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The Easy Way To Get To The Pomegranate Seeds!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

I made a sweet potato dish for Thanksgiving that called for Pomegranate seeds and my son found a tip on how to best open the fruit and obtain the seeds. Here's how:

Simply cut the pomegranate into quarters and soak in a pan or sink of hot water. The seeds will easily separate from the fruit membrane and you will not get pomegranate juice all over your clothes.

Now that we know how easy it can be we are much more likely to eat this super healthy fruit and I hope you will too!

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TIME4CARRI 12/19/2014 1:50AM

    My daughter taught me this a month ago and same for us, now we will eat them!

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MEXGAL1 12/18/2014 7:17PM


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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/15/2014 2:56PM

    Great tip! They are delicious but a pain to get out.

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MISSM66 12/14/2014 4:32PM

    emoticon Kelly I buy Pomegranate every week and make juice, emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 12/14/2014 2:58PM

    Thanks for the tip! Love pomegranate

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ARNETTELEE 12/14/2014 2:20PM

  Happy sparking!

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Curried Chicken and Nectarines

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Here is a delicious and savory chicken recipe that your family will love! Give it a try, its awesome! Its definitely a great meal to serve guests and sure to impress!

"Curried Chicken and Nectarines"

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
2 Tbsp fat free oil and vinegar dressing
1 tsp curry powder
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup sliced green onions (3 medium_
1/4 tsp salt
1 medium bell pepper cut into 1/4 inch strips
2 small nectarines cut into 1/4 inch slices
hot cooked rice (follow package instructions...quinoa or orzo works great too!)

1. Trim fat from chicken and cut chicken crosswise into 1/2" strips.
2. Mix dressing and curry powder in medium bowl; add chicken and toss.
3. Heat oil/vinegar dressing in 10" nonstick skillet over med-high heat.
4. Add chicken and remaining ingredients except for the nectarines and rice.
5. Stir-fry 4-6 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center.
6. Carefully stir in nectarines and heat through.
7. Serve with rice.

Makes 4 1-cup servings

Nutritional Facts:
calories = 180
fat = 3 gm (1 gm saturated)
cholesterol = 60 mg
sodium = 190 mg
dietary fiber = 1 gm
protein = 25 gm

Diet Exchanges"
2 lean meat
1 fruit


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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/15/2014 2:55PM

    I bet this is delicious!

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MISSM66 12/14/2014 4:30PM

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emoticon Yum

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Baked Sweet Taters and Fruit

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I was posting this recipe for my Natural Remedies for Healthy Living team and decided to share it will ALL of my spark friends because it is just that good! Its something different to offer on your holiday table than the tried and true sweet potato casserole that some of us have just grown weary of. This was a huge hit with my family, even for those who don't like sweet potatoes. So give it a try!

"Baked Sweet Taters and Fruit"

2 medium sweet potatoes
2 Tbsp butter or alternative
1/2 cup chopped pecans or nut of choice
1 tart apple, cored and cut in chunks (granny smith is a good choice)
1 cup dried pitted plums, halved
1/2 pomegranate, halved with seeds scooped out
1 concord pear, cored and cut in chunks

1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees F
2. Rinse and peel sweet potatoes
3. Grease 9x9x2 pan with 1 Tbsp butter
4. Add sweet potatoes, apple, pear and plums and mix well. Top with remaining butter and chopped nuts
5. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and cover with aluminum foil
6. Bake until sweet potatoes are tender, about 40-50 minutes
7. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and ENJOY!

Serves 4, so double or triple recipe for larger groups.

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PAMAPPLE 11/21/2014 6:25PM

    Mmmm... sounds delish and healthy! I am always leary of cutting into pomegranates due to the juice staining my clothes. Gotta make sure I wear my apron ;)

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IRP1114 11/13/2014 1:42PM

    Thanks for sharing sounds yummy!
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So just evenly chop everything? Or are the potatoes left whole?

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MEXGAL1 11/12/2014 3:22PM

    That sounds wonderful and a great dish for Thanksgiving.
Thanks so much for sharing.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/12/2014 2:35PM

    YUMMY! Thanks for sharing. HUGS

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/12/2014 2:15PM

    Sounds delicious! My kind of recipe.

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Big changes ahead for me

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Some of you may already know that I've been job hunting since late last spring, but without much luck. I've had one offer but it was't viable and one very close call, with me being 2nd choice for a very prestigious clinic in Seattle. I was really disappointed I didn't get the job but to be 2nd choice from all the applicants in such a high-end prestigious clinic where standards are unbelievably high definitely eased the pain somewhat. Since then I've been lazily submitting applications and resumes here and there.

Somehow, through loose lips (yes, they really do sink ships...) the owner of my clinic found out that I am looking for a new job. So yesterday she told me that she has decided to start looking for my replacement and is giving me roughly one month's notice. I was shocked, not to mention hurt by the betrayal of someone I trusted. However, I didn't let it ruin my day and finished my work day as if nothing had happened, although I admit that my lunch didn't stay down...nervous digestion!

My boss, a cold and somewhat vindictive woman, told me that she also wants to replace me because my severe perfume allergy (which almost killed me on the job back in September) is a problem for the clinic. As much as I don't want to be out of work come early December, I can't really feel too bad about leaving this job which is so poorly managed and where I have a few really nasty, toxic coworkers. I've been grossly underpaid since I started there with no hopes of a raise, medical benefits or increased hours. SO, I am merely picking myself up and dusting myself off and ramping up my job search with the high hopes that I will find my dream job and with the knowledge that I have lots to offer with my many skills, years of experience and the fact that I am one major rockstar medical assistant and phlebotomist.

In fact, I already have a couple of interviews set up for next week and one of them is especially promising, in Cardiology, a specialty I have not worked but think I would enjoy very much. I love doing EKG's and that would be a big part of the position as well as many other skills I have used in the past and many more I will learn if I get the job.

I've decided not to let this little hiccup at work upset me or give me a reason to look down on myself. Sometimes a push is whats really needed to get one moving in the right direction and I believe that this is what I needed to really get fired up about my job search. Before it was something I wanted but felt no real urgency in attaining but now I'm super motivated to get another job, my dream job. I'm not going to let this become a reason to let go of healthy habits, in fact it gives me more reason to stay healthy and keep up the exercise, so that I'm ready and able to take on anything that comes my way! The more I exercise the more confidence I will have for each and every interview. emoticon

So I hope you will all wish me well, send up some prayers and keep me in your thoughts as I jump full time into the world of job hunting once again.

Thanks for listening and for all your support! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 11/7/2014 12:20PM

    Oh my goodness of course we all wish you well! You are one terrific gal and some organization will be lucky to have you join their team. It's good that you are going to get out of a toxic environment. I love your attitude of stepping up your search. I know it's a statement that sometimes is overused but I do believe it and that is when one door closes another opens. I was "fired" one time by a boss who saw me as a threat. Totally caught me off guard but lead me to a totally new field where I became a success.
So know that I am cheering you on!!!
You deserve the best.

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WINNIE1978 11/6/2014 6:45PM

    Your current work environment sounds very toxic. Good luck with your interviews. Hopefully an awesome job will be offered to you very soon!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/6/2014 10:28AM

    I hope you find a really good job soon!

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    What a great analysis and attitude !
Wishing you the best !

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WUMPASTAR 11/5/2014 9:26PM

    You are really taking this the RIGHT way - with positiveness and motivation. It's a huge change, of course, and I know what it is to switch jobs, even though your situation sounds way more stressful than what I've experienced before. But hey, you're very impressive. Keep up the awesome work and attitude, you'll go FAR!

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_BABE_ 11/5/2014 9:11PM

    Definitely have faith that it all happened for a reason....where one door closes another opens.!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/5/2014 8:13PM

    Sorry for the turn of events but definitely wishing you luck in finding a good fit with a new job! You deserve to work where your talents are recognized and appreciated. It doesn't sound like this woman does @ all. **SIGH**


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MOONGLOWSNANA 11/5/2014 7:58PM

  I wish you luck in your job search! I hope you find just the right fit and wonderful coworkers. It sounds as though you have good skills so that should be a big plus in your search. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers for something good to turn up! Sometimes all you have to do is put your need out to the universe. Now you've done it, expect results! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 11/5/2014 7:57PM

    I think it sounds like this is a blessing for you!! This is just what you needed to get moving. It sounds like a new job will be a breath of fresh air for you. I sure hope you find the job you want. Sending prayers and good thoughts your way!!

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Time for a change

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

So I've been struggling with exercise lately, not really in doing it because I've been working out each day but in the way that I think my routine needs a change. So I have this new plan.

Instead of doing both cardio and alternating upper/lower body ST each day I'm going to do 2-3 full body workouts each week and do cardio as many days as I can, usually 6. I plan to rotate some ST workouts between Rachel McLish's awesome ST program, Jackie Warner's 40 minute full body ST and some various S90 workouts.

I think this new structure will help me. I tend to forget from one day to the next if I'm due to do upper or lower body and don't always have time to hop on spark to check my workouts the last few days. I also don't feel I'm getting as much progress in working my 15 minute ST workouts so what the heck...I'm going to try something different up until Halloween and then decide what works best for me.

I've been trying to look at my diet and figure out ways to improve it but haven't really come with any solutions yet. For now I'm trying really hard to stay away from all sugar and simple carbs, aside from fruit, and thats a challenge enough for the next couple of weeks. This morning instead of eating sweetened yogurt for breakfast I had plain yogurt with some of my own fresh blackberries and some ground flaxseed. I added a half packet of stevia which made it just sweet enough to eat and to help my taste buds make the transition to life without sugar. Unfortunately, just in the last few years I've really begun to enjoy fruit so eating only one serving of fruit a day is a real bummer for me and I'm still getting in 1 1/2 to 2 servings of fruit a day...and I want MORE!

Things are going well with my son suddenly living with us. Without going into it, we've had real serious problems in the past and he's 29 and starting over, so this is a real adjustment for all of us, but I'm happy to report that so far so good. He's working around the house and yard, getting in a lot of jobhunting and has 2 interviews tomorrow. He's also decided to go to phlebotomy school so he's looking into that as well.

Thanks for reading my blog, I appreciate your support! I would like to know how many of you do cardio and ST each day and how many of you do ST on specific days of the week? What brought you to that decision and is it working well for you?

Thanks for all your help spark friends!

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BABCIATEA 9/25/2014 5:39AM

    It sounds as though you are using your creativity and imagination to improve your program that is bound to help you to continuously improve. Wish I had some helpful advice but am just trying to figure out myself too. At the moment I am doing a classical stretch series of 30 videos which automatically change up each day . and plain walking but intend to kick up the walking to do the 5 day Leslie sansone program which alternates 1 to 5 mile walks 5 days a week. I do nothing organized on Sunday and only recreate or work in my garden. So the only idea I can throw out for you is having a program that adds variation automatically . Which I sure need to remember what I am supposed to be doing. SPark cheers

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MEXGAL1 9/20/2014 6:56PM

    Your new exercise plan sounds pretty good. I keep hearing that one needs to change up their exercising but by the time I am done my 4 miles everyday, I am done!
But good for you to take another look and make a plan.

Nice too to hear that having your son back home is going well.

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CELLA_P 9/18/2014 7:20PM

    Kelly, if you can picture this...I am toasting you with a delicious steamed artichoke! They're one of my favorite veggies...and you are definitely one of my all-time fave SparkPeeps :) Thanks so much for the SparkGoodie! So thoughtful, and it was the "kindest 'cut' of them all" emoticon

Just the other evening on NPR, they did a story on how increasingly common it is for adult children to live with their parents (especially those in the "millennial" generation), and it sounds like you're adjusting well and with considerable strength and love. More power to you! The reporter said so many of these living arrangements are working out very well and harmoniously, too.

Best of luck with the changes you've made in your exercise routine!

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    I am trying to get more walking in and also add in some other exercise when I can - work up a sweat while accomplishing something around here. Yesterday I cleaned out the inside of the car and the trunk - it was a mess.

I only eat low carb yogurt. Some of it has way too much sugar. I do allow myself a serving of 3 fruits a day though. I consider fruit and veggies, seeds and nuts healthy and I don't restrict them.

I'm so glad to see your son doing so well. I know he has a hard road ahead of him and I hope he is one of the ones that can make it.

I do cardio and ST every day because it is part of my lifestyle.

I have had to cut back on time I spend online so my spark page is tuned off. If you need to reach you can send me sparkmail.

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ALP1976 9/18/2014 9:29AM

    Kelly, it is so hard to figure out what to do sometimes. I find that this time of year I get restless (as you can probably deduce by my erratic self lately emoticon )

I find that my best mix is to just keep my NEAT activity up. I wear a simplistic pedometer to help me keep track. I walk everyday because, well, walking just makes me feel good. I walk with my little guy and this time of year being outside is good. I find my best mix for intentional stuff is to ST 2 days a week, Cardio 2 times a week and yoga 2 times a week. That gives me the best possible mix. I am so not in love with cardio, though so sometimes it is just walking and yoga (like this week).

I am glad that things with your son are going good!!!

You'll figure this out, girlfriend! THAT I am confident! Just do what feels good for YOU emoticon Sometimes it feels like a constant trial and error, but hey that's okay, too I suppose...

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    My "cardio" is either line dancing, Leslie Sansone, walking or yardwork, or more taxing projects around the house (ex: washing windows, washing the exterior of the house).
Basically with that, I am doing at least one or more of the above things daily for an hour and sometimes two. I do take occasion rest days which include lighter activity like shopping or floating around in the river.

As far as strength training...because my "cardio" works my legs so much, I do not even train my legs (except for some standing leg lifts and balance exercises for dance). ( I know some people would disagree with this, but this works for me.) I do my strength training in my basement 2 X per week (aim for Monday and Thursday). I do some stuff for my upper body and abs. It is a program that I worked out for myself. My upper body is so much weaker than my lower body. I have gone from using 3 & 5 pound weights to using 6 &/8 pounds weights. At my age I feel the need to keep it to 2X week for recovery. Less than that and I feel that I have atrophied.

I am trying to stretch at least once daily and want to work in more flexibility stuff very soon.

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BETHGILLIGAN 9/18/2014 7:25AM

    So happy to hear that things are going well at your place! I'm not sure I could give up sugar although I have cut way back on carbs. Wish I could give you some input on exercise routines but you are waaaay ahead of me on that. Hope things continue to go smoothly!

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KNEEMAKER 9/17/2014 10:04PM

  Wonderful Wednesday to keep on keeping on! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 9/17/2014 9:23PM

    Our brain does need that stimulation of a change in activity. The simple carbs are difficult to give up, but I have had to do that too. After a while, you get used to it. It takes awhile though.

I am glad to hear that things are good with your son living @ home. I am sure it requires a lot of compromises, which I am sure is on BOTH sides.

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