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Fall Recipes That Taste Great And Are Good For You

With the holiday season just around the corner, we thought it would be a good idea to share some tasty fall recipes.

Enjoy…

Apples with Strawberry Sauce

Apples with Strawberry Sauce

½ AN APPLE
3 STRAWBERRIES
3 DROPS VANILLA CRÈME STEVIA

Directions:

SLICE APPLE AND ARRANGE ON A PLATE. MASH THE STRAWBERRIES WITH A FORK AND ADD VANILLA CRÈME STEVIA TO MAKE A SAUCE. POUR OVER THE APPLE SLICES.


Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipie from MedShape Weight Loss Clinics

Mix 1 scoop of Medshape’s vanilla protein powder into 10-12 oz of water and heat in microwave until hot. Add a scoop of your favorite instant coffee a dash of pumpkin spice and nutmeg, and splenda (optional) Mix well and add a dash of pumpkin spice on top, enjoy!


Albondigas Soup

Enjoy this amazing recipe for Albondigas Soup from MedShape Weight Loss Clinics

This one requires a little elbow grease, but it’s worth it. Yummy!

FOR THE MEATBALLS:

12 OZ GROUND TURKEY
2 TBS MINCED CILANTRO
2 TBS MINCED CELERY
PINCH OF CUMIN AND OREGANO

FOR THE SOUP:

32 OZ CHICKEN BROTH
16 OZ WATER
1 ZUCCHINI
2 GREEN BELL PEPPERS
2 CELERY STALKS
1/4 HEAD CABBAGE
2 BUNCHES GREEN ONION
7 OZ CAN GREEN CHILIES
2- 14 OZ CANS DICED TOMATO
1/4 CUP CILANTRO, MINCED
SPLASH OF BRAGG’S LIQUID AMINO ACIDS
1 TBS OREGANO
1 TSP GARLIC POWDER
1 TSP CUMIN
PINCH OF CHIPOTLE

DIRECTIONS

MEATBALLS: MIX WELL; DIVIDE INTO 4- 3 OZ SERVING. OUT OF EACH 3 OZ SERVING MAKE 6 MEATBALLS. BROIL IN OVEN UNTIL BROWN ALL OVER (TURN THEM!) SET ASIDE.

SOUP: IN NON-STICK SKILLET, SAUTE PEPPERS, ZUCCHINI. ADD GREEN ONION AND CABBAGE, COOK ABOUT 1 MINUTE. ADD GREEN CHILIES, TOMATOES, AND SPICES, EXCEPT CILANTRO. ADD CHICKEN BROTH AND WATER. BRING TO BOIL. TURN DOWN AND SIMMER FOR 15-20 MINUTES. ADD A SPLASH OF BRAGG’S AMINO ACIDS AND CILANTRO. DIVIDE INTO 4 SERVINGS AND ADD ONE SERVING OF MEATBALLS TO EACH SERVING OF SOUP. DO NOT COOK THE MEATBALLS IN THE SOUP, THEY WILL FALL APART.

 

Low Carb Summer Snacks Your Whole Family Will Love

It’s hot, Hot, HOT… summer has hit!  As heat scorches across the country, bringing in the 4th of July and family vacations, I decided I needed to find some low carb summer snacks that will help me cool down while satisfying my sweet tooth.  Here is a short list of what I’ve tried and liked so far.  I’ll add more as the summer progresses and I experiment more!

  1. Chocolate Berries – Who doesn’t like fruit dipped in chocolate?  There are ways to enjoy this delicious treat, even while sticking to your MedShape nutrition plan.  It’s the easiest and quickest of low carb summer snacks that I’ve found so far.

    Frozen Chocolate Berries – Just measure out a cup of halved strawberries or raspberries, as allowed for your daily fruit serving, and dip them in Walden Farms Chocolate Dip.  It’s delicious and can be eaten frozen or fresh!

  2. Low Carb Summer Snacks

    Zoku Quick Pop – strawberry protein shake w/ strawberries, avocado w/ almond milk & 3 drops of liquid stevia, & raspberry.

    Zoku Quick Pops – Ok, so I jumped on the Zoku Quick Pops band wagon and bought one a couple of weeks ago.  Why?  It’s been a fun, challenging experiment to make healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner foods so I figured it would be even better to make healthy, instant ice cream pops!  As expected, it’s been a blast for me (and my 2-year old) so far.  We’ve made many different low carb summer snacks with it and I’m always surprised how fast come out.  Literally, you have the craving and in less than 10 minutes, you have your ice cream bar!

    Healthy Zoku Quick Pop Hint – just take your favorite low carb protein shake and dice some fruit to put in it.  After we experiment a bit more, I’ll post a blog of Low Carb Zoku recipes.

  3. Frozen Smoothies – Smoothies and green smoothies have been a hit in my house for a few years.  They never helped me lose weight though until I went through the MedShape Weight Loss consultation and realized I was adding the wrong things to them.  They were not the healthy, low carb summer snacks that I thought them to be.  I adjusted a few recipes to include only the allowed fruits and veggies, though, and they’re now a healthier hit!  Add ice to them and you’ve got an instant frozen smoothie or “shake” as my 2-year old calls them.  He loves them, too, and it’s an easy way to get raw spinach and other veggies into his lil body!

    Favorite Smoothie Combination – 1 c strawberries or 1/2 small apple, 1 c spinach, 1/2 c cucumber, 1/2 avocado, 1 c water and some ice

So, the summer heat has brought out a lot of new experimenting with foods and delicious cool down treats.  We’ll be adding more to the blog, as we discover them.  If you have any suggestions for low carb summer snacks, we’d love to hear them!

Weight Loss Nutrition is My Biggest Challenge

Weight Loss Nutrition meal

My 2-year old and me, enjoying lunch together. This would be an ideal meal for my current weight loss nutrition plan!

This has been a good week. Making the decision to go to the MedShape Weight Loss and take the 1st steps towards a ‘healthier me’ has drastically improved my mood and opinion of myself. I know there will be countless challenges but I am ready to take them on. I’m tired of only posting the ‘good’ pictures… you know, the ones that I look less fat in. :-/ My biggest concern is with weight loss nutrition… that’s my personal challenge. I’ve tried before but have a hard time figuring out how to change my eating habits and successfully implement the changes.

There are so many different weight loss nutrition ideas out there… low fat, low calorie, high fat, high protein, etc… which one should I choose?! The low fat and low calorie seem to involve a bunch of chemically enhanced ingredients. Booh. The high fat… just doesn’t seem like a good idea. Fortunately, when I went through the initial consult at MedShape Weight Loss, my consultant laid out nutrition goals that were easy to understand. Their guidelines were developed using solid medical research, but are also commonsensical. Thank goodness.

So let me go back to the beginning. I’ll start to walk you through my experience.

After talking to friends about their success on the program and how much they liked their weight loss nutrition plan, I set-up a free consultation (immediately, so I couldn’t make excuses and put it off longer). Then, I proceeded to pig out on all my favorite bad foods for a few days (haha) to get ready to take the plunge. I think I feared feeling deprived so, much like a squirrel, I was preparing for the long haul. By the time the day came for my appointment, I was grossed out on unhealthy eating. haha Anyway, I arrived a few minutes early, was greeted with a warm smile and was still seen almost immediately. (That’s a nice change from most doctors’ offices.)

My consultant, Brittany, took me back to a room and had me start filling out basic medical history paperwork while she got me some water. When she returned, we talked a bit so that she, and the rest of the MedShape Weight Loss staff, would know how to best help me. It quickly became apparent that weight loss nutrition was my biggest concern so when we began to go over the MedShape Weight Loss nutrition guidelines in detail. After a brief explanation of the way the body burns fat and muscle, Brittany started in on the food recommendation. She gave me a moderate amount of paperwork, which broke down my daily recommended intake for weight loss nutrition. It featured 4 color coded columns that clearly tell you about recommended proteins, veggies and fruits. The foods in the green charts are allowed in unlimited quantities. The yellow charts allow up to 4 servings, the red chart allows 2 servings, and the blue protein charts recommend 4-6 servings. That’s it. It’s that simple. You can even eat up to 2000 calories if you want!

Now I understand why my friend said she doesn’t get hungry on this program. Still, I’m pretty motivated right now so I’m going to use MyFitnessPal to monitor my food intake and limit it to 1200 calories. Wish me luck!

Somewhere in the appointment, we took my current weight and height. I kinda wish they’d have offered to take a ‘before’ pic to put in my file but that wasn’t part of their routine (so I took my own at home). We also talked about their product line, which features protein shakes, drinks, bars, cereals, supplements, and more. I expected there to be more of a sales pitch here but there wasn’t. In fact, I was told that I could be successful without the products but that they were there if I wanted the convenience, variety, or extra boost. Because I am super motivated and want all 3 of those things, I ended up getting a variety of protein drinks and bars, which I’m sure I’ll blog about in the near future, as I try them.

I feel lucky to the MedShape Weight Loss staff helping me with my goals. I need the structure of their weight loss nutrition guidelines as well as support and accountability!

We’ll see how it goes…

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