Hi! I’m Amanda – nutrition nerd, lover of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, marble backdrops, everything at anthropologie, and Law and Order SVU (I just can’t help myself). I am so happy you found me and welcome to Figs & Flour. I started this blog in 2016 as a place to explore a love of cooking, creativity and design, and try my hand at photography.
Health, nutrition, and wellness are all important to me but can mean very different things to different people. My goal with this blog is to help you live a realistic healthy lifestyle. What does that mean? Showing you how to plan, prep, and cook real healthy food. I create recipes with all of this in mind. I want to teach those of us in our 20s and 30s that it’s possible to cook healthy delicious foods for yourself and still stick to a budget. How do I know this is possible? Because I do it every week! You will also notice that the serving size for most recipes is for 1 or 2 servings and no more than 4. I get it. No one wants to eat the same chili recipe every night for an entire week! I hope you find my recipes and ideas easy, delicious, and approachable. If you have any ideas, comments, or questions, share them with me!
A little bit more on how I got here. In 2016 I completed two masters degrees in nutrition with a focus on food policy and a masters in public health with a focus on health communication. What this means is I have spent a great deal of time (let me emphasize the time part) studying nutrition principles, developing nutrition communication programs, and understanding dietary guidance. But, I want to be upfront and tell you I am not a registered dietitian, I am not the right person to tell you what to eat if you have diabetes, kidney disease etc. I really believe in the dietetic degree and if you have specific nutrition conditions, I strongly recommend that you consult with someone with a RD degree. That being said, I have studied the science of nutrition and have had a lot of experience understanding what to eat in a day and how to meal plan. I want to share those skills with you. The last thing I want to say (for now) is that this is not my job right now. It’s purely a hobby and passion. I currently work full time managing childhood obesity research projects, so believe me when I say, I understand what it’s like to come home from a long day at work and have to cook dinner. I still think you can cook for yourself and eat healthy and I hope you will let me show you how!
Excited to have you here!