By Pamela Redwine
Do you love to make things? Do you hate to throw anything away because you could possibly use it in an arts and crafts project? Then we have a club for you – the Create Club. Join us for an interest meeting on Thursday, January 29 at 6 p.m. at the Multi-Purpose Building in Coffeeville. The purpose of this meeting is to organize the club, plan the meeting schedule and to plan our first project – so come with ideas!
We will have a morning Create Club and their first meeting will be Tuesday, February 10 at 9 a.m. Our first project will be a burlap cross with fabric on top. Yearly dues are $6 and each member will be responsible for their supplies. If you are interested in joining this club, please contact the Extension Service to have your name added to the mailing list.
Our Healthy You Exercise classes are free and continue to meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Make sure that you wear cool, comfortable clothes, good walking shoes and bring some water to drink.
Our crochet group will meet on Thursday, February 5 at 10 a.m. This is a laid back group that enjoys sharing patterns and helping each other learn to do new projects – from baby blankets to shawls and from beanies to scarfs – they are all trying new and different things. Annual dues are $6 and you will need to bring your choice of yarn and hook.
Dried Fruit: A Healthy Alternative to Fresh
Drying fresh fruit in the sun is one of the oldest methods of preserving food. Many people continue to dry fruit at home today. Fruit can be dried naturally by exposure to sunshine and air, or it can be processed commercially.
According to information from the 1999-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, people who routinely eat dried fruit have a higher intake of several vitamins and minerals (1). Dried fruit is a good source of fiber, potassium, and iron, and though some antioxidants (such as vitamin C) are lost during the drying process, dried fruit manages to retain a high overall antioxidant content.
One serving of dried fruit is smaller than a serving of fresh fruit because the serving of dried fruit contains far less water.
Imagine a one-cup serving of grapes, which fits into two cupped hands. One serving of dried grapes (raisins) is 1/4 cup, which is less than the amount you can hold in one cupped hand. It’s easy to eat large portions of dried fruit without realizing it, and the calories add up quickly. One cup of fresh grapes contains 60 calories, compared to the 120 calories in 1/4 cup raisins. So, when you do eat dried fruit, do it in moderation.
Dried fruits are naturally sweet, but some types of dried fruit contain added sugar or corn syrup. Read the list of ingredients to avoid these added sweeteners.
Use these four tips to include dried fruit in your daily food choices:
1. Add 1/4 cup chopped dried apples to your morning bowl of oatmeal for added fiber and natural sweetness.
2. Enjoy dried plums and nuts for a mid-morning snack that curbs your appetite and helps keep your blood sugar levels even
3. Dried cherries contain good amounts of antioxidants that help promote health.
4. Liven up a vegetable salad with dried blueberries. There’s no significant difference in the antioxidant content of dried and fresh blueberries (4), and you can keep dried blueberries in the cupboard for a splash of color and nutrition all year.