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Warm Fruit Pie Cup
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  Issue # 32

March 2011


What's your favorite 5 squares meal?  I know what mine is - okay well, it's a toss  up between the chorizo breakfast burrito and the horseradish crusted tilapia.  How awesome would it be to be able to choose your favorite meals and get them delivered right to your home?  Well now you can!  5 squares Select allows you to choose your own meals and even add extra meals for your family.  Want to try 5 squares you can. Email me your favorite 5 squares dish, and I'll add a complimentary day onto your first 2-week cycle.  
I am pretty excited to see the first lady getting so involved with health and food choices for our youth.  As a mother, it scares me to think what will be offered up during lunch once my daughter goes to elementary school next year.  It is often difficult to brown bag a healthful lunch (although my little girl loves it - horseradish crusted tilapia probably wont make the cut for the lunchbox):  I'm anxious to see what lies ahead.  Remember, healthful eating begins with you - set the example at home.
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Happy Eating!

Monica Lynn
Nutritional expert and Founder of 5 Squares

family biking
Get Fit With The Family This Spring!
Published in Tuscan Business on Tuesday, February 8, 2011  


(ARA) - The frost is lifting, the snow is melting, and you're beginning to remember how good it feels to be outside. Your fingers stop going numb, you don't see your breath anymore and you can finally take your kids out of the house without wrapping them in more layers than a wedding cake.Spring is coming and that means the ability to get back outside. Outdoor activities can be a great, inexpensive way to spend quality time with your family while staying fit and setting good examples for healthy lifestyles.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend adults get active at least two and a half hours per week. For teens, the CDC recommends at least one hour of physical activity per day. Anything that increases breathing and heart rate and strengthens muscles counts. Even exercising for small chunks of time - 10 minutes per day - can help improve overall health in children and adults.


One way to encourage healthy lifestyles is to incorporate your family into your exercise routine. Many outdoor activities that families can participate in never get old. This spring, greet the season with some of these activities:


* Take a hike or plan a family picnic at your local forest preserve or state park. Start the hike at dusk to reach a clearing in time for a beautiful sunset and star gazing. Just be sure to bring a flashlight for the walk back.


* For the baseball fans in your bunch, take a bike ride around your neighborhood park to release some energy before settling on the couch to catch the first pitch.


* If your crew is on the competitive side, lace up your sneakers and rally your neighbors for a game of kickball at your local high school. Keep up the fun by tracking team scores all season long.


Spring is the time for new beginnings, so the time is right to set your family on a healthy path. As you put away the winter coats and start opening your windows, keep in mind all the outdoor activities you can do with your family.


Warm Fruit Pie Cup
fruit cup pie

2 cups finely chopped Granny Smith apples
1/4 cup dried cranberries or craisins
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon margarine
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Coat medium skillet with nonstick cooking spray and place over medium heat.  Add fruit, lemon juice, Splenda and cinnamon.  Cover and simmer 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.Remove from heat. Stir in margarine and vanilla.  Eat as prepared or serve with Cinnamon rice cakes or Pop Corners.


Makes 4 1/3 cup servings
10 Tips for Packing a Healthy School Lunch
Sue Frederick, author of A Mother's Guide to Raising Healthy Children  

As a busy, working mom, I understand how tedious it becomes planning and packing school lunches day after day. However, I have a few tips to help you:


1. Keep it simple
. Don't try to be fancy or gourmet. Chances are, your child prefers simple foods. Try tuna or cheese sandwich squares accompanied by rice cakes and peanut butter, as well as fresh fruit (such as an apple or strawberries).


2. Think of ways to
get protein into the lunch
instead of just carbohydrates. Add a cheese stick, a small cup of tuna salad with pickles, or sliced meat and veggies in a pita pocket. Provide a cup of peanut butter for dipping apple slices into or smearing on top of mini rice cakes.


3. Ask your child to help.
If you bring your child to the store, she will help you plan the lunches and therefore be more likely to eat them. Ask your child specific questions: Do you want a salad in your lunch this week? How many times? Do you want baby carrots? Hot noodles? As she talks to you about her choices, you'll figure out ways to satisfy your desire for a simple, healthy lunch as well as her desire for something tasty.


4. Prepare on Sundays.
Fill little plastic containers with vanilla yogurt and frozen blueberries or strawberries and put them in the freezer. Each morning, take one frozen container and put it in your child's lunchbox. By lunchtime, it's a delightfully cold, healthy treat. My daughter also likes cups of frozen green beans, peas or corn (which you can pack and freeze on Sunday). These will thaw to a nice crunchiness by lunchtime. On Sunday, you can also take organic popcorn that comes already popped, pretzels, and whole-wheat crackers, and put them in a couple of plastic containers to drop into the lunch box during the week.

Read the rest of the tips here .
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