Where Do I Get It? Nutrition March-April 2020 Newsletter

St.John Parish
151 East 3rd Street
Edgard, LA 70049
Fax: 985-497-3409

In This Issue:

  • FCS Healthy Community Coalition in St. John the Baptist Parish
  • Smart Portions – Myth vs Reality
  • Healthy Recipe

Cynthia Clifton at CClifton@agcenter.lsu.edu
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FCS Healthy Community Coalition in St. John the Baptist Parish

Cynthia Clifton, Extension Agent with the LSU AgCenter is facilitator of the FCS Healthy Community Coalition. This coalition is made up of various organizations, businesses and community volunteers from St. John the Baptist Parish. Our focus areas are: Community Engagement, Community & School Gardens, Youth Voice and Transportation Needs. The goals of the FCS Healthy Community Coalition are to engage residents of St. John Parish in areas of healthy communities, agriculture, nutrition and health through Policy, System and Environmental (PSE) changes. This entails health fairs, cooking demonstrations and workshops, school and community gardens, youth programs and transportation need for seniors and medical clients. The FCS Healthy Community Coalition meets monthly. If you are interested in becoming a part of the FCS Healthy Community Coalition, contact Cynthia Clifton at 985-497-3261 or cclifton@agcenter.lsu.edu .

Nutrition Blog

Smart Portions - Myth vs Reality

It seems that everything has myths and realities.Let’s look at some of the myths and realities of eating on the Smart Portions Program.

Weight is completely controllableGenetics affect body shape & size

Fat is badFat has value
Large people are not healthyMany factors define health
Diet reduce weightDieting does not work
Diet and exercise make you skinnyEating habits & physical activity affect health

People spend billions of dollars every year trying to lose weight and become healthy by purchasing diet programs. They lose the weight, but once they start eating regular food again, they gain the weight back plus extra weight. We must be mindful that getting on a diet is not something that we can get off once we have lost the weight. We must continue a diet program for the rest of our lives, or we will gain the weight back, plus extra weight. The Smart Portions program helps us to do this, eat healthy and lose the weight and keep the weight off permanently.

Let’s try to eat portion sizes and see what happens!

Healthy Recipe

Strip Steak with Smothered Onions


1 lb lean New York strip steak
½ tsp kosher salt
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbsp olive oil, divided
2 large sweet onions, thinly sliced
¼ cup water
½ tsp dried thyme
½ tsp brown sugar


Sprinkle steak with salt and pepper. Heat ½ Tbsp of the oil in a large cast-iron skillet over high heat. Add the steak and sear for about 3 minutes. Turn the steak over, reduce heat to medium, and cook for 4 to 6 minutes, or longer as desired for doneness. Remove steak from pan and keep warm.

Add remaining oil to the pan. Add onions and sauté’ over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add water, thyme, and brown sugar, cover the pan, and simmer over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, until the onions are soft. Slice the steak. Serve the slices covered with the onions.


6 servings

Serving size: 2 oz steak, about 1/3 cup onions
Per Serving: Calories 170
Total Fat: 6 g (Saturated Fat 1.9 g, Trans Fat 0 g).
Cholesterol 50 mg
Sodium 200 mg
Potassium 355 mg
Total Carbohydrate 9 g (Fiber 1 g, Sugars 6 g)
Protein 18 g
Phosphorus 195 mg
Choices: Nonstarchy Vegetable 2
Lean Protein 2
Fat 0.5

If you would like to participate in any of the nutrition workshops, please call Cynthia Clifton at 985-497-3261.

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