Benefits of Spiralizing

28 Jul

Updated:  8/15/18

What is “Spiralizing”?

Spiralizing is a preparation technique used in cooking, that involves converting fruits and vegetables into noodles and chips.


Why Spiralize?

1. Spiralizing your fruits and vegetables contributes to weight loss and a healthier diet.

Spiralized vegetables can be a great substitute for pasta noodles and rice.  With spiralized vegetable noodles, you can eat more and weigh less!  The high fiber and water content in the spiralized vegetables helps you feel fuller longer.  Simply substituting pasta noodles with spiralized vegetables will give you a healthier meal.

2. There are plenty of fruits and vegetables that can be spiralized.

Spiralizing fruits and vegetables can create beautiful and delicious dishes, and add a new variety to your meals.

Vegetables on your meal plan that can be spiralized include Summer Squash, Broccoli, Zucchini, Cabbage, Onion, Cucumber, Radish, Apple, Eggplant, and Peppers. 

3. Spiralizing is quick and easy.

Spiralizing fruits and vegetables takes minutes and adds a creative twist to a meal.  Check out the MWLC Recipes page for healthy and delicious spiralizer recipes!


Tips for Spiralizing:

  1.  Spiralizing will be most effective when the vegetable or fruit is placed straight.
  2.  Fruits and veggies should be at least 1.5-in. in diameter for best results.
  3.  Remove the core from Apples before spiralizing to avoid seeds.


How do you cook spiralized vegetables?

Spiralized veggies are quick to cook, but there are a few tips you’ll want to employ for best results.

First, make sure you pat wetter noodles dry before cooking them — zucchini (which is 90% water) and squash are great examples. You’ll want to remove most of this water before cooking, so you don’t simply steam the noodles. All veggie noodles can be boiled, but the cooking time depends on the vegetable. Softer veggies such as zucchini only take 1–2 minutes, whereas sweet potatoes might take 4–5 minutes. For some “noodles,” you may not even choose to cook your veggies — carrots, as an example. Raw vegetables have a lovely texture and exceptional nutrition.


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Beef and Cabbage

27 Jul

Try this classic and delicious Beef & Cabbage dish from MWLC!


• 1 Protein
• 1.5 Vegetables

• 1 serving Ground Sirloin
• 1 cup Cabbage, shredded
• 1 clove Garlic, crushed
• Ginger, Chili Powder, Curry
• 1/3 cup Onion, finely chopped

Cook beef, garlic and onion – sauté until tender. Add seasonings and a little water. Simmer 10 minutes. Stir shredded cabbage into mixture and cook until tender. Garnish with cherry tomatoes and parsley.

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5 Flavored Ice Cube Recipes

19 Jul

If you’re looking to add some variety to your water, try these flavorful ice cubes!


1. Add a few berries – blackberries, blueberries, raspberries – to each cube in an ice cube tray, add water, and freeze.  This is a delicious addition to throw in your water bottle.

2. Fill an ice cube tray with fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice and freeze. Enjoy the tangy flavor as the ice melts!

3. Slice your favorite citrus fruits – oranges, lemons, limes – and add 1 slice to each cube in an ice cube tray. Add water to the tray and freeze.

4. Make “watermelon ice cubes” by slicing watermelon into small cubes or using a melon baller. Add 1 cube/ball to each cube in an ice cube tray and freeze.

5. Chop fresh mint leaves, add a few leaves to each cube in an ice cube tray, add water and freeze.

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Watermelon Smoothie

19 Jul

Who doesn’t want some more delicious watermelon in their life? Give our Watermelon Smoothie a try! 🍉


1 Fruit
1 Dairy

1 serving Plain, Low-Fat Yogurt
1 serving Watermelon, seedless, chopped finely
Fresh Mint to Garnish

In a blender, mix watermelon, yogurt, ice and puree until smooth.  Garnish with mint leaves.

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All About Pineapple

14 Jul

Updated: 1/31/19

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


3 Health Benefits of Pineapple:

1. Pineapples contain a large amount of Vitamin C, an essential vitamin that helps the body create and maintain connective tissue.

2. Pineapples are mostly water! Made up of over 80% water, munching on this fruit will help keep you properly hydrated during the Summer months. The water and fiber content in this fruit will also help you feel full and promote intestinal regularity.

3. Pineapple contains a significant amount of Bromelain, an enzyme that aids in digestion by breaking down protein. Studies on Bromelain have found that it is associated with several health benefits, including cancer prevention and improved immune function.

Quick Tips for Using Pineapple in Cooking:

1. Make a fresh salsa using your favorite spicy peppers and pineapple.

2. Add pineapple to kebabs made on the grill. Try grilling pineapple and watermelon on a skewer together, or adding pineapple to a skewer with chicken or shrimp.

3. Add fresh pineapple chunks to your favorite salad.


Try a Pineapple Recipe!

Pineapple Coconut Cooler

1 Fruit
1 Supplement
Suitable for Fast Track Patients

1 Vanilla Pudding Shake Supplement
6 oz. of Cold Water
1 serving Fresh Pineapple
1/4 tsp. Coconut Extract
Add Ice

Mix supplement and water. Add pineapple and mix well. Add coconut extract. Pour into a tall glass and serve. Garnish with a pineapple chunk.

Pineapple-Jalapeno Salsa

1.5 Fruits
1 Vegetable

1 1/2 servings Fresh Pineapple
1/2 serving Jalapeno Pepper
1/2 serving Red Onion
1/4 cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped
1 tsp. Garlic, minced
1/2 serving Stevia
1/2 tsp. Fresh Lime Juice
Pepper to taste

Dice/cube pineapple, seed and chop pepppers, chop onion. Combine pineapple, peppers, onion, cilantro, and garlic in a bowl. Add Stevia, lime juice and pepper to taste. Serve chilled.

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August 2016: Park It Family Fun Nights

12 Jul
Medical Weight Loss Clinic has partnered with “Park It” to host a family friendly evening at select parks in the Metro Detroit area this summer!  Please join us for an evening filled with live music, activities, giveaways, and a family-rated ... Read more »

July/August 2016: Park It Family Fun Nights

5 Jul
Medical Weight Loss Clinic has partnered with “Park It” to host a family friendly evening at select parks in the Metro Detroit area this summer!  Please join us for an evening filled with live music, activities, giveaways, and a family-rated ... Read more »