Kathy K. Downie, RDN

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September 15, 2017 @ Whole Story
Try these easy ideas—from simple stir-ins to healthy toppers—to boost the nutrient profile of any soup.
August 25, 2017 @ Whole Story
Tailgating — the act of carting, sometimes cooking and sharing good food (and, hey, a beer or two) onsite before a football game —excites some fans as much as the actual football game. Unfortunately, the tasty pastime is not known to be the healthiest fall tradition. Read on for five nutrition experts’ ideas for portable crowd-pleaser (healthy) foods any fan can cheer for.
November 25, 2016 @ Whole Story
Family gatherings, traveling, hosting, busy party schedules and, of course, food are the hallmarks of the holiday season. From Pistachio-Citrus Rugelach at a party to the experimental Grilled Turkey at the big meal, the food is a highlight just as much (or more than?) as the gifts and vacation time. While health isn’t always top of mind, here are some ways to maintain your feel-good goals through to year’s end while still enjoying that special day.
September 8, 2016 @ Whole Story
Here are four nutritious options to start your day.
August 19, 2016 @ Whole Story
Sandwiches are a portable, versatile lunchbox hero, and they can fit in many diets! Here are our tips on how to build a healthier sandwich.
August 12, 2016 @ Whole Story
Seven of our nutrition experts dish on their favorite snacks — some portable, some indulgent and all tasty.
July 6, 2016 @ Whole Story
This is part of a series where we’re informing readers how to make better nutritional choices when preparing some of their favorite foods. This installment focuses on one of our readers’ favorites: pizza! Who says pizza can’t be healthy? It’s all about the choices you make from crust to toppings. We link to several recipes here.
June 30, 2016 @ Whole Story
Summer is the time when fresh, tasty produce abounds. Now is the time to take a cue from the raw foods movement, and set a goal to eat fruit and vegetables every day. We show you how with recipes and ideas.
June 4, 2016 @ Whole Story
Here’s how to make a filling main dish salad with smart choices whether you're a vegetarian, vegan or omnivore. Plus, check out some of our favorite healthy salad recipes.
June 2, 2016 @ Whole Story
I checked in with our creative nutrition pros for their must-haves to make the most of peak summer produce. Here is what they are eating right now:
May 13, 2016 @ Whole Story
Learn to easily keep side salads on the healthy side by trying different combinations and embracing fresh, frozen and canned veggies. Add a little color to your plate with these healthy salad (and dressing) recipes!
April 30, 2016 @ Whole Story
Even though mung bean sprouts are nothing new for Southeast Asian-inspired salads, soups and stir-fries, the actual tiny mung bean is having its moment. Here’s how to use them.
April 21, 2016 @ Whole Story
Springtime begets spring cleaning, and a great opportunity to think through your food choices and make the most of snacks and mealtimes. Here are five tips to make meals matter and eat mindfully.
April 12, 2016 @ Whole Story
Sustainable, vegan and delicious, seaweed has plenty of qualities to boast.
March 22, 2016 @ Whole Story
Asparagus may win the all-around-good-veg contest for its easy prep, multitasking culinary ability and nutritious profile.
March 13, 2016 @ Whole Story
It might not be the cure-all for flu, but a good chicken noodle soup is the perfect feel-good food. Here’s how to make the best!
February 27, 2016 @ Whole Story
Protein is still considered the “it” nutrient for satiety, plus there are often many nutrients packaged with protein. Here’s how to make the best choices if you’re an omnivore.


Kathy’s love of food and travel started in Rome where she first sampled gelato. A few decades later and after adventures making homemade dumplings in China, baking flatbread in Morocco, and sampling street food from Bangkok to Berlin, Kathy wanted to put a healthy spin on what she was eating. She followed her passion to live and eat healthfully by becoming a registered dietitian.

She was previously a food and nutrition editor at a national healthy cooking magazine in Birmingham, Alabama. Kathy loves cooking and trying dishes from her childhood home in South Korea to her newly adopted home in Austin, Texas, where she and her family will live happily ever after sampling Texas barbecue.