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

Sports supplements—worthy or wasteful?

A dietitian shares her top advice: Those 'miracle' ingredients are readily available in a well-balanced diet.

Prices high? Shop low

A smart shopping strategy can whip your food budget into shape.

Beat the heat by eating right

Hydrate the healthy way with these 10 tips from a dietitian.

Picnics, potlucks and … pathogens?

Safe food preparation and smart precautions can help your family avoid illness during outings.

The vicious cycle: Sugar, processed foods

Want to end those relentless cravings for all things sweet and salty? Bring on the protein, fiber and healthy fats.

Meals on the run

A dietitian offers up a scrumptious list of fast and healthy foods—and you can make all of them at home.

Stressed? Beware the scale

You can't change your body's biological response to stressors, but you can change your behaviors.

Fuel your fitness with whole foods

On the hunt for something to boost energy, build muscle or increase your athletic performance? You can't go wrong with natural foods.

The magic of herbs

Don't miss these flavorful, powerful antioxidants. Our 7 easy tips show you how to make the most of your herb garden.

Top 10 food ingredients to avoid

Some on the list might surprise you.

Navigating the yogurt aisle

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

Don’t let the weight gain Grinch get you

A dietitian explains how little decisions can make a big difference when you’re surrounded by mounds of sweets and savories.