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*Happiest of Birthdays to Jack M. (he just turned 4), Sarah D., Beth (aka Kelly) Jones in Washington, D.C. and Emily B. in Santa Monica!!

*True or False??
-You should eat each food group separately for optimal digestion.
False: Your digestive system is made to handle more than one type of food at a time. While it's true that carbohydrate, protein and fat are all digested by different mechanisms, they can be digested simultaneously.

-Grapefruit will speed up your metabolism.
False: Sorry guys, but there is no one food that will help you burn more calories, not even grapefruit. The best way of speeding up your metabolism is to exercise and build muscle.

Fennel-Pomegranate Salad with Grilled Chicken

Yield: 4 servings (Serving size: 1 chicken breast and 1/2 cup salad)

*1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
*1/4 cup fresh orange juice
*1/8 teaspoon salt, plus 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
*1/8 teaspoon black pepper, plus 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
*1 medium fennel bulb, thinly sliced
*4 (4-ounce) skinless, chicken breast halves
*1 cup orange sections
*3/4 cup pomegranate seeds (about 1 pomegranate)
*1 1/2 tablespoons roasted, unsalted almonds, chopped
*1 tablespoon very thinly sliced fresh mint

1) Combine olive oil, orange juice, 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a medium bowl; add fennel. Toss to combine; cover and chill 1 hour.
2) Heat grill or grill pan to medium-high. Season chicken with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper, place on grill and cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. Set aside and keep warm.
3) Add orange sections and pomegranate seeds to fennel mixture; toss gently to combine. Top with almonds and mint. Serve salad with chicken breast.

Nutrition Information:
Calories per serving: 259
Carbohydrate: 26 grams
Protein: 26 grams
Fat: 6 grams
Fiber: 5 grams

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