This conversation is sponsored by the Calorie Control Council. The Calorie Control Council provided compensation for me to create this post, but the opinions and text are all mine.

It’s definitely that time of year when many of us either set goals for the New Near or take a moment to reflect on the events of the previous year. In fact, a few weeks ago I had a discussion with a few close friends about how it’s easy to look back at your year and think you’ve done absolutely nothing. But then when you take a closer look and write down everything you’ve accomplished, you realize that a lot more happened than you originally thought.

With that in mind, I’ve decided to make 2017 the year I’m going to take time and reflect back on my professional and personal goals each month instead of waiting until the end of the year. I’ve also learned that major milestones are only accomplished by reaching the smaller milestones along the way. I think the same is true for our health and wellness goals. If you’ve set some major health goals for 2017, the next step is to break down those goals by figuring out all the steps in between in order to make that goal achievable. They might not seem like major milestones, but each one could make a big difference over time. And tracking them each week or even monthly can provide motivation to keep going.

If one of your goals for 2017 is to reduce calories from added sugar, perhaps using an artificial sweetener might be a good solution. Two fruits that are in season this time of year include pears and pomegranate, which is why this has been one of my favorite recipes lately. The following recipe is tasty, high in fiber, and contains no added sugar.

Happy New Year!

Pear and Pomegranate Fruit Salsa

  • 0 minutes
  • 8 ingredients
  • 1 steps


  • 1 cup pomegranate arils (about 1 small/medium pomegranate)
  • 1 cup diced pears (about 1 pear)
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 2 TB lime juice
  • 1 TB cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 packet aspartame or artificial sweetener of your choice


  1. Combine all ingredients together and serve. Serve over grilled chicken or fish, salad greens, or with baked chips.

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