Monthly Archives: February 2018

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.

peanut butter chocolate fudge

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!

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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.