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Around the Home: Research recipes for Mother's Day
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It’s not too early to plan for Mother’s Day, especially if a family meal is involved.

A special homemade meal is one of the best ways to honor someone special such as moms, grandmas, aunts or special family friends.
It doesn’t have to be complicated. Whether you are going to prepare a surprise breakfast or a larger meal, planning can help reduce the stress and work involved.
Make your to-do list now and start collecting recipes.
To try a healthier spin on your family’s traditional recipes, follow the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension tips to reduce the fat:
Replace whole milk in recipes with low-fat or nonfat milk.
Replace cream in recipes with evaporated milk.
Use smaller amounts of full-fat cheese, such as cheddar, or use lower-fat cheese, such as part skim mozzarella.
Decrease the amount of fat in recipes, but do not decrease fat if the recipe has already been reduced in fat.
Start by decreasing the fat by 1/4. For example, if a cake recipe calls for 1 cup of margarine, use 3/4 cup of margarine.
The fat in recipes for quick bread, muffins and some soft cookies can be decreased by 1/2. For example, if a muffin recipe calls for 1 cup oil, use 1/2 cup oil.
Replace chocolate and nuts with raisins or chopped fresh fruits or canned fruits.
Replace sour cream with nonfat or low-fat sour cream or low-fat yogurt.
Decrease the amount of oil in homemade salad dressings. Try using one part oil to two parts vinegar.

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Calendars are filling up fast with area spring activities and events.
The American Legion Post 328 Children & Youth Health and Safety Expo is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the former South Hall Middle gym on 3215 Poplar Springs Road.
A variety of agencies and organizations will offer information as well as screenings.
Be sure to check out this week’s “Get Out ” section of The Times for information on area events.

Sandra Stringer is a nutrition educator with the UGA Cooperative Extension office in Hall County. Contact: 770-535-8290. Her column appears biweekly on Wednesdays and on gainesvilletimes.com/life.

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