What is the course about?
Ideal for health professionals, vegetarians and vegans, this course explores how to devise a healthy, balanced diet ensuring optimum intake of proteins, vitamins and minerals. Examine a wide variety of dairy alternatives, find out more about soya and discover how much protein is the right amount.
What will we cover?
- What is a healthy diet?
- Protein: role in the body; recommended daily amounts; food sources and amount per portion, digestion
- Soya products – the good and the bad
- Fats: which fats and oils are healthy and which should be avoided including omega 3, 6 and 9; trans fats; saturated fats and damaged fats
- Dairy products and non-dairy alternatives
- Calcium, Vitamin B12, Vitamin A and Vitamin D – are you getting enough?
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Plan a balanced vegan or vegetarian diet
- Understand the role of protein in the body and how much protein is required for good health
- List vegetarian and vegan protein sources and how much protein is in a portion of those foods
- Discuss the role of fats and oils in the body and understand which are good for health and which should be avoided
- List best oils and fats to cook with
- Understand which vitamins and minerals vegetarians and vegans might be low in, their role in the body and food sources for them.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous skills or experience are necessary.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Teaching will include class discussions, work sheets, pair work and small group work, and tutor presentations.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring along pens and some paper. You will be given handouts but you may wish to make additional notes. We will do a tasting session of non-dairy milk alternatives; you may be asked to bring in non-dairy milk to share with the class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may be interested in other courses taught by Ellie Holly including 'Nutrition for your neurons: brain food' (FSB27) and 'Manage the menopause with a healthy diet' (FSB26).
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details