Lecture Classes with Food Samples:
12 Tips for Healthy Trade-Offs That Pay Off
Low-fat, low-carb? High-protein, low-protein? Low-salt, no-salt? Grain-based or grain-free? Confused about how to eat for optimal health? This workshop will simplify the process by teaching you how to make 12 simple dietary tradeoffs that pay off. No fads, gimmicks or extreme diets. Take home sound suggestions you can apply immediately. You will learn how to make Chocolate Dipped Date Nut Truffles and sample several healthy foods.
Exploring Coffee Alternatives
Half of all American adults start their mornings with at least one cup of coffee, the number one addiction. Are you one of them? The cumulative adverse effects of caffeine - particularly from coffee - could be undermining your health. This workshop will share the pros and cons of coffee consumption and tips for reducing or eliminating your dependency and let you sample a natural alternative that can make the process painless. Sample healthy substitutes for sugar, milk, and coffee and learn about a variety of coffee that can improve your health.
Fats That Harm, Fats That Heal: Do You Know The Difference?
Do you buy and eat products that contain hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils? Do you know where these hazardous fats hide? What you don't know about trans fats and refined oils can increase your risk of developing cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, macular degeneration, immune and reproductive disorders. Find out how changing the fats and oils you eat can improve your health. Sample healthy alternatives to conventional cookies, crackers, chips and dips that normally contain trans fats. Find out how to shop with good fats and oils in mind, which ones are safe for cooking, and how to store them.
Tame Your Inner Cookie Monster
You've decided to eat a healthy diet - more vegetables, fruits, lean meats and whole grains. You're really going to do it this time. But wait! Do you have a strategy for dealing with the demise of most diets: the sinister sweet tooth monster? This workshop will help you understand what makes your body call out for sugary comfort foods and what you can do differently to improve your eating habits. You will also learn how to make a nourishing and delicious fruit dessert - such as poached pears with chopped nuts and chocolate sauce or another seasonally appropriate fruit-based sweet or treat.
Your Kitchen's Little Helpers
Don't we all wish that making healthy meals was easier? To reach your health and fitness goals, you need kitchen equipment that helps you turn out delicious and nutritious food faster and more efficiently. This workshop will show you some of the coolest kitchens gadgets to making cooking healthy a breeze. Learn how to make super smoothies and crock pot oatmeal with a delicious condiment bar with an assortment of toppings.
Demo Cooking Classes:
An Apple A Day, Keeps the Doctor Away
Tired of plain old apples? In this workshop you will learn how to make delicious new apple dishes and discover fascinating facts about the health benefits of eating apples. Sample a delicious and easy to assemble apple dessert and salad and take home some terrific new menu ideas.
Cooking for a Family with Food Allergies
This workshop will provide you with practical tips, techniques, recipes and resources to help you cook for a family with intolerances to wheat, gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, corn, peanuts, or other common allergens. You will learn how and where to shop for special foods, what to look for on labels, how to modify recipes with great success, and more. Come with an open mind and mouth. Light food samples provided.
Dressing for Success, part 1
Scrumptious salad dressings will encourage you to take second helpings of vegetables. See how easy it is to make full-flavored dressings that rival what store bought brands and contain less fat and no refined sugar. This workshop will inspire you to make and eat more salads. Take home tips for turning side salads into satisfying meal. You’ll learn how to make a colorful Garden Salad with Yogurt-Ranch Dressing and Baby Greens with Seasonal Fruit, Toasted Nuts & Poppy Seed Pineapple Drizzle.
Dressing for Success, part 2
This workshop will show you how fresh ingredients and the right dressings make it easy to eat more vegetables and fruits. Sample two salads with dressings and whole breads or crackers and healthy spreads, and take home recipes, shopping, prep and meal planning tips that will help you meet your health and fitness goals. Salad recipes will vary with the season.
Healthy Dips & Dippers
Healthy eating just got easier, and more fun! In this workshop you will learn a special technique for making vegetables more tender, tasty, and digestible, and more appealing to both children and adults. You’ll learn how to make dazzling, dairy-free dips, such as Cashew Dill Dip and Spicy Peanut Sauce that entice most people to take second helpings of vegetables. You will also sample some delicious cracker options.
Healthy, High Energy Snacks
Do your snacks leave you sleeply and sluggish or alert and focused? In this workshop you will learn how to satisfy your urge to nibble with nourishing foods that balance your energy levels for optimal physical, mental, and emotional performance. You'll sample two great make ahead recipes and take home ideas for snacks you can easily assemble at home or for snacks on the go.
Tired of the same old salads? This workshop will wow your taste buds with delicious side salads that you can prepare with several days and meals in mind. You’ll take home tips for picking the perfect accompaniments and assembling healthy meals with greater ease and efficiency. Discover Quinoa Tabouli - a delicious twist on a culinary classic made with an ancient super grain and a Crunchy Coleslaw with Dill.
Soup makes a sensational starter throughout the year. By varying the vegetables, herbs, spices and accompaniments, you can make almost any meal revolve around a colorful cup of soup. This workshop will introduce you to new recipe ideas and cooking strategies. You’ll sample one soup with crackers and take home additional recipes you can add to your recipe repertoire.