Hey there! Welcome to our website, Food Heaven Made Easy with Wendy and Jess.

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If you’re new to the site, that’s Wendy on the left and Jess on the right.  We are both Registered Dietitians with Master’s degrees in nutrition.  That’s where the MS, RDs come from at the end of our name. Jess is also a Certified Diabetes Educator, and Wendy is training to become one too.

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The simplest way to describe us is BFFs who love to eat, cook and nerd out about anything nutrition related (and in that order). We like to change our hairstyles a lot, too (check out our YouTube page for living proof). In short, Food Heaven Made Easy started in 2011 as a creative outlet for two friends to spread the word about nutrition and healthy eating. Here is a pic from our very first episode:

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We met in 2008 through a mutual friend at a potluck. At that time, Jess was going back to school for her masters in nutrition, and a couple of years later, Wendy decided she wanted to pursue the same passion. Lots of organic chemistry, biochem, micro biology and nutritional biochemistry ensued.

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While in grad school, we worked together facilitating cooking and nutrition workshops for the New York City Department of Health. We taught families how to shop healthfully on a budget and use culturally relevant foods to make tasty and nutritionally balanced meals. We found that community members were very receptive to us, and came back every week eager for more information.

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When the farmer’s market season ended the conversation arose of how we could keep this going and reach a larger audience. In winter of 2010, we went to the Dominican Republic for a month-long “brainstorming retreat”  to come up with ideas for creating something amazing that involved nutrition education and online media. But really, all we ended up doing was laying on the beach all day and taking selfies.

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It literally wasn’t until our last night in DR that we actually focused enough to have an official “meeting” about how we could bring our ideas to life.We decided that filming videos and putting them out into internet-land would be the best way to reach a larger audience.

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Flash forward six months and we were filming our very first episode. We’ll never forget that day, because after 10 hours of filming in Jess’ hot Brooklyn apartment, we realized that we didn’t have the mic turned on! 5 hours of footage. No audio. It was at that point that we knew we could either call it quits or dust ourselves off and try again. We chose the latter. Here’s the pic of us at our official launch party in June of 2011:

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What started out with just a couple of viewers (specifically Jess’ Mom and Dad and Wendy’s Mami and Papi) has morphed an amazing YouTube community following of over 30,000 subbies. Throughout the years, our site has evolved, but our basic philosophy has remained the same: healthy eating should delicious, cost effective and relatively painless. We want to help people live their best lives possible, and we know that a healthy body and mind starts with a nutritious diet.

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If you take a look through our recipes, you may notice that they are all plant-based. It’s true: we are both vegetarian, if you haven’t guessed that already. This doesn’t mean that vegetarianism is the only way to eat healthy (however research shows that plant-based diets have countless health benefits). Whether you are vegetarian, flexitarian, vegan or a meat eater, our passion is to show you that vegetables can be breathtakingly delicious – so long as you cook them with a little TLC. We have an archive of 4 years worth of delicious recipes here. Make sure you check out our 5-Ingredient Low Carb Zucchini Lasagna and our Veggie Chili recipe. Both were crowd favorites.

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These days, we live on separate coasts (Jess returned to her hometown of Cali and Wendy remains in the boogie down Bronx). Our videos are not as frequent, but we continue to bring our readers healthy recipes every week and up-to-date nutrition information they can trust. We also launched an apparel store in 2014 (get your leafy green tanks, totes and tees here) and a series of starter kits that are aimed at helping our community lead happier, healthier lives. If you are looking to transition into vegetarian living our starter kits are for you. Fall of 2015, we launched our very first (healthy living) podcast, which we promise is loads of fun. Also subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get exclusive updates on when we launch our first episode and other food heaven haps. We’ll even throw in a free copy of our smoothie ebook too, just because you rock for reading this far.

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We hope that you’ll join us in leaving this world a little better than how we found it, one green smoothie at a time. (Ps. If you want that delish smoothie recipe in the pic below, you can find it here.)

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Thank you so much and we’ll catch you soon!

xo,

Wendy and Jess

 

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18 Comments on Meet Food Heaven

  1. Shana
    November 4, 2015 at 9:48 pm (2 years ago)

    Hello ladies! I”ve recently discovered your podcast. Thank you so much for your contributing to the health of perfect strangers – LOL! I truly look forward to the information you ladies will share, as I am transitioning to a healthier lifestyle. My husband and children are overweight, and I suffer from a lot of aches and pains. I’ve never been a physical person, having naturally been slim most of my life, so getting into working out is hard – but yoga is good. I attribute my aches and pains to nothing more than the food I eat (and a little age as well). Again, thanks for sharing.

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    • Wendy
      Wendy
      November 5, 2015 at 5:36 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much for listening! We weren’t sure if people would actually tune in, but figured it would be a fun thing to do either way. We’re so excited about all the episodes we’re planning on recording!

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  2. Diana Sanchez
    November 23, 2015 at 1:47 am (2 years ago)

    In my search for other healthy, fun, kale loving, smoothie making gals (particularly ones who look like me lol) I found you two and boy am I excited! I also found your podcast which I’m looking forward to listening to. I’m looking for inspiration for my wellness blog and I’m so scared to get started-there are soooo many and I’m letting that get in the way, it’s a bit intimidating lol Not sure if you ladies have ever experience that but either way I love your site, I love what you stand for! So awesome! Thank you!

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    • Wendy
      Wendy
      November 23, 2015 at 9:31 pm (2 years ago)

      thank you for all that LOVE! my advice- just start it girl! you have to start somewhere. there’s a million and one everything blogs, but don’t let that discourage you. No one else is going to do it like you, so why not go for it. Just have patience with yourself!

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  3. Tiffany
    January 5, 2016 at 3:22 am (2 years ago)

    I am very pleased to have found out about this site. You showed up in a buzzfeed article on my newsfeed. I love having women of color to look up to as health role models. As a therapist (in NYC) I am focusing this year on how my physical health/well being impacts my mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Looking forward to making great use of your resources.

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    • Wendy
      Wendy
      January 5, 2016 at 11:46 pm (2 years ago)

      amazing!! thank you so much for visiting.

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      • BlackDahria
        January 8, 2016 at 5:04 am (2 years ago)

        YES! I am so glad you all became Buzzfeed contributors! That’s how I found you too, and I am SO excited to start following you on *all* of the things!! I eat vegetarian – I am a pretty bad one and def eat way too much carbs, cheese and sweets – but knowing there are two dieticians repping the veggie life (AND you’re WoC too?! YAS!) is hugely encouraging. I am a new super fan. Fa real. Keep going ladies!
        ~BlackDahria

        P.S. Sweet Potato Soul? Pinch of Yum? Y’all have DOPE taste in food blogs.

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        • Wendy
          Wendy
          January 9, 2016 at 5:44 pm (2 years ago)

          woohooo! so happy to have you on here! xoxo

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  4. Dr. Susie
    February 9, 2016 at 7:34 pm (2 years ago)

    Hello Ladies,

    I was just reading the 16 Tips for Losing Weight on msn.com, and clicked on your site. It was great seeing the faces of two beautiful young dietitians talking to us about healthier eating. Well, I am looking forward to learning more and getting some knowledge about correct eating. I’m really tired of starting, stopping, and starting again with the eating plans. My daughters just told me that they want me around for a long time, so I believe I’ll let God use you two to educate this old(er) lady(smile). I’m looking forward to trying some of the recipes and changing some bad eating habits.

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    • Wendy
      Wendy
      February 10, 2016 at 9:18 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much for sharing that with us Susie! Welcome to our site- we hope it helps you in your journey!

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  5. T'Keyah N.
    February 16, 2016 at 4:54 pm (2 years ago)

    Hello ladies! I listen to ‘Another Round’ and really enjoyed the episode you all were featured on. I can’t wait to try your smoothies.

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    • Wendy
      Wendy
      February 21, 2016 at 5:36 pm (2 years ago)

      yayy!! thanks for checking us out <3

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  6. Stephanie Rackley
    August 2, 2016 at 1:11 am (1 year ago)

    Hey Wendy and Jess! I recently started my own nutrition blog while I am currently studying to become a Registered Dietitian. I love what y’all are doing for the wellbeing of others by promoting a healthier lifestyle. Do y’all have any pointers or tips for a Dietetic Intern such as myself or for a new nutrition blogger? I would LOVE it is somehow this gets to you and you could respond or reach out to me. Thanks so much for listening! P.S my nutrition blog is called The Healthy Chew (www.thehealthychew.org) 🙂

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  7. Rashmi
    August 2, 2016 at 2:22 pm (1 year ago)

    Hey Wendy & Jess,
    Came across your site while was am looking for inspiration on food blogs. Your website is really interactive and attractive. Love the way you bring fun and color to the site. Great work ladies!

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    • Wendy
      Wendy
      August 2, 2016 at 9:50 pm (1 year ago)

      thank you!!

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  8. Heather
    November 11, 2017 at 1:06 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Love your blog! Great fun and great food!

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    • Wendy
      Wendy
      November 11, 2017 at 4:04 pm (2 weeks ago)

      Thank you so much!

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