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Slow Cooker Asian Pork

It has been a busy week at the clinic. It is great to be busy, but cooking dinner after a long day is not as great. So when going through my recipe binder looking for slow cooker recipes- I sadly became aware about how many non-chili slow cooker recipes I have (very few). So I set out to not only try out a few new recipes but to use different kinds of protein in the slow cooker. To get out of my rut, I chose to make a slow cooker asian pork recipe.

Chicken is very common in my slow cooker. I opted this time to use a pork tenderloin for this slow cooker asian pork which turned out amazing. When looking for new slow cooker recipes, I typically look for one with a good protein and seasonings. Anything other ingredients, I can easily modify to be low carb and bariatric friendly.

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Southwest Omelette

Breakfast can be one of the hardest meals to find variety in foods. It is probably one of the most common questions I have on a daily basis….”What can I have for breakfast?!” The typical scrambled eggs can get old fast, but this southwest omelette can be just the thing you need.

If you are stuck in a rut with this early meal, then get creative!

This is one of my favorite omelettes. The southwest omelette adds flavor and a little spice to your breakfast meal. It was actually made by my dear husband for dinner last night! Mr. A is pretty darn good at making omelettes….I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed not cooking supper!

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Meats & Veggie Pizza Toppings

Pizza Toss

Pizza pizza party, pizza pizza chomp chomp, pizza pizza toot toot, everybody pizza train! 
This is the song I sing every time we have the pizza, the Cauliflower Crust Pizza, or anything resembling pizza in my house. My husband and friends are so used to it now, they just sing right along with me. You can thank Jimmy Fallon (if you haven’t seen this skit, do yourself a favor and watch it). You can even sing it when making this Pizza Toss.
Pizza is great but the carbs can get you into trouble. And I love cauliflower crust pizza. But sometimes I don’t have the energy to invest in making it. So that’s when the pizza toss comes in. You get the great flavor of pizza without the carbs and work.
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Bariatric Vitamins vs. Over-the-Counter Vitamins

vitamins_clockEveryone needs vitamins. Everyone. There is no exception to that rule. But not everyone may require a vitamin supplement because their food intake is sufficient in the food sources that provide needed vitamins.

Why are vitamins (also called micronutrients) needed in the body?

Vitamins are not synthesized in the human body, meaning our body cannot make these nutrients. That is why vitamins are required in our food or supplement form. Vitamins are need for many body  functions and the absence of these can lead to lasting diseases. 

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Spiced Vanilla Breakfast Bowl

spiced vanilla breakfast bowl 3During the hot summer months, my stove does not get much exercise. Even in the early morning hours, I do not like heating up my kitchen. So that means I either make a big breakfast casserole or egg muffins once a week to keep my kitchen cool or I eat something straight from the fridge. Things like cottage cheese or cheese sticks are quick and easy, but can get old fast.

Try this spiced vanilla breakfast bowl for a change of pace. It is quick, tasty, and full of protein. The recipe can be made in under 5 minutes so it is perfect for a last minute breakfast. It also can be made the night before so you can snooze one more time! 

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Breakfast Mousse

chocolate brownie breakfast mousse 4Breakfast is the most commonly skipped meal of the day. With all that goes into getting out of the house in the morning, I understand that breakfast can get moved to the back burner. Even though you might not have time or not all that hungry in the morning, breakfast is an important component of weight loss and weight loss maintenance.

Not all breakfast foods are created equal. A breakfast of cereal or pastry can be detrimental to your weight loss efforts. Some great breakfast options can include an omelette, breakfast egg casserole, turkey sausage, or protein bars. But what if you are craving chocolate and maybe need something other than eggs? This breakfast mousse has you covered! The breakfast mousse can satisfy a craving, but is also packed with protein, potassium, and calcium!

**Remember: softer textures after weight loss surgery should be limited. If you get hungry between meals when eating a soft texture or drinking a protein shake, it is best to eat more solid foods. 

Sauteed Mushrooms

Memories of going wild mushroom hunting in the canyon on my grandma’s farm come rushing back every time I make sauteed mushrooms. Even though we have all of these warm fuzzy memories, I have a confession to make…I am not an adoring fan of mushrooms. But Mr. A loves them so I make them from time to time to appease his taste buds.

Sauteed mushrooms can be used in so many ways. One of the favorites in my house is to top steak with mushrooms or make mushroom burgers. And that is exactly what we did last week…grilled hamburgers with sauteed mushrooms. Here’s how you do it…

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What is your favorite wait to eat sauteed mushrooms? 

Deviled Pork Chops

These deviled pork chops are nothing to be scared of. In fact, they might be down right heavenly. One thing I love about these deviled pork chops is that you make them in the broiler. I love how quickly things cook in the broiler and the flavor you get from it. Now, I don’t use my broiler often, especially during the hotter months, because it makes my kitchen feel like I’m standing on the face of the sun. But the broiling time is short so it isn’t too terrible. Try out these deviled pork chops for a delicious meal that is ready in less than 20 minutes!

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These Deviled Pork Chops are perfect with grilled asparagus! What side dish would you choose?!

Grocery Store Tour

For people who are interested in, or required to make permanent diet and lifestyle changes, learning how to navigate through a grocery store can be stressful. Finding the healthiest options or knowing what the healthiest options can also be difficult. Especially if this is something you are not used to doing. Follow me through this “grocery store photograph tour” as I show you how to find nutritious, easy-to-eat, grab and go foods that are perfect for our every day, busy lifestyle!

PRODUCE

Walking into the grocery store, you will see the produce section first. In most stores, the produce is usually located toward the front of the building. The produce section typically consists of fruits, vegetables, and salad trimmings. Some healthy and nutritious options for vegetables include peppers, carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower and asparagus, as shown here.

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These veggies are very yummy eaten by themselves, but cooking and pairing them with your favorite meat will add lots of color and flavor to your meal. Chopped cauliflower or a cauliflower crumbles “fried rice” blend are both excellent alternatives for rice or potatoes.

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Also, at less than $5 per package, pre-cut vegetables (consisting of mushrooms, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions squash and peppers) are a quick and easy way to incorporate fresh and healthy sides with each meal.

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SNACKS

For a fast, on-the-go snack, the Taylor Farms “protein punch” package, consisting of broccoli, carrots, string cheese and almonds, or Harvest Snaps baked green pea crisps are both great choices for satisfying those mid-afternoon hunger pangs. Orchard Fresh nuts (pecans, walnuts, cashews, peanuts) can also be a good way to incorporate healthy fats into your diet, but try to keep your number of total servings down to only a few per week! All of these snacks can be found near the produce section.snack3 snack2 snack1

 

PROTEINS

Along the outer perimeter of the store, you will find the meat, cheese and yogurt products—also a necessity for a healthy and nutritionally stable diet! Pre-cooked and packaged meat such as oven roasted chicken, beef steak, meatloaf, or turkey breast are simple and filling options for lunch or dinner, and fully cooked turkey sausage patties or links are a good way to incorporate protein into your breakfast. For protein-filled snacks, or for a quick lunch option, you definitely can’t go wrong with turkey pepperoni, deli snackers, Hillshire Snacking small plates, P3 portable protein packs, or Fiorucci brand salami wrapped in cheese stick snack packs.

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Low-fat string cheese and low-fat Greek yogurt, located usually in the back perimeter of the store, can be eaten with any meal or as an easy to grab snack. Greek yogurt is also really good for dipping those fresh raw veggies in, to give them more flavor and texture! Eggs, also in the back of the store, are another good source of protein in the diet, and for those of us that don’t always have time to cook eggs in the morning, 6 peeled and ready to eat hard-boiled eggs are available for only $1.97.

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Whether you are a grocery store veteran or just starting to shop and cook at home, a visual tour can be helpful. I challenge you to go to a grocery store and look for healthy options that you might not have typically bought before. What’s in your cart today?

~Hannah Huff, Dietetic Intern

Grilled Bratwurst

Grilled Brats

Grilled Brats

 July is officially here, friends! And you know what that means….cookouts, barbecues, backyard shindigs, or whatever you call it.  I love cookout for a few reasons, but mainly because I think protein when I hear cookout. Burgers, chicken, ribs, and brats. If you are a novice at the grill, it can be intimidating. Start off with a food that doesn’t take much work, like grilled bratwurst. Happy grilling!

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Grilled Bratwurst
Course Main Dish
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Cook Time 15 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Prep Time 0 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Bring water to boil in a medium saucepan.
  2. Add brats to boiling water, reduce heat to medium, cover and let cook for 5 minutes.
  3. After boiling for 5 minutes, remove brats to a paper towel lined plate. Place on hot grill.
  4. Grill, turning on occasion until internal temp is 165 degrees or no longer pink inside (usually 10 minutes).
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