Garbanzo Bean Chocolate Cake

Happy National Chocolate Cake Day! To celebrate, let’s take a new look at an old favorite with this HEALTHY Garbanzo Bean Chocolate Cake recipe from Longevity’s Registered Nurse Dietitian, Kristen Forbes!

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What’s the verdict? Score one for the health nuts, gluten-avoiders, and curious bakers of the world. This is one tasty cake. Check out Longevity’s recipe below:

Garbanzo Bean Chocolate Cake

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups semisweet dark chocolate chips (lowest sugar possible)

1 can organic garbanzo beans– rinsed and drained

4 eggs

1/4 cup honey or agave nectar

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar for dusting– optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9” round pan. Place the chocolate chips in a microwavable safe bowl and cook for 2 minutes, stirring every 20 seconds after the first minute until chocolate is melted and smooth.

Combine the beans and eggs in a food processor or blender. Process until smooth. Add the honey and baking powder. Pour in the melted chocolate and blend until smooth. Transfer the batter to the cake pan.

Bake for 40 minutes or until a knife is inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Dietitian Tips:

  • Try this! I know it doesn’t sound appetizing, but this recipe is a good example of something that tastes 100% better than it sounds.

This recipe is straight from our Metabolic Code Meal Plan! If you or someone you know has interest in learning more about Longevity’s medically supervised weight loss solutions, give us a call at 405-703-4990 to schedule your FREE 1-on-1 consultation with our dietitian, Kristen!

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“How Much Botox Do I Need?”

Virgin Botox patients always ask the same question before treatment, expecting a simple reply to a seemingly simple question: How many units of Botox will I need?

From a simplicity stand-point, it is unfortunate that there is no “pat” answer we can give. The amount of Botox an individual will need is dependent on multiple issues, and will always vary from person to person. However, from a consumer stand-point, this is one of the things that makes Botox treatments so wonderful — every treatment is completely customized per unique patient.

Depending on how many different areas of the face a patient is interested in treating, the amount of Botox required can vary drastically. This, coupled with the following characteristics, will help determine exactly how many units of Botox you need in order to achieve the end-result you want.

Differing Aesthetic Goals: Some people prefer a completely frozen result, while others like to maintain movement in a minimized capacity. (For example, most women choose to have their foreheads completley motionless, while many men prefer to allow for slight movement.)

Different Muscle Strengths: Someone with stronger forehead muscles requires more Botox to quiet the muscle movements than a person with weaker forehead muscles.

Pre-Existing Situations: The more prevalent and deep-set a patient’s current wrinkles are, the more product will be required to erase them.

Different face shapes and sizes: For example, a person with a larger forehead will require more units of Botox to halt motion than a person with a smaller forehead.

Metabolism: The length of time Botox results last are dependent on how quickly each patient metabolizes the product. The faster a person’s metabolism, the more frequently patients will require treatment.

To help make some sense out of how much Botox is required per facial area, this picture is often helpful.

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For a Botox estimate specific to you, Longevity’s nurse injectors will be able to give you an approximate idea. 

Please call 405-703-4990

to schedule your FREE skin consultation.

Visit our website at www.LongevityOK.com to learn more!

Longevity Health, Beauty & Wellness –

Where 10 years ago is closer than you think!

See for yourself at South OKC’s Premier Medical Spa!

Located at: 3110 SW 89th St. OKC OK 73159

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Winterize Your Skin

Hate dry skin? Here’s how to keep the skin on your face—and body—soft, supple, and strong, all season long.

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Dry skin is dry skin, right? Nope. Everyone’s complexion is a little bit different, so when cold air hits, your best defense (and repair) depends on your skin type, lifestyle, habits, and even your skin tone. From freckles to flakes, we looked at some of the most common characteristics of winter skin, and asked the experts about how to deal with them safely and effectively. Here’s how to keep the skin on your face—and body—soft, supple, and strong, all season long. Continue reading

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Introducing : Halo – The World’s First Hybrid Laser

Longevity Medical Spa First in Oklahoma to Offer Halo: The World’s First Hybrid Fractional Laser

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, December 16, 2015— Longevity Health Beauty & Wellness announces the addition of the Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser from Sciton to its list of state of the art technological tools for providing clients with the most innovative skin treatment options available. The Halo Laser is the world’s first hybrid fractional laser and is the only laser approved by the FDA that offers benefits of both ablative and non-ablative laser qualities that allow for unparalleled results with reduced downtime. Not all state of the art lasers are made equal. The difference is in the results.

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The benefits of a Halo treatment include the repair of both epidermal and deeper dermal pigmentation, tone and texture in the skin, correction of fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage and facial scarring.

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The official launch date is set for January 28th where attendees of the Halo Launch Event can expect to find live demos, special pricing & educational materials.

The Halo has the unique ability to provide separate treatments for the epidermis, which heals quickly, and dermis which remodels more slowly over time. The operator may choose one of three coverage-base treatment levels, and Halo calculates the exact amount of energy necessary to complete a safe and effective treatment. Intelligent energy delivery, combined with Dynamic Thermal Optimization, ensures precise and even treatments, each and every time.

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“Halo is a game changer in the world of aesthetics” said Medical Director Darryl D. Robinson, MD. “The unique dual wavelengths deliver an unprecedented ability to customize treatments for all skin types. Every patient has different skin needs in terms of tone, texture & fine lines.  With Halo, I can finally have the best of both non-ablative and ablative wavelengths. I can precisely dial in the exact treatment necessary for amazing results within the desired downtime.”

Individuals interested in learning more about the skin rejuvenation benefits of the Halo laser, and other treatment options offered by Longevity Health Beauty & Wellness can call 405-703-4990 for a complimentary consultation or visit www.HaloBySciton.com to learn more!

Frequently Asked Questions

What results can I expect?

Halo is a complete skin rejuvenation treatment. You will see improvements in overall tone and texture in addition to significant removal of discoloration, reduction in fine lines*, reduced pore size, skin reflectivity and glow.

How many treatments do you need?

What’s great about Halo is that you can choose how many treatments you want! Discuss with your clinician your needs and you can choose to have one or two more aggressive treatments or have multiple treatments that are less aggressive and achieve a similar goal over a longer period of time.

What happens during the treatment?

Thirty minutes to an hour before the treatment your clinician may place a topical anesthetic on your skin to reduce the sensation during the procedure. The area will be measured with motion tracking technology to ensure the area is treated evenly. The clinician will treat each measured section by uniformly rolling the Halo handpiece over the skin until the system recognizes the treatment is complete.

What does Halo™ feel like?

With a topical anesthetic and integrated cooling technology, most patients experience very little discomfort. Most patients describe the treatment as a feeling of heat with occasional prickling sensations, but are generally comfortable. After the treatment, most patients will continue to feel warm for an additional 15 to 30 minutes, or a bit longer with deeper treatment levels.

How soon after my treatment can I return to normal activities?

For the first 24 hours you should keep your skin protected according to your clinician’s instructions, but after that you should be able to go about your normal activities. After the first 24 hours your skin will begin to peel, but you will be able to put on makeup. For a facial treatment, you will see very little change on the first day. After two to three days you will develop a light bronzing appearance. By day three or four your skin will peel, revealing your new skin beneath.

When will I see results?

You will see initial results between two and five days after your Halo treatment, but your skin will continue to improve over time. Most patients see the greatest pigmentary improvement in the first two to three weeks. This is followed by a dermal regeneration phase that continues to improve for months.

How long will my results last?

Your Halo results will last for years to come, but you should continue to keep your skin protected at all times using UV sunscreen to protect your new, healthy skin. Each additional Halo treatment you get will only improve the results, giving you even better looking skin.

How much does a Halo treatment cost?

Every Halo treatment is customized for your skin, and your lifestyle. Depending on your needs, your provider may recommend a single treatment, or a series of treatments. In order to find out which is the best option for you, please visit a provider near you for a consultation.

About Longevity

Longevity offers health, beauty and wellness services that are focused on helping clients live the best life possible. Located in south Oklahoma City, Longevity is a physician-owned and operated wellness facility with an emphasis on cosmetic aesthetics, medically supervised weight loss and anti-aging procedures. Longevity’s expert Medical Director, Dr. Darryl Robinson, and friendly, highly-experienced staff provide exceptional service using the latest state-of-the-art technology to ensure clients’ satisfaction. The Longevity menu of services reflects the intent to address wellness holistically with superior results, taking into consideration each client’s personal lifestyle & health goals. Whether their goal is weight loss, stress reduction, a more confident body image, or a healthier lifestyle, we are here to help all clients attain all of their health and beauty goals.

For more information, please visit: www.longevityok.com

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10 Gift Ideas for the Spa-liday Season!

Do the people you’re shopping for this holiday season love looking/feeling awesome?!… Of course they do! That’s why we’ve put together a list of the top 10 gift ideas for EVERYONE on your nice list this spa-liday season. (See what we did there)

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Check out our  breakdown of this awesome list below! 

1.  For the person in your life who has heard stories of a magical substance that will lift, plump and revitalize without surgery, it’s a perfect time to show them the rumors are true because we’re offering $75 OFF all of our Dermal Fillers!

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2. For the person who wants to lift and tighten and say BYE BYE to sagging skin in the decolletage, neck and facial area : We are offering 25% OFF all Ulthera treatments!

Savings : Up to $1000

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3. For the person who loves a natural glow but hates the idea of a tanning bed: We have  $15 South Sea Spray Tans all December!

Savings: $10

 

4.  For the person in your life with legs for days, but a fear of shorts because of unsightly spider veins: We are offering Spider Vein Removal for 25% off!

Savings:  Up to $250 

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5. For the person who wants their very own flawlesssly long eye lashes all day every day, we are offering BOGO Latisse – Buy one 5 ml, get a 3 ml for free!

Savings: $120

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6. For the man in your life who isn’t afraid of a little TLC:  We are offering specialized, $75 Yon-Ka Paris Facials for men!

Savings: $25

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7. For the person who is gung-ho about starting a new health journey in 2016: We are offering 25% OFF our medically supervised weight loss programs – hCG & Metabolic Code 

Savings: Up to $300

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After just 2 WEEKS of dietitian guided weight loss at Longevity!

 

8. For the person who needs a night out and a fresh look for the holiday party : We are offering Jane Iredale holiday makeovers for $25 OR FREE with $50 Jane Iredale purchase.

Savings: Up to $50

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Jane Iredale Difference: 12 days after laser resurfacing.

 

9. For the person who wants to brighten and perfect their skin before family pictures: We are offering a FREE depigmenting treatment with any chemical peel purchase!

Savings: $75

 

10. For the person you’re not sure what they’ll want, but know they deserve something amazing, we are offering free stocking stuffers with the purchase of a Longevity giftcard!

Visit us at 3110 SW 89th STE 101, OKC, OK 73159 to pick yours up today!

See something you like? Call 405-703-4990 to learn more!

This list didn’t hit the spot? That’s OK! There’s so much more waiting for you on Longevity’s website at: www.LongevityOK.com

 

 

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Antioxidants: Saving you from more than just wrinkles!

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Article inspired in part from our friends at Women’s Health

Labels on everything from chocolate to pomegranate juice to moisturizer scream the benefits of antioxidants. And we’re happy to report that it’s not just hype. One study after another has shown that antioxidants help prevent cancer and heart disease, safeguard memory, reduce the risk of degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, protect joints, soothe pain, reduce muscle soreness and fatigue, avert blindness caused by macular degeneration and cataracts, and even ward off wrinkles.

That’s all amazing news, but it begs two big questions: What exactly are antioxidants? And how can this super antioxidant possibly fight off such a wide array of health problems? We investigated these warriors of the health world and discovered how they patrol every part of our body, repairing damaged molecules that if allowed to run rampant would accelerate aging and disease. By the time you’re done reading this, you’ll want every meal you eat — and every product you put on your skin — to be packed with antioxidant power.

When Radicals Attack

Before we can get to the “anti,” let’s explain the “oxidant” part. Unless you’re a monk living in the Himalayas, eating pure food, breathing pristine air, and thinking Zen thoughts 24/7, you’re constantly being bombarded by negative elements — from pollution to chemicals to UV rays — that damage your cells. Even your own body produces stress hormones and toxic chemical reactions. These toxins weaken the molecules in your cells, causing them to lose an electron — a unit in the cell that carries electrical charges and allows your cells to work together. These electron-deprived molecules, called free radicals, or oxidants, try to make up for their inadequacy by stealing electrons from other molecules; this damages, or oxidizes, those cells and turns them into electron-swiping free radicals too. Call it the invasion of the electron snatchers.

Once a free radical is created, the damage spreads fast. Free radicals in your blood vessels — usually caused by things like deep-fried foods, cigarette smoke, or air pollution — change the structure of the (bad) LDL cholesterol so it becomes more liable to gum up your arteries and cause heart problems. Sunlight and air pollution can create free radicals in your eyes, where they damage retinal or corneal cells, leading to cataracts and blindness, and in skin cells, where they damage cell DNA, raising the risk of skin cancer and accelerating wrinkle formation. And that’s just for starters: “Free radicals can damage any cells that get in their way,” says Jeffrey Blumberg, Ph.D., professor of nutrition and director of the antioxidant lab at Tufts University in Boston.

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Thankfully, there’s a nutrient police force that can deal with these delinquents. Even better, you can find them in the foods you love — not just fruits and veggies but in wine, chocolate, and even beef. As their name implies, antioxidants stop the oxidative damage by replacing a molecule’s kidnapped electron without damaging other molecules; this disarms free radicals and turns them back into law-abiding members of cellular society.

Antioxidants do more than rescue cells in distress. Like special ops agents, they’re designed to take on specific enemies: Isothiocyanates, found in broccoli, home in on pollutants like nicotine and smog and help prevent them from causing cancer. Vitamin C blocks the uncontrolled cell division that leads to tumors. Selenium fires up the genes needed to break down carcinogens. Antioxidants are like a million microscopic Jack Bauers on a mission to save your bod from the inside out.

Who should get their antioxidant levels checked?   

Everyone! With access to instantly know one’s antioxidant status through the use of Longevity’s BioPhotonic Scanner, a cutting edge testing tool that non-invasively measures carotenoid levels in living tissue, individuals  are empowered to make improvements to their diet and lifestyle, and aid in making informed decisions on which supplements are properly formulated to impact their antioxidant health. Call 405-703-4990 to schedule our anti-oxidant screening today!

Why should I be scanned?

By measuring the stable level of carotenoid antioxidants in your skin and generating your Skin Carotenoid Score, the Scanner provides a more accurate and reliable biomarker of your overall antioxidant health status than other methods of measuring antioxidants. Getting your Skin Carotenoid Score makes you aware of the antioxidant levels in your body-and gives you the push you need to improve your overall antioxidant health.

 The Magnificent Seven to Get You on the Right Track NOW

The same evolutionary process that transformed us from hairy hunchbacks with underbites to smooth-skinned consumers of whitening toothpaste also gave us the ability to fight free radicals on our own. Our bodies make a variety of antioxidants (all with tongue-twisting names, like superoxide dismutase) that break down the free radicals that can form during normal cell metabolism.

Unfortunately, no matter how much overtime they put in, internally produced antioxidants can’t battle all the free radicals flying around — especially in today’s world of mercury-filled fish and Hummer fumes. Again, evolution helps us out by filling our food supply with these molecular superheroes. “Our bodies evolved to take advantage of protective substances found in the foods available to us,” Blumberg says.

Each day scientists are discovering more amazing ways antioxidants keep us alive and well — and they’re still discovering new varieties. But these seven heavy hitters have the most research to back them up. Fill up your plate with the following nutrients and start mowing down those free-radical bastards.

Selenium: This overachiever isn’t annoying like the teacher’s pet back in high school. The trace mineral does double duty — it acts as an antioxidant itself and speeds up your body’s natural antioxidant-making process. In a study at Cornell University and the University of Arizona of 1,312 patients with skin cancer, those who got 200 micrograms of selenium daily for 10 years reduced their risk of dying from any cancer — not just skin cancer — by 18 percent, compared with those who took a placebo.
Shoot for the DV of 55 micrograms
Best food sources: Brazil nuts (95.8 mcg per nut), snapper (41.6 mcg per 3 ounces), and shrimp (33.7 mcg per 3 ounces)

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Vitamin E: The health-conscious side of us appreciates that this antioxidant fights heart disease, boosts immunity, and helps stop cell damage that leads to skin cancer. But let’s face it: We love that this vitamin also keeps the ravages of time from showing up on our face. In a Korean study, mice exposed to ultraviolet sunlight were less likely to wrinkle when they consumed vitamin E (along with a host of other antioxidants).
Shoot for the DV of 15 milligrams
Best food sources: Sunflower seeds (10.3 mg per ounce), hazelnuts (4.3 mg per ounce), and peanut butter (2.9 mg per 2 tablespoons)

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Vitamin C: It’s not just for colds anymore. Now it protects your DNA and helps your body use vitamin E more efficiently. Research has shown that C has a talent for protecting blood vessels and reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke. In a six-year study of 5,197 people at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, those who consumed the highest amounts of vitamin C had the lowest risk of stroke.
Shoot for at least the DV of 75 milligrams
Best food sources: Papaya (187.9 mg per fruit), bell peppers (119 mg per cup), and broccoli (81.2 mg per cup)

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Carotenoids: This pigment helps protect your eyes and skin from sun damage. In a study of 5,836 people in the Netherlands, consumption of beta-carotene — one of many carotenoids — was found to reduce the risk of macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness.
Shoot for: Scientists have no standard goal for carotenoids other than the DV of 2,310 international units (IU) for vitamin A (a form of beta-carotene).
Best food sources: Carrots, butternut squash, and spinach

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Isothiocyanates: These antioxidants put cancer-causing enzymes in a headlock. In a study of more than 1,400 people at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, researchers found that people who ate more isothiocyanate-rich foods reduced their risk of bladder cancer by 29 percent.
Shoot for: Scientists have no standard goal for isothiocyanates.
Best food sources: Broccoli, brussels sprouts, and cauliflower

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Polyphenols: Raise a glass of pinot noir to polyphenols — they’ve turned our favorite vice into a virtue. Researchers at Columbia University studied 980 people and found that those who drank up to three glasses per day of wine — rich in flavonoids, a polyphenol — were less likely to develop memory-loss problems such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. In a test-tube study at the Leeds Dental Institute in the UK, the polyphenols in cocoa reduced the growth of two types of bacteria that can trigger gum disease.
Shoot for: Scientists have no standard goal for polyphenols.
Best food sources: Dark chocolate (the higher the cocoa content, the better), red wine, tea, and coffee

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Coenzyme Q10: Its nickname sounds like R2D2’s cousin — and CoQ10 is a cell-protecting machine. It’s also been linked with the prevention of migraines, which it may accomplish by guarding brain cells. In a study of 42 migraine patients in Zurich, those who took CoQ10 had half as many headaches over three months as those who took a dummy pill. The enzyme may also help lower blood pressure.
Shoot for: Scientists have no standard for CoQ10.
Best food sources: Lean beef, chicken breast, and fish (all types).

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Anti-Up Your Skin Care

Foil free radicals from the outside with antioxidant-rich products.

You know you should eat them; but should you wear them, too? Yes. Topical antioxidants block free radicals in the environment (like sunlight and air pollution) and keep them from penetrating deeper into the skin. The mad scientists in the best beauty labs figured out how to shrink antioxidant molecules so they can enter through pores (which is why vitamin C and CoQ10 creams ( And products like, Skin Medica Vitamin C & E Complex – Available at Longevity) will work but wearing papaya slices or slabs of beef on your face won’t). Try the following antioxidant-rich beauty treats and soon you’ll look dewy enough to land a spot in High School Musical 3.

Retinol, the term for the entire vitamin A molecule, has a long-established reputation as a brilliant ingredient for skin. It is a cell-communicating ingredient and an antioxidant, and provides multiple benefits when used on a regular basis. Although it is not the only ingredient to look for in an anti-aging product, it deserves strong consideration by anyone who wants to keep their skin younger and healthier over the years. An added benefit is that retinol also has been shown to reduce breakouts, brown spots, and red marks from past breakouts. In skin-care products, it’s found in the form of retinol, retinyl palmitate, and retinylaldehyde. In prescription-only skin-care products, it is in the form of retinoic acid (also called tretinoin); other prescription topical retinoids include adapalene (Differin) and tazarotene (Tazorac).   Our pick: Skin Medica Tri-Retinol Complex Or Refissa Tretinoin – Both available at Longevity

Sunscreen: “Some UV light can penetrate sunscreen, either because the sunscreen does not have a high enough SPF or because you didn’t apply it thickly enough or often enough,” says David H. McDaniel, M.D., director of the Institute of Anti-Aging Research and assistant professor of clinical dermatology and plastic surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Virginia Beach. “Antioxidants help counteract the free-radical damage from those rays, as well as the damage from other oxidant sources, such as smoking and ozone pollution.”
Our pick: Elta MD – Available at Longevity

Skin soother/night cream: Free radicals don’t sleep, so having antioxidants in your nightly skin-care routine helps, says Howard Murad, M.D., a dermatologist in El Segundo, California, and associate clinical professor of dermatology at UCLA. And if your cream reads like the menu at a smoothie stand, that’s a good thing: Coffeeberry helps repair skin-cell DNA, and the fruity fave pomegranate may help strengthen cell membranes, leaving you with an overall fresh, healthy look.
Our pick: Yon-Ka Paris Excellence Code Creme & Yon-Ka Paris Cellular Code – Both available at Longevity

Wrinkle fighter: Antioxidants — vitamins A and C and CoQ10 in particular — erase those fine lines that freak us out more than a bad hair day. But in skin care, when it comes to antioxidants, the more the merrier. “Multiple antioxidants have been shown in studies to be more effective than single antioxidants,” says Great Neck, New York, dermatologist Jeannette Graf, M.D., author of Stop Aging, Start Living.For example, vitamin C kicks vitamin E into a higher gear, so the two are more powerful together.
Our picks: TNS Essential Serum & Yon-Ka Paris Vital Defense – Available at Longevity

For more information antioxidant scanning and nutrition to fight free radicals, set up a free consultation with Longevity RN Dietitian, Kristen, by calling 405-703-4990

For more information on skin care products to fight free radicals, set up a free consultation with one of skin care experts by calling 405-703-4990!

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Life Hacks to Stay Healthy through the Holidays : Dietitian Edition

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Longevity’s RN/Dietician, Kristen Forbes, fills us in on some tricks and tips to keep your holiday habits healthy well into the new year!
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It is the end of yet another year…where does the time go?  The holidays are a whirlwind of fun parties, trips to the mall, happy hours and family get-togethers.  It can sometimes seem impossible to maintain your healthy eating habits and your sanity amongst all of the chaos, but Longevity is here to tell you how you can!  Forget about sinking your diet ship and consider making small changes to stay afloat.  Follow these 12 tips to indulge AND stay on track with your wellness goals throughout this busy season.

  • Start your day with protein. We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but make sure you focus on protein as the key player.  Foods high in protein such as eggs, cottage cheese, meats, and plain Greek yogurt help to make you feel fuller longer, keeping that appetite and cravings for Christmas treats in check.  Less sugar=less room for weight gain!
Soup, salad and a side of wiggly Ro! #lunch #lunchdate #onesiesareoverrated #boymom

Photos Courtesy of Kristen’s Instagram. Baby Rowen helping mom make breakfast!

  • Hydrate.  Hydrate. With water.  Well hydrated bodies are important when it comes to losing weight or preventing weight gain.  You may think you already drink plenty of water; however, most people do not.  Dehydration can cause feelings of fatigue, hunger, and changes in skin appearance (who wants that before the office Christmas party?), among many other things.

Fur baby, Mango helping mom stay hydrated!

  • Eat slowly. Concentrate on your food as you eat it.  Take in and enjoy every smell, taste and texture that each bite offers.  This takes practice, so use the week before your holiday meal(s) to slow.    Down.  A more mindful approach to eating allows our body to relax, and when our body relaxes we are able to digest our food more efficiently.  You may even find yourself more satisfied with less food.
  • Think small spoonful’s of sides. If you do not want to completely avoid all of the unhealthier side dishes, allow yourself 2 tablespoons of each.  Taking this approach allows you to indulge without the bulge!  Need to be picky with your options?  Pick light turkey over the darker meat, and pumpkin pie instead of pecan.
  • Drink 2-3 cups of organic green tea daily. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants, which combat free radicals and toxins.  Green tea phytosome, a natural component of green tea, increases your body’s metabolic rate (so—you burn through those turkey and pumpkin pie calories quicker!).  Take a green tea phytosome supplement if the hot stuff is not your flavor! (can buy at Longevity)
Because sometimes you need a new inspiring way to drink your tea.

Because sometimes you need a new inspiring way to drink your tea.

  • Bring your own healthy dish (or dishes). Feeling as though you are in control of your choices eases some of the discomfort of holiday eating.  Knowing exactly what ingredients you put into your own recipes takes away the guess work, so you can enjoy at least some of the options guilt-free.
  • Do not go to parties hungry. Resist the urge to “save all of your calories” until the big party or the big meal.  This strategy is sure to fail.  Eat a small snack (apple with spoonful of almond butter) and drink a bottle of water 1-2 hours before so that you are not tempted to devour the tray of cookies, and allow yourself just one.  This trick helps to stabilize your blood sugar and prevent those crazy hangry moments (not sure what hangry means?  Imagine a time when you were so hungry you said things you eventually regretted after you finally got food…)
  • Hold yourself accountable. Find your favorite pair of jeans that fit just perfect, and try them on at least every other day until the New Year.  This takes our fixation off of the number on the scale (which can fluctuate naturally on a daily basis) and gives us a good idea of whether or not our eating habits have gotten out of control.  Feeling snugger than yesterday?  Keep your calories in check for a few days and make sure to exercise.

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    Loving on this today 💛 #Repost

  • Speaking of exercise, crank it out! Sweat a bit more during this time of year.  Even adding one exercise session or another form of physical activity a week (taking extra laps around the mall as you shop…) will zap more calories and helps to offset less healthy meal choices.  Bonus: exercise releases endorphins that make you feel good and lead to healthier decisions throughout your day.
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  • Make yourself a deal. Plan your splurges before they happen, and take at least one healthy action before.  Are you eyeing the Christmas cookies that someone placed in the break room?  Or maybe Grandma’s famous fudge?  Plan to eat a small amount, with the exception that you will drink 8 oz more water or walk for 20 minutes before you indulge.
My mantra. #alwaysseekingbalance #balancedbodyblissfullife

My mantra. #alwaysseekingbalance #balancedbodyblissfullife

  • Make sleep a priority, especially as we wrap up the year. Life seems to get busier and busier around the holidays, so make it your goal to not sacrifice sleep.  Lack of the proper amount of sleep increases the circulation of the stress hormone cortisol in our bodies, which can slow down metabolism and store body fat.
Howdy partner, already got the horses saddled up #sleepysheriff #babyro @forbesandforbes

Howdy partner, already got the horses saddled up #sleepysheriff #babyro @forbesandforbes

  • Create a new healthy tradition. Whether it be signing up for a 5K or revamping the holiday menu, enlist the entire family.  Health and wellness goals can be difficult to stick with on our own, so do it with friends and loved ones and make it fun!
  • Happy Thanksgiving!! #threelittleturkeys #okcturkeytracks #mangosfirst5k #shakeyatailfeather

    Happy Thanksgiving!! #threelittleturkeys #okcturkeytracks #mangosfirst5k #shakeyatailfeather

Now go on and enjoy yourself, and remember what it is that is most important to you.  Find your connection, community, joy, nourishment and rest that you love (and need), and do it without regrets!

Accountability and support sure do help, so if you need a little boost,  call Longevity at 405-703-4990 and schedule your FREE consultation with our amazing Dietician, Kristen. Visit our website HERE to learn more! 

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NeoGraft® Hair Transplant Overview: Everything You Need to Know

What Is NeoGraft?
NeoGraft is an FDA-cleared system used for minimally invasive hair transplantation. It uses an automated variation of the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) technique to harvest hair follicles and implant them in balding areas.

NeoGraft Results

What Is the FUE Technique? What Are Its Benefits?
As opposed to Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG), which involves cutting an entire strip of skin from the donor site, FUE allows for harvesting follicles in groups of one to four. This means there’s no incision or stitches at the area of the body where the follicles are coming from, known as the donor site. No incision means no linear scar. FUE transplants are proven to heal faster and allow for the option of wearing very short hair without the worry of revealing an obvious scar.

How Much Does NeoGraft Cost?
The cost of NeoGraft depends on the person and the number of follicles being grafted. However, NeoGraft is more expensive than previous methods, which is a reflection of the more detailed and intricate nature of the procedure. At Longevity, NeoGraft starts at $4 per graft. The best way to get a quote appropriate for you is to set up a free consultation by calling 405-703-4990

How Is NeoGraft Different From Other FUE Techniques?
While previous FUE techniques have been performed manually, NeoGraft’s automated handheld device acts as a natural extension of the surgeon’s hand, allowing for increased accuracy and speed.

What Results Can I Expect From NeoGraft?
The results of NeoGraft are similar to previous hair transplantation methods. The difference isn’t in the area where the hair is being placed, but instead in the donor site where the hair is harvested. Instead of a linear scar, you’ll see tiny dot-like scars that’ll be imperceptible once the area has healed and the hair has regrown.

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What Happens During a NeoGraft Procedure? How Long Does It Take?

Depending on the number of grafts containing hair follicles being harvested, you should expect to be in your doctor’s office for anywhere between four to eight hours. The day is split into two parts: harvesting and placement. During harvesting, you’ll lie down on a table for two to four hours. The donor area is anesthetized and the follicles are extracted with the NeoGraft handpiece. In between harvesting and placement, you’ll be able to do things like go the bathroom and grab a bite to eat. In the second part of the day, you’ll sit upright while the implant area is anesthetized and the follicles are placed through tiny incisions. Once this is over, your doctor will assure that the grafts are secure, rinse the donor and recipient areas, and may apply a light protective dressing.

What Does NeoGraft Feel Like? Does It Hurt?
Most patients feel little to no pain with the NeoGraft procedure. You can head to the NeoGraft website to read more from patients who are chronicling their journeys.

What’s the Recovery Period For NeoGraft?
There’s typically very little discomfort following NeoGraft, but you may experience minimal drainage on the first day after your procedure. You can expect your grafts to be slightly raised for the first week or two, and they’ll start to scab over at around day three or four. Your doctor should provide you with thorough instructions on how to treat your scalp (hint: gently), especially when showering.

Because there aren’t any stitches involved with NeoGraft, there are fewer activity restrictions versus previous methods. That said, it’s best to avoid anything strenuous for the first week after the procedure.

How Long Do the Results of NeoGraft Last?
Transplanted hair should last a lifetime, but there are other treatments that can help stop the loss of non-transplanted hair. NeoGraft PhotoDynamic Therapy has been proven to be great for maintenance, and options like Rogaine and Propecia could also be added (ask your doctor first). Unfortunately, while management is often effective, it’s not always perfect. Additional procedures might be needed in non-transplanted areas.

Do I Need to Get a Full Buzzcut Before a NeoGraft Procedure?
No, but the area where the hair is being harvested will need to be shaved to the appropriate length. If you wear it long, the shaved area can often be covered with the rest of your hair. If you wear it short, shaving the rest of your head to the necessary donor hair length allows for a less noticeable change during the healing process.

Is NeoGraft Only For the Head?
While the head is the most common place to use NeoGraft, the system can be used on any part of the body where hair can be transplanted.

Am I a Good Candidate For NeoGraft?
The best candidate for NeoGraft is someone (male or female) who wants the option of wearing a very short haircut without revealing a scar, or someone who wants a minimally invasive solution with the least amount of recovery time after their hair transplant procedure. NeoGraft can also be used to camouflage linear scars from previous hair transplant surgeries.

For more information visit the Longevity Website or call 405-703-4990 to schedule your FREE consultation!

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5 Reasons Modern Men Aren’t Afraid of a Good Facial

“Dudes don’t get facials”.  

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That’s what he said… But as he ages like a fine red wine, resting peacefully in an Oaken barrel in the basement of a secret speakeasy, his opinions on what it means to be a “modern man” are ever evolving. Which means, actually yes, dudes DO get facials. All the time.

If your man hasn’t reached this point of modern man evolution, he might consider getting a facial as something a little too fussy for the likes of his rugged, manly skin. The spa slippers, soothing music and cucumber water might not appeal to him. And that’s OK. But the real motivation to get his skin handled by the pros is the same reason he has a mechanic work on his car: They’re so much better at it.

So, hear us out guys. Skin damage from your shave routine or the sun can’t be fixed with the soap and water you use every day. Redness fades, but the underlying problems don’t. In fact, probably more than the ladies, guys need facials, thanks to their coarser skin, larger pores, and increased chance of sun damage. (When’s the last time you put on sun screen?) Without further ado, I present to you, Longevity’s 5 Reasons why you, The Modern Man, should be getting regular facials.

1. Men Produce More Oil

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Sorry, but she really IS looking at the blackheads on your nose. “In general, men have higher testosterone levels than women, which helps explain why men produce more oil,” says Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mt. Sinai Hospital.

But, what’s a blackhead? To put it simply fellas, the skin on your nose is made up of hundreds of little holes called “pores”. When excess oil builds up, it sits in these holes and ends up looking black to the naked eye and can even lead to pimples. Most aestheticians will perform extractions during a facial, which is the very precise removal of oil and dirt that’s clogging pores. Do this yourself at home and risk serious skin damage, but in the right hands, the result is clean, clear skin.  You end up looking less like a dirty golf ball and more like Sean Connery. Well hello, Monneypenny…

SIDE NOTE: Just because men produce more oil doesn’t mean all men have oily skin. Part of the reason facials are so effective is that aestheticians understand your skin type and its needs. For dry skin types, you’ll need a facial that leaves your skin hydrated and moisturized. “If you have oily skin, you will need a facial that decreases your shine, shrinks your pores and exfoliates your skin,” says Santa Monica-based dermatologist Ava Shamban.

2. You’ll Get a Smoother Shave

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Whether it’s everyday or every two weeks, the continuous dragging of a razor across sensitive facial skin can cause irritation. Razor burn, inflammation and irritation from shaving over pimples are common consequences of shaving, says Dr. Zeichner. A facial will deep clean bumps and soothe irritated skin. The combination of exfoliation, steam,  essential oils, masks, and moisturizers that an aesthetician typically applies will address and repair shaving’s negative side effects, like ingrown hairs. Facials loosen these hairs so they can be removed through extraction. This goes without saying, but the smoother your skin, the better and less painful your shave.

3. You know why George Clooney only gets better with age? Because he’s not afraid of a good facial. Ever heard of crow’s feet? 

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These are the wrinkles that extend horizontally from the corners of your eyes and are associated with age; old men have Crow’s Feet – GQ models do not. Regular facials include massage of the entire face, including the muscles around the eye. When these muscles are worked, they become more “taut” and toned, which lessens the contrast effect of Crow’s Feet.

4. DE-STRESS! 

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Seems like the most obvious one, doesn’t it? Stress is a killer and we must do all that we can to avoid it. Plus, you never really get how much stress we hold in our faces until you have someone working on said face for 30 minutes. With regular facials you walk in, a pile of rocks – you leave, a melting candle. Enough said.

5. Relieves nasal allergies. 

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Most of us know that Oklahoma provides some of the worst allergenic conditions of any state in the country. Combat this with pressure-point therapy and massage of the sinuses that are a part of regular facials.

6. Learn a Thing or Two from the Pros

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According to Dr. Shamban, estheticians use better, more effective products that aren’t sold over the counter. They can show you new techniques on how to apply products, the order in which to use them, and explain why. You can use this opportunity to ask questions. “What are you putting on my face?” “Why is that product going on first?” They will keep it as simple as you need. Every facial and follow up product is customized to what your skin needs!

Modern men try to get one every 6-8 weeks and look/feel better for it. By the time your facial is over,  you won’t know if an hour has gone by or six, but you will know this: The way you look and feel will keep repeating the following truth: There is just no reason in the world to not do this. If you are a sports guy, you should do it. If you enjoy bow hunting and host fight clubs in your barn, you should do it. If you are a professional wrestler who attaches vipers to missiles and straps your missile-vipers to monster trucks and drives them through alligator-infested swamps, you should do it.

If what you’ve read above vibes with your sense of the “modern man”, I’d encourage you to check out what Longevity has to offer. 

Call 405-703-4990 or sign up here to book today or click below for an entire menu of the tailored facials available at Longevity Medical Spa:

Custom men’s facials at Longevity

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4 Low Carb Sweet & Savory Recipes For Fall!

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Keep warm as the weather turns cooler with easy fall recipes made with your favorite ingredients-pumpkin, cinnamon, bacon & sausage! Comfort foods that never get old!

With low carb recipes, it’s easy to stay health conscious! That’s why we have to say, if you or anyone you know is feeling frustrated from numerous failed attempts at weight loss OR if you would just like to know more about weight management, medically supervised dieting and/or nutrition, there is no reason to start that journey alone!

Longevity has several different weight management programs available. All of which, are medically supervised and highly successful! Two of those programs are the hCG Diet & The Metabolic Code Weight Loss System. With customizable solutions, these programs are sure to fit everyone’s weight loss goals and lifestyle!

Call 405-703-4990 to schedule your FREE consultation or visit our website to learn more!

Now, on to the goodness!

Guilt Free, Sweet Treats!

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Brown Butter Frosting (Low Carb & Gluten Free)
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‘Tis the season to eat pumpkin… It’s officially that time of year, when the weather cools down and pumpkin recipes abound. This amazing cake by  A Sweet Life is a great start!  Thankfully, the big orange gourd is low in carbs and full of great nutrients, so you can go ahead and indulge.

Ingredients:

Cake:
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
2 cups almond flour
1/3 cup coconut flour
1/3 cup unflavored whey protein powder
1 tbsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cloves
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup Swerve sweetener or other erythritol
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp stevia extract
1/4 cup almond milk
Glaze:
1/2 cup butter
2 cups powdered Swerve Sweetener or other powdered erythritol, sifted
1/4 cup cream, room temperature

Preparation:

For the cake, lay down two layers of paper towel on a plate and spread out pumpkin puree.  Top with another two layers of paper towel to sop up as much moisture as possible.  Let dry for 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 325F and grease two 8-inch round cake pans.  Line bottoms of pans with parchment and grease the parchment.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond flour, coconut flour, whey protein, baking powder and spices.
In a large bowl, beat butter, erythritol and pumpkin puree together until smooth.  Beat in eggs, vanilla extract, and stevia extract.
Beat in almond flour mixture in two additions, alternating with almond milk (your batter should be thick, but if it’s really stiff and hard to beat, add another tablespoon or so of almond milk).
Divide batter evenly between prepared pans and smooth the top.  Bake 40 minutes or until edges are browned and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
Let cool in pan 20 minutes, then flip out onto wire racks to cool completely.
For the glaze, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat until it browns and becomes fragrant.  In a medium bowl, place powdered erythritol and slowly pour in browned butter, beating to combine.
Add cream and beat until smooth and a spreadable consistency has been achieved.
To assemble, place on layer of cake on a serving plate and spread with about half of the frosting.  Add the second layer of cake and spread the top with half of the frosting.
Serves: 12

Low Carb Snickerdoodles

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Author: MOMables
Serves: Makes 24 cookies.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick), softened at room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups almond flour or almond meal
  • ¾ cup granular Stevia-in-the-Raw (or regular sugar if you don’t need them to be low carbohydrate)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
Ingredients for Rolling Cookies:
  • 2 Tablespoons granular Stevia-in-the-Raw
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the butter, almond flour, sugar or substitute of choice, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, baking soda, and cream of tartar and blend with a mixer until well combined (the mixture will be stiff).
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a lid and chill one hour or longer.
  3. When you’re ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350 F.
  4. Combine 2 tablespoons sugar or sugar substitute, 2 teaspoons brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small dish.
  5. Scoop out heaping teaspoons of dough, and roll dough into balls about 1 inch across.
  6. Roll each ball in the wet mixture and put on cookie sheet 2 inches apart.
  7. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake for 14-16 minutes, or until they start to brown.
  8. Remove cookies to a cooling rack and let cool for 20-30 minutes before serving.
  9. Store in a plastic container for several days.
Notes
Egg Free Option: substitute 1 large egg for 1 flax egg (1 Tablespoon ground flax + 3 Tablespoons warm water).

Snickerdoodle Carbohydrate Breakdown:

*Recipe makes approximately 24 cookies.

1 cookie= 4 carbohydrates

Savory Sin Free Soups

Roasted Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

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Ingredients
  • 1 large bunch broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
  • 3 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth or chicken stock or ham broth
  • 1 1/2 cups aged cheddar, shredded
  • 1 cup milk or cream
  • 1 tablespoon grainy mustard (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
Directions
  1. Toss the broccoli florets in the oil along with the salt and pepper, arrange them in a single layer on a large baking sheet and roast in a preheated 400F/200C oven until lightly golden brown, about 20-30 minutes.
  2. Heat the oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat, add the onion and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and thyme and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
  4. Add the broth and broccoli, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.
  5. Mix in the milk, cheese and mustard, let the cheese melt and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Puree the soup with a hand blender or in a food processor or blender and enjoy!
Slow Cooker: Implement step 1, optionally implement steps 2 & 3, place everything but the milk and cheese in the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-10 hours or on high for 2-4 hours before mixing in the milk and cheese, letting the cheese melt and then pureeing the soup.
Option: If you like a thicker, creamier and healthier soup use pureed white beans instead of the milk or cream.
Option: Start the soup out by cooking 4 strips of bacon, use the grease to cook the vegetables instead of the oil and serve the soup garnished with the crumbled bacon.
Option: Add diced ham.

Cabbage & Kielbasa Soup

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Recipe courtesy of George Stella / StellaStyle.com

Polish sausage and cabbage are a tried and true combination that can’t go wrong, especially in this stupendously simple and inexpensive soup. Leave it in the slow cooker while you’re out, or just cover and simmer it on the stove for 45 minutes if you simply can’t wait.

Prep Time 20 mins / Cook Time 4+ hours / Serves 6

Shopping List
16 ounces kielbasa sausage
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
6 cups chicken broth
4 cups shredded cabbage
1 large bay leaf
1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper

1. Slice kielbasa into discs, about 1⁄3 inch thick. Add olive oil and kielbasa to a large skillet over medium-high to high heat, browning well, about 3 minutes each side. When meat is almost browned, add onions to cook just until they sweat.

2. Transfer kielbasa and onions to a slow cooker set to low. Add some of the chicken broth to the skillet the kielbasa was cooked in and use a spatula to scrape the bottom, breaking up any glaze the kielbasa may have left in the pan. Pour over kielbasa and onions in slow cooker, and then pour in remaining chicken broth.

3. Add the cabbage, bay leaf, and black pepper to the cooker and stir all to combine.

4. Cover and let cook 4-6 hours, depending on when you are ready to serve. Remove bay leaf and serve. Depending on the sodium content of the chicken broth and kielbasa, you may want to add salt to taste before serving. Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.

George’s Tips | While buying a head of green cabbage and shredding yourself will be cheaper, you can purchase a bag of shredded coleslaw cabbage in the bagged salad mix section to save time. Buying “Better Than Bouillon” chicken base, sold in jars near the cartons of broth, and mixing 6 teaspoons with 6 cups water will save you from having to purchase so much broth.

Variation | Turkey kielbasa can be used in place of the regular kielbasa to lower the fat in this recipe. Adding 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar will give the soup more depth, adding a little sweet and a little sour… two things that go very well with cabbage.

calories:250|fat: 16.5g |protein:15g |fiber:2g|net carbs:7g

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