Eating for A Lifetime: Cooking for People with Cancer

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With Laura Pole, Oncology Nurse, Health Supportive Chef

- Saturday, December 7, 10am-1pm

When you’re living with cancer, what you eat matters. This fun and informative class is start to learning about the role of nutrition in cancer care. Participants will learn the basic principles of healthy and delicious food selection and preparation.

The class will begin with tasty appetizers followed by a lecture on the basic principles of selecting healthy food and a demonstration on how to build flavor in a dish.  Finally, participants will see and taste a “balanced plate” of colorful, beautiful, nourishing, and delicious foods.  

Laura Pole teaching about Nourishing Foods for People with CancerAt this class you will learn:

  • The Eight Principles of Healthy Eating
  • The known relationships between food and cancer
  • How to create your own balanced plate at home
  • How to choose foods at the grocery store and farmers' market
  • How to build flavor to turn a healthy dish into a delicious dish
  • Laura's secrets as you leave with recipes to make at home
  • Tips to make preparing and eating your meals more enjoyable

Come learn how to make and sample some of Laura’s most delicious winter-time recipes: Curried Butternut Squash & Apple Soup with Cashew Cream; Brazilian Black Beans and Seasoned Brown Rice; Angel Hair Collards; and Avocado Date Chocolate Mousse with Raspberry Sauce.

About Laura Pole
Chef Laura Pole
is one of the pioneers in delicious nourishment for people with cancer and other serious illness. She serves as Smith Center’s Director of Nourishment Programs as well as Head Chef for the Smith Center’s weeklong retreats for people with cancer. Laura is also an oncology nurse and a musician (making her a “Chefnurcian!”) She promises a class that is not only informative, but also entertaining and fun!

*Please Note: Every individual’s needs are unique. We aim to offer a variety of health-promoting options for each individual to consider, but do not prescribe the specific dietary content of any program for anyone. 

This program is open to everyone. Registration is required.  


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