Shave Holiday Calories with 10 Simple Swaps
Create healthier versions of your holiday favorites by shaving calories wherever you can. “Small changes overtime brings the largest health rewards,” says Susan Mills-Gray, Nutrition/Health Specialist with University of Missouri Extension. “Many believe that radical changes are needed to improve your dietary intake and while all positive changes are good, radical changes are hard to stick with over time, that’s why I recommend minor changes so that taste and texture are protected.” Susan suggests the following to make your holiday’s lighter!
- Use non-fat yogurt or low-fat buttermilk for fat in baked goods
- Use evaporated skim milk for cream
- Use non-fat plain yogurt for sour cream or mayonnaise
- Reduce total fat and sugar by ¼ to 1/3 in baked goods, with the exception of yeast products
- Add cinnamon, nutmeg or vanilla to recipe to enhance sweetness
- Use alternative sweeteners of choice – check each brand’s website for tips on use and recipes
- Salt may be reduced or omitted in most recipes with the exception of yeast products
- Rely on herbs and spices rather than salt for flavor
- Rinse canned vegetables to remove salt
- Use light alternatives for milk, cheeses, sour cream, mayonnaise, salad dressings, cottage cheese and margarines, as well as reduced sodium products
For more assistance with modifying recipes, contact your local MU Extension Center or this faculty member directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cass County 4-H enrollment
It’s not too late to enroll in 4-H. Be sure to get those forms into your club leader(s) or the Extension Office. New members are always welcomed with open arms and are free to enroll at any time in the year; but if you wish to participate in the county fair, memberships are due by January 1, 2014. New Volunteers need to complete their screening by that date as well to be eligible to help within that calendar year. Let’s all get prepared and excited for a brand new year!! Feel free to contact Brittany Nieder, 4-H Educator at email@example.com or 816-380-8460 with any questions.
How to win government contracts
MO PTAC's mission is to help companies — including small, disadvantaged and women-owned firms — obtain federal, state and local government contracts. They know dealing with regulations and red tape can be frustrating. In fact, those obstacles often keep highly qualified suppliers from selling to the government.
Dealing with regulations and red tape can be frustrating. In fact, those obstacles often keep highly qualified suppliers from selling to the government.
The Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (MO PTAC) assist businesses — including small, disadvantaged and women owned firms — in obtaining federal, state and local government contracts. How can MO PTAC help you and your business navigate the seemingly endless labyrinth of government contracting rules and regulations? MO PTAC does it with the patience and expertise of its counselors who know the field and who can help you succeed in government contracting.
Among their many areas of specialty, the PTAC specialist can help you and other prospective government suppliers:
- Navigate lengthy and complex guidelines concerning such aspects of your business as: financial and accounting capability; ability to comply with delivery and performance schedules; integrity and ethics; audit practices; technical skills; facilities standards; and the ability to meet product or service standards.
- Research government procurement histories to determine past procurement activity by a specific government agency. Such research can help you determine if your pricing is competitive in relation to previous contracts. It can also help you identify volume requirements, previous suppliers and possible teaming opportunities.
- Prepare bids; understand forms, regulations and specifications; establish a quality assurance program; conform to packing, transportation and delivery requirements; and evaluate financial capabilities and accounting system adequacy.
- Access MO PTAC's computerized bid matching data bank. You can receive daily notifications of bidding opportunities advertised in FedBizOpps and unadvertised bid opportunities under $25,000 from major defense buying centers. Many state and local government bid requests are also provided.
- Complete registrations and certifications. Register with every governmental agency that could be a potential buyer of your products or services. Many have special certifications or registrations.
Our procurement specialists will help you in identifying opportunities and understanding the contracting process so you can take advantage of government sales dollars.
PTAC counselors can help you determine if your business qualifies for any local, state or federal certifications (small disadvantage business, HUB Zone program, Missouri Certified Minority Business Enterprise or Certified Woman-owned Business Enterprise).
Learn more about how our procurement services can help you win government contracts. Contact Traci Baldwin, Procurement Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-380-8407 or the University Missouri Extension Office, Cass County Extension Center, 201 W. Wall, Harrisonville, MO 64701. 816-380-8460.