Ascension-Northwoods is Eating Smarter and Being More Active by Deb Goldfeder (Seek, June 2015)

June 01, 2015
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On May 6, participants from Church of the Ascension as well as clients to Ascension’s Food Pantry completed an eight-week course called Eating Smart—Being Active taught by the University of Missouri’s Extension’s Show Me Nutrition program.

This program is grant-supported and free of cost to participants. Those who complete six of the eight classes receive a certificate of completion but, more than that, they will have been introduced to ways to live healthier especially when on a limited food budget. They have learned label reading, been introduced to new fruits and grains, and learned how to limit high fat, sugar and salt in a fun and interactive program.

The facilitator of the class, Elizabeth Warner, prepared tasting samples of healthy foods and then gave copies of the recipes to each participant. The first week we had Cheesy Tex-Mex Bean Dip that had only 30 Calories per serving. The problem was that it was so delicious that we wanted to eat more than one twelfth of the recipe!

If you are interested in this program, call the MU Extension’s Show Me Nutrition line at 1-314-652-9111. If you are interested in starting a garden, they can help you with that, too! They will teach new gardeners the ins and outs of gardening as well as soil testing and other services. They also have supplemental nutrition lessons specifically for pregnancy and for feeding babies and young children.

Show Me Simple and Healthy Recipe:
Cheesy Tex-Mex Bean Dip

15-ounce can black beans, drained
¾ cup salsa
¼ cup onion, chopped
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
¼ cup low-fat cheese, grated
Baked taco chops (optional)

1. Wash hands and surfaces
2. Blend all ingredients except cheese in a blender or food processor, or mash with a fork. Pour into microwave-safe serving dish.
3. Heat in a microwave oven at medium power for 2 to 3 minutes. If not warm, heat 1 to 2 minutes more. Sprinkle cheese over top and cover. Let stand until cheese melts.
4. Serve with baked taco chips.
5. Refrigerate leftovers immediately.

Notes suggest rinsing the beans to remove some sodium and suggest serving with fresh vegetables or over a baked potato.

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