Mom Knows Best: Nutritionists, Culinary Experts Share Cooking Tips From Their Mothers


mom-and-daughter-in-kitchenMost women have many habits, good and bad, that they picked up from their mothers. Even when a lot of women leave their mothers’ houses and go on to start families of their own, they still have Mom on speed-dial if something comes up that they may not be able to handle or know the answer to.

In the spirit of Mother’s Day, Keri Gans, MS, RD, CDN, a registered dietitian, media personality and author reached out to fellow dietitians to ask them to share the many tips and pearls of wisdom they gleaned from their mothers while growing up.

Their tips are below:

 Jackie Newgent, RDN, culinary nutritionist and author of 1,000 Low-Calorie Recipes
“I learned so much more than cooking techniques from my mom, who was a caterer. She cooked using her senses rather than recipes and viewed food as love. Most notably, I gained an appreciation and passion for food quality and taste. My mom is the reason why I’m a cookbook author today.”

Elisa Zied, MS, RDN, CDN, author of Nutrition At Your Fingertips and fellow Eat + Run blogger
“My mom taught me that taking the time to prepare healthful meals for your family is a great way to show your love. She also taught me the value of making time to eat as a family. As a mom, I try to cook family breakfasts and dinners as often as possible to model healthful eating habits and to stay connected with my 14- and 11-year-old sons.”

Melinda Johnson, MS, RDN, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and fellow Eat + Run blogger
“My mom was always working when I was growing up, so time for meal prep was short. She often relied on prepared foods, which she usually doctored up with veggies. We grew up with corn added to our Kraft macaroni and cheese and with peas added to our Hamburger Helper. To this day, I still crave canned green beans sometimes!”

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