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Heart Healthy Practices

By Chris Burchell, Executive Chef at MediLodge of Monroe

So who’s tired of shoveling snow?? And the winter has just begun … at least as far as the calendar is concerned. I, however, am not convinced. As far as I am concerned, we are neck deep in winter. And while shoveling snow can be some good exercise, I for one am nearly over it. We are now about to be smack dab into February, a month notably attributed to Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day, a day associated with hearts, seems to be very appropriate for February, given the fact that February is also National Heart Healthy Month! Ah our heart … this great engine of our cardiovascular system unfortunately goes unnoticed until something terrible happens. This is why recognizing heart healthy practices are so important. Along with a bit of exercise, the easiest way to take care of our heart is by being diligent in choosing the right things to eat.

Heart-healthy is not only about oatmeal and omega-3 fats, whole grains, beans and legumes, nuts, and teas are just as important, in that they offer all sorts of complex heart-protective phytonutrients. Fresh produce provides the cornerstone for a heart-healthy diet because they help wipe out free radicals in the bloodstream, protecting blood vessels. Salmon tops the list of heart healthy foods, but many foods are really quite good and are not exotic at all. Almonds & walnuts, kidney beans, red wine, brown rice, carrots, broccoli, spinach, and blueberries are all very effective at nutritionally providing things the heart loves.

The main idea would be to eat “whole-foods”… foods that are not processed at all, or at least minimally processed. Eating these kinds of food every day will greatly help you to have a healthier heart. And with a greater number of different items, you allow yourself to not become bored, which is the death blow to any “healthy” change in lifestyle.

Maple Glazed Salmon Salad

Walnut Oil Vinaigrette:
• 1/2 cup walnut oil
• 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
• 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
• 1 garlic clove, mincedSalmon
• ½ tsp salt
• ¼ tsp pepper
• 1 tbsp olive oil
• 2 tbsp real maple syrup
• 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
• 1 lb salmon filet
• Salt and pepper
• 6 cups baby spinach
• 1 cup Blueberries
• 1 cup walnuts, lightly toasted
1. For Walnut Oil Vinaigrette, whisk all ingredients together and set aside.
2. For the salad, preheat oven to 4250F and brush a baking dish with olive oil.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together Dijon mustard, maple syrup and maple extract.
4. Cut filet into 4 even portions and arrange in baking dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and brush with glaze.
5. Bake 9 to 11 minutes, until fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork. Remove and let cool 10 minutes.
6. Divide baby spinach between 4 large plates.
7. Sprinkle each with chopped blueberries and walnuts.
8. Top each with a salmon portion.
9. Enjoy with a glass of red wine…my favorite – Valpolicella, a fruity but not sweet red.

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MediLodge of Plymouth Shares Recipe for Delicious Berry Valentine Pie

In honor of Valentine’s Day, here is a recipe that is sure to sweeten your day!

berry valentine pie






1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust

1 (16 ounce) package frozen strawberries, thawed and drained

3 (7 ounce) cans whipped cream

1 (16.5 ounce) can pitted dark sweet cherries

1 (15 ounce) can blueberries

2 graham crackers, crushed


Optional: Don’t like Strawberries, blueberries or cherries? Try adding blackberries, raspberries, or grapes!



1. On bottom of pie crust, spread strawberries evenly and cover with whipped cream.

2. Spread cherries on whipped cream and cover cherries with whipped cream layer.

3. Spread blueberries on top of whipped cream and cover with last layer of whipped cream.

4. Sprinkle crumbled crackers on top of pie and place in the refrigerator for 45 minutes.






















MediLodge of Sterling Reminds Us That February Is Healthy Heart Month

lady with heart     Valentine’s Day makes February a natural for American Heart Month.  Having a healthy body gives you a healthy heart.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women in the United States.   American Heart Month is a time to raise awareness about heart disease and to educate the public on ways we can live heart-healthier lives.  MediLodge of Sterling has three important tips to keep your body healthy.

1.  Vitamins

What does that mean?  Expensive?  No.  I mean a vitamin that does dissolve in your body so your body benefits the vitamins in it.  I only know of one vitamin that is fructose compounded that benefits our bodies by absorbing 95% of the vitamins, instead of just passing through our bodies.  What is fructose compounding?  Fructose is a natural fruit sugar your cells crave and it is easily absorbed in the bloodstream.  This process is designed to pre-bind a fructose molecule to a mineral so the mineral won’t bind with nutrients in the digestive system.  The fructose compounded mineral are designed to be absorbed more easily into the bloodstream and delivered to your cells and thus to your tissues, organs and the rest of your body.  Thus making you body healthy.

2.  Exercise

You need to keep your body moving. We are suppose to walk at least 10,000 steps a day.  The best way to monitor that is to have a walking monitor that can be clipped to your belt or pants.  Then keep track of how many steps you take and then if they are aerobic.  Which will get you heart pumping.  When you get your heart pumping you are getting your body moving and getting your body in better shape all around.

3.  Food

We need to eat more vegetables and less processed foods.  We need to get back to making dinners instead of using processed foods that are easy and quick.  I fall into that category.  I’m in the process of retraining myself in making better choices for my family.  Life is busy and it’s just easier to use pre-made meals.

Tip: On Sunday make it family cooking day.  Get everyone in the kitchen and make five dinners for the week.  Put in the freezer when cooled.  Then during the week pull out dinner from the freezer and leave in fridge to thaw while at work.  It is something to get used to but it makes Sundays very memorable.

These are simple changes but they could save you or someone you love from something very serious.  It only takes a few good changes and you can have a better healthier life.medilodge heart

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