By Jan Davis
Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
NORFOLK (NWSA) -- One of the most important actions you can take to maintain good health is to eat right. During the holiday season this may seem like a close to impossible task, but take heart. Help is available from the Navy Environmental Health Center (NEHC) in Norfolk.
NEHC has an Internet homepage with healthy recipes for banquet size and family size gatherings. The URL (address) is http://ehc40.med.navy.mil.
Senior Chief Mess Management Specialist Carol Wininger and Mess Management Specialist 1st Class Patricia Stallings from the Navy Food Management Team (NFMT) developed these healthful and tasty recipes.
Every recipe gets less than 30 percent of its calories from fat, is low in sodium and cholesterol and high in nutrients.
While they always look at the nutritional bottom line, there's another reason why a recipe is selected. "If it doesn't taste good, no matter how healthful it is, we consider it a failure," said Wininger, and "it doesn't go on the homepage. You shouldn't have to feel like you're doing penance to eat right."
While these recipes can help you eat right, Wininger has a word of caution for holiday revelers: watch your serving size and number of servings.
"If you have seconds of everything, you double the amount of fat, sodium and calories you're taking in with each additional serving," she said. "Think about that when you reach for seconds."
Navy News Wire "A" Release 2489, dated December 16, 1996
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