Ashley Onion, RD
Volunteer Coordinator of the CT Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2019-2020
What inspired you to become a RDN?
I have always enjoyed working in food service and making healthy and delicious recipes. While in High School I explored different career options that involved Food Service, healthy eating, and physical activity. I researched the different fields Dietitians could work and quickly decided I wanted to become a Registered Dietitian.
Where do you work now and where have you worked in the past?
I am currently working for Watertown Public Schools as the Director of Food Services. Prior to working in Watertown, I worked for Meriden Public Schools as their Registered Dietitian for 3.5 years. I love working in School Nutrition because we have the opportunity to reach children and to teach them about healthy eating at such a young age!
What is your favorite recipe/food?
My favorite food is teriyaki salmon with panko parmesan asparagus. With a busy schedule, it is easy to make during the work week and only takes about 30 minutes!
General tip for improving diet?
My tip of advice for improving diet would be to be mindful when eating. Many individuals have busy schedules and are typically eating on the go. I think it is important to plan ahead for the day and pack snacks/meals that will maintain satiety. I recommend packing an apple with peanut butter, lightly salted nuts, fruit, or hummus with vegetables (my favorite!).
If stranded on island-what one food or beverage you would want an unlimited supply of?
If I was on an island, I would love an unlimited supply of ice cream. It’s my favorite treat in the warm summer weather!
What is the best part of your job?
I love interacting with students and having the opportunity to create new menu ideas. I love trying new healthy recipes and receiving feedback from students!
Where do you want to see the RDN/NDTR profession in 10 years?
During this pandemic it has shown how RDN’s are essential no matter what field of work they are in. I would love to see Dietitians be recognized in all fields.