Henry Weins gives a cooking demonstration

Henry Weins, Director of Food & Nutritional Services at Brandon Regional Hospital, presents live cooking demonstration.

Brandon, FL – Recently, Brandon Regional Hospital’s H2U membership received a visit from Henry Weins, Brandon’s Director of Food and Nutritional Services and Susan Alverio, Manager of Dietitian Services for HCA West Florida Division. They presented a cooking demonstration and health talk. Henry Weins cooked up a batch of healthy food consisting of asparagus and chicken salad with orange dressing along with linguine with shrimp/salmon and asparagus with basil dressing. The dressings themselves were made from scratch.

Henry used heart healthy ingredients such as buttermilk and light mayonnaise for the basil dressing. The vegetables – peppers and asparagus – were grilled.

Susan Alverio spoke about the health benefits of the seasonings such as basil which is considered one of the healthiest herbs. It’s best when fresh, exuding a sweet, earthy aroma that indicates not only the promise of pleasantly pungent flavor, but an impressive list of nutrients. Vitamin K, essential for blood clotting, is one of them. Just two tablespoons of basil provides 29 percent of the daily recommended value of vitamin K.

Basil also provides vitamin A, which contains beta–carotenes, powerful antioxidants that protect the cells lining a number of numerous body structures, including the blood vessels, from free radical damage. This helps prevent cholesterol in blood from oxidizing, helping to prevent atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and stroke.

Susan Alverio teaches members of H2U

Susan Alverio, Manager of Dietitian Services for HCA West Florida Division, talks to members of Brandon Regional Hospital's H2U while they are enjoying food prepared by Chef Henry Weins.

Susan also discussed limiting the salt as we get older, as it can raise blood pressure. She warned the group to be careful of the “fake” salts because they are high in other ingredients which can affect the kidneys. She stated that an ingredient such as Mrs. Dash is a good substitute.

Thirty members attended the demonstration. For information about Brandon Regional Hospital’s H2U program and to become a member call 813-684-3316.

Chef Henry Weins and Susan Alverio are available for community health related demonstrations. If your organization would like to book their services please call Brandon Regional Marketing at 813-571-5105 for availability.