I’m so glad you’re here! And I hope you’re here because you are looking for simple, nutritious recipes; seasonal meal plans for busy weeknights; and the easiest recipes made from Trader Joe’s ingredients. I’m not perfect, so you won’t find perfection here. You’ll find realistic food that the whole family will enjoy. If this sounds good, let’s be friends!
Who am I?
As my name might have led you to believe, I’m a Nutritionist who loves to tell you all about what I eat. I’ve always held an interest in food and cooking, but when I started down my nutrition degree path, I wasn’t THAT into food. But after a few years in school and maybe growing tired of the college-kid meals I had been making myself, I eventually developed a love and appreciation for food and cooking that goes much further than the fat, calories, and scientific values I was learning about at school.
I started actually cooking and actually enjoying meals. I practiced with easy, basic recipes and eventually submerged myself in magazines, cookbooks, the food network – learning along the way, and spending a LOT of time in the kitchen. Now, I read cookbooks like novels, take pictures of a lot of food and look forward to extended time in the kitchen on the weekends. (With of course, a glass of wine and the opportunity to play and experiment.)
And while I LOVE cooking there are definitely times that cooking feels like a chore. And meal prep feels like a chore. (Packing my lunch for work ALWAYS feels like a chore.) So those are the times to pull back and rely on easy meals, or fast meals that come together quickly. (Hence my easy Trader Joe’s recipes.) Or that come together without any work in the form of pizza. (Hey, no shame in take-out!)
As I mentioned above, I by no means eat perfect! (And because I have a degree and nutrition, my food choices will always be silently scrutinized – I’m ok with it!) I don’t follow any particular diet or style of eating – but if I had to list my food mantras they would be the following:
- Eat a lot of vegetables – make them a main or major component in most meals
- Eat only when hungry – and stop before you’re full
- Eat a lot of nutritious foods – with room for plenty of fun foods that aren’t!
- Never, EVER EVER EVER feel guilty about what you’re eating – enjoy it and move on
Food Aside, Who am I?
Wait, there’s more to life than food?! I’m a Midwest girl (Wisconsin and Minneapolis) who moved to LA to find fame. Just kidding! I’m a regular working lady, who lives in a small West Hollywood apartment with my husband and baby girl, Demi. Like everyone, life is busy and I do my best to not lose my mind. Seriously, I’ve learned that if you lower expectations, you’ll never be disappointed. So sometimes the house is a mess, meals aren’t prepped and life feels out-of-control, but the chaos is wonderful if you let it be.
After I graduated from the University of Minnesota, I spent five years working in Marketing at an organic bakery in Minneapolis. Now, I spend my days at an anti-hunger nonprofit in Los Angeles, ensuring that low-income families have enough nutritious food. I’m also a mom, which is the best job, but the pay is terrible. And thankfully with all of these positions, there has always been a food connection – it’s where I belong.
I’d be honored to be invited into your kitchen, so if you try any of my recipes, let me know! Tag me @emilygdingmann on instagram and twitter / @anutritionisteats on facebook!
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