By Melissa Lafrance on October 5, 2016
Food is one of the most basic needs for our survival and health, but it is also involves sharing, celebrating, demonstrating our care for others, and supporting our rituals and traditions. Food and social interactions often go hand and hand.
Each week in October, we will be sharing tips, tricks, and information to stay well while being social! Become a UBC Health Contact to receive weekly reminders, tips and tricks.
Studies show a strong relationship between workplaces’ physical and social environments and employee health behaviours. A lot of our waking hours are spent at work, which can involve meetings and social gatherings.
Try these tips and recipes to consider while at work:
Bringing your own lunch to work, try these recipes:
What should you bring? Try these re-imagined classic dishes you can serve at a potluck or social event.
- Layered Mexican Dip
- Lightened up Guacamole and Chips
- Zucchini Lentil Fritters with Dill Sour Cream
- Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Curry Mayo
Take advantage of social opportunities that involve food in our communities:
- Farm Market at UBC
- Events Calendar – Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm
- Vancouver Farmers Markets
Social groups can highly influence our behaviours, including food choices. While social gatherings often promote indulgence, they can also involve consuming healthier options. Remember, the choice is yours to make.
By Melissa Lafrance on June 8, 2016
Meals feed our bodies, but mealtimes feed our relationships.
Research shows that eating socially has many beneficial impacts, supporting both our nutritional health and mental wellbeing. The social aspect of eating together with family, friends and colleagues is very important to overall health and wellbeing.
Potlucks help foster a sense of community and are more than just sharing food. Check out the following nourishing potluck recipes and tips during the month of June! Become a UBC Health Contact to receive weekly reminders, tips and tricks.
If you’ve been tasked with organizing a potluck at work, or you offered to plan a get together, you may be wondering where to start. For great tips, check out How to Organize a Potluck Dinner.
This flavourful and colourful Crowd-pleasing Chickpea & Carrot Salad can be enjoyed any time of year, and it is perfect for a summer potluck!
For an easy and healthy dessert option, try making Fruit Kebas with Maple Cinnamon Yogurt Dip! You can easily substitute with whichever fruit you have on hand and adjust the recipe to have about one kebab per person.
Spinach Dip is always my go-to potluck dish. Try it out with pumpernickel bread and a variety of veggies!
For more potluck recipe ideas: