Food and Fun

  • ‘Super fruits’ are common sense

    It’s important to eat at least five or six times a day to keep your energy levels high.
    The problem is, most folks who focus on healthy main meals eat unhealthy snacks in between.
    However,  good nutrition doesn’t work that way. Eliminating unhealthy snacks could be key for your own body transformation.
    Here are three “super fruit” snack alternatives to fuel your body and keep your metabolism churning:

  • Goodbye junk food

    Mary Votkay
    It’s that time of year when we’re most vulnerable to a snack attack.
    Snacks should be quick, easy and portable. Snacks should provide a little burst of energy and a brief respite from the daily grind. Unfortunately, with all the options piled on the grocery store shelves, it can be difficult to figure out which snack foods are truly healthy.

  • Honey Graham Crackers

    1 cup whole-wheat graham flour
    ¼ cup all-purpose flour
    1⁄3 cup light brown sugar
    ¾ teaspoon baking powder
    ½ teaspoon baking soda
    ½ teaspoon kosher salt
    1⁄8 teaspoon cinnamon
    5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
    ¼ cup local honey
    3 tablespoons whole milk
    ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Homemade Candy Bars

    2 cups unsalted walnuts (or the nut of your choice)
    ½ cup flaxseed meal
    ½ cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
    ½ cup natural peanut butter (or the nut butter of your choice)
    ½ teaspoon salt
    ½ cup coconut oil
    1 tablespoon light agave nectar
    1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    1 cup dark chocolate chips

    u Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with foil, set aside.

  • No Junk Food Granola Bars

    1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
    ½ cup crispy rice cereal
    3 tablespoons oat flour (You can make your own by grinding old fashioned rolled oats in the food processor; measure after grinding)
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    ¼ teaspoon baking soda
    ½ cup coarsely chopped, unsalted almonds
    ½ teaspoon cinnamon
    2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled
    3 tablespoons light agave nectar


  • Taylor receives U.S. Navy commendation

    U.S. Navy
    U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Corey Taylor, a Lancaster native, was recently awarded the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for meritorious service while serving with Mine-Countermeasures Squadron 7, in Sasebo, Japan.
    A 1987 Indian Land High School graduate and 24-year service veteran, Taylor served as the squadron’s operations officer from August 2010 to February 2012.
    Squadron commander, U.S. Navy Capt. Dan W. Brune made the presentation in February.  

  • Cupcakes add sweetness to Easter

    Janet Tharpe
    Janet’s Notebook
    This Easter, why not spring into family gatherings with a smorgasbord of deliciously decadent cupcakes? So much goes in to making a memorable Easter feast – the yummy ham, creamy deviled eggs, all the savory sides – but at the end of the day, it’s always been the cheerful sweets that have caught my eye the most.  

  • Christian Services opens new location

    By Michele Roberts
    For The Lancaster News
    In an effort to provide more efficient service to people in the community, Christian Services recently opened a new food pantry on Lynwood Drive.
    The new facility, which takes the place of food pantry services offered at Christian Services’ location on White Street, opened Feb. 20. Operations manager Eric Kramer said high demand and limited space made a new location necessary to provide the best possible service for those who need the help the food pantry offers.

  • Nurse receives dhec award

    By Michele Roberts
    For The Lancaster News
    Hard work, perseverance and effort are just a few words that describe Leanne Bailey.
    Now, the Lancaster resident is garnering statewide accolades for her dedication to her job.
    Bailey received the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Health Services Monthly Award of Excellence for February 2012.
    Bailey is director of the Immunization division for the state Bureau of Disease Control.

  • The cookies are here!

    On March 12, Girl Scouts will celebrate its 100th anniversary.          And for a little more than 80 of those years, many of their troop activities have been funded by selling cookies. 

    Those cookies – Thin Mints, Shortbreads, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Peanut Butter Patties, Lemonades, Shout Outs, Thanks–A–Lots and Caramel deLites – become household words this time of year.