About Me

Hi, I’m so glad you’re here! I’m Sara and this is Fancy Eats in Cheap Seats. I blog from a small town in West Virginia where I live with my fiancé (Aaron), our two mini-American Eskimo pups (Koda + Hollie), and our rescue kitten (Margo)–aka my professional taste testers. My weekends are spent at the Farmers’ Market, the dog park, bookstores, bargain shopping, or recipe testing. My favorite hobbies and ways to relax are reading, yoga, binge watching TV shows, DIY projects, knitting, Young Living essential oils, and photography. I enjoy drinking good coffee, tea, red wine, and craft beer.

I love teaching and counseling individuals and groups about nutrition. Empowering families to be an active part in their health and praising their efforts 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 food. Public health nutrition is my jam.

My Background

I completed my ACEND accredited DPD program and graduated from West Virginia University in 2015 with a BS in Human Nutrition & Foods and a minor in Communications Studies aka I love talking about food. I have previous experience as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Educational Psychology, a Dietetic Specialist, and a Nutrition Care Assistant. I also worked as a WIC Nutritionist for nearly two years, but had to leave my job for school. It was the best job I’ve ever had and fueled my love for community nutrition.

I became a Nutrition & Dietetic Technician, Registered (NDTR) in 2016 and I’m credentialed through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). I’m a proud member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (WVAND), Thirty and Under in Dietetics (TUND), and Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM).

In August 2017 I started my dietetic internship at Marshall University. Now I’m a dietetic intern, graduate student, and graduate research assistant all at once! I’m so excited to be on my #RD2B journey (you can soon read the specific blog posts for #RD2B here) and reaching one of my long term goals of holding a master’s degree and becoming a Registered Dietitian, Nutritionist!

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.