Rising up in an Italian family, West Virginia College medical scholar Mia Antinone remembers cooking along with her mom and grandparents within the kitchen earlier than sharing good dialog along with her household over giant plates of pasta on Sunday afternoons.
“For many individuals, myself included, meals is about greater than what you’re consuming on the desk, it’s included into our tradition,” Antinone, a fourth-year scholar within the Faculty of Medication’s Culinary and Life-style Medication Observe, stated.
The Culinary and Life-style Medication Observe unites school from the Faculty of Medication and the Davis Faculty of Agriculture to assist college students develop abilities in vitamin, meals science and preparation and way of life administration so as to educate sufferers in these behaviors to minimize the danger of power illnesses.
As she labored by the curriculum, Antinone started interested by how she may meet sufferers the place they’re mentally and logistically to offer concepts and inspiration for incorporating vitamin and wholesome behaviors in a straightforward to learn and entry format.
She began her weblog when getting into WVU’s M.D. program to doc her journey for household, pals and herself, and it became a significant instrument for her to stability her passions and research.
Antinone determined to develop her present weblog, Mia Gabriele, to incorporate this info in addition to her ideas and experiences balancing life, journey, religion, train and meals with a busy medical college schedule. As soon as she turns into a doctor, she hopes to make use of the weblog as a useful resource for sufferers.
“One in every of my large objectives in medical college was to not skip out on life,” Antinone stated. “Learning is necessary, and I worth that, however it is usually necessary for me to remain true to all the opposite issues I worth as effectively.”
Antinone is utilizing her weblog to advertise the talents she’s discovered as a medical scholar and thru the CLMT program to assist educate her readers on make easy modifications that may result in more healthy habits.
“By this system, I’ve discovered prepare dinner for folks with totally different dietary wants,” Antinone stated. “There are methods to tweak recipes with related substances to accommodate totally different wants and existence, all whereas enhancing the dietary worth of the recipe.”
She notes that the vacations are a time the place folks typically make cherished household recipes handed down by generations.
“Tweaking a recipe to incorporate extra nutrient-rich substances doesn’t need to be troublesome and the meals can nonetheless be scrumptious,” she stated.
When changing recipes to make them more healthy, she suggests simplifying the substances or discovering methods to incorporate extra vegatables and fruits.
“Begin with small, attainable modifications and also you is likely to be shocked at how tasty your dish seems,” she stated. “Crucial ingredient for a profitable recipe is to get pleasure from your self.”
Antinone believes that getting ready meals is a part of having fun with the meals. Getting ready meals with family and friends, particularly across the holidays, makes a meal much more particular.
When Antinone just isn’t finding out or sustaining her weblog, she enjoys spending her time baking and cooking for pals. She additionally serves because the president for WVU’s chapter of Stroll with a Future Doc, a student-run group that brings collectively medical college students and group members for twice-monthly walks that promote wholesome existence.
For extra info on the WVU Faculty of Medication, go to medication.wvu.edu.
Healthful Vacation Baking
Observe together with Antinone and WVU President E. Gordon Gee as they put together a tasty and wholesome vacation granola!
“I really like that each ingredient going into this granola and you may simply customise it to what you want,” Antinone stated. “It’s an ideal instance of how healthful consuming doesn’t need to be onerous or bland.”
One in every of Antinone’s favourite dishes to arrange in a recopied she tailored from “The Properly Plated Cookbook” by Erin Clarke.
“Throughout the holidays, I search for simplified recipes which are simple, scrumptious and nutritious that the entire household can get pleasure from,” Antinone stated.
Recipe (tailored from “The Properly Plated Cookbook” by Erin Clarke):
- 3 Tbs. molasses
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 3 Tbs. coconut oil (melted)
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 1 egg white
- 2 ½ cups quaint oats
- 1 cup uncooked pecans
- Preheat oven to 300 levels.
- In a big bowl, whisk one egg white.
- Add molasses, maple syrup, vanilla and coconut oil to bowl and whisk to include.
- Add cinnamon, salt, shredded coconut, chia seeds to bowl and whisk to include.
- Add oats and pecans to bowl and incorporate.
- Unfold combination onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake in oven for 20 minutes, stir granola on baking sheet and bake for an additional 20 minutes.
- Let granola cool for 1 hour on the pan.
- Use a spatula or spoon to crumble the granola.
- Add optionally available toppings like dried fruits or nuts earlier than serving.
To study extra in regards to the WVU Faculty of Medication’s Culinary and Life-style Medication Observe go to medication.wvu.edu/culinary.