Call for more fruit, veggies

Just when Americans were finally getting the message that they should eat five fruits and vegetables a day, the nutritionists have gone and raised the bar. Now experts are saying some Americans need to eat nine servings of fruit and vegetables a day.

According to food guidelines developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, children ages 2 to 6 should eat five servings of fruit and vegetables a day, children over 6 and active women and teens should eat seven and active teen boys and men should eat nine.


Looking to taste real Canadian bacon, eh? Now you can. REAL Canadian Bacon Co. (actually based in Troy, Mich.) is selling Canadian "peameal bacon," which is cut from the main muscle of boneless pork loins, cured and rolled in cornmeal coating. It doesn't resemble bacon at all; there is almost no fat. And this isn't the same as "Canadian-style" bacon sometimes sold in U.S. supermarkets. That is smoked bacon; this isn't smoked but cured in sweet pickle brine.

The company sells the bacon in slices (four 1-pound trays for $37.96) or as a whole roast (5 pounds for $43.75). For information or to order, call 866-222-6601 or visit

A boost from juice

Feeling a little blue? Try R.W. Knudsen's new blueberry nectar for a refreshing change. Made with blueberry, apple and white grape juice, the nectar can be used to flavor smoothies and snow cones, or enjoyed in a glass.

And don't forget, research has shown blueberries contain antioxidants that may help to fight cancer. The juice is available in 32-ounce bottles at natural-food stores and selected supermarkets nationwide at a suggested retail price between $2.69 and $2.99.

Promoting school aid

General Mills has expanded its Box Tops for Education program this year to include Pillsbury brands and Gold Medal Flour. Now there are more than 800 products that carry the coupons. Schools enrolled in the program can earn up to $60,000 each. For more information on the program, visit


Get new ideas for making kids' lunches from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow at Eddie's of Roland Park, 6213 N. Charles St. Call 410-377-8040 for more information.

Celebrate Maryland wines at the Maryland Wine Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Carroll County Farm Museum. Events include tastings, arts and crafts, educational seminars and entertainment. $15 for adults 21 and older. Children free if accompanied by an adult. The farm is located at 500 S. Center St., Westminster. Call 410-848-7775 or 800-654-4645 for information.

Single men and women can learn how to make simple suppers in a cooking class with author Joan Allen and Ethel and Ramone's chef Ed Blum from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Whole Foods Market, 1330 Smith Ave. in Mount Washington. $15. Call 410-358-4732 for reservations.

Learn to make the perfect apple pie with cookbook author Ken Haedrich (pictured below), who will share his tips and techniques 1 p.m. Saturday at the Towson branch of the Baltimore County Public Library, 320 York Road. He will demonstrate recipes from his new book, Apple Pie Perfect (Harvard Common Press, $22.95 hardcover, $15.95 paperback). Event is free.

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