East Cobber http://www.eastcobber.com Your source for East Cobb news and information. Sat, 04 Jul 2015 15:19:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Register for SHS Little Jacket Cheer Camphttp://www.eastcobber.com/register-for-shs-little-jacket-cheer-camp http://www.eastcobber.com/register-for-shs-little-jacket-cheer-camp#respond Sat, 04 Jul 2015 15:19:49 +0000 http://www.eastcobber.com/?p=66265   Sprayberry High School will host a Little Jacket Cheer Camp July 20 – 24, 9am-1pm, for kids ages 5-12. Cost is $100 per camper. Camp will be held inside at Sprayberry High School. For more information or to register, contact Coach Lane Floyd at 678-591-3585 or Robert.Floyd@cobbk12.org.   LIKE THIS BLOG? Then you’ll love […]

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Sprayberry High School will host a Little Jacket Cheer Camp July 20 – 24, 9am-1pm, for kids ages 5-12. Cost is $100 per camper. Camp will be held inside at Sprayberry High School.

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Fun Facts: 4th of July by the Numbershttp://www.eastcobber.com/fun-facts-4th-of-july-by-the-numbers http://www.eastcobber.com/fun-facts-4th-of-july-by-the-numbers#respond Sat, 04 Jul 2015 15:00:06 +0000 http://www.eastcobber.com/?p=12846 On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country. 2.5 million – In July 1776, the estimated […]

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On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country.

2.5 million – In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation.

Source: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970

311.7 million – The nation’s estimated population on this July Fourth.

Source: US Census Population

 

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Eating Well at Your Fourth of July Barbecuehttp://www.eastcobber.com/what-to-eat-and-what-to-avoid-at-your-fourth-of-july-barbecue http://www.eastcobber.com/what-to-eat-and-what-to-avoid-at-your-fourth-of-july-barbecue#respond Sat, 04 Jul 2015 14:00:26 +0000 http://www.eastcobber.com/?p=12673 It seems harmless enough. A scoop here, a nibble there, a handful of this and a few of those. But if you’re trying to stay healthy this Fourth of July weekend, the average summer barbecue can leave you feeling less than celebratory. With an estimated 76 million Americans who say they participated in a barbecue […]

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It seems harmless enough. A scoop here, a nibble there, a handful of this and a few of those.

But if you’re trying to stay healthy this Fourth of July weekend, the average summer barbecue can leave you feeling less than celebratory. With an estimated 76 million Americans who say they participated in a barbecue during the last year, that’s a lot of potentially calorie-laden eating.

However, barbecues don’t have to be unhealthy. There is hope for healthy outdoor meals, especially if you watch the sauces and side dishes and stay away from the chips and dips. Simple steps can make a difference whether you’re grilling for a crowd or bringing a side dish this Independence Day.

“Swapping simple alternatives to traditional classic dishes can mean the difference between enjoying yourself all weekend long or feeling lousy after overdoing it on one day,” says Bonnie Taub-Dix, MA, RD, CDN, a nutrition expert for the national, nonprofit organization HealthyWomen.

With millions of Americans enjoying a three-day weekend and many extending vacation into the following week, Taub-Dix says moderation is key.

Here are HealthyWomen’s top five foods to avoid and suggested alternatives:

1. If you can hold it in your hand, it might stick to your hips.
Summer barbecues don’t have to be about sausage, ribs and chicken drumsticks. Go for foods that require a knife and fork. Generally speaking if your meat is considered “portable,” it’s probably not good for you! Grilling fish and lean cuts of meat like chicken breasts, pork loin and even filet mignon gives diners the delicious, smoky, char-grilled taste synonymous with cooking outdoors—just be sure to skip the heavy sauces and sugary marinades.

2. Leave the “white” out of your red, white and blue.
Side salads that are “white” from mayonnaise are best avoided. A combination of sweet and red bliss potatoes and macaroni salad made with whole-grain pasta and crunchy vegetables like shredded carrots, colorful bell peppers and fresh parsley add more color and flavor than traditional side salads. Dress with light or olive oil mayo instead of the regular, full-fat counterpart or hold the mayo altogether and substitute nonfat or low-fat Greek yogurt or a dressing of diluted vinegar, fresh herbs and a taste of honey.

3. Watch your buns.
Hamburger buns, that is. If you must serve burgers and dogs, whole-grain buns pack more nutritional punch than the overly processed and refined white-flour buns. White-flour products have been stripped of beneficial nutrients like fiber which help regulate our digestive system and keep us feeling full longer. Slip in a turkey burger or a chicken sausage and your taste buds won’t know what hit them.

4. Keep the cooler light.
Skip sugary sodas, punches and sports drinks, and be mindful of regular beer, wine and cocktails. You’ll be a healthy hero and impressive host if you take the time to make and serve unsweetened iced tea or homemade lemonade. Too plain or too tart? Add a splash of fruit juice or mint for a fresh taste. Serve white or red wine sangria with fresh fruit for a light and refreshing alternative to plain wine or to sugary mixed drinks; adding carbonated water and ice helps keep the calories down and the fresh fruit adds some nutritional benefits. And, no matter what he says, a light beer is not only lighter in calories but is often a welcomed alternative to a lager on hot, humid days. Last but not least, keep a pitcher or dispenser filled with ice water and topped with lemon slices or fresh mint. It will surely be a hit with all ages, and those who are drinking alcoholic beverages can alternate with water.

5. Spice up your dessert.
Almost everyone loves a bowl of fresh berries at barbecues, but how about grilling some fresh pineapple or other tropical fruit and serving it with a dash of nutmeg? This exotic treat is simple to make, guaranteed not to melt and will be a welcome and refreshing treat that’s easy on the waistline.
Choice is everything, says Elizabeth Battaglino Cahill, RN, executive director for HealthyWomen, the nation’s leading independent health information source for women, which has been providing trusted health and wellness advice for over 20 years.

“Knowing healthy alternatives to traditional favorites is the key to staying healthy during any holiday season. If those choices are not available to you or the meal is out of your control, try small portions or a taste of everything so your entire plate equals one complete portion, not multiple portions of everything on the menu,” says Battaglino Cahill.

For more tips on living healthy, visit HealthyWomen.org.

 

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Is everyone ready for our favorite time of the week? That’s right- it’s time to announce this week’s Facebook Friday Freebie winner! The Lucky East Cobber who wins a $50 Gift Certificate to Asahi Japanese Steakhouse is……….Stacy Cohen Yarus!!! Congrats Stacy!! Please email Tiffanie@eastcobber.com to claim your awesome freebie!!

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A Fourth of July Prayerhttp://www.eastcobber.com/a-fourth-of-july-prayer http://www.eastcobber.com/a-fourth-of-july-prayer#respond Fri, 03 Jul 2015 22:09:51 +0000 http://www.eastcobber.com/?p=32315 We lift up our hearts, O God, on this day of celebration in gratitude for the gift of being Americans.We rejoice with all those who share in the great dream of freedom and dignity for all. With flags and feasting, with family and friends,we salute those who have sacrificed that we might have the opportunity […]

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We lift up our hearts, O God, on this day of celebration in gratitude for the gift of being Americans.We rejoice with all those who share in the great dream of freedom and dignity for all.

With flags and feasting, with family and friends,we salute those who have sacrificed that we might have the opportunity to bring to fulfillment our many God-given gifts.

As we deny all prejudice a place in our hearts,may we also clearly declare our intention to work for the time when all people, regardless of race, religion or sex, will be granted equal dignity and worth.

Come, O gracious God,who led your children Israel from slavery, keep us free from all that might hold us in bondage.

Bless our country and join our simple celebration that we may praise you, our Source of freedom, the One in whom we place our trust.

(Ed Hays, A Pligrim’s Almanac: Reflections for Each Day of the Year, p. 111)


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Marietta Square Farmers Market Closed July 4th, Reopens July 11thhttp://www.eastcobber.com/marietta-square-farmers-market-closed-july-4th-reopens-july-11th http://www.eastcobber.com/marietta-square-farmers-market-closed-july-4th-reopens-july-11th#respond Fri, 03 Jul 2015 17:05:00 +0000 http://www.eastcobber.com/?p=66188 The Marietta Square Farmers Market will be closed Saturday, July 4. The market will reopen Saturday, July 11 from 9 a.m.-noon along North Park Square. Organizers will announce if the market will be open Sunday, July 5 at a later date. LIKE THIS BLOG? Then you’ll love our newsletter! ClickHEREto sign up for our weekly […]

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The Marietta Square Farmers Market will be closed Saturday, July 4. The market will reopen Saturday, July 11 from 9 a.m.-noon along North Park Square. Organizers will announce if the market will be open Sunday, July 5 at a later date.

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Food Trivia for your Fourth of July Cookouthttp://www.eastcobber.com/food-trivia-for-your-fourth-of-july-cookout http://www.eastcobber.com/food-trivia-for-your-fourth-of-july-cookout#respond Fri, 03 Jul 2015 17:00:53 +0000 http://www.eastcobber.com/?p=12843   More than 1 in 4 – The chance that the hot dogs and pork sausages consumed on the Fourth of July originated in Iowa. The Hawkeye State was home to 19.0 million hogs and pigs on March 1, 2011. This estimate represents more than one-fourth of the nation’s estimated total. North Carolina (8.6 million) […]

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More than 1 in 4 – The chance that the hot dogs and pork sausages consumed on the Fourth of July originated in Iowa. The Hawkeye State was home to 19.0 million hogs and pigs on March 1, 2011. This estimate represents more than one-fourth of the nation’s estimated total. North Carolina (8.6 million) and Minnesota (7.6 million) were also homes to large numbers of pigs.

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

6.8 billion pounds – Total production of cattle and calves in Texas in 2010. Chances are good that the beef hot dogs, steaks and burgers on your backyard grill came from the Lone Star State, which accounted for about one-sixth of the nation’s total production. And if the beef did not come from Texas, it very well may have come from Nebraska (4.6 billion pounds) or Kansas (4.1 billion pounds).

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

6 – Number of states in which the value of broiler chicken production was $1 billion or greater between December 2009 and November 2010. There is a good chance that one of these states — Georgia, Arkansas, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi or Texas — is the source of your barbecued chicken.

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

Over 1 in 3 – The odds that your side dish of baked beans originated from North Dakota, which produced 36 percent of the nation’s dry, edible beans in 2010. Another popular Fourth of July side dish is corn on the cob. Florida, California, Georgia, Washington and New York together accounted for 68 percent of the fresh market sweet corn produced nationally in 2010.

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

Over 7 in 10 – Of the nation’s head lettuce production in 2010 that came from California. This lettuce may end up in your salad or on your burger.

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

7 in 10 – The chances that the fresh tomatoes in your salad came from Florida or California, which combined accounted for 71 percent of U.S. fresh market tomato production last year.

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

2.5 Billion Pounds – Florida led the nation in watermelon production last year (750 million pounds). Other leading producers of this popular fruit included California, Georgia and Texas, each had an estimate of more than 600 million pounds.

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

81 million – Number of Americans who said they have taken part in a barbecue during the previous year. It’s probably safe to assume a lot of these events took place on Independence Day.

Source: Mediamark Research & Intelligence, as cited in the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2011

 

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