Hey there, I’m Sara. Welcome to my corner of the Internet. I’m so glad you’re here!

I’m a non-diet soon-to-be dietitian. Right now, I’m a dietetic intern, graduate student, graduate research assistant, and the woman behind Fancy Eats in Cheap Seats. I’m a farmers’ market regular, bargain-shopping-holic, book collecting junkie, yoga obsessed, crazy dog mom. I appreciate a good beverage—coffee, tea, red wine, or craft beer. But what I really enjoy is food. I love teaching and counseling about nutrition. Empowering others to rebuild their relationship with food is so important to me. My biggest passion is fighting food insecurity. I’m a big proponent of sustainability and supporting local. I genuinely love helping people through foodPublic health nutrition is my jam.

What makes me qualified to help you with nutrition?

I’ve spent the past seven years working on my education, credentials, and experiences to become an expert in nutrition.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition & Foods with a minor in Communication Studies in 2015 from West Virginia University—aka I love to talk about food. I became a Nutrition & Dietetic Technician, Registered (NDTR) in 2016 and I’m credentialed through the Commission on Dietetic Registration. In August 2017, I started the dietetic internship and began working towards a Master of Science in Dietetics. I also started working as a Graduate Research Assistant where I assist professors and work for the Nutrition Education Program teaching nutrition to second graders, first graders, and Kindergarteners.

Before starting my internship, I worked for nearly two years as a WIC Nutritionist screening for nutrition deficiencies. I delivered individualized and group nutrition education and counseling for women, children, and infants. Now, I’m completing rotations through my dietetic internship where I gain even more experience in nutrition education and counseling.

How I Started Blogging

Fancy Eats in Cheap Seats started in October 2014 (you can read my first blog post here in all it’s glory) with no real direction. I wanted an easy way to share my recipes with my friends and family. After a few friends kept saying (in between bites of food), “Oh you could totally make a blog!” I decided to give it a go. I came up with the name Fancy Eats in Cheap Seats because friends commented on how fancy my food always looked, especially as a college student on a serious budget. But healthy eating doesn’t have to be expensive or fancy. A majority of the time, the reason my food looked so beautiful was because the rainbow of vibrant colors from using fruits and vegetables—making sure my plate always had a variety of colors. Healthy eating doesn’t require a ton of time or expensive ingredients. You don’t have to spend all day in the kitchen to eat healthy.

Fancy Eats in Cheap Seats started as a “food blog” providing recipes that were affordable and doable. While you’ll still find those here, I want to offer more. I’m a nutritionist here to promote a lifestyle meant to inspire a better relationship with yourself and your food. My goal is to prove health exists at every size and budget.

I’m definitely glad I started blogging, but it’s nowhere as easy as I thought it was. I blog because I love blogging. I love sharing and promoting a lifestyle full of nutritious foods, self-care, and things I love. Fancy Eats in Cheap Seats has come a long way from its days of living on Tumblr. Now the blog has it’s very own domain and a nice glow. Thanks for following on the journey. 🙂

I hope my blog inspires you to try something and take a step towards a happier lifestyle, whether it’s a recipe, new self-care routine, or place to visit. Don’t hesitate to reach out!

My photos

I use a Canon EOS Rebel t6i and primarily shoot with an EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens, but sometimes my photos come from the camera on my iPhone 7 plus. I edit my photos with VSCO, Foodie, Polarr, and Afterlight.