Thanksgiving Lightened Up! 7 Side Dishes and Desserts that won't ruin your diet

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The Holidays can wreak havoc on your diet and health, but no one wants to quietly eat a bland salad at a feast! There are so many tips out there about eating better, but these 3 are the best:

  1. Get active that morning! There are many fun runs and turkey trots that can motivate you to walk or jog a 5k the morning of Turkey day.
  2. Watch your portions! It's okay to have a few bites of mac n cheese, but a huge scoop of everything is unnecessary and will leave you feeling stuffed and tired.
  3. Bring a healthy (or healthIER) dish.

To make the last tip easy for you, we've curated a list of 7 side dishes and desserts to lighten up your Thanksgiving Feast:

1. CHICKEN SAUSAGE AND HERB STUFFING

 

4 Smart Points, 166 calories, Serving Size: 3/4 cup

TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

14 oz whole wheat French bread or baguette, crusts removed (weight after crust is removed)

2 tbsp whipped butter

1 1/2 cups diced yellow onion

1- 3/4 cups (about 4 stalks) diced celery

13 oz fresh sweet Italian chicken sausage, casing removed

1/4 cup chopped fresh sage

1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme

3 1/4 cups reduced sodium chicken broth

salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

cooking spray

DIRECTIONS:

Cut the bread into 1/2-inch cubes. Spread the bread out on a baking sheet and let it dry overnight - OR - place the baking sheet in a 350°F oven and bake about 20 minutes, or until the bread is dried out. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a large baking dish with oil.

In a large sauté pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and sauté, stirring occasionally, until tender and translucent, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.

In the same pan over medium heat, cook the sausage, crumbling with a wooden spoon, until lightly browned and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Transfer the sausage to the bowl with the onion/celery mixture.

Add the bread, sage and thyme to the bowl with the sausage/onion mixture and stir to combine. Add the chicken broth and stir to evenly coat the bread. Adjust salt and pepper to taste and stir to mix well.

Transfer to the baking dish and bake for 30 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, gently stir. Continue baking until golden, about 30 to 35 minutes more. Serve immediately.

NUTRITION INFORMATION

Yield: 12 Servings, Serving Size: 3/4 cup

Amount Per Serving:

Smart Points: 4; Points +: 4; Calories: 166; Total Fat: 6.5g; Saturated Fat: 2.2g; Sodium: 549mg; Carbohydrates: 19g; Fiber: 2.5g; Sugar: 2.9g; Protein: 9g

     

     2. Roasted Pumpkin Sage Soup

Servings:  5 • Size: a little under 1-3/4 cup • Points +: 3 pts • Smart Points:1
Calories: 137.5 • Fat: 3 g • Carb: 25 g • Fiber: 7 g • Protein: 6 g • Sugar: 9 g
Sodium: 459 mg (without salt)

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium (6 lbs total) sugar pumpkins or pumpkin pie pumpkins
  • 1 tbsp butter (olive oil for dairy-free or whole30)
  • 3/4 cup shallots, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 cups fat free, low sodium chicken broth (vegetarians can use vegetable stock)
  • 1 tbsp fresh sage, plus more for garnish
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • reduced fat sour cream for garnish, (optional)

Directions:

Heat the oven to 400°F. Using a heavy, sharp knife, cut the pumpkins in half. Scoop out seeds and place on a baking sheet; bake for 1 – 1-1/2 hours.

When the pumpkin is cooked and cool enough to handle, use a spoon to scoop out the flesh. This should make about 5 cups.

Add butter to a large pot or Dutch oven, on medium heat; add shallots and sauté until tender, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook an additional minute. Add pumpkin and broth to the pot, along with sage, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Simmer, covered for about 15 minutes.

Blend in a blender or immersion blender and blend the soup until smooth.

(Optional) Garnish with light sour cream and sage.  Makes 8 1/2 cups.

 

3. Fresh Fig & Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese

Servings: 8 • Serving Size: see below • Points +: 3 pts • Smart Points: 3
Calories: 124.5 • Fat: 4.5 g • Carb: 20.5 g • Fiber: 2 g • Protein: 2 g • Sugar: 15 g
Sodium: 43 mg

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups baby arugula
  • 8 fresh figs, washed and quartered
  • 1.75 oz semi-soft goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup balsamic glaze 
  • 4 tsp extra virgin oil

Directions:

Arrange arugula on a salad bowl or platter, or you can divide on 8 salad plates.

Top with quartered figs and goat cheese and serve with balsamic glaze and olive oil on the side.

Serving size: 1 cup arugula w/ cheese, 1 fig, 1 tbsp balsamic glaze, 1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil.

 

 

 

 

 

4. Butternut Squash Gratin

TOTAL TIME: 1 hour

Gratin's are usually loaded with butter and cream, this lightened version is healthier and flavorful, you won't miss all the cream! A perfect side dish for Turkey or Roasted Chicken.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 pound (1 medium) butternut squash, peeled
  • ½ cup 2% reduced fat milk
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/3 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • ¾ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup whole wheat or gluten-free panko

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Slice butternut squash into 1/4-inch thick slices. You can do this with a knife or it's much easier with a spiralizer
  3. In a large bowl, combine the milk, garlic, shallot, thyme, ½ of the parmesan, ½ teaspoon salt and pepper.  Add the squash and toss to coat. Spray a medium oven-safe casserole dish with cooking spray.  Transfer squash mixture to casserole dish and set aside.
  4. In a medium microwave safe bowl, melt butter.  Add breadcrumbs, remaining parmesan, ¼ teaspoon salt, and pepper.  Evenly spread breadcrumb mixture over squash, cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes.  Uncover and broil 2-3 minutes to brown top (watch carefully because it browns quickly!)

NUTRITION INFORMATION

Yield: 6 servings, Serving Size: 1/6th
Amount Per Serving: Smart Points: 4; Points +: 4; Calories: 161; Total Fat: 6g; Sodium: 250mg; Carbohydrates: 24g; Fiber: 3.5g; Sugar: 5g; Protein: 5g

 

5. Cranberry Pear Sauce

Cook Time: 15 minutes

An EASY 3-ingredient sauce! This is my go-to cranberry sauce for the Holidays. I love how the sweet pears compliment the tart cranberries, perfect to add to your Thanksgiving table.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 12 oz fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2 ripe pears, peeled and cored, cubed small
  • 1/2 cup agave or honey*
  • 1 cup water

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Bring all the ingredients to a boil on high heat in a medium saucepan.
  2. When boiling, reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the cranberries burst and the sauce thickens. Remove from heat and let it cool before refrigerating. Serve chilled or room temperature. Makes 3 1/4 cups.

NUTRITION INFORMATION

Yield: 13, Serving Size: 1/4 cup

Amount Per Serving: Smart Points: 2; Points +: 2; Calories: 61; Total Fat: 0g; Sodium: 0.5mg; Carbohydrates: 16g; Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 13g; Protein: 0g

 

6. Pumpkin Roll Lightened

Adapted from Joy of Baking 
Servings: 13 • Size: 3/4″ slice • Points +: 5 pt (4 pts no nuts) • Smart Points: 8 (7 pts no nuts)
Calories: 198.3 • Fat: 7.1 g • Carbs: 42.7 • Fiber: 0.8 • Protein: 5 g • Sugar: 21
Sodium: 133.9 mg

 

Ingredients:

For the cake:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • non-stick spray (I used Smart Balance)
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar (to sprinkle on towel)

For the filling:

  • 6 oz light cream cheese, at room temperature (NOT fat free)
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 6 oz fat free Fage Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar (optional for topping)

Directions:

Pumpkin Roll: Preheat oven to 375°F and place oven rack in the center of the oven.  Spray a 15 x 10 inch baking pan with non-stick spray, line it with parchment paper, then spray a little more non-stick spray and lightly flour the parchment paper.

Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, allspice, and salt into a large bowl.

Beat the eggs and sugar together in your electric mixer or hand mixer. Beat on high speed for five minutes, or until thick, pale yellow, and fluffy. (When you slowly raise the beaters the batter will fall back into the bowl in slow ribbons.)  Beat in the vanilla extract and pumpkin puree. Using a spatula, gently fold in the sifted flour mixture. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, evenly spreading the cake batter with a spatula or knife.

Bake about 13 – 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the cake, when lightly pressed, springs back.

Sprinkle a clean dish towel with confectioners’ sugar.

Immediately upon removing the cake from the oven invert the pumpkin roll onto the clean dish towel. Carefully remove the parchment paper from the bottom of the cake and sprinkle lightly with confectioners sugar; roll the pumpkin roll up with the towel, while it is still hot and pliable. Place on a wire rack to cool.

Filling: Beat the cream cheese, yogurt, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and beat until smooth; fold in the walnuts. Refrigerate at least one hour.

To Assemble: Unroll the pumpkin roll, spread with the filling, and re-rollTransfer to your serving platter; cover and chill in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight. (You can serve this cake immediately but chilling it overnight sets the filling and makes it easier to slice.) Just before serving, lightly dust with powdered sugar.

 

7. Skinny Apple Cobbler

Servings: 6 • Size: 1 cobbler • Points +: 7 pts • Smart Points: 9; Calories: 261.5 • Fat: 4.7 • Carbs: 56.9 • Fiber: 4.2 • Protein: 1.9 • Sugar: 39.6; Sodium: 168.1 g 

For the Filling:

  • 2 1/2 lbs Gala apples, peeled, cored and sliced 1/4″ thick*
  • 1/2 cup honey 
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water

For the Topping:

  • 1/4 cup King Arthur white whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup King Arthur all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp chilled whipped butter
  • 1/3 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp light brown sugar (unpacked)

Directions

In a large heavy pot, combine all of the apple filling ingredients and simmer on low heat for about 25 minutes, gently stirring occasionally until the apples are soft. Divide warm apples into 6 (8 oz) ramekins.

Preheat the oven to 400°. In a medium bowl, whisk flours, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cutin chilled butter (must be cold) using a pastry cutter (or 2 knives) until pebble-sized pieces are formed.

In a small bowl combine buttermilk and oil; mix well. Add to the dry mixture and mix until just moistened, careful not to over-mix. Spoon the batter over the apples in the ramekins.

Sprinkle with brown sugar and bake 30 minutes, until apples are bubbling and the topping is golden. Let it stand 8 to 10 minutes before eating.

All recipes from Skinnytaste.com

Preventing Stress Eating

What is Emotional Eating

If you’ve ever made room for dessert even though you’re already full or dove into a pint of ice cream when you’re feeling down, you’ve experienced emotional eating. Emotional eating is using food to make yourself feel better—eating to fill emotional needs, rather than to fill your stomach.

Using food from time to time as a pick me up, a reward, or to celebrate isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But when eating is your primary emotional coping mechanism, you get stuck in an unhealthy cycle where the real feeling or problem is never addressed.

Emotional hunger can’t be filled with food. Eating may feel good in the moment, but the feelings that triggered the eating are still there. And you often feel worse than you did before because of the unnecessary calories you consumed. You feel guilty for messing up and not having more willpower.

There are several types of emotional eating with stress-eating being the most popular kind during the holiday season.

How does stress affect your appetite?

When stress is chronic, it leads to high levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Cortisol triggers cravings for salty, sweet, and high-fat foods—foods that give you a burst of energy and pleasure. The more uncontrolled stress in your life, the more likely you are to turn to food for emotional relief. Cortisol also increases accumulation of fat around the midsection - so you're more likely to pack on belly fat when you're stress eating. 

Ways to Prevent Stress Eating

  1. Keep the bad foods out of your house! There's no reason to stock up on ice cream or cookies if you know you have a penchant for snacking on them when stressed. A lot of times, emotional eating happens without being aware, so you might finish off half a box before you even realize what you're doing!
  2. Exercise. Low or moderate intensity exercise can decrease cortisol levels and alleviate stress. Bonus benefit! You burn extra calories ;)
  3. Wait 10 minutes before giving in to a craving. Drink some water, count, watch a little more TV, just get your mind off of it, and if it's a stress craving, it normally goes away.
  4. Get Social Support. Sometimes just telling your loved ones about your stress eating can help you be more aware or mindful of your habits. 
  5. Consider the root cause. Is there something you can do to remove or reduce this stress from your life? If not, are there other ways you can cope with the stress, whether it's exercising, journaling, talking to someone, coloring in those cool adult color books, reading, etc?

FRIDAY FAVORITES!

01. Favorite Beauty Treat

After having her makeup done for an event by our ever-so-talented Jessica, Sybil decided to offer makeup application at New Life Wellness Medical Spa. Jessica is currently fangirling over this Ben Nye Professional foundation palette she'll be using! Coming soon ;)

02. Favorite Post

The ultimate Favorites list was released! We're making our wish list with Oprah's Favorite Things 2016 edition. Now if only Oprah would send them to us...

03. Favorite Bling

Last night, Sybil modeled a Patek Philippe Watch for a St. Anne's School fundraising event at de Boulle Diamond and Jewelry. No wonder she fell in love! The watch retails for $12,000. We are definitely putting it on our LUST LIST. 

04. Favorite Sip

We are OBSESSED with HEB's own Cafe Ole Houston Blend. This aromatic coffee tastes just as good as it smells! 

05. Favorite Event

Dana will be attending Houston WineFest 2016 which features live music and over 60 types of wine from both Texas and from all around the world. It's definitely our favorite event this weekend. 

What fun things are you doing this weekend?

Tips for Choosing a Turkey this Thanksgiving

Choosing a Turkey for Thanksgiving can be overwhelming with all the labels. Here are some tips for choosing the best turkey this year. 

Choosing a Type of Turkey: What Do the LABELS mean? 

The Labels on Turkeys can be confusing. Sometimes manufacturers will label their turkeys as "hormone-free and free-range" which sounds great and worth the $5/lb more until you find out that by Law and regulated by the USDA, ALL turkeys are free-range and hormone-free! Here are what the labels REALLY mean:

  • Hard- or Deep-Chilled: These turkeys have been chilled below 26 degrees so they can’t be called “fresh,” but they’re not frozen, either.
  • Natural: Natural turkeys haven’t undergone too much processing (such as self -basting), but unlike organic varieties, they have been fed regular feed rather than organic, may have had antibiotics.
  • Kosher: The processing of these birds has been supervised such that they meet kosher standards of not mixing meat and dairy, avoiding shellfish, etc. They are sold previously brined, so it’s best not to brine these turkeys, or the result will be overly salty.
  • Basted or Self-Basting: Turkeys advertising “enhanced flavor” are self-basting, meaning they’ve been injected and bloated with solutions. These birds are usually highly processed.
  • Organic: These turkeys meet the requirements to be labeled “organic” because of they are fed organic food (food free of pesticides and GMO products), but may still have had antibiotics. They have a milder flavor than heritage or pastured turkeys. 
  • Free-Range: By Law and regulated by the USDA, all turkeys are free range. 
  • Hormone Free: By Law and regulated by the USDA, all turkeys are hormone free.
  • Heritage: Heritage turkeys are direct descendants of America’s first turkeys; they’re also  foraging, organically-raised and antibiotic-free. They may lack the fat content of other varieties, but their flavor is more intense.
  • Pastured: Pastured turkeys are also allowed to forage, and they’re free of antibiotics. They have a rich flavor and firm texture similar to that of heritage birds.
  • Wild: Turkeys labeled “wild” are raised on farms and small in size, with a slightly gamey flavor and lean, dry texture.
  • Antibiotic free: Turkeys that have never had antibiotics whether in feed, intramuscular, or in water. All birds that have had antibiotics (such as those that became sick) are not allowed on the market until all traces of medicine have left their system. Organic and natural turkeys can still have had antibiotics. 

Size + Fresh vs. Frozen

To choose the right size, you want 1 lb of meat per adult, or 1.5 lbs if you want significant leftovers.

For frozen turkeys, defrosting takes 24 hours in the refrigerator per 5 lbs; so a 15 lb turkey would take 3 days. For faster defrosting, Submerge frozen turkey (in original packaging) in cold water, and replace water ever 20 minutes. When turkey is 40-45 degrees, it's ready for roasting.

Fresh turkeys must be cooked within 72 hours of purchase. Because fresh turkeys expire much quicker than frozen, they tend to be more expensive.

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Holiday season! 

Click here for EatingWell.com's healthy Thanksgiving Turkey recipes.

Dana Omari is our inhouse registered dietitian who is interested in wellness through whole foods

Sources: USDA.gov, TIME.com

Why Now is the Perfect Time for Laser Hair Removal

Fall/Winter is the PERFECT Time for Laser Hair Removal

Even though cooler temperatures are just now settling in, it’s never too early to start preparing your skin for summer. If you’re tired of shaving, waxing, or tweezing unwanted hair, we’ve got great news! Fall and Winter are the perfect time to get bikini ready with laser hair removal. Why? Here’s a few reasons to start laser treatments now:

  • Laser hair removal requires multiple sessions over a period of months. So if you wait until summer you're too late. Starting in the fall or winter means you’ll be hair-free by summer!
  • Getting laser hair removal when you have a sunburn is a bad idea, and recent sun exposure puts you at risk for burns. Tanned skin can also prevent you from seeing amazing results. 
  • After a laser treatment, the treated area should be kept out of the sun. Of course, it’s easier to keep treated areas covered and protected by clothing in the fall or winter, and it won't interfere with your social life!

Laser hair removal is great for both men and women. We offer laser hair removal for the following areas:

  • Face/Lip/Chin/Sideburns
  • Bikini/Brazilian
  • Underarms
  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Neck/Nape of Neck
  • Chest/Abdomen
  • Shoulders
  • Back
  • Feet

Give Yourself the Gift of Smooth, Silky Skin, Free of Unwanted Hair!

When you’re ready to schedule your laser hair removal treatment in Tomball, call our professional medical staff at 281-351-4808.

Soft Summer Peels are Back!

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5 Tips for Surviving a Summer Cookout (with recipes!)

Classes are ending, the days are getting hotter, and it’s starting to feel more like summer – and that means time for barbecues! As much fun as it is, a cookout is still an event that is centered around foods that aren’t always on target with your health goals. Traditional barbecue favorites like hot dogs, chips and potato salad make it hard to stay on track with your diet, but here are some Summer Cookout Survival Tips:

  1. Choose the healthier options. Go for the chicken breast and salad instead of the burger. But if you’re going to have a burger, watch your condiments such as cheese or mayo, which can pack on unnecessary calories (a slice of cheese is 70-110 calories!) and definitely nix the chips and soda.
  2.  Bring a healthy side. Not only will you seem like the thoughtful guest you are, but you’ll also have at least one good side option, since those are far and few between. 
  3. Practice portion control. As the age old adage goes, everything in moderation. Yeah you love your neighbor’s potato salad, but a couple forkfuls is enough. And don’t hover by the snack table or you’ll eat much more than you mean to.
  4. Hydrate. Houston gets pretty hot this time of year, so you need to drink more water. A lot of people confuse hunger with thirst, which means you’ll end up eating more just because you’re thirsty.
  5.  Limit your alcoholic drinks. Although a lot of people would like to believe their drinks are calorie-free – they’re not. Yes, even your wine spritzer or light beer has on average about 100-120 calories per serving. Alcohol is also dehydrating and increases your appetite, which is why limiting your alcohol will help you stay on track. Check out some of our delicious low calorie drink options below!

 

DRINK. 

1. Skinny White Wine Spritzerfrom wearychef.com

Ingredients:
3-4 fresh strawberries diced
1/4 lime
2 oz. white wine
unsweetened lime-flavored sparkling water (i.e. La Croix)

Instructions:
Fill a tall glass halfway with ice.
Add wine and strawberries, and fill glass nearly full with seltzer. Squeeze in lime juice, and gently stir with a long spoon.
Serve with a skewer for eating the berries if desired.

2. Cucumber Cooler - from MinimalistBaker.com

Ingredients
1.5 oz gin (or 3 Tbsp)
4-6 cucumber slices
1/4 lime, sliced
4 oz diet tonic water
6 mint leaves
1 Tbsp sugar (optional)

Instructions
Add mint, lime, gin, sugar (if using) to shaker and muddle.
Add cucumber slices to shaker and shake vigorously.
Pour mixture over glass filled with ice and top with tonic water.
Stir, let set for a few minutes for the flavors to enhance and enjoy.

3. Skinny Watermelon Mojito - from peanutbutterandpeppers.com

Ingredients
1 cup watermelon, seeded roughly chopped
½ lime, juiced
4 mint leaves
ice
1 fl. oz. Bacardi Rum (use white rum)
sparkling water


Instructions
In a blender, process watermelon until liquefied. Pour into a glass.
In a small bowl, muddle together the lime juice and mint leaves. Pour over the top of the watermelon. Fill the glass with ice and top with rum and sparkling water.
Garnish with mint leaves and watermelon wedge if desired.
Note: If the water melon is not too sweet, add ½ tsp. of fine sugar.

5 Benefits of B12 injections and 5 kinds of people who need them

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5 kinds of people who need them:

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Getting Wedding-Season Ready

Wedding season is upon us and whether you're the bride, part of the wedding party or just on the guest list, radiant skin is a must. 

Brides take great care to choose the perfect dress, flowers and food. Wedding parties stress over bridesmaid's dresses, tuxedos and shoes. If Mom gets one more call from the wedding planner about the groom's guest list, She. Might. Just. Explode! No one is immune to the stresses of wedding preparations. The tiniest of details are sometimes the most important. 

But have you checked your skin lately? The pressures of planning the perfect day may be wreaking havoc on your otherwise gorgeous skin. Remember, those bridal portraits are forever! Be immortalized with gorgeous, bright and tight skin with Pelleve and PellaFirm  skin tightening. 

These unique, non-invasive radio frequency treatments administer heat into the dermis, stimulating collagen production, giving your complexion a bright and smooth texture while reducing wrinkles. Customized treatment options for the face and body address skin laxity and help reduce the appearance of cellulite. 

Wedding date set for May? June or July? No problem! Take advantage of our 25% off Pelleve and PellaFirm treatments in the month of March for beautifully tight and bridal-ready skin. Packages of three or four treatments spaced three weeks apart will maximize your results!

Be the radiant bride, glowing bride's maid or the most gorgeous guest this season! Schedule your free consultation today at New Life Wellness & Medical Spa .


16 Health Tips for 2016

March is National Nutrition Month, and as your resident Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, I'll be regularly posting Nutrition Tips to support your dedication to a healthy lifestyle (and also, swimsuit season). 

EatRight.Org is a wonderful resource for healthy eating written by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, so check it out. 

To jumpstart a month of healthy, here are the Academy's "16 Health Tips for 2016" 


TIP #7: Consult an RDN - Remember that New Life Wellness Medspa has an inhouse RD that can help you with:

  1. Food and Lifestyle Assessment with Nutritional Counseling
  2. Revamping your relationship with food
  3. Creating customized meal plans to meet your goal
  4. Nutrition and Lifestyle Education 
  5. Recipe ideas and development

Make an appointment today!