On Tuesday I attended my very first Vienna Skill Smiths class, Healthy Home Cooking, hosted by sektor5. Alexandra Jeitan’s workshop was the first one in a series called Food Blogger meet & eat. I went into the class hoping to rekindle some of my love for cooking, which has waned lately, thanks to a rising amount of work leading to less time spent at home.
Alexandra, who runs the food blog Healthy Cookie Jar, is a nutritionist-in-training (she currently studies nutrition at the University of Vienna and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition). She kicked off the workshop by talking a little bit about the things we humans put into our bodies, asked us what we tend to eat and what we would like to change about our eating behaviour. She told us about processed foods – I did not know that most cheeses count as processed! – and the difference between a diet and a lifestyle.
Alexandra about ingredients:
“If you don’t know them, then your body doesn’t know them.”
She also advised us to add good foods, rather than trying to cut out bad foods, if we wanted to change our behaviour. For instance, those who want to eat less sugar could add more fruit into their diet, and then the craving for sugar would abate all by itself – without making you feel like you’re restricted in what you eat.
To show, and not just tell, Alexandra then cooked a three-course meal with us, all in our sektor5 kitchen! Together we made:
Venezuelan Guacamole, into which we dipped carrot sticks, paprika and raw broccoli.
Veggie Curry with precooked rice (According to Alexandra, rice loses 30% of its calories if it’s left in the fridge for a day. Mind. blown!)
Raw date and nut balls with raspberry sauce
It was lovely to meet and cook with a handful of strangers. We all came away satisfied, and with leftovers to boot! One attendee admitted to being quite surprised that they could be so full based on a meat-free meal.
Keep an eye on the Vienna Skill Smiths website to discover more classes hosted by sektor5!