Asheville Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutrititionist
Welcome to Vine Ripe Nutrition!
Hi! I’m Denise, a registered dietitian nutritionist in Asheville, foodie, nurturer and artist at heart with a green thumb! I enjoy hiking in the mountains and making meals for family and friends using local, seasonal ingredients! Every year, my husband and I grow a vegetable garden and make a large batch of homemade salsa to eat when tomato season is long gone. We grow blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and rhubarb. I love to shop the farmers’ tailgate markets to purchase the freshest ingredients possible.
What Makes Me Tick
I’m a helper by nature, love science, people and good food so the field of nutrition became a natural career choice for me! For over 25 years, I have been helping clients improve their health by changing their habits a little bit at a time 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 in Nutrition and Dietetics from Saint Louis University. My graduate research project on school nutrition policies was published in a national scientific journal and was the beginning of helping North Carolina schools look at some of the things that they were doing that may not have been in the best interest of the students.
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. In 2014, I published my book Farm Fresh Nutrition: Eating Green and Clean and Supporting Your Local Economy. Find out more about my book and how to get your copy. I will be publishing other projects and having them and other products available here at Vine Ripe Nutrition so stay tuned!
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 others to eat whole, local foods that are clean and delicious! And have a desire to cultivate a healthy lifestyle through fresh, seasonal food. I hope to make eating fun and inspire you in your journey to permanent behavioral change. My fresh approach to eating includes personalized nutrition counseling, health coaching and group wellness services. Check out a Vine Ripe Nutrition Event that will be sprinkled throughout the year some include hands-on learning including cooking classes and as well other special events.Find out more about my services.