Children’s Menus Remain Unhealthy at Restaurants Despite Industry Push

28 Feb

The healthy eating trend has impacted many American diets in recent years, but there’s one crucial area that has remained largely unchanged – the children’s menu. Studies show many children’s menus lacking in healthy options.

Tracy talks about how parents need to change children’s eating habits at home first while they are young.

How do YOU make sure your kids eat healthy?

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Twice Baked Stuffed Sweet Potato

28 Feb

Enjoy the beautiful afternoon! We have a filling dinner planned for you with our Twice Baked Stuffed Sweet Potato recipe! 

Servings:
• 1 Fruit
• 1 Starch

Ingredients:
• ½ medium Sweet Potato
• 1 small Apple, diced small
• Cinnamon, to taste
• Nutmeg, to taste

Preparation:
Bake sweet potato until tender. Cool slightly and then cut in half. Scoop pulp from each potato half leaving about a ¼” border so that the potato half can be filled. Mash sweet potato that you scooped out with a potato masher and add diced apples, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix well to combine. Scoop potato mixture evenly into potato shells. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 20 minutes or until heated through.

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Fasting Diet May ‘Regenerate Diabetic Pancreas’

24 Feb

Recent US research, published in the journal Cell, indicates that pancreas (the organ that controls blood sugar levels) damaged from diabetes may be able to regenerate via a fasting diet.  The regeneration of the organ contributed to a reversal of diabetic symptoms in animal experiments.

During the research, mice were given a modified form of the “fasting-mimicking diet”.  The human equivalent of the diet would be five days on a low calorie (around 800 to 1,100), low protein, low carbohydrate meal plan, but with high unsaturated-fat.  The five days are followed by 25 days eating what they want.

During these animal experiments, the diet regenerated the beta cell (detects sugar in the blood and releases insulin when levels are too high) in the pancreas.

Dr Valter Longo, from the University of Southern California, said: “Our conclusion is that by pushing the mice into an extreme state and then bringing them back – by starving them and then feeding them again – the cells in the pancreas are triggered to use some kind of developmental reprogramming that rebuilds the part of the organ that’s no longer functioning.”

Researchers have indicated that these findings are “potentially very exciting”, as they are the beginning stages of finding a new treatment for the condition.  People are advised not to try this diet without medical advice.

Full Article Here:  http://www.bbc.com/news/health-39070183

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Cappuccino Shake

24 Feb

Our Cappuccino Shake will be sure to give you that extra needed boost in your day!⚡️

Servings:
1 Supplement
*Suitable for Fast Track Patients

Ingredients:
1 Chocolate Pudding Shake Supplement
1/2 tsp. Brandy Extract
3 Ice Cubes
1 tsp. Instant Coffee
1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1/8 tsp. Cinnamon

Preparation:
Mix all ingredients together in blender for 30 seconds.  Enjoy!

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Chicken Cabbage Stew

24 Feb

Our Chicken Cabbage Stew is hearty, filling, and guaranteed to leave you satisfied! Enjoy! 

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

Ingredients:
• 1 serving Cabbage, cooked and chopped
• 8 oz. Water
• 1 Cream of Chicken Supplement
• 1 serving Chicken, cooked and chopped
• Mrs. Dash Garlic and Pepper

Preparation:
Put all ingredients together and simmer for 20 minutes.

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Blueberry, Orange and Vanilla Frozen Smoothie

24 Feb

Enjoy our Blueberry, Orange, & Vanilla Frozen Smoothie!  Quick, easy, and refreshing!

Servings:
• 1 Fruit
• 1 Supplement

Ingredients:
• 1 serving Blueberries
• 1 Vanilla Pudding Shake Supplement
• 8 oz. Diet Orange Pop
• 6 Ice Cubes

Preparation:
Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Enjoy!

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Gender Impacts Consequences of Consuming High Fat Diet

16 Feb

According to a recent study, consuming a high fat diet may have greater negative health consequences for men than women.

The study, conducted by Dr. Zoe Williams and Dr. Matt Cocks, looked at how males and females each responded when they consumed large amounts of high fat foods for a week.  Dr. Williams and Dr. Cocks underwent this high fat diet personally, and studied how the diet affected ability to control blood sugar levels.

Before the two researchers began, their body fat was measured and their blood sugar levels recorded.  They were given glucose monitors to keep track of their blood sugar throughout the week.  In order to have an impact in just one week, the diet contained about 50% more calories than would typically be eaten.

Twice during the week, they each drank a sugary drink to introduce sugar into their blood stream.  The glucose monitors showed whether the diet was affecting their ability to clear this sugar from their blood.

Zoe’s ability to control blood sugar levels didn’t get any worse on the diet.  Matt, however, got 50% worse at clearing glucose from his blood.

Overall, this study shows the importance (especially for men) of maintaining a healthy weight and consuming a low fat diet to keep blood sugar levels normal, leading to prevention of diabetes and other serious medical conditions.

Full Article Here:  http://www.bbc.com/news/health-38963874

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7 Tips for Using a Slow Cooker

15 Feb

The slow cooker can be your best kitchen tool – allowing you to multitask while it does the cooking work for you, but you can run the risk of ending up with a mushy meal that’s not quite right. Use these tips for what to do and what to avoid to ensure you’ve got a winner every time.

1. Plan Your Meals Ahead

If you want to turn your slow cooker on first thing in the morning, a little planning goes a long way.

  • The night before: Cut and trim any meat, chop any vegetables, measure out dry ingredients and prepare any sauce; refrigerate the items in separate containers. Do not refrigerate the components in the ceramic slow cooker insert, as a cold insert takes too long to heat up and will affect cooking time and food safety.
  • In the morning: Add ingredients to the slow cooker according to the recipe. If you won’t be home close to the end of the cooking time, make sure you have a slow cooker that can switch to a “warm” setting when cooking is done.

2. Avoid Overcooking Lean Meats

A long cooking time could cause stringiness, so aim for a shorter stint and extra liquid to prevent lean meats like pork tenderloin or chicken breasts from overcooking.

3. Layer Food Properly

Remember that the slow cooker’s heat source is directly on the bottom. Foods that take the longest to cook need to be placed into the slow cooker first to absorb the most heat. This usually translates into tougher cuts of meat and root vegetables like sweet potatoes. This same thought process also holds true for more delicate, quick-cooking veggies like bell peppers or chopped string beans being layered at the top of the slow cooker pot during the last 30 minutes, so they don’t turn into overcooked mush.

4. Don’t Overfill the Slow Cooker

When it comes to adding food into the slow cooker, always try to err on the side of “less is more”, aiming to fill the ceramic container around two-thirds full. Instead of simmering, filling the slow cooker to the top allows the food to steam, resulting in a longer cooking time and food that isn’t quite as tasty.

5. Keep the Lid Closed!

Resist the urge to take off the lid and peek at your meal. Opening the slow cooker lets the heat escape and slows the cooking process. Only open it 30 to 45 minutes before the low end of the cooking range to check for doneness.

6. Add Herbs at the End

Add your fresh herbs to your slow cooker during the last 30 minutes otherwise they’ll wilt.  Herbs and even dairy can’t handle the temperature and long cooking times of a slow cooker.

7. Let Liquid Boil Off

Some vegetables like onions release too much liquid in slow cooker recipes, making the cooking sauce too thin. If the meat is cooked and you were aiming for more of a gravy-consistency from the dish’s sauce, place the slow cooker on a high setting and remove the lid for 30 to 45 minutes. This will allow the extra moisture in the sauce to boil off.

Put your Slow Cooker to work with these tasty recipes!

Slow Cooker Roast Vegetables

Servings:
3 Vegetables
1 Starch

Ingredients:
1 Bell Pepper, sliced
½ medium Sweet Potato, peeled and cut into cubes
1 cup Zucchini, cut into thick slices
½ Tbs. Extra Light Olive Oil
Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste
1 Tbs. finely chopped Herbs of choice
¼ Garlic Clove, peeled

Preparation:
Spray the inside of crock pot with unflavored Pam spray. Add your vegetables, seasonings, herbs, oil and mix together until vegetables are well coated. Cook 3 hours on low, stirring once every hour.

Slow Cooker Venison Roast

Servings:
1 Protein
2 Vegetables
1 Starch

Ingredients:
1 serving pre-soaked Venison Roast
½ cup sliced Carrots
½ medium Sweet Potato, cut into cubes
½ cup Celery, chopped
¼ medium Onion, sliced
½ tsp. Salt Free Creole Seasoning
1 Bay Leaf
Freshly ground black pepper

Preparation:
Soak venison roast the day before in water with 2 tsp. of vinegar and then regular water the night before. Place vegetables in the bottom of crock pot. Place soaked venison on top of vegetables. Add water to crock pot. Add seasonings and bay leaf. Cook on low setting 7-9 hours. Remove bay leaf and serve.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Soup

2 Feb

Try our excellent Slow Cooker Chicken Soup recipe! It will be sure to warm you up. 🍜

Servings:
• 1 Protein
• 2 Vegetables
• 1 Nutrient

Ingredients:
• 1 serving Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
• ½ Tbs. Salt Free Poultry Seasoning
• ¼ medium Onion, chopped
• ½ cup Carrots, chopped
• ½ cup Celery, chopped
• 2 cloves fresh Garlic, minced
• 1 MWLC Chicken Bouillon Nutritional Supplement
• Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste
• 1 Tbsp. fresh Parsley, roughly chopped

Preparation:
Place all ingredients (except parsley) in slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 2 ½-3 ½ hours or low for 5-6 hours. Remove the lid and shred the chicken breast in the bowl with two forks. Taste the soup in the crock pot to adjust any last minute seasoning. Ladle soup broth and vegetables over the shredded chicken. Top with fresh parsley.

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Do You Believe In Tomorrow?

1 Feb

Who do you want to be healthy for?  Your spouse?  Kids?  Grandkids?  Yourself?  February is the American Heart Association’s Heart Month, a health initiative focused on bringing awareness to heart disease, stroke and making healthy lifestyle decisions. 

Popular Detroit radio Sports/Talk host Terry Foster was sidelined last summer after suffering a mild stroke.  His leave of absence allowed him to not only recover his speech and motor skills, but work on improving his long term health goals.  His weight loss has lowered his blood pressure, decreased belly fat (an indicator of high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes), and most importantly, Terry is able to be here for his loved ones and devoted listeners.  

Prevent heart disease, stroke and diabetes by taking control of your health and by managing your health conditions. 

Click here to read Terry Foster’s inspiring article   

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