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Wheat Pasta or Multigrain Pasta

  • Has 3 times more fiber than regular pasta
  • Food high in fiber lower risk of heart disease and diabetes
  • High fiber food fill you up faster
  • Whole wheat pasta have a higher protein content
  • When layered in Lasagna or with healthy sauces very filling and delicious
  • Keep trying different brands until you find one your family enjoys

You can take any pasta recipe and tweak it to make it more healthy for your family. The family won't be able to tell the difference if you make lasagna. My family couldn't. It's one small step to get the family on a road to healthy eating. You will come away from the table eating less and more satisfied.


Body Mechanics

The way your body is held and moves during daily activity is body mechanics. Your posture is the most important components of body mechanics. Posture refers to the position of the spine, arms and legs.

Proper body mechanics is necessary to prevent injury to your spine. This is especially necessary when exercising. You need to make sure you move correctly and perform exercise safely. If you run or jog with poor body mechanics, you run the risk of back injury. Poor posture is one of the reasons for injury to back and neck. Yoga exercises are good to help obtain and maintain good posture, leading to good body mechanics.

The goal is to improve your body mechanics by proper posture, with exercises, will lead to proper spine alignment. Spine alignment help reduce the risk of injury in daily life. Practice good posture, develop good body mechanics and your back will thank you.


Strong Bones

Bone health is important regardless of your age. Maintaining and building strong bones depends on Vitamin D, calcium and physical activity. The majority of your bone mass rapidly develops between ages of 10 and 20 and peaks at age 30. Osteoporosis is a disease where the bones become fragile and can break easy. This is showing up earlier and earlier in women and is not longer consider the "old age" disease.

After age 30 you tend to lose more bone than your body replenish. See like other tissue, your bone replenish itself. The idea is to have strong bones one you head into life after 30. One important way to do that is get enough calcium. Diary food offers the best source of calcium. The second important ste is regular physical activity. Weight-bearing exercise, such as walking, dancing, jogging will help prevent bone loss. You also need to add strength training to boosts bone density.

Fruit and vegetables are linked to lower incidence of osteoporosis. Fiber rich food is your friend to help with strong bones. Be smart, eat right, exercise and avoid bone loss.

Women Devotion

Love Your Enemy

Luke 6:32 "If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' love those who love them."

It's easy to be nice and gracious to people who are being nice to you but what about people that seem to really test your patience, or challenge your character. Take a moment to think of the one person that is the hardest for you to love and the person you can easily love. The verse from Luke is telling us we should love both equally. That's where the love of Christ comes in; Jesus showed love to everyone and came to give life to everyone. We are to spread the love of Jesus through our actions, by what we say and how we respond to situations.

It's not enough to look at the homeless on the street and say they need help. We are charged to find out what the shelters can use to help accommodate the needs of the homeless. It's not enough to say the food bank is low on food; we are taxed to give food to feed the hungry and help nourish their souls as well. Our natural response is to show concern but not necessary act on those concerns.

What about the, person at the office that seems to always take credit for your ideas, can you love them? The boss that seems to not appreciate anything you do, do you care about their well being? The person that communicates you are their friend but then seems to always have something negative to say about you, where's the love? God can love all people through us.

Before being defensive and critical of others, stop and think do we really know about that person's situation. Do we really know what's going on in that person's life? Do we know why they can't commit to being a good friend, have they been hurt before? Do they need to work through some trust issues? We are not here to judge but we are here to show love to all. By letting God love these people through us, we will begin to love them also.

During this season of love, think about who it might be hard for you to show love to and ask God to love that person through you so that you can begin to love them also.

This Issue

Pasta Dishes
Healthy Bones
Love Your Enemy
Body Mechanics
Valentine's Day
Money Saving Tips

This Month's Recipes

Chicken Spaghetti


  • 1 or 2 cups cooked chicken breast, cut in chunks
  • 1 (6 oz.) pkg. thin multigrain or wheat spaghetti, COOKED
  • 1 can cream of fat free mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 cup diced red and green peppers
  • 1/4 cup sliced ripe olives (optional)
  • Roma tomatoes, cubed
  • 1/2 lb. lite Velveeta, cubed
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese, grated
Mix all ingredients together, except Parmesan cheese, and place in a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish. Cover, bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Stir once or twice toward end of cooking time to mix ingredients. (amounts of ingredients can vary slightly, if desired) Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese before serving.

Heart Healthy Lasagna


  • Wheat or multigrain lasagna (boil as directed) enough for 3 to 4 layers
  • 1 jar Prego heart healthy sauce
  • 1 pound of ground sirloin (cooked)
  • 8 oz. low fat ricotta cheese
  • 12 oz - 2% skim shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • Ground Italian seasoning

Mix the ground sirloin and the sauce. Mix the ricotta cheese; the egg and the seasoning (use as much as desired based n your taste); 13x9 baking dish, heat oven to 350. Slightly cover bottom of dish with meat sauce, then a layer of pasta, ricotta cheese mixture, and meat sauce and mozzarella cheese, repeat the process and the last layer will be meat sauce and mozzarella and parmesan cheese.

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Money Saving Tips

  • Family Night at home - rent a movie, order a pizza or make a pizza, plan games to play. We take turn picking movies and deciding what game to play.
  • Movies - go to the matinee when new movies come out or wait for the video to come out. If your town has a dollar movie wait for the show to go to the dollar theatre.
  • Sign up on resturant email list for free meals and notice of special deals and events.
  • Let each family member choose a place to go for dinner for their birthday. If months are close together combine the two and go to really nice restuarant.
  • Look for family night pricing for professional sporting events and plan what you will eat before leaving home.
  • Brown bag at work with friends and make it a pot luck experience.
  • Cook several casseroles or pasta dishes on the weekend to fill gaps throughout the week.

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