One of the many headlines making news this week was that the FDA has approved another new pill weight loss pill.
Now I will admit up front that, after years of being fat and waiting for that magic pill myself, I firmly believe one does not exist nor will it ever. Yes Virginia, there is no magic pill.
Here’s why… Every few years, a new pill is launched touting its weight loss benefits. However, the way the pills generally work is that you still have to exercise and eat right to realize the full benefits. So for those of you waiting for a pill that will allow you to lose weight while still maintaining your potato-chip loving, couch potato lifestyle — and I used to count myself among you — you are waiting in vain. You are Charlie Brown in the pumpkin patch on Halloween.
I should also point out that generally within a couple of years of a new pill being released it is usually recalled because of dangerous side effects, which in the past have included everything from uncontrollable gas and diarrhea to heart damage to death.
So with the news of this latest magic pill being released, I had to roll my eyes. The only sure cure to obesity is to eat right and move more, and that is a time-tested, proven fact that has never been subject to an FDA recall.
Recipes of the Week
Pistachio Crusted Salmon
- 1 1/4 lbs. raw salmon filet, with skin still on one side
- 1 tbsp honey
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup pistachios without shells
- 2 tbsp panko bread crumbs
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 cedar plank for grilling
Soak the cedar plank in cold water for 1 hour.
Arrange the salmon filet on the plank, skin side down. Whisk together the honey and lemon juice then slowly drizzle over the salmon, patting it into the fish.
Put the pistachios, bread crumbs, olive oil and pepper in a food processor and pulse until the pistachios are chopped and the mixture is crumbly. Pat onto the salmon into a thin layer, ensuring the fish is completely covered.
Cook on the grill on low, covered, for 20-30 minutes. Check often to make sure the plank doesn’t catch the flame from the grill. If so, spray it with water and move so that it isn’t directly over the flame. Make sure the fish is completely cooked through before removing from the grill.
Serving Size: Makes 4 servings
Nutritional Information: Calories 273.3, Total Fat 12.4g, Cholesterol 106.2mg, Sodium 121.5mg, Total Carbs 9.0g, Dietary Fiber 0.9g, Protein 30.5g
Mediterranean Barley Salad
- 3/4 cup raw pearl barley
- 2 cups water
- 3 oz. roasted red peppers, diced
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 persian cucumber, diced
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
- 2 oz. reduced fat feta cheese, crumbled
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 tsp honey
Bring the 2 cups of water to a boil in a medium pot. Add the barley, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 50-60 minutes or until the barley is tender and the water is absorbed. Remove from heat and let cool.
Combine the cooled barley, roasted peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, mint and feta cheese in a large salad bowl. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar and honey. Drizzle over the salad mixture and toss to coat everything well. Chill for 30 minutes before serving.
Serving Size: Makes 4 servings about 3/4 cup each
Nutritional Information: Calories 216.5, Total Fat 4.9g, Cholesterol 2.5mg, Sodium 87.9mg, Total Carbs 39.7g, Dietary Fiber 6.8g, Protein 6.9g