benefit_banner_foods_franchiseLast week at DEFINE foods: “Building Your Natural Foods Pantry” Workshop with In-House Natural Foods Chef Erin Stewart, we discussed a whole new approach to cooking from scratch! What to buy, what to look for, and how to cook with more healthful ingredients.

Here are Erin’s top five tips:

1. Natural = whole, unprocessed, organic. Foods with no synthetic chemicals, additives or pesticides.

2. Sugar: avoid anything white or powdery, and say no to high fructose corn syrup. All refined and processed with no nutritional value.

3. Get your sodium from the sea! Sea veggies, like Nori and Dulce can easily be added to salads, soups and stir-frys. Opt for mineral-rich Celtic or Himalayan sea salt over table salt.

4.Sweeten with pure maple, raw honey or natural cane sugars, like succanant.

5. Go to your local farmers market weekly, prepare produce, grains and beans ahead of time to make cooking weeknights fresh and simple.

Looking for something different to do for Valentine’s Day in February? JOIN us FEBRUARY 16th!

Heartwarming Foods: A Cooking Class for Couples with Erin Stewart

Escape the chilly winter weather and join us for an intimate lunch in the DEFINE foods kitchen with Erin for foods that can both warm and heal your heart. Learn how to make a lovely meal including creamy beet soup, tea poached salmon and a chocolate dessert that will be sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Nourishing foods for your heart with levels of flavor that will surprise you. Bring a friend, family member or significant other to share the experience–all kinds of couples are welcome!  *BYOB (red wine of course). *Dairy-Free. Can accommodate Gluten-Free.

Saturday, Feb. 16th at West University, 12pm.
Cost is $160 per couple. Auto-Renew Discount does not apply.
Click HERE to register