#RawFoodIsTheNewHot: Learn About The Raw Vegan Lifestyle with Chef Sonia Astudillo.

It's almost the end of the year again and I'm sure one New Year's resolution we will all have is to live a healthy lifestyle, am I right? I've had this on my list for as long as I can remember but the reason why I can't seem to stick to it is because I CANNOT diet.  I enjoy eating, and to deprive myself of food will leave me sad and miserable.  But by reading books and talking to people who are knowledgeable about the topic, I learned that being healthy does not necessarily mean restricting yourself of good food.  On the contrary, what it means is that I just have to be smarter with the choices I make when it comes to the food that I eat.

If this is something you can relate to, you might be interested in a five-part part workshop series with UP-cum laude graduate and Bali-certified raw chef Sonia Astudillo at Sugarleaf Makati called #RawFoodIsTheNewHot.  Each class will help build your knowledge about raw food and its benefits, ingredients, going organic, super foods, and more.  Can you believe this is made of raw food?

"At the end of the day, we decide what is best for us and how committed we are to a certain lifestyle. In my classes, students are introduced to the perks of a healthy raw vegan lifestyle and an array of dishes–most of which are considered the healthier alternatives to the real but not so healthy thing. Classes are held in a very relaxed, home visit like style that welcomes people from all walks of life. Home is the place where you are accepted as you are - whether you're vegan, vegetarian, raw foodist, meat eater, or an optionarian. In my classes, it's all about how you feel and how your body reacts to raw food," says Chef Sonia.

#RawFoodIsTheNewHot will discuss the benefits of raw vegan lifestyle and why it is gaining popularity among the healthy community.

Here are the schedules of Chef Sonia's classes starting this month:

14 November 2015
Christmas Around the World: Introduction to Raw Vegan Lifestyle

Know why more and more why people are transitioning to the raw vegan lifestyle. Learn information on how to stock-up a raw vegan kitchen, how to gradually transition to this lifestyle, and how to celebrate Christmas and not miss out on your usual Holiday dishes.

· Christmas Fruit Cake
· Mango Cinnamon Tart
· Mexican Pizza
· Christmas "Turkey"
· Apple-Squash Soup

16 January 2016
Chocolates Are Forever: Know your Sweeteners

It's a month from Valentine's Day and what better way to prepare than to learn how to change your ordinary chocolate binge into a guiltless pleasure with several desserts and a couple unexpected savoury chocolate dishes. Know the best sweetener to use to avoid the sugar spike. 

· Raw Chocolates 
· Chocolate Mousse 
· Raw Yogini Brownies 
· Chocolate Pasta 
· Salad with Chocolate Basil Vinaigrette

20 February 2016
Better than A Summer Fling (#CoolingFoodIsTheNewHot): Alkaline vs Acid Food

Summer is just around the corner. Stock-up on cooling, non-fattening yet filling dishes and learn which food is making your body acidic and sickly. Who wants to stay in bed sick when everyone else is enjoying the summer hear?

· Raw crackers with Strawberry Sauce
· Coconut Yogurt
· Walnut Hummus
· Tzatziki
· Cool Cucumber Spinach Soup

12 March 2016
French Fit (inspired by the book French Women Don't Get Fat): Juicing 101 and Healthy Eating Practices

French are one of the healthiest eaters. Mind you, they don't starve nor do they count calories. It's all about variety, slow and steady eating, ritual preparation and eating, portion control, substitutions and pacifiers, facing nos petits demons, weekend rewards, and zipper syndrome. Know more about this and eat like a French. Wine for lunch, anyone?

· French Vanilla Ice Cream
· Chocolate-Cardamon Truffles
· Nutty Couscous
· Handmade Cheese
· Soupe Exotique

23 April 2016
Living Bread: Food Dehydration 101

Bread is the ultimate comfort food, at least for Chef Sonia. It was for her the hardest food to give up but not so much anymore with the dehydrator that makes all raw bread feel and taste like the real thing. This all-dehydration class is the icing on the cake of this raw food workshop series. 

· Banana-Walnut Loaf 
· Carrot-Walnut Loaf 
· Onion Bread 
· Bagels made into a raw sandwich 
· Cinnamon Roll

All classes are at P2,000 per person per class inclusive of handouts and samplings of at least five dishes.  Workshop includes all course materials, food sampling, and a healthy discussion.  Early bird registration is at P1,800 for payments made two weeks before the class at the store or through bank transfer.  P200 discount for senior citizens and students are available.

Attend three workshops and get 75% off on the 4th class or attend four workshops and get the 5th class at 50% off.  Contact Angelo on 0917 803 9055 for more information and reservations.

Venue for all workshops will be at Sugarleaf Makati at the MEDICard Lifestyle Center located at 51 Paseo de Roxas corner Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Urdaneta Village, Makati City. Email angelo@sugarleafph.com or call (0917) 803-9055 for more information and reservations. Facebook event pages will be created on Sugarleaf Makati and Raw Yogini Sonia.


  1. hi. do you know of any classes in the south (preferably alabang other than kitchen revolution)? thanks.

    1. Hi Anna Vi! Sorry for the late reply. I don't know of any cooking classes in the South but I'm interested also in them. When I learn of any, will blog about it :)


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