Inside Nurture Life, Nutrition

Meet Lara Field

When Steve and I founded Nurture Life, one of the first things on our to-do list was to find a pediatric registered dietitian with a deeply rooted passion for kids and nutrition. After much research, recommendations from trusted pediatricians and meetings with different dietitians, we found Lara Field.

In our first meeting with Lara, her enthusiasm and devotion to her work were immediately apparent. We were also impressed by her educational and clinical background, which includes experience at two top-ranked pediatric hospitals, Lurie Children’s Hospital and University of Chicago Medical Center. These credentials, coupled with Lara’s dedication to impacting the healthy development of children, make her a great fit for our team. We’re proud that Lara has been a part of Nurture Life since its inception.

Lara’s story

When Lara was 10 years old, her dad’s high cholesterol led him to make big changes in their family’s kitchen. They threw out the bacon, switched to egg whites and added plenty of fruits and vegetables to their meals. They also started cooking more at home, and the cookbooks around the house inspired Lara. 

Q&A with Lara

What are your kids’ favorite Nurture Life meals?

Their favorites are the Teriyaki Salmon with Brown Rice and Mac & Cheese with Cauliflower.

If you could be a food what would you be?

Greek yogurt. It’s well liked by a lot of people, it keeps you strong and it’s good for your gut too!

What was your favorite meal as a kid?

My family’s turkey meatloaf, mashed potatoes and peas or broccoli-bread soup, both of which I now try to replicate with my own family.

She soon became her dad’s sous chef. “One of the most memorable things my dad made when I was a kid were oat bran muffins,” she said. “We cheerfully referred to them as ‘Dad’s muffins.’”

Later, when it came time to decide her career path, Lara reflected on the powerful influence nutrition had on her family, and it seemed natural for Lara to become a dietitian.

Today, Lara is the owner and founder of FEED (Forming Early Eating Decisions), a nutrition-consulting practice that specializes in pediatric nutrition and digestive diseases. Prior to FEED, Lara spent over a decade in clinical practice at Rush University Medical Center, Lurie Children’s Hospital and the University of Chicago Medical Center as a registered dietitian with the Pediatric Gastroenterology Team.

Lara’s role at Nurture Life

As our pediatric registered dietitian, Lara collaborates with our culinary team to create menus and recipes, making sure each is nutritionally appropriate and correctly proportioned for every age and stage of a child’s development. Lara also works with our culinary team to ensure our meals continually incorporate new, adventurous ingredients and cuisines to help expand children’s palates. Lara’s passion for children’s nutrition and for creating healthy eating habits from the start are the driving forces in her career.

“I’m frequently asked to align with various companies, but I only say ‘yes’ to what I believe in,” Lara said. “Dedication to providing a healthy product is powerful, but more importantly, we’re affecting the lives of children and families.”

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Jennifer Chow at Nurture Life

Jennifer Chow

Jennifer’s work at Nurture Life is focused on marketing, customer experience and business development. Prior to Nurture Life, Jennifer spent 17 years in the tech industry, most recently as vice president of marketing at Engine Yard, a high-growth, cloud technology startup. She previously ran marketing at a media software company and cleantech startup. Jennifer has also worked in marketing and product management at the two largest business software companies SAP and Oracle Corporation. Jennifer received her B.S. in Economics and MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Jennifer is the mother of two incredibly loving, energetic, enthusiastic boys and loves spending time taking them to local parks, chasing them around their home and cooking with them.