Jen Haugen

Thank you for visiting my site! 

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 a registered dietitian by day, but a mom and wife 24/7
  • My favorite place is in the kitchen
  • I used to show pigs at the county fair
  • My favorite food is pasta, especially from Noodles & Company
  • My favorite dessert is pie, especially blueberry pie
  • I enjoy spending time with my family, camping in the summer months, drinking hot cocoa and watching Hallmark movies.

The ingredients to my recipe for a nourishing life? 

  • Finding the right nourishment in what we taste, see, hear and do on a daily basis
  • Believing in the power of God
  • Finding the perfect balance between work and family
  • Continuing to grow each and every day
  • Being confident in who we are created to be


My writing has been featured on the following websites:  The Family Dinner Project, Food Nutrition and Science, Chobani, Best Food Facts, Welch’s, Around the Plate, Smart Eating for Kids, and Supermarket Nutrition. I’m also a Recipe ReDux blogger and Kids Eat Right volunteer.  I write for Food & Nutrition Magazine on their Stone Soup blog.  I’m involved in local health and wellness organizations like Mower Refreshed, our local public schools and write a weekly newspaper column. 

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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.