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Eating in Season Part 2: Healthy Harvest Recipes

Eating in Season Part 2: Healthy Harvest RecipesHealthy eating seems easier during certain times of the year than others. As we highlighted in our Eating in Season blog, people often forget about the healthy fruits and vegetables the fall and winter months offer. However, this time of year brings the added struggle of trying to eat right during the holidays when there are so many treats in which you can indulge. Since Dr. Whiteman likes to focus on health and wellness at Southern Plastic Surgery, he encourages patients to eat well and lead a healthy lifestyle all year long by sharing healthy tips and nutritious recipes on his blog.

Concord Grapes
Concord grapes are a go-to for jellies, wines, and fruit drinks. However, they are delicious and good for you, too. Often called “slip skins” because the skins slide off with a pinch, these grapes are at their prime during the month of October and make a healthy snack at home or on the go.

Pomegranates
High in vitamin C, pomegranates have gained more attention over the past few years because of their health benefits. The seeds of these fruits are good sources of vitamin B, fiber, and potassium, and can be eaten alone, sprinkled in Greek yogurt, or over a salad.

Apples
Apples are the quintessential autumn fruit. Whether it’s an apple bake, apple pie, pork with apples, or just a crisp variety right off the tree, apples are a healthy fall fruit that most everyone can enjoy. Low in calories, apples also contain a good amount of dietary fiber, vitamins C and B, and potassium. Try this Apple Pear Oatmeal Crisp for a fall dessert or a sweet breakfast treat.

Apple Pear Oatmeal Crisp – Makes 8 servings

Filling
• 2 sliced apples
• 3 sliced  firm pears
• 2 tablespoons sweetener of your choice (honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar are good alternatives to sugar)
• 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
• 1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice
• 2/3 cup water

Topping
• 1 cup rolled oats
• 1/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
• 3/4 cup sugar or sweetener of your choice (again, try honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar)
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• 6 tablespoons of melted margarine

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Core and slice the apples and pears (leave the peel on for more fiber & nutrients). Arrange slices in the bottom of a lightly-greased 9 inch baking dish. Drizzle lemon juice over fruit.
3. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of sweetener, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and water on the apples and pears.
4. In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Pour in melted margarine and mix until it becomes crumbly.
5. Spread the crumb topping evenly over the fruit mixture.
6. Bake for 50 minutes to an hour, until the top is golden brown and the fruit mixture is bubbling.
7. Serve warm or cold. Try it with frozen yogurt!

Per serving: Approximately 330 cal.; 5.3g fat; 0mg cholesterol; 51.7g carbs; 4.2g protein, 4.5g fiber, 165mg sodium

(adapted from FitSugar)

Pears
Pears are a true fall and winter vegetable. While great raw, they can also make great cooked meals as well. Try poaching your pears, mixing them into a risotto, or serving them over pork chops. Like all the fruits and vegetables on this list, pears are high in dietary fiber and a good source of vitamin C, though most of the nutrients are contained within the skin of the fruit! The pear and apple crisp recipe above is a great way to use pears this season!

Sweet potatoes
Normally reserved for Thanksgiving, sweet potatoes are an excellent fall and winter food staple. They can make delicious sweet dishes but function well in savory recipes, too. They are considered a “super food” because they’re high in vitamins A and E, are fat free, and function as a complex carbohydrate so it digests more slowly. While we all love sweet potato pie, try this savory recipe for spicy sweet potato baked fries.

• 3 sweet potatoes, cut into French fries or wedges
• 1 tablespoon canola oil
• 2 tablespoons low-sodium onion soup mix

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
2. In a large Ziplock bag, combine the sweet potatoes, canola oil, and onion soup mix. Close and shake the bag until the fries are completely coated. Spread the fries out in a single layer on a large baking sheet. You can use parchment paper to help with clean-up later!
3. Bake for 20 minutes, or until crispy and brown on one side. Flip the fries over with a spatula and cook for another 20 minutes or until they are all crispy on the outside and tender inside. Thinner fries may not take as long.

Health and wellness is a major factor in optimizing and maintaining your plastic surgery results. Dr. David Whiteman and the Southern Plastic Surgery team work with their Duluth plastic surgery patients and other health industry professionals to aid individuals in making lifestyle modifications that will improve both appearance and wellbeing. Schedule a consultation to learn more about how Dr. Whiteman can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

The Rise of Plastic Surgery in Older Adults

southern plastic surgeryBecause we perform many types of cosmetic surgery at Southern Plastic Surgery, we see a plethora of clients with varying ages, ethnicities, and plastic surgery desires. From men requesting nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) to new mothers looking to rejuvenate their bodies through mommy makeover surgery, we are pleased to report that our patients run the gamut.

We were especially intrigued by a recent New York Times article, “The Golden Years, Polished With Surgery,” which discusses the recent upward trend in plastic surgery for adults over 65. The article discusses the cases of baby boomers opting in to cosmetic procedures so their bodies mirror their positive attitudes.  Also mentioned is the risk associated with elective surgery procedures performed on older adults.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that almost 350,000 cosmetic procedures were performed on adults aged 55 or over in 2010 with around a third getting eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). A study by the Cleveland Clinic Department of Plastic Surgery has shown that the risks associated with older adults getting plastic surgery are based less on their numerical age and more on their overall health and physiological age.

Dr. David Whiteman is an expertly trained and board certified plastic surgeon with experience in many different types of cosmetic surgery on diverse groups of people. During a consultation, Dr. Whiteman will discuss the results you desire, and you’ll be informed of the potential side effects and risk factors in your particular case.

All patients, regardless of age, should be screened for certain health conditions and make their plastic surgeons aware of all medications they are currently taking to minimize the risk of contraindication. While older adults may heal slower than those who are younger, there are conditions that would make even a young person an unsuitable candidate for plastic surgery like high blood pressure, for example.

We realize that people of all ages have cosmetic desires to enhance their bodies or boost self-confidence, which is why we encourage each potential client to visit our office and speak with Dr. Whiteman to talk about how plastic surgery can benefit and rejuvenate his or her appearance.

To discuss your cosmetic surgery options and see if you’re a candidate for plastic surgery procedures, contact us for more information and to schedule a consultation. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for news, updates, and information on specials.