New Year's Eve Renovations

Posted at: 12/26/2011 7:42 AM

Many of us try our hardest to keep New Year's resolutions, especially when it comes to losing to weight. But Weight Watchers in Duluth has some unique suggestions to shed pounds in the new year. And they'll be holding an event at the First United Methodist Church on New Year's Day.

Carol Hesch from the Duluth office of Weight Watchers stopped by Good Morning Northland to talk about some tips on losing weight.

Four tips Weight Watchers has to help keep your New Year's resolution for losing weight. Hesch said one renovation is to focus on foods with protein and fiber.

Another tip is to add a first course to your meal. And finally, Hesch said to keep a weekly goal of increased activity rather than having the mind set of exercising.

The Duluth chapter of Weight Watchers will be holding a New Year's Day event on Sunday at the First United Methodist Church from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Folks can see what Weight Watchers is all about.

Hesch also shared a recipe for a healthy version of macaroni and cheese.


-12 oz. whole wheat elbow macaroni

- 1/2 cup(s) fat-free sour cream

- 12 oz. fat-free evaporated milk

- 8 oz. low-fat cheddar or colby cheese

- 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard

- 1/4 tsp table salt

- 1/4 tsp black pepper

- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

- 2 Tbsp dried bread crumbs

- 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese


· Preheat oven to 350ºF.

· Cook pasta according to package directions without added fat or salt; drain and transfer to a large bowl. While pasta is still hot, stir in sour cream; set aside.

· Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until tiny bubbles appear just around the edges (known as scalding). Reduce heat to low, add cheese and simmer until cheese melts, stirring constantly with a wire whisk, about 2 minutes; remove from heat and stir in mustard, salt, pepper and nutmeg.

· Add cheese mixture to pasta; mix well. Transfer to a 4-quart casserole dish. · Combine bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese; sprinkle over pasta.

· Bake until top is golden, about 30 minutes. Yields about 1 cup per serving.