Newsletter - June & July 2014

Keep Cool in the Kitchen this Summer

Enjoy fresh produce in season. Save the oranges and apples for fall, and load up on fresh berries, melons, greens, tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, beets, pea pods, and all the super-nutritious and low-calorie fruits, greens and vegetables that grow in the garden this time of year.To keep your cool and cut your time in the kitchen, start with prepared produce, such as cut-up fruit and washed greens. Add rotisserie chicken, prepared soups, and pre-threaded kabobs when you need something a bit heartier. Pre-prepped foods may cost a little extra, but they save time in the kitchen. Here are dietitian’s picks for some of the best foods to help with weight loss during the summer.

Newsletter - June & July 2014

Best Summer Weight Loss Food No. 1: Chilled Soups

We love all kind of produce but cold soups are among our favorite low-calorie dishes. Chilled soups like gazpacho or cucumber-dill that contain lots of chunky vegetables are a great way to start a meal. Research shows that a low-calorie, broth-based soup at the beginning of the meal will fill you so you eat less at the meal.

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Best Summer Weight Loss Food No. 2: Watermelon

Who doesn’t love diving into a crisp, juicy slice of watermelon when it’s hot outside? Half of the watermelon comes from water. It’s a wonderful way to satisfy thirst and a yen for something sweet.

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A plate of grilled vegetables is a summertime must-have. We recommend keeping a plate of grilled onions, bell peppers, zucchini, carrots, eggplant, asparagus, and garlic in your fridge. You can use them to make dishes like:

  • Grilled vegetable and goat cheese salads
  • Grilled vegetable pitas
  • Grilled vegetable, ricotta, and fresh herb pakeesta and frittatas
Newsletter - June & July 2014

4 Tips for a Great Workout this Summer

Well, the dog days of summer are upon us! How will you stay motivated with your workouts through the heat and humidity this summer? How are you going to make your workouts more enjoyable through the 90 degree plus heat?Here are some tips for a great summer workout:

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1. Drink

Stay hydrated with every activity you do… Up to a gallon of water throughout the day ( a little bit at a time, not all at once) is recommended to stay properly hydrated when working out, especially in the heat. Also, 8oz of a sports drink will enhance fluid absorption and keep your muscles from cramping.

2. Break It Up

Break up your workout into 15 minute intervals… Anyone can tolerate 15 minutes of something, right? Breaking up your workout will get you to your goal quicker than you think.

3. Go For A Dip

Take advantage of your community pool ( if you don’t have one) and splash those calories away! The pool just may be one of the greatest ways to get a low impact workout in during the summer heat. Who doesn’t love the pool? You can’t help smiling as you jump right in!

4. Don't Forget Your Sunscreen

Last but not least, always use sunscreen… Those UVA/UVB rays are always shining down- even in overcast. Slather up 15-20 minutes before you head out. Your skin will thank you for it!

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Happy Frozen Summer Treats!

Newsletter - June & July 2014

Banana Split Protein Popsicles

Ingredients

  • 2 cups original Silk soy milk
  • 1 oz package sugar free banana cream pudding
  • 2 scoops unflavored protein powder
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 2 TBS chocolate milk powder
  • 1 TBS sugar-free chocolate syrup

Directions

  • Puree strawberries in a blender or food processor. Set aside.
  • Puree pineapple chunks in a blender or food processor. Set aside.
  • In a blender, combine soy milk, pudding mix, banana, and protein powder. Blend until smooth and ingredients are fully incorporated.
  • Remove approximately 1/3 pudding mix and put in separate bowl. Add chocolate powder and chocolate syrup and stir until fully mixed. Set aside.
  • Layer popsicle molds with a layer of banana pudding, chocolate mix, banana pudding, strawberry, banana pudding, pineapple, banana pudding, chocolate mix, etc… until mold is filled. Freeze for at least 4 hours.
  • Enjoy!

Summer Cooler Popsicles

Ingredients

  • 3 cups watermelon puree
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1 peach or nectarine
  • handful fresh cherries
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Directions

  • Cut the watermelon into chunks and then puree it in a blender until smooth.
  • Set aside.
  • Set out about 1 dozen popsicle molds.
  • Fill each one with the chopped fresh fruit.
  • Then pour in the watermelon puree until each mold is full to the top.
  • Place a popsicle stick into each one.
  • Place into your freezer and freeze for about 6 to 8 hours. For more delicious popsicle recipes, check out our Pinterest page! Click here!

Monthly Recipe

Yummy Turkey Burgers

Nutrition:

  • 8 small burgers (without bun or condiments)
  • Calories: 137
  • Fat: 8
  • Carbohydrates: 4
  • Protein: 11
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Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 4 tsp. seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onion
  • 1 egg
  • 1 heaping teaspoon parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
  • 1 tb. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 oz. shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients together and cook burgers as desired.

Thomas

Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Nicole

Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Robert

Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Samantha

Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Eileen

Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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Brittany

Lost 126lbs

Brittany's success story

I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle that and just live my life. I had a sleeve gastrectomy. It changed how I view myself. How I communicate with people. I'm able to be much more of myself and live the life I always thought I should have been living. I am totally comfortable in my own skin. You have the tools you need to succeed here.

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Desiree

Lost 157lbs

Desiree's success story

I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before.

I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy because I had just become diabetic, and I had hypertension for many years. I lost a total of 157 pounds in 11 months. I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before. Everyone at New York Bariatric Group has been wonderful. They are kind. They are understanding. They make you feel comfortable. They will guide you every step of the way on your journey so that you can be successful.

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