A Weber Excessive College graduate was just lately named a 2021 Acknowledged Younger Dietitian of the 12 months by the Academy of Vitamin and Dietetics, the world’s largest group of meals and vitamin professionals.
McKenzie Rockwood, a registered dietitian nutritionist, based Citrus Pear, a wholesome dinner-assembly firm that accommodates meals allergic reactions and particular diets. The Acknowledged Younger Dietitian of the 12 months program honors the management and repair of youthful members within the academy, which represents over 100,000 licensed practitioners nationwide.
“I’m very humbled and honored to be acknowledged amongst a gaggle of such clever, skilled professionals,” stated Rockwood. “Empowering individuals to implement and keep wholesome life-style modifications has been so rewarding, and my group and I are dedicated to maintain making a distinction.”
Rockwood, 35, grew up in Ogden, graduated from Utah State College and has been a registered dietitian nutritionist for 11 years.
For six years, she endorsed sufferers at Logan Regional Hospital who required particular diets for medical circumstances or allergic reactions. She noticed a have to make wholesome consuming simpler, which sparked the concept for Citrus Pear. Starting in 2016 with meal prep courses for her household and associates, the corporate has since expanded to 5 states and 150 workers, of which about 30 are additionally registered dietitians. By means of in-person preparation courses or pre-assembled meals, clients obtain freezer dinners appropriate for a sluggish cooker or stress cooker.
“The most important pitfall to maintaining a healthy diet is the perceived lack of time, the place we’re all so busy,” Rockwood stated in a phone interview. “The courses or pre-assembled meals do away with that barrier so we are able to give attention to different issues which can be necessary, however nonetheless dwell that wholesome life-style.”
She stated that household mealtimes are necessary, and having make-ahead dinners makes it simpler to deliver everybody collectively.
What units Citrus Pear other than restaurant takeout or different pre-made meals is that, “Our menus are deliberate by dietitians, so we are able to accommodate any meals allergic reactions and particular diets,” stated Rockwood. “Individuals can really feel assured that it is going to be secure for his or her household whether or not it’s a peanut allergy, or gluten-free, or different well being situation. Dietitians are educated in all of that.”
She stated the corporate is bouncing again after the COVID pandemic stopped all group meal prep courses, which had been taught in grocery shops. The corporate pivoted to providing extra pre-assembled meals. Now, courses are being supplied once more, and the corporate was just lately deemed eligible for the federal Supplemental Vitamin Help (meals stamp) Program.
“We’re enthusiastic about having the ability to present our providers to a wider demographic,” Rockwood stated.
Rockwood, who was additionally named one among Salt Lake Journal’s Ladies in Enterprise, lives in Logan together with her husband and three sons.