Malena Perdomo, MS, R.D, C.D.E.
My profession & education:
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.
Certified Diabetes Educator.
Masters in Nutrition Education.
What I really do?
I am a Latin food and nutrition expert who loves food, cooking from scratch (most of the time), gardening (well, only growing foods in the summer), and traveling.
My ideas of nutrition: It is simple.
+ Stop stressing out about what to eat.
+ Get rid of the diet mentality about counting every calorie that you eat to the point that you don’t enjoy your foods and all you do is worry about foods. (Yes, I used to teach calories in the past).
+Avoid complicating things up with which food is bad for you or which strict diet to follow next. By the way, why don’t you come up with your own personal way of eating!
+Just stop spending money on diet books. Well, just buy cookbooks.
I believe that with a few simple steps you can eat super delicious foods, have a healthy mindset about food and nutrition, cook fast meals and save money.
I enjoy teaching others how to eat right, how to include more fresh foods in their diet, more foods in its natural form and products made with simple ingredients.
It shouldn’t be complicated to eat a balanced diet of delicious foods! The problem is that the diet-obsessed industry wants to make it look difficult such as having to follow a strict diet in other to be healthy.
It is not that complicated to eat and live healthily. The time you spend worrying about diets should be spent outside to stay active, go to the gym or planning your delicious foods to eat. You probably already started eating better, and if not, I can help. Connect with me! Maybe you need true honest advice about where to go next. I can guide you and provide you the tools that I know work.
My super skills:
+I share simple recipes on this site and if you don’t want to miss any, I can send these to you right in your mailbox. Sign up to receive my newsletter. It is free.
+ Connect with me. Let’s talk about healthy eating. I got a few nutrition plans that I can offer. Check my nutrition consult packages. I create meal plans tailored to my clients. It is fun to get your meal plan all set up just for you.
Malena’s work includes counseling families, or groups to make changes to their lifestyle. She enjoys developing consumer-oriented print and video materials on general nutrition, diabetes and other topics geared toward Latinos. She is an adjunct professor of nutrition at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.
As the nutritionist of a Colorado Spanish TV health show Los Secretos de Maya, she is the co-author of a cookbook with chef Martin Limas Villers and Maya Leon Meis. This cookbook is a compilation of healthy Latin recipes. As a mom and a dietitian, she continues to share her Latin inspired recipes and keeps adapting them to make them quick, delicious and healthy.
She has collaborated in community research programs teaching nutrition for the Latino community of Denver. She enjoys teaching families how to create delicious Latin meals that are part of the family culture.
Malena served as the Latino Nutrition Spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association (now Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics), from 2005 until 2011. She was also a Past-Chair of Latinos and Hispanics in Dietetics & Nutrition (LAHIDAN), a Member Interest Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. For several years, she was a former outpatient clinical dietitian for Kaiser Permanente Colorado, a WIC program public health dietitian, and a consultant dietitian for children with special needs. She was at one point the star nutritionist in Denver for a campaign for Latinos, known as LiveWell Colorado.
She is a graduate of Florida State University-Panama Canal Branch and the University of Tennessee- Chattanooga and earned a master’s degree from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Malena is native of The Republic of Panama, lives in Denver and has two children Alexander and Max.