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Living Well In Yalobusha County

Share The Gift Of Health

By Pamela Redwine

The rain didn’t damper the Coffeeville Parade.  And our Family and Consumer Science 4-H Club was well represented with 18 youth and eight adults in our walking unit!  This year was my first time to walk in parades and we have had a great time, not to mention gotten some good exercise!
The FCS 4-H Club will have its monthly meeting on Thursday, Dec. 20.  We will meet at the Extension office at 2:30 p.m. and will travel to Water Valley to the nursing home to hand out our Kleenex covers and sing a few songs for the residents.  If you are coming from Water Valley you can meet us at the nursing home around 2:50 p.m.  Please call the Extension office to let us know you will be going.
Our Healthy You exercise class meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m.  During the Christmas holidays we will not meet Friday, Dec. 21 or Friday, Jan. 4.  
Classes will start back Monday, January 7 at 9 a.m. Start thinking now about what exercise you will do during the time we are not meeting.  You may want to purchase a walking DVD or you may want to walk outside.  But please continue to exercise during the holidays to help keep unwanted weight off and to help fight stress and depression.

Share the Gift of Health

Don’t let holiday gift shopping get you down.  Remember to set your priorities and your limits – both time and money.  So, while you’re trying to control your holiday indulgences to stay healthy why not give gifts that promote healthy eating and year-round healthy lifestyles to your friends and family.  Here’s a list of ideas to get you started – check it twice:
• Fill a pretty basket with a variety of fresh fruit.  Oranges, apples, bananas, kiwi, grapes, grapefruit, pineapple and pears are good choices. Line the basket with a colorful kitchen towel.  Maybe add a small cutting board and knife.
• Find a festive tin and fill it with flavored popcorn and a gift certificate for a movie rental.
• Fill a new salad bowl with lowfat salad dressings and flavored vinegars.  Add your favorite salad recipes.
• Make a homemade salt-free seasoning mix and place it in antique or decorative jars.
• Load up a colander with a variety of packaged pastas, toss in a pasta cookbook and a package of red, checked napkins.
• Wrap up a heart-healthy cookbook.
• Combine several varieties of dry beans and lentils such as pinto, northern, fava, navy, black-eyed peas and soybeans.  Repackage them in pretty glass jars.  Add a wooden spoon or ladle as well as dried herbs and seasonings.
• Pack a gym bag with exercise gear such as hand weights, a sweatband, a pedometer, and an exercise video or a jump rope.  Maybe add a gift certificate to a store that sells athletic clothing.
• Fill a basket with cans of fat free refried beans, whole-wheat tortillas, baked tortilla chips and a jar of salsa.  Add a recipe for a healthy Mexican dish.
• Bake a batch of low-fat muffins or a mini-loaf of bread and give them in an antique mixing bowl with a container of lowfat flavored cream cheese.
• Place assorted herbal teas in a basket. Include a special teacup and tea infuser.

Recipe of the Week

By: Pamela Redwine

Sweet Potato Cakes

4 cups shredded peeled sweet potato
1/4  cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon instant minced onion
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper • Dash of ground nutmeg
1 large egg, lightly beaten • Cooking Spray

Combine first 7 ingredients. Coat a nonstick skillet with cooking spray.  For each cake, spoon 1/4 cup mixture into pan; flatten with a spatula. Cook 4 minutes on each side or until golden. Yield: 12 cakes
Per Cake: Calories 85, Fat 0.6g, Protein 2.0, Carbohydrate 18.3g, Fiber 2.1g, Cholesterol 18mg,     Sodium 36mg. Exchanges: 1 starch
Recipe Source: Delicious Ways to control Diabetes: Down Home Diabetic Recipes

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