Cooking for Wellness - Spring 2022

May is Mental Health Awareness month and to help you examine the relationship between the food you put in your body and how it makes you feel, HFHL and the UMN Wellbeing Program are offering a unique Webinar Series - The Art and Practice of Good Eating.

In this FREE webinar three part series, you will have fun exploring the healing properties of food, friendship, and community. Join local community builders and healers, Princess Haley and Chef Lachelle Cunningham, for a series of webinars that will heal, soothe, and calm the gut, heart, and mind.

Introducing: The Art and Practice of Good Eating

During these live "Cooking and Conversation" demonstrations you will learn about how to incorporate mind-body practices into your life, practice self-care, and prepare foods that support digestive and mental health.

Cook along with Chef Lachelle and Princess as they share their unique perspectives on living with intention, compassion, and leading with love.

Chef Lachelle has been a dynamic force on the Twin Cities’ food scene and is known for cooking globally inspired comfort food that thwarts unhealthy stereotypes and fuses in global flavors. She began her culinary career by launching Chelles’ Kitchen in 2012 and soon became known for her work as the founding Executive Chef of Breaking Bread Cafe (2015) in North Minneapolis, where she received many accolades for her food creativity and social justice work. In 2018, Chef Lachelle began building Healthy Roots Institute, with a mission focused on healing and social justice through food education, culinary arts and entrepreneurship. Through Healthy Roots Institute, Chef Lachelle curates cooking workshops and retreats, teaches culinary arts, food business classes and also provides human resources, menu development and operations consulting to local restaurants and food service establishments. Her greater vision is to grow Healthy Roots Institute for greater capacity to impact people through food, culinary education and entrepreneurship.

Princess TItus-Haley is a teacher, mother, a healer and a community organizer. Originally from Chicago, she arrived in the Twin Cities 27 years ago on the third wave of Migration for African Americans and has been a resident of North Minneapolis for 25 years. She acknowledges that she is a descendant of stolen people on stolen land.
She is an IDEA Fellow with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, a founding member of the Environmental Justice Community Coalition (EJCC), and a co-founder of Standard Edition Women and Appetite For Change. Her community organizing training with Voices for Racial Justice and Neighborhoods Organizing for Change laid the foundation for her to serve as a Mayoral Appointee for the Upper Harbor Terminal Community Advisory Committee, she served on the Steering Committee with Fostering African Americans in Total Health (FAITH), a partner with Hue-MAN Partnership, and a member of the Twin Cities Black Women Writing Collective.
Princess is most proud of her GED, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Metropolitan State University. She also earned a Global Career Development license from Normandale Community College and an Executive Certificate in Fundraising from the University of St. Thomas. However, she says it was the skills that she learned becoming a Life Coach and Addiction Counselor when working in Re-Entry with Better Futures Minnesota compounded with the lessons she learned through her study of mass incarceration, African American History, Trauma Informed Care/Nutrition that started her documentation of her personal healing journey.
Princess likes to paint, write and perform spoken word. She writes curriculum, designs tools and activities to assist families that are victims of gun violence, and she values accountability, compassion, appreciation, and laughter.

Session One: Healing for the Gut

Thursday, May 12, 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

In "Healing for the Gut", you will practice the art of breathing, stretching and mindful eating to support the body and a healthy gut. Participants will also learn how to prepare easy and delicious foods that support a healthy digestive system, including a great recipe for a nut-based protein substitute for cream cheese. Recipes and ingredient list will be provided in advance.


Session Two: Healing for the Heart and Soul

Wednesday, May 25, 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

In "Healing for the Heart and Soul", you will learn alternatives to approaching meal planning, cooking and eating that support a calmer and more worry-free mealtime.
Participants will learn about the "The Self Care Formula" which includes a self-assessment of barriers and needs and a personalized plan to put their practice into action. They will learn "The Soup Formula," which is a versatile recipe that can be made a different way each time to incorporate in a variety of heart healthy vegetables. Recipes and ingredient list will be provided in advance.


Session Three: Healing for the Mind

Thursday, June 2, 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

In "Healing for the Mind", participants will create their own affirmations to support their mental health. They will also practice the art of fun and creative expression through preparing a delicious, nutritious and easy pizza recipe that supports brain health. Recipes and ingredient list will be provided in advance.



  • HFHL partners with the University of Minnesota Wellbeing Program to provide the Cooking for Wellness Webinars.
  • UPlan employees and UPlan covered spouses are eligible to receive 250 Wellbeing points for each webinar attended
  • ALL are welcome - Bring your friends, family, colleagues & co-workers - No need to have a University of MN affiliation!
  • Cost: FREE
  • Location: All webinars are LIVE interactive cooking demonstrations. Zoom links will be provided in advance of the webinar.

For questions or more information on these webinars, contact Robin Schow, Education Program Director of the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute, [email protected] / 612-626-6425