Mich. hospital staffers demonstrate healthy foods

Presenters discussed healthy eating tips and nutrition concerns.

Feb. 13—Chef Dave Straney revealed the secret to his low-fat Caesar salad dressing Wednesday afternoon—a dollop of fat-free plain yogurt.

"It's a light version of something that is not very light," Straney, director of nutrition services at Port Huron Hospital, said about the traditionally fat-laden salad dressing. "... It showcased the versatility of non-fat plain yogurt."

Straney whipped up a batch of the dressing Wednesday during the 55 Plus program at Port Huron Hospital. He hoped the presentation—which focused on education about heart-healthy food choices—would help people learn to cut back on fat, calories and sodium while focusing on preparing homemade dishes with good flavors.

Laura Dahnke, a registered dietitian at Port Huron Hospital, also spoke about healthy eating. She discussed cholesterol and fats in food.People should eat less salt and fewer animal products and processed foods, she said, and instead should include more fruits and vegetables in their diet.

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