California Turkey Soup

12 Jan

National Soup Month is here!  This healthy soup recipe is sure to be warm and satisfying! California Turkey Soup

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Servings:
1 Protein
3 Vegetables
1 Nutritional Supplement

Ingredients:
1 serving Extra Lean Ground Turkey
1/4 tsp. of Onion Powder
1/4 tsp. minced Garlic
1 cup raw, chopped Broccoli
1 cup raw, chopped Cauliflower
1/2 cup raw, diced Carrots
1/4 tsp. dried Oregano
1/4 tsp. dried Basil
1/4 tsp. Pepper
1 MWLC Chicken Bouillon Soup

Preparation:
In a large pan, cook serving of extra lean ground turkey. Steam carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli for about 5 minutes in the microwave. Add all other ingredients to the extra lean ground turkey. Then combine your turkey mixture into the glass bowl with vegetables and stir. Follow directions on your chicken bouillon packet, once it is cooked add soup to meat and vegetables in the glass bowl. Lastly, add a couple ounces of extra water if necessary.

Slow Cooker Chicken, Kale, Sweet Potato Stew

11 Jan

January is National Slow Cooking Month!  Dust off your slow cooker and try this delicious Chicken, Kale and Sweet Potato Stew!

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Servings:
1 Protein
1 Vegetable
1 Starch
Suitable for Fast Track Patients

Ingredients:
1 portion Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast
1 cup Kale, stems removed and thinly sliced
½ medium Sweet Potato, peeled and chopped into 1-inch pieces
1 packet MWLC Chicken Bouillon Fulfill Fiber
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning

Preparation:
Place all the ingredients in a 6-quart slow cooker, stirring to combine. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6, or until the sweet potatoes are tender and the chicken is cooked through and very tender. Remove the chicken and shred with two forks. Return to the slow cooker and stir to combine.

Chicken Curry

11 Jan

National Chicken Curry Day is here!  Whip up this lighter Chicken Curry recipe today!

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Servings:
1 Protein
1.5 Vegetables
1 Starch
1 Dairy
1 Supplement

Ingredients:
1 serving Chicken Breast
1 serving Zucchini, thinly sliced
1 serving Skim Milk
1 serving Couscous
1 Cream of Chicken Supplement
1/2 serving Yellow Onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup freshly ground Basil Leaves
2 tsp. Curry Powder
Dash of Cinnamon
Fresh Ground Pepper to taste

Preparation:
Rinse chicken. Cut into 1-inch pieces and place into bowl. Sprinkle with the curry and cinnamon, toss and set aside. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and zucchini and cook until softened, 3-5 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add the chicken and cook until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes total. Add the supplement, milk and pepper. Bring to a gentle simmer. Return the onion and zucchini to the skillet and heat until the chicken is cooked through, 5-7 minutes. Take prepared couscous and place into a bowl. Top with the curry chicken and sprinkle with basil.

Learn how Rosemarie tackled her pre-diabetes by losing over 40lbs with the help of MWLC!*

10 Jan

“I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic and had to attend classes for how to live with being diabetic.  I was afraid.  So I joined Medical Weight Loss Clinic and I can’t began to tell you how much that decision to do so has changed my life for the better.”

Read Rosemarie’s Full Story Here:  http://mwlc.com/Success_Stories/Rosemarie

9 out of 10 Americans are at risk for type 2 diabetes don’t know it. Take 60 seconds to find out if you’re one of them. Knowing your risk is the first step toward a healthier life.  Whether you have Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes or are a Brittle Diabetic, Medical Weight Loss Clinic can help you.

To learn if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes visit: http://www.diabetes.org/are-you-at-risk/diabetes-risk-test/?loc=alertday

*Results may vary.

Blue 365 Weight Loss and Discount

4 Jan

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 3,536 BCBSM/BCN members take advantage of our discount and these members have lost 95,009 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

2 Jan

As of January 2016, Medical Weight Loss Clinic has helped 661 HAP members lose 19,428 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

8 Tips to Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder

1 Jan

Many people tend to feel a little down during the colder winter months, but if you feel true depression around this time of year every year, you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  This is more than just “winter blues”.  SAD can leave you feeling irritable, losing interest in usual activities, making unhealthy eating choices and sleeping more but still feeling lethargic.  Left untreated, SAD can lead to other mental health disorders.  If you are feeling a little blue or suffering from Seasonal Affected Disorder, try these tips to boost your spirits.

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  1. Plants– Bring the outdoors inside with some potted plants to liven up your home or office with a splash of color. Studies have shown that plants can reduce feelings of anxiety and blood pressure while increasing attentiveness and productivity.
  2. Aromatherapy– Essential oils can be used for a variety of natural healing capabilities from calming anxiety to lifting your mood and helping you sleep. Add a couple drops of lavender or roman chamomile essential oil to your bath, pillow, pulse points or essential oil diffuser for a positive effect.
  3. Exercise– While working out has many benefits, one of the best is that it reduces stress and can improve blood pressure. Working out consistently can also leave you feeling more energetic during the day and improve the quality of your sleep. Exercising also releases endorphins, a mood booster made by our bodies.
  4. Make a schedule– Create a routine for yourself and stick to it. It may be tempting to stay in bed later as the mornings get darker, but by getting up at a regular time you’ll keep your circadian rhythm on track so you’re tired at night and alert in the morning.
  5. Take a vacation– If you don’t have the luxury to get away to a warm, sunny place, plan a day trip or a staycation. Take a vacation from the week with a mental health day to reduce stress and rejuvenate.
  6. Get your Vitamin D– In the winter you are likely to experience a vitamin D deficiency, as you are spending less time in the sun. Studies show that SAD is linked to the drop in vitamin D, affecting the serotonin levels. Resupply your vitamin D with supplements or take a walk during your lunch break. If you’re unable to get outside, consider a light therapy box, to activate the brain and help restore your circadian rhythm.
  7. Start a journal– Writing down your thoughts and feelings is a good way to solve problems and cope with stressful situations. Try writing down events from the day and reflect on them.
  8. Stick to a healthy diet– When you’re feeling down, you likely gravitate towards eating more refined carbohydrates—they boost levels of serotonin, which makes you feel happy. But while they make you feel good, they’re high in calories and often have little nutritional value. Trade pasta and pizza for leafy greens or fish which can help ease depression symptoms.

If you feel your symptoms are not improving or getting worse, see your primary care physician to discuss further treatment options. Reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline online or call 1-800-273-8255 if you being to experience suicidal thoughts.

 

A Guide to Cooking With Your Children

28 Dec

Develop your child’s interest in healthy eating by getting them involved in the kitchen.  Cooking at a young age can ignite a passion for watching what they eat and creating healthy meals – healthy skills they can take into adulthood.  Where to start?  Use this handy guide to see what your kids may be capable of at different ages.

  • Preschoolers (ages 2 to 5): Motor skills are still developing in younger children, so start them off with short, simple tasks. With your supervision, they can carefully mix and stir ingredients, pour liquids and wash fruits and vegetables.
  • School-age children (ages 6 to 8): They can start handling simple kitchen tools like graters and can openers, as well as cutting soft foods with a blunt knife (or if you think they are ready, you can introduce a sharper knife). Be sure to supervise them and show them safety tips, like how to form their hand into a claw to keep fingertips out of danger and when to stop as their hand gets close to the grater. They can also start portioning ingredients for recipes with measuring cups and spoons. This can help incorporate math skills into cooking.
  • Preteens (ages 9 to 12): As their confidence grows in the kitchen, they will be able to take on basic recipes, such as cooking eggs. They can also start using kitchen appliances such as the blender and the oven. Discussing the recipes with your children can also help teach them about the science of cooking.
  • Teenagers (ages 13 to 18): At this stage, they should be able to develop more complex skills and take the lead in technical tasks. You can help further their kitchen knowledge by introducing cooking math, such as how to divide food into portions and double recipes. Continue to broaden their horizons by trying new and different ingredient combinations as well as informing them about food safety and storage.

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Basic Knife Skills

21 Dec

Courtesy of the New York Times, check out this guide to learn the best ways to choose knives, take care of them and cut almost anything.  These are skills that home cooks consider the easiest and quickest routes to the food you want to cook.  The videos are both inspiring and educational.

Learn how to handle and hold a knifeHow to chop garlic, parsley and carrots.  How to dice onions and tomatoes.  How to slice and cut apples. How to chiffonade basil and how to julienne celery. Test out your new knife skills on some of our MWLC recipes!

https://cooking.nytimes.com/guides/23-basic-knife-skills