How to make your own veggie burgers at home
The best way to enjoy your vegetarian meals is to make them at home, according to the holistic dietetic degree (HBD) degree.
The course focuses on nutrition and health topics, and is the culmination of years of research into the science behind how people should live.
“The goal of the course is to teach people how to eat well in a holistic way that is not only a healthiest way of living but also a more environmentally sustainable way,” said Dr Jennifer Smith, a PhD candidate from the University of Oxford.
“I wanted to find out how to make healthy food choices that are not just for vegetarians but also vegans, and it’s really fun to see people making their own vegan burger.”
Dr Smith said she and her students had been studying vegan diets for about a year when they discovered vegan burgers, and wanted to create a course that focused on a wider range of health and lifestyle topics.
“Vegan burgers are really popular right now, but people are really unsure about the health benefits and the benefits of eating vegan,” she said.
“We wanted to try and make them more accessible to vegans and people who don’t normally eat vegan food, and we wanted to make it more palatable.”
The course also covers the importance of diet and nutrition to people of all ages, and how the science of the body works.
“There’s a lot of information in the book that is really specific to the age group of people, and so we’ve put that information into the course,” she added.
“It’s really interesting because it’s a really comprehensive guide, and a lot more than just vegan.”
The students had to work through the whole book in order to complete the course, but Dr Smith said that once they had completed it, they were very happy with the results.
“Some of the information was a little bit hard to read, so we thought, why not try to make the course as easy to understand as possible, so that people can follow along,” she explained.
“For the first time in my life, I think I actually did quite well.”
Dr David Green, a holistic dietetics degree holder at University of Melbourne, said that while the course was not designed for people who already have a degree in nutrition, it was great for those looking to improve their eating habits.
“This course is about the whole plant based diet, and I think it’s an interesting and relevant way to learn about it,” he said.
Dr Green said he had previously completed a course on the science and science fiction of food, but it was “quite challenging to understand how different types of food work together”.
“There are a lot fewer books on the shelf, and you really need to work with the teacher, because there are a whole bunch of books,” he explained.
While Dr Smith and her team were keen to make vegan burgers accessible to everyone, Dr Green said that the class was not aimed at vegans.
“To me, the best way for vegans to improve is by going out and making a vegan burger, which is something that I think all people should do,” he added.