A love of food and nutrition by way of pumpkins
The very first pumpkin food that I remember eating was pumpkin ice cream from Capannari’s ice cream in my home town of Mt. Prospect, Illinois. Many PSL lattes later, I sit here making it my job to show you just how many pumpkin products are out there and the many uses for pumpkin from soup to soap and everything in between.
I started my Instagram page @onceuponapumpkin during my dietetic internship, a time when my food philosophy was still evolving. Having struggled with body image and perceived food rules during much of my teenage years, I knew I wanted to communicate to others that it is possible to have a positive relationship with food. One that energizes you, one that nourishes you, one that makes you happy, and ones that feeds your soul too.
I landed my dream job just minutes after my dietetic internship ended. I hopped on a plane to New York, and had a whirl wind year and a half experience that I still reflect on daily.
The versatility of pumpkin itself is amazing, isn’t it? For being so seasonal, I’d argue it has a place in every season! Be it breakfast, lunch, dinner, and especially dessert….there’s always a way to “pump” it up.
It’s hard not to fall in love with the season of fall when you go to Michigan State. October turns the campus colors that encompass every autumnal emotion. I found myself happiest when everything around me was crisp, spiced, seasoned and even a little spooky. I graduated with my degree in dietetics and became a dietitian after completing my dietetic internship with the Aramark dietetic internship program.
B.A. Dietetics, Michigan State University
Dietetic Internship: Aramark Distance Dietetic Internship
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics