Heart Healthy Recipes
Chefs at Banner Health hospitals have whipped up some delicious recipes to help keep everyone healthy.
Banner Health chefs use a variety of insider strategies to make their dishes tasty as well as nutritious and offer these tips:
- Use herbs instead of salt as seasoning and other healthy substitutions.
- Build your meals around low-fat alternatives such as fish, fruits and vegetables.
- Food seared or caramelized will taste better without adding a lot of fat or calories, says Heather Metell, lead chef at Banner Gateway Medical Center. Before coming to Gateway, Metell worked at resorts and catered weddings.
- Roast vegetables in a hot oven to caramelize their natural sugars and bring out their full flavors says Nancy Romanick, clinical nutrition manager at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center.
- Reduce the amount of salt in a recipe by half, and then reduce that amount by half the next time you make it.
- Another simple trick to make food look better: Serve it on an attractive plate rather than paper or plastic. That’s already standard practice at Banner Gateway, Metell said.
- Warm desserts before serving because the heat increase their sweet flavor, according to Romanick.