 crop species that supply 90 percent of the world’s food, bees pollinate more than 70 percent. Their survival is essential to ours! Children will learn to respect Belinda’s fuzzy buzzy friends and want to help them as a result!

Available as an ebook only – in keeping with goals to lower our carbon footprint and save trees.

This event will be on April 22nd, from 4 – 5:30 pm

 

Kids in the Kitchen

Weight Wellness Center is on a mission to spark a love of nutritious foods in kids with the help of our new partnership; California based Kidstir.  Every month will debut an exciting culinary theme that will come to life with kid-friendly cooking kits. Your child will be educated, engaged & empowered to learn about new cuisines and techniques! Picky eaters and food-lovers alike will love the hands-on activities.

April class schedule:

  • Wednesday April 15th at 4 pm

                                or

  • Saturday April 18th at 1 pm

 

Sign up now, class size is limited to 10 children. $35 per class includes all recipes, tools of the trade for your child to keep, and a chef’s hat. Three recipes are made at each class. Pre-pay for our three month cooking class series featuring new recipes each month for $100 and get a free personalized recipe card binder.

Kids in the kitchen … they get creative and learn their way around real food, we clean up the mess!

Call today to sign up! 201-636-2143

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–> –> –>  Please note that all classes will be safe and supervised. We must be informed about any food allergies/sensitivities prior to classes. No child will be forced to eat the food, but we will encourage them to try a bite 🙂

Art Kids Academy and WWC team up!

Starting On March 14th, 2015 Art Kids Academy will be bringing their children’s art school to Weight Wellness Center.  Our classroom setting is perfect for all those budding Picasso’s out there to learn and grow into their own unique artist.  Moms and Dads, drop off your child for a class and step on the scale and meet with a WWC staff member to get yourself on track with your Weight Wellness.  One stop shopping!  Lose weight, gain knowledge, tap into creativity.

www.ArtKidsAcademy.com
info@artkidsacademy.com
201-248-3455