“Lighten Up” Healthy Cooking Demonstration Series

Participants will enjoy lunch during each demonstration



Lesson Three:  Demystifying Grains and Glutens

Saturday, July 22, 2017

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Cost:  $45 Members/$50 Non-members

In this session, participants will learn 1) risotto, boiling and baking and how to cook the perfect risotto, 2) different types of grains, gluten v. non-gluten, including the lesser-known gluten-containing grains and ancient grains, 3) pasta, noodles and bread, 4) grains as a vehicle for increasing vegetable servings, 5) the real deal on gluten, and 6) how to identify true whole wheat versus bogus.


Lesson Four:  Healthy Snacks

Saturday, July 29, 2017

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Cost:  $45 Members/$50 Non-members

In this session, participants will learn the following 1) when snacking is good and when it’s not, 2) real food versus lab snacks, 3) why protein bars are an abomination, 4) easy to prepare healthy snacks.


Lesson Five:  Fun and Healthy Cooking for Kids, A Workshop for Children

Saturday, August 5, 2017

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Cost:  $35 Members/$40 Non-members

Children will enjoy a “hands-on” experience in preparing a fun and healthy meal in a practical application of the Nutrition Detectives program devised by Dr. David Katz, founding director of Yale University’s Yale-Griffen Prevention Research Center. Children will learn how to spot unhealthy foods and simple dishes that make healthy ingredients shine and will become certified “Nutrition Detectives” at the end of the session. 


Instructors:  Michael Clifford, Jr. and Jayne McAllister, SeaLantro, LLCMichael is a Vero Beach native who began his culinary career under the watchful eye of British Chef Bruce Turner.  SeaLantro was born when he teamed up with his partner Jayne McAllister to prepare delicious cuisine for clients following her weight-loss and healthy-eating programs. Michael loves to take clean, healthy food and add bold flavors with an Asian or Caribbean flair. In addition to serving personal and corporate clients freshly-prepared meals-to-go, SeaLantro operates the restaurant at the Boulevard Tennis Club.



Due to our limited space, we ask that students withdraw from classes at least seven working days prior to the start of the class in order to receive a refund. If we must cancel a class, we will make every effort to inform you prior to the class time, and you will receive a full refund. All classes are held at McKee Botanical Garden. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required for all classes.


To register, please call 772-794-0601 or visit us at the Garden at 350 US Highway 1, Vero Beach, FL  32962.  Cash and checks only.


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Children's Guide to McKee
McKee Botanical Garden's Children's Guide is now available on-line

Tour Information

Are you interested in booking a tour of McKee Botanical Garden? If so, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Ro vanDright at 772-794-0601 ext. 113 or by email volunteer@mckeegarden.org.

Remember, your tour is not confirmed until we have received your deposit and you have spoken with our Volunteer Coordinator.

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