Shari Bresin understands the challenge of finding the time to prepare healthy foods, while having a busy schedule.
Bresin, the Family and Consumer Science agent for the Pasco County Extension Office, said she can relate to that challenge.
“I know what it’s like to be on the go,” Bresin said.
A class she’s now teaching at the Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, aims to help people to gain a better understanding of healthy eating and offers cooking demonstrations, too.
The Extension Office, which is part of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), is providing the four-part class, called “Cooking Matters.”
The first class was on Sept. 6. The others are scheduled on Sept. 27 and Oct. 4. Each session is from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The classes aim to help people who are interested in living healthier lifestyles.
“I, myself, am very passionate about health and cooking,” said Bresin. “There’s a big need, for sure, in combating chronic diseases and getting people healthier.”
During her lectures, she encourages group participation, asking the audience about their food preferences.
At one point during the first class, she asked participants to name foods they eat by color.
The instructor then explained the health benefits of eating organic foods that may be green, blue or red, among other colors.
She concluded her class with a cooking segment, preparing stir-fry cabbage in a grill, and then offering samples to class members.
Each of the four classes includes a cooking demo, gives participants a chance to indulge, and provides a take-home recipe.
The classes will cover the topics of budgeting and meal planning, and will provide information to dispel the notion that eating healthy is too expensive.
At the first class, Bresin provided a PowerPoint presentation to explain a modern version of the food pyramid called My Plate. My Plate displays a circular dish divided into five food groups that are recommended for any given meal.
It is portioned into grains, dairy, protein, fruits and vegetables.
It recommends that half of grain intake be made of whole grains, while fruits and vegetables make up half the plate.
Those taking part in the class also have the chance to win a gift card.
To find out more, contact Bresin at (352) 518-0156.
‘Cooking Matters’ Classes
Where: Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City
When: Upcoming classes are set for Sept. 27 and Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Details: Classes include cooking demonstrations and offer advice for healthy cooking.
Info: Call Shari Bresin at (352) 518-0156.
Published September 19, 2018