Living Well In Yalobusha County

Eat Smart, Battle The Buffet

By Pamela Redwine


The Sewing for Service Adult Sewing Group will meet Monday, June 23 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The group will be finishing up the dresses and shorts and will discuss their next project. Feel free to bring your own sewing machine and supplies or use ours. This is an open group, the public is invited to attend.
Crochet Classes are offered at the Extension office twice a month from 10 a.m. until noon. The next class will be held Thursday, June 26. Classes are taught by volunteer Karol Jarman. The classes are free, however you will need to bring a yarn of your choice and a crochet hook.  This is a great opportunity for beginners to learn how to crochet, as well as good time for more experienced people to get ideas for new projects, or finish existing projects. We hope you will join us.
The Healthy You Exer-cise Group meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the Extension Office.  Join us for up to 45 minutes of low impact physical activity. If you come, make sure you wear comfortable, cool clothes, good walking shoes and bring some water to drink.
During our Healthy You Nutrition Class last week, we discussed eating out smart.  We also discussed going to an all you can eat buffet………So the challenge… can you go to a buffet and not overdo it?
 
Here are a few suggestions:
•Check it all out first and decide what you really want. Decide which calories are “worth it.”
•Start with the salad and fresh vegetable section — fill a plate with these. Watch the dressing.
•Look for fruit — canned peaches and fruit cocktail in syrup doesn’t count.
•Look for grilled or steamed items.
•Skip things with sauces, high fat cheeses, and gravy.
•It’s OK to take just a little. Sit down. Eat slowly. Then get a clean plate and get something else.
•Remember MyPlate. Every time you get something, fill at least half your plate with fruits and vegetables.
•If you want dessert, go for just one item. Select the one you really want, don’t nibble on several.
•Chocolate fountains may actually be a blessing.  These fountains usually offer fruit and angel food cake as dippers — both good choices — even with a little chocolate.
And lastly, if there aren’t enough healthy options for you to choose from, then go to the management and let them know.

Marinated Dill Green Beans

1/2 lb. small fresh
green beans

1/4 cup olive oil

2 Tbsp rice or white
wine vinegar

1 tsp lemon zest

1 garlic clove
1 tsp chopped
fresh dill

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1/2 medium onion,
thinly sliced

Cook beans in boiling water to cover 3 to 5 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain.  Plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain and set aside
Heat oil and next 5 ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat.
Combine beans, onion, and garlic; drizzle with warm vinaigrette, tossing to coat. Cover and chill at least 3 hours. Discard garlic clove.
Makes 2 cups, Prep 10 min., Cook: 8 min.; Chill: 3 hours

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