Indulge in a Festive, Healthy Holiday Breakfast Recipe

During the rest of the year it’s nearly impossible to get the whole family together for breakfast; but during the holidays, big, unhealthy breakfasts become a tradition.  With a focus on health and wellness, this season, Southern Plastic Surgery suggests that you give your family the festive breakfast they want with fewer calories and less fat.  Dr. Whiteman believes plastic surgery patients should start with a healthy lifestyle to optimize their plastic surgery results.  Try this low fat French toast recipe topped with a Winter Fruit Sizzle that was submitted by one of Dr. Whiteman’s Facebook fans and adapted from www.foodfit.com.

 

Winter Fruit Sizzle

Servings:  4

Ingredients needed:

  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup dried apricots,chopped
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup pecans

Directions:

  • In a small skillet, heat the cranberry juice, cranberries, apricots and cinnamon and allow to simmer until the fruit has soaked up the liquid and becomes plump (about 10 minutes).
  • Once the fruit becomes plump, add the pecans and maple syrup. Allow to boil, and then take it off the heat.

Nutritional Info:

Serving Size: about 1/2 cup
Number of Servings: 4
Calories 440, Carbohydrate 87 g, Fat 10 g, Fiber 6 g, Protein 3 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Sodium 3 mg

Lower-Fat French Toast

Servings: 4

  • 1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 1 1/2 cups skim milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • peanut oil, as needed
  • 8 slices whole wheat bread, slightly stale

Directions:

  • Whisk the egg substitute, milk, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla until thoroughly mixed.
  • Heat a well-greased griddle or large frying pan with peanut oil until hot (not smoking).
  • Soak the slices of bread in the egg mixture until moistened. Place the soaked slices on the griddle. Excess egg mixture can be thrown out.
  • When the bottoms are golden brown, flip with a spatula and brown the other side. Keep them in a warm oven until ready to serve.

Nutritional Info:

Serving Size: 2 slices French toast
Number of Servings: 4
Calories 259, Carbohydrate 41 g, Fat 7 g, Fiber 4 g, Protein 9 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Sodium 355 mg

Visit our website to learn more about plastic surgery, and continue reading our blog for more on health and wellness. If you have a favorite healthy recipe, share it with Dr. Whiteman on Facebook.

The Sport of Giving Helps Give Local Atlanta Women Access to Breast Cancer Diagnoses

As an active board member and medical director for The Sport of Giving, Dr. Whiteman is committed to supporting breast cancer care and prevention in the local Atlanta community. The Sport of Giving, a nonprofit that raises money for women’s cancer care and prevention in local communities around the nation, was founded in north metro Atlanta, and has since risen over $1.2 million dollars for the local Atlanta community.

It is the goal of The Sport of Giving to raise funds for local programs and medical equipment needed to allow women access to the very best medical care, support, education, and cancer prevention. What makes them different than other breast cancer and women’s cancer organizations is that ALL of the money raised goes towards the local community in which it was raised.

One such local initiative that The Sport of Giving took on for the Duluth, GA community was funding a diagnostic mammography center biopsy program at Gwinnett Medical Center, Duluth. Since the program’s inception last May, 215 patients have been examined and 38 women have been diagnosed with breast cancer. That is 215 women who are taking a more active role in their health and 38 women that have caught breast cancer earlier than they otherwise might have without these diagnostic resources.

With the assistance of The Sport of Giving’s fund raising efforts and the generosity of donors/event participants, you can see for yourselves the very important role we are playing in the community and the impact our efforts have had. For any nonprofit/volunteer organization, it is important that people know exactly where and to whom their money, time, and hard work is going towards. It gives them motivation to continue giving, and puts faces to the cause.

If you are looking for a way to start your involvement with The Sport of Giving, you can start by attending Pink in the Rink – a Gwinnet Gladiators hockey game where they dye the ice pink and raise money for breast cancer organizations, including The Sport of Giving. To find out more information, visit Southern Plastic Surgery’s facebook fan page and click on the Pink in the Rink event page posted on his wall! We hope you will answer “attending”! You can also call (770.622.9100) or email Dr. Whiteman’s office for more information.

Visit www.thesportofgiving.org for more ways you can get involved.

What color is your bra? Facebook grassroots campaign asks women this question in order to raise awareness for breast cancer

If you got onto your facebook account late last week or this weekend, you may have noticed a confusing trend – women posting colors as their facebook statuses. The statuses were answering the question, “What color is your bra?” Users were encouraged to only post the bra color in an intentional effort to confuse other users who were not aware of the breast cancer awareness campaign.

The cryptic color status prompted thousands of people to ask their friends and Google the question, “what does this mean?” – only to find out that this was a sneaky effort to promote awareness for breast cancer.

The campaign is suspected to have been started by a small group of facebook users through a series of inbox messages encouraging women to answer this question. Said one facebook representative:

“What is particularly unique about this grass-roots campaign is that it seems to have been started by a user or group of users, as opposed to an official entity, and spread virally throughout Facebook,” Facebook’s Malorie Lucich said. “It’s an ideal example of how an individual voice can be magnified to create awareness for a good cause and ignite action among millions by using a site like Facebook.”

This campaign is yet another example of the power of social media. What started from one facebook message turned into thousands of status updates and thousands of people talking and thinking about breast cancer when they normally would not.

To follow more stories like this one and to learn more about the specials available to facebook users at Southern Plastic Surgery, become a fan of Dr. Whiteman.