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The Healthy Family Meals Newsletter, Issue #47 -- A Tomato Harvest
September 21, 2006


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Kindy's Musings....

The leaves are changing colors and fall is in the air. As the seasons change and families fall into busy school schedules, it’s a good time to think about fitness.

Surveys of American fitness habits continue to confirm that we are a nation of couch potatoes and that we are raising a new generation of tater tots.

Here are six simple ways that parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles, teachers, coaches, and friends can help kids become more active and more fit.........

1. Be a role model for fitness. The best way to encourage fitness is to get off the couch and get active yourself. What you do is not as important as the fact that you are doing something active.

2. Find activities that fit the child. Different body types are better, and usually happier, doing different activities. Kids need opportunities to try out lots of different activities and sports.

3. Make it fun. Basically children do not like to “exercise”. For kids, it has to be fun. Experts in child behavior recommend that parents not force children to stick with a specific sport or activity.

4. Choose the right equipment. Kids need comfortable clothes and shoes that fit well. Children need kid-size equipment and firm rules about safety in sports and physical activities.

5. Explore activities to last a lifetime. Fall is a wonderful time for outdoor and indoor activity options. Some kids naturally prefer individual activities or non-competitive sports such as biking, dancing or skateboarding. The key is to help children find activities they love to do.

6. Show up and encourage them. Active support is important, especially for 8-12 year olds during the “tween” years between childhood and adolescence.

Enjoy another great salsa recipe below!


Try the easy recipe below:

RECIPE OF THE WEEK

TOMATO SALSA FRESCA

Makes 1 ½ to 2 cups

Start to Finish: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

3 medium-sized ripe tomatoes

2 scallions, finely minced

2 medium cloves of garlic, minced a handful of parsley, finely minced a handful of cilantro, finely minced

1 tsp lightly toasted cumin seeds

¾ to 1 tsp salt

1 TBSP cider vinegar

1 TBSP olive oil

1 TBSP fresh lime juice crushed red pepper, to taste

Directions:

Drop the tomatoes into a potful of simmering water for 10 seconds. Take them out, pull off the skins, and squeeze out the seeds. Dice the remaining pulp.

Combine everything in a small bowl or container. Cover tightly and chill.

Source: Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen


FOOD FOCUS

Tomatoes

The tomato was originally a small round fruit resembling what is known today as the cherry tomato. There are over 1,000 different varieties of tomatoes and they can be round, globular, or oval.

When buying tomatoes, choose firm tomatoes with good color that yield to light pressure of the fingers. Fresh tomatoes are best bought at the end of the summer, when local vine-ripened tomatoes are abundant.

Tomatoes can be kept for a week at room temperature, as long as they are not exposed to direct sunlight. Overripe tomatoes should be stored in the refrigerator, where they will keep for 2 or 3 days.

Green tomatoes can be ripened slowly at room temperature. Wrap them individually in paper bags or cover them with cloth.

Tomatoes are a good source of vitamin C and potassium; they also supply folic acid and vitamin A. Studies show that eating tomato products can lower your risk of heart disease and cancers.

The benefits may come from a powerful antioxidant called lycopene. Lycopene is better absorbed from cooked or heat-processed tomatoes than raw ones. You can get lycopene from fresh and canned tomatoes, as well as tomato soup, sauce, paste, salsa, and even ketchup.

For more information, visit www.lycopene.org.



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The idea behind Hint is simple: pure water, nature's original refreshment, accented with a hint of natural flavor.

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We thank you for trying Hint, hope that you and your family enjoy it, and wish you excellent health.

Kara Goldin

CEO, Founder.

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Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Kindy --Your Family Dietitian


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