Lindsay Collier, MS, RDN
Public Relations Co- Chair of the CT Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2019-2020
What inspired you to become a RDN?
My mom has worked as a nurse all my life, and I always loved what she did and how she helped people so I knew I wanted to go into the health field. Being a Dietitian is the best way I’ve found to help people without having to deal with all the body fluids I would have to as a nurse.
Where do you work now and where have you worked in the past?
I currently work as a Clinical Dietitian in the Neuroscience ICU and step down units at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla New York. My first job after the UConn Coordinated Program was at multiple nursing homes and sub acute rehabs throughout CT.
What is your favorite recipe/food?
My favorite food is Enchiladas, but I prefer them at restaurants, so I don’t have much of a recipe.
My favorite recipe to make is Loaded Oatmeal Cookies. I use a store bought oatmeal cookie mix and prepare as directed, then add flax seeds, sunflower seeds, dried cherries and/or cranberries, and dark chocolate chips. It’s a bit heartier of a cookie and has a good mix of salty and sweet.
General tip for improving diet?
Add more Veggies, and drink more water. It seems nice and simple, but everyone can make improvements here.
If stranded on island-what one food or beverage you would want an unlimited supply of?
I would want an unlimited supply of water, or green tea. Picking a food is much harder, I like having options. But I think I would go with omelets? I could eat that for every meal I think.
What is the best part of your job?
I love getting to teach residents and fellows about nutrition and showing them how much of an impact nutrition has on recovery for our patients. I also love working with and learning from a large group of dietitians because we all have group close.
Where do you want to see the RDN/NDTR profession in 10 years?
I would love to see more recognition in the clinical field and in the public eye. I think showcasing our field as a crucial step in prevention of disease is important for the public.