Does a healthy smoothie have to be green and taste gross? Is there a healthier alternative to Halloween candy? What kind of effect does sugar even have on the body?
Here's your chance to find out.
The Chattery is teaming up with local juice bar Southern Sqweeze to host a series of classes focused on healthy eating. The classes, taught by Southern owner Kelsey Vasileff, will cover Juicing and Smoothies 101 on Oct. 14; Raw Foods: Healthy Sweets and Treats on Oct. 23; and a Sugar Blues Workshop on Nov. 11.
"I hope, especially with the Sugar Blues Workshop, that it brings a deeper understanding of what food can do to your body and why you should avoid things, not only because of weight but because it's better for your organs, for your heart, for your brain," said The Chattery co-founder Jennifer Holder. "We only have one chance to get it right, so we should really learn from people to understand how to get it right."
The Chattery is a new business that started up last March and works with locals to educate the community on various topics.
"We do classes all over Chattanooga highlighting local businesses, entrepreneurs or local people with a skill," Holder explained. "All of our classes are designed for people to learn a new skill or subject. We've done 25 classes since March."
The classes have covered everything from financial fitness to calligraphy and knitting to cooking, she said.
In the upcoming series with Southern Sqweeze, Vasileff will educate participants on the ins and outs of juices and smoothies.
"She'll go over some basic smoothies and debunk some myths about them," said Holder.
The raw foods workshop will provide attendees with recipes and tips on healthier home-cooked treats - like truffles - perfect for the kids around Halloween.
Lastly, Vasileff will talk about how sugar affects the body as well as the difference between processed and raw sugars, said Holder.
All classes start at 6 p.m. at Dish T'Pass, located at 302 W. Sixth St.
To learn more about The Chattery and sign up for the upcoming series, visit thechattery.org. To find out more about Southern Sqweeze, visit southernsqweeze.com.