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Warm Snow Pea & Chicken Salad RecipeWarm up to the new spring weather was this healthy and tasty salad recipe from eatingwell.com. This salad is unique due to the snow peas as the base vegetable and the nutty taste of the cashews which combines into a fresh and flavorful dish for the whole family. Reviews say you can substitute snow peas for green beans.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, trimmed
  • 1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 teaspoons toasted sesame oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons tahini, or cashew butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound snow peas, trimmed and thinly slivered lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cashews

Directions

  1. Place chicken in a medium skillet or saucepan and add broth; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer gently until cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board to cool. Shred into bite-size pieces. (Cool and refrigerate the broth, reserving it for another use.)
  2. Meanwhile, whisk vinegar, soy sauce, 2 teaspoons sesame oil and tahini (or cashew butter) in a large bowl until smooth.
  3. Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add ginger and garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in slivered peas and cook, stirring, until bright green, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with the dressing.
  4. Add the chicken to the bowl with the peas; toss to combine. Serve sprinkled with cashews.

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Click here for the original recipe & nutrition information—courtesy of eatingwell.com

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Dishwasher vs. Hand-Washing Dishes

There are some people out there that hate washing dishes-like me! Have you ever wondered if washing dishes or the dishwasher is better for the environment or which one produces less water? There is a new study from Germany conducted by University of Bonn researchers that found that a dishwasher is much more efficient than washing dishes. They found that washing a load of dishes (about 12 dishes) by hand takes on average 27 gallons of water and 2.5 kilowatt-hours of energy to heat the water. This is equal to running a hair dryer for 2.5 hours! On the other hand, an energy efficient dishwasher only uses 4 gallons of water and 1 kilowatt-hours of energy for the same load.  The researchers also conclude that dishwashers tend to wash your dishes better than those who hand wash.

What do you think of this study?

Click here for the original article—courtesy of eatingwell.com

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Fresh vs. Canned food

We found this interesting article from Times magazine that examines if canned food can offer the same amount of nutrients compared to fresh food. Tuft University conducted the study in New Jersey and the results are surprising. They concluded that when price, waste and preparation time were factored in, canned foods won out as the most convenient and affordable source of nutrients.

They used pinto beans as an example because they found that canned pinto beans cost $1 less per serving as a source of protein and fiber than dried beans. This would be the cost amount if you factor in the six minutes to prepare a can of pinto beans to the 2.5 hours for dried beans, after soaking and cooking.

The results also showed that corn, spinach, tomatoes, and tuna are all winners in canned form than fresh. Remember, this is if you factor in price, waste, and preparation along with nutrients.

Click here to find out more information and read the original article—Times Healthland

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Ways to Help the Environment

Earth Day is this Sunday (April 22) and we thought we would show you ways to save the planet from realsimple.com. It can be things that you can do for now on and not necessarily for one day. Not only could you save money, you are help making the world a better place to live.

  1. Think local: It is better to find food near you—because not only will you conserve gas, you are able to reduce pollution and enjoy a lot of fresher food. Check online, there might be plenty of green markets, farm stands, and conscientious supermarkets around you.
  2. Organic-cotton tees: Ever thought of purchasing organic t-shirts? Well, maybe it is time. Cotton is the second most chemically sprayed crop in America with corn being first. Maybe think about that when you’re at the mall.
  3. Recycled napkins: Did you know that if every American purchased one package of 100% recycled napkins, we would save 1 million trees. That’s a lot! Maybe consider purchasing recycled tissues and paper-towels too!
  4. Donate old phones: Approximately 130 million cellphones are retired each year which results in 65,000 tons of waste which could include hazardous materials. There are websites such as call2recycle.org or collectivegood.com that tells you where you can drop your phone off to be recycled.

What are some ways that you do to save the planet?

Click here to find more ways and read the original article—courtesy of www.realsimple.com

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What Fiber can do For You

Here at Professional Medical, we love to get healthy by researching new articles on how to fight signs of aging. We found a great article from Health.com that shows us why fiber is important part of your diet. Fiber is essential, because it can resist heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, and colon cancer.  Women would need to intake 25 grams a day and men would need at least 35-40 grams a day. Unfortunately, on average, we only get 15 grams a day. Below are some foods that help you get jump started on a fiber rich diet!

  1. Corn—A single ear of corn contains 2 grams of fiber. Popcorn, a great alternative, contains 3.5 grams of fiber per three-cup servings.
  2. Raspberry—About one cup gives you a third of your daily fiber need. Buying them frozen would be easier on your wallet especially when they are not in season.
  3. Peas—About one cup will boast 16.3 grams of fiber and a cup of frozen peas contain 8.8 grams.
  4. Avocado—Only two tablespoons serving of this can give you 2 grams of fiber!

Click here for more food ideas—courtesy of health.com

What do you do to get more fiber?

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Healthiest Places to Live in the U.S

The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation assessed 3,000 U.S counties to learn about the country’s healthiest and unhealthiest places to live. They evaluated each county’s health behaviors such as the physical environment (like bike paths and sidewalks), number of fast food restaurants, clinical care and smoking rates. Each county is then compared to others within the same state. From there, they were able to see larger geographic trends.

Click here to find out more about where you live:

www.countyhealthyrankings.org

How did your county rank?

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Wake up Smoothie

Wake-Up Smoothie RecipeSpring is definitely here in Seattle as this past weekend showed us blue skies, the bright yellow sun, and warm temperatures. We found this great smoothie recipe at eatingwell.com that can help you jump start your day. It provides vitamin C, fiber, potassium and soy protein. Can you say delicious?

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups orange juice, preferably calcium-fortified
  • 1 banana
  • 1 1/4 cups frozen berries, such as raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and/or strawberries
  • 1/2 cup low-fat silken tofu, or low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, or Splenda Granular (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine orange juice, banana, berries, tofu (or yogurt) and sugar (or Splenda), if using, in a blender; cover and blend until creamy. Serve immediately.

What do you drink to jump start your day?

Click here for the original recipe and nutrition info—courtesy of eatingwell.com

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