By Pamela Redwine
Last week we did some serious canning here at the Extension Office.
On Monday, July 1st, we had eleven 4-Hers in our Kids in the Kitchen program. They enjoyed canning strawberry jam. Each child got to test their jam with a tasty biscuit and they got to take a jar home to share with their family.
On Tuesday, July 2, several ladies and I canned tomatoes. Each participant took home two jars of tomatoes. It’s not too late. If you haven’t been canning this year or you need new recipes check with the Extension Service. We have several publications that have delicious and safe canning recipes.
Remember be careful where you get your canning recipes. Just because it is online or maybe even passed down for many generations does not mean it is safe. All vegetables (except tomatoes) must be canned in a pressure canner. It is okay to can most tomatoes, jams, jellies, salsas, and pickles in a boiling water bath. For more information, contact me at the Extension Service 675-2730.
The Crochet Group will meet on Thursday, July 11 from 10 a.m. to noon. This program is free and open to the public. Please bring crochet yarn and crochet needle with you.
A 4-H sewing class will be held on Thursday, July 18, from 10 a.m. until noon. There are 14 spots available for youth ages 7 to 15. Volunteers are also needed. All supplies for this program will be provided. However there is a $3 fee to help cover expenses. You must register to attend. Please call 675-2730 or come by the Extension Office to register your child. The workshop fee should be paid when registering. If you call to register, the workshop fee can be mailed to Yalobusha County Extension Service P.O. Box 610, Coffeeville, MS 38922.
The Healthy You Exercise class meets each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Wear cool clothes, comfortable shoes and bring some water to drink.
Don’t forget to like us on Facebook at MSU- Yalobusha County Exten-sion Service to keep up with our upcoming events.
Basic Guide to Snacking
1. Don’t eat if you are not hungry. The calories eaten when you are not hungry do not help you eat later or less at the next meal.
2. Don’t skip breakfast. Skipping breakfast will cause you to consume more foods later in the day.
3. Eat smaller, more frequent meals. Eating smaller, more frequent meals does appear to shrink the size of the stomach. A study that examined the stomach capacity of people on a very-low-calorie diet for four weeks showed that stomach size was reduced by 27 to 36 percent, compared to control subjects who maintained their usual eating habits. This study suggests that people who regularly eat smaller, more frequent meals will begin to feel more satisfied with less food over time. In theory, this might be why people who eat smaller, but more frequent meals tend to be thinner on average.
4. Choose the right foods. If your snacks are based on whole grains, fruits and vegetables, with a little nonfat dairy and lean protein, you will be on your way to better health. You will want to watch your intake of salt and saturated fat to keep your heart healthy.
5. Think out with the bag!! That is, out with foods that are sold as snacks in all those cute packages and bags. Refined carbohydrates such as pretzels, crackers, cookies and chips are often high in sodium and fat, and low in fiber.
(Article Source: Communicating Food for Health)