HAWC staff demonstrates healthy cooking

Monica Mendoza
Kaiserslautern American

***image1***Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of articles about programs offered at the Ramstein Health and Wellness Center. Maj. Mike Blass, from the 435th Air Base Wing Public Affairs Office, and Capt. Jennifer Lovett, from the 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office, met with HAWC staffers for help on a healthier lifestyle.

With a timer nearby and ingredients on the counter, exercise physiologist Brian Kirby set out to make a healthy, low calorie, low-cost meal in 15 minutes.

Slicing and mixing ingredients for five minutes, Mr. Kirby put his cheesy, saucy concoction in the microwave for 10 minutes. Voila. Zucchini lasagna in 15 minutes, to serve six, at 83 cents and 139 calories per serving.

Mr. Kirby’s dish was one of four meals prepared by Ramstein Health and Wellness Center staffers in a recent cooking demonstration to celebrate National Nutrition Month.

“Awareness is the key,” said Capt. Angie Hester, HAWC dietician, who prepared chicken tacos with fat-free cheese. “A lot of us think going through the drive-through is the only option if you don’t have much time.”

HAWC staffers made their meals using a microwave, a George Forman Grill, a stove top and a Crock-Pot, to show that no matter what type of appliance a person has, nutritious, low-calorie, low-cost meals don’t have to be laborious.

“I never realized that you could cook healthy food in such a short amount of time,” said Maj. Mike Blass, 435th Air Base Wing Public Affairs chief.
Major Blass has been working with HAWC staffers on a diet and exercise plan. His goal is to get a routine workout program and lose 15 pounds.
Also, attending the cooking demonstration class was Capt. Jennifer Lovett, 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs chief, who is looking for healthy recipes she can prepare for her family in less than 30 minutes.

“When I’m looking for a cook book, I’m looking for a book with recipes that can be done in 30 minutes or less, period,” she said. “I don’t have time to cook.”

For details and low-fat cooking methods, call the HAWC at 480-4293.