Daily archive for May 10, 2016

Black Bean Veggie Burger

What comes to mind when you hear the term veggie burger? If you’re picturing frozen, tasteless patties, think again. When prepared properly, black bean patties can make for a delicious alternative to your typical meat option. And, the beans, vegetables and whole grains make it a great choice for diabetics.7

1 16 ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 green bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces
1/2 onion, cut into wedges
1 egg
3 cloves of peeled garlic
1/2 cup of bread crumbs
1 tablespoon of chili powder
1 tablespoon of cumin
1 teaspoon of Thai chili sauce or hot sauce

For Grilling:
Preheat your grill on high heat, and lightly oil a sheet of aluminum foil
For Baking: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and lightly oil a baking sheet

– Mash the black beans with a fork until they’re thick and pasty
– In a food processor, finely chop the bell pepper, onion, and garlic, then stir into mashed beans
– In a separate bowl, mix the egg, chili powder, cumin, and chili sauce
– Stir the egg mixture into the mashed beans
– Mix in bread crumbs until the mixture is sticky and holds together
– Divide the mixture into four patties

For Grilling:
 Place the patties on foil and grill for about 8 minutes on each side
For Baking: Place the patties on baking sheet and bake about 10 minutes on each side

Serve with your favorite condiments.
* Whole grain buns are suggested for diabetics

Treating Kids with Physical Therapy

Dave Sefton, physical therapist and team leader at our Cedar Springs clinic, works with two very sweet, young sisters

“One of my daughters has special needs and we’ve had a few therapy treatments in the past that didn’t go well. Not long after starting at Northern we saw tremendous growth in both girls. You made my daughters feel like part of your family and for the first time they looked forward to therapy. Persephone has microcephaly and hypoplasia of the cerebellum, both of which are neurological impairments that she has had from birth. We’ve seen her gain more in the last 6 months than in the last couple years. She is stronger, more stable, more aware of the world around her, and we’ve seen an increase in her independence. Serenity, who has neurological impairments that effect her balance and coordination was born with neurofibromatosis. Throughout her therapy we’ve seen her gain self esteem. Your commitment to my children and willingness to listen has made a huge impact. David and Anna always went the extra mile. The girls are sad they’re being discharged because they’ve had such a great experience.”

Marissa, mother of two daughters who received physical therapy at our Cedar Springs clinicThat story couldn’t make us happier. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to help these two sweet girls and to hear their mother discuss such immense progress was the absolute best outcome we could have hoped for.

Helping Kids Grow – Physically and Mentally
It’s never easy to see your child in pain. Whether they’ve had an accident, an injury on the field, trouble keeping up with their peers on the playground or playing field, or are having trouble with fine motor skills, you want to do everything you can to protect them and keep them safe. Physical therapy can help kids feel better and improve their athletic performance, and even their age appropriate skills. When we treat kids and teens we try to make the experience fun so they like coming in to see us and they want to do their exercises and get back to feeling good again. In the process we always educate families on how to keep their kids safe, while still allowing them to have fun and do the things that kids do.

What are the most common injuries we see in kids?
In younger kids, we often see them after sprains and strains, broken bones, and what we might commonly call growing pains or muscle imbalances. Sometimes kids struggle with fine motor challenges in school like cutting paper and handwriting, and our team works with those kids. In teens we get into concussions, sprains and strains from playing sports, and back and shoulder pain due to poor posture. We see a lot more of this due to texting and gaming.

Back Pain in Kids
We actually see a lot of kids that are suffering from back pain and believe it or not, sometimes we can trace that back to an ill fitting backpack. We offer free backpack fitting assessments at our 6 of our locations, all you have to do is stop by with your child and their backpack and we’ll get them all set. A few things to look for when fitting your child for the backpack include:
– Adjusting the shoulder straps so the pack fits snuggly on the child’s back
– Checking where the pack rests on your child’s back
– Does the pack have a waist belt? This can be used to distribute the weight more evenly

When you’re looking for a compassionate, knowledgeable team to care for your kiddos, look no further than Northern. Our experienced therapists, youth summer camps, and athletic training programs – all geared towards kids – are designed especially with young ones in mind. Let us help your kids grow!
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