Welcome to Wholesomelicious!
I am so glad you are here. I am Amy Rains– Nutritionist, foodie, youth baseball coach, nutrition college professor, and busy mom of two. I spend my days in the kitchen, usually in yoga pants and a baseball cap, creating wholesome and delicious (“Wholesomelicious!”) recipes for my family to enjoy. When not in the kitchen, I am typically teaching my favorite subject to college students: Nutrition! My favorite time of day is at the dining room table with my husband and kids. This is my happy place.
As a nutritionist, I am passionate about promoting a healthy lifestyle, and helping others learn that food can be both nutrient dense and delicious! I’d love to introduce you and your family to new foods, and to share nutrition tips along the way, so that you can live a healthier and more balanced life.
How did you become a nutritionist?
I have always had a passion for food. Eating it, loving it, and studying the science behind it. After having my second child, I went back to school and earned a Masters of Science in Human Nutrition (MS) from the University of Bridgeport.
For over 5 years now, I have worked privately with clients of all ages with an array of nutritional needs and requirements. I have also led many seminars and coached groups of individuals to help live a healthier life. Now I work full time as a lecturer of nutrition at the College of William & Mary, and when I need a break from nutrition research, I love using my creative brain to develop yummy and healthy recipes.
I use some of these tools and tidbits of knowledge to develop nutritious meals for all of you!
Where to start:
My recipes are meant to inspire you to eat more whole foods, and to enjoy some healthier treats. I carefully consider ingredients for flavor and nutritional value to give you a nice balance.
Here are a few reader and family favorites:
- Creamy Carrot and Ginger Soup
- Easy House Salad
- Beef and Veggie Taco Skillet
- Creamy Buffalo Chicken Chili
- Hormone Balancing Smoothies
Family Dinner Time:
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I want you to eat nutritious foods. But what I really want, is for you to eat simple dinners, together with your family, as many nights per week as you can possibly manage.
Can we all please take the time to enjoy our food more?!?! Eat slowly; savor every bite. And, of course, you can feed your soul by connecting routinely and more deeply with your family. We make this a priority in our home. I promise you, this is my absolute favorite time of day!
I am the author of 2 cookbooks that embody my food philosophy: easy, wholesome, and delicious!
One Pot Gluten-Free Cooking has 75+ recipes that can be made in less than 30 minutes!
The Big Book of Instant Pot Recipes contains over 240 recipes all made in the Instant Pot!