“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
We all know that our health is intimately connected to what we eat, but with so much competing information out there, it can be hard to understand how to make the right choices and how to incorporate them into our busy lives. Chef Francoise Briet brings three unique perspectives to the intersection of food and health: her technical background as a research scientist in metabolic nutrition, her culinary expertise as Chef at the French Consulate, and her own personal journey of healing through diet.
In this fun, hands-on workshop, we will be exploring key information on the relationship between food, nutrition and healing. You will learn easy ways to feed your body with all the bio-active nutrients that can help you to maintain a healthy body and happy mind, with a focus on quick and easy smoothie recipes. You will go home with tons of great tips, techniques and several recipes to make your smoothie an enjoyable daily experience.
Chef Francoise will walk you through some easy rules and fundamental guidelines to help you maximize the nutritional benefits of your smoothies.
- The 12 “dirty” and the 15 “clean” fruits and vegetables, when to buy organic, and an efficient way to clean veggies and fruits when you don’t.
- The difference between glycemic index and glycemic load, the importance of focusing on the quality of the carbohydrate rather than the quantity, and how to minimize your simple carbs intake.
- You will also discover how and when to incorporate “superfoods” like green tea, curcuma, cucumber, culinary herbs and citrus peel for extra flavour and bio-active nutrients.
In class participants will get to prepare 4 different smoothies, each with a different nutritional focus.
Vanilla Bean Banana Smoothie
Rich in melatonin, a molecule that helps regulate your sleep cycles, and plenty of other nutrients that provide protection against some neurodegenerative diseases and cancers.
Carotenoid Blend Smoothie
Contains tons of vitamin C, carotenoids and other antioxidants that are known to reduce oxidative stress (a key pathway in the development of chronic diseases), and provide protection from recurrence in women previously treated for breast cancer.
Strawberry and Fresh Basil Lemonade Smoothie
This amazing aromatic herb contains anti-inflammatory nutrients and powerful antioxidants that protect against cellular damage, help your body to respond to stress and fight disease. It also provides proven protection against breast cancer development.
Cucumber Lime Smoothie
With lime peel and cucumber that brings flavonoids and phyto-nutrients which have anti-cancer properties and can help lower blood sugar.
Printed materials with recipes will be provided during the class, everyone will get to make and try all the freshly-made smoothies, and take home any leftovers.
Francoise Briet is the Chef of the General Consulate of France in Toronto, and the owner of Malty and Hoppy Delicacy, a company that uses Ontario craft beer in small-batch artisan jellies, jams and other delicacies. Before that, Francoise was a clinical research scientist in the area of metabolic nutrition. Over the past two years, Francoise has personally experienced the impact of trauma and illness. She turned to her knowledge of metabolic nutrition to help support her recovery and this experience has had a tremendous impact on her wellbeing, and has helped her to develop a more health-conscious approach to food.
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