The Blue Zones Project food guidelines are not complicated — emphasize plant-based sources of protein, use whole grains and minimally processed ingredients.

The Blue Zones Project food guidelines are not complicated — emphasize plant-based sources of protein, use whole grains and minimally processed ingredients.

Blue Zones Project food guidelines are derived from a study of the world’s healthiest and longest living people.

With the sponsorship of Avedis Foundation, Pottawatomie County is working toward becoming a Blue Zones Project Certified Community. In keeping with the goal of encouraging Shawnee area people to adopt a healthier lifestyle, Gordon Cooper Technology Center is offering four Blue Zones Project-inspired cooking classes.

These sessions are more than cooking demonstrations. Students learn to prepare meals and then enjoy eating and sharing their creations. The cost of each class is $29.

An International Experience class begins Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the GCTC cooking classroom on the main Shawnee campus at Interstate 40 and Highway 18. Students can take their taste buds on a trip the Blue Zones way through Costa Rica, Italy, Greece and more.

Healthy Snacks class is slated for 6-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18. Students learn to make healthy snacks such as mini-blueberry cheesecakes, fruity chocolate almond bark, brownies, muffins and more.

A Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner class runs 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, and teaches students how to make nutritious dishes appropriate for each meal of the day.

Family Favorites class is set 6-9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30. Students take a healthy approach to corn chowder, red bean and sweet potato hash, chili and other foods.

To enroll, go online to http://gctech.augusoft.net or call 405-273-7493 extension 2258.