MWLC Omega-3 Benefits

18 Feb

Did you know that in the United States, men consume only 50 percent of their daily intake (RDI) of omega-3s, while women consume just 40 percent of their RDI? Why are MWLC Omega-3s beneficial?

Heart Health
Evidence suggests that EPA and DHA help reduce risk factors for heart disease, including high cholesterol and high blood pressure, and lower stroke and heart attack risk.

Brain Health
A reduced intake of omega-3 fats is associated with an increased risk of age-related cognitive decline and dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.

Vision Health
Large studies find that people who have more omega-3 fats in their diet are less likely to have macular degeneration, an age-related condition that can progress to blindness.

Joint Health
Omega-3s support joint health by decreasing inflammation. Studies find omega-3s to be helpful for reducing the joint pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

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Vitamin D: 3 Foods to Add to Your Diet

12 Feb

Hibernating in the winter is normal but the lack of sunlight exposure can mean our bodies make less vitamin D, an important nutrient essential for bone health, reducing inflammation, boosting neuromuscular function and regulating immunity. Instead of reaching for a vitamin D supplement, you can add these three vitamin D rich foods to your diet.

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SOCKEYE SALMON:
Salmon is a rich source of heart-healthy omega-3 fats, protein, B-vitamins, phosphorus and selenium, which support everything from brain health to immunity. Salmon is one of the best food sources of vitamin D with 447 IUs (75% DV) per 3 ounce serving. Whip up some tasty salmon patties or bake pre-portioned filets in parchment or foil packets in the oven.

TUNA:
Canned tuna in water provides 154 IUs of vitamin D (26% DV) per 3 ounce serving and is a more affordable panty staple than its Salmon cousin. Like salmon, tuna is a source of protein, omega-3 fats, B-vitamins, phosphorous and selenium. Tuna salad is great on its own or as a filling protein topper on a fresh salad.

EGGS:
Did you know that two eggs provide 82 IUs (11% DV) of vitamin D as well as B-vitamins, phosphorous, selenium choline and a bit of iron? Scrambled or hard boiled, you can’t go wrong.

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Chocolate Covered Fruit Kebabs

8 Feb

Enjoy this sweet and fruity treat! ❤🍡🍓🍫

Chocolate Covered Fruit Kebabs

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Servings:
2 Fruits
1 Snack
Suitable for Fast Track patients

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Strawberries, sliced thick
2/3 cup Blueberries and Raspberries, mixed
1 MWLC Double Chocolate Bar
Wooden Skewers

Preparation:
Line a dish or baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the Double Chocolate Bar in a small bowl and microwave in increments of 20 seconds, stirring each time. Once melted, set aside. Thread fruit onto skewers leaving a couple inches open at the bottom. Start by placing a strawberry slice, blueberry, and raspberry, repeating until all fruit is used. Place skewer(s) on lined baking sheet. Using a fork, drizzle skewers with desired amount of melted chocolate and enjoy!

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What Makes Someone Successful?

4 Feb

Carol S. Dweck, PhD, published 30 years of her research in 2006 answering the question: What makes someone successful? Her theory? People contain two mindsets: the fixed mindset and the growth mindset. Choosing one over the other alters the success you find in life.

5 ACTION AREAS OF THE MINDSETS

To explain further, Dweck identified five action areas in which the two mindsets diverge: challenges, criticism, success, effort and obstacles.

Here are examples of each mindset. Think of what sounds most like you. Are you someone who thinks with a fixed or growth mindset? If you are in a fixed mindset, it is time to start switching your thought process.

CHALLENGES
Fixed mindset – avoids failure: “I will not sign up for a full marathon because I don’t think I can do anything longer than a half-marathon.”
Growth mindset – sees failure as opportunity: “I did not finish the full marathon and had to stop. But I’ll try again because I love the idea of challenging my body and pushing it to its limits.”

CRITICISM      
Fixed mindset – rejects feedback: “My coach is wrong. I know what is best for me.”
Growth mindset – learns from feedback: “I will ask my coach questions during and after our training sessions and take notes to remember what I am told.”

SUCCESS OF OTHERS   
Fixed mindset – gets insecure: “I am jealous of my friend who qualified for the Boston Marathon.”
Growth mindset – gets motivated: “I need to spend time doing speed work to qualify for Boston like my friend did. To do this, I will hire coach who can help me get faster and stronger.”

EFFORT 
Fixed mindset – thinks trying means you are no good: “I am already a good cyclist. I don’t need anyone to help me get better.”
Growth mindset – puts in the work: “I’m up at 6 a.m. to train. I can always get a little stronger.”

OBSTACLES    
Fixed mindset – gives up: “I could never run a marathon. I am not a runner.”
Growth mindset – tries: “I think I could run a marathon. Today I will look up running groups in my area and join them for their next session.”

CONCLUSION

Fully switching from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset can take years, if not a lifetime. But you should practice training yourself to have a growth mindset every day, like you practice your sport every day — it will be worth it. You will view endurance sports not as something so data and results driven but instead as something in which you enjoy the journey.

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Deconstructed Sushi

2 Feb

Deconstructed Sushi is an easy recipe to make ahead. You’ll love the Ginger Dressing!

Deconstructed Sushi

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Servings:
1 Protein
1.5 Vegetables
1 Starch

Ingredients:
1 serving Brown Rice, cooked
1/2 medium Cucumber, peeled, seeded, cut into small squares
1 serving Crab, cooked
2.5 small Green Onions, diced, garnish

Ginger Dressing Ingredients:
1″ piece fresh Ginger, peeled and quartered
2 medium Garlic Cloves, peeled and minced
2 Tbs. Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tsp. Dijon Mustard
1 Tbs. fresh Lemon Juice
Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes

Preparation:
Heat dressing ingredients over medium heat for 5 minutes. While your brown rice is still warm, pour the mixture over it and toss to combine. Let cool to room temperature. Assemble each ingredient in a mason jar in the following order:

First (bottom) layer: Brown Rice
Second layer: Cucumber
Third layer: Crab
Fourth layer: Green Onions

Store in the refrigerator until ready to eat. When ready to serve, dump jar’s content into a bowl, toss, and serve with any extra dressing. Enjoy!

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Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

1 Feb

Perfect for the Big Game!

Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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Servings:
1 Protein
1.5 Vegetables
1 Nutrient

Ingredients:
1 portion boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 celery stalk
¼ medium onion, diced
1 clove garlic
1 package MWLC Chicken Bouillon
¼ tsp. Cayenne Pepper sauce
1 tsp. Tabasco sauce
6 oz. water
1 large lettuce leave, Iceberg
¼ cup carrots, shredded
1 large celery stalk, cut into 2 inch matchsticks

Preparation:
Combine chicken, onions, celery stalk, garlic, MWLC Chicken Bouillon broth and water (enough to cover your chicken, use more water if needed) in the Instant Pot. Cover and cook high pressure 15 minutes. Natural release.

Remove the chicken from pot, reserve ½ cup Chicken Bouillon broth and discard the rest. Shred the chicken with two forks, return to the pot with the ½ cup Chicken Bouillon broth and the Tabasco sauce and saute 2 to 3 minutes.

To prepare lettuce cup, place buffalo chicken in lettuce leaf, top with ¼ cup shredded carrots, celery and Wrap it up.

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Curry Chicken Soup

31 Jan

Warm up with some Curry Chicken Soup tonight!

Curry Chicken Soup

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Servings:
1 Protein
2 Vegetables
1 Starch
1 Nutrient

Ingredients:
1 serving cooked Chicken, cubed
2 cups total – Celery, Onions Mushrooms, Summer Squash
½ medium Sweet Potato, cubed
1 MWLC Chicken Bouillon Nutritional Supplement
1 cup Water
2 Garlic cloves, minced
½ tsp. Curry Powder
1/8 tsp. Cinnamon
Pinch of Nutmeg, to taste
Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste

Preparation:
Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30-45 minutes.

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Jalapeno Poppers

30 Jan

Spicy 🌶 + Cheesy 🧀 = Delicious! Try our Jalapeno Poppers tonight!

Jalapeno Poppers

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1 serving = 2 jalapeno boats

Servings:
0.5 Protein
1 Vegetable
0.5 Starch
Suitable for Fast Track patients

Ingredients:
At least 2 medium Jalapeno Peppers
1 serving Cottage Cheese
Stevia, to taste
1 piece Melba Toast

Preparation:
Mix serving of cottage cheese with stevia, to create a “cream cheese” like taste. Create jalapeno “boats” by cutting jalapeno peppers in half lengthwise and removing seeds. Scoop cottage cheese mixture into jalapeno boats. Bake at 400 for about 20 minutes. Crumble melba toast on top of boats, if desired, during the last 10 minutes of baking.

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Super Bowl Bites

29 Jan

The Big Game is approaching soon and you’ll definitely want to bring a healthy snack to pass or nosh on at home. Need some recipe ideas? Try our tasty Garlic Pork Loin (Pressure Cooker), Pineapple and Shrimp Lettuce Cups, Crockpot Shredded Chicken Chili, Mild Pomegranate Salsa, Cheesy Cauliflower Soup or visit our MWLC recipes page http://patients.mwlc.com/Recipe.php

Cottage Cheese Stuffed Cucumbers

Servings:
1 Protein
2 Vegetables
Suitable for Fast Track patients

Ingredients:
1/2 medium Cucumber
1 small Tomato, diced
1 serving 1% Low-Fat Cottage Cheese
2 sprigs Basil
Black Pepper, to taste

Preparation:
Thoroughly rinse the small tomato and the half of a medium cucumber. Cut the cucumber down the middle into halves. Dice the small tomato. Fill each cucumber halve with cottage cheese, then gently spread the diced tomatoes over top of the cottage cheese. Rinse the basil, shake dry, pluck leaves and cut the basil into fine strips. Place the basil over top of the stuffed cucumbers and sprinkle with black pepper to taste. Enjoy!

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