Who says healthy eating has to be boring?
Executive Chef, Craig Hamilton, from The Village at Penn State takes the bland out of healthy and replaces it with flavor, comfort, and joy. When people eat the food that Chef Craig and his team at The Village cook, their taste buds thank them, and so does their health.
“An apple a day…” The benefits of healthy eating
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce your risk for heart disease, heart attacks, and stroke.
Here are additional ways a nutritious diet can benefit your health
- Eating a diet rich in high-fiber foods may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
- Eating foods rich in potassium as part of an overall healthy diet may lower blood pressure and reduce the risk for kidney stones as well as decreasing bone loss.
- Reducing your sodium intake may help control or improve certain medical conditions like kidney disease, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
The way we eat affects our health in a variety of ways. When we don’t get the proper nutrients in our diets, our bodies suffer the consequences.
Chef Craig’s healthy eating tips are simple: fresh is best.
Healthy eating for Chef Craig has never been difficult. His leading recommendation for anyone looking to eat a healthy diet is to
- Eat whole, fresh ingredients
- Eat nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, and beans
- Try to stay away from foods high in sodium and sugar
- Keep processed foods to a minimum
- Stay away from fast food
- Ask your doctor about the nutrients you should be getting from your diet
- Always consult your doctor before changing your diet
“I’ll take fresh and local any day,” Chef Craig states adding that residents will agree. Chef Craig’s tips for healthy eating consist of staying away from processed foods, keeping sugar and salt to a minimum, and avoiding too many heavy carbohydrates. He recommends eating whole, fresh foods as these generally contain the most nutrients.
Chef Craig certainly has a passion for food and healthy eating, but when asked what he enjoys most about his job he responds, “The residents. They push me to be a better chef overall.”
Executive Chef Craig serves up something special for you and your health
For Chef Craig, good food has always been his passion. Growing up in the kitchen cooking beside his mother and grandmother, it’s no surprise he saw a future in the culinary world. Now, his career as an Executive Chef at The Village is more rewarding than ever.
“I’ve been with The Village since day one, nearly 15 years,” he says. Chef Craig explains that The Village offers a wide range of menu items, serving everything from fine dining, to comfort food, and any recipe their residents know and love. Plus, they always keep the health needs of residents in mind.
“Serving healthy foods is very big for us when we create our menus,” Chef Craig explains. Whether it’s adjusting the menu every night, or making last minute changes, if residents at The Village request it, Chef Craig and his team do everything they can to accommodate their health and nutrition needs.