Andrea is a registered dietitian with special passion for food and fitness. Her passion motivated her to become a certified specialist in Sports Dietetics. She shared with us why is important to have a healthy, balanced diet but still enjoy from your favorite treats.
What inspired you to become an RD?
There were a lot of different reasons, but one of the main ones was that I suffered from an eating disorder in college. When I overcame that I wanted to help other people overcome their eating struggles. I also just really love food.
What do you think is the most underrated/misunderstood part of a healthy diet?
People thinking that you have to super strict about it and it's either all or nothing. But my modo has always been everything in moderation and I like to preach a balance diet, treats and vegetables. Both are important and need to be incorporated.
What is your favorite nutrition “hack?”
Making my favorite foods a little bit healthier, adding in avocado in cookies instead of half of the butter. These healthy switches most times people can’t even tell the change and it adds some healthy fats.
How does exercising regularly impact your health?
Exercising regularly is definitely a super important part of my life. I exercise most days, probably 4-5 times a week. It is a huge stress relief and it help me feel more settled and my anxiety along with keeping me calm and grounded.
How do you balance a healthy lifestyle while also letting yourself indulge sometimes with delicious treats?
I just try to go back to that balance of eating a lot of fruits, vegetables whole grains and lean meats but there is definitely nothing wrong with letting yourself enjoy your favorite treats because it is fun and should be enjoyed.
What is the importance of a balanced diet for an active person?
Having a balanced diet is super important, especially if you are active because you have to be able to fuel your body. You have to be able to fuel your activities, which doesn’t necessarily have to be going to the gym but having a healthy diet with all the nutrients is super important.
What is your favorite baked goodie?
Definitely oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. And cookie dough, I could eat all the cookie dough.
Who has been the most influential person in your passion for food and health?
I don’t know if I can pick just one. I have come in contact with a lot of RD’s working as a dietitian and a lot are super awesome and have unique things to offer that have helped me build my own ideas around nutrition.
If you want to know more about Andrea Grange find her at her instagram as @the_baking_dietitian.
Sports Dietetics and Registered Dietitian, Andrea Grange was first found at Tastermonial.