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Healthy Eating Educators

Healthy Eating Educators

Mother Earth’s Healthy Eating Education Program was designed to help educate and provide assistance to our customers in all areas of healthy living. Our goal is to provide not only the best products but also the best customer service. We currently have educators in both our Kingston and Poughkeepsie stores.

Educators Jennifer and Jahnavi support customers with cooking demonstrations and how to prepare easy and nutritious meals at home. They also offer classes, store tours and have simple recipes available for you to take home. They are also available to answer questions you may have about the store. Next time you’re shopping in one of our stores take a moment to meet one of our Healthy Eating Educators.

Please visit our calendar for ongoing events and classes.

  • Jahnavi Foster
  • Jennifer Brizzi

With over 28 years of cooking experience, Jahnavi Foster brings to the table her vast knowledge of different culinary styles. She has learned to prepare various cuisines from people from India, Italy and Mexico. Jahnavi specializes in healthy vegetarian cuisine and creates original recipes to meet the needs of individuals following vegan and gluten free diets. Her emphasis is in the preparation of whole foods: grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits. Over the years, she has taught vegetarian cooking and nutrition classes to inspire individuals to live a healthier and more conscientious lifestyle.

Jahnavi is a health and wellness educator, certified empowerment coach, certified yoga teacher and a licensed massage therapist-–educated in the field of alternative medicine and integrative wellness. She has been an avid student of Vedic Philosophy for the past 30 years. For twelve years she lived in an ashram where she dedicated herself to the process of receiving timeless wisdom. Jahnavi studied dozens of Sanskrit and Bengali Texts while engaged in the practice of meditation and yoga. Her advanced training in traditional yoga led to certifications in the Hatha, Jnana, and Bhakti Yoga practices.

In 2007, Jahnavi started her own business, Quiet Mountain Sanctuary–a private mountain retreat, which she ran from her home in the Catskill Mountain Park. Jahnavi provided yoga class, therapeutic massage, vegetarian cooking and nutrition, guided hikes, and meaningful conversation to her guests. Quiet Mountain Sanctuary closed its doors in 2013, but Jahnavi continues her work as a Health and Wellness Educator at Mother Earth’s Storehouse in Kingston, NY.

In 2012 Jahnavi published a new edition of her book Divine Love: an inspired spiritual dialogue based on Traditional Ancient Wisdom. Through her writings, Jahnavi hopes to uplift humanity and assist with the processing of reawakening that is now taking place in the world.

Jahnavi is currently working on her second book: a vegetarian cookbook–inspired by her work at Mother Earth’s.

Jennifer Brizzi is a writer, editor, cook, and cooking teacher. She loves to share her enthusiasm for healthy, delicious food and to show Mother Earth’s customers how they can easily create it at home. She also loves answering customer questions about healthy eating, including current nutrition trends and what to do with foods from amaranth to zucchini.

Since 1997 Jennifer has written countless articles and columns about food for magazines such as Organic Hudson Valley, Edible Hudson Valley and FACES, and for newspapers and supplements such as Almanac Weekly, the Kingston Times, the Woodstock Times, the Saugerties Times, the New Paltz Times, Hudson River Sampler, Taconic Press Weekend, the Daily Freeman, Southern Dutchess News and Northern Dutchess News. She contributed five entries to Savoring Gotham, an encyclopedia of New York City food from Oxford University Press launching in December 2015, and has several books of her own in progress, including cookbooks and novels.

Jennifer received four special mentions in scholarship competitions for the annual Symposium for Professional Food Writers. She has developed recipes for a cookbook for a private client as well as for her own articles and public chef demonstrations at fairs, festivals and farmers markets. She has done freelance editing for the Culinary Institute of America, managed a gourmet take-out shop and has worked for several caterers and restaurants. She is also the owner of Hudson Valley Food Tours, offering culinary walking/tasting tours in area towns and villages. She is an in-store educator for Mother Earth's Storehouse in their Poughkeepsie and Kingston stores and represents the company at outside events and fairs.

Jennifer was born in Poughkeepsie, grew up in Vermont, lived in Rhode Island and Brooklyn, and for the past 19 years has made her home in Rhinebeck. She has traveled widely in the U.S. and abroad, worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse for 11 years before she turned to food writing, and is the mother of two teenagers.