by By Tom Isler | July 01, 2009
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Eat better. Save money. Live longer. That's the message registered dietician Paulette Lambert (pictured) spreads to groups via lectures and cooking classes at the California Health & Longevity Institute at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, near Los Angeles.

Planners don't have to believe the right diet "can add 10 to 20 years to your life expectancy," as Lambert claims, to appreciate banquet menus packed with fruit, vegetables, whole grains, plant-based proteins and fish. "The trick to making attendees enjoy healthier food is to make it delicious and satisfying," she says.

These "superfoods" yield dishes such as carrot ginger soup, steamed salmon with scallions and ginger, barley pilaf with cranberries, and garlic roasted chicken medallions with apple and fig compote.

"For meeting planners, it may be true that eating healthy means spending more for produce," Lambert says, but she adds that, ultimately, they will save by not buying excessive amounts of meat protein.

For samples of Lambert's recipes, click here.