3/17/2017 3:18:00 PM Healthy eating can be delicious, too
Holzer Health Systems Dietary Manager and Chef Tommy Fallon is pictured as he serves a tasty, but yet relatively low-calorie no-bake fudge brownie cheesecake dessert to Cindy Miller (left) and Cindy’s mother, Carol Salmons during a “Talk and Taste” healthy nutrition event Thursday evening, March 9, at Holzer Medical Center-Jackson. The event was sponsored by The Telegram and The Radio in partnership with Holzer Health Systems. (Telegram Photos By Pete Wilson)
Holzer Health Systems Dietary Manager and Chef Tommy Fallon (left) and Holzer Clinical Dietician JoEllen Quillen offered advice and tips on ways to prepare and cook food in more health-conscious ways during a free “Talk and Taste” event held Thursday evening, March 9, at Holzer Medical Center-Jackson.
Healthy eating and delicious food are not mutually exclusive terms.
That was one of the important themes expressed at a "Talk and Taste" program conducted Thursday evening, March 9, at Holzer Medical Center-Jackson (HMC-J) with a capacity group of approximately 40 participants in attendance. The event was planned and organized as a public service by Jackson County Broadcasting (JCBI) (composed of The Telegram and The Radio) and Events Coordinator Debbie Biggs.
Holzer Health Systems was a community partner as it hosted the program in HMC-J's Community Room with Dietary Manager and Chef Tommy Fallon and Clinical Dietician Joelle Quillen presenting the program. Virgil Hamilton and his Nationwide Insurance office in Jackson was also a key sponsor as he provided four $25 gift cards which were given away as door prizes.
The benefits of healthy eating include weight loss and improving such health-related risks as high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and high cholesterol.
Fallon and Quillen presented the audience with information on ways to prepare and serve more healthful and nutritious foods. A three-course meal -- grape and fennel salad, Mediterranean garlic chicken and a no-bake brownie cheesecake -- demonstrating these lessons was served as part of the experience.
The two Holzer experts suggested that one of the best ways to cook in a more healthy fashion is by using ingredients which have lower fat content and calories. For example, use skim milk instead of whole milk, vinegar instead of salad dressing, broth instead of cream sauces, extra-lean meat, light mayonnaise and light margarine, go easy on breads and cheeses, and serve fruit for dessert.
"You just need to make small changes; you don't have to re-invent the wheel," Fallon advised.
Speaking from his own experience, Fallon suggested the group consider trying the Morningstar Farms line of meatless variations of traditionally meat-based products.
Quillen offered a few other strategies, including using smaller plates and bowls to control portion sizes, use vegetables as snacks rather than something like potato chips, substitute tea or lemon water for soda pop, and exercise some control by planning meals ahead of time.
"You really can make a difference so you can live longer or won't have to go to the hospital," Quillen said of the possible payoffs of changing cooking practices and eating habits.
Based on the feedback offered at the end of the program, the guests felt the experience and education was very worthwhile and also felt the meal was tasty with the many empty plates serving as confirming evidence.
The four winners of the grocery-store gift cards were: Sarah Newsom, Cindy Miller, Mabel Pouter and Jan Rhea.
Event Coordinator Biggs was happy with the full turnout and felt JCBI was successful in providing a worthwhile experience for the community.
"This was public education and one we looked forward to doing," Biggs commented. "The information was very good and we had a good turnout, and we were able once again to have a partnership with the community."
Although the details are still being worked out, Biggs says the next JCBI community event will honor Jackson County's birthday and will take place sometime in April.