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National Peach Month: How and Why to Eat More Peaches

Posted on: July 29th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Enjoy this delicious fruit and reap the many health benefits it provides.

Enjoy this delicious fruit and reap the many health benefits it provides.

Peaches are refreshing, juicy, and delicious. Every August we celebrate National Peach Month as an opportunity to incorporate more of the fruit into our diets. Peaches keep the skin healthy, fight obesity, reduce hair loss, and acts as a natural stress reliever. With these benefits and many more, there are plenty of reasons to eat more peaches! LA Medical hopes you live a healthy and balanced lifestyle with proper exercise, a healthy diet, and thorough sleep. A healthy diet should incorporate fruits and vegetables that will provide the body with the nutrients and energy it needs. We invite you to try out the recipes below and enjoy National Peach Month!

Peach cobbler is a dessert beloved by many.

You will need:

  • 6 large peaches, cut into thin wedges
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

For the biscuit topping:

  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ stick cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • ¼ cup boiling water

To make the cobbler:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  • Toss peaches with sugar, lemon juice, and cornstarch in a nonreactive baking dish and bake in the middle of the oven for 10 minutes.
  • While the peaches are cooking, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Blend in butter with fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in water until just combined.
  • Remove peaches from the oven and drop spoonful of topping over them. Bake in middle of the oven until topping is golden, about 25 minutes. Enjoy!

Another easy recipe is Summertime Peach Ice Cream.

You will need:

  • 4 cups peeled, diced, fresh peaches
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 (3.75-ounce) packaged vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 cups half-and-half

To make the ice cream:

  • Combine peaches and sugar, let stand 1 hour.
  • Process peach mixture in a food processor or until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides.
  • Stir together evaporated milk and pudding mix in a large bowl; stir in peach puree, condensed milk, and half-and-half.
  • Pour mixture into freezer container of a 4-quart hand-turned or electric freezer. Spoon into an airtight container, and freeze until firm.

These are two recipes your family and friends are sure to love. Give them a try in celebration of National Peach Month! Visit the LA Medical online catalog and see what else we can do for you today!

National Blueberry Month: 6 Reasons You Should Eat More

Posted on: July 7th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Make blueberries part of your diet.

Blueberries are packed with healthy benefits and they also make for a great snack.

Eat plenty of fruits, vegetable, whole grains, and protein. Exercise for thirty minutes a day and get eight hours of sleep every night. You’ve heard it all before, right? To maintain a healthy lifestyle, one must practice healthy habits.  LA Medical hopes to provide you with medical products to serve your health and comfort needs. From wheelchairs to bathroom safety products, we are confident you will find something to ease the life of you or a loved one. One area of health in particular to monitor is your diet. Any food that has been processed or filled with sugar can disrupt the digestion system and cause weight gain and other health issues. Eating healthy isn’t just to look good on the outside, it helps organs and bodily systems function to the best of their ability. During National Blueberry Month, LA Medical would like to draw attention to the special power fruit. With so many health benefits, it is a great fruit to incorporate into your diet.

  • Blueberries make for a guilt-free snack with only 80 fat-free calories per cup. Add them as a topping to yogurt, oatmeal, or ice cream!
  • Blueberries are packed with antioxidants like vitamin C, B complex, vitamin E, vitamin A, and many more. They are beneficial to boost the immune system and fight infection.
  • They can improve vision and prevent or delay age related issues from cataracts, myopia, dryness, and retina issues.
  • As far as brain foods go, blueberries top the charts. They reduce mental aging and memory problem like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • They work to reduce free radicals which are linked to the development of cancers, cardiovascular disease, and others linked with aging.
  • Catechins found in blueberries activate fat burning cells in the abdominal area and assist in weight loss. They have been found to increase abdominal weight loss by 77% when eaten regularly.

Your immune system, brain, eyes, and body all benefit from blueberries. Do yourself a favor and pick some up on your next trip to the market. Encourage your family and friends to do the same! LA Medical cares about your overall health and hopes to serve you the best we can.

Improving your Quality of Life: Incorporating more Fruits and Vegetables into your Diet

Posted on: May 30th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Tips for getting more fruits & veggies

Fruits and vegetables pack a punch when it comes to the vitamins and nutrients you need!

LA Medical is all about improving your quality of life from every aspect we can. We know that eating healthy is a major part of improving your quality of life, but sometimes it is hard to incorporate healthy foods with your busy lifestyle.

Eating more fruits and vegetables may reduce your risk for certain cancers and diseases. It is a win win situation because you are bettering yourself and trying new and delicious foods! We have compiled a list of six simple ways to start getting the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables into your diet.

  • Buy separate containers for fruits and vegetables to fill each day with the recommended daily amounts. This will help you stay on track and you will always know it is the right amount for you.
  • Get your family involved with your better eating habits. It is much easier to make lifestyle changes if your loved ones are right there with you bettering their lives too.
  • Try different fruits and vegetables. When you go to the grocery store, choose a new vegetable and/or fruit to try each time. You will be surprised with yourself for keeping an open mind and you may have a new favorite!
  • Add these healthy items to your recipes. This is a good way to experiment and switch up the way you cook. Maybe tonight you will try a spinach salad for the first time and tomorrow you try squash. The possibilities are endless.
  • Plan ahead. This goes for anything, but especially when you are making a major lifestyle change. Make a detailed grocery list and plan your meals for the week ahead. Planning helps you stay on track to where you want to be.
  • Eating out is always a struggle when you are new to a healthier lifestyle. Most restaurants have healthy options on their menus. Keeping an open mind while eating out can also help you try new things.

We hope these tips from LA Medical can help you incorporate fruits and vegetables into your diet. Improving your quality of life is essential to living well.