Diana Johnson

Diana Johnson is a professional recipe developer, food photographer, freelance writer and cooking instructor. She's also a mother who believes that kids can love healthy food, and that no child should have to experience food insecurity.

At age 20, after losing her job due to the September 11th attacks, Diana had just $1-2 a day for food and began the fast food diet, eating off of the dollar menu. After a year of unhealthy eating she began to discover the art of cooking with very little money, and started taking her $7-10 a week to the grocery store.

In June of 2010, Diana started the Healthy Cooking on a Tight Budget program to teach low income families how to eat foods rich in nutrition and flavor on very little money. Diana is very active in her community, connecting with several organizations and groups on missions such as getting urban farm animals allowed in city limits, moving healthy food into convenience stores, and connecting small farm owners to local businesses. She is also an advocate with Feeding America, the largest hunger relief organization in America, and a member of the South King County Food Access Working Group.

Diana LOVES to talk about food and has spoken at several conferences on the topic of hunger and nutrition. Her goal when speaking is to inspire and encourage others to find their passions and to realize that healthy food can be accessible to everyone.

 

My Blogs

Shining a Light on the Native Advertising Debate

Disclosure: I am Vice President, Influencer Marketing at BlogHer. Advertising and social media marketing programs are a significant source of revenue for my company and for the bloggers in our advertising network. ...more
" let’s take a deep breath and realize that the consumer doesn’t care whether it is paid, owned ...more

Let's Not Be Friends

Dear Mouthy Housewives,There is a woman from the neighborhood who is constantly trying to make plans with me. She is so sweet. And so boring. No sense of humor at all. I don't want to offend her, but I really have no interest in hanging out or developing this friendship. What should I do?Leave Me Alone ...more
Great advice. I'm going through an unexpected hard time, and it's been some sweet and quiet ...more

Be Kind to Food Allergy Families

As much as we all like to think of ourselves as inclusive and sensitive, ask a parent of a child with a food allergy if they've gotten the eyeroll, the sigh of frustration, or the argument when they ask for steps to be taken that could protect their child from a life-threatening situation, and most have a story. No one likes their ability to eat limited -- neither those with food allergies nor those who live alongside them -- but not having those limitations in place may mean a very scary health situation for the former group. Sisters Raising Sisters has a great post on why you should be kind to a family with food allergies. ...more
Great post! I have friend who ended up having to quit her college because of food allergies. I ...more

I Am An 'Unchurched' Christian

If you google the words "unchurched Christian", what you'll find is first, a Barna survey exploring the percentages of individuals who claim to be Christians but don't attend church, and second, quite literally thousands of blogs, articles, "Pastor's Corners", and comments from churched Christians on why *they* think these people no longer attend, why *they* think these people are in the wrong, and the most appalling dis...more
Great piece, and I agreed with a lot of what you said.  But I wanted to point out that in the ...more

Yes, That Photo Is Too Sexy for Any Yearbook

There is this big brouhaha going on about a Colorado high school student's yearbook photo. Sydney Spies, an 18-year-old Durango High School senior, and her mother are making the TV talk show circuit, claiming the teen's freedom of expression is being squelched....more
@Lisa Stone That had me giggling for five whole minutes Lisa!more

What Are You Doing for the Holidays this Year?

Do you love the December holiday season? Even though it can be chaotic and stressful, I still embrace the traditions and rituals that I grew up with. We enjoy decorating the house, hanging ornaments on the tree, and (can you hear that thundering herd of dinosaurs?...) sending paper cards by snail mail....more
My husband and I have tried to move away from the commercialization of Christmas. Instead of ...more

One-Minute Activism: How You Can Remove Poisons From Our Food and Air

This week, I'm devoting this post and BlogHer's weekly newsletter to making it easy for you to take action to protect yourself and those you love in one minute from your computer. The Environmental Protection Agency is issuing new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards at the end of this week. The problem? A utility lobby doesn't want to have to act on these standards, and is pressuring Congress and President Obama. Specifically, according to the non-partisan, nonprofit Moms Clean Air Force: "Hazardous air pollution comes from our oldest and dirtiest coal-fired power plants. Many utility executives have cleaned up their plants—and it has not hurt their financial health, or our economy. But now a handful of other coal utility companies, armed with powerful polluter lobbyists, is urging that clean-up be delayed—and fighting to weaken clean air standards for the most toxic pollutants." ...more
I'm not a mom yet, but hope to be soon, and hate that so many companies view money as more ...more

What Changes Can You Make To School Lunches?

Amy Kalafa's book, Lunch Wars, isn't just a book about what's wrong with school lunches -- it's about how you can change them. It has checklists and recommendations. It has sample letters and suggestions for how to start a wellness program. It's a guidebook for change. What are you going to do with it? ...more
I've already started making changes in school lunches in my area. I'm not a parent yet but have ...more

Go, Go Samurai Power Rangers!

Every little girl dreams of marrying a super hero.  Or, in my case, Donny Osmond.  But nevertheless, super hero was not far behind.  And while Donny Osmond eluded me, I did end up marrying a Power Ranger.When The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers show began back in 1993, my husband (who was still in "friend" mode) and I worked for a children's entertainment company in Los Angeles, while we struggled to find work as actors....more
Liked the glow sticks. I'm bummed about the no unwrapped treats though. Those of us who want ...more

The $1 School Lunch: Could You Do It?

I am not fond of the word "budget." I've had good ones and bad ones and it always seemed that when I had bad ones the first thing to get cut was the food budget. I thought about food budgeting a lot while reading Amy Kalafa's Lunch Wars. I wondered how much it really cost schools to create a school lunch and if they really could make them healthier without increasing their costs. ...more
I think the real problem is the budget. If $1 isn't enough to provide real healthy food, there ...more