Amelia Foster, RD, CCMS
My interest in nutrition and cooking has been life-long. I have phenylketonuria (PKU), an inborn error of protein metabolism. Having followed a low-protein diet for my entire life, I was led to pursue a career in nutrition. I received a master’s degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Alabama in 2014, after having completed thesis research regarding sensory acceptability of recipes incorporating medical foods among adults with PKU. I currently practice as a clinical dietitian with Cahaba Medical Care, serving patients in Central Alabama in a primary care setting. Competence in culinary medicine has increased my confidence level in recommending and giving cooking demonstrations regarding therapeutic uses of functional foods, especially among the low-income patients in the communities I serve.
My parents have always been my heroes; they went to great lengths to not only provide for my special nutritional needs, but to help me embrace and appreciate delicious food which has a therapeutic aspect. My favorite recipe is one I created: a low-protein version of eggplant parmesan, using lots of veggies and vegan cheese. My go-to comfort food is low-protein vegetable chili, with hominy in place of beans (due to protein content). My husband gets the “protein” version of whatever I’m cooking, so he enjoys plenty of nuts, beans, lentils, etc. for me! I love cauliflower, avocado, and eggplant, but I seriously dislike beets.
My hobbies include backpacking, mountain biking, reading, and baking.