First of all, I want to apologize for not posting yesterday. It ended up being a crazy hectic day. I was home for about a total of 30 minutes and during that time I made Rice Krispie squares for a work potluck & finished off a French Silk Pie for Tom’s Birthday, which is today! (Happy Birthday Tom). To answer your question, yes, I am superwoman.
But anyways, did you watch the Biggest Loser Finale last night? Truthfully, I did not but boy did I hear about it today. In case you haven’t heard the big top story, Rachel Frederickson was crowned the winner of the Biggest Loser last night after a shocking transformation.
She lost 155 pounds! Taking her from 260 lbs to 105lbs. What’s the big controversy? At this weight she is currently in the underweight category based on BMI. (Current BMI = 18, healthy body weight range minimum is 18.5).
What are my thoughts?
I think the biggest loser techniques are extreme and definitely do not promote a realistic image of weight loss to the general population. However, the show does motivate a lot of people towards their fitness goals and realizing their own potential.
In terms of Rachel’s dramatic transformation, when there is $250,000 on the line, I’m sure the competitors do everything they can in the final few days to ensure they are at their lowest possible weight. My guess is that this includes some very popular bodybuilder techniques to shed water weight. Therefore, likely Rachel’s weight is actually higher than that 105 pounds once she becomes rehydrated. In order for Rachel to be considered in the healthy body weight range, her weight would need to be 108 pounds. So all of this controversy is over 3 pounds, when likely she would meet that healthy body range cut-off when fully hydrated. Therefore, I do believe she is being unfairly treated and unfortunately her personal triumphs are being overshadowed by controversy.
There is probably a lot more I could say on my topic, but I’ll leave my thoughts there. And moving on, I wanted to share with you a dinner I made the other night. Tom and I had people over for Super Bowl on Sunday. Which, by the way I totally forgot to take picture of any of the food I made! Another blogger fail..
But after the game we had a lot of leftover food. Leftover party food is sometimes the worst because it’s so random and snack type food that doesn’t really make a meal. So often I find I put everything in the fridge, never end up eating it and then tossing it a few days later. But I hate tossing out perfectly good food, feels like I might as well throw money in the garbage. So I was determined this time to use up the random bits of food leftover. Which inspired me to create this pasta dish with my leftover vegetables, garlic sausage & cheese.
Garlic Sausage Pasta with Healthy Cream Sauce
In a large pot heat water to boiling and add whole wheat rotini pasta, cook until tender (about 12 minutes). In the meantime, in a separate pot add about 1 tsp olive oil and allow to heat. Add in 3 cups chopped kale, chopped garlic sausage & chopped bell peppers. (you can customize this however you like, this was based on what I had left in the fridge). Cook mixture on medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently so kale doesn’t burn. Mix together cooked pasta, garlic sausage mixture and top with cream sauce.
Healthy Cream Sauce:
- 1/2 Cup Chicken Broth (could also use vegetable)
- 1 Cup Skim Milk
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic
- 3 Tbsp Flour
- 1/4 Cup Cheese (I used light marble because that’s what I had, although parmesan would give you that more traditional cream sauce taste)
- Red Pepper Flakes (to taste)
- 1 tsp Basil
- Pepper (to taste)
- Heat large frying pan/skillet on medium heat. Add olive oil. Once heated, add garlic and simmer for a few minutes
- Add milk & chicken broth and bring almost to a boil
- Reduce heat and add flour, whisk well. Continue to constantly stir until sauce thickens
- Remove from heat and add cheese, basil, red pepper flakes & pepper.
- Toss with pasta mixture & enjoy
This supper turned out great! It was very simple and you would never know the cream sauce was so low fat!
What are your thoughts on the Biggest Loser finale and the controversy?