Coconut Cream Pie

23 Jan

Happy ‘National Pie Day‘!  We think our delicious Coconut Cream Pie says it all!

• 1 Fruit
• 1 Starch
• 1 Supplement
• 1 Snack/Bar

• 1 Vanilla Pudding Shake Supplement
• 1 serving Pineapple
• 2 ½ tsp. Coconut Extract
• 1 Brownie Snack Bar (optional)
• ½ serving Rice Cakes
• ½ serving Melba Toast

Mix vanilla supplement and pineapple with 10 oz. water. Add extract and mix. Crush Melba toast and rice cakes into bottom of small pie tin for crust. Fill with supplement mixture. Melt brownie bar with a little water and spread over top (optional). Chill 1 hour before serving.

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Wild Berry Martini

23 Jan

Start off your week right!  Sit back, relax, and enjoy our Wild Berry Martini recipe! The best part is that it won’t break your healthy weight loss routine you have been going strong on!

• 1 Fruit
• 1 Nutrient

• 1 MWLC Wild Berry Fruit Drink Nutrient
• 1/2 serving Raspberries
• 1/2 serving Blackberries
• 8 oz. Diet, Caffeine-Free 7-Up
• Ice

Mix ingredients together and enjoy!

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5 Ways to Spice Up Your Popcorn

19 Jan

It’s ‘National Popcorn Day‘!  Skip the butter and salt….and spice up your popcorn with these Popcorn seasoning recipes

1. Cajun Popcorn Seasoning – Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake mixture well.  Season popcorn serving to taste.

2 Tbsp. Sweet Paprika
2 Tbsp. Garlic Powder
1 Tbsp. Cayenne Pepper
1 Tbsp. Chili Powder
1 Tbsp. Black Pepper
1 Tbsp. Dried Oregano
1 Tbsp. Onion Powder
1/2 Tbsp. Ground Nutmeg (optional)

2. Garlic Herb Popcorn Seasoning – Add all ingredients to a bowl, mix well.  Store in an airtight container.  Season popcorn serving to taste. 

2 Tbs. Dried Rosemary
2 Tbs. Dried Thyme
4 tsp. Fennel Seeds
4 tsp. Garlic Powder
2 tsp. Dried Marjoram
2 tsp. Dried Sage

3. Mexican Cocoa Spiced Popcorn – Add all ingredients to a bowl, mix well.  Store in an airtight container.  Season popcorn serving to taste. 

2 Tbs. Ancho Chile Powder
2 Tbs. Smoked Paprika
1 Tbs. Ground Cumin
2 tsp. Dried Oregano
2 tsp. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 tsp. Freshly Ground Black Pepper

4. Apple Cinnamon Popcorn – Mix ingredients with serving of popcorn and enjoy!

1 small Apple, chopped in small pieces
2 Tbsp. Ground Cinnamon

5. Pumpkin Pie Popcorn – Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake mixture well.  Season popcorn serving to taste. 

4 tsp. Cinnamon
2 tsp. Ground Ginger
1 tsp. Freshly Grated Nutmeg
1 tsp. Ground Allspice
1/2 tsp. Ground Cloves

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Slow Cooker Chicken, Kale, Sweet Potato Stew

17 Jan

Our featured Soup of the Week for week three of ‘National Soup Month’ is our delicious and easy to prep Slow Cooker recipe: Chicken, Kale, and Sweet Potato Stew.

• 1 Protein
• 1 Vegetable
• 1 Starch

• 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

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 potato is 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.

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Guest Blogger Rosa: My Teenagers on the Plan

13 Jan

Teenagers and weight loss

Izaak and Ben are the two youngest out of our five children.  They joined Medical Weight Loss Clinic with my husband Mike and I.  At age 17 and 18, Izaak and Ben are our last two children living at home with us.  Their older brother and sisters are off on their own with their own families.  The four of us decided as a family to clean out the house, lose weight and learn to eat what our bodies needed to be healthy.

Izaak, the baby, is my homebody.  He’s quiet and loves hanging out at home with the family. Marching Band is his social time with friends and this is his third year marching for his high school.  Since joining Medical Weight Loss Clinic, Izaak has lost 52 pounds.  He told me, “Marching in the hot heat at summer camp and all of the football games was so much easier this year after losing weight.”

Ben is the social one out of my boys.  He’s always on the go.  Like me, Ben has always struggled with weight and maintaining good eating habits.  We LOVE FOOD!  After deciding not to play sports this year, Ben’s weight climbed.  When I asked Ben what his goal was, he said, “I need to keep trying.  I want to get this weight off.”

Our biggest support system is the staff at the Clinton Township location.  They helped the boys put together a customized menu that made the program work during their school days.  Ben and Izaak both say, “School is easy now.  Our biggest struggle is the weekend and when we’re out with friends.”   Our team at Medical Weight Loss Clinic help the boys make wiser choices when ordering out with friends.  They educate them on how to pick their protein, starch, etc. so they stick as close to the plan as possible. For example, the boys struggle with pasta and chips. A good substitute has been Special K chips. Another great substitute the boys have learned is replacing pop and energy drinks with tea. New favorites now are sauteed peppers, onions, and mushrooms with every dinner.

When I ask them if they had any tips for staying motivated through the cold weather, “The best way to stay on track is to keep busy and drink lots of water.”

There are weeks that have been a struggle for them.  They’re teenagers!  The best thing I can do is keep encouraging and reminding them of the awesome accomplishment they’ve made by sticking with it and that every bit of effort counts!

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Chicken Curry

13 Jan

Check out our Chicken Curry recipe

• 1 Protein
• 1.5 Vegetables
• 1 Starch
• 1 Dairy
• 1 Supplement

• 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

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.

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Herbed Tomato Soup

9 Jan

Did you know it is National Soup Month? No worries! We have the best Herbed Tomato Soup recipe to warm you up on this chilly afternoon!

• 1 Supplement

• 1 Tomato Soup Supplement
• 1/4 tsp Dill Weed
• White Pepper to taste
• 1/4 tsp Thyme
• 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
• 8 oz. Boiling Water

Mix all ingredients together, let sit for one minute and serve.

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Training Your Taste Buds

9 Jan

Updated:  4/11/18

Practice these tips to train your taste buds!

Research has shown that many junk food-related cravings are learned behaviors over time, fueled by years of exposure to these foods.  Luckily, it’s never too late to train your taste buds to crave healthier foods!

Try these tips to help curb your cravings AND stay on track toward your weight loss goal.

1. Reduce the Amount of Junk Food Consumed
Frequent intake of sugary, fatty, or salty foods can addict and dull your taste buds and over time, you may need to consume more of these foods to reach the same level of satisfaction. Fortunately, the opposite is also true.  The less of a food you eat, the less of it you need to get a rush. Make small, achievable goals to reduce the junk food you eat.

2.  Try, Then Try Again
Try new foods!  You will be surprised how tastes change over time.  A food you once used to dislike, may now be your favorite!

3.  Mix the Old with the New
If greens or vegetables are not your favorite when it comes to taste, try pairing them with something you do like!  Add garlic, fresh herbs, and fresh spices to kick up the flavor in servings of vegetables.

4.  Don’t Follow Your Nose
It may not be the flavor of a healthy food you dislike, but the smell.  To make unpleasant smelling vegetables more tempting, boil or steam them to remove sulfurous (stinky) compounds. Then try serving them in a different room than they were cooked and prepared in.

5.  Keep Up Appearances
Attractive plating of your food can increase your interest in the meal.  One study has shown diners rating artfully arranged salads as 18 percent more delicious than less attractive salads containing the exact same ingredients.

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Mock Spaghetti

4 Jan

Not sure what to make for dinner tonight?  ‘National Spaghetti Day‘ is here to save the day and we’re serving up our Mock Spaghetti recipe! 🍝

• 3 Vegetables
• 1 Supplement

• Unflavored Cooking Spray
• 1/2 medium Onion, chopped
• 1 small Tomato, peeled and diced
• 1 cup spiralized Zucchini
• 1 MWLC Cream of Tomato Soup Supplement
• Chopped Fresh Basil Leave or Parsley to Garnish
• Pepper to Taste
• 4 oz. Water

Spray pan with unflavored cooking spray and add vegetables, water and tomato supplement. Sauté over low heat until “noodles” and vegetables are slightly softened.

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