Last night I attended my first cooking class. Healthy, delicious, vegan cooking! Tara (teacher and health coach) watched the movie "Forks Over Knives" about two years ago and decided right on the spot to become vegan. She is married and at the time, had a 4 year old and an 8 year old. What a brave journey!
Maui is filled with people who eat vegetarian, vegan, raw and live. I'm even friends with a few. My best and most healthy Maui friend is married to a meat and white carb man ... so she doesn't really cook. My sister is on a specific carbohydrate diet for her husband's health. VERY few carbs. She kick started my healthier eating on her recent visit.
We started with Tara's secret protein bars (think smoothy moist tasty almost fudge bars!). Followed by a flavorful taco salad with lentil "meat", fresh salsa, queso blanco (think creamy gooey cheese sauce)(made from cashews) ... and a non-cheese cake with blueberry topping.
There were so many ingredients I had never even tasted before. Tara explained the health benefits of the different seeds and fruits and nutrients as well. What a lot of knowledge she shared. She brought along the packages and explained where to shop (for best prices).
Tomorrow I'm making my first trip to the original "health" food store on Maui.