Heart Healthy Recipe!

In attempts to find easy-to-make dinners that will not contribute to heart disease I have officially come across my favorite recipe yet, the video can be found here! There are a lot of variations possible with this recipe and if you don't have an Instant Pot you can just bring out the trusty slow cooker and cook on low for 8-12 hours. 

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Carnitas!

You'll need:

6 lbs carnitas meat (or trimmed pork shoulder)

6 tbsp taco seasoning (chile powder, garlic, onion, salt, cumin, chipotle)

2 yellow onion, julienned 

2 c orange juice

1 tsp olive oil 

Preparation:

1. Caramelize onions. This can be done on the "sauté"setting with an Instant Pot.

2. While onions are caramelizing, in a large bowl, uniformly coat the meat with the spices.

3. Once onions have caramelized stir the pork in, top with the orange juice and cover with lid.

4. With Instant Pot set to high pressure for 35 minutes. For slow cooker, add all ingredients and allow to cook for 8 to 12 hours on low. Recipe makes 11 pint size servings.

This recipe is a guaranteed hit for any night! Give it a try and for more awesome but simple healthy recipes check out Nick Massie's website! 

As always, feel free to call our office at 1-800-535-1310 with any insurance questions and our staff will be happy to help you!

 

Valentine's Day is Here!

While going out and buying chocolates for your loved one, or maybe yourself, is always a great option, I find that taking a bit of extra time to bake for people can be a super fun way to show some love! I recognize that the time to bake is often limited so here is a recipe from Pillsbury that only takes 45 minutes to an hour with baking time included. Give it a try and have a great Valentine's Day!

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You'll need:

  • One package pre-made sugar cookie (or sugar cookie mix, make as directed)
  • Half 12 oz. container white frosting
  • Red food coloring
  • White decorator sugar crystals
  • Pink/Red decorating sprinkles

Directions:

  • Bake sugar cookies as instructed, remove from oven and let stand for one minute. Use a one inch heart shaped cutter and cut out center of half of the cookies; set aside. Let all cookies cool 10-15 minutes.
  • In small container mix 1-4 drops of red food coloring into white frosting until well blended (use more to make the frosting red, keep it to just a few if you want them to be pink).
  • Spread frosting on uncut cookies, add sprinkles or crystals then add the cut cookie on top of the frosting and press together gently.
  • Store loosely covered.

 

As always, feel free to call our office at 1-800-535-1310 with any insurance questions and our staff will be happy to help you!

Individual Major Medical Open Enrollment is Coming to an End

December 7th Medicare Open Enrollment came to a close but for individuals looking for major medical coverage there are a few extra days. Be sure to have all of your paperwork completed and turned into your broker by Thursday December 14 to ensure your coverage for the next year!

Feel free to call our office at 1-800-535-1310 with any insurance questions and our staff will be happy to help you!

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Medicare and Major Medical Open Enrollment deadlines are coming up fast. Let us help!

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✔ If you are satisfied with your current health care and/or prescription plan(s) no action is needed.

✔ If you wish to make changes to your existing plans or coverage, please consider the following information.

Medicare Open Enrollment

Who: age 65+

Enrollment Dates: October 15 through December 7, 2017

Action Required: Contact us as soon as possible for a free consultation.

ALL people with Medicare have the OPTION of changing their health plan and

prescription drug coverage. During this period we are happy to assist you. Medicare

Supplement Plans are not affected and can be changed at any time (we are happy

to assist with that also).

 

Individual Major Medical (ACA) Open Enrollment

Who: under age 65 (non-Medicare)

Enrollment dates: November 1 through December 15, 2017

Action Required: Contact us as soon as possible for a free consultation.

2018 Regence and LifeWise are no longer offering individual insurance.

Premera will no longer offer individual insurance in Island County.

 

As a valued client, Seniors' Insurance Services is always available for no-cost

assistance with questions, claims support, and to help evaluate or review your

current health insurance choices. Whether you are under age 65 or have been part

of Medicare for years, our team is dedicated to helping you understand this

challenging world of healthcare insurance.

 

Our goal is to earn your trust and respect, and have you as a client for life! Feel free to call our office at 1-800-535-1310 with any insurance questions and our staff will be happy to help you!

Halloween is Here!

The CDC put out a great article today regarding staying safe for Halloween tomorrow, check it out below!

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Fall celebrations like Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times for children, who can dress up in costumes, enjoy parties, and eat yummy treats. These celebrations also provide a chance to give out healthy snacks, get physical activity, and focus on safety.

Check out these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests.

Going trick-or-treating?

Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.

Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.

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Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. WALK and don’t run from house to house.

Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.

Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible.

Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.

Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.

Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.

Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

Expecting trick-or-treaters or party guests?

Follow these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for everyone:

  • Provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats and drinks. For guests, offer a variety of fruits, vegetables and other healthy alternatives to candy.
  • Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for everyone to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity.
  • Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could cause someone to fall.
  • Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely!

Remember as Halloween comes to a close, Individual Open Enrollment starts on November 1, feel free to call our office at 1-800-535-1310 with any insurance questions and our staff will be happy to help you!

Medicare and Major Medical Open Enrollment deadlines are coming up fast. Let us help!

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✔ If you are satisfied with your current health care and/or prescription plan(s) no action is needed.

✔ If you wish to make changes to your existing plans or coverage, please consider the following information.

Medicare Open Enrollment

Who: age 65+

Enrollment Dates: October 15 through December 7, 2017

Action Required: Contact us as soon as possible for a free consultation.

ALL people with Medicare have the OPTION of changing their health plan and

prescription drug coverage. During this period we are happy to assist you. Medicare

Supplement Plans are not affected and can be changed at any time (we are happy

to assist with that also).

 

Individual Major Medical (ACA) Open Enrollment

Who: under age 65 (non-Medicare)

Enrollment dates: November 1 through December 15, 2017

Action Required: Contact us as soon as possible for a free consultation.

2018 Regence and LifeWise are no longer offering individual insurance.

Premera will no longer offer individual insurance in Island County.

 

As a valued client, Seniors' Insurance Services is always available for no-cost

assistance with questions, claims support, and to help evaluate or review your

current health insurance choices. Whether you are under age 65 or have been part

of Medicare for years, our team is dedicated to helping you understand this

challenging world of healthcare insurance.

 

Our goal is to earn your trust and respect, and have you as a client for life! Feel free to call our office at 1-800-535-1310 with any insurance questions and our staff will be happy to help you!

Heart Healthy Recipe

With fall right around the corner it is high time to start having those cozy meals, here's an easy one pot recipe that you can just throw in the slow cooker and have a full meal come dinner time! 

Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki 

Ingredients

2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast (all visible fat discarded, cut into 1-inch cubes)

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2, 20-oz cans pineapple chunks (in light syrup or own juice, undrained)

2 cups baby carrots

2 medium bell peppers (chopped)

1 medium red onion (chopped)

1/2 cup soy sauce (lowest sodium available)

1/4 cup plain rice wine vinegar

2 Tbsp honey

2 medium garlic cloves (minced)

1 1-inch piece fresh ginger root, peeled and minced

1/2 tsp pepper

Directions

In a large bowl mix all ingredients together, add to slow cooker. Cook covered, on low for 6 to 8 hours until chicken has no pink and vegetables are tender. Serve over brown rice or quinoa. 

Check out more fantastic recipes just like this on the American Heart Association website. Feel free to call our office at 1-800-535-1310 with any insurance questions and our staff will be happy to help you!

The New Medicare Card Part 2

From the Office of the Insurance Commissioner:

"Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a first look at the new Medicare card design. The new card contains a unique, randomly assigned number that replaces consumers' Social Security numbers. The purpose is to prevent fraud, combat identity theft and safeguard taxpayer dollars.

CMS will stagger the mailings of the new card to people with Medicare benefits, starting April 2018 through April 2019.

In addition to today’s announcement, people with Medicare will also see the new design of the Medicare card in the 2018 Medicare & You Handbook, which will arrive throughout the month of September."

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Feel free to call our office at 1-800-535-1310 with any insurance questions and our staff will be happy to help you!

The New Medicare Card

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a reminder regarding the New Medicare Card (previously called the Social Security Number Removal Initiative). CMS will be removing social security numbers from Medicare cards in an effort to fight identity theft and safeguard beneficiaries. Starting April 1, 2018 these new cards will begin to be issued with your new Health Insurance Claim Number in place of your Social Security Number, there is no action you need to take to get your new card.

The CMS website is a great resource for information regarding this change! But, as always, feel free to call our office at 1-800-535-1310 with any insurance questions and our staff will be happy to help you!

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Heart Healthy Recipe!

Bring this around to your next brunch get together, it is a guaranteed hit! 

The Breakfast Strata

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PREP TIME: 15 minutes
COOK TIME: 3 hours 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 3 hours 30 minutes
SERVINGS: 8

2 tsp unsalted butter
2 c chopped onion
1 Tbsp sugar
4 c broccoli florets
½ tsp dried basil
½ tsp dried oregano
⅓ c water
12 slices multigrain bread, halved diagonally
2 oz reduced-fat Swiss cheese, shredded
½ c grated Parmesan cheese
5 eggs, lightly beaten
3 egg whites, lightly beaten
2 c fat-free milk
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
¼ tsp ground black pepper

1. MELT the butter in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sugar; cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion browns, 6 to 7 minutes. Add the broccoli, basil, and oregano. Cook, stirring occasionally, until bright green, about 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in the water and cook until evaporated, 1 to 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat.
2. COAT an 11" x 7" baking dish with cooking spray and arrange one-half of the bread in the bottom with all the triangles facing the same direction. Spread the broccoli mixture over the bread in a single layer, then top with the Swiss and Parmesan cheeses. Arrange the remaining bread in the dish with the triangles facing in the opposite direction. In a bowl, combine the eggs, egg whites, milk, mustard, and pepper. Pour the mixture over the bread; press on the bread to help absorb the milk mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
3. PREHEAT the oven to 350ºF. Bake the strata uncovered for 55 to 60 minutes, or until puffed, golden, and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

NUTRITION (per serving273 cals, 8.5 g fat, 3 g sat fat, 480 mg sodium, 32 g carbs, 18 g total sugars, 7.5 g dietary fiber, 19 g protein

Find this and many more heart healthy recipes at http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-recipes/best-breakfasts-and-brunch-10-amazing-breakfast-casseroles/slide/3

Feel free to call our office at 1-800-535-1310 with any insurance questions and our office staff will be happy to help you!