The Independent

On Thursday, May 28, local nutritionist April Ashcroft will present a cooking class at The Kitchen Corner at 6:30 p.m., demonstrating how to make high nutrient, whole food, plant-based dishes that you and your family will love. Only the most wholesome ingredients are used. No refined flours, sweeteners, extracted oils, or animal products are used. Whole-grain flours are limited, and many dishes are gluten-free.

In 2007, Ashcroft created Health 4 Life Cooking classes. In addition to teaching monthly classes at The Kitchen Corner, she teaches privately for church and civic groups. In 2010, she earned a certificate in plant-based nutrition from Cornell University’s Nutrition Fundamentals online certification program. In 2012, she joined the team of providers at The Bridge Health Recovery Center as an exciting opportunity to help those who are suffering from chronic illnesses and seeking health through holistic methods.

After many years of developing her own recipes, Ashcroft published her first cookbook, “Whole Food Goodness,” which is not only a collection of her favorite recipes but also contains documented research studies and other references illustrating the health benefits of a plant-based diet. In August 2014, she published “Whole Food American Favorites,” featuring not just American food but the food that Americans love, including recipes for Mexican, Mediterranean, and Asian dishes.

Ashcroft states that Health 4 Life cooking can help reverse heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, decrease pain from autoimmune disorders, greatly decrease the risk of cancer and improve cancer survival rates, improve your mood and quality of life, achieve and maintain your ideal weight, and increase longevity.

During the May 28 class, Ashcroft will present the necessary ingredients, equipment, and cooking techniques in order to make chipotle burgers, coleslaw with sun seed spread, seasoned sweet potato oven fries, collard greens with mushrooms and pumpkin seeds, and raw strawberry pie.

There is a $10 fee for the class. To register for the class, call The Kitchen Corner at (435) 674-1120. The Kitchen Corner is located at 186 N. Bluff St. in St. George.

For more information about Health 4 Life, email Ashcroft at [email protected], or visit

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