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UCI Campus Recreation
, in conjunction with UCI HR Wellness, presents a series of events to educate and encourage us toward healthier behaviors: Culinary Medicine.

Nutrition is an important part of the circle of wellness, but many lack practical cooking skills that are key to helping implement nutritional recommendations given to them. Based on the UCI Integrative Medicine curriculum, this series will be offered to UCI employees as part of the UCI HR Wellness program presented by UCI Campus Recreation chef and UCI Health Weight Management dietitian.  Each presentation from the dietician will be followed by a chef demonstrating a relevant daily meal plan consisting of breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes. 

Lunch will NOT be provided at this event, we will be providing bite-size samples of the dishes that
Chef Jessica will demo. We welcome participants to bring lunch for the event!

Events will be limited to the first 120 registered participants. A confirmation will be sent the Wednesday before.
All about Carbs
Friday, 6/19 10:30am-11:30am, Chef Jessica & RD Katie Rankell

Carbs get a bad rap, but they shouldn't all be treated the same, and most importantly, they shouldn't be eliminated from your diet. Quality carbohydrates can be found in a variety of food sources that provide a whole host of beneficial nutrients, including fiber.  Explore the world of carbs, and discover a whole new way of eating and cooking.

Cooking Demo: Oatmeal pancakes with Berry Sauce, Bruschetta Lentil Salad with Homemade Whole Wheat Bread, Chicken Quinoa Tortilla Soup

The Anti Inflammatory Diet
Friday, 7/17 10:30am-11:30am, Chef Jessica & RD Katie Rankell

Today everyone is bombarded with stressors in their lives, and for many of us, it can cause inflammatory issues. Incorporating anti-inflammatory eating habits into your diet can significantly reduce the way your body reacts to these stressors and potentially reduce or eliminate your need for drugs.

Cooking Demo: Banana Bread Overnight Oats, Peruvian Black Bean Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potato, Turmeric Salmon Rice Bowl with Spiced Vegetables and Beans

DASH and Low Sodium Diet
Friday, 5/15 10:30am-11:30am, Chef Jessica & RD Katie Rankell

Sodium is used in more ways than seasoning and so determining how much sodium is in your diet can be a tricky thing.  Find out how to make your food taste better without adding more salt and how to eliminate the excess salt that might be lingering in your diet today.  

Cooking Demo: Spinach and Tomato Baked Egg, Curried Chicken and Mango Salad, Miso Soba Noodle Soup

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All about Fats in Our Diet
Friday, 2/21 12pm-1pm, ARC Kitchen

Fats are hidden everywhere in our diets, but not all fats are created equal.  Learn the good from the bad and how to incorporate the good ones into your diet.

Cooking Demo: Super- seed Breakfast Cookie, Triple Bean Salad with Citrus Dressing, Fish Cakes on Curry Lime Scented Quinoa 

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Introduction to the Mediterranean Diet
Friday, 1/24 12pm-1pm, ARC Kitchen

The Mediterranean diet is considered the gold standard of diets.  In this presentation, we will delve into the reasons why doctors "prescribe" this regimen more than any other eating plan.  

Cooking Demo: Lemon Scented Almond Granola, Falafels with Yogurt Dressing on Greens, One-pot chicken & Farro

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