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You are welcome my dear Sue! I only buy unsalted butter due to my low sodium diet. My DH is so used to it that unless I tell him, something is low sodium, he does not even realize it!!!! emoticon

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I like the addition of dried fruits to these zucchini muffins!! They sound wonderful, NITA!!

No...my daughter's piano teacher is on vacation, so we haven't been up that way in a while. But after we get back from Maine end of next week, it's back to the regular lesson schedule and I'll check it out then.

Do you find that using unsalted butter in recipes makes much difference? I don't usually buy it, but if it affects the taste, then maybe it's worth keeping on hand.

Thanks for sharing your muffin recipe!

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8/7/08 4:25 P

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Sue:) Did you visit the store yet? Anyway, here's a wonderful recipe for Zucchini Muffins from Simply recipes.

Zucchini Muffins Recipe
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For those of you who prefer to use oil over butter, be my guest (use 1 cup vegetable oil instead of the butter) but I have to tell you, I've made these both ways, and the butter version just tastes better.

Ingredients
3 cups grated fresh zucchini
2/3 cup melted unsalted butter
1 1/3 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons baking soda
Pinch salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup walnuts (optional)
1 cup raisins or dried cranberries (optional)
Method
You don't need a mixer for this recipe.

1 Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Mix in the grated zucchini and then the melted butter. Sprinkle baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add these dry ingredients to the zucchini mixture. Fold in the walnuts and dried raisins or cranberries if using.

2 Coat each muffin cup in your muffin pan with a little butter or vegetable oil spray. Use a spoon to distribute the muffin dough equally among the cups, filling the cups up completely. Bake on the middle rack until muffins are golden brown, and the top of the muffins bounce back when you press on them, about 25 to 30 minutes. Test with a long toothpick or a thin bamboo skewer to make sure the center of the muffins are done. Set on wire rack to cool for 5 minutes. Remove muffins from the tin let cool another 20 minutes.

Note, if you are including walnuts and dried fruit, you will likely have more batter than is needed for 12 muffins. I got about 14 muffins from this batch, and that included filling the muffin cups up as far as they could possibly go (above the surface of the muffin tin).


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If you do stop by - let me know! I am curious to see what it is like!

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You're welcome to try a few! emoticon

Texas to Siberia (just stopped at your SPark page)! Yes, you are a very long way from home! Talk about culture shock! My goodness!

You know, every week when my daughter and I head to piano, we pass an interesting food store that says Siberian Market on the outside. I'm pretty sure it's still in business. Maybe I should stop in some time and check it out.

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Those meatballs sound really good!

My husband and I are both from Texas, so we are a long way from home!!!

I miss it so much!

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7/31/08 12:21 P

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This is the third time someone mentioned Costco for buying good food products. But it was in regard to baby back ribs, the pre-marinated ones?....for a good price. My husband and I will have to get a membership this year so we can take advantage of their fresh foods.

Trader Joe's only sells frozen seafood, I believe, but what I've tried so far, was pretty good - salmon and haddock.

Jen, where are you from originally?? I've never been outside the United States, except when my family and I visited Montreal for one of the World's Fairs back in 1966??

I just made a big batch of Italian meatballs, but with ground turkey. The house smells so good right now! I'm also going to make some chicken marsala too, so I won't have to cook for a few days. :-)

Didn't mean to RAMBLE...thanks for answering my question on seafood!

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I buy most of my seafood at a local store here called Metro - think Sams or Costco. It is a great place for us to get western products and better veggies than allot of the local markets have.

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I'm another big scallop lover!!!

Where do most of you buy your seafood? I've gotten some not too fresh fish at the supermarket, so am always a little hesitant when buying seafood there.

And I love that poem! :-)

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I just love scallops! We can actually get them here believe it or not!! So I will have to make this one!

Thanks Nita!!

Here is a lovely poem for today..........

State of Mind

If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don't!
If you'd like to win, but you think you can't,
It's almost certain you won't.

If you think you'll lose, you're lost;
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow's will;
It's all in the state of mind!

If you think you're outclassed, you are;
You've got to think high to rise.
You've got to be sure of yourself
Before you'll ever win the prize.

Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But sooner or later the man who wins
Is the person who thinks he can!


Edited by: JENSFITJOURNEY at: 7/30/2008 (00:57)
"But those who hope in the LORD
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They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

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Here's a recipe for Scallops, Pea pods and Asian egg noodles with Citrus sauce from Clean eating!!

Our take on an Asian stir-fry is a perfect dish to serve your guests.

Serves 4.

Smaller scallops, known as bay scallops, tend to be sweeter and more succulent than the larger sea scallops, but they’re also more expensive. Whichever type you choose, be sure to watch the stove; overcooking can make scallops tough. And keep in mind that you can also make this recipe with shrimp – or combine the two for a scrumptious shrimp and scallops stir-fry.

INGREDIENTS:
6 oz Asian egg noodles
2 tbsp refined safflower oil, divided
1 cup unsweetened orange juice
1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
1 tsp red chili flakes, plus more for serving (optional)
12 oz small- to medium-sized scallops
1 tbsp arrowroot powder
1 orange
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
12 oz snap peas, halved diagonally
INSTRUCTIONS:
ONE: Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and return to pot. Toss with 1 tbsp oil, cover and set aside.

TWO: In a small bowl, combine orange juice, soy sauce and chili flakes. Place scallops in a medium bowl and add juice mixture. Set aside for 10 minutes. Drain scallops, saving liquid. Set scallops aside. Stir arrowroot into juice mixture.

THREE: Remove and discard orange peel. Cut orange into small wedges. Set aside.

FOUR: In a large wok or skillet, combine garlic and remaining 1 tbsp oil. Stir-fry over medium-high heat for about 2 minutes, or until garlic begins to brown. Add snap peas and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add scallops and stir-fry for about 2 minutes, or until scallops are barely cooked through and snap peas are tender-crisp. Add juice mixture and cook, stirring occasionally for 1 to 2 minutes, until it comes to a boil and thickens.

FIVE: Serve stir-fry over noodles and top with orange wedges. Serve additional chili flakes at the table, if desired.

Nutrients per 1 1/2 cup serving:
Calories: 368, Total Fat: 9 g, Sat. Fat: 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5.5 g,
Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g, Carbs: 35 g, Fiber: 4 g, Sugars: 12.5 g, Protein: 32 g,
Sodium: 477 mg, Cholesterol: 78 mg

NUTRITIONAL BONUS: Hot sauce is typically loaded with sodium. This recipe uses chili flakes – so you get the heat without the salt.

Recipe courtesy of Jill Silverman Hough


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That Zucchini bread recipee sounds delicious! I bet you could substitute bananas for the Zucchini once in awhile too! Will have to try that.

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What great dishes!!

Just came back today from Germany - oh the food was amazing!! I am staying put for the next 8 weeks before we leave again - so I will be back to posting!! I have missed all of you!!!

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I love Quinoa - I'll have to try it out for breakfast! Sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing!


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From Clean Eating E- news letter.


Hot Breakfast Quinoa



Ready to OD on oatmeal? Try this tasty alternative to oats for breakfast tomorrow!

Serves 4.

Start your day off right with a dose of energy and well-being from this all-in-one breakfast. Our clean-eating version of breakfast quinoa contains the perfect amount of healthy mood-enhancing carbs, protein and powerful antioxidants to keep your blood sugar stable and energy levels high until lunchtime.

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
Pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup chopped apples, pears, raisins, soaked almonds, dates, or fruit and nuts of your choice
1/2 cup rice milk
1 tbsp real maple syrup
Pineapple bits, toasted shredded coconut and/or 1/2 tsp cinnamon for garnish (optional)
INSTRUCTIONS:
Rinse and drain quinoa. Bring to a boil with the water and salt, then reduce heat and simmer for five minutes. Add your choice of fruit or nuts and continue to simmer until all the water is absorbed. Mix in the rice milk and maple syrup. Garnish with pineapple bits, toasted shredded coconut and/or cinnamon, as desired.

Nutrients per 1 cup serving (using apples and cinnamon):
Calories: 192, Total Fat: 3 g, Sat. Fat: 0 g, Omega-3s: 130 mg, Omega-6s: 1,320 mg,
Carbs: 36 g, Fiber: 3.5 g, Sugars: 4.5 g, Protein: 6 g, Sodium: 41 mg, Cholesterol: 0 mg


Recipe by Elson Haas, MD



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6/30/08 12:14 P

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Beat the heat with this cold soup recipe!!

Beat the heat with our easy to make cold soup.

Serves 2.

INGREDIENTS:
1 avocado, pitted and skin removed
1 medium red bell pepper, stemmed and seeded
2 cups water or low-fat milk
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 tbsp dulse flakes
Pinch of oregano
INSTRUCTIONS:
In a food processor, combine all ingredients and purée until smooth. Transfer soup to bowl and serve immediately (or keep chilled until ready to serve).

Nutrients per 1 1/2 cup serving (using water):
Calories: 201, Total Fat: 15 g, Sat. Fat: 2 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 10 g, Polyunsaturated
Fat: 2 g, Carbs: 12 g, Fiber: 8 g, Sugars: 3 g, Protein: 3 g, Sodium: 126 mg, Cholesterol: 0 mg

NUTRITIONAL BONUS: Important for the development and maintenance of bones, vitamin K is essential for those who have low bone density or osteoporosis. It is prevalent in leafy greens as well as in the avocado found in our delicious chilled soup.

Recipe by Brendan Brazier


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6/28/08 5:52 P

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I pictured it - emoticon thanks for the chuckle. So happy you all enjoyed it - next time I will try whole wheat flour for sure!!

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Oh, Nita, I am definitely no chef....the only things I ever bake are right out of a box. You should have seen me trying to fluff the eggs with my whisk! My shoulder is not feeling to good today :) I used the same amount of whole wheat flour as the regular. I didn't know any better to use more or less than regular. My husband must have bought it. I had to borrow baking soda from my neighbor and I don't think I've ever used wheat germ! So, the only thing I did different from your recipe was I added 2 tbsp of ground flax seed and I didn't use any wheat germ. We have nothing else to compare the loaf with, so in our eyes it was great!! I can cook foods, but I don't usually bake, especially from scratch - it was quite a sight yesterday!


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Hey! You made my day and night by posting back about the recipe being loved by the children!!! Thank You!!! It means a lot to me! Thanks dear sparked friend:)

Wow! You must be a great pastry chef to have used whole wheat flour, flax seed and it still turned out great. Please give me the recipe since I used WW flour once and it came out heavier, harder and not as fluffy, moist or tasty.....my adult kids only ate thinking how wonderful it was in the past....hehehe!

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Edited by: NITAINMN at: 6/27/2008 (22:37)
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Oh it is delicious! My kids like it too. I didn't have any wheat germ, but I added flaxseed and I used whole wheat flour (all I had in the cupboard). It was funny because my kids watched me make it and they were making faces and saying their comments, but when it came time to eat it - they loved it! Thanks again for sharing!


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Oooh!! Yum-Yum!!! Enjoy :) I am tempted to bake one but, its too hot to turn the oven on now....... emoticon

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Nita - My zucchini bread is in the oven as I type! I am so excited and can't wait to eat it. Thanks again for sharing! My neighbor has a wonderful garden and gave me the zucchini, so I will share some with her too!
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I will be there in the fall with my zucchini bread to share the calories with you to lighten the load!!! emoticon

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Nita,
Stop it! You are making me hungry!
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In the fall/winter, I make a similar moist bread with choc. chips & canned pumpkin. Like a dessert in a loaf pan!



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Zucchini bread is moist to start with, when you add dark chocolate chips, it keels over from moistness - especilly when it is warm and we have never really tasted it cold since between the kids, thier friends, we finished the bread before it had time to cool!! I have not prepared in a long time......!!!

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I love zucchini bread! Bren and Nita these are wonderful!!!!

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WOW... dark chocolate zuke bread... YUMMO! I make my traditional Zuccinni bread recipe.

Best Zucchini Bread Recipe
This zucchini bread gets rave reviews - very moist & tasty, and easy to prepare.


1¼ hours | 10 min prep

SERVES 24

* 2 cups shredded unpeeled zucchini (green or yellow, or a combination)
* 2 cups white sugar
* 2 eggs
* 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
* 1/2 cup oil
* 2 teaspoons vanilla
* 3 cups flour
* 2 teaspoons cinnamon
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1 teaspoon nutmeg
* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh lemon rind or
* orange rind
* 1 cup chopped walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 325.
2. Grease two loaf pans.
3. Combine flour, cinnamon, salt, soda, nutmeg, powder, and lemon (or orange) peel in a large bowl; set aside.
4. Combine sugar, eggs, applesauce, oil& vanilla in a large bowl.
5. Add shredded zucchini& walnuts; stir to combine.
6. Add zucchini mixture to flour mixture& stir well.
7. Pour evenly into prepared loaf pans; sprinkle tops with cinnamon sugar.
8. Bake 60-65 minutes or until loaves test done with toothpick.
9. Let cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans onto wire rack to cool completely.
10. *note:loaves freeze well.





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Thank you Nita! It might take me a few days to make it because I'll have to get the store for a few ingredients and I will let you know. It sounds very yummy!


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You got it! Here's the original recipe with my modicfications.

Zucchini Carrot Bread
Prep'n time: 25 minutes
Baking time: 1 hour Oven temperature:350 degrees

(For 1 Loaf, you will need:

2 Eggs
1/2 cup salad oil
1/4 to 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar packed
1 1/2 tsp maple flavoring ( I used vanilla)
1/2 cup EACH shredded zucchini and shredded carrots

(I used 1 cup of zucchini alone)

1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
3 tbsp Sesame seeds.
( I added 1/2 cup of chocolate chips for my chocolate loving kids who loved it)

Tips: For apple bread, substitute 1 cup pared, cored and shredded apple instead of zucchini and carrots.

Preparation:

1. Beat eggs till foamy. Add oil, granulated sugar, brown sugar and maple flavoring. Continue beating at high speed until mixture is very thick and fluffy.

2. With a spoon, stir in Zuchhini and carrots.

3. In separate bowl, stir together flour, wheat germ, baking soda, salt, baking powder and walnuts. Blend gently into zucchini mixture just until flour is no longer visible.

4. Pour batter into well-greased 8 1/2-by-4 1/2 inch loaf pan. Sprinkle top with sesame seeds.

5. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hr or until a tester inserted in center comes out clean.

6. Cool in pan 10 min. turn out into wire rack to cool thoroughly.

Wish I could post the photo - so Yummy!! I have had this recipe card from good old days of 80's and to this date, my kids who are 34 and 29 love this bread......


Good Luck!




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Nita - I have some zucchini that I don't know what to do with and would love to have the recipe for the zucchini/dark chocolate chip bread that you mentioned. It sounds good already with the dark chocolate!!

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Oh WOW look at all the wonderful activity on here!! YEA!!

Thank you so much for posting these oh so yummy dishes for all of us!!



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OK... This is totally yummo!

Tomato Bake Recipe
This is suppose to be an appetizer, but it is so good I use it as side dish at meal time. A good friend made this recipe and brought to work for a potluck dinner and I have been making it ever since.


25 min | 10 min prep

SERVES 10

* 1 (8 ounce) can refrigerated biscuits (not buttermilk)
* 3-4 large tomatoes, peeled and sliced
* 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or
* 2 teaspoons chopped dried basil
* salt and pepper
* 1/4 cup sliced green onions (green & white parts)
* 1 cup Hellmann's mayonnaise
* 1 1/2 cups shredded monterey jack cheese (6 ounces)

1. Remove Biscuits from package and separate.
2. Line the bottom (not the sides) of a lightly greased casserole dish with biscuit dough; press dough together with your fingers and pat it smooth.
3. Arrange tomatoes on top of dough.
4. Sprinkle basil, salt and pepper on tomatoes; top with green onions.
5. Combine the mayo and cheese; spread over the tomatoes and onions; put in oven.
6. Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven 12 to 15 minutes, or until crust is done.
7. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting to serve.


Had to Share - made this the other day. ONly had a few bites because of some of the calories involved but it was FABULOUS!



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Thanks, Nita! If I try that cabbage recipe, I'll check at Trader Joes for the seaweed...if they don't have it, I'll check the health food stores.

You could probably make it WITHOUT that ingredient too.

(You'll be so tired after your wild, glamorous Casino excursion to do any cooking when you get back!)

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Hey Sue:) I am not a muffin fan so not made them. Just copied from Simply recipes. The cabbage salad, I am yet to make. I would love to make the dressing - sounds so yummy. This recipe as you can see is from Whole health foods. On the other hand, I have bought sea weed from a health food store in the past. Hope that helps.

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What a great sounding recipe for napa cabbage, Nita! Can you get arame or hijiki seaweed in the average food store or do you have to go a special store?

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Posting this zucchini muffin recipe to go with last week's food of the week - (sorry did not find time to do sooner )summer squash. I have a great zucchini/dark chocolate chip bread recipe that is out of this world...will post soon!!!

Zucchini Muffins Recipe
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For those of you who prefer to use oil over butter, be my guest (use 1 cup vegetable oil instead of the butter) but I have to tell you, I've made these both ways, and the butter version just tastes better.

Ingredients
3 cups grated fresh zucchini
10 Tbsp (1 1/4 sticks or 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp) melted unsalted butter
1 1/3 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons baking soda
Pinch salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup walnuts (optional)
1 cup raisins or dried cranberries (optional)
Method
You don't need a mixer for this recipe.

1 Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Mix in the grated zucchini and then the melted butter. Sprinkle baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add these dry ingredients to the zucchini mixture. Fold in the walnuts and dried raisins or cranberries if using.

2 Coat each muffin cup in your muffin pan with a little butter or vegetable oil spray. Use a spoon to distribute the muffin dough equally among the cups, filling the cups up completely. Bake on the middle rack until muffins are golden brown, and the top of the muffins bounce back when you press on them, about 25 to 30 minutes. Test with a long toothpick or a thin bamboo skewer to make sure the center of the muffins are done. Set on wire rack to cool for 5 minutes. Remove muffins from the tin let cool another 20 minutes.

Note, if you are including walnuts and dried fruit, you will likely have more batter than is needed for 12 muffins. I got about 14 muffins from this batch, and that included filling the muffin cups up as far as they could possibly go (above the surface of the muffin tin).

~ Simply Recipes

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Here's a yummy tasting napa cabbage recipe from whfoods.org to go with our food of the week - cabbage!

Prep and Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:
4 cups finely chopped napa cabbage
½ cup chopped scallion
1 medium tomato, seeds and excess pulp removed
Optional: ¼ cup soaked hijiki seaweed or organic arame; 1 cup chopped chicken breast
Dressing
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
2 medium cloves garlic, pressed
1 TBS rice vinegar, or lemon juice
1 tsp honey
2 TBS soy sauce
¼ tsp dry mustard
1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
salt and white pepper to taste


Directions:

Optional: Rinse and soak hijiki or organic arame in 1 cup warm water until softened, about 10 minutes. Drain and squeeze out excess water when ready.
While hijiki or arame is soaking, chop cabbage, scallion and place in a bowl. Cut tomato in half and squeeze out seeds, cut out pulp, and slice in thin strips.
Whisk together dressing ingredients and toss with cabbage, tomato, and scallion (and hijiki or arame and/or chopped chicken if so desired). Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Serves 4





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What an awesome story and truly inspiring not to quit no matter what but, to keep on playing leaving the results in more experienced hands!! Thanks Jen.

Samasta Loka Sukhino Bhavantu" - Sanskrit translates to "Let all the worlds be happy!"

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This is a beautiful story with a powerful message, Jen! Thanks for posting it!

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I wanted to post this as it really was a blessing to me today. A friend sent this to me and I hope that each of you are blessed by it as well -


"Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit"
-- Conrad Hilton

Little Boy At A Big Piano
By: Author Unknown

Wishing to encourage her young son's progress on the piano, a mother took her boy to a Paderewski concert. After they were seated, the mother spotted a friend in the audience and walked down the aisle to greet her.

Seizing the opportunity to explore the wonders of the concert hall, the little boy rose and eventually explored his way through a door marked "NO ADMITTANCE." When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin, the mother returned to her seat and discovered that the child was missing.

Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the impressive Steinway on stage. In horror, the mother saw her little boy sitting at the keyboard, innocently picking out "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star."

At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance, quickly moved to the piano, and whispered in the boy's ear, "Don't quit. Keep playing."

Then leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling in a bass part. Soon his right arm reached around to the other side of the child and he added a running obbligato. Together, the old master and the young novice transformed a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience. The audience was mesmerized.

That's the way it is in life. What we can accomplish on our own is hardly noteworthy. We try our best, but the results aren't exactly graceful flowing music. But when we trust in the hands of a Greater Power, our life's work truly can be beautiful.

Next time you set out to accomplish great feats, listen carefully. You can hear the voice of the Master, whispering in your ear, "Don't quit. Keep playing."

"But those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

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Thank you Sue for your addition!

Nita - how sweet of you to subscribe to his blog - I will have to tell him about it!



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Star is a brand of hot pepper salad. Any brand of jarred hot peppers should do fine though, like Pastene.

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Sue, sounds delicious! Thank you. What is 1 star hot pepper salad?

Jen, I subscribed to Micah's blog via the feed for notification on new posts.

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Middle Eastern Chicken Salad

2-3 cooked chicken breasts, shredded finely
1 large red pepper and 1 large green pepper
1 Star hot pepper salad (or other brand)
1 small can pitted black olives, chopped
3-4 stalks scallions, chopped (or to taste)
4 cloves garlic, chopped finely
1/2 cup walnuts
5 tablespoons olive oil
1 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. paprika
2 tablespoons (or more) dry Vermouth


Mix chicken w/spices. Put oven on broil and broil peppers. When skins turn black, flip over and broil other side til skin turns black. Remove skins and seeds. Cut peppers into thin slivers. Combine peppers, chicken, olives, walnuts and pepper salad (chopped first). Heat olive oil, then sauté garlic and scallions about 30 seconds. Add garlic and scallions to chicken mixture and stir well. Serve with cut up pieces of pita bread to make little "mini sandwiches".


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Thank you! He is an amazing photographer! He will have more on there in the days to come - we have not posted so many of them from our travels over the past few years so we are playing catch up! And we will have our travel blog up soon - that is another site! So many sites...so little time!! Thanks for checking it out! :)

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Hey Jen:) What an impressive set of photos and thought provoking blog from Micah!! Instantly, I could see how much travel / reading knowledgeable Micah was and he sure impressed me a lot with his photographic skills too!!

I have saved the link on my favorites so I could go back and visit to finish viewing and reading the summary again and for future use!

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That sounds delicious, Jen!
I really can't think of anything interesting to add...
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Hello sweet friends! I have finally put together my fitness blog!! Here you will find info on nutrition, recipes, wellness and fitness ideas.

I will be blogging here more so than spark however I will share all the info on this team as well :)

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Lets continue the share your knowledge idea! This weeks challenge is for every member to post information on here that we all can use!! Think of how many wonderful tips that would be!!

Lets pay it forward!!!!

My addition for the today -


Vegetarian Black Bean Chili

Ingredients:
1 (24 ounce) package dried black beans
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 1/2 teaspoon basil
2 1/2 tablespoons diet margarine (or fat of your choice)
3/4 cup onion, diced
3/4 cup green pepper, finely chopped
1 1/2 cup carrots, sliced
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
1 1/2 cup canned tomatoes, low-sodium, crushed
1 to 2 fresh or pickled jalapeno peppers, seeds removed and minced

Directions:
Topping

5 ounce reduced-fat cheddar cheese, grated
10 tablespoons plain nonfat yogurt

Directions

Cook beans according to package directions or soak overnight in 7 cups of water and cook on low in crock-pot 8 to 8 hours. Remove 1/2 cup liquid from beans and reserve. Drain beans and combine with reserved 1/2 cup liquid; set aside.

In a small nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, toast cumin seeds, oregano, and basil, shaking pan occasionally for 3 minutes until fragrant; set aside.

In a large pan over medium-high heat, heat margarine until bubbly; add onion, green pepper, carrots, garlic, paprika, red pepper, and salt. Sauté 10 minutes, stirring frequently until onion is soft. Add tomatoes, jalapeno pepper, and toasted cumin seed mixture; bring to a boil. Add beans and liquid; continue to simmer, stirring frequently until chili is heated thoroughly.

To serve, place 1/2 ounce cheese (2 tablespoons) in each bowl. Top with 1 cup chili mixture and 1 tablespoon plain nonfat yogurt.

Yield: 10 servings, 1 cup each.
Recipe from: What's Cooking at the Cooper Clinic, by the Nutrition
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Great idea to add the chilis! I am looking for more recipes to add for this week - need to mix it up for my dear Micah :)

We are still going through photos - hundreds of them! But I hope to have some up on my travel blog soon. But in the mean time you can see a few of them under my husband's photo blog - it is....

micahschutz.blogtog.com

He only has 3 up from Istanbul...they are beautiful! But we will have more soon!

Hugs and love everyone!

Thanks to dear Nita for the new picture! Lets keep paying it forward!!!!!

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Wow! That was a great recipe Jen! I added 2 green chillies chopped fine and yum!!! My DH thought, it had a Thai flavor.

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We grilled tuna yesterday - LOVE it!!
SO hot here... grilling is the only cooking I want to do (Well, actually my hubby does all the grilling!)

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Today I am grilling Jen's Halibut recipe with Papaya salsa except I am using mango instead of Papaya and Trout instead of halibut. its my vegetarian day so, I will eat it for lunch tomorrow. But, my friend and my dearest hubby will enjoy today..Yum!!

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Love the thought Jen! Thanks for the poem too. Do feel free to use the sticky's when you post a thought so, it remains on top....You have the authority as a leader and please do use it!!!

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I love that poem. Thanks for posting it. Hugs, Gaylinn

Just do it no matter what!


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Jen, just read the "thoughts" messages from yesterday and June 4. Thank you for posting them!

The walnut crusted salmon sounds delicious and relatively easy to prepare. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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I love seared Salmon with walnut/ almond crust. To try this recipe since I usually pour the nutty sauce over the fish after searing it. Hope the coarsely chopped nuts do not burn? emoticon

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A beautiful poem for today!!

Blessing everyone!


The Road Less Traveled
by Kit McCallum

How often we must bear the challenges of life;
The endless roller coaster between happiness and sorrow;
The constant ups and downs of daily strife.
And always the question remains .... why?

Life is not an easy road for most;
It twists and turns with many forks in the road,
Although always, and inevitably, we are given a choice ...

Do we turn to the right ... or the left?
Do we take the high road ... or the low road?
Do we take the easy path ... or the difficult one?

Decisions are not easy for those struggling for direction ...
And sometimes the many choices and signs become overwhelming.

While standing at a crossroads in life,
The urge is to take the most comfortable path;
The road with least resistance ...
The shortest or most traveled route.

And yet, if we've been down that comfortable road before;
Have gleaned its lessons in life, and learned from our experiences;

Do we yet again follow the known?
Or does our destiny lie in another direction?

The fear of the road less traveled is tangible and all too real;
It manifests itself in many ways,
And tends to cloud the issues that might otherwise be clear.

It is in these times of confusion,
That we must seek peace and solitude;

Time to contemplate on our life,
Our experiences and our choices past;
Time to look back, and reflect on what we have learned
Without fear or confusion.

For only each of us knows our own personal thoughts;
Our unique past and personal history;
The experiences that brought us to the crossroads we now face.

We can always learn a small degree from others experiences,
And yet ... no one person can walk in our shoes,
Others know not, the trials and tribulations faced in private ...

For each is individual ... unique ... and personal.

And that is why ... while standing at a crossroads,
Only "we" can formulate the decision for ourselves;
The true direction that lies within;
The choices we must deliberate on with clarity and wisdom.

For it is only through personal reflection,
That we can now choose our destiny;
... Our next adventure;
... And the future we will embrace.

"But those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

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Oh my goodness I am in a recipe mood today!!

This one looks wonderful! And paired up with a salad with the dressing I posted earlier today as well!!



Walnut Crusted Salmon
Makes 4 servings • Ready in 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

• 4 4-oz filets of salmon
• 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped and crushed with a pinch of cinnamon
• Drizzle of olive oil
• 8 cups salad greens

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Coat salmon filets with walnut-cinnamon mixture.

2. In a nonstick pan with a drizzle of olive oil, sear the fish on both sides to desired temperature, or when fish begins to flake.

3. On four plates divide salad greens and serve salmon on top.

Nutrients per serving (1 fillet and 2 cups greens):

Calories: 228, Total Fat: 13 g, Sat. Fat: 2 g, Mono Fat: 4 g, Trans Fat: 0 g, Poly Fat: 6.5 g, Carbs: 3 g, Dietary Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 24 g, Sugars: 0 g, Sodium: 57 mg, Cholesterol: 62 mg



Edited by: JENSFITJOURNEY at: 6/4/2008 (11:03)
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This was under the thoughts thread but I not want others to miss it so I am posting it here as well....I hope it touches someones heart today - I know it has mine!!

What a thought for today!!!!! I want to open a new door today - where will it take me! I urge you to do the same! Lets LIVE really LIVE today and see where it takes us!!

Hope everyone has a blessed and beautiful Friday!

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Picture this. You're standing on conveyor belt. It's carrying you down a long, narrow hallway. Each side of the hallway is lined with closed doors, small signs hanging just above their frame.

The messages on those signs is something that you need to pay close attention to. Very close attention.

The speed of the conveyor belt isn't too fast - slow enough to let you comfortably open and step through one of the doors - but not much time to question your choice.

After a few moments, a door has passed you by forever.

Peering down the long hallway you see the belt is heading toward a larger door marked 'EXIT.'

You have a fair amount of time before you reach this door, but make no mistake, you are forever moving toward it.

What is written on Those Signs???

After a few minutes, your curiosity gets the best of you and you focus intently on the writing above each door.

After passing a few doors trying your best to make out the small writing, you realize that each sign contains a personal goal, a change you've always wanted to make or a dream you've always wanted to achieve.

This corridor is your life.

Each door is an opportunity for change, for happiness, for success. Everything you have ever wanted to be, do, and have is represented by each door along the corridor.

And just like life, the longer you wait to step through the doors, the greater the chance that they'll pass you by.

Eventually nearly every door will be behind you, impossible to enter. I say nearly because only one will remain - the one at the end of the corridor.

Before we move on, I have a question for you.

Do you know what would be written above each door? Do you know what you really want today, tomorrow, and ten years from now? If you don't know what you want, you'll never get anything more than you have right now.

But don't worry! If you only know that you are dissatisfied with what you have now, all hope is not lost. There is great power in dissatisfaction; it's the beginning of change and improvement.

A Fact You Must Realize
We aren't talking about a hypothetical situation. You don't have forever to do something about the things you want. But very few like to face this fact head on.

Deny it all you want - it's true.

A great deal of my work is in honesty and truth - these are the cornerstones of motivation. It's much more than getting excited and running out the door with a big grin on your face. It's about letting the facts of life hit you and drive you toward a better life.

Today I want you to let the facts hit you. I want you to think about that hallway, and what signs would hang above each door.

I want you to look to the end of the hallway, toward the exit. Think about that. Think about the fact that you do not have an eternity to experience all the things you want to experience.

Recognize the fact that you may actually never become the person you know you are fully capable of becoming - if you fail to act.

Most people live life as if they'll be around for the next thousand years.

'Yeah, I've got goals, but what's the rush?' they think.

But the real winners in life, the ones who illuminate every room they enter, attract success in everything they do, and simply love being alive, never hide from the truth.

The use it to motivate them toward the things they want.

What You Need to Do Today

I want you to take just a few minutes today to think about the corridor, the conveyor belt, and the doors lining your hallway.

Really think about it.

The point isn't to make you feel bad - it's to inspire you with a sense of urgency and excitement. It's to make you realize the truth and use it as motivation for the rest of your life.

Think about that hallway, my friend. Think about it.

If it scares you a little, that's a good thing. Fear is a powerful motivator. But what do you do next? For many people, they get the urge to do something different in their lives but don't know what to do with the feeling.

The drive soon dissipates and eventually disappears.

This doesn't have to happen to your goals.

You have a choice to make at this very moment. You can continue to travel down the corridor of your life without making a move toward any door, or you can break out of the routine and start living life at an entirely new level.

Regardless of your choice, you'll eventually reach the end of the line. I suggest you open as many doors as possible before that time arrives.


"But those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

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Here is a great dressing recipe!!

Red Pepper Vinaigrette

8 Servings

This salad dressing is nothing like your basic vinaigrette formula — but you'll soon want to use it nearly every day. The classic vinaigrette is made with 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. As you can see, this version has no oil in it at all, making it extremely low in calories. But don't worry — it's very high in flavor. Once you've tried this I'm sure it'll become your basic everyday staple for salad. And you can never eat too much salad!

Ingredients:
1/4 cup apple juice
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried whole oregano
Pinches of rosemary and thyme
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 of a roasted red bell pepper

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients in a blender container. Blend to mix thoroughly. Nutritional Information:

Per serving:
8 calories
0 g total fat (0 g sat)
0 mg cholesterol
2 g carbohydrate
0 g protein
0 g fiber
50 mg sodium

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will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

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great recipes we have here

I will ....
I will ....
I will ....
SUCEED!!!!!


I can loose the weight
I will loose the weight
I am going to loose the weight


Giving up isn't an option, its just gives you a second chance to change.




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This one goes in my cook book Jen!! Yum! I will make it tomorrow and grill the fish. emoticon

I e-mailed the recipe to my SIL also who loves spicy hot foods !!

Edited by: NITAINMN at: 5/30/2008 (16:50)
Samasta Loka Sukhino Bhavantu" - Sanskrit translates to "Let all the worlds be happy!"

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This one is going straight into my recipe file! I love fish. Thanks for sharing it, Jen! emoticon

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Here is another great one!! What can I say...I am in the mood for FISH!!! :)

Enjoy everyone!!


Lemon Baked Halibut

Description

The mellow flavor of this low-fat fish comes from marinating it in vigorous spices. After cooking, it is topped with homemade salsa rich with the flavor of tangy onions, fiery jalapeño peppers, and cool papaya. Make the salsa first, before you start preparing the fish. It is also best to make the marinade far enough in advance so that the flavors can blend together for at least 2 hours before you actually marinate the fish in it for 30 minutes. Keep this in mind when deciding what time you want to serve this dish. I couple this entrée with a side of steamed vegetables or Roasted Root Vegetables.

Ingredients

PAPAYA SALSA
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
1 cup cubed papaya
1/4 cup cubed red bell pepper
1/4 cup diced red onion
1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

MARINADE
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro

Six 6-ounce halibut steaks, sliced in half lengthwise
3 medium bulbs fennel, trimmed and sliced
2/3 cup purified water
9 black or white peppercorns

Instructions

1. Make the salsa: Put the salsa ingredients in a small bowl, mixing with a spoon until everything is thoroughly melded in. Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to use.
2. Make the marinade: Stir together the lemon juice, zest, oil, ginger, pepper, and cilantro in a bowl. Let the flavors mingle together for at least 2 hours, covered, in the refrigerator. After the 2 hours, put the fish in a baking pan, pour the marinade evenly over it, and let it sit for 20–30 minutes, covered, in the refrigerator.
3. Preheat oven to 400°F.
4. Meanwhile, cook the fennel in the water with the peppercorns in a large, flameproof sauté pan, covered, over high heat for about 6–8 minutes, until just tender, adding liquid if necessary.
5. Remove from the heat.
6. Remove the halibut steaks from the refrigerator and bake them for 5 minutes on each side. The halibut should be flaky and white.
7. Arrange equal portions of the fennel on each of 6 plates, put the halibut on top, and spoon 1 tablespoon of Papaya Salsa on the fish.

"But those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

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YEA!! Way to go Nita!! So happy for you sweetie!

I just love that quote - glad I was able to share it with you!

Here is a yummy recipe....

Roasted Salmon with Stir-Fry Vegetables

2 Servings

This low-calorie and low-carbohydrate recipe because doesn't contain a traditional "starch" item. Stir fries generally use rice, but water chestnuts make a great stand-in for rice, when you want a lower calorie meal. Water chestnuts are readily available in the Chinese food section of most supermarkets. You can also try canned bamboo shoots.

Ingredients:
12 ounces of salmon, cut into two fillets
1 teaspoon of herb blend
Half lemon
1 tbsp dark sesame oil (or canola oil)
2 cloves garlic (chopped)
1 tbsp fresh ginger (grated)
1/4 cup onions (chopped)
2 cups mushrooms, sliced
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
5 oz can of water chestnuts, drained
3 cups baby spinach leaves, steamed (see Ingredient Tip)

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Rinse the salmon well and rub with lemon juice. Place the fillets on a cake rack, laid on a cookie sheet, on the middle rack of the oven. You can place the the fillets directly on the cookie sheet, but raising them keeps the fish a little firmer. Bake for 20 minutes.

While the salmon is cooking, heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan and add the garlic, onion and ginger. Stir fry for 2 minutes, then add the mushrooms and fry for 2 to 4 minutes more. Finally add the tomatoes and water chestnuts, fry until heated through and fold in the steamed spinach. Serve alongside the salmon.

If you feel this dish needs additional flavoring, make a quick sauce by mixing 2 tbsp of low-sodium soy sauce with 2 tbsp of rice vinegar. Add to the stir-fry near the end of cooking. Nutritional Information:

Per serving:
332 calories
13 g total fat (2 g sat)
88 mg cholesterol
17 g carbohydrate
37 g protein
2 g fiber
160 mg sodium

"But those who hope in the LORD
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They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

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Love it Jen! Let us all follow this quote to become the super high mountain by straining our potential to the ultimate limit (if there is one?)!! I am all for it.

I have upped my walking ability once again to 25 minutes with daily walks-- whooHooo!!

Samasta Loka Sukhino Bhavantu" - Sanskrit translates to "Let all the worlds be happy!"

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A thought for Thursday.....

A passage from my favorite motivator Og Mandino -

"I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply ALL my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy."

"But those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

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Super Nita!!! ;) That is what I will start calling you!!!

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"But those who hope in the LORD
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They will soar on wings like eagles;
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they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

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I must be a super woman by now having consumed all these foods in a daily on going basis!!!

Thanks Jen:)

Samasta Loka Sukhino Bhavantu" - Sanskrit translates to "Let all the worlds be happy!"

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Superfoods to the Rescue

By: Reader's Digest

Superfoods such as the five described below work better than supplements to slash your risk of heart disease. Not only do they entertain your taste buds like a four-star chef, they also battle all six deadly heart attackers at the same time. Specifically, these amazing foods can:

* Reduce your risk of artery-clogging atherosclerosis
* Whittle away at cholesterol
* Lower your blood pressure
* Cool inflammation
* Neutralize damaging free radicals
* Reduce your chances of developing metabolic syndrome by keeping blood sugar lower and steadier
* When eaten in healthy portions, help you lose weight

You don't have to go to the health food store to find them; just wheel your cart through the supermarket. (Hint: Most are in the perimeter aisles, including the produce, meat, and dairy departments.) More good news: We've pulled together the quickest, tastiest ways to cook and serve these healing foods, from tried-and-true favorites to fresh, new ideas. Healthy eating doesn't have to take extra time out of your busy day--reaching for an ounce of dark chocolate or a fistful of walnuts is as quick as grabbing a bag of chips. And the taste? Out of this world.

1. Almonds

Super nutrients. Monounsaturated fat, magnesium, calcium, potassium, fiber.
Serving size. 1 ounce (about 24 almonds); 160 calories.
Benefits. A single serving of these crunchy, protein-packed nuggets provides a whopping 9 grams of monounsaturated fat to help slash LDLs ("bad" cholesterol) and boost HDLs ("good" cholesterol). Simply choosing almonds instead of a doughnut, chips, or pretzels for two snacks a day could cut LDLs nearly by 10 percent. Almonds also pack 6 percent of your daily calcium quota and 20 percent of the magnesium you need--two minerals proven to help lower blood pressure. Bonus: You get 35 percent of the Daily Value (DV) for vitamin E, an artery-protecting antioxidant, as well as 3 grams of fiber. Just be sure to stop with one handful at snack time--advice that holds true for all nuts because they're calorie-dense.

Good ideas:

* One serving of almonds fits neatly into an empty Altoids mints tin. Fill the tin each morning and slip it into your purse or briefcase.
* Toss some almonds into salads, stir-fries, fruit salad, or hot or cold cereal.
* Keep slivered and sliced almonds on hand (store them in the freezer for freshness) to add to vegetable dishes, muffins, and cookies.


2. Apples

Super nutrients. Antioxidants, fiber.
Serving size. 1 medium; 80 calories.
Benefits. Red Delicious, Granny Smith, and Gala apples earned spots on the USDA's top-20 list of antioxidant-rich foods thanks to hefty quantities of the flavonoid quercetin (flavonoids are natural chemicals in plants that, when in your bloodstream, remove free radical molecules, fight inflammation, and impede cancer). Bonus: Apples are a rich source of pectin, a soluble fiber. In a recent study at the University of California, Davis, people who ate two apples a day had fewer oxidized, artery-attacking LDLs than non-apple eaters.

Good ideas:

* Chop an apple and add to hot cereal.
* For a portable snack, cut up an apple and place the slices in a zipper-lock plastic bag with 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Carry it with you in an insulated lunch bag (with a freezer pack) to eat at lunch or as a snack. It tastes like apple pie, without the crust or the sugar.
* For a quick baked apple, core an apple, pack the center with raisins and walnuts, and dust with cinnamon. Place it in a bowl with 1/4 cup of orange juice, apple juice, or water and microwave on high for 5 minutes, or until done.


3. Carrots

Super nutrients. One of nature's top sources of beta-carotene, an artery-protecting antioxidant.
Serving size. 1 medium; 32 calories.
Benefits. Carrots are color therapy for your cardiovascular system. These veggies' brilliant orange hue is a sign of super-high levels of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that guards against artery-clogging oxidized LDL cholesterol. Only foods like carrots offer this protection--recent studies suggest that antioxidant pills don't help your heart. Cooked carrots have twice the antioxidant power of raw carrots because heat breaks down tough cell walls so that your body can use what's inside. Carrots also provide blood pressure-lowering potassium and magnesium, plus the homocysteine-lowering combination of folate; vitamin B6; and the antioxidants alpha-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin.

Good ideas:

* Set out a bowl of baby carrots when you're cooking as a healthy snack that won't fill you up with unwanted calories or wreck your appetite.
* Buy sliced and shredded carrots in the produce department; add them to soups, salads, and casseroles.
* Instead of chips, serve presliced carrots with dip.
* Add finely grated carrots to muffins, tuna or salmon salad, and casseroles.
* Microwave baby carrots and stir in a dollop of honey for a sweet side dish.
* Roast carrots in the oven with olive oil.


4. Milk

Super nutrients. Great source of blood pressure-lowering calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
Serving size. 8 ounces 1% milk;110 calories.
Benefits. Your heart--and your waistline--love it when you have a milk mustache. (So, of course, do your bones!) A growing stack of research proves that calcium and other minerals in milk help lower blood pressure by keeping arteries flexible and helping your kidneys flush pressure-boosting sodium out of your body. A glass of cold moo juice at lunch or a generous splash on your morning cereal could cut your risk of insulin resistance--a potent heart disease risk factor--by 71 percent
and help you lose weight. How? Mayo Clinic researchers suspect that calcium "down-regulates" fat absorption by fat cells and "up-regulates" fat burning.

Good ideas:

* A favorite cocoa recipe: Mix 1 cup of fat-free or low-fat milk, two packets of sugar substitute, and cocoa in a small saucepan or microwaveable cup and heat for about 1 minute.
* Cook hot cereal and low-sodium instant or canned soups with milk instead of water.
* Make milk your drive-through thirst quencher. Most fast-food restaurants offer the low-fat variety in cartons or single-serve bottles.
* Order a latte with fat-free milk instead of black or with cream at your favorite coffee shop.
* Make sugar-free instant pudding with low-fat or fat-free milk and serve it with berries.
* Use fat-free evaporated milk in place of regular milk in baked goods, soups, and sauces. A cup contains 742 milligrams of calcium--more than double the amount in low-fat milk.
* Whip partially frozen fat-free evaporated milk for a high-calcium dessert topping that has one-tenth the calories of regular whipped cream.
* Puree fat-free or low-fat cottage cheese and fat-free evaporated milk with some lemon juice and rosemary for a light pasta sauce.


5. Kidney Beans

Super nutrients. Soluble fiber, folate, potassium, magnesium.
Serving size. 1/2 cup; 112 calories.
Benefits. Eating beans four times a week--in baked beans, bean dip, chili, or a salad sprinkled with chickpeas or black beans--could cut your risk of coronary heart disease by 20 to 30 percent. Make some of them kidney beans; they're rich in LDL-lowering soluble fiber (2 grams in a 1/2-cup serving) and homocysteine-controlling folate, as well as blood pressure-easing potassium and magnesium.

"But those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

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Awesome thoughts to practise. Thank you Jen and have a terrific birthday! emoticon

Samasta Loka Sukhino Bhavantu" - Sanskrit translates to "Let all the worlds be happy!"

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Jen, this is a perfect passage to start out my week...all of our weeks! It covers all the areas that need reinforcing and reminding in my own personal world. A tiny bit of optimism will carry us a long way...letting go of all those negative reactions and thoughts that overtake us throughout our day...

I especially love the lines "I will drink each minute as though it is my last. When tomorrow comes, today will be gone forever"...

Many thanks for posting this!!!

Take care,
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