Monica D’Agostino, known as @saltandsagenutrition on social media, is a Registered Dietitian with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutritional Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Dietetics. She is a strong believer that you cannot achieve a healthy lifestyle without balance; you can eat vegetables, workout, and get your protein in, but if you are not spending time with friends and family and indulging every now and then, you will not be able to sustain your healthy habits. She believes that food is meant to be shared, enjoyed, and celebrated. Monica loves finding new ways to make my favorite foods healthier without sacrificing flavor.
Monica started @saltandsagenutrition on Instagram a few years ago as a way to share recipes and nutrition info with friends and family. Her following was small for several years, and she often found herself struggling to grow her audience. “I was so focused on being “perfect” as a food blogger until one day I realized that just wasn’t working anymore. I decided to let my personality shine through. The truth is, I’m a 26-year-old who goes out on the weekends with my friends in the city and I am navigating balancing healthy habits with not-so-healthy habits just like everyone else,” Monica said.
As a dietitian, it is really easy to pretend that you need to be perfect all the time, but Monica knows that just is not realistic. She shared my viral “hangover lemonade” video and grew from 60 followers to 20,000 followers overnight. THEN she grew to 200,000 followers over the course of the next two weeks. Ever since, she has been sharing meal prep tricks, morning routines, and ideas about how to navigate a healthy lifestyle all while still enjoying time with friends and family. Her US-based following is 97.3% female, and she has loved building a community of women who are looking to improve their health but also continue to indulge in things that they enjoy.