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Living Well In Yalobusha County

Tweak Holiday Customs For Healthier Eating

By Pamela Redwine


The next 4-H Meeting (combined Clover buds for ages 5-8 and Yalobusha Buddies for ages 10-18) will meet Thursday, November 14 at 4 p.m. During this meeting 4-Hers will be turning in their operation Christmas child boxes and we will also hold our Awards Program. Please call the Extension office at 675-2730 if your child plans to come.

Sun Catcher Work Day  
   We will have a work day on Thursday, November 21 at 4 p.m. to finish up our Sun Catcher project for the nursing home. This workday is for volunteers, parents and youth. We need to make more sun catchers, drill holes in existing ones, add wire to hang, and package to give to nursing home residents. I hope you will make plans to attend!

Family & Consumer Science Programs
Exercise Classes – The Healthy You Exercise class meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. The class is free and is open to the public. Please wear cool comfortable clothes, good walking shoes and bring water to drink. The nurse will be here on Wednesday, November 13  to see Healthy You Participants.  Please arrive by 8:45 a.m. if you plan on seeing the nurse to get your blood pressure and glucose tested.
Crochet Class – The Crochet Class will meet at 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 14 and 21 at the Extension office in Coffeeville. This is a free program and is led by volunteer Karol Jarmon.  Bring a crochet hook and some yarn and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and learn a new craft.

MHV News:
Food for Families Food Drive:  Please consider helping us collect food for needy families this holiday season.  The Yalobusha Extension Service, the Yalobusha MHV and WTVA are sponsoring the Food for Families Food Drive.  The Food Drive is going on now thru December 5. You can drop off your non-perishable food items in Coffeeville at Renasant Bank, The Drug Store, Coffeeville Public Library, Occasions and Petals or the Extension Service. Locations in Water Valley include Larson’s Piggly Wiggly, The Other Place, Blackmur Library and Freds. All food collected will benefit people in our area.
Coke Tabs – The MHV is continuing to collect coke tabs that will be sent to the Ronald McDonald House.  If you collect coke tabs, please consider donating them to the MHV. You can bring them to the Extension office.

Holiday Traditions Your Family Will Love
Every family has traditional holiday foods that show up on the table year after year.
Instead of using the holidays as an excuse for high-fat, high-calorie feasting, use these five easy tips to remake your holiday favorites with good health in mind.
Holiday Tip #1:
Control Portions
Set the holiday table with your family’s heirloom china. This will help you automatically downsize portion sizes, because until the late 1960s, dinner plates were nine inches or so in diameter. Today’s plates have an average diameter of 12 inches. No one will notice a decrease in portion sizes when you use smaller plates and glasses. Cut Grandma’s luscious Christmas cake into 18 servings, portion your favorite holiday cookie recipe to make 4 dozen smaller cookies instead of 3 dozen larger ones, cut fudge into 1”x1” pieces, and use 4-ounce glasses for your favorite sparkling punch.
Holiday Tip #2:
Double Up on Vegetables
Serve vitamin-packed, lower carbohydrate vegetables like asparagus, Brussels sprouts, or broccoli in large bowls. Put higher calorie mashed potatoes and winter squashes in smaller bowls. Place a smaller serving spoon in the bowls with potatoes or winter squash and your family and guests will automatically – and unknowingly – serve themselves smaller portions (1). Instead of meatballs and cheese logs, feature vegetable appetizers like marinated mushrooms, tomato bruschetta, roasted asparagus, stuffed tomatoes, etc.
Holiday Tip #3:
Give Healthful Gifts
Give homemade gifts that are packed with healthful ingredients. Bake breads that feature hearty whole grains, bring a basket of luscious fresh fruit instead of a box of candy as a hostess gift, or tie a bow around a bag of mixed nuts instead of cookies.
Holiday Tip #4:
Lighten Up
Lighten up favorite recipes. Use fat-free evaporated skim milk instead of cream in custard pies and sauces, boost flavor in casseroles with spices and seasonings instead of butter or salt, and bake foods instead of frying them. No one will notice the changes!
Holiday Tip #5: Make Fruit the Star
Give colorful fruit a starring role. Serve fresh sliced berries for a holiday breakfast, include colorful chunks of fresh fruit such as pineapple, mango, kiwi, and red grapes on bamboo skewers for a holiday buffet; offer nibbles of dates and grapes instead of cheese and crackers, etc.

Article Source: Communicating Food for health, November 2013

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