Cucumber, Blackberry, Peach Salad

21 Aug

It’s still National Peach Month!  We have the perfect cool, tart and sweet recipe for you!

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Cucumber, Blackberry, Peach Salad

Servings:
1.5 Vegetables
1.5 Fruits
Freedom and Fast Track 2.0 Approved

Ingredients:
1 cup Mixed Greens
1/4 medium Cucumber, diced
1/2 small Peach, pitted and sliced
2/3 cup Blackberries

Preparation:
Fill bowl with mixed greens.Top with peach, blackberries, cucumber. Drizzle with desired dressing (MWLC Raspberry Vinaigrette is recommended) and serve immediately.

 

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Think You’re Drinking Enough Water? Try the Skin Test

17 Aug

It’s easy to forget to drink enough water during the colder months, but now that summer is here, it’s especially important that we keep our bodies hydrated. If you don’t drink enough, you can get headaches, feel nauseous, or find it hard to concentrate.
The NHS recommends six to eight glasses of water daily, but you may lose track with everything else that goes on in your life. You can easily conduct a simple skin test  to determine if you’re hydrated enough.

It relies on “skin turgor,” which is your skin’s elasticity, or how easily it changes shape and returns to normal when pulled or pressed. Skin with normal turgor should be able to snap back very quickly.

You can test your skin turgor if you pinch the skin on the back of your hand for a few seconds. If it immediately returns to normal, you are hydrated enough; if it doesn’t, you need to drink more water.

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Lemon Meringue Pie

15 Aug

It’s National Lemon Meringue Pie Day so how else would you celebrate?

Lemon Meringue Pie

Servings:
1 Starch
1 Nutrient
1 Snack
Suitable for Fast Track patients

Ingredients:
1 MWLC Tangy Lemon Pudding Nutritional Supplement
1 MWLC Lemon Meringue Bar15
1 serving Melba Toast, crushed

Preparation:
Place the lemon bar in a glass dish with 2-3 ounces of water. Microwave the bar and water for one minute, until soft. Stir the bar into the water and mix until they become a thick liquid. Crush up serving of Melba toast and add 3/4 of the Melba toast to your melted bar. Mix together until thick. Place the mixture into a pie slice dish. Create the lemon pudding per the instructions on the package and spread over top of the bar and Melba toast mixture. Use the last of the Melba toast and spread it over top of the lemon pudding.

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Root Beer Floats

14 Aug

August 6th is National Root Beer Float Day – celebrate with our Root Beer Float recipe or Chocolate Root Beer Float with a twist!

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Root Beer Float

Servings:
1 Supplement
Suitable for Fast Track patients

Ingredients:
8 oz. Diet, Caffeine-Free Root Beer
1 Vanilla Pudding Shake Supplement
3-4 Ice Cubes

Preparation:
Blend ingredients and enjoy!

Chocolate Root Beer Float

Servings:
1 Supplement
Suitable for Fast Track patients

Ingredients:
1 Chocolate Pudding Shake Supplement
8 oz. Diet, Caffeine-Free Root Beer
3-4 Ice Cubes

Preparation:
Blend ingredients and enjoy!

 

 

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Creamsicle Shake

14 Aug

It’s National Creamsicle Day!  Yum!

Creamsicle Shake

Servings:
• 1 Supplement
Suitable for Fast Track Patients

Ingredients:
• 1 Vanilla Pudding Shake Supplement
• 8 oz. Diet Orange Soda

Preparation:
Whip in blender and freeze or chill in separate container. Enjoy!

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Seasoning Blends: All Purpose and Spicy Seasoning

13 Aug

Making your own seasonings is an easy way to satisfy your tastebuds!  Sprinkle these seasonings on vegetables or lean meats for instant flavor!

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All Purpose Seasoning

Servings:
Suitable for Fast Track patientsSuitable for Fast Track Patients

Ingredients:
3 Tbs. Onion Powder
1 Tbs. Garlic Powder
1 Tbs. Paprika
1 tsp. Dry Basil
1/2 tsp. Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1/2 tsp. Celery Seed
1 tsp. Ground Coriander
1 dash Nutmeg

Preparation:
Combine all ingredients well in a small jar with a shaker top. Sprinkle on anything you desire.

Spicy Seasoning Blend

Servings:
Suitable for Fast Track patientsSuitable for Fast Track Patients

Ingredients:
3 Tbsp. Celery Seed
1 Tbsp. Onion Powder
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
2 Tbsp. Crushed Oregano
1 Tbsp. Crushed Thyme
1 ½ tsp. Ground Bay Leaf
1 ½ tsp. Black Pepper
1 ½ tsp. Ground Cloves

Preparation:
Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake mixture well. Yields about 1/2 cup.

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Picking the Best Cantaloupe

13 Aug

How do you pick the best cantaloupe?  Follow these six tips next time you have a craving for this sweet treat!

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MOLD
The first thing you’ll want to look out for is mold, cracks, or soft spots on the rind of the cantaloupe.

SKIN
Next, examine the skin of the cantaloupe more carefully. The inside of a cantaloupe should be a subtle orange, but the outside is a different story! If the rind is green, that means it was picked too early and isn’t ripe yet. Aim for a rind that is beige.

WEIGHT
Weigh your cantaloupe! This is one situation where the heavier it is, the better!

RIPENESS
Sometimes cantaloupes can be too ripe. To double check, gently press the bottom of the cantaloupe with your thumb. A good cantaloupe will have a little give, but not too much. If the cantaloupe is squishy, that means it’s overripe and already rotting inside.

TAP
Listen to your cantaloupe! That’s right, go ahead and tap tap tap on the rind. If you hear a hollow sound, you’ve got a good fruit!

SMELL
Go ahead and smell the cantaloupe. Just like with pineapples, you should be able to smell the sweetness of the fruit. If you can’t smell anything, it’s probably not ripe yet.

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