Recipe: Thyme and Sage Roasted Turkey


1 Serving | 1 Leaner + 1 Healthy Fat + 3 Condiments

YIELDS: 8 Serving |



INGREDIENTS

  • 1 12-13 lb. whole turkey, thawed
  • 2 Tbsp+2 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Sage
  • 2 Tbsp Dried Thyme
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Position your oven rack in the bottom third of the oven, and preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Remove any packaging in the body and neck cavities of the turkey. Let it sit breast-side up on a roasting rack.
  3. Whisk together the olive oil, sage, thyme, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Make a slit in the skin of the turkey, and rub mixture all over turkey meat.
  4. Pour two cups of water into the roasting pan, and turn down the heat to 350 degrees F.
  5. Roast turkey for one hour uncovered. When turkey begins to turn golden brown, shield breast with foil. Continue to roast for 2 hours and 30 minutes or until minimum internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
  6. Transfer turkey to cutting board and tent with aluminum foil; let rest for about 15-30 mins before carving. Measure out six ounces per serving; save any left-overs for another meal.

Recipe: Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes” and Gravy


Yields | 4 Servings

1 Serving | 1 Green + 3 Condiments + 1/4 Healthy Fat



INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Cups Cauliflower, fresh or frozen
  • 1 Tbsp Light Margarine
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Milk
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Cube Salt-free Chicken Bouillon
  • 1 Cube Salt-free Beef Bouillon
  • 3/4 Cup Cold Water
  • 1 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • Pinch Thyme
  • Pinch White Pepper

DIRECTIONS

Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes”

  1. Cook cauliflower until it’s soft and warm, approximately 6-8 minutes in microwave.
  2. In a food processor, combine cauliflower, almond milk, and seasonings to taste, blend to the consistency of mashed potatoes.
  3. In a bowl, combine mashed cauliflower with light margarine, and heat in microwave until hot, about two minutes.

Gravy

  1. Dissolve cornstarch and crushed bouillon cubes in cold water.
  2. Add spices
  3. Cook, stirring occasionally, until boiling and smooth.

Donate Extra Halloween Candy: Support the Local Community and Stay on Track

Take the first step toward eliminating the temptation of excess Halloween candy! Medifast is collecting your extra Halloween candy and donating it to local organizations such as food shelves, nonprofits, and even the troops! Check below to see where your local Medifast location is donating extra candy:

Apple Valley: Sharing and Caring Hands, a Minneapolis-based organization that donates to and helps children and families in need.

Coon Rapids: Hope 4 Youth, a nonprofit based in Anoka, MN serving the needs of north metro young people experiencing homelessness.

Eau Claire: Operation Gratitude, an organization that annually sends over 200,000 packages of food, entertainment, hygiene and handmade items, along with personal letters to active military personnel and veterans.

Mankato: CADA Mankato, an organization that provides resources and shelter to victims of domestic abuse.

Minnetonka: ICA Food Shelf, an organization that provides assistance to communities in need, including providing healthy snacks to students who are missing meals.

St. Cloud: Catholic Charities Supportive Housing for Youth, an organization that offers housing counseling and financial assistance to young people experiencing homelessness or near-homelessness.

Roseville: Roseville Food Shelf, which provides assistance to young people and families, seniors, and those needing food services and crisis support.

Rochester: Rochester Women’s Shelter, which provides outreach, advocacy and housing to battered women and their children.

Woodbury: Operation Gratitude, an organization that annually sends over 200,000 packages of food, entertainment, hygiene and handmade items, along with personal letters to active military personnel and veterans.

Recipe: Medifast Cereal Marshmallow Treat


1 Serving | 1 Medifast Meal and 1/2 Condiment



INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bag Medifast Cereal (Mixed Berry or Cinnamon Brown Sugar)
  • 1 Tbsp Walden Farms Marshmallow Dip

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a bowl, mix ingredients until the cereal is coated with marshmallow dip.
  2. Press into small, microwave-safe dish.
  3. Microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  4. Let cool completely.

Four Tips for Not Getting Tricked Into Straying Off Your Weight Loss Plan this Halloween

It’s that time of year again! Leaves are brilliant red and orange, there’s a chill in the air, and freshly carved jack-o-lanterns are popping up on porches all over the neighborhood. This can only mean one thing: it’s Halloween! We know the best part of Halloween is finding the perfect costume for your big party or taking the kids trick-or-treating. However, we also know that this holiday poses one big risky situation for everyone on the program. In order to help you stave off the temptation of your favorite candy and sweets, we’ve put together a guide to help you have a healthy and successful Halloween!

One of the best-known Halloween traditions is trick-or-treating. Who doesn’t love seeing all the adorable ghouls and witches in the neighborhood? Each year, households fill up a bowl of candy and wait for the first group to come by. These are our tips for having a successful trick-or-treat night:

  • With most stores offering special pricing when you buy multiple bags of candy, it is easy to understand why most families overstock. This year, avoid the temptation of that extra bag of Snickers by limiting your shopping to one or two bags of candy, depending on the traffic you expect to see in your neighborhood. Better yet, try passing out a healthier option! Our pick: bags of Medifast popcorn balls.
  • Never stock your favorite candy, even to pass out! Not seeing your favorite treat will reduce the temptation to overeat.
  • Get rid of excess candy after the holiday. Limit yourself to one or two pieces, and then bring the rest to work!
  • If you have kids who collect candy, consider getting them a smaller bag or basket to carry their candy in so they come home with less.

If you’re looking to find a weight loss program to help keep you on track as we move into the holiday season, consider Medifast! With professional one-on-one support and an easy-to-follow customized plan, Medifast has helped thousands of people like you lose the weight and keep it off. Call 1-855-RESULTS or click here to schedule a FREE consultation!

Recipe: Chicken Chili Crockpot Soup


2 Servings | 1 Serving = 1 Lean and Green and 3 Condiments



INGREDIENTS

  • 1.5 Cups Reduced Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 Tbsp Green Chiles
  • 1 Cup Fresh Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp Chopped Green Onions
  • 1 tsp Reduced Sodium Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Chili Powder
  • 13-14 oz. Raw Chicken Breasts
  • 2 Cups Chopped Cabbage
  • 2 oz. 2% Mexican Cheese to garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add all the ingredients (except cheese) to crockpot and cook about 6 hours on high.
  2. Shred chicken while still in the crockpot before serving.
  3. Dish up and sprinkle each bowl with 1 oz. of cheese.

A Guide to Medifast Essential Weight Loss Supplements

If you’re trying to lose weight there are a few essential and recommended supplements to help the process and improve your overall health. While people may know these supplements are good for you, not many people truly know how they work or what they do to assist with weight loss. We’re here to demystify the power of three key supplements for fat loss: Probiotics, Omega 3 and Vitamin B-12!

PROBIOTICS:

Question: What is a probiotic?

Answer: A probiotic is a live microorganism obtained from foods such as yogurt, kimchi and tempeh. The word “Probiotic” comes from the roots “pro,” meaning promoting, and “biotic,” which means life.

Question: What are the benefits of taking probiotics?

Answer: Probiotics work by converting fibers into short chain fats such as butyrate, acetate and propionate that feed the gut wall and activate metabolism. They also stimulate the immune system and prevent unwanted substances from leaking into the rest of the body. An “unbalanced” gut is linked to several diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Probiotics also aid digestion by combatting conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease, and antibiotic-associated diarrhea.

Question: Do Probiotics help weight loss?

Answer: Yes! Certain probiotics may inhibit the absorption of dietary fat, which increases the amount of fat that gets excreted from the body and results in weight loss.

OMEGA-3 FISH OILS:

Question: What is an Omega-3 fish oil?

Answer: This oil is found in the fatty layers of cold-water fish such as salmon, trout and tuna. Omega-3 oils are also found in English walnuts and flaxseeds.

Question: What are the benefits of Omega-3 fish oils?

Answer: This supplement contains both docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), which are essential in the prevention and management of heart diseases. Omega-3s also promote healthy skin, hair, nails and bones while preventing liver disease, depression, anxiety and ADHD. Combined with exercise, fish oil supplements can promote weight loss while improving heart and metabolic health.

VITAMIN B12:

Question: What is vitamin B12?

Answer: Vitamin B12 is essential for proper function and development of the brain, nerves and blood cells.

Question: Why is vitamin B12 recommended?

Answer: Many people suffer from a vitamin B12 deficiency caused by a lack of animal food, excessive alcohol consumption, anemia or a lack of stomach acid in the elderly. B12 helps maintain energy levels, prevents memory loss, promotes the growth of healthy bacteria to aid in digestion, helps to produce red blood cells to prevent anemia, and prevents certain cancers by promoting the immune system.

Information via Megha Dua, RD.LD, Minnetonka Medifast Registered Dietitian.

At Medifast, we believe that success is more than just losing the weight, but learning to maintain a healthy lifestyle. During your initial Medifast consultation you learn all the ins and outs of the program from the weekly visits to the plethora of food options! Your consultant can also answer any questions about the supplements outlined above and how they can assist in your weight loss.

Sign up for your consultation HERE.

Recipe: Baked Cinnamon Jicama “Apples”


3 (1 Cup) Servings | 1 Serving = 2 Greens, 2 Condiments, 1 Healthy Fat



INGREDIENTS

  • 3 Cups Jicama peeled and cubed or sliced thin
  • 3 Tbsp. Light Land O'Lakes butter with Canola Oil, melted
  • 1/4 tsp Apple Pie Spice
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 3 packets Stevia
  • 1 Tbsp Walden Farms Caramel Syrup
  • 2 Tbsp Fat Free Reddi Whip

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Line a cookie sheet or baking pan with non-stick foil.
  3. Mix jicama with melted butter in medium sized bowl.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and stir until combined.
  5. Pour on to foil lined pan.
  6. Cover with foil.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes.
  8. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes.

*The jicama will not get completely soft when baking. Expect a slight crisp center when eating.

Recipe: Spaghetti Squash Lasagna


1 Serving | 1 Lean, 3 Greens and 2 Condiments



INGREDIENTS

  • 3 oz. Jennie-O Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage
  • 1/4 Cup 2% Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded
  • 1/4 Cup Part-Skim Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Basil
  • 1 Cup Spaghetti Squash, Cooked
  • 1/4 Cup Rao's Marinara Sauce

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Cut spaghetti squash in half, lengthwise & scrape out seeds with spoon.
  3. Place spaghetti squash cut side down on the baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes or until squash is tender.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool.
  5. Using fork, scrape the flesh to get spaghetti-like strands.
  6. Measure out 1 Cup of squash and place on bottom of oven-safe container.
  7. Sprinkle garlic powder and basil on top of spaghetti squash, then drop small spoonful’s of ricotta on top.
  8. Remove the Italian sausage from their casings and place sausage in a medium sized skillet and cook over medium-high heat until cooked thoroughly.
  9. Drain fat.
  10. Measure out 3 ounces of cooked sausage using food scale.
  11. Sprinkle sausage on top of the ricotta, then add marinara on top of sausage.
  12. Add mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
  13. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until heated thoroughly.