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Keep the Superbowl
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Cold Shrimp & Soba Noodles
Methods to Help You Stick
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  Issue # 31

January 2011


Jumping into my favorite month here, I would like to make one birthday wish...that the snow stays at the ski resorts where it belongs and out of my driveway.  I am sure a lot of you share my sentiment.
In the colder months it can most certainly be harder to stay on track with your healthful eating.  I have definitely found it more challenging to keep up with my exercise regimen.  To tackle this, I have reached out to several friends to join me at the gym for a good workout.  I would love to hear your tricks for staying on track.  Connect with us on Facebook and share your story.  
This past month we have been testing our new program, 5 squares Select.  I have been working on getting all the kinks out before we offer it to the public.  That being said, if you wish to be part of our test group, please email me at  You'll be able to choose your own menu items, and even add extra dinners for your family.
I have a great new recipe for you this month.  I hope you like it!

Monica Lynn
Nutritional expert and Founder of 5 Squares


Keep the Superbowl from Ruining Your Diet

Published in Associated Content on Yahoo, by Steve Helmer


The Superbowl is only weeks away and, with the fattening foods and drinks, it's the first event that gives you an excuse to blow your New Year's Resolution of eating right and staying in shape.


So, before Superbowl Sunday gets here, it's time for you to plan ahead to keep from putting on extra pounds and feeling guilty for the rest of the year.


Throw the Superbowl Bash - Invite friends over to watch the game and make a big deal out of it. Hosting the party helps you keep to your diet/exercise program a number of ways. First, you get to choose the food. Second, you're going to get plenty of exercise cleaning the house and doing your host/hostess duties of fetching drinks, taking coats, etc. And, if you get really involved during the party, talking to guests and tending to their needs, you won't eat as much either.


Shop for low calorie snacks -

Vegetable trays are the obvious choice for your party. But, to add variety, you can include low-fat dips and chips as well. Baked chips are usually the healthiest. If you remove the packaging from sight, most of your house guests won't even notice the difference.


Put the beer/soda in the basement - Or, if you don't have a basement, put them in a room on the other side of the house. Since, as the host/hostess, you would be the person getting the drinks, the extra walking will allow you to burn calories.


Plan an outdoor flag football game - What better way to keep your friends occupied until the game starts or at half time. Everyone gets fresh air and a little bit of exercise before sitting down in front of the television, or buffet. And, making little flags to wear is a lot more work than you would think. Just two suggestions: use a Nerf football and avoid areas with trees or ice to avoid unwanted injuries.


Send the leftovers home with your guests - The last thing your diet needs is a bunch of chips laying around in easy reach. You may not want to be tempted, but you're only human. When everyone is done eating make little doggy bags for each of your guests and make sure they take the food home with them. Don't take no for an answer.


Cold Shrimp & Soba Noodles

Serves 4 


4 ounces Soba Noodles
2 cups green beans, sliced thin
1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
6 ounces cooked medium shrimp, tail off
1/4 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon wheat free tamari sauce
2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
Sesame seeds to garnish


  1. Cook noodles according to directions on package.  Drain and rinse under warm water. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Coat large skillet or wok with non-stick cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Add green beans and mushrooms and cook, mixing occasionally for 6-8 minutes.
  3. Combine noodles, shrimp, green bean mix, and peppers.  In a small bowl, whisk together orange juice, lime juice, tamari sauce, and sesame oil.  Pour over noodle mixture and sprinkle with cilantro and sesame seeds.



Methods to Help You Stick to that New Year's Resolution

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