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.

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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!

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