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A Valentine Wish

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Health is about much more than eating nutritious foods and being physically active.  Health also means having constructive relationships, feeling good about yourself, and having a positive attitude in the face of challenges.  This Valentine's Day, as you remind your loved ones how much they mean to you, remember to take a minute to appreciate another very important person - yourself!


Pomegranate Guacamole

What better way to spread body kindness than with homemade guacamole! This twist by POM Wonderful is a dish sure to loved by all. Be kind and share with others.

by Chef Katie Chin of POM Wonderful


  • 1/2 cup arils from POM Wonderful Pomegranates or 1/2 cup POM POMS Fresh Arils

  • 2 ripe avocados, skin and pit removed

  • zest and juice of 1 lime

  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped

  • 1 large jalapeño chili, deseeded and finely chopped

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • kosher salt to taste

  • tortilla chips or pita chips

  1. Prepare fresh pomegranate arils, if necessary.

  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mash the avocado and mix in the lime zest and juice, red onion, jalapeño and garlic.

  3. Season to taste with salt.

  4. Stir in the arils.

  5. Serve with tortilla or pita chips.

*To prepare fresh arils, score 1 large pomegranate and place in a bowl of water. Break open the pomegranate under water to free the arils (seed sacs). The arils will sink to the bottom of the bowl and the membrane will float to the top. Sieve and put the arils in a separate bowl. Reserve 1/2 cup of the arils from fruit and set aside. (Refrigerate or freeze remaining arils for another use.)


"A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances, instead of your circumstances having power over you."  -Joyce Meyer
Why We Need Positive Thinking

Positive thinking doesn't mean you ignore the bad things or have unrealistic expectations about life.  Instead, if you have a positive attitude you will come at an unpleasant situation with an open mind and be more likely to come up with a constructive solution. This type of thinking is important for both mental and physical health.  People who are more optimistic tend to...

  • Have stronger immune systems
  • Be at a lower risk of heart disease
  • Experience less stress throughout the day
  • Have longer lifespans

One way to become more optimistic is to laugh more.  Look for the humor in different situations, and seek out articles, podcasts, books, or TV shows that will make you laugh a few times each day.  Keep a gratitude journal where you write down three things you are thankful for every day.  You could also try to identify areas where you tend to think negatively and set a goal to change your perspective about these things. Try to become more aware of your thoughts, and interrupt any negative thoughts you have. Lastly, physical activity can have a huge impact on your mood - exercise causes our brain endorphins that can make you feel happier. Becoming an optimist may not necessarily happen overnight, but thinking positively will improve your health and happiness!
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