Dining Services is sponsoring delicious ways to eat green Oct. 19-23

A week's worth of Food Day events include classes for cooking green, and samples of tasty green cuisine

Eating healthy also means eating delicious.Image credit: National Cancer Institute.

UCR’s Dining Services is offering many yummy opportunities to eat green the week of Oct. 19-23 in preparation for the national Food Day push “Toward a Greener Diet” on Oct. 24.

Food Day is an annual event — a day to resolve to make changes in our own diets and to take action to solve food-related problems in our communities at the local, state, and national level, a top priority of the University of California Global Food Initiative.

Dining Services invites everyone to take the UC Eats Real — Food Day Pledge. Help Food Day reach 10 million new people with the message of real food. In the meantime, bon appetite

Monday, Oct. 19:

  • Residence halls are serving grass-fed burgers instead of traditional grain-fed burgers.
  • Produce-cooking demonstration from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Demonstration Kitchen for 30 participants, offered by the Student Recreation Center
Resolve to eat healthy on Food Day, Oct. 24

Resolve to eat healthy on Food Day, Oct. 24

Tuesday, Oct. 20:

  • “Seeds of Change” specialty entrées—healthy, sustainable, socially responsible and delicious!— offered during lunch and dinner at UCR residential restaurants, featuring two Dining Services principles: “Think Produce First” and “Choose Healthier Oils.”
  • Noon Bell Tower: Culinary Chameleon’s locally sourced, “Think Produce First” tacos and a Moo Moo Ice Cream Truck creation made with our own UCR Citrus.
  • Dining Services restaurants present a culinary demonstration on the HUB Upper Mall from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring flavorful “Seeds of Change” menu items. Provide feedback on your favorite “Think Produce First” and “Reduce Sugary Beverages” items; they may show up on your local retail menu!

Wednesday, Oct. 21:

  • Sample many of the healthy snacks in our vending machines and learn about our “Well Within Reach” Healthy Vending Program from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bell Tower, presented by First Class Vending.
  • Salad bars at the Lothian and A-I Residential Restaurants feature locally sourced produce, including some from our own UCR R’Garden.
  • Find out about the UCR Food Pantry at 4 p.m. in HUB 269 at 4 p.m., sponsored by The Well.

Thursday, Oct. 22:

  • Improve your health and lower your carbon footprint by eating delicious hand-formed beef (60%) and mushroom (40%) burgers at the Lothian and A-I Residential Restaurants during lunch and dinner.
  • Join UCR Dining Services Executive Chef, Burke Reeves at the Market at Glen Mor for a cooking demonstration on “What to do With My UCR Farmshare Produce,” at 12:15 p.m. and again at 5:15 p.m.
  • -Relax and enjoy R’Garden Movie Night featuring “Symphony of Soil” from 5 to 6 p.m. at the R’Garden.

Friday, Oct. 23

  • Help us reverse the national obesity and diabetes epidemic by reducing consumption of sugary beverages. Join us for the Spa Water Challenge at A-I and Lothian Residential Restaurants, featuring student-submitted recipes. Our residential students will be submitting recipes throughout the week and the top three at each facility will be featured for lunch and dinner on Friday. Drink up … it’s good for you!

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