Heart-Healthy Cooking Demonstration Offered to Seniors

January 13, 2014

Eating healthful meals is important at every age, but especially for seniors.  A healthful diet cannot only help keep your body strong, but it also goes a long way in lowering your risk for many diseases.  <!--?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /-->


On Wednesday, February 5, at Burnham Brook Center two members of the Bronson Battle Creek ‘Sodexo’ food service department along with two hospital dietitians will offer cooking demonstrations and healthful tips for seniors.  Since February is Heart-Health Awareness Month, the recipes offered will be heart-healthful. 


The program ‘Easy and Quick Heart-Friendly Meals,’ which is free to the public, is sponsored through Senior Health Partners in coordination with Bronson Battle Creek.  The cooking demonstration begins at 11:30 a.m.  Seating is limited.  For reservations call toll free (800) 451-6310.


Executive chefs John Fear and Art Streano will demonstrate techniques for preparing sautéd turkey medallions topped with fresh vegetables in a red wine reduction, Brussels sprouts with garlic, couscous with fresh herbs, and dark chocolate-dipped strawberries. 


Attendees will learn how to prepare and cook a nutritious meal and receive a recipe for each item prepared. Following the presentation, those items that were prepared will be served to attendees.


Registered dietitians Melissa Julian and Elisa O’Riordan will talk about some basic heart healthful diet guidelines, touching upon flavonoids (chocolate), glycemic index, olive oil, fish, and the Mediterranean diet. 


Here are some tips.  When you shop, choose lean cuts of meat.  Those with the word ‘loin’ in their name are considered lean.  Fish and poultry (without its skin) are often lower in saturated fats.  At home, gradually replace whole milk with 2%, then 1%, and finally with skim.  When cooking, broil, roast, bake, steam, or grill foods instead of frying them.  When following a recipe, you can substitute two egg whites for each whole egg that is called for.  (The cholesterol and fat are in the yolk not in the white).  And for a flavorful twist, try lemon juice, herbs, or spices to season your food instead of salt, butter, or margarine.


Senior Health Partners, a community partnership of Bronson Battle Creek, CentraCare, Region 3B Area Agency on Aging, and Summit Pointe, works to expand wellness and educational offerings to senior citizens in Calhoun and surrounding counties.