Build Your Own Protein Shakes: Learn What’s Healthy, What’s Not

Protein shakeProtein shakes aren’t for everyone. The average American gets more than enough protein in a typical diet.

But when you do need extra protein, a shake can be a valuable way to get it. Just make sure you’re mixing up the healthy variety.

Lehigh Valley Health Network family medicine physician Kate Agresti, DO, with the new Nazareth Primary Care, and Sodexo registered dietitian Tara Miltenberger have shared some tips to help you know the difference, along with a guide for making your own protein shakes. Learn which ingredients they recommend and which to avoid.

When you’re ready to power up the blender, try these healthy recipes:

What are your favorite protein shake ingredients? Share them in the comments section below.

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Non-Alcoholic Holiday Drink Recipe Contest Sends Safe Driving Message

Spirit-Free Mix-Off 2013

Lehigh Valley Health Network colleagues sample the non-alcoholic drinks served in the Spirit-Free Mix-Off at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg.

You can have a cheerful yet safe holiday celebration by enjoying non-alcoholic drinks at your festive gatherings. That was the message of today’s 13th annual Spirit-Free Mix-Off, hosted by Lehigh Valley Health Network and the Lehigh Valley DUI/Highway Safety Task Force.

Guest mixers served their beverages at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg for judging and to remind the community about the dangers of drinking and driving.

Jerry Padden, program director and host of the afternoon show at CAT Country 96, won top honors for his concoction called Jingle Bell Cider. The Lehigh Valley DUI/Highway Safety Task Force will donate $250 to the charity Padden selected, Curesearch for Children’s Cancer of the Lehigh Valley.

Other guest mixers included Scott Evans, of “Scott & Tori in the Morning” on 100.7 WLEV radio; Stephanie Wells and Mike Kelly, of the B-104 radio morning show; and Dan Hartzell, reporter and “Road Warrior” columnist for The Morning Call.

All four recipes are below, so you can serve them at your holiday party and help ensure safe travels for your friends and family. Read More »

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Enjoy a Little Green this St. Paddy’s Day

Green vegetablesThis St. Patrick’s Day, consider getting a little green in your diet. Mother Nature gives you plenty of delicious green options with which to fill your plate. Green vegetables are filled with vitamins and minerals that can help prevent disease. They also contain thousands of natural chemicals called phytonutrients, which help prevent diseases, such as cancer and heart disease, and help your body function properly.

Here’s a refreshing and green recipe to help you celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day. It’s sweet and savory, and full of nutritious and naturally green foods.

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Help is Here for Feeding Children with Cancer

Philip Monteleone, MD

Philip Monteleone, MD
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Getting children to eat healthy food is a normal challenge for many parents. If your child has cancer, ensuring he gets the proper nutrition despite changing tastes and a diminished appetite can be even more difficult.

“Nutrition is so important with our kids, and parents want to have some control in a time when things are out of control,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network pediatric hematologist/oncologist Phil Monteleone, MD. “I think it can be challenging for our families because of the changes in taste buds and food preferences. We encourage them to try lots of different foods, even ones the kids did not like in the past.”

Lehigh Valley Health Network has a pediatric nutritionist who works with families weekly. Parents can get help managing their child’s diet and finding healthy recipes that they’ll actually want to eat.

Monteleone endorses the tips offered in a recent article by The Washington Post, “Cooking for Kids with Cancer.” It includes four recipes from the cookbook, “Happily Hungry: Smart Recipes for Kids with Cancer,” written by the mother of an 11-year-old whose Stage III Hodgkin’s lymphoma wreaked havoc on his digestive system. Read More »

Boost Your Immune System with Chicken Soup

Bowl of chicken noodle soupA warm cup of soup brings comfort and warmth on a cold day. And while soup won’t cure what ails you – despite what your Grandma might say – it can give you some protection from disease.

“The nourishment you receive from soup can boost your immune system and allow your body to better fight a cold,” says family medicine doctor Frank Sperrazza, MD, with Lehigh Valley Health Network.

So, start the New Year with some tasty soup. Learn more about what makes soup healthy, and get delicious soup recipes.