Category Archives: Intellectual Wellness

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Break it up with a round of Freecell Solitaire!

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Make this 200 calorie dinner tonight!

 

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Try this delicious, healthy meal choice from the American Instiute for Cancer Research!

Toss up chicken, a handful of vegetables and some choice herbs and spices and you’ve got a delicious, healthful meal in less than 30 minutes. This simple stir-fry is a great way to incorporate the New American Plate approach into your meals by filling 2/3 or more of your plate with healthy vegetables and 1/3 or less with animal protein. AICR’s expert report found that a predominantly plant-based diet may reduce the risk of cancer. The peppers and carrots provide an array of cancer-protective compounds, including beta-carotene. Five cloves of garlic really amp up the flavor and contain quercetin and allixin which are now being studied for their anti-cancer effects in the lab.

 

Seared Herb Chicken and Veggies

1 tsp. each fennel seeds and cumin seeds

1/2 tsp. dried turmeric

1/4 tsp. coriander

(can also substitute 2 tsp curry powder for fennel, cumin, turmeric and coriander)

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1 Tbsp. cornstarch

1/2 tsp. salt

3/4-1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes

1 1/2 Tbsp. canola oil, divided

1 small red pepper, cut into 1-inch cubes

1 small yellow bell pepper, cut into 1-inch cubes

2 large carrots, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces

1 medium red onion, coarsely chopped

5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1/4 tsp. cayenne or red pepper, or to taste

Salt, to taste

1 1/2-2 tsp. lime juice, or to taste

1/2 cup finely chopped fresh mint

Grind fennel and cumin seeds in pestle or spice grinder to a coarse texture. Place in bowl and add turmeric, coriander, oregano, cornstarch and salt and stir to combine. Add chicken and stir until coated.

Preheat wok or iron skillet over high heat. Add 1/2 tablespoon oil. When oil shimmers, add bell peppers, carrots, onion, garlic and cayenne pepper and pinch of salt, to taste. Cook, stirring, until vegetables begin to brown. Transfer and set aside.

Reduce heat to medium-high and add remaining tablespoon of oil to pan. Add coated chicken and cook, stirring, until no longer pink in middle, about 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in vegetables, lime juice and mint and cook until heated through, less than 1 minute.

 

Makes 4 servings.

 

Per serving: 200 calories, 8 g total fat (1 g saturated fat), 12 g carbohydrate,

21 g protein, 3 g dietary fiber, 370 mg sodium

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2+2 = ?

For those of you who love numbers, Countdown will seriously test your skills! And no calculators allowed!

 

FREE healthy aging resouces, Genki Living Expo, Keiro Senior HealthCare 50th Anniversary, healthy living

Join us for Keiro’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon and the FREE Genki Living Expo on October 15!

Get Your Brain Back Into Gear …

With a round of Spellbound!

Hope you all had a fantastic Labor Day Weekend!

Concentration …

Test your short-term memory with AARP’s fun version of Concentration!

When it Comes to Learning, Age Ain't Nothin' but a Number!

Intellectual wellness is an important part of genkiliving. Ms. G., a Sansei and family member of a former Keiro resident, shares her experience of going back to school in her 40s and 50s!

How I went from unemployed legal assistant to Licensed Clinical Social Worker is all about making a scary decision to return to academics, in my 40s. Actually, my family thought I was crazy, but I had the support of my two adult children. To make it even more dramatic, I had worked about 20 years with a high school education.  I knew nothing about college academics.

I don’t know how my lil’ brain was able to pass the science and math courses, but it did. I began attending community college courses and earned an Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts, but I thought I needed more. Then I enrolled in a 4-year college and earned a Bachelor’s degree. As you can guess by now, I have really challenged myself, emotionally, financially, and physically. Going back to my brain-power, I was most amazed that I was getting higher grades in college than in elementary school. After much debate with my daughter who had a Master’s in Social Work, I took the leap of faith and enrolled in the Master’s program as well. At this point, I was really wondering if my brain cells could get me through working part time in the day and attending night courses for 4 years. To my surprise, while in my 50s, I finally found my comfort zone. Every course that I took, I truly enjoyed and absorbed…except for Statistics. I’ve been happily doing work that I really love. Just imagine if I had let age and family critics get in my way.

Through my personal experience, I challenge anyone to pursue their dreams. What is age, but just a number. You will be amazed what you can do when your heart is behind…pushing you forward. 

The material presented on this site is for informational purposes only and does not necessarily represent the opinions of Keiro Senior HealthCare, The Institute for Healthy Aging at Keiro, or its contributors. Readers should consult appropriate health, legal, or financial professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.  Full disclaimer

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Memory Monday!

Put your geometry skills to the test with a game of Pool!