Photo by Rachel Leiner
Hi! I'm Andrea!
Welcome to the Barre & Brunch website! Here is where you can find the recipes and workouts I’ve created, as well as blog posts on health, wellness and my life as a doctor.
I love trying new recipes or workouts and sharing them with those who share my passion for food and fitness. In my opinion, brunch is the most creative, fun, and artistic meal - there’s so many options, both sweet and savory! My favorite workouts are dance, barre, and yoga, but I always enjoy trying new workouts and challenging myself.
I am from a small town called Stillwater, Minnesota and graduated in May, 2019 from Boston University, where I studied Chemistry and minored in French, Biology, and Dance. I then went to Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in downtown Chicago, and graduated in 2023. I loved exploring Chicago and learned so much in medical school! I am now in my first year of residency as an internal medicine prelim before starting dermatology residency next year! I am specifically interested in pediatric dermatology and genetic skin conditions, and wrote a children's book on ichthyosis!
I’ve been a ballet dancer my whole life, which is what drew me to barre workouts. I also became interested in cooking and healthy eating when I had an apartment for the first time in college. I didn’t want to eat the same thing every day, and wanted to make food that would be healthy but fun. I decided to combine these two interests into a food and fitness Instagram! Since starting, I now have become a certified barre instructor and have learned how to create my own healthy recipes!
In medical school, I took a culinary medicine class in my first year to learn about nutrition and healthy eating in a medical context! In this class, I learned so much about the health benefits, and have also educated myself about the significant environmental impact, of a plant-based diet, so now I try to eat mostly plant-based. It can be affordable as well, which I am to demonstrate with my recipes!
I've learned I feel more energized and happier when I eat healthy, nutritious food! However, I do think it's important to treat yourself and indulge every so often, and also love to bake. I love to make desserts that are made with healthier, simple ingredients (often with some veggies included - I promise you won't taste it) for balance!
I also want to be inclusive of those with food allergies or restrictions, because many of my loved ones struggle with these conditions, so I try to include options and substitutions in my recipes. Advocating for greater accessibility and inclusivity of health and wellness is another important topic, which I discuss often on my Instagram page and posts.
I hope that I can inspire you to find and follow your passions and strive to be the healthiest, happiest version of yourself.
*Note: the views and opinions expressed on my blog are my own and not representative of my medical training institution. This blog does not constitute medical advice.