Author:

Kristi Veltkamp

Kristi is one of the outpatient dietitians in Spectrum Health’s Nutrition Services. She did her undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and then went on to complete her master’s degree and dietetic internship at Northern Illinois University. Kristi’s interest in nutrition sparked while competing in basketball as a collegiate athlete. She is always seeking new ways to fuel the body, mind and soul. Her job includes a wide variety of responsibilities, including 1:1 outpatient nutrition counseling (specializing in sports nutrition and weight management), teaching nutrition classes, and media opportunities. She can usually be found outside biking, or inside reading or catching up on favorite shows. When asked what she eats, Kristi states “Real whole foods with 80% good and 20% fun. There are no diets. Just eating food the way we were made to eat it”.

Posts from Kristi Veltkamp

Behold, the mushroom

They aren't often the prettiest food, but many varieties can promote a healthy gut and strengthen the immune system.

Make it homemade—and healthier

With just a few simple ingredient swaps, you can boost the nutritional content of your favorite snacks and meals.

Navigating the yogurt aisle

Mankind has complicated this centuries-old favorite. A few practical guidelines can help you simplify your yogurt expedition.

Smart swaps to boost nutrition

The options are endless for those seeking to pack a punch with flavor, yet lose the fat and carbs.

Top 10 foods you’ve never eaten

These healthy fruits, veggies and more are rich in flavor and loaded with nutrition.

The new you

A dietitian's suggestions for getting started on health goals in a new year.

The superfoods of fall

Autumn will soon arrive, bringing with it the bounty of the harvest season.

Top 10 cholesterol-busters

Simple, subtle changes to your diet could help protect you from heart disease and stroke.

Fuel your run

Want to boost your performance and recovery? Avoid these Top 5 nutrition mistakes.

Feed your microbiome

Find a host of delicious foods to brighten your plate and bolster good bacteria in your belly.

Beware the microbiome killers

Fried foods, refined sugars and other highly processed items wreak havoc on gut health.

Welcome to the probiotics party

As building blocks of your microbiome, these organisms play a lead role in shaping good health.