Wellness Connection partners with experts who can provide both individual and group activities to support the wellbeing of faculty and staff at WashU. Benefits-eligible employees are invited to participate in these workshops to learn new information, practice a new skill or connect with colleagues who are passionate about wellness.
The MyWay to Health team is here to support you with your health and wellness goals. Stay engaged by joining the MyWay to Health Microsoft Teams Channel. You will have access to virtual Wellness Workshop cooking classes, weekly wellness content, and support from your wellness consultants and WashU community. More information on MyWay to Health and free wellness consultations.
2022 Virtual Workshops
Thursday, February 17th from 3:00-4:00 PM – Virtual Workshop via Zoom
This Wellness Workshop will explore how certain foods can help reduce or stabilize biometric results. You will learn how to make comfort foods that are geared towards improving health while maintaining variety.
Thursday, May 26th from 12:00-1:00 PM – Virtual Workshop via Zoom
This Wellness Workshop will empower participants to choose foods that support their bodies and physical activity objectives. We will also discuss the importance of hydration as we head into the summer season.
Wednesday, August 24th from 12:00-1:00 PM – Virtual Workshop via Zoom
This Wellness Workshop will provide participants with simple nutrition hacks that can make a positive impact on our planet. Participants will also learn how to navigate the barriers keeping us from sustaining our health goals.
Thursday, November 10th from 12:00-1:00 PM – Virtual Workshop via Zoom
This Wellness Workshop will empower participants in choosing foods that help boost immunity as we move into cold and flu season. You will also learn our holiday food hacks and feel confident in your ability to maintain your health objectives, while still enjoying holiday festivities.
Recorded Virtual Workshops
Curry in a Hurry
1 Tablespoon minced garlic (1 tsp dried)
1 Tablespoon minced ginger (1 tsp dried)
1 15-ounce can light coconut milk
3 Tablespoons green or red curry paste (to taste)
1 bag frozen mixed vegetables (about 3 cups, may substitute fresh)
1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1. In a large skillet or Dutch oven, lightly sauté garlic and ginger in a splash of water.
2. Add coconut milk, and whisk in curry powder. Warm through stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, steam vegetables in the microwave. Drain any excess water.
4. Add drained chickpeas and cooked vegetables. Stir to combine, and cook a few minutes longer to heat through.
5. Serve with brown rice, quinoa, or cauliflower rice. If you desire, garnish with cilantro, green onions, a wedge of lime, or chopped cashews.
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Black Bean Burger Recipe
1 can (14 ounces) black beans, drained, rinsed and patted dry
½ tbsp olive oil
½ bell pepper
2 garlic cloves
½ tsp paprika
¼ tsp chili powder
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Tbsp Sriracha
½ cup bread crumbs or oats flour
Optional: feta cheese or sweet potato pure instead of egg for vegan version.
1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Spread beans evenly onto a lined baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes until slightly dried out.
2. Meanwhile, sauté olive oil, chopped pepper, onion, and garlic over medium heat until peppers and onions are soft, about 5-6 minutes.
3. Combine all ingredients, except black beans in a large bowl or in a food processor. Stir everything, then add black beans. If using a food processor pulse the mixture, or use a fork to mash the black beans.
4. Form patties, recipe makes about 4.
5. To grill: Place patties on greased aluminum foil and grill 5-8 minutes on each side or preheat oven to 375°F and bake for 10 minutes each side.
6. Serve with your favorite toppings.
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1 ripe banana
½ cup oats
1 Tbsp peanut butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
¼ cup almond milk
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth, about 1 minute.
- Spray and heat your pan. Add ¼ of batter at a time, cook for 2-3 minutes or until tiny bubbles appear around the edges and flip.
- Serve with jelly, peanut butter or your favorite fruit.
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½ cup ground turkey sausage, such as Jimmy Dean’s Fully Cooked Turkey Sausage Crumbles
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
½ cup reduced-fat cottage cheese
½ cup reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese
1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray a muffin pan generously with cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl whisk eggs together. Stir in cottage cheese.
3. Add bell peppers, turkey sausage, and cheddar cheese.
4. Pour egg mixture into muffin pan –about 3/4 of the way full.
5. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from muffin pan immediately. Then allow to cool 3-4 minutes before serving.
Tip: These egg cups hold up great in both the refrigerator and the freezer. Warm in the microwave or in the oven, serve with fruit, and a whole-wheat English muffin for a quick and delicious breakfast option.
This recipe is a simple twist on a typical bean burger and that makes for a delicious topping to a salad or enjoy on a bun.
Recipe from Health.com: Mediterranean Chickpea Patty
1 (15.5-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 garlic clove, chopped
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
1 egg, whisked
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup low-fat Greek-style yogurt
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
8 cups mixed salad greens
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
Pita chips (optional)
1) Pulse first 4 ingredients and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a food processor until coarsely chopped and mixture comes together. Transfer to a bowl, add egg and 2 tablespoons flour; form into 8 (1/2-inch-thick) patties. Place remaining flour in a small dish and roll patties in it with floured hands; tap off excess flour.
2) Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook patties for 2-3 minutes per side or until golden.
3) Whisk together the yogurt, lemon juice, and remaining salt and pepper. Divide greens, tomatoes, onion, and patties evenly among 4 plates; drizzle each salad with 2 tablespoons dressing. Serve with pita chips, if desired.
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2 15-ounce cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
Nonstick cooking spray
1 teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon ground red pepper
⅛ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1) Preheat oven to 400°F.
2) Wrap chickpeas in a towel and lightly roll the chickpeas to loosen their skins. Discard any skins.
3) Combine chickpeas and spices. Place parchment on top of a baking sheet and coat with cooking spray. Arrange chickpeas on top and mist with cooking spray again.
4) Bake for 15 minute increments until they are brown and crisp.