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Lorena Asebedo Kaplen is a Registered Dietitian, culinary enthusiast and self-taught chef whose passion for food and nutrition stems from her childhood.
At the age of eight, Lorena began cooking for her family. Her mother worked long hours as a registered nurse, so she spent a lot of time with her grandmother. Since her grandmother had lost most of her eyesight due to diabetes, Lorena was her helper in the kitchen. She credits her Hispanic heritage as being a strong influence on her everyday cooking.
As a child, Lorena began to struggle with her weight and weighed in the 90th percentile for her height. Her mother enrolled her in a weight-loss management program, which helped her combine her love of cooking with proper nutrition. Having personally experienced the challenges that come with being overweight and trying to lose weight, she focused her discipline in nutrition. She wants to teach people that healthy eating doesn't have to be boring or tasteless!
In 2005, Lorena received her degree in Nutrition Science and immediately after her dietetic internship, she started a small business called Lorena's Lean Lessons, teaching the community how to cook and eat for their health. Becoming a Supermarket Dietitian for H-E-B has allowed her to combine her knowledge in food science with love for nutrition and turn it into practical solutions for Texans. Lorena's husband and three young children inspire her to develop healthy, nutritious meal ideas.
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