1. Tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Malena, and I am RDN who lives in Denver, CO and I am also from Panama. I am married and have two teenage boys so they help to eat all the foods that I am cooking for recipe development jobs or for a new cookbook that I am always working on. I also see a few clients per month and teach nutrition in my local university and around my community in Spanish. I enjoy doing media work and assisting a few research projects.
2. What’s your favorite part about being a dietitian?
The work never ends, there is so much work to do and so much to learn. Nutrition is a science that is always evolving and my favorite part is reading and sharing the research. But most definitely my favorite part is when someone tells me that they feel better (a person with type 2 diabetes) because of a few diet changes.
3. Describe what your typical week looks like?
As a consultant, I get to spread my work to do a little bit of everything every day. I work on recipe development for clients and for myself (the cookbook that is always coming…), so grocery shopping happens about two to three times per week. For teaching, I am preparing for classes. If I am preparing for my news nutrition segment, I am working on my sound bites and that includes some more research. I am in my kitchen a lot. When there is free time, that is when I take some good food photos for my social media.
4. How do you find balance between work & personal?
During summer, I garden. I grow all kinds of fruits and vegetables. During the winter, if the weather is right I go skiing with my family. Checking new restaurants and eating out is another way to relax, just feed me!
5. What are 3 foods you can’t live without?
All fruits, fish (ceviche) and Greek yogurt (with honey)
Thank you so much Malena! Check out Malena’s website, get her book, and make sure to follow her on instagram for nutritious living inspiration!