Asheville NC Registered Dietitian and Licensed Nutrititionist
Welcome to Vine Ripe Nutrition!
Hi! I’m Denise, a registered dietitian, foodie, nurturer & artist at heart with a green thumb! I enjoy hiking the mountains of Southern Appalachia & cooking us delicious meals for family and friends using seasonal ingredients! My husband and I grow a vegetable garden & can a large batch of homemade tomato salsa! We also grow blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and rhubarb. I love to shop the farmers’ tailgate markets to purchase the freshest ingredients available!
What Makes Me Tick
I’m a helper by nature, love science, people & great food so the field of nutrition became a natural career choice for me! For over 25 years, I have helped clients improve their health by changing their eating habits to achieve amazing results! I received my Bachelors of Science in Food and Nutrition from University of Missouri & completed my dietetic internship/Masters of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Saint Louis University. My graduate research project on school nutrition policies was published in a scientific journal & was inspired by my son during his school years, he is now a father of two!
Food Blogger & Author
I began a food blog in 2008 where I shared original recipes and focused on fresh, seasonal, local food from farmers in my community. In 2015, I moved my blog to the Vine Ripe Nutrition website & before my new blog, in 2014, I published my book Farm Fresh Nutrition: Eating Green and Clean and Supporting Your Local Economy. You can find out more about my book and how to get your copy. I am creating other fun projects & having them and available here at Vine Ripe Nutrition so stay tuned!
I also enjoy working with brands with a fresh approach to eating & health! You can find out how we can work together here!
My Approach to Health
- Eat as fresh and seasonal as you can.
- Choose whole foods, mostly fruits & vegetables.
- Move Your Body.
- Savor and Enjoy.
- Relax and have fun!
You can read more about some of my work experience here
Why Vine Ripe Nutrition?
I chose the name Vine Ripe Nutrition out of my passion for teaching people to eat whole, seasonal foods that are clean and delicious as a way to achieve their healthy lifestyle! I want to make eating fun & inspire you on your journey to permanent behavioral change. I provide clients with personalized nutrition counseling, health coaching & group wellness services. I have also worked with businesses to plan special events!. Find out more about my services.