Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Healthy and affordable cooking workshops for Manresa Food Bank users

Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean expensive food. This is the idea they want to convey through the cooking workshop that primary care nutritionists are giving to the users of the Manresa Food Bank these days. It aims to offer healthy menu ideas at low cost while avoiding the “bad evils”, which can lead to health problems such as diabetes or obesity in the long run.

Dialnekis Garcia is one of the users who participated in the workshop. He admits that he likes sausage and bread for breakfast, but has learned during this time that “eggs are healthier and cheaper than chorizo”. Another user, Javier Campanales, assures that the lack of time works against him. “Like pouch soup or canned meatballs. More expensive and less healthy,” he admits.

At a time when it is becoming more and more expensive to operate a shopping cart, the workshops offered by dieticians and nutritionists from ICS Catalunya Central and the Althea Foundation are really useful. These courses offer ideas for easy, healthy, and inexpensive recipes, teach how to cook with minimal resources, and offer advice on shopping so it’s cheap and healthy.

Nella Guillén, ICS dietician and nutritionist in central Catalonia, explains that families with low economic resources often lack healthy foods and consume more fat and more processed foods. For this reason, it underlines the importance of workshops aimed at this segment of the population.

A Moment From The Cooking Workshop In Santa Clara

A Moment from the Cooking Workshop in Santa Clara

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In this way, the initiative seeks to improve the use of basic food items offered from the food bank. A basket, which primary care nutritionists emphasize, is “very good” because it includes many seasonal and fresh produce. Two premises that are closely related in price.

For their part, users appreciate these workshops because they recognize that they often don’t eat healthy. They assure that on many occasions lack of time is a more important reason than financial lack. But also ignorance because sometimes it happens to them that they get food that they do not know how to cook.

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For some time now, the Department of Health has included a dietitian-nutritionist figure in primary care with the aim of promoting activities to promote healthy lifestyle habits and attitudes, behavioral change related to risk factors and balanced Different stages of life, individual, family and community to promote diet.


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