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.

Nutrition is at the heart of a healthy lifestyle. It affects our energy, our stress, the impact of exercise and our ability to think clearly. But all too many don’t know where to start. The Y is here to help!

Whether you're looking for a unique date night, girl's night out, a better understanding of nutrition or more freedom and confidence in the kitchen, our cooking classes and series are just the answer. 

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

Playing with Flavor

Open House - May 15, 2018, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Drop by the Midway YMCA’s teaching kitchen for this free tasting event! Everyone is welcome to visit tables full of foods that represent each cooking element (salt, fat, acid, sweet) and flavor profile (sweet, sour, bitter, salty, umami), along with various proteins, vegetables, and grains. Learn how to use your senses to create flavor and texture combinations which will lead to well balanced, simple, tasty dishes. Instruction will be integrated into the experience as people flow from one station to another. Stay for a few minutes or spend a whole hour creating and sampling new flavor combinations.

This event is co-sponsored by Nourishing Minnesota, an initiative of the University of Minnesota Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing that is made possible by a generous gift from the George Family Foundation.

Cooking Well for Less

Class - June 12, 2018, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Delicious food doesn’t have to break the bank. Eating well is more about knowing how to be thrifty, creative, and smart with your dollars and your ingredients! Learn simple tricks for incorporating whole, seasonal ingredients into all your meals. A professional chef and a nutritionist will cover menu planning, batch cooking, buying in bulk, and repurposing ingredients to create meals that are good for you and for your budget. Come to class hungry, because we’ll also be cooking and eating according to a wallet-friendly meal plan. 

This course is co-sponsored by Nourishing Minnesota, an initiative of the University of Minnesota Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing that is made possible by a generous gift from the George Family Foundation.

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Seasonal Eating: Summer Recipes

Class - July 10th, 2018, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 

Summer is a time of heat and high energy production. Seasonal foods such as cucumbers, melon, zucchini, and raw vegetables help us to cool and stay hydrated - plus they make delicious fresh salsas, stir fry, and sandwich fillings.

Taught by a professional chef and a nutritionist, this class will explore foods that are in season, what they can do for your health and wellbeing, and how to shop for, prepare, and cook them. Minnesota provides a range of options all year round, fulfilling our nutritional needs and our desire to eat the freshest, and most sustainably and responsibly raised ingredients while getting to know our local food system. Come to class hungry and ready to cook and eat some new dishes!

This course is co-sponsored by Nourishing Minnesota, an initiative of the University of Minnesota Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing that is made possible by a generous gift from the George Family Foundation.

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Cooking series

The Healthy Living Kitchen offers multi-week cooking series focusing on many topics throughout the year. Learn from a certified cooking facilitator who guides the series through the creation of a new meal each week, with the opportunity for participants to assist in prepping the food. Learn new ways to be creative in the kitchen and re-vamp your cooking knowledge, create recipes that will nourish and fuel your body, and engage in fun discussion about the impact food has on your health. You’ll leave the class with a small sample of food you learned to prepare and the recipes used during class for reference. Registration is required.

  • Meet weekly for 60 minutes
  • New cooking series start monthly – see links below for upcoming series
  • Registration required: see links below for pricing
  • Limit 12 participants

Eat to Be Your Best Cooking Series - Starting May 5

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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.

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 Cathy Quinlivan at 651-292-4138.