Celebrating the Unsung Heroes: National RDN Day

Feb 23, 2024

In the realm of wellness warriors, there exists a breed of superheroes often overlooked—the Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs). These individuals are not only Master of Nutrition Science but also the designers of healthier lifestyles. In anticipation of National RDN Day, the Dairy MAX Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) were asked to share their favorite dairy nutrition, general wellness, or sports nutrition tip. As we celebrate our RDNs, let's dig into the wisdom of these culinary maestros and wellness warriors who tirelessly champion the transformative duo of dairy a balanced nutrition.

Sarah Ryan, M.S., RDN, LD: Master of Snackology

Ever caught in the whirlwind of the mid-day snack attack? Fear not, Sarah Ryan, M.S., RDN, LD, has the perfect solution. Her mantra? Honor your hunger. Sarah’s clever advice revolves around pairing carbohydrates with proteins for a snack that not only satiates but sustains. Whether it’s whole wheat crackers with cheese, veggie sticks with whipped avocado and cottage cheese dip, or sliced apples dipped in vanilla yogurt and peanut butter, Sarah's snack combos are a testament to her nutritional expertise.

Monica Salafia, M.S., RDN, CPT: The Maestro of Meal Prep

In the symphony of nutrition, Monica Salafia, M.S., RDN, CPT, conducts the art of meal prep with finesse. For Monica, meal prep isn’t just about saving time—it’s a symphony that harmonizes nutrition, convenience and budget. From batch-cooked rice to crockpot wonders, Monica’s meal prep symphony resonates with deliciousness. Her staple? Greek yogurt, transformed into creamy delights with fruits and oats, a testament to her culinary genius.

Paola Llerena, M.S., RDN, LDN: The Mindful Maestro

Enter the realm of mindful eating with Paola Llerena, M.S., RDN, LDN, where every bite is a melody of sensations. Paola advocates for savoring each morsel without distraction, engaging all senses in the culinary experience. Her philosophy? Slow down, relish the moment and listen to your body's cues. With Paola’s guidance, mealtime transcends mere sustenance—it becomes a mindful meditation on nourishment.

Ashley Tanner, RDN: The Hydration Maven

In the busy landscape of daily life, Ashley Tanner, RDN, is the oasis of hydration wisdom. With a simple glass of milk or water, Ashley champions the transformative power of staying hydrated. Her message is clear: A well-hydrated body is a flourishing body. So, let’s raise a glass of milk to hydration!

Kristee Wirebaugh, M.S., RDN: Cultivating Healthy Habits

In the fertile soil of kitchen classrooms, Kristee Wirebaugh, M.S., RDN, nurtures the seeds of healthy habits. With children as her sous chefs, Kristee imparts culinary wisdom that transcends generations. From grocery store adventures to recipe reading, Kristee’s kitchen fosters a lifelong love for nutritious eating. 

Ashley Winfrey, M.S., RDN, LDN: The Champion of Balance

Balance, moderation, and variety—these are the cornerstones of Ashley Winfrey, M.S., RDN, LDN’s nutritional wisdom. With Ashley’s guidance, no food is a villain, for every morsel has its place on a well-balanced plate. Her message is simple yet profound: Embrace variety, indulge in moderation and savor the symphony of flavors life has to offer. 

Mary Dickson, RDN, LD: The Wellness Maven

As a mother and RDN, Mary Dickson, RDN, LD, knows the delicate dance of wellness amidst the chaos of family life. From meal planning to bedtime rituals, Mary weaves a tapestry of well-being that encompasses nourishment, sleep and physical activity. Her mantra? Grace amidst the chaos, for in the rhythm of life, wellness is a symphony best conducted with kindness.

Holly Stojanik, RDN, LD: The Queen of Quick Meals

In the whirlwind of weeknight dinners, Holly Stojanik, RDN, LD, reigns supreme with her culinary shortcuts. With a mere 20-30 minutes of planning on the weekend, Holly transforms mundane meals into culinary delights. Her secret? Simple ingredients, strategic planning, and a touch of culinary magic. From grilled cheese extravaganzas to cozy soups, Holly’s quick-fix meals are a testament to her culinary ingenuity. 

Sara Rose Foreman, RDN, SNS: The Nourishment Visionary

For Sara Rose Foreman, RDN, SNS, nourishment is more than just food—it’s a symphony of flavors that nourish body and soul. With a kaleidoscope of vibrant, nutrient-rich foods, Sara celebrates the diversity of the culinary landscape. Her message is clear: Embrace the rainbow of foods, savor each bite and find joy in nourishing your body with purpose.

McKensie Montgomery, MDA, RDN, LD: The Mythbuster Maven

In the tangled web of nutrition myths, McKensie Montgomery, MDA, RDN, LD, is the beacon of truth. With a critical eye and a dash of common sense, McKensie debunks nutritional misconceptions, empowering individuals to make informed choices. Her message is simple yet profound: Turn off the noise, focus on your plate and embrace the power of mindful eating.

As we celebrate National RDN Day, let us raise a milk toast to these culinary maestros, wellness warriors and dairy nutrition experts who tirelessly champion the transformative power of food. In a world inundated with nutritional noise, they stand as beacons of truth, guiding us toward a healthier, happier tomorrow. So, here’s to the RDNs of Dairy MAX and abroad—the unsung heroes of the culinary world.