Pumpkin Spice Cappuccino

26 Oct

Warm up & celebrate ‘National Pumpkin Day’ with MWLC’s Pumpkin Spice Cappuccino!

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Servings:
1 Nutrient

Ingredients:
1 MWLC Proticcino Nutrient

Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix:
4 tsp. Cinnamon
2 tsp. Ground Ginger
1 tsp. Freshly Grated Nutmeg
1 tsp. Ground Allspice”
1/2 tsp. Ground Cloves

Preparation:
Prepare Proticcino Nutreint per packet instructions.  Mix in pumpkin pie spice mixture and enjoy!

Zucchini-Basil Soup

24 Oct

Let’s start this week with something special from the MWLC recipe book. Try our Zucchini-Basil Soup!

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Servings:
1 Vegetable (Recipe makes 6 servings)
Suitable for Fast Track Patients

Ingredients:
3 cups Zuchinni
1 Medium Onion, chopped
2 Garlic Cloves, chopped
4 cups water, divided
1/3 cup packed Basil Leaves

Preparation:
Julienne skin (only) from half of zucchini with slicer; drain in a sieve until wilted, at least 20 minutes. Coarsely chop remaining zucchini. Cook onion and garlic with Pam in a 3- to 4-quarts heavy saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add chopped zucchini and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Add 3 cups water and simmer, partially covered, until tender, about 15 minutes. Purée soup with basil in 2 batches in a blender. Bring remaining cup water to a boil in a small saucepan and blanch julienned zucchini 1 minute. Drain in a sieve set over a bowl (use liquid to thin soup if necessary). Season soup with pepper. Serve with julienned zucchini mounded on top. Recipe makes 6 servings.

Bell Pepper Bites

24 Oct

Perfect for an afternoon snack, lunch or dinner. No matter what time of day you enjoy them, we’re sure you’ll love our new Bell Pepper Bites recipe!

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Servings:
1 Protein
2 Vegetables
Suitable for Fast Track Patients

Ingredients:
1/2 Medium Green Bell Pepper
1/2 Medium Red Bell Pepper
1 tsp. Fresh Lemon Juice
4 oz. Cottage Cheese
1 tsp. Mrs. Dash Lemon Pepper Seasoning Blend

Preparation:
Slice peppers into bite-size pieces and arrange the pieces with the skin side down on plate. In a medium mixing bowl, beat the cottage cheese, Mrs. Dash Lemon Pepper Seasoning Blend, and lemon juice with an electric mixer for 1-2 minutes, or until creamy. Spoon the mixture onto the pepper pieces. Garnish with your favorite herb and enjoy!

Italian Minestrone Soup

20 Oct

Both savory and satisfying, our minestrone soup is sure to make the perfect meal for your afternoon or this evening’s dinner!

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Servings:
• 3 Vegetables
• 1 Supplement

Ingredients:
• 1/2 serving shredded Cabbage
• 1/2 serving Mushrooms
• 1/2 serving Celery
• 1/2 serving Green Beans
• 1/2 serving Green Pepper
• 1/2 serving Tomato (pureed)
• 1 tsp. Onion Powder
• 1 Cream of Tomato Soup Supplement, prepared
• Pepper to taste

Preparation:
Put all ingredients into a large pot and cook until all vegetables are tender.

Caribbean Style Catfish

18 Oct

We’re excited to share our brand new Caribbean Style Catfish recipe straight from the MWLC kitchen!

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Servings:
• 1 Protein
• 1 Vegetables

Ingredients:
• 1 serving Catfish (fillet)
• 2 Tbsp. Mrs. Dash Caribbean Citrus Seasoning Blend
• 1 cup Green String Beans

Preparation:
Place catfish and green beans in separate bowl. Toss each with 1 Tbsp. Mrs. Dash® Caribbean Citrus Seasoning Blend. Spray Pam cooking spray on a 9 x 9 inch sheet pan and add catfish fillet. Place green beans in an ovenproof casserole dish and cook both in 350°F preheated oven for 6 minutes. Remove green beans from oven and keep warm. Turn heat to broil and finish cooking catfish under broiler 2-3 minutes. Plate food, placing fillet on top green beans. Add juice from fresh lime if desired and enjoy!

‘National Dessert Day’ – Peanut Butter Cheesecake Balls

14 Oct

Happy National Dessert Day!  If you’re looking to indulge in something sweet, try our delightful Peanut Butter Cheesecake Balls!

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Servings:
• 2 Nutrients
• 1 Snack

Ingredients:
• 1 Cheesecake Nutrient
• 1 Oatmeal Nutrient
• 1 Peanut Butter Crunch Snack Bar

Preparation:
Mix together cheesecake and oatmeal in 1 bowl with the right amount of water to make a thick texture. Roll mixture into balls and place on cookie sheet. Put in the refrigerator to set. In another bowl, break up snack bar into small pieces. Add a little water and microwave to melt smooth. Take balls and dip in melted bar until coated. Refrigerate again until set.

Pumpkin Pie

13 Oct

It’s that time of year! Crisp fall days, and of course, delicious Pumpkin Pie! 🍴

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Servings:
• 1 Protein
• 1 Vegetable
• 1 Starch
• 1 Supplement
* Suitable for Fast Track Patients

Ingredients:
• 1 Vanilla Pudding Shake Supplement
• 1 serving Diet Bread, crust removed
• 1 serving Summer Squash, cooked
• 1/2 serving Cottage Cheese
• 1 Egg
• 4 oz. Water
• 1/4 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
• 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
• 1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
• 1-2 servings Stevia

Preparation:
Place bread in a small muffin tin or custard cup sprayed with Pam. Mix drained squash and all other ingredients together with a mixer. Pour over bread and bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees.

Mushroom Pizza

12 Oct

We’re cooking up these scrumptious Mushroom Pizza Bites tonight from our MWLC recipe book. If you’re a pizza lover and you’re looking for a healthy alternative, you have to give these a try!

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Servings:
1 Protein
3 Vegetables

Ingredients:
1 Portabella Mushroom Cap
1 serving Tomatoes, diced
1 serving Onions, diced
Garlic Powder to taste
Onion Powder to taste
Crushed Red Pepper
Truvia to taste
1 serving Cottage Cheese
Basil

Preparation:
Cook up tomatoes and onions with water and seasonings until a sauce is made, add ½ pack of Truvia to add a little sweetness. Set aside sauce. De-gill mushroom and pat dry, put mushroom in oven at 350 for a few minutes to cook water out. Pull mushroom out. Put cottage cheese, the other ½ pack of Truvia and fresh or dry basil into food processor, blend until creamy. Spoon sauce onto mushroom and cottage cheese mixture on top. Bake for another 5 minutes and then turn oven to broil to get cottage cheese mixture to brown and melt. Serve and enjoy.

‘Sugar Tax’ Supported by World Health Organization

11 Oct

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is in support of raising taxes on sugary beverages, in an effort to fight the epidemic of obesity.  In a recent report by the WHO, it is stated that raising prices by at least 20% results in lower consumption of sugary beverages and overall better nutrition.

The WHO indicates they would like to see taxes placed on ‘free sugars’, where lower consumption will lead to decreased prevalence of obesity, diabetes, and dental issues.  ‘Free sugars’ include all types of sugar that can be consumed in a diet, except for sugars that are found naturally in fruit and milk.  These ‘free sugars’ include glucose, fructose, as well as sucrose and table sugar added to beverages.

The group recommends that sugar intake should be kept below 10% of an individual’s total caloric intake, and ideally below 5%.

Several other countries have already implemented a sugar tax on products, including Mexico and Hungary.  Will the United States be next?

Full Article Here:  http://www.bbc.com/news/health-37620087

BCBSM’s Beyond The Card: Weight Lost, Perspective Gained

10 Oct

Changing your lifestyle to be healthier in order to lose weight can be tough—a fact some people know better than others. For some, like Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan members Rosa Benson and Mary Sue Krause, it helps to recruit your children, siblings, spouses and other family members for support and accountability. For others, like Blue Cross member Jim Mayne, losing weight is a personal health journey that’s best done a little more solo.

Though their reasons for wanting to lose weight varied, these three members all shared one common thing: They got healthy with the help of local organization Medical Weight Loss Clinic. This clinic is a wellness consultation service with locations around Michigan helping people manage their diet, exercise and general health routines to improve their lifestyle and lose weight. It also offers Blue Cross members an exclusive discount through the Blue365 savings program. Together, they hope their stories inspire their peers, communities and fellow Blue Cross members to do the same.

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Mary Sue Krause

Embracing the process is half the battle

Mayne, in particular, knows that weight loss is just as much about the journey as it is about the destination and goal.

“My weight fluctuated for years, putting me on a roller coaster of heart and medical conditions as a result,” said Mayne. “But this time is different. I’ve got the support of my team at my Medical Weight Loss Clinic and my family and I’ve lost a total of 56 pounds in the past four months. It’s been a battle, but I know that as long as I keep doing what I’ve been doing the past few months, it’s a battle I can win.”

Saving dollars became an added perk

As a part of Blue Cross’ member discounts program, Blue365, members can save money on the Medical Weight Loss Clinic—something many don’t realize until after they’ve signed up.

“I wasn’t aware of the Blue Cross discount until I went to my first consultation,” said Krause. “I have two sisters and a co-worker who have now joined the program because I told them about the savings! We’ve been able to weigh in together and support each through the ups and downs of the whole process.”

Teamwork helps make the dream work

Support also made a huge difference to Benson, who signed up for the clinic with her husband and two sons.

“For me and my family, the discount kept up signed up for longer, meaning we had more help losing weight and kept at it for longer than we might have otherwise,” said Benson. “Blue365 made it affordable for our whole family to get healthy through the clinic.”

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Jim Mayne

The ripple effect

Most importantly, the members participating in the program say they feel better than ever. “I can bend over and tie my shoes easily and move around with less of a struggle,” said Mayne. “Plus my diabetes, liver enzymes and bloodwork are in check. I’ve made the commitment to this lifestyle and truly feel like I’m embracing it.”

Benson also knows that the progress has positively impacted her family just as much as it has her own health.

“Alongside my husband and two kids, I’ve lost almost 50 pounds in just a few months,” said Benson. “I’m more positive, happy and healthy—and so is my family!”

All three participants, and those who attend Medical Weight Loss Clinics in general, know the value of the services they’re receiving.

“I feel lucky and blessed that I found the clinic,” said Krause. “It’s helped me change my life for the better.”

To learn more about Medical Weight Loss Clinic and its partnership with the Blue365 program, click here.

Link to original article: http://www.mibluesperspectives.com/2016/09/09/beyond-the-card-weight-lost-perspective-gained/