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August 20, 2014, 4:24 pm

Health coach to hold cooking class

Heather Esposito, a masters level counselor, certified health coach and a natural foods chef, will be conducting a cooking class on food Jan. 27 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Food For All Market, located at 7127 Germantown Ave.

This event will focus on various foods that can help the body detox, such as kale, sweet potato and other vegetables, as well as cooking skills, such as cutting techniques, for the participants who will be present for the special class.

"We live in a toxic world, and we can't get away from dealing with it, since its in the air," Esposito said. "This time of year, with everyone making New Year's resolutions and wanting to get healthier, the class is designed to teach the participants how to incorporate foods into cleansing the body."

The recipes that are going to be incorporated into the class are easy and will help participants to explore with new flavors and foods, as well as helping to cut out non-healthy foods, such as sugars and starches, that could slow a body down.

"We will definitely be focusing on the foods," Esposito said.

The foods that will be used during the class will be familiar for the participants to help them feel comfortable, but introducing new things in the class could also help expand the participants' liking for new tastes.

For both vegetarians, vegans and meat lovers, the dishes that Esposito will provide will be available for all to enjoy.

"We will be doing a sweet potato-kale salad dish," she said. "We're also going to be doing a quinoa dish, which is a grain and it has a lot of protein. I will be showing people how to prepare it, as well as incorporating it into their daily lives."

Esposito will also be showing participates how to prepare a glutton-free macaroni and cheese dish, since it is a popular comfort food, using glutton-free pasta and other healthy ingredients.

"We're thinking about making this a monthly class on different topics," she said. "We're going to see how this class goes, and then go from there. I like to do a variety of cooking classes."

The reservation deadline for the cooking class was held Jan. 23, however Esposito encourages those who are not able to attend the class to visit her website, www.GettingHealthyWithHeather.com, to begin learning more about body detoxing and to help get a jump-start on becoming healthy for the year.

From Feb. 5-25, Esposito will be holding a 21-Day Reboot & Restart Diet, which will consist of workshops, specially designed menu plans, a cookbook and more for $147. More details can be found on the website.

"My goal is to educate, encourage and empower people," she said. "I want to encourage them to not be afraid of vegetable, as well as educate them on what is good and how to prepare things in an easy way."