Healthy Cooking Classes

“What Should I Eat?”

As a dietitian, my clients always come to me with one essential question: “What should I eat?” Over the years, I’ve discovered that talking about food is usually not helpful. It’s like a ballet class where the students and teacher sit around, imagine some music, and talk about moving their arms and feet. Very few people learn how to dance that way!

I created the Freestone Healthy Cooking Classes because it’s much more meaningful for people to experience food with all their senses. Seeing, smelling, listening, touching, and tasting – when nutrition comes to life, change is possible.

All Are Welcome

Adults, teenagers, and children are all welcome to register for Freestone Healthy Cooking Classes. Kids under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Classes are customized for each student’s unique learning interests, health concerns, and skill level.

What to Expect

Freestone Healthy Cooking Classes (below) are designed to help you gain confidence in the kitchen and love the foods you eat. Topics will include nutrition benefits of each food, ingredient selection, saving money at the grocery store, knife skills, cooking techniques, and time-saving tips.

Bring an appetite to class! We’ll prepare, cook, and eat at least three different dishes using a variety of ingredients. Each student will leave each class with a satisfied stomach, written recipes and tips, and leftovers to share.

Your Teacher

I have been a registered dietitian for 16 years and a dedicated home cook for 20+ years. I began working in professional kitchens during high school and went on to become a member of The University of Montana’s culinary faculty for three years. In my career I’ve helped manage inner-city and backcountry kitchens, instructed professional chefs in nutrition and food safety, produced many culinary events, and demonstrated cooking techniques for small and large audiences. Most importantly, I love to cook, eat, and share the experience with others.

Location, Scheduling, & Registration

Freestone Healthy Cooking Classes are taught at Freestone Nutrition Therapy in Boise’s North End near Hyde Park.

Classes are scheduled for the student’s convenience. Each class lasts approximately 90 minutes and can accommodate up to three people. Please contact me to register and schedule a class for yourself or your small group.


  • $90/class for one person
  • $80/person for two people (total of $160)
  • $70/person for three people (total of $210)

Payment is due at the time of the class and may be made with cash, check, or credit card.

Students who complete one class will receive a 10% discount on all subsequent classes.


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Don’t settle for cold cereal! Even with limited time in the morning, a tasty and well-rounded breakfast is possible. This class is for anyone who wants to build a new breakfast habit or get out of an old breakfast rut.





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Brown Bag Lunches

Every body needs a daily lunch break to refuel with happy, nutritious foods. Let me help you simplify all of the details, from planning to packing to avoiding the dreaded 3 p.m. energy slump. This class can be tailored for adults, kids, or the entire family.






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Wouldn’t it be great if a snack fairy magically appeared on her colorful bike every time you needed a bite to eat? Until that day comes, let me teach you the art and science of snacks that are made to satisfy your cravings and keep you energized for life.




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Want to eat more veggies, but can’t stomach another salad? I hear you! Let me show you lots of delicious ways to reap the benefits of vegetables, even when you’re short on time and energy.





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News flash: Fruit is meant to taste good! If you’ve had it with bland, rock-hard apples and green bananas, then this is the class for you. We’ll focus on creative and convenient ways to love your fruit all year long.




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Hard to pronounce but easy to eat, legumes are just dried beans, peas, and lentils. They’re inexpensive, packed with nutrients, and wonderfully versatile. This class will show off the humble legume in a variety of world cuisines.






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Nuts & Seeds

Nuts and seeds are like mother nature’s multivitamins, only much more satisfying to eat. This class will help you discover a world beyond PB&J.






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Whole Grains

Whole grains are easy and delicious when you learn a few simple tricks for cooking and storage. After this class, you’ll be an old pro with gorgeous grains like quinoa, millet, and amaranth.






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Dairy & Dairy Alternatives

Are you baffled by the dizzying array of yogurts, milks, and milk alternatives at the grocery store? Let me help you cut through the hype to find the tastiest, most nutritious options for your body and budget. This class will focus on comparative tasting rather than cooking.