In honor of American Heart Month, February’s cooking class was led by local Registered Dietician (RDN), Lisa Raum. Lisa is the RDN for the Department of Health, the Key West Dialysis Center, and teaches nutrition courses at the College of the Florida Keys. Her passion for nutrition and cooking provided our class with a new perspective on how to be heart-healthy and some new recipes for tasty bites.
Class participants learned how to make a hearty “Beans and Greens Stew" and Carrot Cake Breakfast Bites, and how to navigate nutrition labels. Lisa laid out packaged foods with different sodium, fat, and sugar contents and discussed how we can find healthy options on a budget. She also taught us about “shopping backwards”– encouraging us to buy frozen fruits and veggies, since they are picked at their peak of freshness, offer equal nutritional value, have a longer shelf life than fresh produce, and are often on sale at the grocery store. Her enthusiasm for nutrition and minimizing food waste is exactly what SOS is on a mission to share with the community. We appreciate the work Lisa is doing in the Keys and we hope she will come back to visit us again!