Free Verdant Health Commission Community Courses: March and April 2022

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The Verdant Health Commission is hosting the following free virtual community classes throughout March and April.

Economy Food – Onions

March 10, 6-7 p.m.

Onions may make you cry when you cut them, but they won’t make you cry when you buy them. Join dietitian nutritionist Taelin Flores to learn how you can use onions to make them tasty and tear-free. These vegetables are among the cheapest in the store and have many health benefits.

Cooking Demonstration – Celebrate a World of Flavors for National Nutrition Month

March 16, 6-7 p.m.

“Celebrate a World of Flavor” for National Nutrition Month 2022 with a cooking demonstration of Japanese cuisine. Expand your weekday cooking repertoire by learning how to prepare several simple and authentic Japanese dishes. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Amy Reuter will walk attendees through the preparation of Yakitori Chicken and Japanese Sesame Chicken with Sunomono Salad (Japanese Cucumber Salad).

Cooking Demonstration – Dairy-Free Alternatives

March 23, 1-2 p.m.

Join PacMed Registered Dietitian Christy Goff for this cooking demonstration that will highlight delicious dairy alternatives for these popular dairy dishes. Find new ideas for those who are lactose intolerant, looking for ways to lower cholesterol, have an allergy, or simply want new foods to boost their calcium intake. The class will focus on less processed alternatives that are easy to find.

Cooking Demonstration – Herbs, Spices and Citrus – Oh My!

March 24, 6-7 p.m.

Liven up your current dishes with flavor and nutrients through the use of herbs, spices and citrus fruits. This educational class and cooking demonstration will be led by dietitian nutritionist Taelin Flores. How to store and use fresh or dried will be discussed, along with the health benefits of these tasty ingredients.

Blue Zone Recipes – Cuisine of Nicoya, Costa Rica

March 31, 6-7 p.m.

This Blue Zones session features the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica, with fresh and tasty cuisine. Ingredients essential to the diet of this community include things like beans, corn, squash, and tubers flavored with garlic, onions, peppers, and herbs. Discover Nicoya’s practices focused on nutrition, activity and social relationships, and what it can teach about healthier lifestyles

The Sweet Truth – Understanding Sugar and Sugar Alternatives

April 7, 6-7 p.m.

Stevia or Splenda? Monk fruit or Truvia? Equality or difference? Agave or Honey? There are many alternatives to sugar, but are they safe? Do they taste good? Is there such a thing as too much? These are the questions that Taelin Flores, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Specialist in Diabetes Care and Education, will answer in this lovely presentation.

Affordable Foods – Asparagus

April 14, 2-3 p.m.

Dietitian Nutritionist Taelin Flores will cover the nutritional benefits of asparagus and its prebiotic nature, discuss its unique aroma and, of course, review a handful of delicious recipes.

Cooking Demonstration – Fibre, Fish and Pleasure to Relieve Menopausal Symptoms

April 20, 6-7 p.m.

Embrace this stage of your life with three tasty recipes packed with nutrients. Join Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Amy Reuter as she cooks a nutritious Mediterranean Diet Stew, Sweet Potato Carbonara, and Walnut-Crusted Salmon. As she cooks, Amy will discuss creating a balanced diet to ease the journey through menopause.

Cooking Demonstration – Shortcuts to Quick and Healthy Meals

April 27, 1-2 p.m.

Short on time but still want to eat healthy? This demonstration cooking class will explain how to assemble meals that take less than 20 minutes using simple, nutrient-dense ingredients. These meals will be both balanced and tasty. This class will be led by Christy Goff, PacMed Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist.

Cooking Demonstration – Spring in Farmer’s Market Season

April 28, 6-7 p.m.

Spring is in the air and produce is appearing in the garden. Join Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Megan Ellison to kick off Farmer’s Market season as she prepares seasonal dishes from her garden and other local venues. Sit down and learn how to prepare healthy and delicious food using seasonal produce

To register, visit the Verdant Health Commission Courses and Events page at For further assistance, contact Monika Star: [email protected] or call 425-582-8600.


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