How to Treat Yourself & the Environment {Lessons from The Wellness Kitchen}

We still can’t get over the amazing food we cooked at the Wellness Kitchen and how much we learned in so little time. Our tummies left very satisfied, but more importantly, we were inspired to make a change in our diet and share this nutritional wisdom with anyone we can.

Seriously, there was so much that we didn’t know about nutrition, and how it not only effects our own health, but also the environment.LocalLove805 - Four Seasons Westlake Village - Wellness Kitchen - hands on cooking class - healthy cooking

How often do you make a home-cooked meal? Do you know how to prepare a nutritionally-balanced meal with real ingredients?

These are questions we should all ask ourselves. Before we took this hands-on cooking class led by Paulette Lambert, R.D., CDE, we would have answered “often/above average” and “yes.” But after this experience, we were reminded how important it is to prepare home-cooked meals as part of our weekly routine — not only for our own health, but for the environment.

We also realized that there area lot of nutritional “fads” that we’ve been misled on, thanks to marketing, trends and yup, you guessed it, the internet. First of all, I’m going to cut right to the chase — coconut oil is not good for your diet. It’s good for hair, skin, etc., but NOT for your diet. It has a ton (like 92%) of saturated fats — which are the bad fats. So sadly, I had to remove mine from my pantry and now put it in my bathroom.

We were shocked. I seriously felt like that scene from Mean Girls where Regina realizes those chocolate bars are making her fat. HA! sorry, couldn’t help it.Mean Girls - chocolate bar - diet - nutrition - skam

Okay, back to the class 🙂

It was incredibly informative, hands-on. and most importantly, fun. After Paulette gave us a glimpse into her vast knowledge about nutrition and the environment, we jumped right in. All the recipes and ingredients were laid out at different stations, while Paulette and her sous-chefs were available to provide assistance — but other than that, we were on our own!

They weren’t joking when they said it was a “hands-on” cooking class! 😉 Oh, and did I mention how pretty the kitchen is?! 🙂LocalLove805 - Four Seasons Westlake Village - Wellness Kitchen - hands on cooking class - healthy cookingLocalLove805 - Four Seasons Westlake Village - Wellness Kitchen - hands on cooking class - healthy cookingLocalLove805 - Four Seasons Westlake Village - Wellness Kitchen - hands on cooking class - healthy cookingLocalLove805 - Four Seasons Westlake Village - Wellness Kitchen - hands on cooking class - healthy cookingLocalLove805 - Four Seasons Westlake Village - Wellness Kitchen - hands on cooking class - healthy cookingLocalLove805 - Four Seasons Westlake Village - Wellness Kitchen - hands on cooking class - healthy cookingLocalLove805 - Four Seasons Westlake Village - Wellness Kitchen - hands on cooking class - healthy cookingThis is the special green sauce I made — mostly comprised of parsley and cilantro, full of antioxidants and delicious!green sauce - LocalLove805 - Four Seasons Westlake Village - Wellness Kitchen - hands on cooking class - healthy cookingThis is the Beyond Beef vegetarian sausage, a great source of plant-based protein! [Check out Beyond Meat’s mission in order to learn more about how our diet effects the environment and why we need to make a change]LocalLove805 - Four Seasons Westlake Village - Wellness Kitchen - hands on cooking class - healthy cookingHere’s my face as Ryley poured the delicious white sauce on her lasagna (I’m not posing for the camera, that was me in the moment!;).LocalLove805 - Four Seasons Westlake Village - Wellness Kitchen - hands on cooking class - healthy cookingI prepared the salmon. Super easy! This is the perfect crowd-pleasing dish for guests – it’s impressive, delicious and easy to prepare!

LocalLove805 - Four Seasons Westlake Village - Wellness Kitchen - hands on cooking class - healthy cookingGrilled tomatoes for the Charred Tomato soup… mmm!LocalLove805 - Four Seasons Westlake Village - Wellness Kitchen - hands on cooking class - healthy cookingAnd here’s a look at the prepared food, all cooked by us!LocalLove805 - Four Seasons Westlake Village - Wellness Kitchen - hands on cooking class - healthy cookingSummer Strawberry Salad with Walnuts and Feta
strawberry walnut salad - LocalLove805 - Four Seasons Westlake Village - Wellness Kitchen - hands on cooking class - healthy cookingMoroccan Carrotscarrots - LocalLove805 - Four Seasons Westlake Village - Wellness Kitchen - hands on cooking class - healthy cookingLentils with Roasted Eggplant and Tahinieggplant & lentil beans - LocalLove805 - Four Seasons Westlake Village - Wellness Kitchen - hands on cooking class - healthy cookingCedar-Grilled Salmon with Fresh HerbsLocalLove805 - Four Seasons Westlake Village - Wellness Kitchen - hands on cooking class - healthy cookingWhite Lasagna with Vegetarian SausageLocalLove805 - Four Seasons Westlake Village - Wellness Kitchen - hands on cooking class - healthy cookingChocolate Cupcake with Matcha FrostingLocalLove805 - Four Seasons Westlake Village - Wellness Kitchen - hands on cooking class - healthy cookingNow it’s time to eat!LocalLove805 - Four Seasons Westlake Village - Wellness Kitchen - hands on cooking class - healthy cookingLocalLove805 - Four Seasons Westlake Village - Wellness Kitchen - hands on cooking class - healthy cooking

Paulette shed so much light on how simple and crucial it is to live a whole-balanced diet. We were so inspired that the next day my sister and I ordered her cookbook (definitely recommend it!) and headed to the grocery stores.Wellness Kitchen - LocalLove805 - cookbook - healthy nutritionI highly recommend visiting the Wellness Kitchen at Four Seasons Westlake Village, and bringing anyone you care about. Seriously, I can’t stress enough how eye-opening and inspiring our experience was. We’re planning to bring our entire family back soon!

Find out more about upcoming Healthful Cooking Classes and current Wellness Packages & Promotions at Four Seasons Westlake Village – time to treat yourself and the environment 🙂LocalLove805 - Four Seasons Westlake Village - Wellness Kitchen - hands on cooking class - healthy cookingLocalLove805 - Four Seasons Westlake Village - Wellness Kitchen - hands on cooking class - healthy cooking

#nutrition #eatwell #livewell #bewell #homecooking #localeats #healthylifestyle #LL805

xx~

Hayley {LL805}

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