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Living Well In Yalobusha County

Diabetes Snacks Can Be Delicious For The Whole Family

By Pamela Redwine

On Thursday, July 18 there will be a 4-H sewing program at the Extension office. We will be making drawstring bags and the cost is $3 per child.  Space is limited and you must register to attend.   
Our Healthy You Exercise class is going good.  The first of July we changed videos, but we are still doing a three-mile walk video. This time we are using a resistance band.  Feel free to join us! Bring water; wear cool comfortable clothes and good tennis shoes.
We are having a great time during our monthly crochet classes. We meet twice a month at the Extension office located in the Multi-Purpose building in Coffeeville and enjoy the fellowship and the opportunity to crochet for a couple of hours each meeting. Our next meeting will be Thursday, July 25 at 10 a.m.  Bring some yarn and a crochet needle and join us.
Both the older 4-H Club and the Clover Buds will meet on Thursday, July 25th at 3 p.m. in the Extension Office, located in the Multi-Purpose building in Coffeeville. The meeting is free and is open to all youth ages 5 to 18.  Please call 675-2730 to let us know your child will be coming.
The United Y.C. MHV club participants will have their annual picnic at the lake on Thursday, July 25.  Please contact me or Mrs. Julia Fernandez to find out what you need to bring.

Inexpensive Diabetes-Friendly Snacks
Having diabetes does not mean that you need to purchase “special” food!  Snacks for people with diabetes are foods that can work for the entire family.  Watching quantity and portion size is important for people with diabetes, but it doesn’t mean that what you eat has to taste bad. Here are some simple, in-expensive snacks for people with diabetes.
Apple and Cheddar Cheese
Skip the expensive apples that are sold by weight and buy a whole bag of apples instead. The apples in these bags are generally smaller and cost much less than the other apples. Plus, they’ll last for a while when stored in a cool place. It’s helpful if you include some protein with your carbohydrates, in order to keep your blood sugar stable. Try pairing a slice of cheddar cheese with that apple. One small apple can be cut into four wedges.
Cut one-half inch slice of cheese from a bar of low-fat cheese (bars are less expensive then cheese slices and will last a long time in your refrigerator), and add it to the apple. Each wedge with cheese is about 30 calories, with around 5 carbs per snack.
  Assorted Vegetables
Carrots and celery are inexpensive and keep well in the refrigerator. Paired with a little peanut butter, which also stores well, they’re a healthful snack that fills you up! If you have room for a garden, try growing your own carrots and celery. Not only does it save even more money, but it provides you with the added bonus of exercise when planting, weeding, and harvesting, but also the end results are delicious, inexpensive vegetables that you grew yourself! These vegetables are basically carbohydrate-free. Peanut butter has approximately 100 calories per tablespoon and 8 grams of carbohydrate. A little peanut butter goes a long way when vegetables are dipped in it.

Sugar -Free Gelatin
Sugar-free gelatin is inexpensive and stores well. You can basically eat as much as you like (within reason) since there are not calories or carbohydrates in this food.
       Frozen Grapes
Yes, frozen! Wash red, seedless grapes and place them on a cookie sheet. Put the sheet in the freezer until the grapes are frozen, then take the grapes off the sheet and store them in a sealed freezer bag. They’ll keep for months in the freezer.  Roughly 20 average sized grapes have 70 calories and 18 grams of carbohydrates.
(Article Source: Communicating Food For Health Newsletter, July 2013.)

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