Does a body good

Summer almost is over and school is just around the corner. Future Farmers of America (FFA) and 4-H members are getting animals ready for fairs and sports are starting up. Many members work hard to get animals ready for show and also practice sports. They spend time washing, clipping, leading, feeding and watering animals before, during and after the fair so that people can look and watch them show their animals. The members also spend a lot of time kicking, tackling, hitting balls, throwing and running in order to get good at sports for people to watch.

Did you know that low-fat chocolate milk helps to energize the body after workouts? Low-fat chocolate milk has a good supply of electrolytes, such as sodium, potassium and other minerals that you lose through sweat. Milk also has nine essential nutrients that help after workouts.

Calcium builds strong bones and is especially important for those who are prone to getting osteoporosis. Vitamin A works to ensure healthy vision, skin and immune system function. Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium and helps boost the immune system.

Vitamin B-12 helps give the body energy and promotes normal brain and nervous system activity. Protein is essential for healthy muscles, skin, hair and virtually everything in the body. Potassium keeps blood pressure regulated and body fluids balanced. Riboflavin helps the body process other nutrients to gain energy. Niacin helps maintain good cholesterol levels and rids the body of toxins. Phosphorous works in tandem with calcium and vitamin D to build strong bones.

As adults, even if you don’t have any friends or relatives playing sports or showing animals at the fair, I encourage you to visit these fairs and shows and support the youth.

Here are some recipes:

Creamed Rice

1 cup rice

3 cups water

1 teaspoon cooking oil

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 2/3 cups milk

1 tablespoon butter

Cook rice in water, oil and salt until tender.

Add remaining ingredients and simmer 10 minutes or until juice is mostly cooked off. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Lemon slush

or green stuff

1 1/2 sticks butter

1 1/2cups flour

1/2 cup chopped nuts

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup confectioners sugar

8 ounce package cream cheese

3 cups milk

2 packages instant lemon or pistachio pudding

Cool Whip

Mix butter, flour, nuts and salt like pastry. Pat into a greased 9×12 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool.

Cream 1 confectioners sugar with cream cheese and spread over cooled crust.

Spread half of a large container of Cool Whip over the cheese mixture.

Mix milk and pudding together and spread over the Cool Whip layer.

Top with remaining half of Cool Whip and sprinkle nuts on top.

Best made at least 24 hours before serving.

Enjoy, and remember, champions aren’t made at the ring, they only are recognized there.

Wetzel is the SUN Area Dairy Princess serving Montour, Snyder, Union and Northumberland counties.

She is 18 and a recent graduate of Selinsgrove Area High School.

She may be reached at

Her column is published on the first Wednesday of each month.