Living Well Blog

By A. Alan Reisinger, III MD FACP
MDVIP
November 12, 2018
Every few years, MDVIP invites its affiliated physicians to a national meeting. In my 10 years with the company, I’ve been to all of them. This year we met in Dallas. Why do we get together? To learn from each other and experts about the latest medical trends in prevention and wellness – and to… See more
By Janet Tiberian
November 9, 2018
Many Americans take metformin. Most of them have either type 2 diabetes or prediabetes (the drug is also occasionally used to treat type 1, or insulin-dependent, diabetes). Although you may not love taking metformin, there is a bright side: The drug may… See more
November 9, 2018
This lighter pumpkin pie has the rich, subtle spices of the classic and a delicate, faintly sweet crust.  Prep time: 30 minutes | Total time: 4 hours (including cooling time)

Ingredients

    3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour, (see Note)
    3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    1… See more
November 9, 2018
This pecan tart gets added tang from dried cherries. Instead of corn syrup, which is found in most pecan pie recipes, we’ve opted for maple syrup. If you can find it, choose dark amber or grade B, because it has the richest maple flavor. The crust, made with heart-healthy pecans and canola oil,… See more
November 9, 2018
With all that delicious fruit an apple pie should be healthy, but the truth is a slice can have as much as 750 calories and 30 grams of fat. For the most part, the culprit is the crust. We use whole-wheat pastry flour to add fiber and lower the saturated fat by replacing some of the butter with… See more
November 9, 2018
Take advantage of convenient mini ("baby") carrots to make this simple but sophisticated classic French side dish. Prep time: 5 minutes | Total time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

    3 cups mini carrots, (1 pound)
    1/3 cup water
    1 tablespoon honey
    2 teaspoons… See more
November 9, 2018
In this recipe, Yukon Gold potatoes and sweet potatoes are roughly mashed together with leeks for a beautiful mottled white-and-orange take on mashed potatoes. The creme fraiche topping offers a tangy counterpoint. Prep time: 20 minutes | Total time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

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November 9, 2018
This scrumptious sweet potato casserole gets fabulous flavor from honey and freshly grated orange zest rather than the traditional stick of butter. To complete the healthy makeover we sprinkle a crunchy pecan streusel spiked with orange juice concentrate over the top. You can save the marshmallows… See more
November 9, 2018
Browning butter brings out a mellow nuttiness that complements the strong flavor of the sprouts. Browned butter can be an excellent flavor addition to any sauté. Prep time: 10 minutes | Total time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

    1 tablespoon butter
    1 pound Brussels sprouts,… See more
November 9, 2018
This method produces all the good looks and moist flavor you dream of in a Thanksgiving turkey. Make sure you show this beauty off at the table before you carve it. Garnish your serving platter with fresh herb sprigs and citrus wedges.  Prep time: 30 minutes | Total time: 3 1/2 hours

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