Cornbread Muffins

7 Dec

Looking for the perfect afternoon snack?  Try whipping up MWLC’s Cornbread Muffins!  

Servings:
1 Starch
1 Nutrient
Suitable for Fast Track Patients

Ingredients:
1 MWLC Pancake Nutritional Supplement
1/4 cup Corn, blended in blender
1 Egg
1 packet Stevia
2-3 oz. Water

Preparation:
Blend all ingredients together, put in small muffin tin, and bake 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees.  Enjoy!

What Is a Pressure Cooker?

7 Dec

What is a pressure cooker?  How does a pressure cooker work?  Hungry for a home-cooked meal but lacking in the time?  An electric multicooker, which can act as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker and steamer can help.  Although the Instant Pot is one of the most popular multicookers on the market, there are other good brands out there as well.  How do you get the most out of your pressure cooker?  Keep reading!

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What is this multicooker that you speak of?  It’s a pressure cooker, utilizing pressure and heat to prepare food evenly and quickly, usually in a fraction of the time of traditional methods.  It can also function as a slow cooker, allowing you to take your time if you aren’t in such a rush.  It can sauté and steam with a built-in heat source at the bottom of the machine.  This means you can use the pot to sear meats, sauté vegetables, steam rice or even simmer liquids for steaming without using a stove top.

Old style stovetop pressure cookers have a gauge on the lid that pops up as the pressure increases, meaning that the inside of the pot has reached optimal pressure. The heat needs to be adjusted to keep the pot’s temperature and pressure constant to avoid over-pressurizing which can burn the food inside, or in extreme cases, explode.

An electric pressure cooker traps steam rising from the boiling liquid within the pot, which raises the temperature at which that boils.  It can work at different pressure levels with a steam valve that allows excess steam to escape, keeping the pressure cooker from exploding.  It will also turn itself off if the pressure or temperature ever rises too high so it’s another wonderful tool to have in your kitchen that you can set and walk away with little worry.

To use your electric pressure cooker, review your recipe to determine the pressure level – high pressure is used for many recipes, but low pressure is used for more delicate items like seafood, rice or eggs.  Some pressure cookers even have a setting for different proteins.  Set your steam valve and once you set your device, it will begin building pressure (pressure cannot build if the device is venting).  Pressure build up can take up to 20 minutes.

Once the cooking time is up, the multicooker will automatically change to “keep warm” function and begin slowly losing pressure.  It can take up to 30 minutes to release naturally.  The longer the pressure cooker has been on and the more food it has in it, the longer the natural release will take.  If the recipe calls for an immediate manual release, carefully move the steam valve to the venting position and the pressure will release in a minute or so, with a burst of steam.  Keep your hand away from the top of the valve – you may consider using tongs or a wooden spoon to move the valve or covering the valve with a dish towel to keep the steam from spraying all over your kitchen.

If you are tight on space, you can replace your slow cooker and rice cooker with a multicooker since it can handle slow cooking, pressure cooking or steaming methods at the touch of a button.

Blue365 Weight Loss and Discount

6 Dec

Did you know that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network members can receive discounted rates for joining Medical Weight Loss Clinic through the Blue Cross and Blue Care Network member discount program, Blue365?

Medical Weight Loss Clinic became a discount partner with BCBSM in September of 2015.  Since then, MWLC has had 3,457 BCBSM/BCN members take advantage of our discount and these members have lost 92,528 pounds! That’s an average of 26 pounds per member.  

This is big news at MWLC!  Why?  Because we are not only helping our patients lose weight, we are improving their health right along with it!

How can you get in on the savings and the same great results?

Simply show your BCBSM or BCN card to receive your Blue365 discount at any of our locations.  Some restrictions do apply.

Book Your MWLC Consultation Here: https://patients.mwlc.com/Book_Your_Consultation.php

HAP Weight Loss and Discount

4 Dec

As of January 2016, Medical Weight Loss Clinic has helped 652 HAP members lose 19,114 pounds!   That’s an average of 29 pounds lost per member!

HAP employees and members can receive discounted rates for joining Medical Weight Loss Clinic.  Receive an additional 16% off ALL program services at MWLC, in additional to all advertised percentage discounts.  Present proof of employment at time of consultation.   This HAP discount offer cannot be combined with any other offer or discount, some restrictions may apply.

FSA/HSA reimbursement assistance is available.

Book Your Consultation TODAY at https://patients.mwlc.com/Book_Your_Consultation.php

7 Tips to Avoid Weight Gain this Holiday Season

1 Dec

The holidays don’t mean you have to gain weight!  Try these 7 tips to help you avoid weight gain while enjoying your favorite holiday festivities.

1. Don’t give up on keeping a journal!  Whether you are trying to lose weight or maintain your weight this holiday season, keeping a detailed journal of your food intake is crucial.  By being aware of what you are eating, you’re more likely to stay on track with your goals, and your journal is one of MWLC’s best tools to help you meal plan and achieve success.

2. Listen to your breathing!  When you sigh or begin to breathe more deeply, your body is telling you it has had enough to eat.  Listen to the cues your body gives you and let it be a guide to help you determine when you’ve had enough to eat.

3. Limit alcohol!  Even the smallest amount of alcohol (for example, wine, beer, and liquor) can directly affect our fat metabolism.  Some studies have even shown that our body can burn around 73% less fat after consuming just one ounce of alcohol!

4. Pay attention to portion control!  Put a small portion on your plate, eat it slowly and savor it.  While you fill your plate, focus on seeing the plate and not over-piling the food.

5.  If you feel like you must eat foods off of your meal plan, rate all holiday foods from 1 to 10, ten being your favorite.  Eat only your 9s or 10s, leaving out foods you do not rate highly.

6. Don’t deprive yourself!   Do not stay home – go, have fun and socialize.  Planning ahead will help make you successful and you will still be able to enjoy yourself.

7. Have a plan!  Arrive at holiday parties and gatherings knowing what you will eat and prepare accordingly.  Bring a dish to pass that you can enjoy and still stick to your meal plan.

Happy Holidays!

Holiday Survival Tips

28 Nov

The month between Thanksgiving and Christmas can be a challenge when it comes to sticking to a diet.  With this time period being filled with parties, alcohol, and food, here’s some tips to help you survive the holidays!

1. Think and plan ahead. Use a large calendar to record events that will be challenging for you. Schedule rewards for yourself that will enhance your enjoyment for the holidays. (Examples: Manicures, Pedicures, Clothing, Jewelry, Massages, etc.)… No Food!

2. When you do have a party to attend, go there KNOWING what you plan to do about eating (don’t stay home instead of going!)

3. If you are going to a dinner party, ask what is being served (if possible) and plan accordingly.

4. If you will be at a party where hors d’oeuvres will be served, eat before you arrive.

5. Carry an MWLC snack or bar with you at all times (as a back-up).

6. When attending a party, wear clothing that is well fitting (as opposed to loose fitting – comfortable – stretchy).

7. Focus on the friends and/or family that you will be seeing (not the food).  Spend time talking with each and every guest that you know at a party (this will leave little or no time to visit the snacks).

8. If dinner is served “buffet” style, use only one plate and fill it primarily with raw veggies, salad and fruit (foods on plan). Select a small plate if possible. See your plate – don’t pile up or overlap food.

9. Do not eat anything that is served in gravy or sauce.

10. Avoid all food that has been “fried”.

11. Drink at least 64 ounces of water every day throughout the holidays.

Remember that you are making a choice…that you have made a commitment…that you have a plan, and that YOU WANT to be successful!

Cinnamon: How Does it Affect Weight Loss?

28 Nov

Cinnamon and Weight Loss

Cinnamon is more than just a popular spice added to many foods and drinks.  Recent research from the University of Michigan indicates that cinnamon may have small weight loss benefits. The study, published in the journal Metabolism, shows that cinnamon can promote weight loss and kick start your metabolism, due to an agent it contains that burns energy in human fat cells. This agent is an organic compound called cinnamaldehyde. Cinnamaldehyde occurs naturally in the bark of cinnamon trees and is what gives cinnamon its flavor.

The team of researchers from the University of Michigan obtained fat cells called adipocytes, from various human volunteers who had undergone liposuction. After treating these cells with cinnamaldehyde, the researchers noticed some interesting changes. When the cells were treated with cinnamaldehyde, the cells went through a process called thermogenesis, which is when the cells start to burn energy.  Researchers still are unsure how much cinnamon should be safely consumed for weight loss, but adding an extra dash to your foods or drinks may help to improve your metabolism.

Sources:  http://www.metabolismjournal.com/article/S0026-0495(17)30212-3/abstract

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171121095145.htm

WSYM: MWLC Patient – Dwayne

27 Nov

Medical Weight Loss Clinic Lansing patient Dwayne G. joined Bob and Tracy on WSYM’s The Morning Blend to discuss his personal weight loss journey.  He lost 45 lbs in 16 weeks with Medical Weight Loss Clinic!  Congratulations Dwayne on your inspiring accomplishment!

“Discipline = Freedom.  If you can discipline yourself to do what you need to do to lose the weight, you can have the freedom to do what you want later on.”

– Dwayne G.

Book a free consultation today by calling 1-800-GET-SLIM or https://patients.mwlc.com/Book_Your_Consultation.php

Kitchen Gadgets for Weight Loss

27 Nov

Are you limited on space in your kitchen? Aside from a sharp knife, cutting board and good pan, there are a few other tools that can help you in your quest for food prep and healthy eating.

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Measuring Spoon and Cups
Make no mistake, these aren’t just for measuring ingredients for your recipes. A nice set of measuring spoons and cups will help you practice portion control.

Kitchen Scale For Weight Loss
A kitchen scale is perfect for items that can’t fit into a measuring spoon or cup. A kitchen scale won’t break the bank (less than $40), but it will help you learn how to portion proteins or measure items based on weight instead of volume. Do you really know what 13 ounces of quinoa looks like? The scale doesn’t lie.

Slow Cooker
You may think of it as a tool for busy people instead of a weight loss gadget, but really it’s the best way to ensure your meal is ready when you are. No more grabbing convenience foods the minute you rush through the door. Not to mention, who doesn’t like a nice, hot, home-cooked meal? Soups are delicious and lean proteins are incredibly tender.

Mini Food Processor
Chip, whip and blend – on a smaller scale. It’s still easy and fast, but it takes up far less storage space with the same results.

Collapsible Steamer
Want to know the easiest, fastest and healthiest way to cook vegetables? Steam it! Steaming keeps the nutrients in the food, rather than losing them in the water. For under $10, you can find a collapsible steamer that can fold up to the size of a salad plate.

 

Vegetable Turkey Stuffed Cups

24 Nov

Looking for a creative way to use those Thanksgiving leftovers?  Instead of the traditional turkey sandwich, try this delicious breakfast recipe!  This recipe is an easy way to keep those turkey leftovers a part of your meal plan all week long.

Vegetable Stuffed Turkey Cups

Servings:
1 Protein
1.5 Vegetables
0.5 Starch
1 Nutritional Supplement

Ingredients:
1 portion Turkey Breast, fresh
1/8 cup Corn
1/8 medium White Onion, thinly chopped
1/2 cup Celery, finely chopped
1 cup Mushrooms, diced
1 MWLC Cream of Chicken Soup Nutritional Supplement, dry
1/2 clove Garlic, minced
1 tsp. Sage
1 Tbsp. Poultry Seasoning
Mrs. Dash, to taste
Ground Black Pepper, to taste
Unflavored Cooking Spray

Preparation:
Spray the bottom of a medium skillet with unflavored cooking spray. Place the mushrooms, corn, celery, and onion in the skillet. Next, over medium heat, cook them for 4-5 minutes, or until softened. In small non-stick skillet, spray unflavored cooking spray and place the chopped turkey breast. Then, stir and cook the turkey for 5 minutes or until turkey is thoroughly cooked. Mix all the seasonings, the supplement, turkey, vegetables, and starch together in a medium bowl. Add enough water to moisten, but not too much. Spray muffin tin with unflavored cooking spray and place the mixture filling each tin 3/4 way full. Bake at 350 degrees for at least 15 minutes. Enjoy!

(Not recommended to make less than 4 servings. This recipe is for 1 serving.)