You already use The J to get stronger, but wellness involves more than just weights and a treadmill. The food that you consume provides the power to make you stronger and healthier.
As part of the Kindred Active Adult Series, The J is focusing on the food you eat with a Nutrition Series for Energy and Vitality, March 14-28.
The weekly discussions will include anti-aging foods, how to cook for a small family and how to nourish your body to have more energy and vitality. They will be led by Chef Mat Shalenko, a health coach and professional chef. Focusing on families and seniors in the Portland and Shawnee areas of Louisville, Chef Shalenko draws from more than 15 years of culinary experience to help overcome health and nutrition issues through their diet.
“Just as important as your workout, the food that you put into your body has a huge impact on your wellness,” says Susan Kwasny, Kindred fellow. “Chef Shalenko is an expert on crafting creative menus that help families get healthy.”
Week one will focus on processed foods. Chef Shalenko will teach you how to navigate the grocery store, focusing specifically on what to look for and avoid on food packaging. Participants will sample recipes for turkey tacos with pico de gallo and black bean brownies.
Week two is all about superfoods and supplements for energy and recovery. Recipes will include kale-quinoa salad and cherry-cacao energy bars.
Week three is about setting yourself up for success. Chef Shalenko will teach you how to prepare meals in advance so you are ready for whatever comes your way throughout the week. Recipes will include quick greens and beans stew and vegetable stir-fry with brown rice.
The Nutrition Series for Energy and Vitality meets on Tuesdays, March 14-28 at 6:30 p.m. Registration costs $75, $60 for The J members and can be done at www.jewishlouisville.org/nutrition-series or by calling 502-459-0660.