meet jackie

Jackie NewgentJackie 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, and media personality. She’s passionate about plant-based cuisine. And she’s a lifelong fan of flavorful food.

Jackie is author of the newly-released 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. She’s author of the media-acclaimed Big Green Cookbook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and 1,000 Low-Calorie Recipes (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Jackie also authored The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook (American Diabetes Association) which was awarded the “Best Health and Nutrition Book in the World” by Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2007. Stay tuned … her next book, The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook–2nd edition (American Diabetes Association) hits shelves and e-readers in September 2015.

Be on the lookout, Jackie can be spotted as a culinary nutrition expert on television and radio. 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 on eHow.com.

Her food articles, menus, and recipe features are regularly seen in national publications, including EveryDay with Rachael Ray, Woman’s World, and Coastal Living magazines. Jackie is an official Meatless Monday blogger. As a culinary specialist, she is frequently quoted in major national print and online media, including Redbook, SELF, USA Today, and ABCNews.com. Plus, Jackie 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 professional recipe developer and tester. Plus, she is a freelance recipe developer at Food Network.

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”. Today, Jackie is still quite involved with kids nutrition as she has teamed 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. Try some of Jackie’s delectable creations from her recipe blog, tasteovers by jackie.

Disclosure Note: Jackie Newgent is on the consumer advisory board of Pistachio Health Institute and is part of the Media RD Group for Wheat Foods Council.