meet jackie

Jackie NewgentChef and Nutritionist Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN, sure has come a long way since her earliest childhood creation of bologna-potato chip canapés. She’s a classically-trained chef, registered dietitian nutritionist, award-winning cookbook author, professional recipe developer, and media personality. She’s passionate about plant-based cuisine. And she’s a lifelong fan of flavorful food.

Jackie’s newest book, The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook–2nd edition, (American Diabetes Association, October 2015) was awarded a Silver Nautilus Book Award 2015! The first edition of the book was also award-winning, receiving the “Best Health and Nutrition Book in the World” by Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2007. She’s author of The With or Without Meat Cookbook (American Diabetes Association, 2014); it’s the first ever collection of delicious flexitarian recipes perfect for diabetes, prediabetes, or heart health, plus it won the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2014 for “Best Health and Nutrition Book–Institutions (USA).” Additionally, Jackie is author of the media-acclaimed Big Green Cookbook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and 1,000 Low-Calorie Recipes (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

Be on the lookout, Jackie can be spotted as a culinary nutrition expert on television. Past appearances have included The Dr. Oz Show, ABC’s Good Morning America and World News Now, NBC’s Later Today and Dateline, Food Network’s Follow that Food, and The Daily Buzz. She has been a repeat guest on Planet Green’s Emeril Green and Martha Stewart Living Sirius Satellite Radio’s Whole Living. Additionally, Jackie can be seen as  host of healthy cooking videos.

Her food articles, menus, and recipe features are regularly seen in national publications, including Rachael Ray Every Day and Woman’s World magazines. Jackie is also a contributor to and recipe contributor for the Fitbit Blog. In addition to her own blog, Tasteovers by Jackie, she is an official Meatless Monday blogger and member of The Daily Meal’s Culinary Content Network. As a culinary specialist, Jackie is frequently quoted in major national print and online media, including SELF, USA Today,, and Women’s Health. Plus, she has been a columnist for top magazines, including Fitness’ “Healthy in a Hurry,” Woman’s World’s “Diet Club,” and Glamour’s “Eat More”.

Jackie is a chef instructor with the recreational division of the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City where she has been teaching hands-on cooking classes for over a decade. Her popular courses include Superfoods, Cooking for Fitness, Luscious & Lean Vegetarian, and All-Natural Cooking with Jackie Newgent. Jackie collaborates on popular consumer books as a highly-experienced and versatile recipe developer and tester. She has worked as a freelance recipe developer at Food Network, too.

She’s often invited to speak and provide culinary demonstrations at consumer events and professional meetings, including the International Association of Culinary Professional’s Annual International Conference, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, Go Green Expo, and Kids Food Festival. As a food media spokesperson, Jackie can be seen throughout the country via satellite media tours. Some of her clients have included the Mushroom Council, California Tree Fruit Agreement, Seeds of Change, Paramount Farms, German Agricultural Marketing Board, and Scanpan. Jackie is a former national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

For nearly a decade, Jackie was a consultant for “Healthy Children Healthy Futures” a national after-school nutrition and fitness program targeted to city kids and parents. For the program, she wrote A Parent’s Guide to Healthy Eating and Physical Activity–a 100-page, full color guide for parents based on the “8 Habits of Healthy Kids.” Jackie is still quite involved with kids nutrition, most recently teaming up with Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools, a comprehensive grassroots public health effort to mobilize and engage stakeholders at the local, state and national level to support salad bars in schools.

Jackie received her B.S. in Allied Health Professions from The Ohio State University and Certificate in Professional Cooking from Kendall College. Her favorite hobbies include hiking, biking, traveling, listening to live indie music, attending sporting events, gallery hopping, hosting parties, exploring New York for the most intriguing cocktails and tastiest hidden food finds, and, of course, experimenting with recipes in her Brooklyn kitchen. Her favorite meal is breakfast! Her favorite food … impossible to narrow it down to just one!

Disclosure Note: Jackie Newgent is a spokesperson for KIND Snacks and media consultant for Wonderful Pistachios.