Jen Haugen

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Ever look back over your life and have an “aha” moment?   I’ve been tracing my path for several years and found quite a few of these “aha” moments that I wish I would have paid attention to.

Like how my favorite thing to do as a child was to read recipe books.  And type out ideas on an old-fashioned typewriter.  Or how I danced through the yard to our vegetable garden each summer day looking for a nourishing complement to our family meal.   How my desire to cook for people really comes from the long line of women in my family that love to do the same.  Because sharing food from the kitchen is like sharing love.

My, how we can learn a lot by looking back.

So, I’m inviting you to sit with me at my table…where my passion for faith, family and food collide…over the meals we share, the love we give and the memories we make. 

Like a seed planted in a garden that starts to sprout and grow, I am growing too.   And I feel like I’m on to something, finally, after years of struggling through anxiety, comparing myself to others and fighting the disease to please.  I am intentionally creating my recipe for a nourishing life.  It’s a life that is not filled with things, but with memories.  It’s a life filled with good food and good people gathered around the table.  It’s a life of slowing down and watching things grow.  It’s a life where I know I am not the one in control.   

I’m hoping you linger here awhile and spend time discovering this recipe to a nourishing life. 

Here are a few things about me:

  • I’m addicted to cookbooks, I have roughly 70 of them.  My favorite is a cookbook my mom gave me that includes all my favorite recipes.
  • My two favorite things in the whole world are being married to my husband and being a mom to my two kids.  They challenge me and help me grow.
  • Food is kind of my thing, I like to cook it, grow it and eat it.  Ask me about the time I tried growing Brussels sprouts.
  • Cleaning is not my thing.  While I love a clean house, I’m not so sure I will ever like cleaning the bathroom.
  • I like to cook for people, it brings me joy.
  • Camping is something we love to do as a family.
  • My favorite way to relax is over a good (self-help) book, to some good music or with friends on the patio.  (Food included!)
  • My favorite food is pasta, especially from Noodles & Company.
  • My favorite dessert is pie, especially blueberry pie.
  • The Hallmark Channel gets my vote for favorite television station.

The ingredients in my nourishing life recipe?

  • Growing good food and digging in the soil
  • Creating healthier recipes my family loves
  • Learning from and connecting with other moms over food
  • Saying yes to the right things to create balance
  • Believing every day is a gift from God


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Jen Haugen, RDN, LD is a mom, award-winning registered dietitian and writer.  On her Down-To-Earth Dietitian blog, www.jenhaugen.com, she nourishes moms so they can nourish their families.  With a degree in food and nutrition, and experience in balancing being a working mom, Jen’s goal is to help moms regain balance as well – both in life and in the kitchen. For the past 13 years, Jen has worked as a clinical dietitian at Mayo Clinic (also where she did her dietetic internship) and then as a supermarket dietitian at Hy-Vee.  Now as a registered dietitian for Austin (MN) Public Schools, Jen’s focus on kids and feeding them well.  In 2012, Jen received the Emerging Dietetic Leader Award from the Minnesota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She recently delivered a TEDx Talk on “How Moms Can Change the World.” Jen lives in Minnesota with her husband and two children. You can find Jen on Twitter @jenhaugen and on Facebook.