Easter Carrot Recipes

10 Apr

Carrots aren’t just for the Easter Bunny….check out these delicious carrot recipes this week!

Raw Carrot Salad

Servings:
2.5 Vegetables

Ingredients:
1 cup Carrot Ribbons
1/2 tsp. Extra Light Olive Oil
1/2 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
3 minced Green Onions (white part only)
1/2 tsp Lemon, zest and juice
Salt-Free Garlic Powder (to taste)
Fresh Dill (to taste)

Preparation:
Use a vegetable peeler to make ribbons from carrot, rotating as you peel. Place all the carrot ribbons in your serving bowl. Note: one carrot makes about 1 1/2 cups of carrot ribbons. Save any leftover carrot pieces for a snack. In a small, lidded jar or container, combine the Extra light olive oil, apple cider vinegar, minced green onion, lemon zest and juice, and garlic powder. Cover with the lid and give it a good shake. Taste and adjust the flavor as needed. Then shake again and use half to 3/4 of it to dress the salad. Add in some fresh dill weed and use salad tongs to toss until well combined. Refrigerate up to a day before serving. Then add the remaining dressing, as needed, right before its time to eat.

**Freedom Meal Plans 5-7 ONLY**

Spiced Carrots

Servings:
2 Vegetables

Ingredients:
2 servings Carrots, peeled and cut into small slices
1/8 tsp. Ginger, freshly grated
1/8 tsp. Jalapeno, minced
1 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
1/2 tsp. Ground Coriander
1/8 tsp. Ground Cumin
1/8 tsp. Curry Powder
1/4 cup Cilantro, freshly chopped
1/4 cup Water
Fresh Lime Juice to taste

Preparation:
Measure the ginger, jalapeño, black pepper, coriander, cumin and curry powder in a bowl, and set aside. Add water and carrots to a sauté pan and bring to a boil.  Cover and saute carrots until slightly tender.  Add the spice bowl mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until carrots are tender.  Remove from heat and add the lime juice and cilantro, stir.

Cinnamon Glazed Carrots

Servings:
1 Vegetable

Ingredients:
1 serving of Carrots, peeled, sliced
Stevia and Cinnamon to taste

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly coat carrots with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter in a baking dish. Mix stevia and cinnamon together and sprinkle over carrots in desired amount.  Roast carrots until tender.

Benefits of Pineapple

7 Apr

If you’re looking for a delicious treat, grab a Pineapple!  Rough on the outside, and sweet on the inside, Pineapple is one powerful fruit.

Pineapple has no cholesterol or fat, with little sodium.  There are some natural sugars in pineapple though, approximately 8 grams and 41 calories for a half cup.  Pineapples contain Vitamin B, Manganese, and Thiamin.  The mineral Manganese, helps protect your bone density and keep connective tissue stronger.  You want to avoid canned pineapple and consume fresh raw pineapple, due to syrup that is high in calories and sugar that is added to canned fruits.  You get the largest amount of vitamins and nutrients if pineapple is chunked fresh.

The Vitamin C found in pineapple is essential for eye health and can help prevent macular degneration.  Vitamin C, which is primarily a water-based soluble vitamin, gives pineapple anti-inflammatory/antioxidant benefits.  Antioxidants help to repair damaged cells in your body you can acquire from every day exposure.  This also boosts your immune system.  Pineapple also contains dietary fiber that is very essential while trying to lose weight.

Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple that helps aid in digestion.  This enzyme helps to break apart proteins while going through our digestive system. Bromelain is found in the core of pineapple and is used to help treat inflammation, colds, and patients at risk for blood clots.

Original Article Here:  http://www.livescience.com/45487-pineapple-nutrition.html

Blue 365 Discount

6 Apr

Did you know that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network members can now 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 2,223 BCBSM/BCN members take advantage of our discount and these members have lost 55,589 pounds! That’s an average of 25 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

Why to Avoid Bananas While Losing Weight

4 Apr

Bananas may come to mind when we think of healthy food choices, but this fruit may not be the best option when trying to lose weight.  Here’s why you should avoid eating bananas while following a weight loss plan. 

Calories

Caloric balance is key when it comes to losing and gaining weight. To lose weight, you need to consume fewer calories than you burn.  One cup of sliced banana contains 134 calories. Compared to other fruits such as strawberries, which only have 49 calories per cup, or watermelon, which has 46 calories per cup, bananas rank pretty high in terms of calories.

Carbohydrates

Most of the calories in bananas come from carbohydrate, with 34 grams per cup.  Because of this higher carbohydrate content compared to other fruits, bananas do not fit well in a weight loss plan.

Potassium

If you are looking for the potassium benefit found in bananas, there are other options that are a part of a healthy low-carbohyrdrate diet!

Some other fruits high in potassium are:

1/2 cup Cantaloupe:  215 mg

1/2 cup Strawberries:  220 mg

1 small Orange:  237 mg

Original Article Here:  http://livehealthy.chron.com/people-say-bananas-arent-good-eat-diet-2657.html

How to Start Walking

4 Apr

Walking is one of the easiest forms of exercise, because you can do it just about anytime, anywhere.  Check out these quick and simple tips for how to fit walking into your daily schedule. 

1. Before you go to bed, get your walking clothes and shoes ready so it’s easy to put them on quickly and head out the door.

2. Listen to your favorite work out music to get you moving.

3. Schedule your lunchtime walk in your work calendar.

4. Keep everything you need for walking in your car. This way you won’t have excuses like “I forgot my shoes so I can’t go.”

5. Encourage coworkers to join you and create a walking group.

6. Take the dog out for more walks.

7. Walk your kids to the park or playground.

8. Park farther from the entrance at work or the store.

9. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

Every Step Counts!

7 Tips for Healthy Dining Out

3 Apr

Eating out at restaurants doesn’t mean you have to throw in the towel on your healthy diet. With the smart tips below, you can easily plan out your strategy without feeling like you sabotaged all of your hard work.  Prepare to dine out with confidence!

Dining Restaurant

Preparation

Plan ahead. If you had a bigger lunch earlier in the day, plan on eating a light dinner in the evening. Familiarize yourself with cooking terms, as this will make ordering easier if you have a special dietary need.

Choosing a Restaurant

Think ahead. Visit restaurant websites to see if the menu is posted. You will be able to see see the wide range of menu items in advance or in some cases, nutritional information too.

Ordering

Be deliberate when ordering. Ask your server questions. Balance your meal by including healthier selections from all food groups such as lean proteins, fruits, vegetables. For salads, ask for your dressing on the side or lean protein that is not fried.  For any sandwich toppings, veggie options and condiments low in sugar and salt are best.

Substitute. Are you afraid to make a request to meet your nutritional needs? Don’t be.  Many restaurants will honor nutritional requests, so go ahead and ask for a side salad to replace fries.

Control portions. Order an appetizer with a small broth-based soup or side salad in place of an entrée. Many restaurant portions are so large, they are enough to feed two to three people!  Eat a smaller portion and take the leftovers home.

Eating

Eat slowly. Did you know it takes approximately 20 minutes for your brain to get the message from your stomach that you aren’t hungry any longer? Fast eaters usually tend to be overeaters, while slow eaters tend to be satisfied with less food.

Eating Out with Kids

Choose a restaurant that caters to children. It is likely that a restaurant that caters to children will have smaller portion sizes, healthier options and meals designed to satisfy the nourishment and palate of little bodies.

Offer your child a few bites from your plate to introduce new foods, otherwise, let kids order their favorites. Select two or three suitable menu items and let them choose. Healthier sides like carrots or fruit can often be substituted in favor of high fat sides.

Original Article:  http://www.eatright.org/resource/health/weight-loss/eating-out/eating-out

National Walking Day 2017

3 Apr

Get Up and Move!

These days, we’re spending more time at work and sitting in front of a screen than ever before. We’re becoming less active, which can increase our risk of heart disease, stroke and other diseases.

Take the first step to a healthier life by taking part in the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day!  On Wednesday this week (April 5th), we encourage our MWLC patients to lace up your sneakers and take 30 minutes out of your day to get up and walk.

Let’s Walk!

While we get into the spirit of being healthy and active this week, we urge you to join the MWLC Team and come walk with us at the American Heart Association Heart Walks in May.

Visit: http://mwlc.com/Community_Events.php and join the MWLC Team today!

Guest Blogger Rosa: Wife, Mother and Grandmother

31 Mar

I’m a wife, mother, and grandmother.  I have always been comfortable putting all of the focus on my family, that way I didn’t have to focus on myself.  The boys are involved in a variety of after school activities so I stay involved as a booster member, not to mention I also have staff and committee meetings to attend at school.  My mother also lives alone so I try to spend a few evenings a week with her.

After many years of not paying attention to myself, my weight skyrocketed and my health plummeted.  What’s worse is I feel like I’ve led my family into the same situation.  My husband was overweight and my youngest two sons still living at home were following suit.  Some days, I feel like my alarm is the starting bell to a race and doesn’t stop until I hit the pillow at night.  If I was going to keep up at this pace, I knew I had to make a change.

I needed a weight loss program that gave me a daily intake plan to follow with guided food choices.  I didn’t do well with the “eat whatever you want and still lose weight” weight loss programs.  Following MWLC, I’m encouraged to make well balanced meals from all of the food groups, something I haven’t done in the past.  We are all losing weight!

Prepping food for the week is key to our success.  Making sure supplement bars are on hand for the kids and easy to grab snacks keep us all from veering off plan.
We all started as a family in April last year and by Halloween, I’d lost sixty pounds.  It was great seeing everyone over the holidays and for the first time I didn’t mind the attention.  I’ve maintained the weight loss and now that spring is here, I’m ready to set another weight loss goal. Shedding another 25 pounds will have me looking forward to clothes shopping for the summer!

Support varies from family, friends, and even sometimes in the workplace. Joining colleagues in a weight loss challenge at work will keep me motivated more than ever.

-Rosa