Healthy Living Kitchen

Learn to properly fuel your body

When you visit our Healthy Living Kitchen, you’ll get connected with nutritionists and health/wellness professionals that are excited to share how food can be used to benefit your body—whether it’s to boost energy, fight inflammation or reduce stress.

Cooking classes

Cooking classes will give you (and your family) an opportunity to learn from nutritionists and health/wellness professionals that are excited to share how food can be used to benefit your body. Our certified cooking facilitators will guide the class through the preparation of a full meal, with the option for participants to assist in prepping the food. You’ll leave the class with a small sample of food you learned to prepare and the recipes used during class for reference.

  • Meet once for 90 minutes
  • Registration required: $10 for members, $15 for non-members
  • Limit 12 participants

Upcoming classes

Shopping for a Happy Heart

Cooking healthy starts with buying the right foods at the grocery store. Come shop with Amy, Forest Lake YMCA’s nutritionist and learn how to shop to improve your heart health as well as maximize your energy and metabolism! We will meet at the Forest Lake Cub Foods Produce department at 11:30am.

$5.00 per member; $10.00 per nonmember
Tuesday, January 5th at 11:30am-12:30pm

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Cooking for a Happy Heart

Have fun creating nutrient packed recipes that will keep your heart happy and healthy!

Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa (GF)- Friday, February 8th at 11:30am with Christa
This Whole30 approved salmon recipe is healthy, flavorful, EASY, and so delicious. The salmon is spice rubbed and topped with a creamy avocado salsa. The salmon and avocado are a match made in heaven!

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Spaghetti Zoodle Bowl & Fudgy Black Bean Brownies (GF, V)- Tuesday, February 12th at 11:30am
with Amy

This Spaghetti Zoodle Bowl is a fresh and delicious dinner idea that can be on your table in less than 30 minutes! Made with spiralized zucchini noodles and spaghetti sauce and your choice of protein toppings (cottage cheese, black
beans, ground turkey sausage and/or parmesan cheese). The brownies are made surprisingly with black beans but
you would never know it! They contain no added sugar and are naturally sweetened with applesauce, dark cherries
and dark chocolate. So healthy and fudgy, your heart will sing with happiness!

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Pork Tenderloin & Apple Sweet Potato Mash (GF)- Tuesday, February 19th at 11:30am with Amy
This perfectly cooked pork tenderloin is served with an apple sweet potato mash and is a little bit savory and a
little bit sweet. It is made in an Instant pot for a quick, completely heart healthy meal in less than 30 minutes.

Blueberry Avocado Banana Smoothie & Fudgy Black Bean Brownies (GF, V)- Saturday, February
23rd at 6:30pm with Christa

Looking for a fun Saturday night activity with your friends? Test out our new Vitamix Blender in making these unique,
nutrient packed treats. They are not only quick and easy, they also taste delicious! Your heart will thank you!

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Veggie Packed Chili with Vegan Sour Cream (V, GF)- Tuesday, February 26th at 11:30am with Amy
This meatless chili is loaded with healthy vegetables, yet it's still as hearty and delicious as any other chili. Topped
with cashew based vegan sour cream.

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*GF= Gluten Free Recipe

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Have a hassle-free birthday party

Celebrate your child’s birthday at the Y with a Cooking Party—and we’ll handle all the details for the special day. Kids will learn about tasty, nourishing foods with age-appropriate group cooking activities, plus get a primer on kitchen safety. There will be time to enjoy the prepared food together, and open presents too. Birthday parties allow you to pick the food and whether you’d like to include an additional art or fitness activity at the Y.

Host an event

The Healthy Living Kitchen is a great way to get your friends together for a baking session, pump up a team or enjoy family time together without creating a mess at home. Contact Kate Patrick for details on renting the Healthy Living Kitchen.

All Healthy Living Kitchen private parties and rentals must meet Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) national standards. View HEPA Standards

Healthy Living Kitchen Private Rental

The Healthy Living Kitchen is a great way to get your friends together for a cooking session, pump up a team or enjoy family time together without creating a mess at home. Choose between basic kitchen rentals bringing your own food or facilitator led private cooking classes where we provide the food. Both options are limited to two hours and include a certified cooking facilitator. The facilitator led private cooking class guides your group through the preparation of a meal, with the opportunity for participants to assist in prepping the food. Participants will leave with a small sample of the meal you learned to prepare and the recipes used for reference. Groups are limited to 15 people or less. View brochure

For more information on the Healthy Living Kitchen, contact Heather Dayton at 651-747-0805.