Healthy Recipe: Shamrock Shake

Like clockwork, as St. Patrick’s Day approaches, we also begin to see the trendy Shamrock Shake start sprouting up everywhere. People are posting about it on Facebook and hashtagging it all over Instagram, but to say the traditional version doesn’t fit into a weight loss plan is a gross understatement. But since it’s such a festive time of year, we don’t want you to completely miss out. That’s why we’ve created this healthy Shamrock Shake recipe. It’s got all the same minty flavor, but with a nutritional facts panel that’s much more digestible.

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Traditional Shamrock Shake Versus Our Healthy Version

The traditional Shamrock Shake is a blend of vanilla yogurt and a proprietary “shamrock shake syrup” topped with whipped cream. All together, this combination contains around 30 ingredients, which include high-fructose corn syrup, liquid sugar, and artificial colorings. Our version contains only 6 easy-to-find ingredients.

A single medium serving of the traditional Shamrock Shake packs a whopping 560 calories, 16 grams of fat (10 from saturated fat), and 91 grams of carbohydrates (78 from sugar). Our version contains only 290 calories, 15.5 grams of fat (that are mostly unsaturated, healthy fats), and 39 grams of carbohydrates. Plus, a single serving contains 100% of the vitamin B-12 you need for the day and more than 75% of your vitamin A needs.

Healthy Shamrock Shake Recipe

Serves 1

What You Need:

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 large banana, frozen
  • 2 drops liquid stevia (or to taste)

What To Do:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.



Product of the Month! Liver GI Detox by Pure Encapsulations

The winter months can leave you feel rundown, sluggish, and tired. It’s not just the cooler weather, but also the tendency to sit around and eat more comfort foods. Well, once again, summer is right around the corner and we’ve got just the thing to help you get rid of that sluggishness and feel good again.


Liver GI detox

The Science of Detoxification

Your liver is one of your body’s major detoxification pathways. It cleans and filters your blood, breaking down substances like ammonia, alcohol, chemicals, medications, and other waste products, so that your body can kick them to the curb.

Your gastrointestinal (or GI) tract is another major detox pathway. It allows you to absorb the good stuff (like proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals) and then prepares the waste products for excretion (we won’t go into further detail here, but you can probably guess what we’re talking about).

When either of these detoxification pathways isn’t working properly, toxic waste can build up in your body. Over time, this toxic buildup can make it harder for you to lose weight. The Pure Encapsulations Liver-GI Detox helps make sure both the liver and GI pathways are working well so that your body is properly removing toxins as it should.

Liver GI Detox Ingredients

The supplement contains N–acetyl–l–cysteine and alpha lipoic acid — two antioxidants that help bind heavy metals and boost the production of glutathione (another antioxidant that helps prevent free radical damage). The supplement also contains:

  • Sulforaphane — a compound that comes from broccoli sprouts and helps maintain healthy colon function.
  • Glycine, taurine, and methionine — amino acids that help neutralize toxins.
  • L–Glutamine — an amino acid that helps you absorb nutrients and keeps your intestinal tract healthy.
  • Artichoke extract — promotes healthy flow of bile, supports liver cells and blood flow in the liver, and helps move things along the digestive tract for elimination.
  • Chlorella — a green “superfood” that helps clean and purify the blood.

Monthly Special Details

As always, our monthly special includes:

  • Physician Consult & Weekly Weigh-ins
  • Meal Plans
  • FDA Approved Medications
  • MetaBlast Supplements
  • Craveaway Supplements
  • Weekly Upgraded Injection of B-12
  • Bi-Weekly Injection of Lipo X
  • Full Body Analysis on our BODYCOMP Scale

With this special you receive 4 WEEKS of everything listed above for only $295 (that’s a savings of over $200) – and we’ll throw in the Liver GI Detox for FREE!

If you’re interested in taking advantage of this special offer and signing up for our monthly special, drop in or call us at any of our locations to find out more!

North Phoenix: 602-374-3374
Phoenix: 602-441-3305
Tempe: 480-968-5673

Healthy Recipe: Low Carb Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge

Valentine’s Day and chocolate go together like salt and pepper, bread and butter, shoes and socks; but unfortunately, chocolate doesn’t usually go so well with weight loss. That being said, we’re firm believers that weight loss shouldn’t be about deprivation. It should be about learning ways to enjoy healthier versions of the things you love so that you can sustain the lifestyle over the long term. That’s why, we’ve developed this low carb (keto friendly!) peanut butter chocolate fudge recipe to prove it to you.

This Valentine’s Day you can satisfy your chocolate craving — and celebrate love — without any of the unhealthy ingredients or any of the guilt. This recipe is easy to put together and it makes 16 servings so you can share — or save extra for later when that sweet tooth hits.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge

Serves 16

What You Need:
Bottom Layer:
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar-free dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter, unsweetened
  • 10 drops liquid stevia (or to taste)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Top Layer:
  • 1 1/4 cups smooth peanut butter, unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 20 drops liquid stevia (or to taste)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
What To Do:
  1. Line an 8×8″ pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine all of the ingredients for bottom layer. Stir together over low heat until melted and everything is mixed well.
  3. Pour melted chocolate mixture into lined baking pan and chill in the freezer to set, about 15 minutes.
  4. While bottom layer is cooling, combine remaining ingredients with a hand mixer. Pour on top of chocolate layer and freeze until firm, about 1 hour.
  5. Cut into 16 equal portions and store in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to eat, up to 2 weeks.

Tips for Eating Healthy at a Restaurant for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching and that means about 25 percent of the American population will be hitting those restaurants. In fact, Valentine’s Day is the second most popular dining out holiday (Mother’s Day tops the charts).

In a perfect world, every meal available at your favorite restaurants would be flawlessly
tailored to your weight loss plan. Portions would be precise and chefs would only use fresh, ingredients, making sure to include lots of veggies. But we live in this world; and although many restaurants are coming around by making menus that appeal to a more health-conscious crowd, it’s still possible to easily overdo it when eating out. Sure, the best way to know EXACTLY what you’re eating is to just prepare all your food at home, but sometimes you need to have a night out. Eating out doesn’t mean that you need to throw all caution to the wind, though. We’ll teach you how to navigate a menu to make the best choices and provide some tips on how to prevent temptation so that you can leave the restaurant feeling good.

Skip the Bread

A big basket of warm, fresh bread dipped in garlicky olive oil would probably be a temptation for anyone. If you’re at a restaurant that serves bread, ask them to take it away from the table. When it’s out of your sight, you’re far less likely to munch while you’re chatting and waiting for your food. If you’re with a group that won’t agree to removing the bread from the table, pop a piece of gum in your mouth. The fresh mint will make it less likely that you mindlessly reach for a piece of bread since the combination of flavors wouldn’t taste that great anyway.

Navigating the Menu

Some restaurants make it easy for you by putting healthier dishes in their own section, but others have the lighter fare scattered throughout the menu. Look through the menu for the words “baked”, “broiled”, or “steamed”. These terms indicate that the food was prepared using heat without extra added fat (and calories), while words like “fried”, “breaded”, or “crispy” mean that the food was rolled in some type of breadcrumbs and then cooked in fat.

You also want to choose dishes that allow you to pick your sides. When choosing sides, opt for green veggies, like broccoli or green beans, and double up on them. Skip cheesy or creamy side dishes. Ask the waiter to have the chef lightly steam the veggies and then toss them in a small amount of olive oil and sprinkle with some salt and pepper instead of frying them or tossing them in a vat of butter.

Start with a Salad

Start your meal with a light, fresh salad, but don’t assume that all salads are healthy. Some have toppings, like cheese, nuts, and croutons, that quickly add up the calories. Choose a salad that’s just a mixture of different types of veggies and drizzle it with some oil and vinegar instead of creamy bleu cheese or ranch dressing. The goal is to start filling up on fresh veggies before your meal comes.

Practice Portion Control Early

Restaurants are notorious for serving astronomical sized portions. While this is nice in the sense that you’re getting what you pay for, it’s not nice for your waistline. You may have good intentions to only eat half of your meal, but it can be easy to overeat. Ask the waiter to bring a to-go container with your meal. Before you even start to eat, put half of it in the to-go container and set it aside. You’ll get two meals for the price of one.

Product of the Month! DaVinci Mango-Plex with Raspberry Ketone

The month of February is all about love and what better way to celebrate than by showing yourself the love you deserve? This February, we’re offering one of our best selling supplements – Mango-Plex with Raspberry Ketone – as our FREE product of the month as part of our monthly special.

Monthly Special Details

Physician Consult & Weekly Weigh-ins
Meal Plans
FDA Approved Medications
Meta-Blast Supplements
Crave-away Supplements
Weekly Upgraded Injection of B-12
Bi-Weekly Injection of Lipo X
Full Body Analysis on our BODYCOMP Scale

Plus, the product of the month ABSOLUTELY FREE!


There is a reason Mango-Plex with Raspberry Ketone is one of the top selling supplements here at Valley Medical. It contains several beneficial ingredients, including African mango seed, green tea, green coffee bean; but the star of the show is the raspberry ketones. Raspberry ketones get a lot of attention for their ability to boost metabolism and support weight loss*, but many people are not entirely sure what they are or how they work. We’re here to clarify.

What Are They?

Raspberry ketones are natural substances that give raspberries their smell. Cranberries, kiwis, and blueberries also contain small amounts of raspberry ketones, but the concentration is highest in raspberries. Some processed foods use raspberry ketones in small amounts as a natural flavor; but weight loss supplements like Mango-Plex contain higher doses.

How Do They Work?

Researchers became interested in raspberry ketones as a weight loss supplement when they noticed that the molecular structure was similar to that of two other substances already known to boost metabolism: capsaicin and synephrine. Because of the similar structures, researchers concluded that raspberry ketones would work in the same way. Then they set out to test that theory.

The Science

Researchers’ suspicions were backed up when a 2010 animal study reported that raspberry ketones can help increase the breakdown of fat and stimulate the release of adiponectin, a hormone that helps boost metabolism and regulate blood sugar levels. In most cases, thinner people have higher adiponectin levels than people who are overweight. On the other hand, low levels of adiponectin are associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.

Summary of Benefits
  • Aids in weight loss by increasing metabolism*
  • Lowers cholesterol levels due to the high fiber content helping to remove bad cholesterol*
  • Improves diabetes control by enhancing metabolic pathways linked to insulin resistance*
  • Regulates blood pressure by affecting the blood vessels*
  • Can have anti-cancer potential*
  • May have antibacterial properties*

If you want to see what Mango-Plex can do for you, take advantage of our February monthly special by visiting any of our locations. No appointment necessary!

DISCLAIMER * These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Tips for Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

Last week, we discussed the number one reason New Year’s resolutions fail: you don’t define your why; or in other words, you know what you what to accomplish, but you don’t really know the reasons you want to accomplish it.

In addition to first defining your why, there are several other things you can do to make sure that your New Year’s resolutions are a success. The New Year is all about committing to small changes that add up to lifestyle transformations, not trying to turn yourself into a brand new person over night; so don’t get caught up in some lofty, unattainable goal. Instead, try some of these tips.

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Lower Your Ambitions

I know that lowering your ambitions doesn’t seem like the best advice, especially from a weight loss clinic, but hear us out. Starting out with a huge goal, like lose 100 pounds this year, can lead to disaster. First of all, even if that’s the ultimate goal, it’s pretty overwhelming as an initial goal, and it might be a little too ambitious. Second of all,  take an honest look at the goal. Is it something that you realistically accomplish in the time frame given? If not, re-evaluate. Maybe you can vow to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week or 50 pounds for the year, which is an enormous goal. If you’re too ambitious, it can leave you feeling defeated if you don’t meet that goal.

Be VERY Clear

One of the best ways to accomplish your goals is to be VERY clear about what they are. It’s not enough to say “I want to lose weight” or “I want to be healthier”. How exactly are you going to get there? Instead, say things like “I will cut back on my soda habit” or “I will start going to the gym 3 times per week”.

Focus On One Thing at a Time

You’re not going to become a completely different person overnight and that’s okay. Don’t set yourself up for failure by giving yourself a resolution that looks like this: “I will quit smoking, lose 20 pounds, spend less time watching television, and work out 7 days a week”. That is way too much to focus on. Prioritize instead. What goal is most important to you? If it’s quitting smoking, focus on that. Once you feel comfortable with your new non-smoker lifestyle, move on to the next goal, like cutting down on your television time. Keep in mind that these are goals you are going to have to consistently work on, but don’t try to commit to everything all at once. That’s a surefire path to overwhelm.

Ask For Help

We all need a little help and support from time to time. Share your goals with others and ask for help when you need it. You may need a gym buddy or someone to send you some new, healthy recipes. Don’t be afraid to reach out for support. If you don’t find that support with family and friends, find a community of people who share your goals. It could be something as simple as joining a Facebook group where people offer advice. If weight loss is your goal, we’re here to support you on your journey.

Make Sure You’re Happy

Happiness reigns above all else. If you start a new routine and you’re totally unhappy with it, you’re allowed to change your mind and do something else. One of the keys to sticking to your New Year’s resolution is to be happy with the change. Something that makes you miserable is not sustainable. To add to that, studies have shown that happiness increases willpower, so the happier you are, the more easily you’ll be able to stick to your new routine.

What is your resolution for 2018? What small goals have you put in place to get there? We’d love to hear all about it!

Want Your New’s Year Resolutions to Be a Success? Define Your Why.

We’re not here to be the bearers of bad news. In fact, our goal is to do the opposite. If you’re one of the 40 percent of Americans who has made a New Year’s resolution this year, we want to help you achieve success in accomplishing your goal. But first a little background.

New Year’s Resolutions Statistics

Did you know that, according to statistics, 81 to 92 percent of resolutions fail? And to add insult to injury, most people give up on their resolutions by February – just one month into their new lifestyle!
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So what gives? There’s a list of reasons resolutions don’t seem to stick, but there is one that seems to be the most common. When making a resolution, many are quick to identify their WHAT, but not their WHY. In other words, you know what you want (i.e. weight loss), but you don’t know why you want it. Luckily, there’s a simple solution for this.

Identifying Your Why

This technique can be applied to all types of resolutions, but for the sake of staying on theme, we’re going to use weight loss as an example. You’ve decided that you want to lose weight, but now you need to figure out why.

Is it to look better? Do you want to feel healthier? Are you hoping for more energy to keep up with your children/grandchildren? Is it to reverse a potentially harmful condition, like pre-diabetes? Your why may be one or all of these things. Once you identify your reason(s) why, write them down on a sticky note and keep it somewhere visible – it could be your bathroom mirror; or in your car; or on the refrigerator. It’s best to put it somewhere you’ll see it frequently.

Take a moment to sit down and quietly reflect on your reasons for choosing your resolution. Imagine how you would feel when you reach your goal. Do you feel sexy and confident? Are you running around with your family with loads of energy? Is your health better than it’s ever been in years? How does that make you feel? Take a minute to picture yourself as this new person and imagine that you’re already there. Spend some time really feeling the joy associated with achieving this goal.

Sticking to Your Resolution

Now every time you feel yourself straying from your resolution or you just want to throw in the towel, go read your list of “whys”. Then sit quietly and bring yourself back to when you imagined how it would feel when you reach your goal. When you can really take a moment to identify – and sit with – the bigger picture, it makes it easier to reach your goals and to get through it, day by day.

Of course, support is huge when it comes to reaching your goals, and we just happen to be the experts in weight loss (which is the most common New Year’s resolution, by the way). If you need a team behind you, come check us out. We’re here for you.

Product of the Month! Skip-a-Meal Replacement Beverage

Happy New Year! Can you believe it’s already 2018?! The past year was difficult for many, but like every new year, 2018 brings with it a chance for a fresh start. If you’ve made a resolution to get in shape this year, we’ve got your back.

We’re helping you start the new year off strong by offering our Skip-a-Meal Replacement beverage as part of our monthly special, which includes 4 WEEKS of everything listed below for only $295 (that’s a savings of over $200)!

Monthly Special Details

Physician Consult & Weekly Weigh-ins
Meal Plans
FDA Approved Medications
Meta-Blast Supplements
Crave-away Supplements
Weekly Upgraded Injection of B-12
Bi-Weekly Injection of Lipo X
Full Body Analysis on our BODYCOMP Scale

Plus, the product of the month ABSOLUTELY FREE!


What is Skip-a-Meal?

The Skip-a-Meal Replacement Shake is one of our customer favorites, and for good reason. It’s a whey protein meal replacement shake that serves as a high-protein, low calorie replacement for a higher calorie meal. It’s delicious, it’s easy to incorporate, and it’s effective!

In addition to being low in calories (only 192 per serving!), the shake is also loaded with several vitamins and minerals, making it a completely balanced nutrition source, just like a healthy meal.

Skip-a-Meal Nutrition Facts

One serving of the Skip-a-Meal replacement shakes provides at least 30% (in some cases, it provides 35%) of each of these vitamins and minerals: vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, vitamin D, vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, vitamin B-12, biotin, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, iodine, magnesium, zinc, and copper.

A single serving of the shake also provides 24 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber but only 2 grams of sugar and 5 grams of fat. Because Skip-a-Meal offers complete nutrition, you can use it to replace one meal, or all of your meals, that’s totally up to you.

How Much Do You Get?

The even better news? One tub contains 15 servings and you get it FREE when you sign up for our monthly special. Choose from vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry.

If you have any questions about Skip-a-Meal or you want to take advantage of our monthly special, contact us TODAY!

DISCLAIMER * These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Diet Spotlight: The DASH Diet

About 1 in every 3 adults has high blood pressure, a condition that puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death in America. Even more alarming than this, only half of the people with high blood pressure have it under control. While medication is available to control high blood pressure, many people are able to successfully reduce blood pressure through their diet.

DASH Diet Basics

One of the most popular diets for controlling blood pressure (and recently tied for number 1 best overall diet in U.S. News diet report) is the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension Diet, or more easily called the DASH diet.

The DASH diet, which is technically considered a low fat diet, allows only 27 percent of calories from fat, 6 percent of which is saturated fat. Carbohydrates make up 55 percent of calories on the diet plan, while protein provides the remaining 18 percent.

The daily breakdown of the DASH diet looks like this:

  • 6 to 8 servings of grains, preferably whole
  • 4 to 5 servings of vegetables
  • 4 to 5 servings of fruits
  • 2 to 3 servings of low-fat dairy products
  • 2 to 3 servings of healthy fats and oils
  • 6 or fewer servings of lean meats, poultry and fish

Note: You’re also allowed 4 to 5 servings of nuts and seeds and 5 or fewer servings of sweets or added sugars each week.

What about Sodium?

Following the DASH diet will naturally reduce your sodium intake, since a lot of the sodium you eat is in processed foods, which are not encouraged. Although the diet recommends taking in less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day, it’s worth noting that people who reduced sodium intake to less than 1,500 milligrams per day lowered their blood pressure even more.

Picking Foods with Potassium

Potassium helps reduce the effects of sodium, so when following the DASH diet, you should eat lots of foods that are high in potassium.These foods include:

  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Tuna
  • Oranges
  • Bananas
  • Raisins
  • Leafy green vegetables

Other Health Benefits

In addition to lowering your blood pressure (thereby reducing your risk of heart disease and stroke), the DASH diet can also:

  • help you lose weight
  • lower cholesterol
  • decrease triglycerides

Of course, your diet is only one part of living a healthy lifestyle. It’s best to combine the DASH diet with regular exercise, stress management, and plenty of sleep.

Healthy Recipe: Gingerbread Latte

‘Tis the season for family, friends, and fancy drinks from your local coffee shop. But those fancy drinks lose some of their appeal when you take a peek at the nutrition facts. A typical 16-ounce gingerbread latte contains 360 calories, 18 grams of fat, and 38 grams of sugar (which is more than you should be eating in an entire day!).

We don’t want you to feel deprived of the season’s best treats, though, so we’ve made a healthier version of the holiday favorite that you can easily whip up at home. One serving of this health-ified latte contains only 135 calories, 5 grams of fat, and 11 grams of sugar.

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Gingerbread Latte Recipe

Serves 1

What You Need:
  • 1/4 cup strongly brewed coffee (or espresso)
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp blackstrap molasses
  • 1/2 tsp raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

For an extra boost of protein, add one teaspoon of collagen powder.

What To Do:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and whisk over medium heat until frothy and desired temperature is reached.
  2. Pour into a mug and serve immediately.