Foods, Uncategorized

Slow Cooker Honey Bananas


Slow Cooker Honey Bananas


Need a healthy treat? These healthy slow cooker honey bananas should do the trick! Slow cooker recipes are a great option for dessert because they alleviate the need to spend hours baking in the oven. During the hot summer months, you can enjoy a sweet, fresh dessert without heating the entire kitchen up. And during the winter months, these gooey, sweet bananas taste cozy and delicious.


Dessert is always a challenge for people trying to eat healthy. Many options are loaded with saturated fat, refined sugar, and plenty of calories. Many dieters assume dessert is a no-no until they reach their goal weight, but eliminating all the foods they love only aggravates their sweet tooth more. Instead of cutting out all desserts, find healthy options that allow you to indulge without ruining your efforts. There are plenty of ways to turn everyday fruit into an indulgent treat without overdoing it with fat and calories.


Best of all, when you choose fruit for dessert, you boost your nutrition intake even more. There isn’t much good for you found in cookies, cakes, and candy, but when you incorporate fruit into your dessert, you get more vitamins and minerals into your diet. What could be better than enjoying a sweet treat AND improving your health?


Looking for other health dessert options? Try our selection of mini serving desserts or whip up one of these delicious dishes here or here.



Slow Cooker Honey Bananas

Minimum Slow Cooker Size: 2 quarts


Yields: 8 Servings | Serving Size: 1/2 Cup | Calories: 109 | Total Fat: 1 gm | Saturated Fats: 1 gm | Trans Fats: 0 gm | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 1 mg | Carbohydrates: 27 gm | Dietary fiber: 2 gm | Sugars: 18 gm | Protein: 1 gm | SmartPoints: 6 |





4 bananas

1 tablespoon coconut oil

3 tablespoon raw honey

Juice from 1/2 lemon

1/2 teaspoon crushed Cardamom Seeds

Chopped hazelnuts or almonds for sprinkling (optional)



Put coconut oil in slow cooker, turn on and melt if needed.


Peel bananas and cut diagonally in 1/2″ slices.


Place bananas in the slow cooker.


Sprinkle lemon juice and cardamom over bananas. Add honey.


Stir to ensure bananas well coated without breaking.


Cook on low for 2 hours.


Sprinkle with nuts if desired. enjoy!


Health and Wellness Associates


D Tetzlaff



Grilled Cauliflower with Romesco Sauce


Cauliflower Steak and Romesco Sauce


One of the components of a heart-healthy dietary pattern that helps lower blood pressure is consuming less meat. Poultry and fish are better than red meat and processed meat, but vegetables are even better.


One of the best ways to make vegetables feel hearty enough for a main dish is to cut them into “steaks” so that you still feel like you’re eating an entree-sized portion instead of just a bunch of side dishes. The other way is to add tons of flavor so that you feel satisfied.


Grilling the cauliflower instead of baking or sauteeing it adds some nice flavor, but the real punch comes from the bold Romesco sauce. Roasting the bell pepper, tomato, garlic, and almonds bring out natural sweetness that pairs beautifully with the smoky paprika. It packs such a huge burst of flavor that you would never guess there is no salt in it.



2 tablespoons raw almonds

2 cloves garlic

1/2 large red bell pepper

1 Roma tomato

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 teaspoon white balsamic vinegar

2 teaspoons smoked paprika

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 small head cauliflower

2 teaspoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

fresh parsley, chopped for garnish


To make the romesco sauce, heat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place peppers, tomatoes, garlic, and almonds on the baking sheet and roast for 10 to 15 minutes, or until almonds are toasted.

Remove almonds, rotate peppers and tomatoes, and stir garlic. Return to the oven and continue roasting, another 10 minutes, or until garlic and tomatoes are soft.

Remove garlic and tomatoes and keep roasting peppers, rotating occasionally, until skins are blistered.


Remove peppers and place in a bowl with tomatoes. Cover and let sit for 10 minutes.

Gently peel skins away from peppers and tomatoes. Discard skins and pepper seeds and stem.

Place all ingredients for the sauce in a high-powered blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Cut cauliflower vertically into 1-inch steaks. Rub with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder and pepper.

Heat a grill or grill pan to medium heat. Grill cauliflower steaks for 4-5 minutes per side. You want them to be slightly charred on the outside but not mushy on the inside.

Spoon about 1/4 cup of Romesco over each cauliflower steak and sprinkle with parsley.

Ingredient Variations and Substitutions

Be sure to buy smoked paprika, because regular paprika doesn’t have the same effect- your sauce will just be bland without it.


Cooking and Serving Tips

To ensure you get a complete protein profile in this meal, pair the cauliflower steaks with quinoa or black beans and perhaps a green veggie.


Double or triple the recipe for the sauce to keep in your refrigerator to spoon over chicken, fish, or eggs for a quick and flavorful dinner.


Health and Wellness Associates



Health and Disease, Lifestyle

Different Treatments for Prostate Cancer Means Different Side Effects


Treatments for Prostate Cancer Have Different Side Effects


The long-term side effects of different prostate cancer treatments vary –

and knowing that may help men decide which one is right for them.


That’s the conclusion of two new studies published March 21 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.


Both followed men who had early stage prostate cancer treated with “modern” approaches — including the latest surgical and radiation techniques. And both found that side effects sometimes persisted for up to three years.


The specifics, however, varied.


Many men had surgery to remove the prostate. Overall, they tended to have greater declines in their sexual function, versus men who chose radiation or “active surveillance.”


They were also more prone to urinary incontinence.


On the other hand, men treated with radiation typically had more problems with bowel function. If they also received hormonal therapy, they were also at risk of hormone-related symptoms — such as hot flashes and breast enlargement.

On the brighter side, the issues with radiation were mainly limited to the first year after treatment, said Dr. Daniel Barocas, the lead researcher on one of the studies.


Not surprisingly, both studies found, men who opted for surgery or radiation had more long-term symptoms than those who chose active surveillance.


With that approach, men put off treatment in favor of having their cancer monitored with periodic blood tests and biopsies.


Active surveillance is an option for prostate cancer because the disease is often slow-growing and may never progress to the point where it threatens a man’s life.


But that doesn’t necessarily mean active surveillance is the best option for any one man, said Barocas. He’s an associate professor of urologic surgery at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.


Much depends on whether the cancer is “low-risk” or not, he explained. Low-risk prostate cancers have characteristics that mark them as less aggressive.


“If you’re in that low-risk group,” Barocas said, “active surveillance might be the best choice, to avoid treatment side effects.”


But for men with more aggressive prostate tumors, treatment is typically advised to boost their long-term survival.

For those patients, Barocas said, “it’s pretty clear that treatment is better than no treatment.”


Dr. Freddie Hamdy is a professor of surgery at the University of Oxford in England.


In general, he said, research suggests that when men with low-risk prostate cancer are carefully selected for active surveillance, they have “very low” death rates from the disease.


For some men, active surveillance might be anxiety-provoking, said Hamdy, who wrote an editorial published with the studies.


But, he added, his own research has found that men on active surveillance do not have higher rates of anxiety or depression than prostate cancer patients who choose immediate treatment.


“The anxiety generated in many of these patients is more likely to be related to the diagnosis of cancer, and the fact that [they] have to live with its consequences, irrespective of the treatment that they receive,” Hamdy said.


For their study, Barocas and his colleagues followed 2,550 men diagnosed with prostate cancer between 2011 and 2012. All had tumors that were confined to the prostate. Almost 60 percent had surgery; another 23.5 percent had external radiation; and 17 percent chose active surveillance.


Three years later, men who’d had surgery gave lower ratings to their sexual function, versus the two other groups. They also had more trouble with urinary incontinence: 14 percent said they had a “moderate or big problem” with urine leakage, compared with 5 to 6 percent of men in the other groups.


Radiation, meanwhile, carried the biggest risks of bowel problems and hormonal side effects. But that faded by year three.


The second study — of more than 1,100 men with early stage cancer — had similar findings.


Surgery carried higher risks of sexual dysfunction and urine leakage. For instance, of men with normal sexual function before surgery, 57 percent reported “poor” function two years later, the University of North Carolina researchers found.


External radiation, again, caused more short-term bowel problems. The study also included men who’d undergone brachytherapy — a type of internal radiation that implants radioactive “seeds” in the prostate. Those patients had more issues with urinary tract obstruction and irritation.


So what’s a man to do with that information? According to Barocas, patients can talk to their doctor about the types of side effects that might occur with each treatment — then decide what they can personally live with.


“If, for example, you already have poor sexual function — as many patients in our study did — that side effect might not mean as much to you,” Barocas said.


For a man with low-risk prostate cancer, he noted, the risk of any treatment side effect might not be “acceptable.”


Hamdy made another point: While robot-assisted surgery has become the go-to approach, it has the same types of side effects that traditional open surgery always had. They are also finding that there are parts of the robotic surgery equipment that can not be sterilized and thus various bacteria have been found in surgical rooms, that are not being addressed yet.


What should you do?


Stop your sedentary lifestyle!   Men who develop prostate cancer are usually less active than they have been in their past.  Change that. Get up walk.


Also, stop the depression.  Stop sitting around and feeling sorry for yourself.   This has been a common thread in men who develop prostate problems.


Eat right!   Stop eating out, stop snacking throughout the day on garbage foods!


If you need help in turning this problem around, call us!


Health and Wellness Associates


P Carrothers




Health and Disease, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

You Have Face Mites!


Face Mites Will Live On Your Skin No Matter How Much You Wash Your Face


Have you been told you have an infected eye lid?

That is an excess amount of Demodex face mites.

Microscopic mites crawl along everyone’s skin, and you can’t wash them off

As you read this, there are mites living and crawling along your face, basking in the glorious feast that is your oily sweat, eating out of your pores like pools of pudding. Researchers from North Carolina State University discovered the startling realization that no matter how much you exfoliate and scrub your skin, you have microscopic critters crawling all over your face, and they published their creepy findings in the journal PLOS ONE.

There are more than 48,000 species of mites, and two of them have been found living on human skin, buried head-down, eating the oils we secrete, and exploring the surface of our cheeks, nose, foreheads, and chins as we sleep. One of the species on our face, the Demodex brevis, is related to mites found on dogs that can cause mange. Scientists have known about these skin-loving Demodex mites for more than 100 years, but the critters haven’t been fully investigated until now, when researchers scraped the sides of people’s noses at a science event in Raleigh, N.C., and found every single adult 18 years and older had DNA from mites on their skin.

“The first time I found one on my face I didn’t sleep for four nights,” the study’s co-author Megan Thoemmes, graduate student at North Carolina State University, told NPR. “They’re actually pretty cute. With their eight little legs, they look like they’re almost swimming through the oil. It’s like having friends with you all the time. Realizing that everyone has them and they’re likely not causing any problems, it’s pretty reassuring.”

They don’t know how mites are spread, but there is a theory floating around that they’re likely to pass on from mother to child during breastfeeding because children are less likely to have them, or if they do they have significantly less than adults. Considering the mites were found on 100 percent of all of the hundreds of adults they tested, researchers want to investigate further into the history and origins of the Demodex mites and see if they cause any skin problems or risks that red flag health concerns.

After all these creepy explanations of Demodex face mites, let me tell you that they keep you younger.  They eat the dead skin, and excess oils on your face, and can actually remove and prevent those wrinkles, which keep you looking younger.  Taking antibiotics will destroy these little critters, but will age you more than you wish for.


Health and Wellness Associates


P Carrothers