Table Salt vs. Himalayan Salt

22 May

Table Salt versus Himalayan Pink Salt – Is Himalayan Salt healthier for you?

Himalayan salt is rock salt from the Punjab region of Pakistan. Himalayan Salt consists of 95-98% sodium chloride and 2-4% polyhalite (potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, oxygen, hydrogen).  Recently, many individuals use Himalayan salt for cooking or garnishing foods.

Himalayan salt’s chemical properties are close to that of table salt, but it differs in that it’s unrefined and unprocessed.. The colors of the salt crystals are off white, while the pink or reddish colors in the veins of the crystals are its mineral impurities.

Because Himalayan salt is unrefined and contains impurities (minerals that are essential for the human body), it’s often thought of as a healthier alternative compared to table salt – this is not the case! The amount of minerals in Himalayan salt is too minimal to make a difference in our diet and we already consume plenty of the same nutrients and elements in our daily fruits, vegetables, etc. The more salt you consume, in any form, the more fluid you retain and the harder your heart has to work to pump blood, which increases blood pressure.  Overall, it’s best to avoid Himalayan salt, even if it’s advertised as a healthier form of sodium.

Four Days

22 May

This poem was written by Brighton clinic patient Chris Wilkinson who has lost 60 lbs.

Titled “Four Days”, Chris was inspired to write this after a wind storm left him without electricity in March.  During this time without power, he found that writing about his struggles reminded him that he shouldn’t let an inconvenience derail his hard work.

CWilkinson Poem

5 Great Reasons to Shop at Your Local Farmer’s Market

15 May

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  1. Freshly picked, in season produce is at its peak in flavor and nutrition. Fresh fruit and vegetables are chock full of antioxidants and phytonutrients. Your local farmer’s market should be able to provide a guide so you can easily learn what fruits and vegetables are in season.
  2. Supporting your local farmer’s market strengthens your community and economy. Meet your local farmers; learn about foods grown in your area and catch up with friends and neighbors in your community while stocking up on fresh local goods.
  3. It’s a great activity for the family. Visit different booths with your kids and select a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, local dairy or protein. Helping in the menu planning can often mean kids will be more likely to eat the healthy meal prepared!
  4. You can try a new fruit or vegetable! Many farmers’ markets offer lesser known fruits and vegetables, providing a variety that can be both tasty and nutritious.
  5. Farmer’s often have recommendations for preparing their goods. They can help you learn how to select and store rare and common fruits and vegetables.

What is your favorite farmer’s market and why?

6 Ways to Give Your Yard an Eco-Friendly Makeover

10 May

With the arrival of spring, here are some landscaping ideas to contribute to the overall health of the planet, turning your yard into the perfect “green” space.

  1. Attract bees and butterflies. If you have a garden, you will want these pollinators in your yard. Planting a diverse array of native plants with a staggered bloom that bees and butterflies are attracted to will draw them to your yard all spring, summer or fall. Your local nursery will be able to help make suggestions.
  2. Welcome bats as the organic pest-control powerhouses they are. Bat houses for these flying mammals with a creepy reputation on your property will help you control pests.
  3. Go native with wildflowers and grasses. Cut back on mowing the grass and add some wildflowers and grasses native to Michigan. Check with your nursery, as some may grow too easily and become invasive.
  4. Plant your own salad. Increase the biodiversity of your yard by starting your own garden. You’ll save money, get exercise and enjoy the fresh fruits (and veggies) of your own labor.
  5. Harvest water from the sky. Install a rain barrel to capture any falling precipitation.
  6. Lower your cooling cost with trees. They help clean the air, provide shade and beauty, and can help reduce home cooling costs in the summer depending on how they are planted.

Link to original article:  http://www.ahealthiermichigan.org/2017/04/06/6-ways-to-give-your-yard-an-eco-friendly-makeover/

Fizzy-Fruity Margarita

5 May

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  Try MWLC’s Fizzy-Fruity Margarita to celebrate!

Ingredients:
1 Mixed Fruit Fiber Fulfill
1 8-oz. Diet 7-Up
1 serving fresh Raspberries
1 fresh Lemon, cut into wedges
1 Raspberry InstaBOOST (for rim of glass)

Preparation:
Open the InstaBOOST packet and pour onto a paper plate. Find a decorative drinking glass. Wet the rim of your glass with a fresh cut lemon. Dip the rim of the glass into the InstaBOOST until the rim of the glass is covered. Pour the can of Diet 7-Up into the glass and add Mixed Fruit Fiber packet.  Add raspberries to glass and stir all ingredients together gently.  Garnish glass with a lemon wedge.  Enjoy!

Vegetarian Mexican Salad

5 May

🎉 Happy Cinco de Mayo! 🎉

Enjoy the day (and your menu)!  Our Vegetarian Mexican Salad will add the burst of flavor you’re craving!

Servings:
1 Vegetable
1 Starch
*Suitable for Fast Track Patients

Ingredients:

Dressing:
Juice from 1 Fresh Lime
2 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 tsp. Chili Powder
1/8 tsp. Cumin
1/8 tsp. Paprika
1/8 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/8 tsp. Onion Powder 

Salad:
1/4 cup cooked Quinoa
2 Tbsp. chopped Cilantro, divided
5 Cherry or Grape Tomatoes, halved

Preparation:

Dressing:
Whisk all the ingredients together in a medium bowl.

Salad:
In the dressing bowl, lightly mix together the cooked quinoa and dressing. Add in cilantro, tomatoes and the chicken. Toss all ingredients together.

Fizzy Citrus Peach Margarita

4 May

Have you tried our Fizzy Citrus Peach Margarita yet? It’s a delicious combination of peach, lemon and lime! Check out the recipe today! 🍹

Servings:
1 Nutritional Supplement

Ingredients:
1 small Peach, pureed
1 MWLC Lemon Razzy Nutritional Supplement
3 packets Stevia
1 can of Diet Faygo Peach Flavor
2 Tbs. Fresh Lime Juice
2 Tbs. Fresh Lemon Juice
Ice Cubes

Preparation:
Open the 3 packets of Stevia and pour them onto a paper plate. Find a decorative drinking glass. Wet the rim of your glass with a fresh cut lemon. Dip the rim of the glass into the stevia until the rim of the glass is covered. Pour the rest of the stevia into the glass. Pour the can of Diet Peach Faygo pop into the glass with the leftover stevia. Open the packet of lemon razzy and empty the packet into the glass of pop. Once the one peach is pureed, add the peach mixture to the glass. Stir all ingredients together gently. Add 2 Tbs. of fresh lime juice and 2 Tbs. of fresh lemon juice. Lastly, cut a wedge of lemon, slice the center of the lemon, and place the lemon on the rim of the glass.

 **MWLC Freedom Meal Plans ONLY**

Tropical Orange Razzy Margarita

3 May

Kick back and relax this Cinco de Mayo with a Tropical Orange Razzy Margarita! 🍹

Servings:
1 Nutritional Supplement

Ingredients:
1 Diet Orange Pop
1 MWLC Lemon Razzy Nutritional Supplement
3 packets Stevia
2 Tbs. Fresh Lime Juice

Preparation:
Open the 3 packets of Stevia and pour them onto a paper plate. Find a decorative drinking glass. Wet the rim of your glass with a fresh cut lime. Dip the rim of the glass into the stevia until the rim of the glass is covered. Pour the rest of the stevia into the glass. Next, pour the diet orange pop into the glass with the leftover stevia. Open the packet of lemon razzy and empty the packet into the glass of pop. Mix all ingredients together gently. Add 2 Tbs. of fresh lime juice. Lastly cut a wedge of lime, slice the center of the lime, and place the lime on the rim of the glass. Enjoy!

**MWLC Freedom Meal Plans ONLY**

Benefits of Cherries

2 May

Cherries may be a favorite when snacking on fruit, but there’s more benefits to this fruit than just a sweet flavor!

4 Benefits of Cherries:

1. Cherries are high in antioxidants, contributing to decreased inflammation, and reduced risk of cancer and heart disease.  Sweet cherries are rich in beta carotene, vitamin C, anthocyanins and quercetin.  Fiber, Vitamin C, carotenoids and anthocyanins act as an anti-cancer team.  Cyanidin and quercetin help by reducing free radicals.

2.  Cherries are mostly water! Made up of an average of 80% water, snacking on this fruit will help you stay hydrated.  The water and fiber content in this fruit will also help you feel full, without all the extra calories.

3. They can help relieve pain from arthritis and gout.  Some research indicates that cherries can help reduce the symptoms from gout by lowering uric acid levels and reducing C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation.

4.  This naturally sweet fruit is an easy, healthy dessert for Spring picnics.  Just throw in a bag and serve!

Try a Cherry Recipe!

Twice Baked Stuffed Sweet Potato

Servings:
1 Fruit
1 Starch

Ingredients:
1/2 medium Sweet Potato
5 medium, fresh Cherries, pitted
1/2 small Orange, peeled and sliced

Preparation:
Bake sweet potato until tender.  Cool slightly and scoop pulp from sweet potato halve so it can be filled.  In a food processor, process cherries and orange slices until chunky mixture is achieved.  Mix sweet potato pulp with fruit mixture until well combined.  Scoop mixture into potato shell.  Bake at 350F oven until heated through.

Cherry Chocolate Crunch

Servings:
1 Fruit
1 Starch
1 Supplement

Ingredients:
1 Chocolate Pudding Shake Supplement, prepared as pudding
1 serving Cherries, pitted
1 serving Rice Cakes, crushed

Preparation:
Mix all ingredients together well.  Chill for 2 hours and serve.