We all appreciate how important it is to be able to cook (or have a partner / friend who can cook!) in order to have a healthy diet. If you enjoy cooking but are lacking healthy recipe ideas or cooking skills, please consider coming to my new class series being offered at CieCAS cooking school. CieCAS is a beautiful new cooking school that is set up to give professional and non-professional classes.
I am partnering with CieCAS to offer classes which include; How to Eat a Balanced Diet, Good Food, Good Mood, Taste is the Key for a Successful Diet (class about spices), The Importance of Healthy Fats, and Healthy Meals for Toddlers. The classes will be a mix of nutrition advice, cooking your own healthy meals, and fun! There will even be wine. J Add me on WeChat (search Jess_Detroit or 13795400864) to get more information or scan the QR code on the flyer below. If these classes don’t work for you, there always seems to be someone in Shanghai providing interesting cooking classes such as Shiyin (swangyin), Expatcucina (official account), and Nutri Cooking (Nurit_Segev).
We will be using seasonal produce that is either organic or meets all EU safety standards. The products are regularly tested by the company who will be providing them for the classes (Goma Greens). Hope to see you there!
Here is a brief intro to some of the foods we will use:
Peppers are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. The vitamin C in peppers helps to increase iron absorption so include them in iron rich meals. Vitamin C also protects against infection by stimulating the formation of antibodies and boosting immunity. Capsanthin is just one of a few powerful antioxidants found in peppers which give red peppers their color.
Pumpkin and Sweet Potato
Pumpkin and sweet potato are full of fiber and vitamin A. Vitamin A helps regulate the immune system and protects from infections by keeping skin and tissues in the mouth, stomach, intestines and respiratory system healthy. Increasing fiber helps prevent constipation and controls blood sugar.
Cruciferous Vegetables- Cauliflower, Broccoli, and Brussels Sprouts etc.
Cruciferous vegetables are known for their anti-inflammatory and cancer fighting phytonutrients, and most are rich in minerals such as folate. Folate helps prevents birth defects and may influence immune response. These high fiber low calorie vegetables make for a combination that will keep you feeling full and satisfied.
Whole Grains- Barley, Oats, Buckwheat, Bulgur, Brown Rice, and Whole-Grain Pastas etc.
Whole grains are rich in B vitamins and minerals (iron, copper, zinc, magnesium). Vitamin B impacts our energy levels and promotes cell health. Refining grains strips away half the B vitamins plus many nutrients that cannot be replaced through fortification. Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body and also aids in the production of energy.
Until the next time – maybe at the classes! – Jessica W.