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*Happiest of Birthdays to Claudia S. and Kevin S. in Portland!!

*Happy Happy Anniversaries to Cody/Deb E. and Eric/Kim H.!!

*True or False??
-Carbohydrates are bad for your health and cause weight gain, and therefore should be avoided.
False: With regards to weight loss, the proportion of macronutrients (carbs, protein, fat) consumed is not as important as the total caloric intake versus caloric expenditure. However, foods rich in fiber and protein tend to be the most filling, which in theory would lead to a reduced intake of food and calories compared to high-fat foods and low-fiber carbs (cakes, cookies, refined foods). The healthiest meal plan is one rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and omega-3 fatty acids from fish, and low in saturated fat, trans fat, sodium and added sugars.

-Rapid weight loss can be maintained.
False: Many diets promise rapid weight loss, such as 10 to 20 pounds a week. This amount is possible on extremely restrictive diets, but it can't be maintained. A large portion of the weight loss on these types of diets is water and lean tissue, so once you go off the diet and go onto a maintenance phase, you'll gain the weight back, and probably more.

Artichoke and Tomato Salsa

Yield: 12 servings (Serving size: 1/4 cup salsa and 1 ounce pita chips)

*1 (14.5-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
*1/4 medium chopped red onion (about 1/3 cup)
*1/4 cup chopped pitted kalamata olives
*1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
*1 tablespoon dry Italian dressing mix (such as Good Seasons)
*1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
*1 teaspoon capers
*1 (14.5 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
*1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
*2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
*2 (6-ounce) bags plain baked pita chips

1) Combine the first 7 ingredients (through capers) in a mixing bowl; stir in tomatoes and crushed red pepper.
2) Garnish with parsley and serve with pita chips.

Nutrition Information:
Calories per serving: 175
Carbohydrate: 23 grams
Protein: 5 grams
Fat: 5 grams
Fiber: 3 grams

A perfect snack for the next Bears game!

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