Author: BodaciousRD

The secret to success: Expectations

The secret to success: Expectations

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 […]

The most important thing for weight loss

The most important thing for weight loss

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 […]

Five signs of a great friend or partner

Five signs of a great friend or partner

Do you leave social events feeling like you’ve been sprayed with mood-elevating fairy dust?

Or are you more likely to feel worn out after, retreating to the corner of your couch to refill your social fuel tank?

The difference might depend on the friends we choose to keep.

In our society of more is more, we can fall into the trap of being friend collectors with expansive social networks. We might sustain unhealthy relationships or measure self-worth through the metric of social media interactions (how many likes for that selfie, anyone?).

But for social behaviors, quality trumps quantity for long term happiness.

Today, I met two of my close girlfriends for lunch and last week, I spent the day at the Renaissance Festival with another- all Baby Bee’s aunts by proxy. These supportive friendships bring endless light into my life. (more…)

An overnight confession and pear peanut butter protein smoothie

An overnight confession and pear peanut butter protein smoothie

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 […]

Why we are gassy: Dysbiosis, prebiotics, and the slow fade of romance

Why we are gassy: Dysbiosis, prebiotics, and the slow fade of romance

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, […]

Pomegranate seed oatmeal and a sweet new year

Pomegranate seed oatmeal and a sweet new year

It’s fall!

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!

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(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!

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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?

Xoxo

Joanna

My birth story and finding calm as a new mom

My birth story and finding calm as a new mom

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 […]

Healthy mac and cheese, a maqui powder mistake, and pregnancy cravings

Healthy mac and cheese, a maqui powder mistake, and pregnancy cravings

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!) […]

What to do about cellulite: The Health at Every Size mentality

What to do about cellulite: The Health at Every Size mentality

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…)

Food synergy: Why whole foods are better than processed

Food synergy: Why whole foods are better than processed

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 […]