Daily archive for February 10, 2015

Quinoa Salad

A whole grain, quinoa is high in protein, fiber, iron, magnesium; its gluten free; helps to lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar. Wow, all that in a little grain?! Much like rice or couscous, quinoa is delicious on its own or can be added to literally hundreds of recipes. 


Salad Ingredients
– 3 cups cooked quinoa, or 1 cup dry quinoa
– 3/4 cup chopped, dried fruit – get creative here, try raisins, dried apricots, dried currants, or dried cranberries
– 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
– 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
– 1 diced bell pepper, red, orange or green

Salad Dressing Ingredients
– 1/4 cup lime or lemon juice (we recommend lime)
– 1/4 cup olive oil
– 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
– 2 minced garlic cloves
– A pinch of salt


– Mix the salad ingredients in a bowl
– In a separate bowl, stir the dressing ingredients together
– Pour the dressing over the salad, mix together, and enjoy!
– Store leftovers in the refrigerator

Kale Chips

I’ve always been skeptical of kale – spinach and lettuce seemed like simpler alternatives, and besides, “who really eats kale anyways,” I thought? But, seeing all the health benefits that kale offered, I decided to give it a try and wouldn’t you know…it wasn’t that bad! In fact, it was pretty darn good so I began to experiment and I stumbled upon the easiest, healthiest, and most delicious snack of all time – kale chips. I tried a lot of different variations before landing on this recipe – give it a try and be sure to let us know what you think.

2 bunches of fresh kale
*1-2 cloves minced garlic
* Seasoning and herbs, to taste
Sea salt, to taste
3 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese (fresh is definitely better than the shaker kind, we promise!)

* The seasonings and garlic can be substituted for basil, oregano, parsley, or any kind of seasoning that you prefer (I prefer Italian.) But, be sure to use fresh whenever possible, you’ll definitely notice a difference in the taste!

– Remove stems from kale
– Chop into bite sized pieces
– Wash and dry well
– Place the kale in a large bowl and toss with olive oil, sea salt, and garlic
– Lay the kale flat on a large baking sheet, leaving space in between each piece
– Bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes
– Flip the pieces over and cook 8 more minutes, or until the edges are crisp and light brown
– Remove from the oven and sprinkle with parmesan cheese
– Serve immediately or store in an airtight container

Got Priority Health? Give Physical Therapy A Try!

Has your back been sore for a while now? Are you dealing with a recurring sprain from all that running you’ve been doing? If you don’t really want to deal with seeing your physician, and you’re not sure where to turn, consider giving physical therapy a try.

Gina shows a patient how the spine works, explaining why she may be experiencing back pain.

Now that Direct Access is in full effect, you can visit a physical therapist without a referral from your doctor. And, what’s even better, is that if you’re a customer of Priority Health, they’ll cover your treatments!

Priority Health has become the first local insurance provider to reimburse physical therapy services without a prior referral from a physician, as announced here. This news comes just 5 weeks after the Direct Consumer Access Bill went in to effect, which allowed residents of Michigan to seek physical therapy treatment without a referral. Despite the fact that the state law had changed, most insurance companies were not on board, until now.  If you’re not a Priority Health customer, call your insurance company directly and tell them you want physical therapy treatments covered directly – the movement can start with you!

Corey treats a patient who has suffered a knee injury.

What does this mean for you? 

There’s a shift towards empowering people to take their health into their own hands and to be more involved in the decisions that are being made. People that suffer from constant back or neck pain, have had a recent sports injury, or are looking for an alternative approach to healthcare can now come directly to a physical therapist – we’ve been advocating for and working towards this for decades – it really is an exciting shift in Michigan healthcare. And, its important to remember, just like you can choose your doctor or your dentist, you can also choose your physical therapy provider, regardless of your insurance provider.

When the Direct Access bill went into effect on January 1, 2015, Priority Health chose to continue to require a prescription before they would pay for physical therapy visits. However, after careful consideration, they have decided to follow state law for their commercial insurance products and physical therapy visits will be covered, with or without a prior referral from a physician.

Terri shows Amanda the proper way to stretch and flex her back and shoulder muscles.

This is a huge leap forward for Michigan consumers and healthcare in general, as the Michigan Physical Therapy Association (MPTA) has been working on the Direct Access plan for 34 years.

If you have any questions on Direct Access, visit our FAQ page, or check out our segment on eightWest. If you are experiencing pain in your back, neck, shoulders, or elsewhere; have suffered a recent injury; or have questions in general about your health, feel free to stop by and set up an appointment with one of our therapists, or give us a call – we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.