Healthy Chili Recipe Perfect for Independence Day Celebrations

Choosing the perfect dish to serve at Fourth of July cookouts can sometimes be a difficult task. If you’re anything like the providers of Southern Plastic Surgery, healthiness is always a consideration in meal planning, although you also want to provide options people will enjoy. These concerns, tied with not wanting to bring the same dish as someone else, can really increase the pressure during what’s supposed to be a fun celebration. This year, Dr. David Whiteman wants to make your decision easier by highlighting Lisa’s chili recipe just in time for Independence Day.  Lisa submitted her recipe in Dr. Whiteman’s Spring Into Health and Wellness Recipe Contest and won! She even modified the recipe to make it more kid-friendly, so you’ll be sure to please even the pickiest eaters.

Kid-Friendly Three Bean Sweet Potato Chili

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

1 tablespoon canola oil
1 large onion, chopped, about 1 cup
½  jalapeno, chopped (optional)
2 large (about 6 ounces) sweet potatoes, peeled if desired and chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin*
1 teaspoon chili flakes*
2 teaspoon dark chili powder*
1 teaspoon hot or smoked paprika*
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoon tomato paste, no salt added
1 (14.5-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (14.5-ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed

1 (14.5-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 (14.5-ounce) cans petite diced tomatoes, no salt added
2 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth
1 teaspoon Marmite or Vegemite (yeast extracts)
juice of one lemon, about 3 tablespoons
salt and pepper to taste

*For a spicier chili, switch the spice measurements from teaspoons to tablespoons.

Instructions
Heat a large pot to medium-high and add oil. Add onions and jalapeno and cook while frequently stirring for 5 minutes until onions begin to soften. Then, add sweet potatoes and spices and cook for 3 minutes while frequently stirring. Next add tomato paste and cook for two minutes while continuing to stir. Add beans, tomatoes, broth, and Marmite or Vegemite and stir to combine ingredients. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 30 more minutes until the sweet potatoes are soft.

This recipe makes about 8 servings with around 200 calories and only 3 grams of fat per serving.

Dr. Whiteman knows plastic surgery is no substitution for a healthy lifestyle and strives to show patients the importance of Health and Wellness through his website and blog. Aside from providing healthy recipes, health inspiration, and exercise tips, he even works closely with ACE certified personal trainer, Daryl Madison to help patients find the resources they need to reach their fitness goals. Be sure to stay connected with Dr. Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+  for health, wellness, and plastic surgery updates.

Win a Gift Certificate with our Spring into Health and Wellness Recipe Contest

As a cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. David Whiteman knows the important role health and wellness play in healing and maintaining plastic surgery results. Therefore, he strives to promote healthy living not only in his patients, but also in his Atlanta community and beyond with his blog and social media profiles. With a whole section devoted to health, wellness, and plastic surgery, Dr. Whiteman regularly updates his blog with healthy recipes, exercise tips, and personal training information. In order to promote healthy eating, Dr. Whiteman is holding a Spring into Health and Wellness Recipe Contest with a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Trattoria one•41 in Johns Creek, GA.

All you have to do to enter the contest is send your tastiest and healthiest spring-inspired recipes by email to newsblast@southernplasticsurgery.com before April 30th, 2012. The winning recipe will be chosen at random. To be eligible to win*, email your recipe with information including why it is healthy and where you found it (whether you got it from a friend, family member, website, cookbook, etc.). On top of winning a gift certificate to enjoy one of Chef Marc Sublette’s delectable dishes, the winner’s recipe will be featured in Dr. Whiteman’s May newsletter. Each recipe we receive will be added and recognized on Dr. Whiteman’s healthy recipe blog as a resource for eating well.

There are healthy recipes already available in Southern Plastic Surgery’s blog, so check it out if you’re looking for something healthy to cook for dinner. You can also find exercise encouragement and information about lifestyle and weight management coaching sessions with ACE certified personal trainer, Daryl Madison. If you’re interested in pursuing plastic surgery with Dr. Whiteman, visit the rest of his website to learn more about the procedures he performs. Schedule a consultation today if you’re interested in learning more about a particular plastic surgery procedure. Connect with Dr. Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for contest updates and other health, wellness, and plastic surgery news.

* Recipe will not be counted unless sent via email to newsblast@southernplasticsurgey.com with information of where it was found (i.e., website, a cookbook, etc.) and why it is healthy. If your recipe came directly from a website, it will be counted for the contest, but may be modified before it’s posted to our blog.

Health and Wellness: Determining a Healthy Weight

health and wellnessEarlier this month Medical News Today released an article entitled “What is a Healthy Weight?” Discussing factors like age, sex, height, bone density, etc. that affect a person’s ideal weight, the article emphasized that one person’s healthy weight can’t be compared to another’s. Since health and wellness is such an important part of Southern Plastic Surgery and more plastic surgery patients are seeking non-invasive forms of fat reduction, I felt the need to discuss how to determine a healthy weight.

It’s important to first determine what is healthy for you. There are a variety of tests to determine a healthy weight, but experts across the world still do not agree on a defined healthy weight. Tests like Body Mass Index (BMI) and Waist-Hip Ratio (WHR) help determine whether people are overweight, underweight, or at a healthy weight. However, there are still problems with these tests. For instance, BMI measures a person’s weight (in kilograms) divided by their height (in meters) squared, but it does not take into account body composition or where the weight comes from. A person with excess fat can have the same BMI as an athletic person who is very muscular. WHR does a better job of determining a healthy body weight as it compares the waist and hip measurements, but it still does not measure body fat or muscle-to-fat ratio.

The article concluded that it is more important to focus on true body composition rather than weight, which can be determined by body fat percentage measurement. Although it may not be so simple to go out and get a body fat percentage measurement, the article’s conclusion highlights the importance of focusing on eliminating fat instead of focusing on weight loss. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that some fat is necessary for survival.

As you may have read in my latest press release, there has been a recent increase in patients seeking non-invasive fat reduction. It’s understandable that patients would be more interested in fat reduction technology, like CoolSculpting®, that doesn’t require downtime, but what they fail to understand is that this type of procedure is made for a very specific patient who has very small, isolated area(s) of excess fat. Those patients with larger pockets of excess fat may be more suited for liposuction or a tummy tuck surgery. A procedure to tighten loose skin may be more appropriate for some patients. Because there are so many factors to consider when choosing a method of fat reduction, it is important to schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in body contouring to help determine which procedure will best meet your fat reduction needs.

Whether or not you choose a cosmetic procedure for fat reduction, it is still important to eat healthy foods and exercise regularly to improve overall body composition and muscle-to-fat ratio. If you need help finding healthy recipes or workout tips, visit the rest of my health and wellness blog entries. For personal instruction, you can also seek the help of Daryl Madison, ACE certified personal trainer. Whether you’d like a customized diet or workout plan, Daryl can help you get on track.

For more information on health and wellness or plastic surgery, review the rest of my website or contact the office. Be sure to connect with me on Facebook and Twitter if you haven’t already to stay updated on the latest plastic surgery news.