Zesty Shrimp and Black Bean Salad
1/4 cup cider vinegar
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon minced chipotle chile in adobo (see Tips), or more to taste
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 pound peeled and deveined cooked shrimp, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
1 large poblano pepper or bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup chopped scallions
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Whisk vinegar, oil, chipotle, cumin and salt in a large bowl. Add shrimp, beans, tomatoes, poblano (or bell pepper), scallions and cilantro; toss to coat. Serve room temperature or cold.
Happy day before Thanksgiving! Don’t feel like making a big turkey? Try this recipe:
Stuffed Turkey Breast
- One 4 lb boneless, skin-on turkey breast
- 2 cups chopped white mushrooms
- 2 cups chopped baby spinach, stems removed
- 1 cup chopped white onion
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
For the stuffing:
- Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large frying pan.
- Saute mushrooms, garlic, baby spinach, and onion on medium heat. Season with salt and pepper.
- Once vegetables are soft, remove from heat, add minced rosemary and set aside.
For the turkey:
- Preheat oven to roast at 375.
- Carefully remove skin from turkey and set aside.
- Place turkey breast, skin side down on a large cutting board.
- Spread halves of breast apart, so the turkey breast opens like a book.
- Release thickest tenders of meat with a sharp knife so that you can open the breast more to create an even thickness of meat.
- Cover turkey breast with parchment paper and carefully pound to even thickness with a meat mallet (or cast iron skillet like we had to resort to using). You want the meat to be as even as possible without damaging the breast.
- Spread stuffing over turkey and tightly roll the breast for roasting.
- Cover the stuffed breast with the reserved skin, and tie with kitchen twine in three evenly spaced intervals to keep skin in place.
- Lay stuffed breast in a roasting pan or pyrex dish seam side down.
- Lightly rub skin with olive oil.
- Roast at 375 for about 2 hours and 30 minutes, or until the roast has reached 175 degrees in the breast.
Recipe from: Primal-palate.com
Eating well this time of year can be tricky, especially since “the holidays” run from the beginning of Thanksgiving all the way thru New Year’s Eve. That’s approximately 6-7 weeks of possible holiday gatherings! Almost all holiday celebrations center around food, so temptation is always lurking around the corner. At Complete Clinics, we understand that having options and strategies to avoid these temptations will help you maintain motivation and stay on your program through the hustle and bustle of the season.
Check out these great tips below from our clinicians and support staff:
- Avoid the Gain. On average, a person can gain 7-10 lbs over the holiday season! So, sometimes just maintaining your weight during this time can be a realistic goal and still represents success.
- Give it away. Don’t keep leftover carbohydrate dense dishes. If you are hosting, make sure to send the leftovers home with your guests or donate them if appropriate.
- Just say no, politely. Similar to above, if you are the attendee of a holiday party, don’t take leftovers home.
- Snack up. Focus on healthy snacking during a holiday party. Cold cuts, cheese, nuts, and vegetable platters are a great place to start.
- Find common ground. Sit next to a healthy eater or someone who is on the program with you. Having a buddy and accountability is an important key to success.
- Drink in moderation. Alcohol should always be consumed sparingly without sweet mixers. (Examples: soda or juice).
- Get Moving. Maintain your current exercise routine or start gradually, if it’s not a part of your routine yet. Suggest an after dinner walk or morning hike to move more and spend time with family.
- Try to make healthy choices everyday. Don’t wait until January 1 to revamp your health.
- Shake up the menu. Look for new recipes that will help you stay on your program and substitute them for traditional items. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook as we give a facelift to some traditional dishes.
- Stress Relief. There is no doubt that this time of year can be very stressful with family gatherings, shopping, and travel. Make sure to keep a list of stress reduction ideas instead of turning to food. Try a warm bath, a good book, a massage, or any activity that you find enjoyable to calm the mind and body.
- Protein power. Make sure to continue eating protein every 3 hours (Simeon’s patients need not follow this advice).
- Fuel up! You wouldn’t take your car on a five hour drive on an almost empty tank so make sure to eat before you go to a holiday party. It will ensure you don’t go hungry and fill up on the good stuff first.
- Enjoy the Holidays. Lastly, it’s not necessary to avoid all carbohydrates and sweets during the holiday season but it is important to limit the quantity and try to limit intake to the actual day and not every day in between.
What is your plan to make it through the Holidays?
Share your ideas with us!
Stuff your turkey with this low carb stuffing!
Apricot Ginger Stuffing
4 tablespoons salted butter
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cups almond flour
1-1/2 cups apricots, chopped (fresh or canned in water, drained)
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper, or to taste
1. Melt the butter in a large skillet. Add the chopped onion; cook for 5 to 10 minutes until softened.
2. Add the remaining ingredients; mix well. The mixture should come together and look fairly wet, but if it doesn’t, add a few tablespoons of water until it holds together in the pan.
3. Stuff turkey with mixture, then weight to calculate the complete cooking time. Roast as directed.
Recipe from: sheknows.com
Ground Turkey and Peppers
- Olive oil
- 1 cup chopped yellow onion, including some chopped greens from scallions or green onions
- 1 bell pepper (red or yellow preferred), chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Kosher salt
- 1 lb ground turkey, preferably ground turkey thighs
- 1 teaspoon chipotle powder or chili powder (or to taste)
- 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet on medium high heat. Add the chopped onions and bell pepper and cook until onions and peppers are softened, a couple minutes. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds more. Push the vegetables to the edge of one side of the pan and position that side of the pan so that it is off the burner, away from the heat. The empty part of the pan should be right over the burner. Add one or two more tablespoons of oil to coat the empty part of the pan. Put crumpled chunks of ground turkey in the pan, sprinkle with salt and chipotle or chili powder. Cook the turkey without stirring until it is browned on one side, then turn the pieces over to brown the other side. Once the turkey is just cooked through, stir in the onions and peppers, and sprinkle with more salt and chili powder to taste. Remove from heat. Stir in fresh chopped parsley or cilantro.
Recipe from: simplerecipes.com
1-1/2 pound fresh pumpkin
8 ounces prepared hummus
olive oil cooking spray
2 teaspoons powdered ginger
2 teaspoons sweet paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup fresh herbs, chopped (oregano, thyme, marjoram, rosemary, basil, etc)
Start with prepared hummus and preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Peel and slice pumpkin. Pre-cook the pumpkin slices for 10 minutes in the microwave with a dash of water in a covered bowl. Give your baking sheet a spritz of oil then lay the pumpkin slices on the baking tray and give them a spritz of oil. Sprinkle with paprika, ginger, mixed green herbs, and salt. Bake until nice and soft. Will take about 40 minutes. Let the pumpkin cool and then mash. Mix in the hummus and add more herbs and spices if you like. Serve as a dip with fresh crispy vegetables!
Recipe from: meatlessmondays.com
Baked Sea Bass with Capers and Lemon
- 1 lb sea bass fillets
- 1 lemon
- 2 Tbs capers, rinsed
- 2 sprigs fresh dill
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 350℉.
- Place sea bass fillets on a broiler pan.
- Thinly slice lemon (1/8″ slices).
- Sprinkle the fish with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Top with capers and dill sprigs. Cover with fresh lemon slices.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes, until fish flakes easily with a fork.
Recipe from: paleoplan.com
Super Beef Chili
8 oz. lean (95%) ground beef
1/2 ts onion flakes
1/2 ts garlic granules
1 TB chili powder
1 ts paprika
1/4 ts ground cumin
dash cayenne pepper
1 cup low sodium beef broth
2 medium tomatoes, cored, seeded, and diced
pinch or drop of plan concentrated stevia
1. In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef, using a fork to break up any clumps. Add the onion flakes, garlic granules, chili powder, paprika, cumin, cayenne, and salt, stir well to combine, and cook a further minute.
2. In a medium bowl combine the broth, tomatoes, and stevia and pour the mixture into the skillet, stirring well to combine.
#. Cook over low heat, stirring often, until the liquid is mostly absorbed and the beef is flavorful, about 20 minutes. Taste for seasoning and serve immediately.
Recipe from: hCG Diet Quick Start Cookbook Phase II
Chicken Asparagus Bake
100 grams cubed chicken
½ cup chicken broth or water
1 Melba toast crushed (optional)
1 clove garlic crushed and minced
2 tablespoons onion chopped
Dash of paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
Place chicken, asparagus, liquids, and spices and pour into small baking
dish. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until bubbly and hot. Top with
crushed Melba toast crumbs and sprinkle with paprika.
For Phase 2 of HCG diet protocol. Recipe from: www.recipes-network.net
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Our expert support staff works to ensure you have the resources necessary to keep
making the best choices for improved health. With new drugs on the market such as Qsymia and Belviq, on top of existing weight loss medications and therapies, it can be hard to decide which if any, will help aid you in fast weight loss, and more importantly, long-term weight loss. Our clinicians know that there isn’t a magical cure for weight loss and that sometimes medications are not even necessary. Complete Clinics not only understands weight loss- WE ARE THE EXPERTS IN MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS. With over 65 years of combined experience our clinicians and support staff will guide you on your weight loss process, making sure to help you overcome any obstacles along the way.
No Single Solution
We know the key to success isn’t always just following a diet plan and exercising
that is why we offer aids to assist in your goals. For example, Complete Clinics will
be offering the new weight loss aids, Qsymia and Belviq, as they become available on
a case-by-case basis.
Dr. Morris of our Gurnee and Oak Brook clinics stated that, “The weight loss
results achieved only with the use of the new weight loss aids are not particularly
impressive. Many of our patients have great success with our basic program
sometimes without the need of additional aids.”
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Who can enjoy life eating only lettuce and cotton balls?! Roughly 8 out of 10 people
fail to keep the weight off after attempting a diet or weight loss program. Why?
Most diets or programs are designed only for quick weight loss in a short time
span or are not sustainable for long periods of time. At Complete Clinics we offer
more than just a diet program. We offer our patients the ability to have a program
designed for their needs utilizing a variety of tools at our disposal, from medical
evaluations to determine there are no medical obstacles such as food allergies or
hormone imbalances to customized diets. Further, we utilize approved medications
to help you overcome temptations and other barriers that may initially impede you.
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Maybe you have a wedding or reunion coming up that you want to look great for.
Maybe you just want to get healthy again or get some energy back into your life.
Whatever your reasons are, maintaining a healthy weight has never been so critical
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