Hi, I’m Karla and welcome to the Nutritious Vida site! I am a Registered Dietitian who loves to cook plant-based meals from various ethnic backgrounds. My favorite thing about cooking is playing around with my collection of spices to create delicious dishes. 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 want we want to eat without restrictions.

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I became interested in cooking when I began my journey to veganism back in 2008 (read more about why I became vegan). My parents were a bit concerned about what I would eat, and to be honest so was I. So I picked up The Vegetarian Times magazine and search on Google for vegan-friendly meals that I could prepare. 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 delicious. 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.

That is why I created Nutritious Vida, a platform that brings together my passion for cooking and nutrition to help inspire you in bringing more healthful items and joy into your meals. I wanted to create a vegan blog with practical recipes for those who are interested in transitioning to a vegan lifestyle or for anyone simply interested in a more nourishing and healthier life through plant-based foods. Nutritious Vida is also a private practice where I help clients easy their way into a more peaceful relationship with food through a weight neutral and non-diet approach. 

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. 

Christmas 2017

Christmas 2017

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