Last night I attended a Healthy Eats Cooking Class at Whole Foods. I thought they would teach us a couple recipes then send us off to play in the wonderful world of WF’s, but it turned out to be so much more than I expected. I left feeling re energized and excited about everything I’ve learned over the past month.
The class was lead by Mark, the in-store Healthy Eating Specialist, who prepared 3 recipes to promote WF’s new program called, Health Starts Here. The program has 4 basic principles that you should follow:
- Simply put, eat mostly plants
- No matter what type of diet you follow – including those that incorporate dairy, meat and/or seafood – eat more plants, like raw and cooked vegetables, fruits, legumes and beans, nuts, seeds and whole grains
- Eat a colorful variety of plants to ensure you’re getting the best nutrients for your body, which leads to feeling satiated
- Choose foods that are whole, fresh, natural, organic, local, seasonal and unprocessed
- Eliminate the consumption of refined, highly processed foods and foods void of nutrients, such as artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, sweeteners and hydrogenated fats
- Get your healthy fats from plant sources, such as nuts and avocados
- Minimize extracted oils and processed fats
- If eating a diet that includes animal products, choose leaner meats and seafood as well as low-fat dairy products
- Choose foods that are rich in nutrients when compared to their total caloric content; also known as foods with a high nutrient density
- Build your menus around plant-based foods to ensure highly nutrient-dense meals
- Choose foods with a wide spectrum of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants
- Look for the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI) scoring system to guide you on healthier choices
Without ever saying it, he taught us to eat vegan. As soon as I walked into the classroom, I saw the recipe cards and got really excited. All 3 recipes he showed us were 100% vegan.