5 Meatless Monday Recipes

Think Meatless Monday is just another passing fad? Think again. The idea of Meatless Monday, in which participants forgo meat one day every week to benefit their health, was coined in 2003 as part of the Healthy Monday initiative in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for a Livable Future. While chunky highlights and Livestrong bracelets have since fallen by the wayside, Meatless Monday lives on in kitchens everywhere.

It’s easy to see why. Some health organizations, including the World Cancer Research Fund, recommend limiting or reducing meat intake. Meatless Monday meals can also be less expensive than other meals as the price of meat continues to rise. Also, many families find that going meatless just one day a week helps them try new recipes and discover new foods to love!

Whether you’re a Meatless Monday veteran or just curious, here are a few easy, healthy, and meatless recipes that even the most carnivorous among us can enjoy:

Honey-Lime Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Corn Tacos

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Honey, lime and tacos, oh my! Just reading the name of this dinner will get your mouth watering. Perhaps the best part of this recipe is that you can easily customize it to fit your unique tastes. Like pinto beans better than black beans? Switch them. Going for a completely vegan meal? Skip the cheese. Check out the recipe here and get inspired.

Vegetable Frittata

 

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This yummy recipe can be customized based on what veggies are left over from the end of the week. All you need is eggs, veggies, cheese, and a good skillet. Don’t be intimidated if you’ve never made a frittata before. This recipe will walk you through the simple steps and give you some ideas of what veggies you can use.

Simple Sandwiches

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So, you’ve got breakfast and dinner covered, but what about lunch? Meatless Monday doesn’t have to be complicated. You can brown bag it with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich – sub peanut butter for sunflower butter if necessary. Add some carrots, hummus, and a fruit cup for a filling, healthy meal.

If you’re cooking lunch at home, you can always opt for a grilled cheese. Add a few slices of avocado, onion, or peppers if you feel like getting creative. The point is to not get overwhelmed and just have fun with it.

Creamy Coconut Lentil Curry

 

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Ready to get out of your comfort zone and try some new foods on Meatless Monday? Curried lentils are a great place to start. Check out this recipe. Bonus: it makes a lot, so you may have leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch!

Quinoa Chili

 

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Sometimes Mondays require comfort food. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up on Meatless Monday that week. Check out this comforting, protein-packed chili and make Mondays better.

Trying Meatless Monday? Let us know how these recipes worked for you! For more healthy recipes, follow NurseCore on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

5 Funniest Things People Have Said While Coming Out of Anesthesia

Patients say the darndest things…especially after anesthesia. Even the most calm, cool, and collected patient can make you laugh as they slowly regain awareness.

Before the days of the Internet, nurses and patients could only tell these hilarious stories to real-life friends. Thanks to Reddit, however, we can all enjoy them. Because really, who among us couldn’t use a good laugh? Here are 5 of the best stories about coming out of anesthesia:

The Tale of Lord Molar

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Every healthcare professional has had a demanding patient, but have you ever had one who spoke like royalty? At least one dental practice has bowed down to such a patient.

Reddit user CrossFox42 wrote, “When I came out from having my wisdom teeth pulled I apparently shot up, looked at the doctor and said ‘Charlatan! I demand you return my teeth! They are mine and I will choose where they are to be spent!’ My dad said he couldn’t stop laughing because I wouldn’t leave without them. When I woke up at home I asked my dad why my teeth were in a plastic bag on the table, he told me everything and promptly started calling me Lord Molar for the rest of the night.”

All hail Lord Molar!

This A+ Mathematician

 

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Some people have trouble with negative numbers even when they are wide awake. Not this patient of Reddit user thefamiliarfez, who wrote, “You may know that we ask the patient to count down from 10 while we put him under? Well he woke up murmuring ‘-53, -54, -55…’ as if he’d been counting in his sleep.”

We’re sure the surgery lasted longer than one minute, but that’s still impressive!

A True Casanova

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 Reddit user Twitch_Half came out of anesthesia and his shell simultaneously. This once-shy lady’s man wrote, “After having my wisdom teeth removed I outrageously hit on three girls who were also in the recovery room with me (I’m normally quite a quiet and shy person). It wasn’t until I got home that was informed two of the three were in fact medical mannequins.”

We have to wonder how the nurses handled that one!

The Reddit Addict

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In the age of smart phones, many people wake up and immediately check Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Reddit. This patient just put a little twist on that routine.

An anonymous Reddit user wrote, “…I was laying on the bed and my brain thought that there was a giant iPhone in front of me. So I started swiping the imaginary touch screen trying to find my Reddit app. The nurse says to me, ‘you seeing things, Hun?’

‘Nope, just browsing Reddit’””

Stuck in Mom Mode

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Another anonymous Reddit user wrote, “…I was sitting in the recovery room after my girlfriend had her appendix out, and they wheeled in an older woman. The nurses were talking about nursey stuff, like what cubicle to put her in, and the older woman goes ‘HEY! Quiet down back there, or I’m turning this car around right now’” in a dopey anesthesia voice. On cue, both nurses go ‘Sorry, Mom!’ The lady smiles.”

Mom Mode never really goes away, even under anesthesia. What great nurses!

What’s the funniest thing a patient has ever said to you after a procedure? Let us know! For more stories, tips, and news, follow NurseCore on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

How Nurses Can Prevent Back Injuries

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Nursing is a distinctly rewarding and honorable career that gives you life-altering experiences and the satisfaction of knowing that you matter. However, there are inherent emotional and physical risks that come with such a gratifying career. Chief among these dangers is back injury.

Half of all nurses say they deal with chronic back pain. Unfortunately, 38% of nurses will experience back injury severe enough to keep them from work. Disorders related to back injury are the leading cause of lost work time and permanent disability among healthcare professionals.

Sometimes the pain is a result of the nurse spending long hours on his or her feet. However, injuries caused by handling patients are common and debilitating. In fact, some experts say that these injuries are the leading cause of our current nursing shortage.

Although these statistics are daunting and may feel overwhelming, there is still plenty of hope for nurses who are looking to avoid back injury. Here are some important steps you can take to protect your back and avoid injury during patient transfers and readjustments:

Follow All Procedures

The first thing nurses must do to prevent back injury is follow the guidelines and procedures that are in place. Make sure to pay close attention to any training you may receive regarding handling dependent patients. These research-based solutions are there to help set a safe foundation for both patients and staff.

Ask Questions

If at any point you are not sure how to operate a patient-handling device or how to proceed with a particularly challenging patient, feel free to ask for assistance. Likewise, if you know the procedure but simply need an extra set of hands, ask another nurse to help. Although it is sometimes uncomfortable to request help, it is what’s best for your health and the health of your patient.

Make Assessments

Before you being to transfer or reposition a patient, make a few simple assessments in your mind. Realistically evaluate how much you can safely lift, how much the patient weighs, and how dependent the patient is. For example, a fully dependent patient may require a mechanical lifting device. However, a somewhat dependent patient may only require a transfer belt.

Speak Up

If you believe your work environment may be dangerous to healthcare professionals or patients, say something to your supervisor. Nurses are on the front lines and have the most contact with patients. Often, a nurse will notice a hazard that nobody else could have seen.

Communicate with Your Patient

If possible, let the patient know what to expect during the transfer or readjustment. This can help ensure that the patient cooperates fully, which can make transfers much easier.

Do you have any questions about preventing back injury? Let us know! For more information and tips, make sure to follow NurseCore on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

Healthy Recipes for Your Next Barbecue

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Backyard barbecues help give summer that magical feeling. There’s something about bonding with friends and family over good food, drinks, and laughter that makes a great memory. Unfortunately, indulging in that delicious food can lead to extra pounds that stick around as long as the memory.

Of course, nobody wants to forgo taste or avoid get togethers in order to be healthy. Luckily, you don’t have to make any such sacrifices. There are plenty of ways to serve healthy, mouth-watering food at your next barbeque. Here are some great recipes we found that you might want to try:

Salmon Burgers with Avocado Sauce

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Traditional hamburgers can be found at almost any backyard barbecue. Why not shake things up a bit and serve up a new, healthier kind of burger?

This salmon burger packs a punch of flavor while also providing you with healthy omega-3 fats. The avocado sauce gives you an extra dose of folate and vitamin B! Give this recipe a go by clicking here.

Grilled Corn with Chipotle Lime Butter

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Corn is the perfect summer side dish. Putting it on the grill, as opposed to boiling it, allows corn to keep its awesome flavor and just enough crunchiness. Add a little zest with this chipotle lime butter, and you have yourself a winning side dish that your guests won’t even realize is healthy. Click here to try this recipe

Healthier Deviled Eggs

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What would a potluck be without deviled eggs? Those creamy, tangy appetizers are a hit at any party. However, full fat mayo and egg yolk make deviled eggs sneakily unhealthy. Check out this improved version, which is so yummy nobody will be able to tell the difference!

Grilled Vegetables

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Still trying to get your recommended servings of vegetables in every day? Grilled veggies are the way to go. With the help of spices and olive oil, the grill can bring out the best flavor in any vegetable.

The juicier, fuller flavor is likely to make you fall in love with vegetables again. Who knows; your kids could even learn to like them. Not sure where to start? Try this basic recipe first.

Dark Chocolate Banana S’mores

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Nothing wraps up a perfect summer evening like a delicious s’more. This crunchy, gooey dessert is a well-loved favorite for many reasons. However, it’s no surprise that all that sugar can get unhealthy quickly!

This recipe swaps out milk chocolate for the healthier dark chocolate, and adds sweet bananas in place of marshmallows. With great taste and less sugar, these s’mores are sure to make everyone happy. Get the recipe here.

What delicious ways will you make your next backyard barbecue healthier? Will you try any of these recipes? Let us know! For more healthy living tips and recipes, follow NurseCore on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter.

What You Need to Know About Secondary Drowning

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As temperatures rise and the sun stays out for longer, children around the country are looking forward to days spent splashing in the pool. While swimming can be a healthy way for kids to play, exercise, and cool down on a hot summer day, there are many dangers that parents, nurses, and other medical professionals should be aware of. Drowning is chief among these hazards, as it accounts for 7% of all injury-related deaths worldwide.

The World Health Organization defines drowning as, “the process of experiencing respiratory impairment from submersion/immersion in liquid.” With this definition, it’s understandable that many people are shocked to learn that drowning can occur on dry land, sometimes hours after a person has finished swimming. When this happens, it is known as “dry drowning” or “secondary drowning.” While these are atypical forms of drowning, it’s important that parents and medical professionals learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatments.

What is Secondary Drowning?

There is some debate over the exact definitions of dry drowning and secondary drowning. While there may be some subtle differences between the two types, the basics are the same. Dr. Danelle Fisher, vice chair of pediatrics at Providence Saint John’s Health Center, told Parenting.com that dry drowning can be defined as, “Drowning from fluid in the lungs that occurs not during submersion in water, but up to 24 hours after swimming or bathing.”

If a child inhales water while swimming or during a bath, they may seem to recover immediately with no ill effects. However, that water can begin to make the child’s larynx spasm and remain shut up to 24 hours after it was inhaled. While this is very rare, knowing the signs can help ensure that the patient is treated as soon as possible, increasing the chance of a good outcome.

Symptoms

The first sign that a child may be experiencing secondary drowning is that he or she struggled in the water. Perhaps the child was submerged and then began coughing up water, or it may be that they were pulled from the water by a lifeguard. This is called a water rescue.

Parents and supervisors may not always see the initial water inhalation that brings on the secondary drowning. Medical professionals and parents should look for the following signs to determine if a child may be experiencing secondary or dry drowning:

Coughing – A persistent cough that continues hours after a water rescue incident could be a sign that patient has water in their lungs, which could be bringing down oxygen levels.

Amnesia – If a person does not remember the incident in which they were rescued from the water, or if they lost consciousness during that time, it is important to seek immediate medical attention.

Behavior Changes – Children who are experiencing secondary drowning may become abnormally sleepy, ill, or irritable.

Shortness of Breath – Any difficulty breathing or chest pain should be taken seriously, especially after a water rescue.

Vomiting – While this may be caused by an infectious disease, it is also a common sign of secondary drowning.

What to Do

Parents who notice these symptoms in a child should seek medical help right away. Either drive the child to an emergency center or call 9-1-1 if necessary. The sooner the child receives medical intervention, the better. Remember, it’s always better to be are than sorry. Once at the hospital, the patient can be evaluated and treated with oxygen and ventilation.

Prevention

Luckily, there are many steps parents and guardians can take to prevent secondary and dry drowning:

  • Enroll children in swimming lessons that focus on safety.
  • Invest in safety devices like pool gates and alarms.
  • Keep a close eye on swimming children. Remember, drowning does not always look like it does in the movies. There is often little splashing or yelling.
  • Communicate with other adults in a clear way so that everyone knows who is on watch at any given time.
  • Learn CPR and practice it when necessary.

With this knowledge, we can all do our part in preventing secondary and dry drowning. For more health tips and information, be sure to follow NurseCore on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

Summer Skin Care and Safety Tips

Summer is right around the corner, which means it’s almost time for swimming, backyard barbeques, ice cream, and your other favorite summertime activities. Unfortunately, summer also brings sweltering heat, dangerous UV rays, and painful sunburns. Neglecting your skin during the summer months is not only uncomfortable; it can also be damaging and hazardous.

Of course, the immediate risk of too much sun exposure is sunburn. These burns are painful and, as many nurses know, cause real damage to your blood vessels and cells. However, the risk of excessive sun exposure runs much deeper than sunburns.

The risk for skin cancer, which is now the most common cancer, goes up significantly when you expose your skin to too much sun. According to the Cleveland Clinic, many doctors believe that most skin cancer could be avoided entirely by minimizing the skin’s exposure to the sun’s harmful rays. This is why it’s important to protect your skin year-round, but especially in the sunny months. Here are a few ways you can reduce your risk of cancer and care for your skin this summer:

1. Sunscreen Isn’t Just for the Beach

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Many people understand the importance of wearing sunscreen while relaxing on the beach or splashing in the pool. However, it’s easy to forget about the sun’s effects on your skin when you’re going about your daily life. Whether you’re running errands around town or spending the afternoon in a nice park, the sun’s harmful rays can burn your skin. Rub some sunscreen on your exposed skin before heading out for the day to can keep your skin looking and feeling great.

2.  Find Makeup with SPF Protection

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If you’re going to wear makeup anyway, why not have it work for your skin? Many drugstore and high-end makeup brands offer SPF protection in their foundation. Switching to one of these can help your face stay safe from harm’s way, as well as keep it looking great!

If you don’t wear foundation, you may consider purchasing face-specific sunscreen and applying it often. After all, your face is exposed to the elements more than any other part, so it may need some extra protection.

3. Don’t Forget About Your Lips!

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It’s easy to forget to keep your lips protected when you’re busy slathering sunscreen everywhere else. However, ignoring your lips can lead to painful blisters and other issues. Find a good lip balm that offers UV protection and make sure to apply it a few times each day.

4. Drink Up!

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Staying hydrated has several medical benefits. Many people know that drinking plenty of water can help them feel fuller, maintain balance in the body, and stay energized. Did you know that remaining well hydrated also keeps your skin looking and feeling great?

Dehydration, which is a common problem in the hotter months, can leave skin looking wrinkled and flat. However, a little extra water can make your skin appear fuller and healthier. Don’t want to just sip on water all day? No problem! Eating hydrating fruits, like watermelon, can help too.

How will you protect your skin this summer? For more healthy living tips and nursing news, follow NurseCore on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter!

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