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Doc’s Holiday SmartBun Stuffing

By |2018-12-10T13:26:27+00:00November 19th, 2018|Side Dishes|





Doc’s Holiday SmartBun Stuffing


  • 4 Smartbuns®, cubed
  • 4 tablespoons CMMD Herbes de Provence Olive Oil
  • 2 cups celery, chopped
  • 2 cups fresh mushrooms, chopped coarsely
  • 1-2 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 teaspoons salt or chicken/vegetable bouillon
  • 2 teaspoons dry ground or fresh chopped sage
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Feel free to add your favorite holiday ingredients, including dried cranberries, walnuts, or Italian sausage


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cube the Smartbuns in a large bowl.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat with fresh garlic. Add the celery and onion and cook until transparent.
  4. Add mushrooms and sauté for several minutes.
  5. Mix in the stock, bouillon, and sage and remove from heat.
  6. Pour the celery, mushroom and onion mixture over the cubed Smartbuns and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Use the CMMD Herbes de Provence Olive Oil to grease an 11” x 17” baking pan, and spread in the stuffing mix.
  8. Bake until cooked through, about 40 minutes.

Serves 6-8

Exchange: 1 LP & 1 Veggie/ serving.

Fall Into Healthy Eating Habits

By |2018-10-09T14:41:20+00:00October 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|

Summer has come to an end and fall is here! With Halloween candy and holiday parties, these next few months tend to be the most challenging for weight loss and weight management. It’s never too late in the year to change your diet, and there are fun, easy, painless ways that you can make a big difference in your routine. Therefore, CardioMender, MD put together tips on how to fall into good eating habits.

Why Diets Don’t Work 

Yes, you read that right: diets do not work.  The reason they don’t work has a lot to do with the fact that nowadays, with our fast-paced lifestyles, we have an increased reliance on the food industry. We want ready-made foods or easy to prepare meals, but these consist mainly of processed and refined foods. We often don’t even know what’s actually in much of the foods we choose. These foods are typically high in blind calories, unhealthy fats, refined carbohydrates and salt, but also low in nutrition. Many of them have all kinds of additives intended to enhance the flavor of the food and extend its shelf life. The food industry often employs “food engineers” to make our food have optimal appeal but the food producers also have a ‘dark side’. In many instances food is engineered so that once you taste it, it’s difficult to stop eating, until you’ve eaten to excess, consuming much more than you initially intended. Additionally, many of the foods we eat are saturated with chemicals that cause cravings. In order to succeed at a healthy eating plan, we not only have to focus on what foods to select but what’s been done to our choice prior to eating it, as

Why Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day

By |2018-12-04T13:02:18+00:00September 18th, 2018|Weight Loss Articles|

It’s one of the most common sayings, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Yet, our busy morning routine may prevent us from fueling up in the morning. In honor of Better Breakfast Month, we would like to pay homage to this essential  meal by sharing why it is important and how to incorporate it into your daily schedule.

Self-Improvement Celebration

By |2018-09-11T12:53:50+00:00September 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|








For each referral that joins our acute weight loss program*, you will be entered into a raffle for a $100 gift certificate towards CardioMender, MD products and services. PLUS you still get to keep the $25 Referral Credit for every one of your family and friends that enrolls.

*New patient must join Acute Weight Loss Program by Tuesday, October 2, 2018