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Celebrating healthy bodies with food

(NC) Eighty percent of people who go on a diet to lose weight gain it back. But weight is complex, so instead of starting the next fad diet, try committing to a healthy body.

It is important to understand that health comes in all shapes and sizes and that while extra weight is generally associated with an unhealthy lifestyle, that’s not always the case. The lifestyle we live, including our eating choices, level of activity, and sleeping habits all have a direct impact on our overall health.

Weight loss can also be affected by factors that are out of our control including age, health conditions, certain medications and genetics.

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Try this curry, which is the perfect mix of sweetness and spice, to nourish your body. Make it milder by using a mild curry powder, or spicier by using hot.

Chicken and Sweet Potato Curry
Serves: 6
Ready in: 55 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) olive oil, divided
  • 430 g boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in chunks
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
  • 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 2 white onions, chopped
  • 1/4cup (50 mL) minced ginger root
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Large sweet potato, peeled and cut in chunks
  • Carrot, cut in chunks
  • 4 tsp (20 mL) curry powder
  • 1 pkg (900 mL) low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 pkg (300 g) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) honey

Directions:

  1. In large saucepan, heat half of oil over medium heat. Sprinkle chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Dredge in flour. Add to pan, cooking until browned; about 2 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate. Discard remaining flour.
  2. Add remaining oil to pan; cook onions, ginger and garlic over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 4 to 6 minutes or until softened. Add sweet potato, carrot and curry powder; stir to coat. Stir in chicken broth.
  3. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes or until sweet potatoes and carrots are almost tender. Stir in chicken; simmer another 5 to 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are easily pierced with a fork.
  4. Stir in spinach and honey; cook until heated through. Serve with brown rice, if desired.

Nutritional information per serving: 310 calories; 6g fat (1.3 saturated fat); 250mg sodium; 45g carbohydrates; 6g fibre; 23g protein.


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