Monica Moreno

Monica Auslander Moreno, MS, RDN is the founder of Essence Nutrition, a group practice of 11 registered dietitians who work with pediatrics and adults. Monica oversees all of Essence’s private client work while managing Essence’s corporate wellness programming, speaking engagements, consulting services, school wellness programming and marketing. She is the dietitian for the Miami Marlins and is the and Ocean Reef Resort and Club. Monica has spoken at national nutrition and wellness conferences and delivered hundreds of nutrition presentations over her career and been featured in various national print and media publications. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetics Practice Group, Integrative Nutrition Dietetics Practice Group, Collegiate and Professionals Sports Dietitians Association, and Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group. She has been a member of the Junior League of Miami since 2011, is the Diversity Liaison for the Florida AND, and is a past co-chair and current board member of Jewish Community Services of South Florida’s Young Alliance. She has a one toddler and one geriatric Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Instagram: @eatlikemonica Essence Website: Appointments: [email protected]
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Food Safety: 13 Ways to Mind Your Munches

One of my darling topics is food safety. As a certified ServSafe instructor as part of my adjunct professor gig, I’m now uniquely qualified/terrified about food safety. (As if I wasn’t enough before, as...
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Jewish Heritage Month: Monica’s All-Star List of Mitzvah Foods

If you live in Miami, you’ve likely befriended (hopefully!) someone who is Jewish. Part of living here is steeping yourself in our exquisite diverse food cultures, and Jews bring a lot of food to...
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I’m a Dietitian, and I Hated Feeding My Baby Solid Food (At First) |...

This post is the 3rd in a series about my journey through feeding my baby solid food. If you haven't already, be sure to check out Part 1 & Part 2. Feeding My Baby Solid...
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Beach Snacks: Spring Break Snack Hacks From a Dietitian

Bust out your sunscreen and beach snacks, families! It’s somehow already spring break and though our days haunting Collins Avenue after dark are (likely) over, our days spent acquiescing to being buried alive by...
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I’m a Dietitian, and I Hated Feeding My Baby Solid Food (At First) |...

This post about starting babies on solid food is part 2 of a 3-part series. In case you missed it, you can read part 1 here. Baby-Led Weaning There is much debate about starting with purees...
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Heart Health Month for Kids: Little Hearts, Big Bites

February is Kids' Heart Health Month We all have hearts--both physically and hopefully, emotionally! Even though heart disease is more commonly a disease of the aged, we can certainly employ various health-enhancing behaviors in our...
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I’m a Dietitian, and I Hated Feeding My Baby Solid Food (At First) |...

Even as a dietitian and formerly exclusive pediatric dietitian, neither my baby nor I were chomping at the bit, literally, to start solid foods. He was solely breastfed, an incredibly voracious milk drinker who...
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Allergy-Friendly Halloween: Tricks and Treats

There’s nothing scarier to the mother of a child with food allergies on Halloween, or any day, than an allergic reaction. Before I became an “allergy mom," I also would dole out my favorite...
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Fall’s Most Fabulous “Superfoods” Your Plate Needs

Not all superheroes wear capes. While there are no such things as "superfoods," clinically or scientifically speaking, we can certainly rely on certain autumnal foods to rescue us from potential health issues. Or at...
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Snack Time: Back To School Snacks You’ll Be Stealing

Honestly, I’d probably go back to school if solid snacks were provided. One way to illuminate your kids’ back-to-school entry experience is to lure them with the promise of a backpack full of delicious...

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