My New Partnership with Whole Foods!

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on December 3, 2012

Hi Everyone!

I have a very exciting announcement to share with all of you. I’m going to be partnering with the Whole Foods Wellness Club in Oakland to bring you monthly cooking classes with my recipes!

I’ll be teaching my very first class with Chef Jesse (one of the Wellness Club Chefs) on Sunday, December 16th at 3:30pm at the Whole Foods in Oakland.

This class is FREE and is open to the public, which means that if you are in the Bay Area, I would love to have you attend and meet you in person!!

We’ll be teaching all of you how to cook three of my favorite recipes, “wellness club style.” The recipes will be a surprise, but I promise you will love them 🙂

If you’re interested in signing up, be sure to RSVP to or call 510.280.4493 ext. 290.

The class capacity is only 20 people, so be sure to reserve your spot asap!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Wellness Club, it’s a pilot program that Whole Foods Market created to empower their customers to make educated and positive lifestyle choices that promote their long-term health and well-being. They support their members through coaching, nutrition education and skill-building classes, delicious food, discounts on select Whole Foods products, and a supportive community.

They also provide their members with healthy and flavorful recipes, like this Curried Sweet Potato Soup which I recently tried and absolutely loved.

The Wellness Club is currently located in 5 stores: Oakland (CA), Princeton (NJ), Chicago (IL), Dedham (MA) and New York (NY). To find out more about membership, services, and pricing, click here.

I am so excited to be partnering with them, because their health and food philosophies align really well with my own.

They base their food philosophy on the Four Pillars of Healthy Eating: 

1. Whole Foods

2. Plant Strong

3. Healthy Fats

4. Nutrient Dense

They recommend limiting or eliminating:

  • Oil because it’s oven highly processed, a single nutrient and very calorically dense. Instead they recommend you get your healthy fats from whole, plant food sources e.g. nuts, seeds, avocados, legumes, etc. If you want to eliminate oil 100% from all cooking, try these methods in the kitchen.
  • Dairy because of the health concerns surrounding dairy and because often people have a hard time digesting it. They recommend you get your calcium from green leafy vegetables.
  • Sodium because it has the potential to lead to heightened blood pressure and heart disease.

While I do eat dairy and use a tiny amount of oil and salt in my cooking, I completely agree with their four pillars, which is why it’s such a good fit 🙂

For the FREE class on December 16th, we’ll be taking 3 of my recipes and showing you how you can recreate them to be completely aligned with the Wellness Club guidelines (so no oil, dairy, salt). Trust me, the substitutions you’ll use instead will still be delicious!

At the class you’ll be receiving a packet of my recipes, which I will also be sending out in my monthly newsletter after the class is over, so if you can’t attend on the 16th, be sure to sign up for my newsletter so you can experience it virtually! (you’ll also get a free 7 day plan for clean eating when you sign up!)

I hope to see all of you there, and if you can’t make it this time around, there will be more opportunities to attend in the New Year.

Happy healthy eating!


{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

The Duo Dishes December 3, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Congrats to you! This is a huge development. Hopefully the program will spread down here to L.A. Hope it goes well!


Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 4, 2012 at 7:58 am

Thank you so much!! I’m so excited to be working with them. And yes! Hopefully they will open up a Wellness Club in LA – I feel like that would be one of the next obvious location choices 🙂 Thanks again!


Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings December 4, 2012 at 5:08 am

Congrats– you certainly deserve it! Let us know if the show goes on the road 🙂


Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 4, 2012 at 7:59 am

Awww thank you Elizabeth – I really appreciate it 🙂 And yes! Will definitely keep you posted if my classes expand beyond Oakland!!


Parita @ myinnershakti December 4, 2012 at 8:54 am

Congrats, Anjali!! SO exciting. Certainly well deserved!


Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 4, 2012 at 11:09 am

Thank you so much for the support Parita!! 🙂


Dixya @ Food, Pleasure and Health December 4, 2012 at 11:18 am

what a great opportunity. I am very excited for you. Your recipes are always so healthy and inspiring. I wish i was in bay area to attend the class. Good Luck 🙂


Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 4, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Awww Dixya, thank you, you are so sweet! I wish you were in the Bay too – would love to meet you in person! Thanks for the well wishes!


Mona December 4, 2012 at 11:40 am

Anjali!! Congrats! When are you coming to the Whole Foods in Cupertino to teach us? 🙂


Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 4, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Thanks Mona!! Hopefully soon!! 🙂 But in the meantime, if you are free on a weekend you should come up to Oakland and join one of the monthly classes!


The Healthy Hostess December 5, 2012 at 6:04 pm

This is amazing! I am teaching a class at a local club in January for every other week for 6 weeks! Let’s connect and discuss! I will have to have my brother and sis-in-law come to your class – they are in Rockridge!
Let me know if you want to chat class recipes soon!
Congrats again!


Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 7, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Awww thanks so much Ali! Congrats on your class as well! Definitely tell your brother and sis-in-law to come – I’d love to meet them in Oakland if they can make it 🙂 I’ll email you so we can figure out a time to catch up soon! Miss you!!


Sarah Ayala December 7, 2012 at 3:32 pm

LOVE the four pillars of healthy eating and TOTALLY agree! It’s about good old fashioned whole food, fueling our bodies with nutrients and not getting all tangled up in complicated rules and lists. Love it. Sarah from The Leaping Zucchini.


Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 8, 2012 at 12:00 am

That’s exactly right Sarah! I love the four pillars too – it’s so easy to remember and makes it much easier to just stick to simple, whole foods!


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