CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Teenagers in Charlottesville are learning how to cook a healthy meal without using meat. On Tuesday night, the Jefferson Madison Regional Library Central Branch held a free vegan cooking class.

Participants got the chance to make vegetable spring rolls and sushi, accompanied by two different sauces. One of the teens says this is a way to get out of your comfort zone and try something new.

"Eating healthy is very important and sometimes red meat can have consequences and it's good to vary your diet, so do things that you've never done before, like I'm not vegan personally, but I would love to learn you know, how to not become dependent on meat,” said Laura Ciudin, participant.

The instructor of the class stated that plant-based diets have shown to improve the most common diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure.