A Guide to Cooking With Your Children

28 Dec

Updated: 6/19/18

Develop your child’s interest in healthy eating by getting them involved in the kitchen or garden.  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 should you 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 

 

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WSYM: Holiday Weight Loss Tips

11 Dec

Did you know that one of the biggest contributors to overeating is stress, and the holidays are a time when people tend to have more stress? Tracy stopped into the Morning blend to talk about ways to beat the effects of holiday stress and how to combat it with our CoQ10 and B-12.

Increased stress causes your body to produce cortisol, a hormone which can increase appetite. A simple fix? Antioxidants found in whole, fresh foods such as berries, peppers, grapes and apples are vital.  Antioxidants are the secret weapon and are the counter measure against holiday stress and increased cortisol.

Medical Weight Loss Clinic also offers powerful antioxidant CoQ10 and chewable B-12 to help. As your stress level rises, CoQ10 is used up faster.   Low CoQ10 levels can create fatigue.

MWLC’s formula is produced from natural source which is identical to the body’s own CoQ10 production. In contrast, many other formulas are made using synthetic CoQ10, which is chemically processed.

MWLC’s B-12 can boost your energy, concentration, memory, and mood – it is one of eight B vitamins that help the body convert the food you eat into glucose, giving your body energy. Together, these products can manage your cortisol and energy levels!

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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!

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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.

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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

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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

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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!

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