Jenna Allen is passionate about science and communicating science in an approachable way. She has been with Dairy MAX (then Western Dairy Association before the merger) since 2008, when she came on board after completing an internship and falling in love with all things dairy farming. The Emerging Dietetic Leader for the Colorado Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Northern Colorado Dietetic Association in 2014, Jenna has a bachelor’s degree in dietetics and a master’s in food science and human nutrition from Colorado State University, and she holds a Certificate of Training in childhood and adolescent weight management. Jenna also received the 2019 Colorado Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award. She is also a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and several of the Academy’s Dietary Practice Groups and enjoys running, crafting and volunteering. Jenna lives in her hometown of Longmont, Colorado, with her husband, Chris, and their three children.
One food you’d want on a desert island:
Chocolate milk – for hydration, protein and key nutrients. And of course, because it tastes great!
Your food/nutrition mentor growing up:
My parents – they both worked full-time and always managed to get healthy, home-cooked and delicious meals on the table. My mom planned the week’s menus and went to the grocery store, and it was my dad that cooked most of our weeknight meals.
Beyond nourishment, food is one of life’s greatest pleasures!