By Melissa Lafrance on June 4, 2019
Outdoor cooking and eating is much more inviting when the weather warms up. This month, let’s see what’s cooking when it comes to picnics, grilling, markets and farms.
Week 1: Picnic Ideas & Areas
How many of you have to work indoors but enjoy getting your vitamin D too? Incorporate some outdoor time during your workday by stepping away from your desk/office/workplace and eating lunch outside in nature. Here are some ideas to try:
- Check out our July 2018 Healthy Recipes & Tips article for picnic tips and recipes.
- Discover UBC Vancouver’s outdoor spaces – great for eating out or hanging out with colleagues.
- Additional spots at UBC Vancouver include the tables, benches or green spaces outside the Pharmaceutical Sciences building, the Nest, along Main Mall, and near the Forestry building and Reconciliation Pole.
- Discover UBC Okanagan’s outdoor spaces, including the Amphitheatre, Commons, and the Courtyard.
Week 2: Grilling 101
There are many benefits to grilling: it’s a simple, fast and low-fat cooking method that uses fresh ingredients and best of all, it’ll mean fewer dishes! Our June 2018 Healthy Recipes & Tips article offers a number of tasty ideas and options.
Week 3: Farmers’ Markets
Farmers’ markets are venues that increase food accessibility and where consumers have access to local, fresh and readily available produce. It’s also a great way to learn what foods are in season and connect with your community, nearby farmers and food providers. Whether you’re in Vancouver or the Okanagan, visit one of BC’s many farmers’ markets using the BC Farmers’ Market Trail resource.
Week 4: Explore the UBC Farm
The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS) at UBC Farm in Vancouver is a research centre and local-to-global food hub working towards a more sustainable, food-secure future.
Throughout the growing season, the UBC Farm hosts three markets each week, including their Farm Gate Market on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and their farm markets outside the UBC Bookstore on Wednesdays. Check out the 2019 market calendar and visit a market for an opportunity to purchase fresh food right from the source.
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By Melissa Lafrance on July 4, 2018
Summer is here! What better way to enjoy the nice weather and nature than with an al fresco outing. To kick-off summer this July, we are exploring picnic ideas and tricks, as well as delicious recipes for a nourishing and fun outdoor meal, whether it’s in a park, at the beach, or a building rooftop. Read on to learn more.
Week 1: Pack with Ease
- Opt for reusable over disposable. Check out BC Living’s picnic packing list for ideas on what to bring.
- Mason jars or repurposed glass jars are perfect for carrying liquids or anything that could potentially leak. Check out these 26 portioned meals in a jar by Greatist.
Week 2: Seriously Sizzling
- Looking for vegetarian options? Explore BBC Good Food’s collection of vegetarian picnic recipes.
- If you need recipe ideas for your next summer BBQ cookout or picnic, check out this collection of summer BBQ picnic foods made healthier.
- If you are grilling burgers and/or sausages (meat or veg), spice ‘em up with Pampered Chef’s ultimate list of toppings and Kitchn’s how to quick pickle any vegetable (no canning required).
Week 3: Snack Attack and H2O Hydration
- Build your own healthy trail mix with this recipe from The Healthy Maven.
- Don’t forget to bring water in a reusable water bottle or try a cool summer beverage idea by making your own no-sugar-added iced tea (Eating Well) or jazzing up your water with fruits, vegetables and herbs thanks to these flavoured water recipes (Food Network).
Week 4: Sandwiches and Sweet Stuff
- Need inspiration to create a delicious sandwich? Check out Tablespoon’s grilled vegetable on focaccia recipe and caprese picnic sandwiches.
- Think outside the bread and try these deconstructed sandwiches on a stick (Food Network).
- Watermelon: there’s nothing better on a hot summer day. Here are five ways to cut it according to WikiHow.
- Try making summer melon slushies (Woman’s Day) and berry trifle in a jar (All Recipes).
Looking for more ideas?
Each week in July, we will be sharing tips, tricks and recipes to help you a picnic with a punch! Become a UBC Health Contact to receive weekly reminders.
By Melissa Lafrance on August 3, 2016
Eating for the Environment
How can we all be kinder to the environment? The food choices we make, from purchasing to eating and even discarding, have a great impact on our surroundings. We can all take steps to increase our awareness and to do our part to support a sustainable and friendly environment for all species inhabiting this Earth.
Each week in August, we will be sharing tips, tricks, and information to help you make a difference to real environmental benefits! Become a UBC Health Contact to receive weekly reminders, tips and tricks.
Be aware of how much energy is used to produce the food you eat. Meat production is a major contributor to climate change, as livestock produce a considerable volume of greenhouse gases and takes considerable energy and water to grow to market.
Plant-based foods are highly beneficial to have in your diet. Try out these plant-based recipes and tricks:
- Explore a variety of healthy vegan recipes
- Learn to cook lentils – short video
- Learn to make vegan lentil burgers with Chef Michael Smith – recipe demo video & lentil burger recipe
Less waste, more food. Be conscious of the amount of waste you create, whether it is food wasted or the amount of packaging on what you are purchasing.
- Check out this infographic to learn five ways to end food waste
- Learn 16 simple ways to reduce plastic waste
Eat locally! Think about how far your food has to travel before getting to your plate. Get your food from the source by supporting BC farmers and producers.
- Become aware of local organizations and initiatives such as Vancouver Farmers Markets and FarmFolk CityFolk and learn why you should eat local
- Learn where you can eat and shop local
There are many local and sustainable food options to purchase across campus!
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By Melissa Lafrance on July 6, 2016
Picnics are a perfect opportunity to enjoy valuable time with friends, family and/or colleagues while taking advantage of the many parks, beaches and green areas in our communities. A picnic can be casual and laid-back if you just want to have a snack and relax reading a book, but can also be a coordinated cookout involving a bigger group.
Whatever you choose, research shows that eating socially has many beneficial impacts, supporting both our nutritional health and our mental wellbeing. The social aspect of eating together with family, friends and colleagues fosters healthy relationships.
Check out the following nourishing picnic recipes and fun tips during the month of July! Become a UBC Health Contact to receive weekly reminders, tips and tricks.
Check out picnics in Metro Vancouver’s parks for all you need to know from reserving designated picnic spots for large groups, to potential fees, permits and guidelines. Make sure to read up on food safety guidelines and tips during the summer.
Why not head outside during your lunch? Gather your colleagues and head to the nearest bench, picnic table, or green space. Check out this list to discover popular outdoor spaces at UBC! Don’t forget about UBC’s Nitobe Memorial and Botanical Gardens.
If you need recipe ideas for your next summer BBQ cookout or picnic, check out this collection of summer BBQ picnic foods made healthier.
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