Grace Willing Workers hear program on eating healthy on the run


Dixie Fritz presented the program, “Healthy Eating on the Run,” at the recent meeting of the Grace Willing Workers Extension Homemakers.

The meeting and potluck luncheon, hosted by Geneva Gray, Dixie Fritz, Christie Barron and Lynda Toler, were held at the Centennial Fellowship Church in White Hall.

Fritz opened her program by asking various members to read tips to help you eat healthy when eating out from the American Dietetic Association. Some of the tips are:

• Read restaurant menus carefully for clues to fat and calorie content. Menu terms that can mean less fat and calories: baked, braised, broiled, grilled, poached, roasted, and steamed. Menu items that can mean more fat and calories: batter-fried, pan-fried, buttered, creamed, crispy, and breaded.

• Hold the bread or chips until your meal is served.

• If you are planning a special meal in the evening, have a light breakfast and lunch.

• Limit the amount of alcohol you drink. Alcohol tends to increase your appetite.

• Split your order.

• Boost the nutrition in all types of sandwiches by adding tomato , lettuce, peppers, or other vegetables.

• Top your baked potato with broccoli and a sprinkle of cheese or salsa.

• Eat your lower-calorie food first. Follow up with a light main course.

Speed scratch is a term used when you combine ready-to-use fresh foods (such as salad in a bag) with packaged foods (such as taco kits). Shop the salad bar vegetables for pre-sliced mushrooms, broccoli and cauliflower florets or chopped onions to be used in stir-fry or soup. Fritz concluded her program by giving the following ingredient ideas to get food on the table fast:

• Prewashed, precut vegetables

• Prepackaged stir-fry veggies

• Frozen pasta with vegetables

• Pasta salad mixes, which require oil or mayonnaise to be added

• Boneless, skinless chicken breasts or pre-sliced stir-fry meats

• Frozen bread dough, pizza crust mix, or ready-to-use crusts

• Canned foods, fruit in juice, water-packed tuna, low-sodium soup

• Mixes: whole -grain pancake, muffin, cornbread

• Low-fat yogurt, low-fat cheese, whole grain crackers.

Debbie James, club president, conducted the business session. Craft workshops were discussed. Peggie Barbaree from Willing Workers of White Hall taught Grace Willing Workers a Magnolia Pin Cushion Workshop. Those attending were Liz Crosby, Kaye Richardson, Eva Marie Pearson, Linda Murray, Toler, Marjorie Zuber, Connie Herrin, Trinity Mixon, a guest of Connie Herrin, Barbara Stone, Betty Lacy, and James.

Brenda Robinson, a member of Grace Willing Workers Extension Homemakers, taught a Jefferson County EHC workshop on paper necklaces. Those attending from Grace Willing Workers were Zuber, Herrin, Crosby, Nancy Rosen, Richardson, Toler, James, and Bettye Johnson. James announced that the club would sponsor crafts for kids on three separate dates.

Community service was discussed. Members were urged to continue working on loom hats for Children’s Hospital and to bring non-perishable food items for the the Transformation Project at the Centennial Fellowship Church. Fritz reported on her recent visit to play bingo at the Arkansas Convalescent Center.

Johnson, vice president, said that the next fellowship tour will be “Oliver” at the Arts & Science Center of Southeast Arkansas with a reception following the play.

In other business, members who attended the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council State Meeting in Hot Springs said that it was very enjoyable. Rosen presented the club with a certificate and check she received for the club’s project book she submitted. James showed a scarf that she had made in one of the Creative Skills classes at the state meeting. Rosen also presented certificates to the Grace Go Getters, the Grace Willing Workers Walk Across Arkansas team. James presented pins to the outgoing (2011-2013) officers as a token of her appreciation. Those receiving the pins were Johnson, vice president; Sabrina Self-Gwin, secretary; Herrin, treasurer; and Rosen, parliamentarian.

Lacy showed several crafts that she had recently completed. One craft that she showed was a table runner. Several of her crafts were made at workshops. Linda Works showed a Ceremonial Bead Necklace.

Guests at the meeting were Helen Majewski, Flo Harper and Presley King, granddaughter of member Delores Kelley.