Heather Bauer, RD, CDN, is a nationally recognized nutritionist, entrepreneur, author, and mother of three. Over the last decade she has taught thousands of people how to safely lose weight and keep it off through her nutrition counseling company, Nu-Train. She has written two books, The Wall Street Diet (Hyperion 2008) and Bread is the Devil (St. Martin’s Press 2012) and has been featured in The New York Times, as well as People, Shape, and Ladies Home Journal, and has appeared on The Tyra Banks Show, Fox Morning News, CNN and the CBS Early Show.
Hayley Daen: What was your favorite food as a child?
Heather Bauer: Such a good question. Actually. Raisins- I called them rinnies. As a little, little girl, probably about 3 years old, I wanted nothing more than raisins. My favorite snacks were raisins and tootsie roll lollipops.
HD: What was the last thing you ate?
HB: I just had a Kashi crunchy granola bar and some coffee.
HD: So then what was the last thing you cooked?
HB: I cooked a chicken dish on Friday night. It is like a healthy chicken Milanese. You pound the chicken until it is thin, dip it in egg, dip it in Whole Foods’ 365 seasoned bread crumbs, sautée it in olive oil for kids and my hubby, and bake it for me. I serve it with arugula and tomatoes and balsamic vinaigrette drizzled over the top.
HD: Alright, close your eyes. What do you want to eat RIGHT now?
HB: Well, since it’s almost lunch time I really want to have a sandwich on whole wheat bread with a bit of avocado.
HD: Sounds pretty tasty to me. Is there anything you won’t eat?
HB: Onions. They give me a stomach ache. Garlic does as well, actually. If I cook with shallots, they work better for my stomach and still give me that same flavor profile.
HD: So I’m gonna assume onion rings aren’t your guilty pleasure food then? What do you indulge in?
HB: Ice cream. Chocolate ice cream.
HD: Mmmm me too. What was your dining hall go-to when you were in college?
HB: You know what we did? We had a frozen yogurt machine in the dining hall. This will sound crazy coming from a nutritionist, but we would make endless sundaes with the sprinkles. Thousands of calories worth of sprinkles. I would unbutton my pants and go in for more. It was a social experience though, and it was fat free, so it was totally allowed.
HD: Hey, you can’t argue with that! So, if you have a rough night, what is your best hangover cure?
HB: My best hangover cure is going for a run. It always makes me feel better. Chugging a big glass of water and heading out to hit the pavement really does the trick. I would even do it on spring break in Cancun with friends!
HD: Wow- that is truly impressive. What do you order when you go to a bar?
HB: I love Belvedere vodka on the rocks with a TON of lime.
HD: And did you ever steal your roommate’s food from the fridge?
HB: Totally. I am a food thief. Particularly if I’ve had a few cocktails and have the munchies. I always admitted it though. I’m not a good liar.
HD: I respect that. At least you’re honest. Do you have a signature dish?
HB: The chicken Milanese is a signature of ours.
HD: It does sound good. I will definitely be testing that out. Is there something that you cook when you really want to knock your husband’s socks off?
HB: There is a miso-glazed salmon I like to do. He loves it, even though he doesn’t like fish. Really yummy and easy to make.
HD: What’s your biggest cooking disaster?
HB: Pizza a couple of weeks ago went terribly. The oven was too high, and the pizza just burned to a crisp. I guess I didn’t realize how hot the oven got, and I was just trying to do too much with the three kids.
HD: You know I actually really like burned pizza, so I would have happily gobbled it up. Do you have a go-to cookbook for when inspiration is lacking?
HB: We love Eating Well Serves Two. Our kids are young and always eat with us. It’s so easy to cook from, and the recipes are always delicious and easy.
HD: That sounds great. Alright, so one last question for you. How do you make healthy food delicious?
HB: Adding a ton of seasoning, herbs, and flavor. You can’t be afraid to use some healthy fats. You need to make sure to have lots of flavor and good fats, but don’t overdo it. Even a teaspoon of olive oil jazzes things up and makes them taste a thousand times better.
Hayley Daen is a sophomore at the University of St Andrews, where she lives in a dinky apartment right across from Tesco, which makes throwing impromptu tea parties a snap.