The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, in partnership with the McLennan Community College Continuing Education, MCCE, program, will hold a Mediterranean Diet cooking class on June 15 in Waco.
The class will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the AgriLife Extension office in Waco, located at 4224 Cobbs Drive.
The cost to register is $39. Preregistration is required and the deadline is June 14 at 3 p.m. Participants can register at https://tx.ag/MediterraneanCookingClass or by calling the MCCE office at 254-299-8888.
About the Mediterranean diet
The Mediterranean-style diet is a way of preparing foods in the U.S. based on the eating traditions from Italy, Greece and other countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.
Much of the diet concentrates on a foundation of plant-based foods, such as whole grains, vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices. Food items such as fish, dairy, poultry and seafood are eaten in moderation, which allows olive oil to be one of the main sources of the added fat in this type of diet.
“The Mediterranean diet consists of healthy oils and a variety of proteins from poultry, beans and legumes, and fish,” said Colleen Foleen, AgriLife Extension family and community health agent for McLennan County. “The benefits include lowering risks of certain cancers and lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.”
About the Mediterranean diet cooking class
Taught by Foleen, the class includes interactive cooking demonstrations, meal planning tips and basics, and tastings.
“This class will give participants the recommended amounts of different food types and colors of fruits and vegetables,” Foleen said. “We will also do a cooking demonstration, and participants will be able to sample several dishes.”
For more information about the course, contact Foleen at 254-757-5180 or visit the continuing education website at https://cereg.mclennan.edu/.