As sporting administrators we are trying to encourage local clubs and associations to make healthier choices. It is important that we lead by example and practice what we preach. This was the main theme at the recently held Vicsport Professionals Network (VPN) - Making Healthy Easy: Cooking Masterclass.
Delivered by the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Graden Foundation
(SAKGF), the individuals who attended the event learnt how to prepare a number of easy, fresh meals, that were both tasty and healthy. The ingredients used in the dishes were grown on sight at the Collingwood College community garden. The foundation is about 'pleasurable food education' and building healthy habits for life, and the fact that it is never too late to start. These positive habits will allow sporting administrators as we continue to make local sporting clubs and associations healthier places.
Divided into five groups, with a mix of self-proclaimed confident cooks and those who were not too confident, team prepared the following meals:
- Wok tossed vegetables with chicken
- Beetroot with shiitake mushrooms
- Smoked trout with Tuscan kale, Broccolini & Miso dressing
- Japanese seeded brown rice salad
- Okonomiyaki (Japanese pancakes)
After these dishes were prepared the group was finally able to sit down and enjoy each other's creations, and network.
As a bonus to attending the event, everyone went home with a gift bag containing the recipes from the session and a number of kitchen and garden resources to help them prepare meals at home and more information on the foundation.
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Attendees had this to say about the event:
"This program has provided greater insight into the foundation and I would be keen to work with them further"
"(I will) share the knowledge and message of simple, healthy, nutritious meals using seasonal foods with students and athletes. Try the rest of the recipes myself. Look to taking a group of students to the SAKGF in the future. Revisit gardening ideas at our school