Thanks for taking the time to get to know me! My name is Donna Castellano MS, RDN creator and voice behind The Hanging Spoon.
I’ve always had an appreciation for good food and a belief that if you take care of your body, it will take care of you. It’s what led me to a career as a registered dietitian. In 2005, I received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers University) where I earned top honors and the Excellence in Academic Performance Award.
Throughout my years in the clinical setting, it became clear that the food we eat certainly affected one’s health and ultimately their quality of life. It wasn’t until after the births of my son and daughter that I became increasingly aware of how difficult it was to teach my children how to eat healthy in a very unhealthy world of processed, sugar-laden and artificially colored foods. It was also challenging to find enough time to prepare healthy meals and snacks with our busy family schedule. I found there was very little on supermarket shelves that hadn’t been processed or chemically altered. I soon realized the only way to avoid processed foods was to get in the kitchen and cook what I wanted from scratch…myself.
By combining my knowledge with my love of cooking, I hope to inspire and teach people how to improve their health while at the same time enjoying delicious meals.
Enter: THE HANGING SPOON!
Traveling and experiencing the passion that other cultures have for food, as well as my hands-on experience as a mother and dietitian, have had a tremendous influence on the way I nourish myself and those I care about.
Cooking —which leads inexorably to sitting down and eating meals as a family—is one of the simplest yet most powerful steps you can take to improving your family’s health and well-being, as well as the health of the entire food system.” -Michael Pollan
I’ve also become an advocate for wellness and food education in schools by building gardens and working with hundreds of children throughout the years (click to learn more).
I’d love to continue this journey along with you. So, it is with great pleasure that I WELCOME YOU TO MY TABLE!
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