As I’m 9 weeks post-partum this week, I’ve been thinking about when I should expect to be back to my normal level of fitness. I started running last week with a mom friend who had a baby 2 days before I did. We are both […]
As a wedding present, Dr. P got me a nice camera. It’s my favorite possession- unless a dog counts as a belonging? Jury is out on that. Here are a few pics I took in Israel. I love noticing the patterns hidden in every day […]
So this week has been a dichotomy of happy personal occasions (working on that post!) colored by precariousness in the peripheral world. At lunch over yellow lentil, onion and cilantro dosas, my girlfriend and I discussed our concerns as our babies rested unknowingly in their […]
We’ve all dated someone, at some point, who for some reason had pretty gnarly gas. In the beginning of a courtship, they can hide it, hold it in during long movies and car rides. But eventually, they cave in. They get comfortable. And one evening, […]
Even though D.C. feels like the end of July with degrees in the 90s, and my scarves remain sadly and securely tucked away, fall is officially here. I swear.
Which means Rosh Hashanah- the Jewish new year- and Yom Kippur are as well, and two things come to mind- family time and pomegranate seed oatmeal!
(Ok, and appreciation of Judaism, going to services, fasting for a day, atonement, excellent desserts…)
Last fall we went to Israel, and there were pomegranates everywhere. On the trees, hanging from necklaces, etched in plates and beautiful paintings, fodder for glassblowers’ talents. They’ve grown in the Mediterranean region for thousands of years, and were so much so a part of daily life, they are mentioned in the bible. One of the more influential fruits, yes?
In my favorite town of Tzfat, in the picturesque hills along the shared-Syrian border, they are particularly abundant. I took the feature photo for this post at a market place there. Gorgeous!
Historically, pomegranates represent fruitfulness and fertility because of their numerous seeds. In Judaism, they are said to embody righteousness, because the fruit is supposed to have 613 seeds- the same number as the mitzvot, or commandments, asked of the Jewish people.
But they are not just symbolism rock stars.
These bright, effervescent seeds are nutrition powerhouses, too. Wildly antioxidant rich, they also offer a big punch of vitamin C, K, folate and fiber, and add a delightful crunch to any boring dish.
This year I made a jeweled rice dish for our New Year feast, and for Yom Kippur, I tossed them into the couscous salad with Moroccan Tofu because why not? Can’t really go wrong. We always have leftover seeds (after all- they are known for being numerous!), so enter…pomegranate oatmeal!
I found the seeds already deseeded at Whole Foods for a little under $7, but it isn’t hard to crack open the fruit and scoop the seeds out yourself, and it saves a few bucks, too. They aren’t always easy to find the rest of the year I’ve noticed, so I try to take advantage while I can!
Look how pretty!
Oatmeal has about 4 gm protein per ½ cup, and the seeds are protein poor so I added some almonds, chia seeds and kefir (fermented drinkable yogurt) for a more balanced breakfast. Top with some gorgeous fresh berries for more antioxidants and fiber, and how could we not have a sweet new year and a fabulous day?
I wasn’t sure how to start this post, so I’ll just come out with it- we had our baby bee! She is snuggly, smells delicious, and hearts milk. And it all seems like it happened so fast! It’s like Dr. P and I talked about […]
At the risk of sounding like a 4th grader’s diary entry- soo much has happened since I last wrote! I’ve had a few months of brain-space-otherwise-occupied. Here are the highlights: We got pregnant. I got laid off. I started another full time dietitian job (first day was today!) […]
I think we should all like our booties.
I didn’t always appreciate mine due to it’s…size, but why shouldn’t we like what we’re workin’ with? We have what we have, after all.
Not too long ago, I was thinking out loud about the appropriateness and stylishness of my workout pant collection. Shorts have never really fit me too well- with the bigger rear and all- I enjoy a good pair of snug workout tights. (more…)
Nutrition is not a vacuum. Just as we are more than a combination of hair and eyes and feelings and job titles, a nut is more than a fat source and some fiber. An apple has calories and anthocyanins, this is true, but it is […]