Health Notes

Recipe: Chocolate? Yes!

by admin on January 21, 2015

Believe it or not, these chocolate chip bar cookies are relatively guilt-free. The instant pudding and applesauce completely replace the shortening and help these cookies stay moist and delicious. You can store them in the refrigerator or freezer for a treat that will satisfy your sweet tooth without completely blowing your diet.

Chocolate Chip Bar Cookies


  • 1 C unsweetened applesauce
  • ¾ C firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 lg pkg (5.1 oz) instant vanilla or (5.9 oz) chocolate pudding
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 C whole-wheat pastry flour*
  • 1 C oats (quick-cooking or old-fashioned)
  • ½ bag (12 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips

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Questions AnsweredQ. I feel like I’ve been on and off diets my entire life, but any success I have seems to fade. They just aren’t sustainable for me. How can I find out what type of diet is really going to work… and stick?

A. When it comes to losing weight, “diets” can be really tough for most people. Sure, they may work in the short-term… but when you’re talking about sustaining weight loss, the best success comes from a change in lifestyle.

At Methodist Physicians Clinic Weight Management clinic, our physician-directed weight loss program works with all sorts of people to help them learn about the foods they eat and the exercise they need to stay healthy for the long term. We talk about things we know are important – nutrition, exercise and creating a healthy emotional relationship with food.

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Exercise: Mother Knows Best

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During mydays of childhood and adolescence, my mother most often told me to “stand up straight” or “sit up tall.” I’m sure yours did, too. While many of us probably grew tired of hearing these words, our mothers certainly knew best. Training our body to maintain proper posture in sitting and standing protects our spine, reduces […]

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Does Weight Loss Surgery Affect Your Medications?

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Weight loss surgery changes your body’s relationship with the things you eat and drink. It changes how much and how often you can take in food. In some cases, it even changes how it’s digested. So can bariatric surgery also change the way your oral medications and supplements are absorbed? The short answer is both […]

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Recipe: Warm Up with Chili

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Baby, it’s COLD outside! When it comes to warming up, nothing quite hits the spot like a piping hot bowl of chili. Beans are good for you. They are packed with protein, good carbohydrates and micronutrients such as fiber and folate. They are also delicious and extremely versatile. They can be the basis for a […]

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Your Questions Answered: “What are my surgical options?”

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Q. After years of yo-yo dieting, I am sick and tired of the weight battle and the constant knee, hip and joint pains that come with it. I’m exploring my options for bariatric surgical solutions. It seems like there are so many of them. How do I know what’s right for me? A. When it […]

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Exercise: Upper Extremity Resistance Training

December 3, 2014

You have probably heard strength training burns more calories. Did you know that’s because strength training builds muscle, and muscle burns more calories? If you build more muscle you will also burn more calories during your cardio workout as well. Weights are pretty inexpensive, but for those of you on a tight budget, there are […]

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Six Tips for Sensible Eating this Season

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During the holiday season we are faced with an abundance of yummy snacks at the office, food gifts from friends and family, and holiday parties where delicious food is always served.  How do we manage our weight during this busy holiday season? As a Registered Dietitian at the Methodist Hospital Center for Diabetes and Nutritional […]

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Recipe: A Nutritious, Delicious Thanksgiving Table

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Just in time for your Thanksgiving table, one of the best food fighters against cold and flu. Winter squash is one of the richest sources of plant-based anti-inflammatory nutrients such as omega 3s and beta-carotene, important for a strong immune system. The huge timesaver in this recipe is using frozen winter squash, which is surprisingly […]

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Your Questions Answered: “What causes obesity? Is it hereditary?”

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Q. It seems like I’m eternally trying to lose weight and have been yo-yo dieting for as long as I can remember. I know I’m not alone… my entire family is overweight. While I know I have a good appetite, is obesity hereditary? A. You’ve asked a very complex question, with a lot of unknowns. […]

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