All About Veggie Noodles

28 Aug


The most popular way to make veggie noodles is with a spiralizer. There are several different models at different price points — everything from handheld options to screw spiralizers and expensive countertop options, too. That said, if you aren’t ready to take the spiralizer plunge, you can also use a mandoline, knife or vegetable slicer to create thin strips. Lastly, most well-stocked grocery stores today carry pre-packaged veggie noodles.


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.


When it comes to sauces, choose less-watery options. If you are using tomato sauce, reduce it so it has less water.  Choose richer sauces with lighter vegetables (say, a pesto with zucchini) and perhaps pair more robust sauces with heartier root veggie “noodles” (chunky meat sauce with carrots or broccoli, perhaps).

Are you interested in more veggie noodle recipes?

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Cherry Popsicle

26 Aug

National Cherry Popsicle Day is here!  Cool off with this fresh and tasty recipe!

Cherry Popsicle

2 Fruits
1 Dairy

9 medium Cherries
2/3 cup mixed Blackberries and Blueberries
1 serving Plain, Non-Fat Yogurt
Juice from 1/2 fresh Lemon
Lemon Zest, to taste
Fresh Mint, to taste

Using an Immersion Stick Blender, blend cherries, blackberries, blueberries, lemon juice, lemon zest, fresh mint, and yogurt in a cup or bowl. Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze until firm. Enjoy!


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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

1.5 Vegetables
1.5 Fruits
Freedom and Fast Track 2.0 Approved

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

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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Skip the fad and find what works for you

20 Aug
Skip the fads with Medical Weight Loss Clinic

Skip the fads with Medical Weight Loss Clinic

Since the beginning of civilization, fad diets have been an integral part of human behavior. Everything from cabbage soup to grapefruit has been marketed as a hot, new diet trend. And at the center of these fads is a desire for one thing: to lose weight fast.

It’s a bit of a Catch-22 when we see fad diets pop up, because they aren’t grounded in real weight loss techniques. Those who try things like the Keto, Zone or Liquid-Only diets will inevitably see pounds melt away, only to reappear later. It’s a vicious circle.

At Michigan-based Medical Weight Loss Clinics, our philosophy is grounded in taking a realistic approach to your weight loss journey. With more than 30 years of experience helping people regain control of their weight and keeping it off, we understand there’s more to dieting than just eliminating your potato chips.

“It’s the one-on-one approach we take with our patients that makes the difference,” said Tracy Strieter-Mandrik, wellness and development coordinator with Medical Weight Loss Clinics. “No two patients are alike. It’s not a one size fits all approach.”

Every diet is different and every wellness program has its focus. Some rely on group support, others are higher in carbohydrates. But the experts at Medical Weight Loss Clinics look at each patient – his or her overall health, food sensitivities or allergies and wellness expectations = to find the program that works best.

“This is a long-term lifestyle change,” said Strieter-Mandrik. “It’s not about weight loss. It’s about weight maintenance.”

When a patient enrolls in our program, he or she may want to look better in a dress, or fit into the new pants they bought at the store. We can help patients better define their “why” when it comes to weight loss – and build a program that suits them.

When the patient leaves, whether after the first visit or the sixth, we know they leave feeling like somebody took the time to listen to them. Our process is more personalized, and our 30 years of results speak for themselves.

If you have tried everything and can’t get the results you’re aiming for, or if you are just starting out in a wellness journey, we are here to help. Skip the fads and find your way. Book a free consultation at 248-353-8446 or schedule online here.

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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

1 Starch
1 Nutrient
1 Snack
Suitable for Fast Track patients

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

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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