Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Healthy Holiday-Themed Recipes for 2019

The holiday season is upon us and while you may be tempted to eat foods that aren't good for you our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to motivate you to eat healthy this holiday season. Our Mid-MO health clinics are here to share with you a few healthy holiday-themed recipes we found online in this week's blog. The goal of Central Ozarks Medical Center is to lead the way to healthier communities. For more information on what our Lake of the Ozarks health clinics stand for, please visit our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


Healthy Holiday-Themed Recipes for 2019


Source: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/green-bean-casserole-slimmed-recipe-2009016

Green Bean Casserole - Slimmed

Ingredients
3 to 4 medium shallots, in their skins
Kosher salt, plus 1 1/2 teaspoons
1 pound fresh green beans, stemmed, and halved crosswise
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced (about 4 cups)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups mushroom, vegetable, or chicken broth (see Cook's Note)
3 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
Freshly ground black pepper
Vegetable cooking spray
1 cup fresh bread crumbs

Directions
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Put the shallots (in their skins) on a small baking dish, roast until soft, about 30 minutes. When cool enough to handle, skin and coarsely chop the shallots. Set aside.
Bring a medium-large saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. Add kosher salt, to taste. Add the green beans, and cook, uncovered, until crisp-tender and bright green, about 3 minutes. Drain the beans in a colander and rinse with cold water. Transfer the beans to a large bowl.

In the same saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, season with 1 teaspoon salt, cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 7 minutes. Add the mushrooms to the beans.
Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, until golden, about 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the broth, increase the heat to high, and bring to a boil. Add the shallots, 1 teaspoon of the thyme, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and cook until thickened, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Pour the sauce over the vegetables and stir to combine evenly.

Spray a 2-quart baking dish with vegetable cooking spray. Transfer the vegetable mixture to the pan. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons of thyme to bread crumbs and scatter over the vegetables. Bake uncovered until the sauce bubbles and the crumbs brown, about 20 minutes.


Source: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/eggplant-ricotta-bites-recipe-1973666

Eggplant Ricotta Bites

Ingredients
1 medium eggplant
Kosher salt
All-purpose flour, for dredging
2 large eggs
3/4 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons extra- virgin olive oil, plus more as needed
2 large plum tomatoes, diced
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1 cup ricotta cheese
Shredded fresh basil, for topping

Directions
Thinly slice the eggplant into rounds and season with salt. Pour some flour into a shallow dish. Beat the eggs in another dish. In a third dish, mix the breadcrumbs and parmesan. Dredge the eggplant in the flour, then dip in the eggs and coat with the breadcrumb mixture.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, cook the eggplant until golden, about 2 minutes per side, adding more oil between batches, if necessary. Drain on paper towels and season with salt.

Toss the tomatoes with the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil and the vinegar in a bowl. Spoon some ricotta onto each eggplant slice. Top with the tomato mixture and basil.


Source: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/roasted-brussels-sprouts-with-pomegranate-and-hazelnuts-recipe-1973768

Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Pomegranate and Hazelnuts

Ingredients
1 1/4 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
2 tablespoons canola oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
Seeds from 1 pomegranate
1/2 cup coarsely chopped toasted hazelnuts
Finely grated zest of 1 lime
1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest

Directions
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Put the Brussels sprouts in a medium roasting pan; toss with the canola oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven until light golden brown and a knife inserted into the centers goes in without any resistance, about 45 minutes.

Transfer the sprouts to a large bowl and add the pomegranate molasses, pomegranate seeds, hazelnuts, and lime and orange zests. Season with salt as needed.


Stay Healthy This Holiday Season with Central Ozarks Medical Center!


All of us here at Central Ozarks Medical Center hope you have a Happy Holiday season! We also hope you appreciated these healthy holiday recipes we found online. For more health tips, please follow our social media channels listed below and check out our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


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Friday, November 8, 2019

Holiday Baby Safety Tips

The holidays are right around the corner and at times things can feel chaotic at home, especially if you are hosting for the holidays. With all the chaos, you still have to manage watching your child. All that being said, our pediatric providers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few holiday baby safety tips. If your child is feeling ill and you are in need of a local Lake of the Ozarks pediatrician, call Central Ozarks Medical Center today to make your appointment. Phone numbers and locations can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


Holiday Baby Safety Tips


Make sure all cords are out of reach.
Around the holidays, you may find yourself wanting to entertain guests with electronics, such as movies or TV shows, both of which require chords and electricity to work.

  • Cords pose a serious danger to your children. 
  • Most of us seem to plug in our phones every night to charge. 
  • Cords are just used so much in today's technology age.

As you use these electronics just be sure to monitor your children and keep them out of reach as they can be a serious choking hazard.

Make sure every TV is securely attached to the wall.
Secure your TVs. Many people have flat-screen TVs in their homes these days and they can be put on any available surface throughout the home. Children can easily climb up and knock them over. You can secure your TVs with brackets to help keep them from falling over.

Be sure that every outlet has a cover.
Over time, people have used the plugs to protect their children from the electrical outlets in their homes.

  • Now, outlet covers that include sliding doors are available. 
  • Compared to the plugs, they can be much more user-friendly and not as rough to operate. 
  • The plugs have been known to be difficult to take out of the outlet, with a sliding door, you no longer have that issue.

Make sure your child can't get ahold of the baby video monitor.
Video baby monitors can be all the rage now.

  • People are moving away from the audio-only monitors to the video monitors. 
  • Just remember that some of these video monitors come with cords, which can pose a threat to your child. 
  • You can just keep these far out of their reach, away from the crib. 
  • You can also just purchase a wireless video monitor and not have to worry about the cords.

Make sure you secure any piece of furniture that could fall over as your child climbs on it.
There can be many pieces of heavy furniture in homes. Secure them. These pieces of furniture can include desks, chairs, tables, shelves, and other pieces of furniture that can be fun to climb on, but if the furniture is not secured with restraints or brackets, they could fall over.


Be Safe and Healthy This Holiday Season from Central Ozarks Medical Center!


All of us here at our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks wish you Happy Holidays! We also hope you found these holiday baby safety tips helpful. We appreciate all of our pediatric patients here at Central Ozarks Medical Center. Our comprehensive pediatric services include well-child exams, diagnostic tests, follow-up of chronic problems, sports screenings, as well as evaluation and management of growth and health maintenance. For more information on that, please give us a call today.


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Friday, November 1, 2019

Preventative Tips for Not Getting The Flu

The flu has affected so many families out there. In some cases, the flu can even be fatal. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few preventative tips for not getting the flu. Stop it before it even started. If you are suffering from flu-like symptoms, see a healthcare provider at the Lake of the Ozarks as soon as possible. All of our Lake of the Ozarks health clinics and our Richland clinic can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org. Call and make your appointment today.


Preventative Tips for Not Getting The Flu


If you haven't already, get your flu shot.
The flu shot is known as the BEST defense against getting the flu. Even if you have never gotten the flu before, there is a first time for everything. It's worth it to prevent yourself from getting this illness.

Sanitize your surfaces every day.
You should try and get in the habit of cleaning all of the shared surfaces in your home once a day. You should clean your desk at work also once a day. Take the five minutes to give all your surfaces a wipe down with a rag and a anti-bacterial cleaner. You never know who may have touched that surfaces and if they had the flu or were carrying it.

Wash your hands.
Be sure to wash your hand after any time you touch a shared surface. If you are unable to wash your hands, then use an anti-bacterial wipe that has at least sixty percent alcohol in it. All of this may sound excessive to you, but it's worth doing if you don't want to catch the flu. It happens quicker and easier than you might think.

Don't share your food with sick friends and loved ones.
If you share the food you are likely touching the same plate or bowl that someone else touched and that someone else may have an illness.

Boost your immune system.
A healthy immune system will help you fight off the flu and you can keep your immune system healthy by doing a number of things, such as:

  • Exercising regularly
  • Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Maintaining a healthy BNI
...and so much more. 


Keep The Flu Away With COMC!


Central Ozarks Medical Center is here to help you fight the flu this year! If you are feeling flu-like symptoms, such as a fever, coughing, sneezing, etc. - please make an appointment with a doctor at the Lake of the Ozarks as soon as possible. Do not wait for your symptoms to get worse and cut this illness off early. All of our health clinics in Mid-Missouri can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


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Friday, October 25, 2019

Health Tips for Your First Pregnancy

Being pregnant for the first time can be exciting and scary all at the same time and our OB Providers at the Lake of the Ozarks understand that. You should never feel alone during this time in your life, no matter what your personal situation is. Our Lake of the Ozarks health clinics are here for you and we assist patients with and without insurance. Our goal is to gear our services to work for your financial situation, not the other way around. Keep reading for a few health tips for your first pregnancy. If you are pregnant and currently searching for an OB Provider in the Lake of the Ozarks area you can count on, consider Central Ozarks Medical Center. Visit our website at www.CentralOzarks.org for more information on our services and providers.


Health Tips for Your First Pregnancy


Know what's normal for weight gain during pregnancy.
According to the National Institute of Health:
"If you are underweight (BMI* less than 18.5), you should gain about 28 to 40 pounds,
normal weight (BMI of 18.5 to 24.9), you should gain about 25 to 35 pounds, overweight (BMI of 25 to 29.9), you should gain about 15 to 25 pounds, and obese (BMI of 30+), you should gain about 11 to 20 pounds."

Ask your doctor about prenatal vitamins.
Many healthcare providers may advise you to take a prenatal vitamin every day, but it's best to ask your doctor what you should specifically do. Every mother-to-be is different.


Avoid eating or drinking the following:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeinated beverages, such as coffee or soda
  • Fish with high levels of mercury, like swordfish or shark
  • Undercooked meat
  • Raw eggs
...it's best to get a list from your doctor of everything you shouldn't eat, but these are a few good examples that will likely be on it.


Meet Our Obstetrics and Gynecological Provider, Terry Krantz, FNP!


Terry Krantz received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1979 from Grand View College in Des Moines, Iowa. She worked primarily in Obstetrics in hospitals across the country until she returned to school, graduating summa cum laude with the President's Award for Scholarship in 2001 from Graceland University. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing and is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Terry is a recipient of the Higdon Award for Clinical Excellence. Her special area of interest lies in bridging cultural divides through the power of story. Her work in this field earned her an invitation to Sofia, Bulgaria where she presented a seminar by weaving an original parable to encourage the participants to reach for a higher level of wellness - resulting in women forming walking clubs across the city. She has found the arts to be a very useful adjunct in her approach to patients and enjoys finding this common ground with people from all walks of life.

When she is not at the clinic, she is a musician, a cyclist, a reader, and enjoys trying her hand at fly-fishing in the mountains of the West.

To schedule an appointment with Terry, please call our Camdenton Medical Center today. You can reach us there by calling 573-346-4446. For more information, you can always visit our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


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Friday, October 18, 2019

Healthy School Night Snacks For Your Kids

Weeknights can be crazy when it comes to feeding your kids and our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks understand that. With all of the after school extracurricular activities, your kids likely have going on this year, it can be tempting to just run through a drive-through and get your kids something to eat because it's convenient but that's not always the healthiest option. Our Mid-Missouri health clinics are here to share a few healthy school night snack recipes we found online with you in this week's blog. Your child's health is important. To book an appointment with a Pediatrician at the Lake of the Ozarks you can count on, call Central Ozarks Medical Center today. All phone numbers and clinic locations can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


Source: https://www.foodfanatic.com/recipes/no-bake-granola-bars-recipe/

No Bake Granola Bars Recipe

Ingredients
2/3 cup Coconut Oil
2/3 cup Coconut Butter
2/3 cup Honey
2 1/2 cups Certified Gluten Free Oats
1/3 cup Chocolate Chips, Optional

Directions
Line a 9x13 inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large microwave safe bowl, melt the coconut oil, coconut butter and honey. Whisk until combined and stir in the oats.
Press the oat mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly over the bottom. Refrigerate until hardened, about two hours. When the granola is set, use the parchment paper to lift the granola bars from the pan. Slice into 20 bars.
If using the chocolate, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave according to package directions. Drizzle or pipe the chocolate over the bars and refrigerate until set.
Store bars in the refrigerator.

Source: https://diethood.com/homemade-baked-banana-chips-recipe/

Homemade Baked Banana Chips Recipe

Ingredients
10 ripe, but firm bananas, thinly sliced
freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon is plenty)

Instructions
Preheat oven to 200F.
Cover a sheet pan with foil and lightly grease with cooking spray.
Toss the bananas in lemon juice.
Arrange the bananas in a single layer on prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 2 hours, flip the slices with a metal spatula, and continue to bake for 1.5 hours longer, or until desired crispness.
Remove from oven and transfer the chips to a wire rack.
Cool completely. The longer they cool, the crunchier they will get.
Store in an airtight container.

Source: https://www.tastingpage.com/cooking/clean-eating-banana-blueberry-cookies

Clean Eating Banana Blueberry Cookies
Makes About 15 Breakfast Cookies

INGREDIENTS
2 ripe bananas
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoon ground flaxseed
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1-1/2 cups of gluten free oats
3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1 cup of fresh blueberries

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat oven to 350.
Peel and mash the bananas in a large bowl. Add the vanilla, cinnamon, flax, and walnuts and stir. Combine the oats and oil, and then gently fold in the blueberries.
Place a silpat or parchment paper on a baking sheet and scoop about a 1/4 cup of batter down for each cookie. Gently press down to flatten slightly. Place in oven and cook for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack and then put in tupperware container in the fridge for up to a week. Heat before serving.

Cereal Trail Mix

Source: https://www.whattheforkfoodblog.com/2015/09/13/cereal-trail-mix/

Ingredients
2 C Cheerios
1 C peanuts* (or almonds)
1 C dried cranberries
1 C banana chips
1/2 C mini chocolate chips (I used dairy free)

Instructions
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and store in an air-tight container up to 2 weeks.


All of us here at our health clinics in Central Missouri hope you enjoyed ready about these healthy school night snack recipes for your kids. Again, your child's health is important! You should be able to trust your Pediatrician immensely. For a Pediatrician at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can count on, call Central Ozarks Medical Center today!

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Friday, October 11, 2019

5 Reasons to Get Your Flu Shot

It's that time again, unfortunately. Flu season has officially started. According to CNN, flu season typically starts in October and there have already been flu-related deaths reported. This is tragic. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few reasons to get your flu shot in this week's blog.


5 Reasons to Get Your Flu Shot


1. The flu can be fatal in some cases.
Flu-related deaths have already been reported this year. The flu is no laughing matter, while it's not always fatal, the fact is that it can be. So, why not protect yourself from this potentially fatal illness by getting the best known defense against it, a flu shot?

2. If you got a flu shot last year, it won't help for this year.
Some people may think that one flu shot lasts forever, but it doesn't. The best thing to do is to check with your doctor on the type of flu shot you're getting and how often you should be getting it for it to be effective.

3. The flu shot is known as the best way to prevent getting the flu.
According to the CDC, getting your flu shot is the best way to prevent yourself from getting the flu.
"An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death in children."

4. A flu shot for your children can keep them from being hospitalized for flu-related issues.
Children can get the flu too, it's not just an adult illness. Ask your doctor what the best shot for your child's particular age would be. According to the CDC, "Everyone 6 months of age and older should get an influenza (flu) vaccine every season with rare exception."

5. Getting your flu shot can keep you from spreading the flu to someone else.
The flu can be highly contagious, unfortunately. This means if you contract the flu, you could be giving it to your children, your spouse or significant other, your friends, and possibly anyone you come into contact with.

Get Your Free Flu Shot with COMC Today


Here is the need-to-know information on our free flu shot clinics going on today:

COMC Camdenton: October 11th 
1652 N Business Route 5, Camdenton, MO 65065
8am - 12pm & 1pm - 4pm

COMC Osage Beach: October 11th 
3870 Columbia Ave, Osage Beach
8am - 12pm & 1pm - 4pm

No appointments necessary
Short intake form can be completed on the day of fair
First Come/ First Served

Our Lake of the Ozarks health clinics can't stress enough how important it is to get your flu shot. You could potentially be saving your life and others just by getting it. The flu, while not in every case, but in some, can be fatal and it's important to not forget that. To get your flu shot today stop by one of our health centers at the Lake of the Ozarks listed above. If you have any questions, please give us a call. Our phone numbers for each located are listed below.

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

5 Important Factors To Know in Regard To Breast Cancer Awareness

It's October 2019 and in case you didn't realize, our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to tell you it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month! In the spirit of it being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our Mid-Missouri health clinics are here to give you a few important factors to know in regard to breast cancer awareness. For a reliable healthcare provider at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can count on, call Central Ozarks Medical Center today. All of our phone numbers and locations can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


5 Important Factors To Know in Regard To Breast Cancer Awareness


You can prevent your chances of getting breast cancer by:

1. BEING ACTIVE AND EXERCISING EVERY WEEK.
Doing this can help you maintain your weight, which can in return help reduce your risk of breast cancer.

2. DRINKING LESS ALCOHOL.
It's important to realize the more alcohol you consume, likely the greater your risk is of getting breast cancer. A good rule of thumb is to limit yourself to less than 1 drink per day.

3. MAINTAINING A HEALTHY WEIGHT.
Obesity or being overweight increases your chances of getting breast cancer, especially after menopause.

4. REFRAINING FROM SMOKING.
Studies suggest that there is a link between smoking and breast cancer, especially in menopausal women.


5. BY AVOIDING RADIATION AND POLLUTION.
Different medical-imaging methods use high doses of radiation. Certain studies suggest that there could be a link between breast cancer and radiation exposure.

All of us here at Central Ozarks Medical Center hope you found this blog enlightening and that it made you more aware of ways you can reduce your chances of getting breast cancer. In other news, Central Ozarks Medical Center has a few upcoming Flu Fairs and we'd like to share that information with you below:

Upcoming Flu Fairs:
COMC Richland: October 4th 
Medical Center Main Entrance
304 W Washington,
Richland  7am - 12pm & 1pm - 4pm

COMC Camdenton: October 11th 
1652 N Business Route 5, Camdenton, MO 65065
8am - 12pm & 1pm - 4pm

COMC Osage Beach: October 11th 
3870 Columbia Ave, Osage Beach
8am - 12pm & 1pm - 4pm

  • No appointments necessary
  • Short intake form can be completed on the day of fair
  • First Come/ First Served

If you have any questions about any one of these fairs, please do not hesitate to give us a call. Contact the clinic at which the fair you are interested in attending will be held. All of the phone numbers and clinic locations can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org. You can also follow us on our social media channels listed below to start up to date on our latest news.


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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Healthy Fall Foods To Try

Fall has officially started and our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks couldn't be more excited! Not only can fall bring the perfect weather for healthier outdoor activities such as running or biking, but it can also motivate some people to eat certain fall-themed flavors. In the spirit of fall, our Lake of the Ozarks health clinics are here to share a few HEALTHY fall-themed recipes we found online. In addition to eating healthy, we encourage you to schedule your yearly health check-up with a reliable healthcare provider at the Lake of the Ozarks, if you haven't done so already. If you are still searching for a doctor you can count on, consider Central Ozarks Medical Center. Our locations and phone numbers can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


Healthy Fall Foods To Try


Source: https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a55760/healthy-chicken-casserole-recipe/

Harvest Chicken Casserole

INGREDIENTS
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided, plus more for baking dish
2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 onion, chopped
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
1 lb. brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 c. low-sodium chicken broth, divided
6 c. cooked wild rice
1/2 c. dried cranberries
1/2 c. sliced almonds

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350° and grease a 9"-x-13" baking dish with oil. In a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Add chicken to skillet and cook until golden and cooked through, 8 minutes per side. Let rest 10 minutes, then cut into 1" pieces.
Heat another tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add onion, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, garlic, thyme, paprika, and cumin. Season with salt and pepper and cook until softened, 5 minutes. Add 1/4 cup broth, bring to a simmer, and cook, covered, 5 minutes.
Place cooked rice in a large baking dish and season with salt and pepper. Stir in chicken, cranberries, cooked vegetables, and remaining 1/4 cup broth. Top with almonds and bake until dish is hot and almonds are toasted, 15 to 18 minutes. 


Source: https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a44787/easy-spinach-lentil-soup-recipe/

Easy Spinach-Lentil Soup

INGREDIENTS
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 carrots, peeled and diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1 small onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. coriander
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes, plus more if desired
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 14-oz. can diced tomatoes, with juices
10 oz. lentils
2 tsp. fresh thyme
4 c. vegetable broth
4 c. baby spinach

DIRECTIONS
In a large pot over medium-high heat, heat olive oil. Add carrots, celery, and onion and cook until beginning to soften, 5 minutes. Add garlic, cumin, coriander, and red pepper flakes, and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly, then season with salt and pepper.
Add tomatoes, lentils, thyme, and vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover partially, and simmer until lentils are tender and soup has thickened, 20 minutes. (If most of liquid has been absorbed, add in ½ to 1 cup more water.)
Stir in spinach and continue cooking until wilted, 2 minutes, then season with salt and pepper.

Source: https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/a23362341/sweet-potato-salad-recipe/

Sweet Potato Salad

INGREDIENTS
3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (about 2 lb.)
1 small red onion, thinly sliced into half moons
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 c. dried cranberries
1/2 c. crumbled feta
1/4 c. freshly chopped parsley
FOR THE DRESSING
2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tbsp. honey
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. ground paprika
1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 400°. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss sweet potatoes and red onion in oil then season with salt and pepper.
Distribute them evenly on sheet in a single layer. Bake until tender, about 20 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes then transfer to a large bowl.
Meanwhile, make dressing: In a small bowl or in a medium liquid measuring cup, whisk together vinegar, mustard, honey, and spices. Gradually pour in oil, whisking constantly until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper.
Toss sweet potatoes with dressing, cranberries, feta, and parsley. Serve warm or at room temperature.


All of us here at Central Ozarks Medical Center hope you enjoyed reading about these healthy fall foods to try! We pride ourselves on leading the way to healthier communities. We encourage you to schedule your yearly health check-up with a provider at the Lake of the Ozarks you can count on. Call Central Ozarks Medical Center today to schedule your appointment. All phone numbers and locations can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


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Friday, September 20, 2019

Dental Tips To Get Your Kids Excited About Teeth Brushing

Have you ever struggled as a parent to get your kids to brush their teeth every morning and every night? Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks get it and we really understand. Central Ozarks Medical Center is here to help! Our Richland Dental Center is here to give you a few dental tips to get your kids excited about brushing their teeth. To book your child's next dental appointment, call our Richland Dental Center today at 573.765.2510.


Dental Tips To Get Your Kids Excited About Teeth Brushing


Give your child a cool prize for brushing their teeth.
What kid wouldn't be excited to brush their teeth each day if they knew they were going to get a prize each time? You can try prizes like:

  • Stickers
  • Quarters for their piggy bank
  • Toy cars
  • Bubbles
...etc. The point here is that you can give them something small and cost-effective and it doesn't have to be sweets (which could take away from the healthy teeth message you are trying to communicate).


Buy a cool toothbrush for your child.
There are so many kids' toothbrush options out there now. They have toothbrushes that light up, that are fun bright colors, that could have your kids' favorite superheroes on them and more! So go to your nearest store and let your kid pick their favorite toothbrush. This act alone could do wonders!

Buy fun flavored toothpaste for your kid.
Just think of all of the fun flavors of toothpaste out there. Your kid doesn't have to have the generic toothpaste in order to keep their teeth nice and clean. Make teeth brushing fun and let them pick their favorite flavor!

Be the toothbrusher that your kids look up to.
You can do this by setting an AWESOME example for your kids and brushing your own teeth regularly. Your kids may look up to you more than realize and this very thing could be what excites them about teeth brushing.

Cheer for your kids when they brush their teeth.
What kid doesn't want to be cheered for? Even if it's for something as simple as brushing your teeth, you could be making teeth brushing ten times more fun for you kid by simply cheering for them as they do it. Think about it, if you were a kid, wouldn't you get a kick out of watching your parents cheer every time you brushed your teeth?


Book Your Child's Dental Appointment Today With Central Ozarks Medical Center!


Here at the Richland Dental Center, we offer the following services:

  • Family Dentistry
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Dentures/Restorative

Our hours of operation include Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. and we are located at 304 W. Washington Ave in Richland, MO. Give us a call today at 573.765.2510 to make the appointment.


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Friday, September 13, 2019

How Can I Improve Myself This Month?

If you have been looking for ways to improve yourself lately, specifically your health, this is the blog and month for you! Did you know that September is National Self Improvement Month? Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks did and we are here to give you a few ways to improve your health this month. On the subject of health, if you haven't already established a regular provider and are trying to find a healthcare provider at the Lake of the Ozarks you can count on, consider Central Ozarks Medical Center. We have been providing quality health care around the Lake of the Ozarks area since 1979 and are committed to leading the way to healthier communities.


Q: How Can I Improve Myself This Month?

A: Make a point to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night.
Getting the proper amount of sleep every night can improve your health more than you might think. Not only can help you feel well-rested but it can also help you reduce stress and cut down on weight gain.

A: Make time for yourself to decompress each day.
Whether it's 30 minute or 2 hours, you can do wonders for your stress level, just by simply taking the time to relax. That can mean different things for different people. Your relaxation time may mean reading a book, doing some yoga, going for a run, taking a hike, or swimming laps. Whatever your relaxation time may look like, there are so many healthy options and you should take time to do this regularly.

A: Eat out less, make your own meals more.
You may resort to going to your nearest fast food establishment for a quick meal because it's convenient but just taking an hour every Sunday to prep your meals for the weak can do wonders for your diet! If you are trying to lose weight this year, this month could be THAT MONTH where you pull ahead. Just taking a little extra time to prep your meals may be the trick you need.


Improve yourself with Central Ozarks Medical Center and make sure you have a reliable healthcare provider you can call when you are feeling ill or just need to schedule your annual checkup. We accept all patients, with or without insurance. We pride ourselves in offering quality healthcare that works best with your financial situation. All locations are community practices, serving everyone from newborns to the elderly. Call today to make your appointment. We have several locations throughout the Lake of the Ozarks and Richland areas. All phone numbers and location addresses can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org. Happy Self Improvement Month!


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Friday, September 6, 2019

5 Fall Allergy Prevention Tips

Runny nose? CHECK
Sneezing and Coughing? CHECK
Watery eyes? CHECK

If you are currently experiencing one or more of these symptoms, you may be dealing with fall allergies. Fall allergies can typically start in late August and last all the way through October. Ragweed pollen can seep into the air around this time and cause your fall allergies to start. We know what you're thinking, "I don't have time for that!" Don't worry, our Lake of the Ozarks health clinics are here to give you a few fall allergy prevention tips to get you through the season. If you're not so sure what you are experiencing is just allergies and would like a professional opinion, call today and make an appointment with one of our healthcare providers at the Lake of the Ozarks. All of our phone numbers and locations can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


5 Fall Allergy Prevention Tips


1. Take shower after you come in from being outside for a while.
Doing this can remove the allergens from skin quicker and hopefully keep you from getting allergy symptoms.

2. Keep the windows closed.
Leaving the windows open lets in that ragweed pollen and can turn your home into a fall allergy zone. It may be worth it to just shut all the windows and keep the outdoor air outside and keep the indoor air clean.

3. Cover yourself.
In the fall, it typically starts to get colder around here anyway, so cover yourself up. Wear long-sleeve shirts and pants to try and prevent those allergens from getting on your skin. Be sure to wash your clothes thoroughly.

4. Change your air filter.
You should be changing your air filter on a regular basis anyway, but this can be very easy to forget to do. Changing your filter can help keep your air clean and prevent allergens from traveling through it.

5. See your doctor if you have questions.
What seems like allergies may not always be just allergies. The best thing you can do is to ask your doctor if you are in doubt. It doesn't hurt to ask.


Make Your Fall Doctor Appointments Today With Central Ozarks Medical Center?


If you have got all of the symptoms of fall allergies but you're still not sure one hundred percent sure that's what you have, you should contact your local Lake of the Ozarks doctor as soon as possible before your symptoms get worse. Central Ozarks Medical Center has been providing quality health care in Central Missouri since 1979. Our mission is to increase access to comprehensive primary and preventative health care and to improve the health care status of underserved and vulnerable populations in Camden, Laclede, Miller, and Pulaski Counties. Check out our website at www.CentralOzarks.org to see all of the services we provide where to nearest COMC clinic is in relation to you.


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Friday, August 30, 2019

The Women's Health Services at Central Ozarks Medical Center

Our Women's Health Department at the Lake of the Ozarks has changed a little bit since we discussed it last, so we thought this would be a good time to give you some information on our current Women's Health Department. Keep reading to learn about our newest Women's Health Provider at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you would like to make an appointment with any of our Lake of the Ozarks Healthcare Providers, please give us a call. All of our phone numbers and locations can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


Women’s Health at COMC

Central Ozarks Medical Center Physicians recognize the unique medical needs of women and provide a variety of medical services designed with you in mind. Through each stage of your life, COMC physicians tailor wellness and preventative care to meet you where you are. 

Meet Our Women’s Health Providers


Terry Krantz, FNP
Terry Krantz received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1979 from Grand View College in Des Moines, Iowa. She worked primarily in Obstetrics in hospitals across the country until she returned to school, graduating summa cum laude with the President's Award for Scholarship in 2001 from Graceland University. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing and is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Terry is a recipient of the Higdon Award for Clinical Excellence. Her special area of interest lies in bridging cultural divides through the power of story. Her work in this field earned her an invitation to Sofia, Bulgaria where she presented a seminar by weaving an original parable to encourage the participants to reach for a higher level of wellness - resulting in women forming walking clubs across the city. She has found the arts to be a very useful adjunct in her approach to patients and enjoys finding this common ground with people from all walks of life.

When she is not at the clinic, she is a musician, a cyclist, a reader, and enjoys trying her hand at fly-fishing in the mountains of the West.

Robert Nielsen, DO
Robert C. Nielsen, DO, is a graduate of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO.  He completed his internship at Des Moines General Hospital and residency at North Oakland Medical Center (Pontiac, MI).  Dr. Nielsen served in the United States Army from 1978-1982, the Iowa National Guard from 1982-1989, and in the Michigan National Guard from 1989-1995 where he served in Operation Desert Storm as a Major in the Medical Corps.

Dr. Nielsen has been practicing Medicine for 27 years and has been with Central Ozarks Medical Center since 2011.

Dr. Nielsen is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow with the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.


If you are unhappy with your current Women's Health Provider at the Lake of the Ozarks and are looking for a new one, consider COMC. For all phone numbers and directions to our Lake of the Ozarks health clinics, please visit our website at www.CentralOzarks.org. We hope you enjoyed learning more about our services.


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Friday, August 23, 2019

How To Make Healthy Eating FUN For Your Kids

Can you relate to these possible scenarios? 

Your kid is begging you to stop for candy at the nearest gas station, almost every time you get into the car. 

You are constantly getting asked to stop at fast-food restaurants because your kid is craving some french fries.

Your kid wants you to start packing more sweets into their lunch for school.

Does any of this sound familiar? If so, this may be the blog for you! Our Lake of the Ozarks health clinics are here to give you a few to tips on how to make healthy eating fun for your kids. According to the CDC, as of 2016, nearly 1 out of every 5 kids and young adults (ages 6-19) are obese. If you are looking for a Pediatrician at the Lake of the Ozarks to be the perfect fit for your child and to help you get their health under control, consider Central Ozarks Medical Center.


How To Make Healthy Eating FUN For Your Kids


Position your fruits and vegetable into happy face shapes.
You can do wonders for your kids by simply adding fun details to already healthy food. For example, you could incorporate fruits and veggies into happy faces. 2 blueberries could make fantastic eyes, a strawberry for a nose and a banana for a smile - this could work perfectly! You could do the same sort of thing with vegetables.

Make your veggies look like cute animals.
You'd be surprised how many healthy foods you can make look like cute animals. Pinterest can be a great resource for this sort of thing.

Let your kids help create fun foods rather than doing it all yourself.
While you may be used to preparing all your kids meals yourself, don't be afraid to let them contribute to making these sorts of easy meals. Just the act of making them themselves can really be fun all in itself.


All of us here at Central Ozarks Medical Center hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about how to make healthy eating fun for your kids. The obesity statistics in the U.S. involving our children are just plain troubling. We want to do everything we can to lead the way to healthier communities. If you haven't been able to find a Lake of the Ozarks Pediatrician that you approve of yet for your children, you should look into Central Ozarks Medical Center. Our Pediatric Providers are dedicated and ready to help your kids. To learn a little more about our Pediatric Providers at the Lake of the Ozarks, please visit HERE. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please give us a call. All of our phone numbers and clinic locations can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


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