Not only do I fancy food, my obvious crush on it leads me to play with my fare from time to time. Pretty food is just more fun to eat.
Colorful meals make for an alluring plate, and inevitably add some magnificent nutrition.
That's how food should be: simply enticing, often nutritious and always delectable.
Here, on The Fresh Beet, you can find snapshots of aesthetically pleasing food, as my eyes see it, as well as recipes and occasional everyday thoughts. Thoughts of life, love and appreciation. Thoughts of traveling the earth and traveling through my twenties. Thoughts of food politics and sustainability. Thoughts of beets.
I remember the day I fell in love with beets. December 6, 2011. I was in California. Big Sur, to be exact. In exchange for my labor on an organic farm, I was provided with food and a place to sleep; beets were part of meals quite often. We usually boiled them, and then gently slipped off their outer skin with ease to reveal such a beautiful, magenta pearl of goodness. Marking their beet territory, they brightly stained our hands as well as our mouths. However, I don't believe the beets can take all the credit for my enthusiasm, as sharing these beets with the lovely people I met on that farm contributes greatly to my appreciation.
An avid foodie turned dietitian, food has always had a special place in my life. Spending time in la cucina with my Mimi during my early years sparked an interest that would never subside, and is responsible for creating a large part of who I am today.
I find that one of the many wonders of food is that it brings people together. It sparks communication. It nourishes our bodies. Being in the kitchen is one of the most comforting places for me where I can make as much of a mess as I want, and it's okay. I just wish I had someone to clean it up.
I earned my master's degree in Nutrition Education and Health Promotion from The Florida State University. I am currently working as a Registered Dietitian for Arnold Palmer Hospital, doing some clinical work, but mostly nutrition counseling for the pediatric population and their families. Transitioning from my cozy home of academia to a life with a stable job and work week has been bittersweet. I will always have a passion for learning and so long as I'm able to keep learning, I will have my happiness.
As a registered and licensed dietitian, I am able to provide you with the following services:
- Individual nutrition counseling for general healthy eating, meal planning, weight loss, sports performance and for the management of your medical condition
- Group lectures on various nutrition topics
- Restaurant menu development and analysis
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