Desiree Nielsen, BSc RD received her degree in Food Nutrition and Health (Dietetics major) with honours from the University of British Columbia and completed her dietetic internship with Capital Health in Edmonton, Alberta. Registered with the BC College of Dietitians, Desiree is also a proud member of Dietitians of Canada. Desiree advocates that good food is the cornerstone of a lifestyle that prevents chronic disease and promotes energy, vitality and overall wellbeing. Passionate about promoting local and organic agriculture, Desiree loves preparing a simple meal made from the best of the season to share with friends and family. Desiree’s nutrition practice respects traditional knowledge and beliefs while maintaining a committment to the latest nutrition evidence. To her, food is more than the nutrition it provides — it is a vital part of our culture, our celebrations and our lives.
Desiree is a sought after speaker on a wide range of topics: from eating for a healthier body and planet to fighting chronic disease, Desiree’s positive “real world” approach to healthy eating is informative, motivating and practical. She delivers regular seminars to public and corporate groups on behalf of Choices Markets. Desiree is co-author of A Local Table: the Choices Markets cookbook and a member of the professional advisory board for the Vancouver Chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association. Desiree is featured on Dietitians of Canada’s website as a leader in nutrition and business. Recent media appearances include CTV Your Health, Global Morning News, Breakfast Television, CBC Television & Radio and CKNW Radio, where she was a regular contributor to the Christy Clark Show.
Desiree’s love of food extends well beyond her work: she enjoys strolling through farmer’s markets, hoarding cookbooks and one day hopes to become an expert patio gardener, now that she finally has a patio with a bit of sun! Desiree is fortunate to have the opportunity to do what she loves most: sharing her passion for food and living well with the community.