Feeding an Army of hungry Soldiers requires serious planning, but keeping meals tasty and healthy takes a whole new level of talent, creativity, and skill.
Thankfully, U.S. Army chefs are a group of gifted culinary specialists following their passion for the culinary arts, while serving their country and providing fellow Soldiers with the proper food and nutrition they need to fuel their bodies and minds, optimize energy, and perform at their best.
The nutritious food Army chefs dish out to Soldiers is driven by the Army’s “Go For Green” program that labels food either green (fresh produce, whole grains, lean fish), yellow (seafood, red meat, pasta), or red (desserts, fried foods, cheeses) to make it easy for Soldiers to find high-performance foods and drinks that boost their fitness, strength, and health.
While the Army’s dining facilities may remind the average person of traditional cafeterias, menus are anything but standard cafeteria fare. The Army’s culinary specialists offer a savory and tasty dining experience with the familiar taste of home, boosting the morale of Soldiers around the world.
As the weather cools down, award-winning Army chef and Staff Sergeant (SSG) Samantha Poe is dishing up delectable fall favorites, including a delicious and healthy beet cake full of essential vitamins that can help with blood pressure and athletic performance, which helped lead the U.S. Army Culinary Arts Team to a silver medal at the 2020 World Culinary Olympics in Stuttgart, Germany. SSG Poe was also named the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Pastry Chef of the Year in 2019.
SSG Poe shares her healthy fall recipes with the American public, discuss how the “Go for Green” program provides for the well-being of Army Soldiers, along with great ideas for home chefs who are looking to bring healthy, tasty options to the table this season – for football games, family dinners, and beyond.
Interview is courtesy: U.S. Army