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Need to Improve Your Diet? The VA Can Help
Have you always wanted to try quinoa? Have you heard about the benefits of pomegranate? With the holiday season behind us, it's time to get back into a healthy eating lifestyle and try those recipes you thought were too hard. VA facilities across the country offer Healthy Teaching Kitchens that teach veterans and their family's healthy cooking skills. It's a 'kitchen on wheels' that prepares healthy and delicious meals as part of the MOVE! Weight Management Program. Healthy Teaching Kitchens are great for veterans to sample new foods, practice new cooking methods, and pick up the latest food trends.
Classes and videos
The Healthy Teaching Kitchen hosts cooking demonstrations and hands-on assistance. However, if you can't attend class, recipes are available online! The Healthy Teaching Kitchen YouTube channel has 30 videos of chefs cooking healthy meals. Each video includes a list of ingredients, as well as easy to follow instructions.
There's a variety of recipes to choose from. Many of the recipes used in The Healthy Teaching Kitchen can be found in the Yummy Benefits Cookbook and the Yummy Benefits Cookbook Version II. Some meals include:
If you are looking for a quick and simple way to meet your recommended daily nutrition, check out the Five-A-Day Green Smoothie, or try the Spinach Smoothie. Both are packed with nutritious ingredients and are bound to help you feel your best.
Many Healthy Teaching Kitchens focus on specific health conditions. For example, a class centered on diabetes will prepare meals that help manage blood sugar. Each class encourages veterans to learn new skills and knowledge to stay on their path to wellness.
Give it a try
Food is the key to living a healthy life. Don't let your diet be your downfall. Through easy to follow advice, Healthy Teaching Kitchens videos and in-person classes make it easier than ever to get healthy. To find out if your facility has a Healthy Teaching Kitchens, contact your primary care dietitian nutritionist.
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Updated December 19, 2017