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Healthy Chicken Parmesan

Healthy Chicken Parmesan

Posted by on Aug 20, 2017 in Blog, Blog Entry | 0 comments

Healthy Chicken Parmesan   Chicken Parmesan is one of those meals that is always delicious to eat, but with all the fat and carbs, it can quickly turn into eaters-remorse. Chicken Parmesan is probably one of the unhealthier dinner options we feed ourselves. It is a piece of breaded chicken covered in a sugar-filled red sauce, heaps of parmesan cheese, and is usually placed on top of a bed of carb-heavy noodles. But it tastes so good!   How do you get your fill of a Chicken Parmesan dinner without all of the unhealthy ingredients? Easy! Introducing your next favorite meal: Healthy Chicken Parmesan. This wonderful recipe replaces white bread crumbs with whole wheat, uses a less sugary sauce, and adds zucchini noodles. Instead of having a carb heavy, fattening, and hidden sugar-type meal, take out those sneaky ingredients and replace them with what is best for your body. Ready to get dinner started? Here is a tasty and healthy chicken parmesan recipe that will be all the rage at home.   Ingredients (Made to serve 4)   Chicken Parmesan and Noodles 2 Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breasts (halved) ½ cup Whole-Wheat Panko Bread Crumbs ¼ cup grated Parmesan Cheese 2 Tbsp. Flaxseed Meal 1 tsp. dried Oregano ½ tsp. Garlic Powder 2 Egg Whites 1 tsp. Water Salt and Pepper to taste 4 medium Zucchini (spiralized) ½ cup Mozzarella Cheese (shredded) 2 Tbsp. Basil Leaves (chopped) Marinara Sauce 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil 1 ½ cup Onion (chopped) 1 cup Green Pepper (chopped) 1 tsp. dried Oregano 4 Garlic Cloves (minced) ½ cup dry Red Wine 1 tsp. dried Basil ½ tsp. Salt ¼ tsp. Black Pepper 1 can Crushed Tomatoes 1 can Tomato Paste 2 Bay Leaves   Directions   Marinara Sauce Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, green pepper, oregano, and garlic to the pan – cooking for about 5 minutes until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Add the wine, basil, salt, black pepper, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and bay leaves to the pan. Bring this mixture to a boil Reduce the heat and let it simmer for 30 minutes. Remove the...

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Do I Need Child Pads for My AED?

Do I Need Child Pads for My AED?

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in Blog, Blog Entry | 0 comments

Do I Need Child Pads for My AED?   Congratulations! You have decided to purchase an AED and are taking the first step towards preparedness. Now that you have the AED and the adult pads included in the package, do you need child pads for your AED? AED infant/child pads are used in emergencies on children 8 years or younger, or those below 55lbs. While we hope that a child will never need the service of an AED, emergencies can occur and it is important to have the right pads. Children requiring the use of a defibrillator need specifically designed child pads to inform the AED to make necessary changes. A child does not receive the same approach as an adult, and instead, changes are made to the shock power, placement, and further instructions – inserting infant/child pad (or an infant/child key) will do this automatically.   Difference Between Child and Adult Pads Only in extreme cases where an AED is not equipped with child pads should the adult pads be an option. Although an adult pad can be applied to a child in emergency situations when no child pads are available, it is better that specialized ones are used. The child pads have their own connector so that, when inserted into the machine, the shocks, placement, and instructions will adapt to that of assisting a child.   Different Shock Strength  Once a child pad is attached to the Philips AED, the machine will instantly identify that child pads are in use. This then will automatically reduce the shock’s energy, as children do not need as much voltage to restart the heart as an adult individual would. The AED uses a shock of 150 Joules for adults, but decreases to 50 Joules for children. After the pads are attached and the machine identifies the pads, the AED will begin to give voice and visual instructions to assist the responder.   Different Placement Because children are smaller, child pads are created with the size of a child in mind. An adult pad is built specifically for a large broad chest on an older individual, but these do not work as...

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When to Use an AED in an Emergency

When to Use an AED in an Emergency

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Blog, Blog Entry | 0 comments

When to Use an AED in an Emergency   When an emergency occurs and a person requires CPR, using an AED can multiply the individual’s chance of survival exponentially. But when you come across an emergency, do you know when to use an AED? Is an AED always necessary? Imagine it is an average day, and as you go about your daily routine you come across an emergency situation. Being the certified first-aider that you are, you know the steps to respond to an emergency that may lead to beginning compressions for CPR. But when in that response time do you get the AED? Check out these scenarios to see when to use an AED in an emergency.   Situation #1 – Person Collapses Scenario You are heading to work early to get some extra hours in when someone walking ahead falls to the ground. From afar you notice that the person is completely unconscious. Unfortunately, you are the only other individual on the street at this time in the morning and no one is nearby to assist you.   What to Do Assess the situation before approaching the person – there may have been a reason that the person collapsed. Is it safe for you to proceed? Call 911. Try waking them. Shout and shake them. Check the individual’s airways (see if there are any obstructions in the mouth that could stop them from getting air to their lungs). Check for breathing (lay your head over their mouth and listen for air while you watch their chest for movement). If the person is not breathing, check their circulation (do they have a pulse?). If they are not breathing and you cannot find a pulse, begin compressions and CPR right away. Continue until emergency responders arrive.   When Not to Use an AED Because the person in this scenario is unconscious and is not breathing, it is important to get an AED as soon as possible. However, you are alone and therefore not able to go and get one. It is more important that the individual receives continuous compressions than it is for you to find an AED. In...

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AED Brands: Philips Defibrillator vs. Physio-Control LIFEPAK CR Plus

AED Brands: Philips Defibrillator vs. Physio-Control LIFEPAK CR Plus

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Blog, Blog Entry | 0 comments

  AED Brands: Philips Defibrillator vs. Physio-Control LIFEPAK CR Plus   Whether you need an AED for the office, school, home, or gym, you want to know that the AED works 100%. That is why it is so important to look into the features and inclusions of each AED to make sure you select the best. One of the more common AEDs is the Philips Onsite defibrillator – an AED supplied and supported by First Edition First Aid Inc. Another commonly known AED is Physio-Control LIFEPAK CR Plus. Whereas most AEDs have many similarities, these two AEDs are more different than alike, in battery, layout and design, and shock administration. Here we will compare Philips vs. Physio-Control to help you better decide what AED is the best option.   Physio-Control LIFEPAK CR Plus Physio-Control LIFEPAK CR Plus Price and Accessories The Physio-Control LIFEPAK CR Plus is an AED that looks very similar to other models. What makes it different is the layout and design below the cover as well as the fully automated approach. This AED is made for ease of use, requiring less from the responder and instead, having the machine do the work. The Physio-Control AED is priced around $1,695 but may differ depending on the retailer and package.   The standard Physio-Control LIFEPAK CR Plus package includes the following (may vary depending on retailer): LIFEPAK CR Plus AED Owner’s manual Training DVD AMBU® Res-Cue Key® First Responder Kit CHARGE-PAK™ charger 2 sets of QUIK-PAK™ electrodes Carry Case 8 Year Warranty   Physio-Control LIFEPAK CR Plus Battery and Pads The batteries for most AEDs are either individual lithium batteries or a single long-life battery. But unlike other AEDs, the Physio-Control batteries have a charge and require frequent replacements. The charge pack and pads need replacing after every use or every 2 years. The Physio-Control CHARGE-PAKs charge the machine. Once the triangle shaped CHARGE-PAK is inserted, the AED requires 3 days to fill up the internal battery. Why is this worth noting? The AED needs time to “top up” in a timeframe where an emergency could occur.   Physio-Control LIFEPAK CR Plus Shock Administration In some cases, it...

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First Aid for Heat Stroke

First Aid for Heat Stroke

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Blog, Blog Entry, Category | 0 comments

  First Aid for Heat Stroke   With the summer months comes running through the sprinkler, backyard barbeques, and a whole lot of sun! Living in Canada, it can be exciting to finally have warm weather and spend time outdoors soaking in the beautiful rays of sunshine. The sun is healing for some, but with sudden and constant exposure to the heat, there are also risks.   Heat stroke is one of the most common ailments brought on by increased time in the sun. Not only can it harm your skin, but it can have effects on your brain as well. So how do you protect yourself from heat stroke for those days you want to enjoy nice weather? Let’s learn a bit about it:   What is Heat Stroke? Simply put, heat stroke occurs when your body overheats. If you have been sitting in the sun too long, or are exercising outdoors without proper protection, your body will start to feel the effects. Heat stroke can also be seen in individuals wearing too much clothing on hot days (preventing their skin from breathing) or consuming alcohol (dehydrating the body). Common symptoms of heat stroke are: High body temperature (usually 40 C or above) Hot and dry skin (no sweat) Nausea Reddened skin (similar to sun burn) Headaches Disorientation or delirium Increased breathing and heart rate If you suspect yourself or another has heat stroke, it is important to take action right away.   What to do if you have Heat Stroke Unlike dehydration or heat exhaustion, heat stroke requires immediate emergency attention. The increased body temperature can lead to other harmful effects such as damage to the brain and other organs. When someone begins showing signs and symptoms of heat stroke, it is crucial that you get help right away (call 911 or find a medical on-site worker) as well as work to lower their body temperature. Take action immediately to help lower the person’s body temperature by doing the following:   Give them a Drink Immediately give the person something cool to drink. It is important to rehydrate the person so that their body temperature can begin...

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Healthy Mini Doughnuts

Healthy Mini Doughnuts

Posted by on Jul 16, 2017 in Blog, Blog Entry, Category | 0 comments

Healthy Mini Doughnuts For the month of July, food from the Calgary Stampede midway is a focused satisfying dreams and cravings. The unique and delicious surprises can be anything from Cereal Monster Sandwiches to Crispy Chicken Feet on a Stick. No matter where your taste buds lead you on Stampede week, you can guarantee that the food will make your eyes light up but your stomach upset. Most choices on the midway, unfortunately, are not a healthy option. One of the most popular and sought after treats on the midway are mini doughnuts. Covered in sugar or powder, these delectable little bite-size donuts are always an addicting choice. And while the term ‘mini’ may seem like a good choice, these doughnuts are served in a large bag (or even a bucket) and taste good enough that you will eat the whole batch. Save yourself the sugar, calories, and stomach upset and make your own mini doughnuts at home! This Healthy Mini Doughnuts recipe cuts back on the sugars and uses a doughnut maker instead of a deep fryer. These 62-calorie mini snacks are the perfect thing to binge on instead of the stampede sweets.   Ingredients (Makes 12 snacks) – 2 cups Self-Rising Flour – 1 tsp. Baking Soda – ½ tsp. Salt – ¾ cup Coconut Sugar – 5 Tbsp. Coconut Oil – 1 tsp. Vanilla – 1 tsp. White Vinegar – 1 cup Water – Natural Sprinkles to decorate   Directions Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl (flour, baking soda, salt, coconut sugar). Make 3 holes in the dry mixture (2 small and 1 large). Pour the vanilla and vinegar into the smaller holes, and the coconut oil into the larger hole. Pour the water over the top of the mixture. Mix together well, ensuring that the flour is completely combined. Spray your doughnut maker with cooking spray. Spoon small spoonfuls of the mixture in to your doughnut maker. Cook doughnuts until they are golden brown in colour. Choose how you would like to decorate and flavor them (chocolate drizzle, natural sprinkles, cinnamon, coconut). Serve and enjoy!   Choose these homemade doughnuts over the deep-fried,...

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