Hi, I’m Karla and I am a Registered Dietitian who enjoys to cook plant-based meals from various ethnic backgrounds using my collection of spices. I eat a variety of foods, from fresh green salads to veggie-loaded pizzas and vegan donuts. I believe that all foods fit into our dietary pattern and we should enjoy what we want to eat without limitations.

I became interested in cooking when I began my journey to veganism back in 2008. I became a vegan to not partake in factory farming practices and to widen my circle of compassion for the animals and the sustainability of our environment.


My transition to a new lifestyle wasn't quite that easy. I grew up in a Mexican culture which was centered around traditional foods that predominantly included animal products. So I picked up The Vegetarian Times magazine to help me prepare vegan-friendly meals. I will admit that it was challenging at first but as I continued to try a variety of foods, I began to enjoy this amazing cuisine and learned how to create meals that were easy and tasty. Now, with my background and passion for nutrition, I am able create flavorful meals that are also nutritionally balanced to ensure I am meeting all the nutrients I need to thrive and maintain a healthy vegan lifestyle.

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My journey to veganism led me to create Nutritious Vida, a platform that brings together my passion for cooking and nutrition to help educate and inspire others in adopting a healthful vegan lifestyle. Cooking plant-based foods doesn’t have to be difficult, which is why I have dedicated this site to share practical, tasty, and nutritious vegan meals.

I am originally from Southern California and relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota in late 2017. In my spare time, you can find me jogging a new trail, visiting a cozy coffee shop, or trying out a new vegan restaurant with my husband Luke. He is a cinematographer and also my partner on the blog where he takes the recipe photos and videos. 

Professional Biography

Karla Moreno-Bryce, MDA, RD, LD is a Registered Dietitian and a Licensed Dietitian. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Anthropology through the University of California Santa Barbara while studying to go to medical school. She later went on to obtain a post-baccalaureate in Nutrition & Dietetics at Cal Poly Pomona. She completed a Dietetic Internship through Utah State University and also obtained a Masters of Dietetic Administration. She is credentialed through the Commission on Dietetic Registration.  Karla is also fluent in Spanish. 

Professional Affiliates and Memberships

  • Licensed Dietitian in the state of Minnesota
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)
  • Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group
  • Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group
  • Certificate of Training in Vegetarian/Vegan Nutrition
  • 2016-2017 National Nutrition Month Chair for California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics - Coastal Tri Counties