6 posts in the category “Food for thought”

Food for Thought: A heart-healthy recipe for Heart Month

Posted February 22nd, 2016 by

 

February is Heart Month, a time to raise awareness for the leading cause of death in Americans: heart disease. Healthy eating can lower your risk for heart problems, so for this edition of Food for Thought, we’re sharing a recipe from the American Heart Association. Give this Thai chicken soup a try — it’s is both heart-smart and tasty.

     

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup

  •  2 lb. boneless large chicken breasts
  • 14.4 oz. packaged onion and pepper stir-fry mix
  • 16 oz. packaged white mushrooms
  • 1/2 (13.5-ounce) can lite coconut milk
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp. red hot chile flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 10 oz. packaged frozen peas
  • 1/2 cups fresh basil or cilantro leaves
  • 4 oz. raw rice vermicelli noodles, roughly chopped or broken
  • Asian hot sauce like Sriracha, to serve, optional

Directions:

  1. Place chicken into a large slow cooker. Add stir-fry mix and mushrooms. Pour coconut milk and chicken stock over the mixture. Cover and let mixture cook on high heat for 4 hours or on low heat for 8 hours until chicken is tender.
  2. Before serving, turn the heat to high if it’s on low. Use tongs to transfer chicken to a bowl. Stir lime juice, chile flakes, salt, pepper, peas, basil, and vermicelli noodles into slow cooker, making sure the noodles are mostly submerged in the liquid. Cover with lid and cook until noodles have softened, about 20 minutes.
  3. Carefully transfer hot chicken to a cutting board and cut into bite-sized pieces. Stir back into the soup. Ladle soup into bowls and serve with hot sauce, if desired.

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Food for thought: healthy eating in 2016

Posted January 27th, 2016 by

A lot of people talk about smartening up their diets at the start of a new year. Over the past month, many PatientsLikeMe members have shared eating habits they’re going to keep and the new ones they’d like to start in 2016 — everything from cutting down on salt to going vegan. Take a look at what some people said below:

“I’m not changing my eating patterns. I eat anything I want, just in moderation. I shy away from processed food, limit my salt intake and eat lots of fruits and vegies. I try and snack healthy, although this is hard.”

-MS member  

“I am going to be taking a complete overall look at my diet, as I don’t look after myself anymore, and I am going to try and get back on track!”

-Fibromyalgia member

“My diet excludes all animal products. That means no dairy, no eggs, and no meat or fish. I eat a wide variety of grains, legumes, vegetables and fruit. I avoid processed sugars and use coconut sugar or agave, for example. I made these changes approximately three years ago. I am healthier because of my vegan diet.”

-Major Depressive Disorder member

“I’ve been gluten free since Sept. 2015. I have felt better. I have also added gradually, vitamins and supplements. The most important one being D3. I now am day 3 of 5000iu D3 daily. I also take Omega 3/fish oil daily. Added calcium, C Complex, magnesium, Acetyl L Carnitine, CoQ-10, and B, Glucosamine & Chondroitin. I’m better than I was, more energy, less pain, and IBS is way better. I’m saying this works for me. Consult your doctor before going this route. Looking forward to my best year in a very long time.”

-Fibromyalgia member 

“Since I found out I have MS and cut down on inflammation, I eat very little red meat and pork. Have also cut down on processed food and salt. Feeling better!”

-MS member

Do you have any goals for eating healthy in 2016? Share them with the community!

If you missed our other Food for Thought posts, check out the previous editions here.

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