Sarah Anderson – Lead Editor
Hi, I’m Sarah – dreamer, writer, recipe developer, health nut and mom of 3 fabulous kids. In my previous life, I worked in a corporate environment; but after having kids, my world and priorities completely changed. Instead of TPS reports and office politics, my number one priority now is my kids and ensuring that they have the nutrition they need to be the healthiest, happiest kids they can be.
Since I became a mom 7 years ago, I’ve learned a lot! I have learned that cooking for three kids is a challenge and keeping meals healthy is even more of a challenge, but I have also learned that healthy meals can be tasty and exciting as opposed to being bland and boring-looking. I’ve also discovered a few things about meal prep as well.
My reality is life on the go- between ballet recitals and little league practice, there are always a thousand and one things to do. So I am always on the lookout for time saving techniques and kitchen gadgets to help make my life a bit less hectic. I have learned a lot by trial and error, but you don’t have to; stick around and let me take you through my colorful world of veggies, meal prepping and gadgets and gizmos aplenty to save you time and energy in the kitchen!
Kate Bloxsom RD
Hi there! I’m Kate. I am a Registered Dietitian who believes in whole foods, healthy fats, scratch cooking and the power of a hot soup on a cold day. I have always loved food- from the simple to the upscale and I truly believe that there is a time and a place for all of it when eaten with mindfulness and in moderation. I received a degree in Culinary Nutrition from Johnson & Wales in Denver, CO and did my Dietetic Internship at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS.
But, my real education came in 2014 when my husband and I traveled around the world for a year and learned first hand how other cultures relate to and use food not only for survival but also to heal. In countries like Vietnam and Thailand we learned of the awesome healing powers of herbs and spices. In Costa Rica we came to understand the benefits of cacao and coffee and in Poland we learned how fermented vegetables provide nourishing vitamins throughout the winter. I found some amazing foods from all over the world, some healthy and some pure indulgence. It was truly humbling and inspiring to get to learn about the role of food and health in a variety of cultures across the world.
Now, I want to share my knowledge and help you on your journey to balance the healthy with the not-so-healthy. I base all my recommendations on peer reviewed research, no garbage science or fads here. The world of nutrition is confusing enough and I don’t want to add to the noise. I want to inspire you to live your healthiest life and provide you with sound science to do that. I do not believe in calorie counting- if it’s your jam, go right ahead, but for me it leads to a vicious, obsessive cycle. Instead, my focus is on mindfully eating, making sure I get enough of the good stuff (fruits, veggies, fiber and beans/legumes) and keeping it portion controlled when I do indulge in the not-so-good for me things. Above all, I believe that healthy can and should taste good
Amy Ogden – Contributor
Hi, I’m Amy and my passion is getting, and keeping, people happy and healthy through proper nutrition and exercise.
Like many other people who hop on the health and wellness wagon, I didn’t always pay attention to what I put in my body or what I did to it (in fact, during my college years I was best known around campus for my ability to all but inhale a Chipotle burrito) and it took a pretty serious health scare to give me that “A-ha!” moment and set me on the path to a healthier, more aware me. Although I had lived with an almost constant feeling of anxiety sprinkled with the occasional health challenge, it wasn’t until I was diagnosed with prediabetes that I realized I needed to change. I just wasn’t sure how and didn’t know where to start. Depression crept in, I all but stopped eating, my energy levels plummeted and my health got increasingly worse. It wasn’t until a co-worker mentioned the success she had had with a healthy coach that I was finally able to start my journey to wellness. I met with the health coach and my love for nutrition, exercise and stress management started and has only gotten stronger.
It’s been a couple of years now and I have never felt better; my energy level is up, I’m eating right and I approach life with a positive mindset. The best part of it is that these days, I’m passing that passion for wellness on and helping others find their way to total health and wellness whether through food, mindfulness, exercise or a combination of all three!
My journey to wellness has been in turns exciting, difficult and interspersed with the occasional back slide, but it is always rewarding. My goal is to help other people find their way when it comes to wellness and its rewards.
With that, I’d like to say welcome to the exciting world of nutrition, health and wellness!