|Cent$ible Nutrition Program|
in Natrona County
A new adult series will begin in Casper at the Extension Office. The class will be June 23-August 11 from 1:30-3 PM. Please contact Julie for more information.
Pedal your way to a healthy snack!
Children enjoy making their smoothies in pedal powered bike.
You can see bikes like this, properly called "Smoothie Bikes" throughout the state at various health and wellness events! Let us know when you see one!
Successes from the Spring: From Seeds to Herbs
On April 23, during one of Natrona County CNP's night classes, participants learned how to grow herbs from seeds. The class planted basil and cilantro, both of which are easy to grow at home. The class discussed easy ways to use the herbs in CNP recipes including Vegetable Pasta with Basil Sauce and Homemade Salsa (using fresh cilantro). Basil can also
be dried and used in the CNP Italian Seasoning. In addition, the class talked about how growing herbs at home can help to save money. A packet of Genovese Basil or Cilantro seeds costs around $1.79. A pack of fresh basil at the store can cost up to $5.00.
Benefits of Growing your own Herbs
- Easy to access fresh herbs
- Fresh store-bought herbs don't last as long, so a lot ends up getting thrown away
- You can harvest exactly what you need per recipe
- Homegrown herbs can be dried for later use
- You get a sense of accomplishment when you grow your own food
Refreshing Summer Pick-Me-Up
In the summer, with warmer temperatures and more active lifestyles, water is more important than ever. But, people often do not get enough water, which can be dangerous. Our bodies are mostly made up of water and it is essential for keeping our bodies running smoothly. That is why good hydration is key, especially if you are spending a lot of time being active in the hot sun.
While there are a lot of choices for staying hydrated, one of CNP's favorite ways is by flavoring water with fruit! Fresh fruit will give water a burst of sweetness and flavor without all the sugars from store-bought flavored water. Below are some of our favorite flavor combinations, but feel free to experiment. We'd love to hear about you new favorite flavor!
Fruit Flavored Water Combinations
- Strawberry, lime, and cucumber
- Strawberry, lemon, and basil
- Blueberry, lemon, and mint
- Orange and blueberry
- Watermelon and mint
- Line and mint
- Citrus and cilantro
- Raspberry and lime
- Pineapple and mint
- Lime and mint