Take Control of Your Own Health and Fitness. The good news: More people over 65 are exercising than ever before.

Embrace the Season and Power of Change

September is a time of change, as temperatures get cooler, days get shorter, and leaves start to fall.

As the famous words – from the Bible and a 1960s hit song – tell us, “To everything turn, turn turn… There is a season… and a time to every purpose under heaven.”

So, what can we learn about our healthy habits during this time of year? It’s a great question for everyone, no matter where you are on the fitness spectrum. And what better time to improve your position on that spectrum than during this month of change?

Change comes in a few ways, as we have all learned by now. Sometimes it comes at us, as part of nature – like autumn or the weather. Sometimes changes are forced on us by other people or by circumstances we can’t control.

But another kind of change flows from inside each of us when we’re ready to improve ourselves.

Too many people dread the idea of making changes or improving themselves.

But what if we learn from our past and remember when we decided to lean into the forces of change, to make the power of nature work FOR us instead of fighting it? Can you remember a time in life when you wanted desperately something different and worked like hell to get it?

Maybe you landed a desired job or a date with your future spouse.

Maybe you got in shape once before or started eating right.

The point is this: You can make positive changes in your life.

You can set a goal to get in better shape.

You can start small and celebrate each little success along the way.

You can find a helpful, supportive community of likeminded people to help you and encourage you.

You can have the life you want, not matter how old you are or how out-of-shape you might be.

This isn’t just us saying so. Science proves the benefits of exercise come quickly at any point in life.

And change begets change. Start working out a few times a week, and you’ll start eating better, too. You’ll start sleeping better… looking better, feeling better, and moving better…

It’s the nature of change, which is also what? CONSTANT.

Even if you avoid change and stay at home on the couch, you’ll still be changing – just not in the direction that leads to freedom and a joyful quality of life.

So, seize the day, seize the season, and come see us now.

We’ll assess where you are and help you set smart goals. We’ll show you what’s fun, safe and effective. And all we ask is that you open your mind and move your body – in the spirit of powerful, positive CHANGE.

You’ve made harder changes before and turned, turned, turned to face a brighter future because of it.

Let’s head into the last third of the year set to make it the best yet.

How to Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer

The recent death of “Margaritaville” singer Jimmy Buffett from skin cancer at 76 is a good reason to think about the disease.

Buffett’s website said he had Merkel cell carcinoma for four years. “A rare and aggressive form of skin cancer, Merkel cell is diagnosed only about 2,500 times a year in the United States, and until recent years it had carried a life expectancy of five months,” The New York Times reported.

Most skin cancers are diagnosed in people over 65. Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, with 1 in 5 getting it by age 70. It is also the most preventable, according to the National Council on Aging.

Skin cancer is usually treated successfully, and early diagnosis helps.

It is also usually preventable. The council says, “It’s never too late to change your habits and reduce your risk of skin cancer. It’s important to protect your skin from UV radiation year-round, including on cloudy and hazy days.”

To reduce risk the CDC says:

  • Avoid sun or stay in shade during hottest hours.
  • Wear clothes that cover arms and legs, and a wide-brimmed hat to shade your face, head, ears and neck.
  • Wear sunglasses, sunscreen and lip balm with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher, and both UVA and UVB (broad spectrum) protection.
  • Avoid indoor tanning.
  • Examine your skin once a month and tell your doctor about any changes. Annual skin-care checks with a dermatologist are also commonly suggested.

Healthy Recipe, Watermelon and Feta Tartines

Watermelon and feta have made a popular snack in the Mediterranean for ages. The combo has caught on elsewhere, too, usually in the form of a salad. In his new cookbook, “I Could Nosh: Classic Jewish Recipes Re-vamped for Everyday,” Jake Cohen provides the perfect appetizer for a sunny cocktail gathering or lunch. Ample olive oil in the skillet to cover the bread’s surface gives the toasts just the right crunch and helps prevent the juicy topping from turning them soggy. Serves 4 to 8. – Susan Puckett

Tartines (Toasts)

  • 8 ounces sourdough (or other) sturdy, unsliced bread
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil (more or less, as desired)


  • 12 ounces watermelon, cut into ¼-inch cubes (about 2 cups)
  • 6- to 8- ounces feta cheese, cut into ¼-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh mint
  • 2 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper



    1. Make the toasts: Cut the bread into thick (3/4-inch) slices. Pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
    2. When hot, add enough bread slices to fill the pan and let them sizzle for a minute or two until golden-brown and crispy. Flip the bread, adding a little more oil if the pan is dry, and cook a minute or two longer until crispy. Remove to a plate and set aside. Cut in half if the pieces are very large.
    3. Make the topping: In a large bowl, toss together the watermelon, feta, olive oil, lime juice, mint, scallions, and salt and pepper to taste.
    4. To assemble: With a slotted spoon, heap the mixture onto the toasts and serve.


Article Credit Jay Croft, creator and owner of Prime Fit Content.

Susan Puckett is a cookbook author and former food editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow her at susanpuckett.com.

Seriously, having him as catalyst for the Endless Game is huge as he and the rest of you work to help many local worthy charities.

The Endless Game


Dear Endless Game Players,

Thank you for devoting your time and effort to help this event be successful. As a former MLB player who played games in 45 straight days in AAA ball in ’77, I respect you greatly. I look forward to meeting you during the event in NKC, MO later this month.

When my friend, Jerry Weaver, who I met in Royals Fantasy Camp in 2005, asked my wife, Michelle, and I to help and we agreed wholeheartedly. Jerry Weaver takes the love of the game to another level.

Nothing Jerry would surprise me except if he would stop talking! Seriously, having him as catalyst for the Endless Game is huge as he and the rest of you work to help many local worthy charities.

In 1991, at age 42, I became a customer of certain health supplements created by very intelligent nutritional research scientists, Durk Pearson and his wife, Sandy Shaw. Durk & Sandy created formulas called Designer Foods for their own personal use. I experienced such great results in using the Life Priority health supplements that my wife and I formed our own company to share them with as many people as possible.

One of our most popular products, Lift Caps, provides help with mental fatigue. We are giving you a ample bottle of one of our products, Lift Caps. Read the directions before using please. Durk & Sandy created Lift Caps to help eliminate mental fatigue in a healthy way. Before your 4 hour shift on the field, swallow 2-3 Lift Caps on an empty stomach. You will gradually notice a 4-6 hour mental “lift” that will make your playing session much more productive and help eliminate mental fatigue.

I invite you to please read the enclosed information and invest in your mental health and stamina with Life Priority Lift Caps!

To Your Health,


Greg Pryor, President
Life Priority Health and Nutrition
Major League Baseball (’76 to ‘86)
Life Priority Inc. www.lifepriority.com


Customer Testimony – Jerry Weaver

In 2005, when I turned 55 years old, my family treated me to a trip to a Kansas City Royals Fantasy Camp in Surprise, AZ.  I have been an avid baseball memorabilia collector and still enjoy playing baseball at age 72. I still play Men’s Senior baseball and travel to play in Men’s Senior baseball tournaments in Arizona and Florida each year.

While at the Royals Fantasy Camp in ’05, I met Greg Pryor, who was an infielder on the Royals World Series Championship team in 1985.  Greg and his wife, own a health and nutrition company, Life Priority at www.lifepriority.com. On the first day of Fantasy camp, Greg gave me a bottle of a Life Priority product called Lift Caps.  Greg said to take 2 caps on any empty stomach when I felt tired.  I followed his advice and for the last 18 years, Lift Caps has been a part of my life.  It helps me eliminate mental fatigue and, at my age, I need all of the mental energy that I can get. Lift Caps works every time!

At the end of August (’23), I will be among 60 players who will attempt to set a Guinness World Record by playing in the longest baseball game in history.  Our 2 teams of 30 players each will play baseball for 100 straight hours to set the all-time record.  See ENDLESSGAME.org our goal is to raise donations for worthy local charities and most of our needs are being met with donations, including Life Priority.

Life Priority owners, Greg & Michelle Pryor have agreed to donate a supply of Lift Caps to each of the 60 players to help them deal with the mental and physical challenges over the 4 straight days of playing ball for 24 hours straight each day..

Thanks to Greg & Michelle and Lift Caps for helping make our quest to achieve a world record more energetic.  I love Lift Caps.  They give me the mental boost to each day.

Visit Life Priority at www.lifepriority.com and order a bottle of Life Caps today!

Take Control of Your Own Health and Fitness. The good news: More people over 65 are exercising than ever before.

Take Control of Your Own Health and Fitness

Here’s a “good news, bad news” situation.

The good news: More people over 65 are exercising than ever before.

The bad news: The percentage of mature adults who are physically active remains low – so low, in fact, that the US government calls it a “public health concern.”

We couldn’t agree more. We’re doing everything we can to change that here in our community. But we need YOU to make the biggest impact – for yourself and your family.

‘Everyone Has a Role to Play’

 The report from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is meant for various professionals (including those of us in fitness), government officials, urban planners, and experts in fields like transportation. It’s relevant for people in any country.

It gives information about how to help older adults (defined as 65 and above) reach the recommended 150 minutes or more of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity and two days of muscle-strengthening physical activity each week.

“Everyone has a role to play” in encouraging older people to exercise, the report says several times.

And while that’s true, it’s no excuse to look for “somebody else” to step up and do the work for you. No one else can be physically active for you.

Taking responsibility for your own health is essential to enjoying life on your own terms for as long as possible – HOWEVER YOU DEFINE IT.

  • For some people, that means being athletic, exercising for fun, and staying in tip-top shape.
  • For others, it means being able to enjoy travel, playing with the grandkids, and other fruits of retirement
  • Millions more just want to move better, feel better and – yes! – look better. Exercise improves all of that.

It’s up to you.

What Do You Need to Get Moving?

By the year 2030, 1 in 5 people will be at least 65. We are more physically active now than in prior decades, before fitness became a part of the culture for everyday people.

If you’re 65 now, chances are you already know that regularly exercise is good for all aspects of your physical, mental and social health.

And with 1 in 8 people in this cohort experiencing AT LEAST ONE chronic health condition, the need for regular exercise is greater now than at any earlier point.

“The benefits of regular physical activity occur throughout life and are essential for healthy aging,” the report says.

Want more?

  • “Physically active older adults live longer on average than inactive older adults.”
  • “Physical activity may allow older adults to live independently longer, be healthier, have better quality of life, and need less medical care.”
  • “As the older adult population is growing, physical activity can also be an important contributing factor in improving population health and reducing health care costs.”

Do you want to avoid or manage obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, dementia, and more?

Then you need to seize responsibility for your health. That means exercising regularly to have the strength, agility and endurance you need to keep living.

There’s no “bad news” to it.

Study Underscores Importance of Sleep and Exercise

If you’re among the statistically few older adults who exercise regularly, congratulations!

Keep it up.

But remember how important it is to get enough sleep, as well, in order to gain the most health benefits from your physical activity.

That’s the message in a new study from Britain funded by both the UK and US governments. It tracked almost 9,000 adults for more than a decade.

“Our study suggests that getting sufficient sleep may be required for us to get the full cognitive benefits of physical activity,” said Dr. Mikaela Bloomberg at University College London. “It shows how important it is to consider sleep and physical activity together when thinking about cognitive health.”

The study found that people with higher levels of activity who also slept between six and eight hours a night had better cognitive function as they matured.

But researchers also discovered that, after 10 years, the highly active people over 50 who slept on average less than six hours a night lost the advantage that exercise provided. They declined faster and had the same cognitive levels as those who didn’t exercise.

“We were surprised that regular physical activity may not always be sufficient to counter the long-term effects of lack of sleep on cognitive health,” Bloomberg said.

We find that regular exercise generally improves sleep. But if you’re struggling with sleep, be sure to talk to your doctor. And… keep moving! You need both regular rest and regular exercise to age optimally.


Healthy Recipe, Mango-Lime Piri Piri Drumsticks

Piri piri is a tangy-sweet hot pepper sauce with African and Portuguese roots often sold in bottles, and for which there are as many recipes as there are barbecue sauce. Lerato Umah-Shaylor, a Nigerian food writer based in the UK, created her own version that’s as nutrient-rich as it is flavorful for her new cookbook, “Africana,” (Amistad, $37.50). This slight adaptation features drumsticks for a summery, easy-to-serve presentation, but thighs or other chicken pieces would work just as well. Serves 4-6. RECIPE HERE – Susan Puckett

Chicken and marinade:

  •  Juice of 2 limes
  • 2 to 3 pounds chicken drumsticks (or thighs, or a combination)
  • 2 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely grated

Mango-Lime Piri Piri Sauce:

  •  3 medium mangoes, peeled, stoned, and roughly chopped (about 3 cups)
  • ½ medium yellow onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • ½ red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and chopped
  • 1 scotch bonnet, habanero, or bird’s eye chile, stemmed and seeded (or 2, if you prefer more heat)
  • 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil (or more, as needed)
  • Juice of 2 limes and zest of 1 lime
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Sea salt to taste

For serving:

Chopped fresh cilantro and lime wedges

  1. Marinate the chicken: At least 2 ½ hours before serving, in a large bowl, combine the lime juice, salt, and garlic. Add the chicken and massage into every nook to coat well. Adjust one oven rack in the center of the oven and another rack about 5 inches under the broiler.
  2. Make the Mango-Lime Piri Piri: In the container of a blender or a food processor, combine the mangoes, onion, bell pepper, chile, ginger, garlic, oil, lime juice and zest, paprika, and allspice. Puree to make a smooth sauce, adding a little more oil if too thick. Sprinkle in the thyme and oregano and stir to combine.
  3. Spoon enough of the sauce into the bowl to coat the chicken heavily, reserving the remainder for a side sauce. Cover and refrigerate the chicken or 2 hours or overnight.
  4. In a small saucepan, combine the remaining sauce with the vinegar and cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt. (Sauce may be stored in a sterilized jar in the refrigerator for up to a month.)
  5. Remove the chicken from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before serving to bring to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  6. Place the chicken on a sheet pan and roast for 15 minutes, brush with some of the piri piri sauce, and continue roasting for 15 minutes longer.
  7. Remove from the oven, preheat the broiler to high, and broil for about 10 minutes, turning the drumsticks halfway through, so they are nicely charred all over.
  8. Brush with a few more tablespoons of the sauce, scatter cilantro over the top, and serve with remaining sauce and lime wedges.

Article Credit Jay Croft, creator and owner of Prime Fit Content.

Susan Puckett is a cookbook author and former food editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow her at susanpuckett.com.

Invest the Time and Money – You say you don’t have time or money to take care of yourself? How about, “I’m too old” for good measure?

Invest the Time and Money – You DO Have Both!

Here’s the thing about excuses: They’re nonsense.

(There’s another popular term we won’t use here.)

You say you don’t have time or money to take care of yourself? How about, “I’m too old” for good measure?

Those are the most common barriers to fitness that we hear. They are all NONSENSE.

Facts are: You have the time and money – and you are NEVER TOO OLD to benefit from exercise. In fact, by this point in life, you probably have the extra super-power of motivation that younger people simply lack: If you don’t move your body, you will lose the ability to use it. Period.

No. 1: ‘I Don’t Have Time’

To paraphrase a famous saying, People who don’t have time to stay strong will lose more time when they get weak.

Let’s say people get an average of 25,915 days, or about 71 years, to live. Of that, they spend just 0.69 percent (or 180 days) exercising. That’s according to a survey of more than 9,000 people around the world.

The survey also reports that people stare at a screen 41 percent of the time, or 10,625 days.

The World Health Organization and the US government suggest people get at least 2½ hours every week of moderate intensity exercise. A Harvard study says that just 15 minutes a day can add three years to your life. And the Journal of the American Medical Association said that not exercising puts you at greater risk than smoking and diabetes.

Still say you don’t have time?

‘It’s Too Expensive’

Last time we checked, walking around the neighborhood was free. So was working in the garden. So was tossing a frisbee with your grandkids. So were jogging and countless other forms of good exercise.

If you want to join a studio, gym or other fitness center, there are many options for every budget.

Exercise reduces health-care costs, including medications, and the time lost to illness and injury. Investing in yourself with fitness pays huge dividends, including financially.

Compare it to…

  1. Tall café latte at Starbucks: $2.95, plus tax. Multiplied by how many you have a month.
  2. Cable or Satellite TV. Subscribers paid an average of $107 per month in 2017.
  3. Hair coloring and highlights: About $80-$150.
  4. Smoking and drinking: The average Boomer who still smokes spends about $150 a month on the habit, not counting health care costs, the Labor Department says. Boomers average another $45 a month on alcohol.

Now, we’re not saying you should spend more or less on this or that item – even fitness. The quality of your exercise program is not directly related to the amount of money you spend on it.

That’s why we consider our pricing very seriously to offer you excellence and value every day.

Think of it as an investment in time and money. The best investment you can make.

At any age.

11 Tips to Move More Every Day

It’s easy to move more throughout the day when you know how to spot the opportunities. Every little bit adds up!

Here are some of the simplest ways to do it.

  1. Start the day with a few light stretches.
  2. Always park at the far end of lots so you’ll walk extra steps to your destination. (Skip the drive-thrus.)
  3. Use stairs instead of elevators when possible. (And forget about moving walkways at the airport!)
  4. Invite coworkers on walking meetings.
  5. Use a standing desk and make calls when standing or walking.
  6. Set a timer to remind you to get up and walk every 30 minutes, at work or at home.
  7. Ask friends or dates to do something active together instead of sitting for a meal.
  8. Dance around when cooking or cleaning the house.
  9. Never stay seated for a commercial break. Get up and move!
  10. Go check the mail every day.
  11. Wear a fitness tracker. It will keep movement top of mind.

Steps like these are easy to see when we think a bit creatively. Have fun. And move, move, move – it feels so good.


Healthy Recipe, Pasta with Scallops, Burst Tomatoes, Crispy Garlic, and Herbs

Scallops, often thought of as a luxury product, are now readily accessible in most freezer cases, and a lightning-fast way to boost the protein of a simple pasta meal without the need for cheese. This recipe, inspired by one from the Martha Stewart website, calls for either the thimble-size bay scallops, or the larger sea scallops cut in half. Their mild taste readily melds with the bold flavors of fresh garlic and tomatoes sauteed in heart-healthy olive oil, and whatever herbs you have handy. Serves 4. – Susan Puckett


  • Salt
  • 8 ounces whole-grain pasta
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 or 5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1 pound bay scallops (or sea scallops, cut in half and tough side muscles removed), patted dry
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil, flat-leaf parsley, mint, or a combination


  1. In a large pot of boiling water seasoned generously with salt, add the pasta and cook until al dente according to package directions. Drain, reserving ¼ cup of the pasta water.
  2. While preparing the pasta, heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes, and sauté just until lightly golden, a minute or less, taking care not to burn. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Add the scallops and sauté just until lightly golden on both sides, about 2 minutes, and transfer to a plate. Add the tomatoes to the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, until the skins begin to split, 2 to 3 minutes. Crush the tomatoes with the back of a spoon and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the reserved scallops, cooked pasta, reserved pasta water, half the herbs, and butter. Toss to combine and melt the butter. Divide among bowls, garnish with reserved garlic and parsley, and serve.


Article Credit Jay Croft, creator and owner of Prime Fit Content.

Susan Puckett is a cookbook author and former food editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow her at susanpuckett.com.

In recent months, research has been published showing that exercise is the “top theoretical treatment” for Alzheimer’s disease.

Science Shows the Benefits of Exercise on Brain Health

Here’s further proof that exercise is good for us, body and brain alike.

In recent months, research has been published showing that exercise is the “top theoretical treatment” for Alzheimer’s disease, jibing with previous research about how it fights dementia.

Moderate physical activity among mature women helps lower the risk of cognitive impairment and dementia – again supporting the growing body of evidence that says physical exercise is also among our best defenses against losing mental health.

And in February, researchers at the University of South Australia published findings that show exercise is 1.5 times more effective than counseling and top medications in managing depression.

So, just look at these three examples, and ask yourself:

  • Would I rather exercise regularly to prevent Alzheimer’s disease – or do nothing?
  • Would I rather exercise regularly to improve cognitive ability as I mature – or do nothing?
  • Would I rather exercise to relieve depression – or rely on pills?

With Mental Health Awareness month observed every May, it’s a great time to remember all the powerful reasons we must exercise regularly as we continue to mature.

Yes, the physical benefits are important. Exercise keeps us at a healthy weight; manages blood pressure; prevents diabetes; and keeps us strong to function throughout our lifetimes, among many others.

All of that should be enough to get us all moving every day.

But we know it’s not enough for most older adults, who get no regular exercise — even as the US Surgeon General recently declared that loneliness and social isolation are as harmful as smoking cigarettes.

This was made worse by the pandemic. And it’s even more pronounced for people over 50, since many have lost partners, no longer work, and don’t maintain a vibrant social life.

‘Research has showed that loneliness and isolation are linked to sleep problems, inflammation and immune changes in younger adults,” CNN reported. “In older people, they’re tied to symptoms such as pain, insomnia, depression, anxiety and shorter life span. In people of all ages, they may be associated with higher risks of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, addiction, suicidality and self-harm, and dementia.”

It all adds up, and the role of fitness can’t be underestimated in maintaining mental health.

“According to the World Health Organization, one in every eight people worldwide (970 million people) live with a mental disorder,” the researchers wrote in Science Daily.

“Poor mental health costs the world economy approximately $2.5 trillion each year, a cost projected to rise to $6 trillion by 2030. In Australia, an estimated one in five people (aged 16-85) have experienced a mental disorder in the past 12 months.”

We believe in the power of physical exercise to maintain mental health, brain health, mood, and social interaction.

We believe in all of this because we see it improve the lives of our members every day in ways big and small.

Regular exercise is good for us – body, mind and spirit.

You really don’t need any more research to see that. So don’t wait any longer. Come see us today, and let’s get moving!


3 Questions With… How an Artist Stays in Fit Form

Karen Adams, 63, is an art teacher who works hard to stay in good shape. How and why does she do it?

Q: What’s unusual but helpful about your workouts?

A: “I have predictable inconsistencies in my workout schedule. For 4 or 5 weeks, I will work out with my trainer twice weekly, do the elliptical machine 3-4 times a week, and take my dogs on brisk walks 4-5 days a week. But interruptions inevitably happen. I always get back in the groove as soon as possible.”

Q: What does working out regularly do for you in daily life?

A: “I am a professional artist. I draw, paint, sculpt and teach drawing class. My work is physically demanding: moving around easels, bags of clay, large props. The older I get, the more adamant I am about maintaining strength and flexibility. I know a lot about the body, but I’ve learned so much about specific muscles from my trainer.”

Q: What’s a story about your fitness surprising someone?

A: “I can’t help it — I’m as vain as they come. There is no doubt in my mind that a lifetime of being involved in physical fitness has contributed to my youthful appearance. I’m pleased when someone is surprised at my age. And my favorite anecdote came from my son’s 25-year-old girlfriend when she was following me up the stairs, said, ‘My gosh, Karen, you have a really nice bottom!’”


Healthy Recipe, Vegan Cacao Chile Smoothie

We all know cocoa for the chocolate-y goodness it brings to brownies and other treats. Cacao products — which include unsweetened cocoa powder, nibs, and dark chocolate — are rich in iron and other nutrients. Those labeled “cacao” and sometimes “vegan chocolate” are made from the raw bean and are minimally processed. To reap its maximum antioxidant power, cacao is best consumed uncooked, as in this rich-tasting smoothie adapted from “Trejo’s Cantina” by Danny Trejo (Potter, $28). Blended with potassium-rich bananas, nut milk, peanut butter, and dates, it’s low in sugar and fat and high in protein. A big pinch of ancho chile powder adds a hint of smoky spice. — Susan Puckett


  • 12 ounces (1 ½ cups) unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 banana, peeled, broken into chunks, and frozen
  • 1 pitted date, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter or other nut butter
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cacao (or unsweetened cocoa) powder
  • ½ teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 4 ice cubes


  1. In a blender, combine the milk, banana, date, peanut butter, cacao powder, chili powder, and ice cubes. Blend until smooth and frothy.
  2. Pour into a tall glass and serve immediately.


Article Credit Jay Croft, creator and owner of Prime Fit Content.

Susan Puckett is a cookbook author and former food editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow her at susanpuckett.com.

Falling is a major fear about growing older – and it’s a leading cause of injury and death among mature adults.

Exercise to Prevent Falls, and 4 Other Tips to Stay Upright

Falling is a major fear about growing older – and it’s a leading cause of injury and death among mature adults. It’s also a common problem for people who don’t yet consider themselves “old” in the traditional sense.

But it is not inevitable. Here are the top five ways to prevent falling, according to fitness, health and aging experts.

No. 1: Exercise

The US Preventive Services Task Force couldn’t be clearer: Exercise is the best defense against falling. Merely staying active helps, but exercising more than three hours a week lowers fall risk by 39 percent.

Movement includes anything you do consistently, even walking or cleaning house. But you also need to add resistance training, which includes weightlifting and resistance bands. The goal isn’t to get big muscles. It’s to keep you strong enough to prevent falling.

We all lose muscle later in life. Having less strength makes it hard to catch yourself when you trip (which everyone does, regardless of age). And muscle protects bones, so without it, we are vulnerable to breaks.

  • Strengthen your legs. Even if you’re only in your 50s or 60s.
  • Practice balancing – again, regardless of age. It’s never too early.
  • Exercise helps prevent and treat Type 2 diabetes, which can cause nerve loss and damage in the feet – which makes it hard to stay upright.
  • Every time you exercise, you’re improving your body’s ability to move blood to extremities. And you’re helping your brain’s ability to process where you are in relation to other objects as you move.
  • Our back, hip, and abdominal muscles are collectively called the core. We need it strong for all kinds of reasons. Balance is at the top of them. Core strength allows us to move well at the hip, knee and ankle.

No. 2: Mind the Prescriptions

Did you know your risk of falling increases if you take four or more prescription medications? So, talk to your doctor and make sure she knows everything you’re taking and why. Don’t assume she’s aware and closely monitoring the list. That’s your responsibility.

No. 3: Fall-proof Your Home

Sixty percent of falls occur at home, the National Institute on Aging says. Remove clutter. Clear walkways of loose throw rugs and electrical cords. Install nightlights. Add support rails in the tub or shower.

No. 4: Wear the Right Shoes

Don’t use flip-flops, even on vacation. Wear high heels only indoors, if at all. Get some good walking and exercise footwear.

No. 5: Eat Well

Protein, calcium and vitamin D are good ideas – but are not miracle cures or preventions. Use alcohol in moderation if at all.

Exercise to Prevent Falls

Don’t let concern about falling prevent you from enjoying life as much as you can. And don’t put it off as just a worry “for those really old folks.”

Strength and balance are essential throughout life.

We’re here to guide you to a healthy lifestyle that includes safe, effective exercising. Stand tall and walk right in to see us. We’ve got your back.


It’s Cheaper to be Healthy Than It Is to be Sick

If you think it’s expensive to eat right and exercise regularly, just consider the cost of being cheap with your health.

For example, some people drink so many sodas that eliminating them could save almost $1,000 a year.

That’s from health coach Kathryn Eyring, who presented “It’s Cheaper to be Healthy Than It Is to be Sick” at the Functional Aging Summit, an annual event for fitness professionals who serve people over 50.

We hear similar complaints about fitness all the time. People tell us they can’t afford to exercise. We’re not even sure what that means, since exercise doesn’t actually cost anything, and there are options for everyone.

But… we also notice a lot of those folks spending $5 a day on a Starbucks drink, hundreds of dollars eating out and drinking, and who knows how much on Netflix and all the other subscription TV services that no one thinks twice about these days.

Unhealthy habits lead to untold financial costs – doctor visits, sick days, missed opportunities, prescription medications, new clothes, etc.

But a healthy diet and regular exercise pay off their investment countless times over. Kathryn points out that muscle mass lowers sugar levels; that exercise reduces costs of cardiovascular disease, heart disease, and obesity; and it improves bone health and balance.

So, please think about what’s at the root of the “I can’t afford it” excuse before you pour your next soda while sitting in front of the tube.

We think you’re worth it.

No. We know it.


Healthy Recipe, Salt and Vinegar Roasted Potatoes

It’s easy to scarf down a bagful of salt and vinegar potato chips in a sitting. This recipe, adapted from one in The New York Times, captures that irresistible taste in a side dish that’s all-natural, filling, nutrient-rich, and a great source of energy. Soft, flaky sea salt adds subtle crunch and bursts of clean, bright flavor. With the balance of vinegar, only a sprinkle should do the trick. Serves 4-6. — Susan Puckett


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or wine vinegar, plus more if desired
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 pounds Yukon gold or red-skinned potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1-1-inch chunks
  • Minced chives or green onion tops, for serving (optional)
  • Flaky sea salt, for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, 1 tablespoon of the vinegar, salt, and pepper.
  2. Place the potatoes on a sheet pan, drizzle with the oil and vinegar mixture, toss well and spread out in a single layer, cut-side down.
  3. Place in the preheated oven and roast for 15 minutes; toss and roast for 15 to 20 minutes more, or until the potatoes are tender enough to be easily pierced with a fork.
  4. Drizzle the remaining vinegar over the cooked potatoes, toss, sprinkle with chives or green onions, if using, and season to taste with flaky sea salt. Add an extra shot of vinegar if you like. Serve while hot.


Article Credit Jay Croft, creator and owner of Prime Fit Content.

Susan Puckett is a cookbook author and former food editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow her at susanpuckett.com.

Do You Need Enzymes?

Do you need Enzymes? - What are Enzymes?

Enzymes are energy-rich protein molecules that are vital for life. They catalyze and regulate chemical reactions and are an essential part of every activity in the body. Digestive enzymes help break down the food we eat, releasing nutrients for energy production, cell growth and repair.

However, due to genetics, stressful lifestyle, environment and diet, many people benefit from the support of a digestive enzyme supplement.* Why is it so important to maintain the digestive system’s primary function?

*Nutrient Support*

The body must be able to recognize, transport, absorb and utilize nutrients essential for health.*

*Immune System Support*

The digestive system, our first line of defense, is required to deliver an adequate supply of nutrients to support immune system function.*

*Detoxification Support*

When functioning optimally, the digestive system supports the efficient removal of metabolic waste.*

Making Healthy Choices

Making healthy food choices is a great start!  But we need a healthy digestive system to benefit from all the nutritious components of our food.

Dozens of factors including genetics, stressful lifestyles, poor diet, processed foods and the environment all influence digestion.  Supplementing a healthy diet and lifestyle with digestive enzymes is therefore the next step in good health

Life Priority is proud to offer several Digestive Formulas:

Digest, DigestZyme, LypoZyme

Proteolytic Formulas (Protease, PureZyme.

Probiotic Formulas (Probiotic, Probiotic 42.5, and Plantadolphilus

The digestive support formulas also include a variety of herbs and probiotics known for their ability to help promote a healthy gastrointestinal system health.

Individuals with occasional bloating or cramping in the GI tract, occasional diarrhea, occasional indigestion and/or nausea may benefit from these effective forms of natural support

For more information about any of these please call 1-800-787-5438.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Memorial Day 2023

Remembering & Honoring All Who Served

Life Priority would like to thank the families that have lost a loved one while in service of our nation. Special thanks to veterans who have protected America and life-guarded our freedoms.

The Murph Challenge: A Memorial Day Tribute to the Fallen

Every Memorial Day, fitness enthusiasts and newcomers around the country and across the globe prepare to honor fallen Navy SEAL Michael P. Murphy and many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice by completing “The Murph Challenge.” The grueling workout consists of a one-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats, and another one-mile run.

Murphy originally dubbed the workout “Body Armor” as he executed the routine with a 20-pound protective vest. He developed the workout as a functional routine that was practical for his work as a SEAL. While his average time was between 32 and 34 minutes, his best time was reportedly just over 28 minutes. The workout would prove invaluable in the treacherous mountains of Afghanistan.

Save 15% site wide when you use code MEMORIAL15 during checkout.

Reduce the Accumulation of AGEs with Rutin, Alpha-lipoic acid, Carnosine, Benfotiamine, Histidine, & Pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6).

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Reducing the Accumulation of AGEs with Rutin, Alpha-lipoic acid, Carnosine, Benfotiamine, Histidine, and Pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6)

As we have written earlier, certain nutrients, such as those listed above, have been found to be remarkably effective in preventing the formation of damaging AGEs. We incorporated the listed nutrients in a formulation we call AGELESS™ and we each take 6 capsules a day.

As an AGE-reduced diet in mice has been found to induce some of the same genetic changes as CR (calorie restricted) fed mice(1), we hope that taking AGE-reducing nutrients (as well as reducing cooking temperature as often as possible to decrease AGE formation in food) may
provide us with similar benefits.

In addition, to AGEless, we also take two servings a day of l-Arginine (6 grams per serving) plus cofactors in our Muscle Memory™.

Kidney Function Declines with age and AGEs and Is A Major Source of Mortality

According to a recent paper(1), twenty million adults in the UI.S. 20 years or older have an increased serum creatinine level (creatinine is cleared by the kidneys)  and the incidence increases with age.  The paper further notes that more than 20% of those age 65 years or older have decreased kidney function, even when corrected for obvious causes of kidney dysfunction such as  hypertension and diabetes.  Moreover, there is a strong association between age-associated chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular disease, since inflammatory mechanisms are involved in both.(1)  Surprisingly, “results from a  longitudinal study of normal [not diabetic] aging adults in Italy showed that the most significant correlation with mortality was the level of renal [kidney]function.” (1,1b)

Hence, if you have reached 65 years of age, having successfully avoided being done in prematurely by cardiovascular disease and cancer, declining kidney function is a major factor to consider in all-cause mortality and you should have your kidney functions tested regularly as part of your health assessment. 

Declining kidney function in aging is associated with increased levels of the cytokine IL-6, C-Reactive Protein, and other markers of inflammation and oxidative   stress. Importantly, increasing quantities of serum AGEs  accumulate in the kidneys and impair their function.  In a recent paper(1), the authors refer to studies showing that reducing AGEs in the  diet of both animals and humans (by, for example, cooking foods at a lower temperature) is one effective way of reducing serum AGEs and  protecting  kidney function.  Other ways (not discussed in this  paper) include dietary supplements of nutrients that decrease the formation of AGEs or interfere with the pathways of damage initiated by AGEs.

Serum Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs) Associated with Kidney Function Decline

The kidneys are the major way the body has for  excreting AGEs to maintain the body load of AGEs at nontoxic levels.(1)  It has been shown that during aging and in diabetes, the glomerular basement membrane of the kidneys are thickened, leading to less efficient kidney filtration.(2)  (Interestingly, thickening of the  basement membrane of other organs, such as the testes,  also occurs with aging.)   This thickening has been  linked to glycosylation  (an early part of the process that produces AGEs) of the collagen type IV that makes up more than 80% of the glomerular basement membrane material.(2) 

AGE inhibitors have been reported to provide significant protection against cardiovascular disease as  well as age-associated decline in kidney function.

Reducing Accumulation of AGEs in Kidneys with L-Arginine

The amino acid L-arginine has been shown to be a reducer of cross-linking in aging collage type IV and is strongly associated with  a reduction of collagen  accumulation of N-epsilon-(carboxymethyl)lysine (an AGE) in aging mice and in diabetic mice.(2) 

Another paper attests to the kidney protective effects of l-arginine.(3)  12-13 month old rats treated for 8 months with l-arginine had their glomerular filtration rate increased by 50% as compared  with  untreated controls.  Another study (4) reported that 12  week old hyperlipidemic hyperglycemic Golden Syrian hamsters had enhanced accumulation of fluorescent AGE-proteins in the vascular mesenteric bed and in the lens, which was decreased significantly by l-arginine treatment.


(1) Vlassara et al, “Identifying advanced glycation end  products as a major source of oxidants in aging: implications for the management and/or prevention of reduced renal function in elderly persons,” SEMINARS IN NEPHROLOGY 29(6):594-603 (2009)

(1b)  Pizzarelli  et al, “Predictivity of survival  according to different equations for estimating renal function in community-dwelling elderly subjects,” NEPHROL. DIAL. TRANSPLANT.  24:1197-1205 (2009)

(2)   Radner   et  al, “L-arginine reduces kidney  collagen accumulation and N-epsilon(carboxymethyl)lysine in the aging NMRI-mouse,” JOURNAL OF GERONTOLOGY: MEDICAL SCIENCES  49(2):M44-M46 (1994)

(3) Reckelhoff et al, “Long-term dietary supplementation with l-arginine prevents age-related reduction in renal function,”  AM. J. PHYSIOL. 272 (REGULATORY INTEGRATIVE COMP. PHYSIOL. 41):R1768-R1774 (1997)

(4) Georgescu and Popov, “Age-dependent accumulation of  advanced glycation endproducts is accelerated in combined  hyuperlipidemia and hyperglycemia, a process attenuated by l-arginine,” J.  AMER. AGING ASSOC. 23:33-40 (2000)

Health & Fitness Items for Your 2023 Travels

Have you ever found yourself in a situation like this?

You go on vacation or a business trip, and there’s so much to do in so little time that your exercise routine falls through the cracks.

Between the sightseeing and the visiting and maybe the client meetings, you just “don’t have time” to exercise. Then you return home and find it difficult to get back on track.

Well, it’s a common problem. And, luckily, there’s a simple solution: Keep up your exercise while traveling! It’s easier than it sounds, and you’ll be glad you did – while you’re away and after you’re back home.

Now, we’re not talking about 100% maintenance. That might not be a priority for you, and it’s OK to dial it back sometimes, like when we’re on vacation or focusing intensely on business for a short, defined time period. (Remember, the aim is long-term consistency, not slavish devotion.)

But you need to move that body every day. If you’re on a hiking tour, then you’ve probably got it covered. But if you’re visiting family in another state, it might take a little effort.

Here’s how to make it easier without letting it dominate your trip.

Don’t Leave Home Without Them

  1. Versatile workout clothes. Gym shorts that double as swimming trunks. Yoga pants you can wear on tours. Workout shoes that also work for long days walking.
  2. Resistance bands, TRX equipment, or a jump rope. These are lightweight, easy to pack, and versatile for in-room workouts if your hotel doesn’t have a decent fitness center or there isn’t one nearby.
  3. A yoga mat for more in-room options.
  4. A fitness tracker. It’s fun – and amazing – to see how many steps you get while on vacation! It’ll also keep your movement “top of mind” for those days when you’re not already walking a lot.
  5. Massage devices like small foam rollers or portable massagers.
  6. Swim goggles. Especially if you’re with kids, you might be getting wet!
  7. Sunscreen, visor, bug dope, lip balm, hand sanitizer. Don’t let common frustrations like sunburn and mosquito bites keep you from enjoying your activities inside a gym and out of it.
  8. Sleep mask and ear plugs. Different settings can bring different distractions from important rest.
  9. Reusable water bottle that you can carry while sightseeing and while working out.
  10. Your favorite healthy snacks. They might not be available where you’re going, and you don’t want to have to rely on vending machines.
  11. Prescription medications and preferred over-the-counters so you stay on track.
  12. First aid kit. Nothing major, but a basic set to keep you from running around a strange town looking for a drugstore in a minor emergency.
  13. A journal. Record your physical activity, even if it’s just on your smart phone’s note-taking app. It might be hard to remember everything when you get home, and you don’t want to sell yourself short!

Are you in shape for travel? If not, then that’s just one more reason to come see us. We’ll help you get the strength, endurance, flexibility and balance we all need when enjoying time away from home.


New Book Highlights Exercise for Long ‘Healthspan’

What’s the most important thing you can do for long-term health and quality of life?



Stress management?

Nope, although those are all important. It’s exercise, hands down. That’s one of the many powerful points in a new book, “Outlive: The Science & Art of Longevity,” by Peter Attia, MD, with Bill Gifford.

“Exercise is by far the most potent longevity ‘drug,’” says Attia, 50, a former surgeon who focuses on extending “healthspan,” or the length of time when we enjoy our lives as we age without becoming frail, weak or pain ridden.

“Exercise not only delays actual death but also prevents both cognitive and physical decline better than any other intervention,” Attia says. “It is the single most potent tool we have in the health-span-enhancing toolkit — and that includes nutrition, sleep and meds.”

The book is no exercise “how to” manual. Instead, Attia dives deep into the science of living longer and better, and what he calls “Medicine 3.0,” which looks more at prevention of disease than mere treatment of symptoms.

Among the fascinating morsels, Attia says most of us die because of one of the “four horsemen” or primary causes of slow death: heart disease or stroke; metabolic disfunction; neurogenerative disease; and cancer.

Staying fit – and STRONG – help us ward those off. Strong, fit people enjoy independence and living without disease or pain for longer periods of time, period.

Come see us to learn how to apply this philosophy to your own life and health.


Healthy Recipe, Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

This fresh take on chicken soup, adapted from one in the third volume of Joanna Gaines’ “Magnolia Table” cookbook series (Morrow, $40), is a riff on the Greek classic, avgolemono. A few egg yolks add body, nutrients, and a velvety texture — no heavy cream required! Along with lemon juice and orzo pasta, this version has aromatics and a garnish of herbs and feta. It’s easy to make, so long as you temper the yolks first with hot broth as directed. Serves 6-8. RECIPE HERE – Susan Puckett


  • ¾ cup orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 cup chopped white or yellow onion
  • ½ cup chopped carrots
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 6 cups chicken stock or broth
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken breast (or leftover rotisserie chicken)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup crumbled feta
  • ¼ cup minced fresh parsley
  • Lemon wedges for garnish, optional


  1. In a medium pot, cook the orzo in boiling, salted water according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large soup pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 7 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken stock and lemon juice, bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium low and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks until creamy and light in color. While whisking constantly, slowly ladle 2 cups of broth, about half a cup at a time, into the broth. (Take care not to pour the broth in too quickly or the eggs will curdle.)
  5. Add the yolk mixture, chicken, and cooked orzo to the pot. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until heated through, about 5 minutes.
  6. Ladle into soup bowls and top each portion with crumbled feta, parsley, and a lemon wedge, if desired.
  7. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Orzo will continue to absorb broth, so you may need to add a little more broth while reheating.


Article Credit Jay Croft, creator and owner of Prime Fit Content.

Susan Puckett is a cookbook author and former food editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow her at susanpuckett.com.

Build the Mindset for Fitness Success

One of the great things about getting older is this: By now, you’ve learned how important it is to have the right mindset in building a new habit or working toward a goal.

Right? You’ve done this countless times throughout life, whether at work, with your family, or pursuing hobbies. You know that:

  • If you have the wrong idea, you’re starting on the wrong foot. 
  •  If you listen to the naysayers, you’ll never get anywhere. 
  •  If you focus on impossible dreams, you won’t achieve your perfectly attainable desires.

So, here is our list of five common mistakes people over 50 make about fitness. Join us today and let’s break free together!

Looking Back (Waaaaaay Back)

Men in their 50s and 60s will tell us on their first visit, “When I was in college, I could bench press a truck while running the 4-minute mile. On a hangover. So, yeah, let’s get me back to that.”


It doesn’t matter what you think you did decades ago, good or bad. Life didn’t end at 25, did it? We figure out your abilities TODAY and how they relate to your desires for TOMORROW.


“Why Is This Taking So Long?”

We all want the “quick fix” to our problems, don’t we? It’s only natural.

But let’s not get frustrated too soon. Success takes time.

Here’s a simple example: You didn’t gain 40 pounds in two weeks, so it’s going to take more than two weeks to lose it.


Too Much Focus on Weight

Our culture puts too much emphasis on weight. Here with us, you’ll learn to focus more about mobility, strength, agility and stamina.

And yes, you’ll start looking better in no time, which might (or might not) be accompanied by a lower number on the scale.

But it’s just one little piece of the puzzle.


“It’s Too Late for Me”

Stereotypes and myths somehow persist that health is for young people only, or something we can’t correct or improve.

Nothing could be further from the truth. As we age, it’s even more important to take care of ourselves so we can enjoy independence and a higher quality of life.

We don’t try to make you young again because there’s simply no need for that. (Also, it’s, you know, impossible!) It’s never too late to start exercising and see improvements.


“I Don’t Care About Muscles”

If you come in here with the mindset that you just want to walk on the treadmills for a few minutes, then you’re missing out on the most powerful tool we have to help you live the life you want to live.

And that’s resistance training. Or strength training. Or weightlifting, if you like.

We all need muscle as we go through life. Muscle keeps us upright. It lets us stand up from the toilet. It lets us put away the groceries, travel, and beat the neighbors at pickleball. You simply can’t do anything without muscle, and we’ll make sure you have as much as you need.

We’ll go over all this and more with you before you start – and at any time after you’ve joined us. We’ll get your mindset right, and we’re here to keep it right long after you’ve joined.

Let’s do this!



Regular Exercise Can Help with Problem Drinking

Alcohol abuse can sneak up on us later in life, experts say. Many people lose their partners, job-associated identity, and a sense of purpose that had guided them for decades, and some can develop or worsen a drinking problem.

The pandemic, and the isolation it brought, led millions of older adults to drink more, surveys found.

Now, with the annual Alcohol Awareness Month in April, it’s a good time to point out signs of possible trouble for people later in life. And to share the good news about the positive role regular exercise can play in overcoming a drinking problem.

We don’t metabolize alcohol and drugs as quickly as when we were younger, doctors say. So, what we could “handle” earlier in life can become a problem later.

Exercise can be a helpful part of recovery, along with 12-step programs, counseling, and medical and family support. Potential problem signs include: drinking quickly; hiding consumption; getting hurt while drinking; and a decline in self-care.

“Many patients with various substance use disorders have found that exercise helps to distract them from cravings,” Dr. Claire Twark wrote for the Harvard Medical School. “Workouts add structure to the day. They help with forming positive social connections and help treat depression and anxiety in combination with other therapies.”

> If you have a concern, contact your doctor, counselor or Alcoholics Anonymous, phone (800) 839-1686.


Healthy Recipe, Seared Pork Chops with Grapes and Thyme

Those jumbo bags of seedless grapes sold in supermarket produce sections are handy to have around in the crisper for healthy snacking. But there are other ways you can maximize that fruitful bounty. Grapes pair exceptionally well with pork, as demonstrated in the recipe here, adapted from one on the health.delicious.com website. To stretch that protein, allow the chops to rest while you make the sauce, then thinly slice the meat against the grain. Chances are, you’ll have plenty for another meal. Serves 2-4. RECIPE HERE – Susan Puckett



  • 2 thick (bone-in) pork chops, about ¾ pound each
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large shallot (or 1 small yellow onion), minced
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme leaves (or 12 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon butter (optional)
  • 1 ½ cups seedless red or green grapes


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Pat the pork chops dry with paper towels and season on both sides with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large cast iron or other heavy-bottomed skillet, heat the olive oil over high heat. Add the pork chops and cook 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until well-browned.
  3. Transfer to the oven and roast 5-8 minutes, just until cooked through (145 degrees on a meat thermometer).
  4. Remove from the skillet from the oven and transfer the chops to a plate to rest. Pour out all but 1 tablespoon of fat from the pan and set it back on the burner.
  5. Add the shallot (or onion) and garlic; cook and stir until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the thyme and cook 1 minute longer. Add the broth, bring to a rapid simmer, and cook until reduced by about a third, or until thickened to a gravy consistency.
  6. Stir in the butter, if using, add the grapes, and cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until heated through.
  7. If desired, thinly slice the pork from the bone across the grain and arrange slices on each of 2 to 4 plates, reserving any leftovers for another meal. Alternately, place a whole chop on each of 2 plates.
  8. Spoon the grapes and sauce over the pork and serve.

Article Credit Jay Croft, creator and owner of Prime Fit Content.
Susan Puckett is a cookbook author and former food editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow her at 

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