Cooking Class Workshops 

As a Certified Culinary Nutrition Expert and Instructor, I have experience and training in recipe development, therapeutic foods, and cooking for health that nourishes your body without sacrificing taste. I can help enhance your culinary skills by using real, whole foods and have fun in the kitchen with your family and friends. 

All recipes are nutritiously delicious, gluten-free, dairy-free, and fun to make and share. I offer themed one-on-one, family, small group, corporate wellness, and sports teams cooking workshops. Classes can be held in-person in the comfort of your home with family and friends, or at a local venue for a corporate wellness or a sports team-building activity. Select classes can also be held online via Zoom as workshops (excluding corporate wellness classes which are only held in-person).

 

Choose a class from the following themes below, select book a class, and we'll mark our calendars to make a healthy and fun culinary nutrition experience together! If you don't see something on the list that works for you, I am open to suggestions on themed workshops. Just click the button below to contact me.

The cooking workshops are hands-on with a typical duration of up to 3 hours for in-person and 1 to 2 hours for online classes. In-person classes are held in and around Nashville, Tennessee. 

EMAIL melissa@optimalvitalitywellness.com or CALL ‪(629) 777-6771‬ for pricing and appointments, or you may book a class by clicking the message button below.

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Cooking Classes & Workshops that I currently offer: 

  • Cooking for Great Digestion (online option available)

  • Eating for Awesome Energy (online option available)

  • Meal Prep Made Easy (online option available)

  • Anti-inflammatory Eating (online option available)

  • Family Favorites 

  • Allergen Friendly 

  • Smoothies & Elixirs

  • Best Healthy Breakfasts 

See below for a description of each class.  

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Cooking for Great Digestion

(online option available)

Join me for a delicious culinary nutrition experience, where you’ll discover the important role food plays in the digestive tract and what to eat in order to support your gut health, as well as gain practical experience cooking recipes from start to finish.

All of the recipes are digestive-friendly, gluten-free, dairy-free and utterly delicious.

You will walk away from this workshop with:

  • Knowledge of what leaky gut is, how it affects your body and what you can do about it.

  • An understanding of the best foods to eat for great digestion and what to avoid.

  • 6 delicious and tasty gut-supportive recipes, from appetizers and side dishes to main meals and desserts.

  • A solid grasp of culinary skills that will invite you to cook with confidence in your own kitchen.

  • Lifestyle recommendations that will complement the dietary advice and recipes.

  • Empowerment to support digestion for yourself, your family and friends.

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Eating for Awesome Energy

(online option available)

Join me for a delicious culinary nutrition experience, where you’ll discover how to eat to build and sustain your energy levels with specific foods.

All of the recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free and so delicious.

You will walk away from this workshop with:

  • Knowledge of how to sustain and balance energy levels from sunrise to sunset through food choices.

  • An understanding of the best energy-boosting foods to eat and what to avoid.

  • Reasons why blood sugar highs and lows impact your short-term and long-term health.

  • 6 tasty energy-balancing recipes, from appetizers and side dishes to main meals and desserts.

  • A solid grasp of culinary skills that will invite you to cook with confidence in your own kitchen.

  • Empowerment to cook and eat to sustain your energy levels.

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Meal Prep Made Easy

(online option available)

Set aside the takeout menus and join me for a delicious culinary nutrition experience, where you’ll discover how to meal prep with minimal effort and organize your kitchen time efficiently, as well as gain practical experience cooking recipes from start to finish.

All of the recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free, kid-approved and super delicious.

You will walk away from this class with:

  • Knowledge of how to improve your health and optimize your budget by planning menus ahead of time.

  • The best meal prepping and batch cooking tips to help you create healthy meals and snacks to support your busy week.

  • Organization advice for your kitchen, pantry, fridge and freezer, as well as food storage tips.

  • 6 tasty make-ahead meal prep recipes, from appetizers and side dishes to main meals and desserts.

  • A solid grasp of culinary skills that will invite you to cook with confidence in your own kitchen.

  • Empowerment to cook and meal prep with ease to sustain your health and the health of your family.

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Anti-Inflammatory Eating

(online option available)

Join me for a delicious culinary nutrition experience, where you’ll discover the important role food plays in inflammatory conditions and what to eat in order to support your health, as well as gain practical experience cooking recipes from start to finish.

All of the recipes are anti-inflammatory, gluten-free, dairy-free and utterly delicious.

You will walk away from this workshop with:

  • Knowledge of how inflammation affects your body and what you can do about it.

  • An understanding of the best anti-inflammatory foods to eat and what to avoid.

  • 6 delicious and tasty anti-inflammatory recipes, from appetizers and side dishes to main meals and desserts.

  • A solid grasp of culinary skills that will invite you to cook with confidence in your own kitchen.

  • Lifestyle recommendations that will complement the dietary advice and recipes.

  • Empowerment to reduce inflammation for yourself, your family and friends.

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Family Favorites

Join me for a delicious culinary nutrition experience, where you’ll discover how to make a variety of kid-approved, family-friendly recipes, as well as gain practical experience cooking recipes from start to finish.

All of the recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free and delicious.

You will walk away from this workshop with:

  • Tips for cooking together as a family.

  • Strategies for handling picky eating.

  • Meal prepping and batch-cooking ideas.

  • 6 tasty and healthy recipes, from snacks to main meals to dessert, with customizable options to give family members more choice and control.  

  • A solid grasp of culinary skills that will invite you to cook with confidence in your own kitchen.

  • Empowerment to cook healthy meals the entire family will enjoy eating.  

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Allergen Friendly

Join me for a delicious culinary nutrition experience, where you’ll discover how food can play a role in allergy relief, how your immune system and digestive tract are involved, as well as learn how to create delicious allergen-friendly recipes.

 

All of the recipes are:

  • gluten-free

  • dairy-free

  • nut-free

  • wheat-free

  • soy-free

  • peanut-free

  • egg-free

  • corn-free

  • vegan

 

You will walk away from this workshop with:

  • Knowledge of what food allergies are and what you can do about them. Do you have a food allergy or intolerance and not even realize it? Learn how to tell.

  • An understanding of the best foods to eat for allergies and what to avoid.

  • 6 delicious and tasty allergen-friendly recipes, from appetizers and side dishes to main meals and desserts.

  • A solid grasp of culinary skills that will invite you to cook with confidence in your own kitchen.

  • Lifestyle recommendations that will complement the dietary advice and recipes.

  • Empowerment to support allergies for yourself, your family and friends.

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Smoothies + Elixirs

Join me for a delicious culinary nutrition experience, where you’ll discover the secrets to a perfectly balanced drink, how to formulate smoothies and elixirs for maximum taste and nutrition, and the special ways you can ‘amp up’ your smoothie or elixir to make it extra snazzy.

All of the recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free, with vegan options if needed.

 

You will walk away from this workshop with:

  • A solid understanding what smoothies and elixirs are, along with the health benefits of each. 

  • Knowledge of essential ingredients you need in your daily smoothie or elixir.

  • How to transform your smoothies + elixirs into a satiating, full meal.

  • 6 delicious and nutrient-rich smoothie + elixir recipes.

  • Meal prep tips that will help you ease the breakfast or snack rush.   

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Best Healthy Breakfasts

Join me for a delicious culinary nutrition experience, where you’ll discover how to make a variety of nutritious breakfasts, as well as gain practical experience cooking recipes from start to finish.

All of the recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free and utterly delicious.

You will walk away from this workshop with:

  • Knowledge of why breakfast is truly so important.

  • An understanding of the primary components in a balanced, satisfying and nutritious breakfast.

  • Why coffee and muffin aren’t going to cut it.

  • Over 25 breakfast ideas, including the best options for batch cooking and make-ahead meal prep.

  • Strategies to help you make time for breakfast.

  • 7 tasty healthy breakfast recipes, both sweet and savory.

  • Empowerment to cook and eat to start off your day on a nutritious foot.