Meet The Food Nerd

Poindexter, The Food Nerd

My Name is Melissa Poindexter, RDN, LD aka “The Food Nerd.” I am a vegan registered dietitian nutritionist, who embraces my last name. Poindexter is a slang term meaning nerd, known for intelligence and scientific jargon. I am a firm believer in using evidence-based research to give individuals the tools in order to sort through nutrition jargon and be successful in their long-term lifestyle changes. I have a specialty with working with individuals with complex special diets to overcome what feels impossible.


I started school at Collin County College taking culinary arts classes. I graduated with my Bachelors of Science with a major in Nutrition Emphasis in Dietetics and a minor in Health Studies from Texas Woman’s University (TWU). I went on to complete my dietetic internship (1,200 hour supervised practice) from TWU, and currently progressing with my Masters of Science in Nutrition.


I have been vegan for the past 7 years. Co-running, with my sibling, a Denton local organization called Denton Veg Society; with a mission of sharing conversation about veganism over a delicious plate of vegan food, potluck style. Denton Veg Society instagram, facebook, community group. Additionally, I love growing produce, getting creative in the kitchen, and incorporating ways to be low waste in day-to-day living. Aside from my love of food, I am a huge outdoor enthusiast; staying active with yoga, rock climbing, and scuba diving (when you find a form of movement you love, it never feels like a workout).