MS RD LDN
Hi! I’m Jen Belanger. You can probably guess that my life revolves around food! I love cooking it, eating it, talking about it, and teaching others about it! Nutrition is so much more than just what we eat to fuel our bodies. It’s baking cookies with grandma in her kitchen, biting into a fresh picked peach on a hot August day, and gathering with our families around the table on Thanksgiving. My approach to food and nutrition is simple and realistic. I want to help you, your children, and your family love and appreciate food and all it has to offer us!
I attended Framingham State University for my undergraduate work, completing their Coordinated Program in Dietetics in 2013. I passed the RD exam just after graduation, a highly regulated board exam that you must pass in order to use RD after your name! I went back in 2017 to obtain my Master’s Degree in Nutrition from UMASS Amherst. My work experience is vast, ranging from hospital, subacute, and long-term care dietetics, to family and pediatric nutrition counseling. I love the fast paced and ever-changing thrill of the field!
Staying active in the community and giving back is so important to me! I live in Belchertown with my husband, baby daughter, and fiesty Doberman. I’ve hosted some free nutrition classes at the Belchertown Senior Center and Clapp Memorial Library. I regularly appear on WWLP’s hit lifestyle show Mass Appeal showcasing recipes and healthy eating tips. Make sure you check out the Videos tab to see what I’m all about! In my free time I love traveling, hiking, dancing, and reading.
Jen’s areas of interest are pediatric and adolescent nutrition, including disordered eating and eating disorders, sports nutrition, picky eating and extreme picky eating, and nutrition for optimal growth and development. Jen sees clients both in the office and virtually.
Lauren received her bachelor’s degree from UMASS Amherst and completed her Master’s degree in Nutrition at Framingham State University. She obtained her RD in 2022. Lauren has a wide skill set, ranging from medical nutrition therapy for chronic diseases to tips and tricks to solve picky eating. She has two kids of her own and also works as a paraprofessional in public schools. Lauren joined Jen Belanger Nutrition LLC in 2023 and provides virtual appointments.
My name is Izzy Wilson and I attended Wilbraham and Monson Academy and graduated in 2022. I am currently attending the University of New Hampshire where I am studying Dietetics and Culinary Arts. I have been interested in dietetics since I got diagnosed with Celiac disease in elementary school. I struggled a lot after I got diagnosed because I didn’t understand why I couldn’t eat any of the foods that I loved. I want to help children that are going through health and diet changes because I can relate to how they feel. In the future, I hope to become a registered dietitian specializing in pediatric and prenatal care.
Mary handles the booking and scheduling of Jen and Lauren’s appointments. She will always greet you with a friendly tone and smile.