Lentil Salad w/ Feta – Travel Food

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Lentil Salad with Feta Cheese is a healthy favorite for on-the-go families and solo travelers. Travel food doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Honest! We travel a lot and often get very tired of eating the over-priced options available in an airport or train station. And while it might be easier to grab a greasy burger and fries when your flight’s delayed, you body will certainly thank for a the bit of extra preparation that went into making something more sustaining.

So this week we’re looking at a few Travel Food options. The criteria were: portable, easy-to-make, healthy and travels well. Oh, and it has to taste good, too!

One of our favorites is Lentil Salad with Feta Cheese. Packed with protein, folic acid and fiber to keep us feeling full, we found an easy recipe to share. Easy is very important because when you’re packing for a vacation or any type of travel, you don’t have lots of time to waste in the kitchen. You can even make the vinaigrette a few days ahead and keep in the refrigerator until ready to mix together with the lentils.

Lentil Salad for 4-6 hungry travelers:

1 lb dried green lentils (these hold up best in salads)

1 small onion, diced

1 tsp olive oil

1 green pepper, seeds removed and diced

1/4 cup capers

2 cups chicken or vegetable stock to boil lentils (may also use just water)

Additions: crumbled feta cheese, tofu, or leftover chicken for extra protein

Vinaigrette:

1/3 cup lemon juice

1/3 cup olive oil

1/3 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1. Rinse lentils, drain well. Cover with 3-4 inches of stock and bring pot to boil. Reduce to simmer for about 15 minutes. Check for doneness at 15 minutes (typically it takes about 20 minutes total). Be careful not to overcook as mushy lentils don’t do as well in a salad.

2. Drain lentils and immediately rinse under cold water. Set aside to continue draining.

3. Saute onion and green pepper in olive oil until softened. Add capers just as these are finishing to meld the flavors.

4. For the vinaigrette: Mix all ingredients together thoroughly in small bowl and set aside until lentils are done (may be made several days ahead).

5. Mix the cooked lentils, onion, capers, and peppers together with the vinaigrette, toss, and add your favorite additions, like feta cheese or leftover chicken.

This lentil salad can be served warm or refrigerated for travel, whatever your family prefers. By using disposable containers and utensils, you’ll be able to eat whenever or where ever you or the family is hungry. A huge bonus in a busy airport at lunchtime.

Enjoy!

Dental Care Abroad – Medical Tourism Procedure

Popularity of Dental Care Abroad

Patients who want to give Medical Tourism a try will often try a dental care procedure first.  It is one of the most common and ever-increasing areas of medical tourism today.  The benefit typically found when getting dental work done abroad is that most facilities will have various different dental specialties located in the same office.  Typically in the US, you will go to your regular dentist who will refer you to an Oral Surgeon, who might then refer you to yet another professional to get the work you need done. One stop shopping is certainly more convenient. Spending your recovery time in a spa or wellness retreat is a bonus to now having those beautiful teeth you’ve always wanted at a fraction of the cost you would pay back home.

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Hip Resurfacing – Medical Tourism Procedure

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What is Hip Resurfacing?

Hip resurfacing is something to consider when facing the choice of a total hip replacement. Unlike the traditional total hip replacement surgery, hip resurfacing (also known as surface replacement arthroplasty) involves only replacing the top of the worn and painful ball joint with a chrome alloy cap. With total hip replacement, the recovery period is longer, bone mass is lost and possible complications increase. Hip resurfacing in the US is not as popular among surgeons as total hip replacement and it may be harder to find doctors trained in this specialty procedure. By going abroad, you may have access to newer and more advanced surgeries than are currently available in the US and at a significantly lower cost. Suitability for hip resurfacing vs. total hip replacement can be determined by your doctor and is decided based on the patient’s anatomy and ability to recover from the surgery.

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Cosmetic Surgery – Medical Tourism Procedure

What is cosmetic surgery?

This broad term for Medical Tourism covers all plastic surgery procedures designed to improve or enhance personal appearance. From facelifts, breast augmentation, uplift or reduction to tummy tucks and liposuction; combining cosmetic surgery with a getaway to an exotic land may be an option for several reasons. Services abroad can save 50-80% of US or UK prices. For example, a full facelift that would cost $12,000 in the US runs about $1,800 in Brazil (an 85% savings!). Having cosmetic surgery done while on vacation allows you to come back home with both your body and your mind changed for the better.

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