about karen ansel


Karen Ansel, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.N., is a nationally recognized nutrition consultant, speaker, journalist and author. As a regular contributor to national women’s, health and cooking magazines, Karen’s meal plans, diet advice, recipes and healthy eating articles have been featured in Cooking Light, Fitness, Shape, Oprah, Weight Watchers, Family Circle, All You, Prevention, Parade, Woman’s Day and Women’s Health. She is the co-author of The Calendar Diet: A Month By Month Guide to Losing Weight While Living Your Life (Wagging Tail Press, 2012), Healthy in a Hurry: Simple, Wholesome Recipes for Every Meal of the Day (Weldon Owen, 2012) and the IACP finalist, The Baby & Toddler Cookbook: Fresh, Homemade Foods for a Healthy Start (Weldon Owen, 2010).

Karen is a go-to resource for the media. Karen’s expert nutrition advice appears in leading magazines, websites and newspapers nationwide such as The Wall Street Journal, People, US News and World Report, ABCNews.com, Foxnews.com, WebMD, Woman’s Day, Redbook, Health, Fitness, Shape, Self, Weight Watchers, Scientific American, the Associated Press, the New York Post, Prevention, MSNBC, The Chicago Tribune, Parade, Real Simple, Glamour, In Style, Forbes.com, Time.com, SmartMoney.com and The Huffington Post. In addition, Karen is a contributing editor for Woman’s Day Magazine and an expert advisor for the United States Healthful Food Council.

Always on the cutting edge of the latest breaking nutritional trends, Karen consults with corporations to help them enhance their corporate nutrition programs and provide strategies to improve their employee's health and wellbeing. She additionally develops recipes for several of the nation’s leading food brands. Karen is also a former spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and was previously an adjunct instructor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University.

Karen is a graduate of Duke University where she majored in psychology. She received her Masters of Science in clinical nutrition from New York University. An active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Karen belongs to several dietetic practice groups including Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists, Food and Culinary Professionals, and Nutrition Entrepreneurs.

Karen lives in Long Island, New York with her husband and two teenage daughters. When she’s not busy writing about nutrition, she enjoys cooking, running and playing with her dog, Cosmo.