Spring Cooking Tips and Tricks To Help You Age Healthily

GetSetUp News May 17, 2021

Spring is in the air and with it a variety of deliciously tasty ingredients are becoming fresh and ripe to add to your meals. Fresh fruits and vegetables not only add some fun color to your meals but they may help to diminish your risks for some age related diseases in addition to just keeping you overall more healthy. Plus they help you feel great!

Eating Fresh May Help Lower Your Risks For Certain Diseases

Deb knows that the right mixture of ingredients and herbs can make any dish delicious! 

As we age we need to consider what we put into our body so we can assure that it has the right tools to give us the best possible output. Simply increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables in your diet (and removing more refined carbohydrates and unhealthy fats) can help you to prevent or delay some of the classic diseases associated with aging.

  1. Cardiovascular disease Heart disease and stroke may be reduced thanks to a diet rich in fruits and veggies by as much as 30% according to a Harvard Study.
  2. Blood pressure Vegetarian diets and diets rich in vegetables have shown to naturally help reduce blood pressure.
  3. Breast Cancer - Long term studies found that women who had had higher intakes of fruits and vegetables, particularly those rich in fiber, were found to have less risk of some forms of breast cancer.
  4. Diabetes - Numerous studies have shown that consumption of whole fruits like grapes, apples, and blueberries and leafy green vegetables may help to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.  
  5. Weight - Studies have shown that fruits like apples, berries, and cauliflower are associated with weight loss while starch based vegetables like potatoes, corn, and peas are linked to weight gain. By replacing refined carbohydrates like bread with less starchy fruits and vegetables it may help to reduce weight.
  6. Gastrointestinal health - Fruits and vegetables with fiber may help to calm some forms of irritable bowels and help to trigger regular bowel movements.
  7. Vision - More fruits and vegetables in the diet may help reduce your risk for eye related problems like cataracts and macular degeneration.

Since we were kids we have heard of adding fruits and vegetables to our meals but how do we do that in practice?

Guide Deb is hosting a series of classes focused on ingredients and how to use them in great new ways. Her cooking classes have lots of great other cooking enthusiasts who are sharing recipes and ideas to help you spice up your kitchen. Check out the Ingredients Spotlight with new and shifting cooking classes with unique recipes spotlighted.

Ingredient Spotlight

Make the most out of each ingredient! Join each of these classes featuring a highlighted ingredient to learn about all the different ways you can use it. Then, you can put your new ingredient knowledge into practice and create masterpieces to photograph for a recipe collection!

Finally, submit your beautiful new recipe card to be featured by GetSetUp!

Ingredient Spotlight

Don’t Miss Deb’s 3 Favorite Ingredients for the Spring In Her Spotlight Classes

1. Asparagus (tops!)

Spotlight on Seasonal Ingredients: Asparagus

Learn about asparagus, how it grows, how to pick it when it's at its best and how to use it in a variety of recipes.

Spotlight on Asparagus

2. Spinach

Spotlight on Seasonal Ingredients: Spinach

Spinach is a superfood and delicious during the spring season. Learn about how spinach is grown, different types of spinach you can use and some delicious dishes for using this nutritious green

Spotlight on Spinach

3. Snow Peas

Spotlight on Seasonal Ingredients: Peas

Spring time brings fresh sweet peas, sugar snap peas and snow peas, that are delicious and versatile. In this class we'll talk about peas - how they're grown, how to select them and how to use them in a variety of dishes.

Spotlight on Snow Peas

Plus you can add a bit of flavor to any dish with fresh herbs from the garden. Whether you grow them yourself or buy them fresh from the store consider these fun herbs to add a hint of flavor to your favorite dishes.

Top 3 Herbs To Add Flavor To Your Dishes This Spring

Deb picks fresh herbs from her garden! 

  1. Mint
  2. Chives
  3. Cilantro

Plus Deb’s food classes don’t stop there! She’s collecting recipes from her students to be featured in classes and on our website. So you can learn how to enhance your favorite dishes and get them ready for presentation with food photography classes and learning how to make great recipe cards you can share virtually!

Food Photography: Show Your Best Kitchen Creations

You've created a dish that's not only delicious but beautiful. Learn some basic food photography techniques that will show off your culinary creativity. Capture images that you can use on recipe cards or even a cookbook.

Food Photography

Create Recipe Cards with Canva

You've got the recipes. Now put them in print so you can pass them on. Learn how the online graphic design tool Canva can help you easily create decorative cards that can include your own photos of your dishes.

Canva Recipe Cards

Plus don’t miss out on classic cooking classes with our Great Cooking Tips series with a variety of classes from different GetSetUp Guides to meet anyone’s taste!

Become the Master Chef of Your Kitchen with Great Cooking Tips

Learn how to spice up, sweeten, and make your regular dishes more exciting with these fun cooking classes. Whether you need great meals on a budget or are just looking to swap recipes to try something new, there is a class for you. Surprise someone special with one of these great new cooking skills.

Chef Of Your Kitchen


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