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February 25, 2014

WEEKNIGHT WONDERS: Full-flavored favorites that skip the extra sodium

When it comes to making better decisions about the foods you serve your family, today is the perfect time to start.

Poor diet choices can have a huge effect on overall health and well-being. For many families, one of the biggest culprits can be found in the cupboard or even on the dining room table.

While salt is one of the most popular seasonings used to make recipes work and add full flavor, its consumption has become a major concern to health organizations everywhere. Luckily, new products aimed towards sodium reduction allow families to enjoy their favorite meals without cutting out that much-loved salty flavor.

Great taste, less sodium

Please your family’s taste buds and their hearts with delicious recipes that serve up classic appeal without the harmful sodium. Pan-seared salmon and garden-fresh spinach are featured in this scrumptious Lemon-Basil Salmon with Whole Wheat Farfalle dish.

Are you in need of a soothing soup for a cold night? Look no further than this hearty recipe for Chicken Noodle Soup.

Or, simplify your weeknight meal routine with Sloppy Joes and satisfy a sweet tooth with Chocolate Cookie Brownies.

All of these recipes and more can be found at www.saltforlife.com.

Reasons to reduce

According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average human body only requires about 220 mg of sodium per day. However, most Americans take in more than 3,400 mg of sodium within that time frame. By taking action to reduce sodium consumption now, you can lessen your chance of developing one of the following harmful associations:

• According to a study from the Harvard School of Public Health, salt is connected to 1 in 10 deaths in the United States.

• New research from Georgia Regents University reveals teens are now consuming twice the recommended amount of sodium per day, and that there is a direct association between this and adolescent obesity.

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Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

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