The 4th of July is approaching fast,
which means it's time to prepare a big holiday meal. It's easy to forget nutrition when it comes to a celebration, but healthy meals can be just as delicious.
Katrina Herrejon, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, shares
her recipe for cheesy potato gratin that's going to be a hit at your next summer bash.
Recipe makes 5 servings
IngredientsFlorets from ½ a medium-sized
head of cauliflower (10oz) 1c milk5 sprigs of summer savory (0.2oz)1 clove of garlic, skin removed½ tsp salt¼ tsp black pepper, freshly ground 2 medium russet potatoes (14oz)3oz of Gruyère cheese,
gratedCooking spray Instructions
To prepare the cauliflower puree
To assemble and bake the gratin
Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories: 182Fat: 6gCarbs: 22gProtein: 4gFiber: 10g
To see a free live demonstration of this recipe, join us at the Chicago Botanic Gardens for their Garden Chef Series. Katrina will be recreating her recipe on Saturday, July 4th at 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm, with samples!
Melanoma is the most aggressive type of skin cancer and requires an aggressive
approach to treatment; however, melanomas are not the only type of skin cancer nor are they the most common. Basal cell carcinomas (BCCs), which originate in the basal cells, or the deepest layers of the epidermal skin, are the most common type of skin cancer.
BCCs grow slowly and there is little risk that they will spread to other areas of the body. Yet, they should be taken seriously because treatment, if it comes too late, could require serious, often disfiguring surgeries and invasion into the nerves, which
can become painful.
Since BCCs develop in the deeper layers of the skin, they may appear minor on the surface of the skin while the tumor beneath could be significantly larger. If a tumor becomes too large, skin grafts and complex cosmetic procedures
might be required to repair the damage caused from the tumor’s removal.
How can you identify BBC in its early stages? Dr.
Shani Francis, Dermatologist at NorthShore, describes some common signs:
It is important to talk to your doctor or dermatologist about any changes you notice in your skin. Early detection of a BCC is paramount
to avoid difficult follow-up care and potential plastic surgery.
The warmer temperatures of late spring and summer mean more outdoor family time, from BBQs to pool parties,
but it’s important to make sure that time is safe for you and your kids. Most of us know to practice vigilant sun safety during the hottest months of the year, when the sun’s rays are at their most intense, but sometimes we forget it’s also
very important to protect against dangerous insect bites. Warm temperatures are just as appealing to insects as they are to Chicagoans ready to leave a long winter behind.
Most mosquito bites are irritating but otherwise harmless; however, some mosquitoes
can transmit encephalitis and West Nile virus, which can cause severe illness with symptoms like headache, high fever and bodily weakness. Ticks can transmit Lyme disease, which can be treated if recognized early, so look for flu-like symptoms and possible
rashes. Left untreated, Lyme disease can cause joint and muscle pain, fatigue, heart problems and neurological issues.
Kreindler, MD, Pediatrician at NorthShore, shares her tips for preventing insect bites and protecting against the illnesses they can cause all summer long:
How do you protect your family from summer insect bites?
Don’t let your choice of dressing take your healthy
salad from filling to fattening. Keep things light and fresh with bold flavors and heart-healthy fats.Katrina Herrejon, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, shares a recipe for a healthy salad dressing that’s perfect for
summer:Recipe makes 6 servingsServing size 2 tablespoons Ingredients¼ of an avocado, peel removed (1.6 oz) 2 tbsp fresh oregano,
chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced½ cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed 2 tbsp olive oilSalt and freshly ground black pepper to tasteInstructions:
Nutrition Information (per
2 tbsp serving): Calories : 84Fat: 8gTotal Carbohydrates: 3g
The big “birth” day is almost here! You may be feeling excited,
nervous and scared all at the same time. Now, wouldn’t it be nice if you knew exactly when this big day would come? While no one can predict with any certainty when your baby will be born, some signs may indicate that labor is on the way.
That said, it’s different for every woman. Some women experience many of the signs below, while others may not experience anything. Edward
Lee, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology at NorthShore, outlines some of the key signs of labor:
It’s important to note that this is not a complete list of signs of labor. It is also important to note that there is no “tried and tested” way to naturally bring on labor: Baby will come whenever he or she is ready. Use
Caution: Prior to administering any home remedies or alternative methods to expedite labor, you should always first confer with your physician.If at any point during your pregnancy you have questions about any of these above signs, do
not hesitate to reach out to your physician.What signs did you have of labor? Did they vary from pregnancy to pregnancy?
It’s finally here! Summer seems to have arrived and with it warm weather and sunshine. Don’t rush out into the sun just yet though! Sun exposure can damage your skin and increase your risk of skin cancer. That's why it’s so important
to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays every day.
How can you protect your skin? What’s the right sunscreen to use? How often should you reapply it? Is sunscreen safe for everyone? NorthShore University HealthSystem has you
covered with sun safety tips for adults, kids and babies alike. Click on the image below to access our full infographic with helpful sun safety tips and then go out and enjoy the summer sun without getting burned.
We're coming to the end of Men’s Health Week and Father’s Day is just around
the corner. This makes it a perfect time to think about the health of the men in your life (and your own!). Making simple changes to your daily habits may help reduce your risk for illness and other medical conditions. Matthew Plofsky, MD, Family Medicine Physician at NorthShore, recommends the following five tips for promoting health and wellness:
What do you do to promote healthy habits? Have you changed your routine recently in an effort to be healthier?
With the recent reports of tuberculosis cases within
the United States, now is the time to get informed. Tuberculosis (abbreviated as TB) is an infectious bacteria that spreads through droplets released into the air often by coughing, sneezing or spitting. Despite this, it's not easy to catch, and the infection
occurs after a long period of exposure.
The following individuals are most at risk when exposed to TB:
Dr. Stephen Schrantz, MD, at NorthShore discusses the two forms of tuberculosis, and what to do if you believe you have been infected.
TB: This form of TB does not have any symptoms, as the infection is not yet active. While not contagious, it has the potential to progress to an active state. Those who have come in contact with someone with tuberculosis should get checked by a doctor
in order to detect latent TB, which can remain in the body for several years if it goes unnoticed or untreated.
Active TB: Symptoms for active TB can occur within 2 to 3 weeks, or months after an individual is exposed to the infectious
bacteria. Though most commonly associated with lung disease, it is possible for tuberculosis to infection other organs, so symptoms may vary. Some of the most common ones are:
Tuberculosis can be deadly when left untreated, and requires a prolonged treatment program in order to fully
restore the patient to good health. Those who believe they have come in contact with the bacteria should seek medical attention immediately. Physicians commonly perform a physical examination to look for swelling in areas such as the lymph nodes, as well as
breathing problems. Depending on the type of TB, there are also blood tests, imaging tests, and skin tests that can determine a patient's status.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are potentially millions of people in the United States who have a latent tuberculosis infection; therefore, it's very important for anyone who has been in contact with someone who
has the disease to contact your doctor or a state TB control office.
As a fan we’ve all been there before: It’s the bottom of the
ninth and the bases are loaded. The soccer match is tied and your favorite team is lining up for shoot outs. The win is just a field goal away with seconds left on the clock. The pressure and anxiety associated with watching your favorite team as they battle
it out for the win can leave your heart racing.As the Blackhawks take the ice tonight in the nerve-shredding Stanley Cup finals, fans may be wondering if their hearts can withstand the stress. Justin Levisay, MD, cardiologist at NorthShore, shares
some tips on how you can watch the game and still be mindful of your body.
Dr. Justin Levisay offers the following pointers as we head into the big game:
It’s worth noting that the more in shape you are, the more your body can handle. That said, if you suspect you may be suffering from a heart attack
or other condition while watching the game, it’s important to seek immediate medical attention.
Here’s to safe watching. Let’s go Hawks!
Listen to Dr. Levisay on WLS-890 with Big John Howell.
Serve a summery pasta salad without the pasta. If
reducing your consumption of refined carbohydrates is on your to-do list this summer, this is the side dish for you. Leslie
Mendoza-Temple, MD, Integrative Medicine at NorthShore, shares this simple but flavorful recipe that is made for having seconds:Recipe makes 4-6 servingsIngredients:For the carrot pasta:5 large carrots, peeled and spiraled into noodles⅓ cup roasted cashews2 tbsp fresh cilantro, finely choppedFor the ginger-lime peanut sauce:2 tbsp creamy peanut butter4 tbsp coconut milk2
tbsp liquid aminosPinch of cayenne pepper2 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped1 tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and grated1 tbsp lime juiceKosher salt to tasteInstructions:
To prepare the ginger-lime peanut sauce:
To prepare the carrot pasta:
Note: If you don't have a spiral slicer, you can simply grate the carrots with a box grater.
Recipe adapted from The Roasted Root.