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*Happiest of Birthdays to Barrie M., Jim F., Myrna S. and Fran B.!!!

*It has been proven that regular exercise is beneficial for healthy, active women during pregnancy. What happens, however, to the fetus during physical activity? A recent study by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology found "significantly decreased fetal heart rates in exercise-exposed fetuses...". The authors said further research on a larger sample size would be required to fully understand the effects of prenatal exercise on the fetus.

Curried Chicken-Spinach Salad

Yield: 4 servings (Serving size: 1 cup chicken and 1 1/4 ounces spinach)

*3 (5-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
*1/3 cup plain fat-free yogurt
*1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
*2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
*1 tablespoon mango chutney
*1 teaspoon curry powder
*1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
*2 large celery stalks, chopped
*1 cup seedless red grapes, halved
*1/2 teaspoon salt
*1/4 teaspoon black pepper
*1 (5-ounce) package fresh baby spinach
*1/4 cup chopped pecans

1) Trim excess fat from the chicken. Place the chicken and enough water to cover in a medium saucepan over high heat until water just begins to bubble. Reduce heat, cover and poach 10 minutes or until just cooked. Transfer the chicken to a bowl and let cool.
2) While chicken cools, combine yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, chutney, curry powder and ginger in a large bowl.
3) Chop chicken and add to yogurt mixture. Add celery, grapes, salt and pepper. Toss to coat evenly. Divide spinach among 4 plates; top with chicken salad and pecans.

Nutrition Information:
Calories per serving: 181
Carbohydrate: 21 grams
Protein: 13 grams
Fat: 6 grams
Fiber: 3 grams
A great salad to enjoy at an evening concert at Millennium Park or Ravinia!!

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