Kathy K. Downie, RDN

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February 25, 2016 @ Whole Story
You know you need to consume plenty of water, and these foods will help you achieve your goal.
February 18, 2016 @ Whole Story
This salty-sweet cheese offers loads of nuanced flavor and umami — the savory, satisfying factor.
February 12, 2016 @ Whole Story
Six of our own nutrition pros give their ideas for go-to healthy freezer staples.
January 30, 2016 @ Whole Story
If you’re a vegetarian, vegan, or veg-leaning flexitarian, finding quality protein sources is as easy as meat alternatives, beans and seeds.
January 29, 2016 @ Whole Story
If you’re seeing a lot of red in February between Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month, here’s what red produce has in store for you.
January 25, 2016 @ Whole Story
Get on the cultured food bandwagon for tasty foods that may have nutritional promise.
January 21, 2016 @ Whole Story
Save the stalks, stems, and fronds to expand your produce possibilities in your cooking.
January 17, 2016 @ Whole Story
The term “superfoods” is everywhere, which is fitting, because super-nutritious ingredients abound from seeds to powders to spices.
January 15, 2016 @ Whole Story
Saving and “upcycling” produce scraps and trimmings is not only trendy but can be nutritious, too.
January 8, 2016 @ Whole Story
Customize dinners for everyone in the family by making smart tweaks to a meal. No one’s dietary preferences are left out, and the cook is happy because everyone eats.
January 5, 2016 @ Whole Story
Think beyond the cooked-for-hours collards you may be familiar with, and discover how versatile and tasty they can be and why this Southern comfort food ingredient should be in your greens repertoire.
January 2, 2016 @ Whole Story
Six of our own nutrition pros give their ideas for go-to healthy kitchen staples.
December 28, 2015 @ Whole Story
You’ve made resolutions for health and wellness, now what? Here’s how to get started with approachable tips and resources.
December 7, 2015 @ Whole Story
It’s nearly time for the big meal, and we’ve got easy tips for mindful eating — while still enjoying that piece of pie!
November 30, 2015 @ Whole Story
The holidays can derail a healthful eater’s best intentions. From snacking ahead to navigating buffet tables, here are tips for mindful eating while still enjoying the party season.
January 29, 2014 @ Whole Story
When it comes to baking it seems you need a chemistry degree to make healthier changes to recipes. One wrong move and you can turn cookies into hockey pucks, which is why we’ve pulled together our best baking substitution pointers for sweet success.
January 22, 2014 @ Whole Story
Crumbles, teaspoons and dashes of über-flavorful ingredients – think smoky bacon, salty miso or rich butter – add big taste and keep nutrition numbers in check. Here’s how to make it work in your kitchen.
January 1, 2014 @ Whole Story
Giving a nutritious nudge to dishes is as easy as an ingredient swap, a new technique or a sprinkle of nuts. Here are a few of my favorite tactics.


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.