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Banner Health chef shows how Mexican food favorites can be healthy

 

STERLING, Colo. (Jan. 9, 2013) — The nation’s biggest football game of the year is right around the corner. For many, the day is synonymous with food. More often than not, lots of Mexican food!

So why do we pair a sporting event featuring healthy athletes with food that because of the way it’s cooked and its traditional ingredients is unhealthy?

Now, you don’t have to. Chef Peter Sisneros with Sterling Regional MedCenter invites community members to learn how to make some of your favorite Mexican dishes in a healthy way with lots of flavor.
Chef Sisneros will demonstrate how to make Healthy Mexican Food at 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Jan. 22 at the Sterling Regional MedCenter cafeteria, 615 Fairhurst St. The cost is $10 per person to cover the meal. Seating is limited. To register, call (970) 521-3226.

Making a transition away from how you’ve always prepared a family meal can be a lot to ask, says Angie Myers, Sterling wellness specialist.

“The hardest thing is to get across to people who have traditions that they can make these dishes taste good without the unhealthy extras,” Myers says. “Take out some of the fat. Take out some of the sodium.”

Myers adds that making those changes is essential to curb the prevalence of childhood obesity in the country. “It needs to be addressed and this is one way to modify our diet.”

Chef Sisneros is knowledgeable in the preparation of food without the unwanted things that can make it unhealthy.
He will demonstrate:

  • Fajitas with homemade corn tortillas
  • Arroz con pollo (rice with chicken) 
  • Pescado Veracruzano (fish Veracruz style)
  • Chile verde (green chili)
  • Chili colorado (red chili)
  • Pico de gallo.

A dietitian from the hospital also will be available to answer questions.

ABOUT STERLING REGIONAL MEDCENTER
Sterling Regional MedCenter has provided outstanding medical care to residents of northeastern Colorado and the surrounding area since 1938. We are a 25-bed acute-care hospital with state-of-the-art technology, a full range of health care services, and a staff dedicated to providing our patients with excellent care. We are also home to the David Walsh Cancer Center, which offers an unprecedented level of cancer care to northeastern Colorado residents.

ABOUT BANNER HEALTH 
Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system owns or manages 23 acute-care hospitals, long-term care centers and an array of other services including family clinics, home care services, a nursing registry and home medical equipment services in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. 

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