By Pamela Redwine
On Thursday, March 6, the Extension Service will offer free beginner computer classes. Introduction to the Internet will be offered from 9 a.m. – noon and Introduction to E-mail will be offered from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. The classes are free, however space is limited so call the Extension Service @ 675-2730 to register.
Healthy You Exercise Classes continue to meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. at the Extension office in Coffeeville.
We will start a Healthy You Nutrition Class on Wednesday, February 26. The class will follow immediately after the exercise class (approximately 9:45 a.m.) and will be held for 30 minutes, once a month. This will be an informal group that discusses different health topics, exchange healthy recipes etc. We hope that you will be able to make it.
Our crochet group meets twice a month. The next February meeting date is Thursday, February 27 at 10 a.m. in the conference room of the extension office. The group is free, but you will need to bring your own yarn and needle. Mrs. Karol Jarmon is our volunteer crochet leader.
It is time for MHV members to start thinking about their creative writing entries for State Council. Entries can in-clude: poems, short stories, essays and plays. These are due to the Extension Office by February 24.
The Yalobusha Buddies and the Yalobusha Clover Buds 4-H Clubs will meet on Thursday, February 27 at 4 p.m. in the conference room of the Yalobusha Multi-Purpose Building in Coffeeville. Children ages 5-18 are invited to attend. Please call 675-2730 to let us know your child will be attending.
Substitute Your Way to Lower Cholesterol
•Choose oatmeal or another whole grain cereal instead of baked goods. Top your oatmeal with fruit and skim milk.
•You can also try 100% whole wheat breads instead of sugary baked goods. After all, MyPlate does insist that people should make at least half of all the grains they eat whole grains, every day.
•Try trans-fat-free light tub margarine instead of butter.
•Substitute fat-free ricotta for regular or reduced-fat ricotta.
•Use a little bit of cheese that has a strong flavor instead of a lot of cheese that has a mild flavor. For example, try Swiss, Parmesan, or cheddar cheese, as flavoring agents and keep the amount you use in the dish on the small side.
•Use egg whites instead of whole eggs.
•Try a nonfat egg substitute.
•Instead of getting foods that are fried, try options that are grilled, roasted, or poached.
•Choose foods that are cooked with only a little fat, or, better yet, none at all.
•Do not rely too heavily on frozen foods.
•Become familiar with a few simple, fresh dishes that you can prepare quickly from scratch.
•Try sorbet or fat-free frozen yogurt instead of ice cream.
•Practice portion control and keep servings small.
•Add fresh fruit to your bowl for a fiber and nutrient boost!
Meat and Poultry
•When selecting a healthful poultry option, choose breast meat without the skin. It is very low in saturated fat.
•If you’re looking for lean beef and pork, try round and loin cuts. It is also smart to trim any excess fat and keep portions small.
•Remember, MyPlate asserts that people should keep meat and poultry items low in fat.
•Replace whole milk with skim milk.
•You can also try fortified soy milk.
•Focus on getting calcium and reducing fat. Whole milk contains a lot of saturated fat, which can raise cholesterol.