Ky Keenan

About The Teacher

Hi! I’m Kyleen.

And I believe that healthy food doesn’t have to be boring (and it definitely isn’t just for hippies!).

I’ve been obsessed with the art of fine food and fine dining for as long as I can remember. Spending most of my life in the restaurant industry, I’m all too familiar with the pleasure that comes from indulging in a decadent dessert, a velvety cheese, a heavy cream or a buttery sauce…

I’m also familiar with the challenges that come with trying to recreate the same delightful experience using all the usual suspects of a healthy meal (I see you, broccoli).

So in 2014 after graduating with a certification in integrative nutrition, I decided to combine my love of decadent food with my knowledge of plant-based ingredients to launch Not Your Sugar Mamas restaurant and chocolate company based in Martha’s Vineyard, alongside my co-founder, Bennett.

It’s my desire that through my work as a chef, teacher and entrepreneur, that you will discover the pleasure in living a plant-based life and feel confident in your ability to be your own alchemist by recreating the experience of high-vibe living.

So take a look around. Learn some new recipes, sign up for a retreat, or check out my latest cookbook!

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