Meet the Nutritious Life Team

When you work with Nutritious Life™ you become a part of our family. If you’d like to see a Nutritious Life Certified Registered Dietitian, visit www.larametznutrition.com. -Keri

Lara Englebardt Metz, MS, RD, CDN, NLC

I joined Nutritious Life in 2005 as Keri’s first full time dietitian. I’ve been an integral member of the Nutritious Life team helping to develop the Nutritious Life methodology and was the first registered dietitian to become Nutritious Life Certified.

I share Keri’s passion for health and well being and am obsessed with helping my clients look and feel their best!  My daily trips to the grocery store and farmers market alongside my passion for  cookbooks and recipe blogs keep me busy in my kitchen.  I love to create concoctions using the healthiest whole foods around and I work very closely with my clients who need a family food makeover.

My love of food and cooking, coupled with a passion to help others, led me to New York University where I received a Masters degree in Clinical Nutrition. I completed my dietetic internship at New York Methodist Hospital in affiliation with NYU and immediately knew I wanted to work in a private setting which would allow long-term relationships with my clients.  I offer a lifestyle-based approach to nutrition and health and excel in delivering the personal support my clients need.  I have a keen ability to listen and understand my clients’ strengths, weaknesses and ultimate nutrition and health goals.  I develop customized plans for each client and work closely with each client and their support system including executive assistants, chefs, partners and other members of their team.

I am a member of the American Dietetic Association, Greater New York Dietetic Association, Nutrition Entrepreneurs, Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group, and Women’s Health and Reproductive Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group. I have contributed to national websites and magazines including Thebump.com, Glamour and Life and Style. I live in New York City with my husband Corey and daughters, Avery and Macy.  My family reaps the benefits of my cooking and you’ll often hear my daughters say,  “Mommy makes people healthy with food.”

Stacia Helfand, MEd, RD, CDN, NLC

Keri and I have been friends and colleagues since graduate school, and over the past decade while Keri has been building a nutrition empire, my nutrition path has taken me in various inspired directions. I worked clinically at Bellevue Hospital, which laid my passion for the importance of nutrition and disease prevention and treatment. I was the Director of Nutrition Services at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, where I found a love for working with eating disorders and mental illness. There were a few years there when I gave up my true urban self and landed in suburban Connecticut with my own private practice, but I tell everyone that I moved back to NYC because I was “hungry”. You just can’t eat as deliciously or healthfully anyplace else in the world. In 2011, it was a natural fit to join Keri and her practice.

As a child, I was interested in people’s food stories and discovered a passion for talking about food. My curiosity about what, when, why and how we eat fostered my interest in studying nutrition. Supported by a bachelors of science degree in Exercise Physiology from The George Washington University and two masters degrees from Columbia University’s Teachers College — a masters of science in Nutrition and a masters of education in Nutrition Education — my proactive approach to health and wellness maintains a respect for the food culture that shapes individuals. I understand that food behaviors are deeply rooted through culture, development and experience. It is used for nourishment, celebrating, socializing, coping and out of habit, and I use the Nutritious Life foundations to educate, motivate and inspire individuals on a more healthful path through critical thinking and behavioral modifications.

I hold specialty certifications in Adult as well as Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management from the American Dietetic Association. I have taught both graduate and undergraduate courses at Columbia University, New York University, Hunter College, and LaGuardia Community College and am published in diverse curricula and journals. I am a member of the American Dietetic Association, Greater New York Dietetic Association and Connecticut Dietetic Association, and am licensed in Connecticut, Delaware and New York.

I reside in NYC with my husband and 3 kids Jagger, Acadia and Axel. I love unexpected laughs and rockin’ out with my kids. I’m a sucker for adventure (as long as I’m not cold or wet) and think I’d be phenomenal at riding a mechanical bull; it’s on my bucket list.

Amanda Buthmann, MS, RD, NLC

I worked with Nutritious Life as an intern, while earning my Masters Degree in clinical nutrition at New York University. I have always loved cooking and was my family’s permanent sous-chef in the kitchen growing up. Attending Tulane University and living in New Orleans, my true inner foodie developed. Nutrition counseling combines my love of food and cooking with my passion for helping others in their pursuit of health and wellness. After graduating from NYU and completing a dietetic internship at New York University Medical Center, I began working as a clinical dietitian at NYUMC.  My experience includes counseling both children and adults with a variety of medical conditions including diabetes, epilepsy, cancer and heart disease.My particular interest is in supporting children’s health, growth and nutrition. I believes eating well does not have to be difficult, even while living a busy NYC lifestyle.

I am a member of the American Dietetic Association, Greater New York Dietetic Association, Pediatric Nutrition dietetic practice group, and Oncology Nutrition dietetic practice group. I am a wannabe yogi, enjoy spinning to cheesy pop music, and can always be found with a snack in my purse.

Tiffany Mendell, MS, RD, CDN, NLC

I am a registered dietitian, New York State-certified dietitian/nutritionist and have been with Nutritious Life since 2011.  I’m a little bit of a nutrition geek; I truly get excited by healthy, beautiful food and knowing that I can enjoy it AND feel great after eating it.  The BEST part of my job is when my clients come to me after working together for a while saying they now feel the same way — that they don’t feel deprived, they’re not on a “diet” and they feel great about their choices.  My biggest goal is to help clients get excited about good nutrition and feel empowered in their choices.  What we put into our bodies determines what we get out of them in terms of energy, vitality, and health.

As a former dancer, I knew little about nutrition for most of my dance career.  But when I began to learn more about eating for health thanks to heart disease that runs in my family, I consequently made better food choices which had a profound impact on my dancing.  I discovered first-hand the power of how healthy eating can impact mind, body and spirit, and that is where my passion for nutrition lies.

I completed my Master’s degree in Nutrition from Brooklyn College, City University of New York and my dietetic internship with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, during which I gained experience providing medical nutrition therapy to patients across the lifespan with a wide range of medical conditions including diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. I received my BFA in Dance Education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.  I am an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Greater New York Dietetic Association as well as the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness, Nutrition Entrepreneurs, and Dietitians in Functional and Integrative Medicine dietetic practice groups.

I truly believe in and strive daily to balance all the Pillars of a Nutritious Life:  I enjoy staying active with yoga and dance classes, cooking with my daughter, connecting with friends, prioritizing sleep, and savoring my favorite food and drink: coffee, peanut butter, dark chocolate and red wine (lucky for me – all happen to be rich in antioxidants as well!).