We continue our Dietetic Advisory Board (DAB) Q&A series with Aria Novitasari, a Nutritionist with a degree in Nutrition and Public Health. Based in Indonesia, Aria joined our DAB in 2014.

What is your role with Herbalife Nutrition?

I help develop various literature¬†and educational tools ‚Äď including leaflets, newsletters, flyers, and posters ‚Äď that help explain the nutritional benefits of our products and how a well-balanced approach to nutrition can have a meaningful impact on our overall wellbeing.

Why did you choose nutrition as a career?

I love eating and I‚Äôm not a picky eater¬†at all! But I realize our bodies need not just food, but we need nutritional value from the food that we consume. I chose nutrition as my major and career because I wanted to share with everyone the importance of eating the right food to stay healthy.¬†Nutrient density is¬†key‚ÄĒin¬†other¬†words,¬†eating¬†foods¬†high¬†in¬†nutrients¬†and¬†low¬†in¬†calories.¬†¬†It’s important because our food supplies us with energy and can also affect how our body grows and ages.

What is the best part of your job?

I meet new people almost every day. I have an opportunity to share my knowledge about nutrition, current health and diet issues and, of course, I love traveling.

Everyone, even nutritionists, has a ‚Äėguilty pleasure‚Äô when it comes to food.¬† What‚Äôs yours?

I enjoy gorengan and hot honey tea on a rainy day. Gorengan is the Indonesian name for fried snacks. My favorite gorengan is called Pisang Goreng (fried banana). And for me, the best way to enjoy pisang goreng: spread peanut butter on the top pisang goreng, sprinkle with a huge amount of shredded cheddar or parmesan cheese, and toasted almond slices!

If you had just one piece of nutrition advice to give to someone, what would it be?

Eat at least one piece of fruit a day. It is even better if you can add one piece of fruit with every meal.

What are some of the latest diet and nutrition trends in Indonesia?

The Keto Diet is very popular lately. There are a lot of pros and cons about this diet, but a good thing that has come from this trend is that people who adopt this diet are preparing their own food.

If you weren’t a nutritionist, what would you be?

I would be a photographer.

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

I love cooking and baking.  Well, they may know that about me.

Here’s a favorite Formula 1 recipe of mine that I make at home and in the office:

Mung Bean Shake
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Susan Bowerman

Susan BowermanM.S., R.D., CSSD, CSOWM, FAND ‚Äď Sr. Director, Worldwide Nutrition Education and Training

Susan Bowerman is the senior director of Worldwide Nutrition Education and Training at Herbalife. She also serves as the Vice Chair of the Dietetic Advisory Board (DAB). As a registered dietitian, she educates distributors about our global nutrition philosophy and is responsible for developing nutrition education and training materials. Bowerman earned a B.S. in Biology with distinction from the University of Colorado and an M.S. in Food Science and Nutrition from Colorado State University. She is a fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and holds two board certifications as a specialist in Sports Dietetics and in Obesity and Weight Management. When she is not busy teaching and writing, Susan enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and gardening. Her favorite Herbalife products include Simply Probiotic and Herbalife Formula 1 Healthy Meal Nutritional Shake Mix Banana Caramel.