On-the-go Snacks

first_imgWith kids in after-school activities and adults working full-time jobs, ensuring that the family is eating, much less eating right, can be a challenge.Making well-rounded meals or snacks is easier when parents get into the habit of thinking ahead.Preparing snacks ahead of time alleviates stress when trying to keep tiny tummies full and tiny bodies nourished, said Alison Berg, an assistant professor in the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences Department of Foods and Nutrition and UGA Cooperative Extension specialist. Berg suggests that families looking to plan their meals and snacks in advance visit ChooseMyPlate.gov for meal planning ideas and nutrition information.“ChooseMyPlate.gov is fantastic,” Berg said. “It’s backed by years of nutrition science to say, ‘This is what we should be eating,’ and it’s applicable for people ages 2 years and older to see what their eating patterns should be like.”Berg’s go-to snack suggestions include whole grains, whole fruits and vegetables that are easy to transport.Prepared snack foods are also options, but parents need to read those labels carefully.“I see a lot of granola bars being consumed,” Berg said. “They come in a single serving, they typically have nuts and whole grains so kids get protein, carbohydrates and heart-healthy fats. It would be nice to complement that with a fruit that will last in the backpack. Homemade trail mix that has whole-grain cereal, nuts and dried fruit can also be a good choice on the go. Those will sustain your energy levels.”Preparing food to eat prior to a physical activityThe best food choices before a physical activity depend on how far in advance the food is being eaten. If there are 30 minutes before the activity, eat carbohydrates, such as whole fruits or bread. If there is an hour before the activity, eat a carbohydrate and a protein, like half of a sandwich on whole-grain bread or a banana with peanut butter.After the physical activity is complete, choose foods that provide both carbohydrates and protein to help with recovery.“Chocolate milk is a good recovery drink,” said Berg. “It has carbs and proteins. Also, the snack that’s good an hour before (the physical activity) is good after, such as a banana and peanut butter, a peanut butter or turkey sandwich on whole-grain bread, or a yogurt with fruit.”Time crunch at the drive-thruEven on nights when meal and snack plans fall through, it’s not impossible to make nutritious choices, Berg said.Fast-food restaurants are adding healthier options to their drive-thru menus. Berg suggests swapping out some foods for healthier alternatives, such as getting a salad instead of fries, or getting a grilled chicken sandwich instead of a cheeseburger. Oftentimes, the condiments are the culprits with hidden calories.“Sometimes just asking for condiments on the side will save calories,” Berg said. “The burger might be fine, the bun might be fine, but the mayo and toppings can add a lot of calories. Just stick to the basics.”As the school year comes into full swing, devote time during the week to prepare food or plan meals, Berg said. It can save time and lead to healthier decisions.last_img read more

Mary Sue Deaton, age 71

first_imgMary Sue Deaton, age 71, of Brookville, Indiana died Monday, February 1, 2016 at Lincoln Center East in Connersville, Indiana.Born January 19, 1945 in Peppertown, Indiana she was the daughter of the late Lloyd & Snobee (Carroll) McDaniel. On October 17, 1964 she was united in marriage to Bill Deaton Jr., and he survives.She worked for many years at the Dairy Cottage Restaurant in Brookville. In her leisure time she enjoyed the outdoors; fishing, gardening and mushroom hunting.Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Bill Deaton of Brookville; two sons, John Deaton and Bill Deaton III, both of Brookville, Indiana; six grandchildren, Lydia, Zach, Curtis, Danny, Hannah, and Holden; two brothers, George McDaniel of Brookville, Indiana and Bob McDaniel of Peppertown, Indiana.In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a daughter, Lee Anne Ward who died 1/26/2005; three sisters, Patricia Flowers, Geri Kelly, Thelma Greenway; and two brothers, Kenneth and Joe McDaniel.Family & friends may visit from 4 until 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Rev. Ron McCulloch, Pastor of Bible Baptist Church, will officiate the Funeral Services at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, February 5, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home in Brookville. Burial will then follow in Sims Cemetery in New Fairfield, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Deaton family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

Harris, Haddin to join Aussies coaching staff in New Zealand

first_img(REUTERS)-Former Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and fast bowler Ryan Harris will join the team’s coaching staff for the tour of New Zealand in January, the country’s cricket board said yesterday.The pair will act as coaching consultants during the three-match one-day international series against New Zealand in January and February, Cricket Australia said.Harris will concentrate on bowling, with regular coach David Saker heading to India early with batting coach Graeme Hick to prepare for the Test series starting in February.Haddin, who joined Harris in retirement last year, will be employed as a fielding consultant.“It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to have ex-players of the calibre of Brad and Ryan on board for this tour and continue their involvement in Australian cricket,” head coach Darren Lehmann said in a media release.“Both these guys have worked hard on their coaching since leaving the game and thoroughly deserve their opportunity.“They will bring a great insight to the team and their appointment highlights some of the depth we have in Australia in the coaching pathway system.”Haddin, 38, has been involved preparing the next generation of talent in the Australia ‘A’ side, while Harris, who has aspirations of becoming the team’s next head bowling coach, was an assistant during the one-day international team’s recent 5-0 whitewash by South Africa on tour.“South Africa was a great learning experience for me and it was fantastic to be back with the team again,” said Harris.Australia’s coaching staff have been under the microscope, with both the test and one-day teams struggling in recent month.Australia’s series-opening loss to South Africa in Perth on Monday was its fourth defeat in succession after the 3-0 whitewash in Sri Lanka.The second Test against the Proteas starts on Saturday in Hobart.last_img read more