About Me

Hi! My name is Danielle Masland.   I’m a Registered Dietitian, a neurotic pup parent, a Pinterest fanatic, and I’m obsessed with mason jars.  Nice to meet you.

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When it comes to food, I am a firm believer in keeping things simple.  We should all eat real, whole food as best we can.

My love affair with nutrition began towards the end of my junior year in college.  I decided to see the school dietitian because I was falling asleep in class and dependent upon granola bars for most of the day due to being away from my apartment for 12 or 13 hours at a time–not good.  After working with the RD and getting my nutrition straightened out, I got SO excited about what proper nutrition could do for you.  I felt so much better!  Once I realized how awesome nutrition was, I had an epiphany (you know that moment in life where you feel like the stars align and you can get a glimpse of what you’re meant to do? – yeah, it was that awesome), and I realized that I wanted to be an RD.  I wanted to help people to feel as good as I felt.  Within 24 hrs of realizing this I was sold.  I went to the Registrar’s Office and applied for a dual degree the next day.

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Mom and Dad with me on Graduation Day.

Well, two extra years of college + a Dietetic Internship and a tough test later, and here I am.  Working as a Bariatric Dietitian – helping people to change their lives and get healthy.  And don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE my job. I work with amazing people everyday.  But it’s not enough for me.  I want to do more. I want to help change the way we choose, prepare, and consume food.  Because let’s face it, in this country (and in many others), we’ve got some big problems with food.  We eat too much, for the wrong reasons, and we choose the wrong foods.  This has left us underweight, overweight, or obese. It’s left us obsessed with calorie counting and label reading.  It’s got us addicted to foods that have unpronounceable ingredients, artificial colors and flavors, and absolutely no nutritional value.  We live in this strange paradox where the people in real life get bigger and bigger, and yet the people in magazines and TV get smaller and smaller.  Enough is enough. Let’s change this, guys. There’s a better way, and I’m going to do my best to show it to you.  Join me, and let’s set out on the path to health, wellness, and a positive, balanced relationship with food.  We’ll get there together, one post at a time.

So, now that you know a little bit about me, let’s talk about this blog.  As I said above, I love my job, but it’s not enough.  I wanted a place to share with the world – food finds, recipes, nutrition information, dog photos…..,

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Meet Luna. The cutest dog in the world.

DIY projects, and just generally, my own experiences (be they successful or a complete and utter kitchen FAIL) so that we can all grow, learn, and try things together.

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Kitchen FAIL.

 The recipes that you’ll find on this blog are mostly easy, fairly quick, nutritious, and of course – delicious.  I’ll be the first to admit, that I am by no means any sort of gourmet chef (did you see that picture above???), and I’m not trying to be.  What I love, is finding easy, quick, and convenient ways to help make it possible for busy people to prepare healthful and tasty food for themselves and their families.  Don’t get me wrong, I love extravagant and fancy food as much as any other foodie, but for me, it’s not practical to try to eat that way on a daily basis, and by not practical, what I really mean is- Ain’t nobody got time for that.  So I leave the fancy food for special occasions and eating out at restaurants, and what I try to do, is to create simple, easy, and affordable meals that anyone can make and enjoy, regardless of their cooking expertise or nutrition knowledge.  As a dietitian, I try to make the vast majority of my recipes healthy, but I am also a firm believer in keeping your life (and your diet) balanced – which means that not everything on this blog would you want to eat all day erry day.  I eat well most of the time, which means I try to get in a ton of veggies and whole, unprocessed foods, but I also eat dark chocolate every single day ;-).  Oh, and if it’s dark chocolate that’s accompanied by caramel and sea salt – all bets are off.

I want to share nutrition with all of you.  I want everyone to be as excited about healthy eating as I am.  I want to teach people to cook and to prepare delicious and nutritious meals.  I want people to understand how the food they eat affects their bodies and their minds.  I want to help prevent the obesity-related diseases that are cropping up everywhere across the country.   I realize that these are lofty goals, but as one of my favorite quotes says, “If you shoot for the moon, you will land among the stars.”  And I don’t know about you, but landing among the stars sounds pretty darn good to me.

Sunset, (healthy)Vittles&Bits

If you like the recipes and other posts you see on this blog, please follow along on FacebookTwitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and don’t forget to enter your email address into the subscription box in the sidebar on the right to receive new posts by email!  If you have any nutrition questions that you would like to see addressed on the blog, just contact me and let me know, either by leaving a comment on a blog post or shooting me an email at danimasland@gmail.com.

Thanks for visiting the site! Luna and I hope to see you again soon :-)

Thanks for visiting the site! Luna and I hope to see you again soon 🙂

17 comments on “About Me

  1. Hey Danielle! I think it’s wonderful that you’re becoming a dietitian – what a fulfilling career path. Like you, I eat healthy most of the time. I do like an occasional treat, however. I love your blog and will be trying your avocado cookies soon! Thanks for following! Celeste 🙂

  2. Hi Danielle!

    Congratulations on completing the challenging journey to becoming an RD! That is so exciting. I am graduating from my DPD program this spring, so I am currently in the midst of getting my applications ready. I was wondering if you would be willing to answer some questions I had about the Penn State DI? I would really appreciate any insight!

    Thanks,

    Katherine

  3. Hi,

    I’m Katrina from Clean Treats App, I stumbled across your page after spying a delicious wholesome dessert of yours on pinterest. Our app ‘Clean Treats’ features a collection of recipes along the same healthy sweet theme from top bloggers, wellness warriors, cooks and chefs, and I’d like to invite you to join us 🙂

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    Thanks & we look forward to chatting soon!

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    1. Hi Jessica!

      I’m am definitely interested in trying the Truefood product. I sent you an email, let me know if you didn’t get it!

      – Danielle

  5. Hey! Glad I found your blog! Just curious – did you have your dog during your internship? I’m dying to get a pup, but I’ll be starting a masters/internship program next year (fingers crossed applications work out!) and unsure of how feasible that is

    1. I’m glad you found it too!!! Hope you like it 🙂
      I did have my dog during my internship. I was lucky and was able to live with my parents during my internship so I did not have to worry about living alone and being the only one taking care of my baby girl. I’m sure every program is different, but my internship had a lot of school work to do after working all day, and due to driving to different sites, there were many days that I left the house at 6 or 7 and did not get home until well after 5 or 6 pm. If I had been living alone I think I would have had to hire a dog walker. To be honest with you, I would probably not recommend getting a new dog (new to you, I mean) when you’re starting the internship and your masters on top of that. I hate saying that because I love dogs soooooooo much and they make me so happy, but I think if I had been living alone I would have been worried about her all day long and not able to focus on my internship work and I think it would have just added stress. But every situation and person is different so obviously you know what will be best for you.
      Congratulations on starting your internship and Masters program! I wish I had done them together like that. Hindsight is always 20 – 20, hahaha.

  6. Hi, Danielle.

    Very interesting blog.

    I stumbled upon your blog while I was searching for blogs about diets, nutrition, food. etc. I developed an Android app that lets you search for foods and nutrition fact about them. I don’t know if you own an Android device, but if you do, I would be glad if you try it out.

    Here you can find it:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ari.nutritionfactssearch

    I hope you don’t consider this spam :). Just trying to get people to use it, It’s completely free and no Ads.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Morty

  7. Hi Danielle,

    It’s so good to hear about your internship experience. I am currently in the process as a senior Dietetics major, contacting and visiting DI programs. I have pretty much covered Penn State’s Internship website at this point. I just had a question about the required hours. I understand 300 hours related to nutrition is required within the past 2 years, but 500 hours of work experience is required total. Within the 300 hours, does every area of clinical, community, sports nutrition, food service, and research have to be covered, or does the 300 hours just have to fall under a few of the areas? Look forward to hearing from you! Thanks!

    1. Hello Natasha!
      I am SO SORRY it has taken me so long to get back to you. I have been just crazy busy lately as I just moved in to my new house and I’m starting grad school soon. Congrats on applying to your internships! I am not positive about the answer to your question, but I’m pretty sure that you don’t have to have all the areas of dietetics covered. The majority of my nutrition work experience was through my University’s ARAMARK food service writing their weekly nutrition newsletter. I definitely did not have any sports nutrition and/or research experience. But I would suggest contacting Denise Lawson (internship director) or Diane Graham (clinical director) to get a definitive answer because they may have changed it since I applied (although I don’t think they would have because that’s asking A LOT from a college student). I hope that was helpful. Let me know if you have any other questions!!! Good luck!
      -Danielle

  8. Hi Danielle,
    I just wanted to let you know that I’m a big fan of your blog, recipes, and posts. I stumbled upon your website over a year ago when I was searching for a healthy version of a full fat recipe (can’t remember which one it was now). I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know I’m a fan. I also love your product reviews. The Christmas one was excellent! I picked up one of those newer pressure cookers because of you.

    I was reading about your experience in college- about always being tired. That’s me! What advice can you give for natural energy?

    Hope you had a wonderful holiday season.
    -Laurissa

    1. Hi Laurissa! I’m so glad you like my blog! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a nice comment – it really made my day 🙂
      Do you love the Instant Pot?? It’s seriously my favorite kitchen appliance ever. I cook almost everything in it.
      Always being tired is the worst! There are a number of factors that could lead to you being chronically tired so it’s hard to make a personalized suggestion over the internet. In general though, I found that I had a lot more energy when I really cut back on the carbohydrates in my diet and made sure to have a source of protein with every meal and also eating tons of vegetables. If you’re eating a lot of carbs throughout the day it constantly keeps your blood sugar on a roller coaster so you have periods of high energy and then also tons of lows where you just feel like you need a nap in the worst way. So limiting carbs and focusing more on protein and veggies might be something to try. Also, I’ve found that since cutting way, way back on caffeine, I actually have more energy. I make sure not to drink caffeine after 12pm most days so that I can fall asleep at a reasonable hour (I must be a super slow metabolizer of caffeine), and then getting that good night’s sleep allows me to function in the morning without needing tons of caffeine. I still have a little caffeine in the mornings, but i stick to just green tea (which is usually around 25mg per cup), and then afternoon I switch to decaf tea or an herbal tea (which is naturally decaffeinated). I’m sort of a tea-aholic so cutting it out completely just wasn’t an option.
      I”ve also gotten really into essential oils lately and I love the aromatherapy of peppermint oil, which gives me an extra boost of energy and clarity when I need it.
      I hope you’ve found this helpful!
      -Danielle

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