Meet the Super Fruit Sidekicks
A group of taste makers, educators, and food lovers who share our passion for enjoying a happier, healthier life.
Tara Rybicki is a registered dietician and is joining our team of fruit-loving friends, serving as our Nutrition Advisor. As a contributor to our blog, she will share recipes, cooking tips, and a whole lot more.
Q: You’ve devoted your career to nutrition. Why?
A: It’s my passion. And, after becoming a mother, I became especially passionate about teaching children and their families how to nourish their bodies.
Q: Families are busy. What advice can you offer for creating healthy snacks and dinners?
A: Hey, I get it! I’m a working mom of two little girls, so I like to keep things simple AND easy. For example, a handful of berries (fresh, frozen or dried – depending on the day) together with a handful of walnuts thrown in a bowl deeply nourishes the body and the brain and takes little time to serve.
Q: On the weekend, were might we find you…?
Foraging! My husband and I are novice foragers and love identifying and eating plants from our yard and teaching the girls what is safe to eat and what is not. I like the plant identification website www.ediblewildfood.com.
More Tara Tidbits:
Tara Rybicki is a Community Health Coordinator and Diabetes Education Coordinator at Munson Medical Center, Traverse City, MI. Tara received her Master of Science Degree in Nutrition from Central Michigan University. She’s been a Registered Dietitian since 2003 and went on to gain further credentialing as a Certified Diabetes Educator in 2011.
Revolutionary Pastry Chef With a Healthy Sweet Tooth
In 1992 I started baking my first healthy desserts and inspired by my personal story of hypoglycemia. I became the first healthy pastry chef in Mexico, one of the first in the world. I graduated with honors from the French Pastry School; since then, I have spent 26 years teaching, consulting for major restaurants, bakeries and doing recipe development for companies such as Starbucks and Bulletproof. I pioneered the first classes, workshops and healthy baking programs specializing in paleo, grain free, whole grain, vegan and keto recipes. Currently, I am creating the fist healthy baking school and bakery in the world in Austin.
Tips and Tricks for Cooking Healthy
Plan ahead! Buy frozen veggies, fruits, prepare your organic veggies (wash them and store them) so you can immediately make anything. I like to prep on Monday and make a few containers of veggies, rice or cauliflower rice and salmon that I can turn into different dishes in no time. For snacks, I keep boxes of my favorite bars or organic and sprouted nuts and seeds on hand. If I need to travel or have something on the go, I just pack some in a bag so I am prepared and don’t have emergencies. This is important for me because I have hypoglycemia.
Favorite Graceland Fruit Products
I love the no added sugar dried cranberries so much! And the Montmorency dried cherries -- I put them on my salads and add them to my cookies and bars.
Instagram feed Vanessa enjoys: @thefeedfeed
When not in the kitchens, you might find Vanessa…
Exploring bakeries, coffee shops, restaurants, reading recipes online, walking, traveling to cities like NYC, Chicago, LA. I love self-development, entrepreneurship, social media and nutrition and listen to a lot of podcasts.
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