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OWU's Steve Ishmael Demonstrating Healthy Food Preparation

February 21, 2005

Delaware, Ohio -- Steve Ishmael, Ohio Wesleyan's executive chef, will present a healthy cooking demonstration on Tuesday, March 1, in Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room B at 11 a.m. and noon for a FIT OWU Brown Bag discussion.
"Cooking healthy is hard," says Ishmael. "If it was easy then we'd all do it, all the time. We like to have our food fast, and when we want healthy we don't want to give up the fast part."
Ishmael will focus on how to prepare food in a healthy manner on a tight schedule. "Have your proteins at home ready to go and on your way home stop at the supermarket and purchase the greens off its salad bar," says Ishmael. "It is going to cost you a little more, but someone else has already cleaned and prepared the vegetables for you to use with your choice of protein."
According to Ishmael, how you cook is as important as what you cook. He will demonstrate a couple of vinaigrettes that can be used for the meat or vegetables. He will also discuss cooking methods ­ grilling, roasting, and sautéing ­ that help promote a healthy lifestyle.
"Probably the most important thing to remember for eating healthy is portion size," says Ishmael. In addition to portion size, he will also cover the food pyramid, what are good fats, what to look for and buy when selecting your food, and a look at soft-drink consumption.
For more information on FIT OWU or a complete list of the Brown Bag lunches visit http://fitowu.owu.edu/.