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Feb 17

Kristine Lueck with Dance PT Ashley

"Viverant would like to congratulate our patient, Kristine Lueck, and her MN State University Mankato dance team on winning the national championship in January!  It was the Mavericks' first time winning the prestigious Universal Dance Association's nationals in Disney World.  Thanks to working with Ashley, Kristine was able to continue dancing!"


Feb 17

Jenny S.

Read about Jenny's experience with the Viverant team!


Dec 28

Rethink Your Drink

When thinking about New Year resolutions, many people opt to commit to something food or exercise related. But have you ever thought about the impact certain beverages can have on your health? Americans consume nearly three times the daily recommended amount of sugar each day, and for many, a good portion of it comes from the things they drink. Excess sugar consumption is a contributing factor for health issues like obesity, tooth decay, diabetes, heart disease, and more, so it’s important to be conscious of the amount of sugar you ingest each day.


Dec 23

Tips to a Healthy Holiday

The holidays are a time for celebration with family, friends, and of course, food! Unfortunately, it is also a time when many struggle with over-eating and weight gain.


Nov 25

Next Day Turkey Primavera

Healthy Thanksgiving leftover recipes!


Nov 23

Healthy Thanksgiving leftover recipes!

Start Black Friday with this healthy breakfast using leftover turkey! Turkey Frittata                        
(Photo source: foodnetwork.com) Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 red or green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup boiled potatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup leftover cooked chopped turkey
  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup cream*
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley, basil or cilantro
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar, Monterey jack or mozzarella

*To make this recipes healthier, substitute cream for skim milk. Directions:

  1. Preheat the broiler.
  2. Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and bell pepper and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in potatoes and cook until golden brown. Add cooked leftover turkey and toss to coat.
  3. In a mixing bowl beat together the eggs and cream and season with salt and pepper. Pour egg mixture into skillet and stir in chopped herbs. Top with grated cheese and brown under broiler for about 2 to 3 minutes until the frittata puffs.

(Recipe source: foodnetwork.com) You may also like Southwestern Turkey Soup!


Nov 22

Healthy Thanksgiving leftover recipes!

Turkey sandwiches the day after Thanksgiving are great but, if you're looking for something a little different, you've come to the right spot! Over the next three days we will be sharing easy and healthy recipes all using leftover turkey. Southwestern Turkey Soup! 

(Photo source: allrecipes.com) Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cooked turkey
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (28 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile peppers
  • 2 Roma (plum) tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 avocado - peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried cilantro
  • 1 cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese

Directions

  1. In a large pot over medium heat, combine turkey, broth, canned tomatoes, green chilies, fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic, and lime juice. Season with cayenne, cumin, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Stir in avocado and cilantro, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes, until slightly thickened. Spoon into serving bowls, and top with shredded cheese

(Recipe Source: allrecipes.com) Check back tomorrow for a fun breakfast option using leftover turkey!


Nov 13

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies

We've all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but how often do you find yourself saying that you don't have time to eat in the morning, you are never hungry for breakfast, or that you woke up too late to eat breakfast? Kick these bad habits with this delicious Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookie recipe inspired by skinnytaste.com for a quick, energy packed meal on the go for your next busy morning.                          

(Photo source: skinnytaste.com) Ingredients:

  • 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup of uncooked quick oats
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1-2 packets of stevia to taste

* You can also add peanut butter to include a delicious source of fats in your morning meal to keep you energized Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350å¡F
  2. Spray a non-stick cookie sheet with cooking spray
  3. Combine the mashed bananas and oats in a bowl
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips
  5. Place a tbsp. each of the mixture on the cookie sheet
  6. Bake for 15 minutes and enjoy!

Use the hashtag #Viverant to let us know what you're eating for breakfast this week!


Nov 13

Coconut Craze

Over the past few years, coconut oil has quickly become the ?super substanceª of the wellness industry. Its health benefits positively affect your entire body, inside and out. Not only has coconut oil been proven to be a healthy and tasty cooking agent, but also a positive addition to your skin, hair, and even oral hygiene routines. So don't let your use of coconut oil stop in the kitchen Check out some of our favorite ways to use coconut oil all year long.
(Photo source: medicalnewstoday.com)


HEALTH Coconut oil is composed primarily of saturated fats that supply your body with HDLs (high density lipoproteins). HDLs help to remove cholesterol from the bloodstream and are associated with reduced risk of heart disease. In addition, coconut oil aids in protecting against various infections because it contains agents that are able to kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses. 

COOKING Cooking with heat often destroys much of the healthy fat content in a variety of oils. Luckily, coconut oil is an exception to this rule as a result of its high saturated fat composition. Its ability to withstand heat makes coconut oil ideal for cooking. Not to mention the fact that it adds a wonderful taste to any recipe!

SKIN When it comes to the skin, coconut oil has properties that allow it to be used as both a moisturizer and an exfoliator. A coconut oil + sugar combination can simultaneously clear pores and restore moisture, leaving your skin feeling soft and smelling delicious!

HAIR Lathering coconut oil through the hair has many benefits. Coconut oil easily penetrates the hair shaft, helping to reduce protein loss and retain moisture, thus protecting against breakage and leaving hair shiny and soft.

TEETH Coconut oil can be used for a process called ? oil pulling ª to promote oral health. Simply insert a spoonful of coconut oil into the mouth and swish for twenty minutes. Spit then rinse the mouth with warm water. This process draws out toxins and bacteria from the mouth and leaves you with whiter teeth and fresh breath. How are you using coconut oil this week?


Nov 13

Honey Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, combine the honey, olive oil, cinnamon, salt, and pepper
  3. Add the sweet potatoes and toss to coat
  4. Dump potatoes onto a large rimmed baking sheet
  5. Roast for 25-30 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking.

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