Menu features Mediterranean tastes

BIG RAPIDS — For those looking to introduce a new type of food into their diet, or to learn how to cook a more healthy meal, a cooking seminar may be the answer.

Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals are hosting two healthy eating seminars to teach individuals how to spruce up their menu with Mediterranean recipes like Mediterranean-style grilled salmon and pasta with spinach, garbanzos and raisins.

“A healthy diet doesn’t mean you have to starve yourself,” said Yaying Tian, registered dietician at Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City hospitals. “Eating nutritious foods can be satisfying and beneficial. The traditional Mediterranean diet has been proven to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, various types of cancer and help control diabetes.”

Join Yaying to learn about a Mediterranean diet and enjoy light samples of Mediterranean-style grilled salmon, pasta with spinach, garbanzos and raisins, and roasted red pepper with feta salad. The seminar is free and open to anyone interested in receiving new recipes and learning how to cook in a new, healthy way.

The sessions will be held at the following times:

  • Noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the Big Rapids Hospital classroom (meet in the hospital lobby and you will be escorted to the classroom.)
  • Noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, in the Reed City Hospital cafeteria conference rooms (meet in the hospital lobby and you will be escorted to the conference rooms).

If you are interested in attending either session, please RSVP to Yaying Tian at yaying.tian@spectrumhealth.org or at (231) 832-7113.