Penne with Chicken and Asparagus

Penne with Chicken and Asparagus

35 m  8 servings   332 cals

Ingredients:

1 (16 ounce) package dried penne pasta

5 tablespoons olive oil, divided

2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into cubes

salt and pepper to taste

garlic powder to taste

1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth

1 bunch slender asparagus spears, trimmed, cut on diagonal into 1-inch pieces

1 clove garlic, thinly sliced

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

 

Directions

 

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil. Add pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain, and set aside.

Warm 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in chicken, and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cook until chicken is cooked through and browned, about 5 minutes. Remove chicken to paper towels.

Pour chicken broth into the skillet. Then stir in asparagus, garlic, and a pinch more garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Cover, and steam until the asparagus is just tender, about 5 to 10 minutes. Return chicken to the skillet, and warm through.

Stir chicken mixture into pasta, and mix well. Let sit about 5 minutes.  Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil, stir again, then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

FAST FIXES FOR WHAT AILS YOU…..

FAST FIXES FOR WHAT AILS YOU…..

 

IF YOU’VE GOT:  

SLEEP DEPRIVATION AND ONLY ONE MINUTE…….BANISH PETS FROM THE BEDROOM!

GOT 10 MINUTES?   WRITE IT DOWN…..WHEN SOMETHING IS BOTHERING YOU, DON’T GO TO BED BEFORE JOTTING DOWN HOW YOU’RE GOING TO FIX IT.

GOT 30 MINUTES?   PUT YOUR MIND INTO MEDITATION…..QUIET & RELAXATION CAN BE AS EFFECTIVE AS SLEEPING PILLS

DIABETES AND ONLY ONE MINUTE……ENJOY A PIECE OF CHOCOLATE….2 SQUARES OF 60 – 70 PERCENT PURE COCOA IS THE IDEAL AMOUNT TO HAVE.

GOT 10 MINUTES?   DRESS YOUR SALAD IN VINEGAR….STOP THE CREAMY DRESSINGS!  2 TABLESPOONS of VINEGAR RIGHT BEFORE A HIGH-CARB MEAL WILL HELP LOWER BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS.

GOT 30 MINUTES?  GO TO A YOGA CLASS.….GENTLE YOGA HELPS KEEP BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS STEADY AND REDUCE STRESS.  

HEART DISEASE AND ONLY ONE MINUTE…..POP A PROBIOTIC.  IT HELPS LOWER INFLAMMATION AND BOOST WEIGHT LOSS WHICH IMPACTS YOUR HEART.

GOT 10 MINUTES?  RUN A MILE.….A 5 to 10 minute RUN DAILY REDUCES HEART DISEASE.  YOU DON’T HAVE TO TRAIN FOR A MARATHON!    

GOT 30 MINUTES?  CONNECT WITH A FRIEND! …..THE MORE FRIENDS AND SOCIAL LIFE YOU ENJOY, THE LESS RISK OF DYING FROM HEART DISEASE….

 

As written by Robin Westen in AARP Magazine.  December 2016/January 2017

 

FAST FIXES FOR WHAT AILS YOU…..

IF YOU’VE GOT:  

LOW ENERGY AND ONLY ONE MINUTE…….DRINK A GLASS OF WATER……HOW MUCH?

GENERALLY, MEN REQUIRE AROUND 6 BOTTLES PER DAY; WOMEN ABOUT 4 BOTTLES PER DAY

GOT 10 MINUTES?   TAKE A POWER NAP…..IT DOES WONDERS TO GIVE YOU LASTING ENERGY

GOT 30 MINUTES?   WATCH A SITCOM…..LAUGHTER RELEASES CELLS RESPONSIBLE FOR IMPROVED IMMUNE FUNCTION WHICH HAS A DOMINO EFFECT ON YOUR MOOD AND ENERGY LEVELS!

HEADACHES AND ONLY ONE MINUTE……TAKE A MAGNESIUM OXIDE SUPPLEMENT WITH BREAKFAST.

GOT 10 MINUTES?   BREW A CUP OF COFFEE….IT’S THE ACTIVE INGREDIENT IN MANY OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS!

GOT 30 MINUTES?  TRY A COMPRESS AND CHILL….TREAT YOURSELF TO A 30-MINUTE TIME-OUT IN A DARK, QUIET ROOM—AND PUT A COLD COMPRESS ON YOUR FOREHEAD.

DEPRESSION AND ONLY ONE MINUTE…..GIVE OR GET A HUG.  HUGGING RELEASES A FEEL-GOOD HORMONE WHILE DECREASING THE STRESS HORMONES.

GOT 10 MINUTES?  MAKE A DONATION….GIVE MONEY TO A GOOD CAUSE; IT WILL MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER.  

GOT 30 MINUTES?  PLAN A TRIP…..PEOPLE EXPERIENCE MORE HAPPINESS BEFORE A VACATION DUE TO ANTICIPATION…..GO AHEAD; PLAN THAT DREAM TRIP.

 

As written by Robin Westen in AARP Magazine.  December 2016/January 2017

Healthy You

Healthy You

FEAST.FAST.REPEAT

New mini-fasting diets are catching on.

Is one of them right for you?

 

Actors Hugh Jackman and Benedict Cumberbatch have done this.  Count actress Viola Davis a fan, too.  And late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel, who went from chunky to trim, swears by it.

Call it mini-fasting or intermittent fasting—an increasingly popular splurge-and-skimp regimen for those who find everyday dieting a drag.  And celebrity endorsements aside, there’s some persuasive science to support its benefits, not only for weight loss but also for a lower risk of disease and maybe even a longer life.

The lure of intermittent fasting is that it seems like a part-time diet.  Instead of restricting yourself daily, you have times when you can eat pretty much what you wish, followed by monastic periods, when you skip meals.

Most fasting diets fall into one of three categories:  a two-day-a-week fast, during which you eat 500 to 600 calories on two nonconsecutive days a week and eat normally on the other five; an alternating-day plan of normal eating one day, mini-fasting the next; and a time-restricted plan, during which you eat during a small window of time—such as six or eight hours—then go without for the rest of the day.

The diets aren’t for everyone.  “I can’t recommend mini-fasting for adults with diabetes, hypertension or heart disease,” warns Baton Rouge, Louisiana, dietitian Kristen Gradney.  But for healthy adults without those conditions, it could be an effective way to lose those extra holiday pounds.

 

Fight Isolation With Technology

by Eric J. Schneidewind, AARP President, AARP, December 2016

Sometimes the most valuable gift you can give is your presence. To those who are socially isolated, a personal connection can be the most precious thing in the world.

Holidays are a good time to focus on individuals whose contacts with others have greatly decreased. More and more Americans become isolated as they get older: Studies have shown that the fastest-growing type of household is individuals living alone. Increasingly, those over 50 have no one to talk to about important matters.

Millions of people 50 and older (about 1 in 5) are living in or at risk of isolation. This poses a health hazard equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Older isolated people have much higher rates of mortality from breast cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease and other chronic diseases. They are at greater risk for depression and dementia, emergency room visits and elder abuse.

Any of us can wind up suffering from social detachment through such life-changing events as giving up a driver’s license, losing a spouse or a job, taking on caregiving responsibilities or developing a chronic illness or disability.

Most of us know someone who could use some extra human contact. You can make that connection by paying a visit, making a phone call, cooking a meal or offering a ride — and, when possible, this should be a year-round habit, not just a holiday occasion.

Trout Amandine

  • 2 whole (10 ounce) trout, pan-dressed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup blanched slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
  • 8 slices lemon, for garnish

Prep:  15 minutes    Cook:  20 minutes     Ready in:  35 minutes

 

Rinse and pat dry trout. Season inside and out with salt and pepper to taste. Dredge trout in flour.

Heat 2 tablespoons butter in large skillet over high heat until melted. Add trout and brown both sides. Lower heat to medium and cook for about 5 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Remove trout to a serving plate and keep warm.

Wipe out pan and add 2 tablespoons butter. Cook butter over medium heat until it just begins to brown. Add the almonds and brown.

Pour sauce and almonds over fish and sprinkle with lemon juice and parsley. Garnish with fresh lemon slices.

Hobbies – THE PERKS OF BEING OVER 50!

Hobbies

Find everything you need enjoy your free time with our Best of the Web articles from Silversurfers. From tips for taking on new hobbies to great family activities and days out, we’ve put together a series of tips and information to help you find hobbies websites you can trust when you’re browsing the internet.
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Adult coloring books are enjoying a huge surge in popularity – no longer reserved for children, sitting down to color in between the lines is a great way to relax and unwind.

If you’re interested in giving it a go yourself, why not take advantage of some of the excellent free coloring pages to be found online?We’

ve put together a gallery of a few of our favorites – to download and print them yourself, simply click on any of the images you like to be taken to the original page!
https://www.silversurfers.com/best-of-the-web/hobbies-best-of-the-web/find-free-adult-colouring-pages-online/

 

THE PERKS OF BEING OVER 50!

1. Kidnappers are not very interested in you.
2. In a hostage situation, you are likely to be released first.
3. No one expects you to run — anywhere.
4. People call at 9 p.m. and ask, “Did I wake you?”
5. People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.
6. There is nothing left to learn the hard way.
7. Things you buy now won’t wear out.
8. You can eat dinner at 4 p.m.
9. You can live without sex (though not without glasses).
10. You enjoy hearing about other people’s operations.
11. You get into heated arguments about pension plans.
12. You have a party and the neighbors don’t even realize it.
13. You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.
14. You quit trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walks into the room.
15. You sing along with elevator music.
16. Your eyes won’t get much worse.
17. Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off.
18. Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the National Weather Service.
19. Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can’t remember them, either.
20. Your supply of brain cells is finally down to a manageable size.

Are you having enough fun?

The key to longevity if you’re middle-aged is to simply have fun, say experts.

British scientists have found that over-50s who consistently enjoy life cut their risk of dying in the next seven years by a quarter.

A team from University College London tracked more than 9,000 men and women in their 50s and 60s living in England.

The researchers suspect this may be because someone’s general mood can alter the levels of harmful and beneficial hormones in their body.

Simply being happy reduces stress and anxiety hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, which can be a burden on the heart and raise blood pressure.

Previous studies have found those who are less stressed have lower cholesterol levels, are less prone to inflammation, have a better immune response and higher levels of antioxidants in the blood.

As well as this, if you are miserable, you are more likely to smoke and drink to unhealthy levels.

The findings come after a study published last week by the Harvard School of Public Health found that optimists lived longer.

The scientists found that having an optimistic outlook was linked to a significantly reduced risk of dying from cancer, heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease and infection.

So what are your views? Do you have a high level of enjoyment in your life? Would you describe yourself as an optimist or a pessimist? Are you generally happy with your life?

By Silversurfers Editor Dec 15, 2016

Senior Travel: The 6 Best Summer Destinations 2016 for Seniors

As a senior citizen it is important to plan destinations that are not only a good fit for seniors, but also offer accommodations and senior discounts when you travel.   We always recommend researching a place by a good hospital when you are doing your research, as this may be a place that can save your life while on vacation.  Enough of the safety talk and now let’s get on to the top 10 summer destinations 2016/17 for seniors.

Italy–   Italy is known not only for its rich history, but also for a country with great attractions and even better food.    If you are a history buff and love seeing attractions that are several hundred to thousands of years old,  no place is better to travel than Rome.   Besides the history attractions, the restaurants are among the best in the world and the reason why Italian food gets such love around the world.

Tanzania–   More and more seniors are embarking on trips to popular tourist spots in Africa each year.  Tanzania is the #1 spot for growth among overseas travel agencies as they have tons of attractions to visit.  Tanzania is a perfect combination of mountain, beaches and beautiful weather.  Also, they have become very “touristy” and accommodating to senior citizens.

Portugal– If you are someone that loves wine and rich tradition then Portugal may be the place for you.  As a summer destination spot for seniors, Portugal has skyrocketed in popularity over the last 15 years.   Many seniors love the old style towns and attractions that Portugal offers without the hustle and bustle of many other overseas destinations.

Ireland– A trip to the “motherland” for many Irish-Americans is one of the ultimate goals in life and for good reason.   In the summertime, Ireland is one of the most beautiful places to travel on Earth.   If you are lover of golf, great taverns and a beautiful countryside then this is the place for you.  Besides these attractions, Ireland is filled with beautiful castles and other ancient attractions that make this another place that is a “must see” for those who enjoy historical places.

Germany– Germany has grown in popularity over recent years to become one of the top senior summer destinations in 2016.  While Germany was off limits to many Americans prior to the 1980s, it has now grown as one of the top tourist attractions in Europe.  Germany pays homage to many WW2 historical sites and to Holocaust victims and their families.   Besides these historic sites, Germany is the home to some of the most popular breweries and festivals in the world.

Australia–   More and more seniors are traveling to Australia each and every year.  One of the great things about Australia is that English is the native language and it makes communication easier when traveling to various spots.  Known for having some of the greatest wildlife on the planet, Australia is home to many great wildlife exhibits if this is something that you enjoy.

Need that insurance?

Rental-Car Insurance:
Buy if: You don’t have a car—and therefore don’t already have car insurance—or if you’ll be driving in a location where your existing policy may not cover you (such as overseas). Don’t buy if: You call your insurance company in advance of your trip and learn you have coverage for the location where you’ll be driving.
Pet Insurance:
Buy if: You would do anything for your pet, even finance, say $15,000 cancer treatments on a credit card, or pay for a host of expensive second opinions from vets for a particular surgery. Don’t buy if: You are unlikely to opt for expensive medical treatments for your pet, even if it becomes a life-or-death choice.
Homeowner’s Insurance Rider Covering Valuables:
Buy if: You have individual pieces of jewelry or art that are worth more than what your basic homeowner’s insurance policy covers (sometimes only $1,500 to $2,500 total). Don’t buy if: Your policy has a higher limit for individual items of value (sometimes up to $10,000; check with your insurer).
Extended Warranty/Device Insurance:
Buy if: You’re covering a high-value portable device (such as a smartphone) and you’re prone to losing or breaking gear—or if you need a lot of included tech support. Don’t buy if: Your budget could handle replacing a $500 phone without a serious financial crisis—or if rather than trading in your old one, you keep it as a backup.
Travel Insurance:
Buy if: You’ve prepaid for an expensive, nonrefundable trip or your health insurance won’t cover you where you’re going. When choosing, note any exclusions, including reasons for cancellation and preexisting medical conditions. Don’t buy if: Your flights are changeable and reservations are cancelable without a penalty, or if you book using a credit card providing free insurance.
(as written by Josh Garskof in the AARP Magazine, December 2016/January 2017)