I’m Heather, a registered and licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, who also loves to cook and eat, write and photograph.
I take inspiration for my recipes from the offerings of each new season, new travel destination, and new region we call home. Food that is uncomplicated and easily-adaptable is my style for everyday cooking. Though, I’m also drawn to unique finds + techniques, and am often experimenting in the kitchen.
We certainly enjoy sharing great food and drink, but rest assured that the majority of what you will find here is inherently healthy, made predominantly from fresh + whole ingredients. I sincerely hope you love everything you try!
I have a Master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition and completed the dietetic internship from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. I am currently an accredited member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and the Food & Culinary Dietetic Practice Group (DPG). In the past I was Publications Editor for the Women’s Health (WH) DPG newsletter Women’s Health Report (WHR) for three years, served on the WHR editorial staff as an Expert Content Reviewer, and served for three subsequent years in the WH DPG Chair-Elect, Chair and Past-Chair positions. I also co-managed social media operations and consulted corporate wellness clients across NC, SC and VA for Family Food, LLC for nearly four years.
Prior to starting HGN, I spent two years as a Nutritionist with the NC Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program. During this time I counseled expectant and new mothers on healthy diets for themselves and their families, and completed both the NC Lactation Educator Training Program and the UNC Pediatric Nutrition Course. My role at WIC expanded to include implementation and management of the county’s first Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program. I also have experience working as a Clinical Dietitian at a large hospital and cancer clinic in Texas.
I maintain the HGN recipe and nutrition blog linked to this website, and regularly contribute articles, recipes and photos to Food & Nutrition Magazine + their Stone Soup blog and Recipe Roundup developer program, Oldways, and Family Food. For more detailed information about work experience + qualifications, visit my LinkedIn profile.
I am available for freelance recipe development, food + nutrition writing, and photography. Please email me if you’re interested — I live for this stuff!
Outside of work you’ll find me playing with sharp knives and seasonal foods in the kitchen, talking to my plants in the garden, or refereeing battles between our two cats. I enjoy big red wine, hoppy homebrews, really funky cheese, crazy-fresh seafood, and great conversation with my husband (or cats, if he’s not home) — preferably all in the same day.