Who is This Girl?

Thanks for being here! I’m Dena Gershkovich, creator of The Artsy Palate. All of the posts, photographs and recipes on this blog are created by me, unless otherwise indicated. The best way to describe me would probably be as a creative, fashion-obsessed, chocolate-addicted nutrition nerd.

With your help, I hope that this blog will be a step closer to me fulfilling my ultimate dream of becoming a registered dietitian and nutrition writer. 

I’m a senior double majoring in dietetics and journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park, in the University Honors program. My main goal in creating this blog is to combine my passion for nutrition with my love of writing. I’d love to teach you some tips for how to eat more healthfully while you laugh at the craziness of my life (and trust me, there’s a lot to laugh at).

Though college students will probably find this blog the most relatable, the messages that I am spreading here apply to all audiences. IMG-3813

I see each eating occurrence as an opportunity to nourish myself optimally, but dessert is also an essential part of my diet (and not just chickpea blondie dessert, real-deal dessert!). Chocolate will always have a special place in my heart, especially during finals season. If I am truly craving something, I will eat it, regardless of its nutritional content. I believe that healthy eating is about inclusion rather than exclusion, and as you’ll see through my posts, seek to spread that message.

To me, healthy eating is about eating mostly healthy most of the time. All foods fit in a healthy diet!

A Bit About Me…

I love anything that involves expressing my creativity, whether it be art, hairstyling/fashion (Fun fact: I do hair in my second life – Insta: @hair_by_dena), writing or cooking (especially healthy food that actually tastes good!). And chocolate. I love that too, in case you missed that earlier.

I am Orthodox Jewish (hence all of the references to Jewish culture), and I keep kosher. I am also a pescatarian (vegetarian who eats fish) due to taste preferences (nothing to do with health or nutrition!).

The Story of The Artsy Palate

The Artsy Palate was born in October of 2015, when I spent a year abroad in Israel after high school. My main purpose in blogging at the time was to help other seminary girls on gap year programs combat the infamous #sem70 – aka the 70 pounds that seminary girls supposedly gain while in Israel for the year (in reality, it’s usually about 10-15-20 pounds, but who’s counting?). The Artsy Palate allowed me to share some of my favorite recipes and suggest tips for how to exhibit greater self control while surrounded by the delicious foods in Israel. You can view my posts from Israel by clicking on the blogpost calendar or by scrolling through the categories until you reach older posts.

I have brought The Artsy Palate into my college career to further encourage others to join me in my mission to eat healthfully as a college student (and beyond), which is an inherent challenge. 

Healthy eating should be intuitive, practical, easy, fun and enjoyable, and I’m here to help facilitate that.

This blog would gain so much from the input of others, so I encourage you to please comment your thoughts/ideas/feelings/pictures on any of my posts. If one of my recipes or tips has been working for you, it would make me so happy to hear about it!

Contact Me


Feel free to contact me via email at theartsypalate@gmail.com with any ideas, questions, comments, concerns, suggestions or even just to say hi. Numerous sources have told me that I’m the least intimidating person they’ve ever met, so please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Here is a link to my LinkedIn page in case you’d like to see what I’ve done professionally. You can also follow @theartsypalate on Instagram if you like what you see here!

To read things I’ve written for various publications, click on the “Other Writings” tab in the menu.

Wishing you health and the right amount of chocolate,
❤ Dena Gershkovich

Though I do all that I can to spread the most accurate and current information and genuinely believe that everything shared on this blog is factual, please understand that due to the fact that I am a student, my views on nutrition and diet are constantly evolving with my education. It is possible that I no longer hold some views shared on older posts. Before making any changes to your current eating plan, it’s a good idea to check with your doctor and a nutrition professional, such as a registered dietitian, especially if you have any intolerances, allergies or medical conditions. The advice offered on this blog is intended for healthy, college-aged students with no pre-existing health conditions. Nothing posted on this blog is intended to cause harm or offense of any kind.

11 thoughts on “Who is This Girl?

  1. Hi Dena…your niche is a great place to focus. Often that is a time of exploration that leads to not-so-healthy habits. You still want to enjoy the college years, but learn how to manage that WITH the healthy habits included. Thanks for your comment…I’m now following you!


    1. Hi Jen! Thanks for reaching out. I’m following you as well, and I’m excited to read your future posts. In terms of staying healthy in college, those are my thoughts exactly. Of course it’s okay to eat unhealthy foods sometimes, but I try to eat healthy most of the time, and through my blog, I hope to encourage and help other college students do the same!

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  2. I really enjoyed your article and look forward to reading them in the future. I find your style of writing very interesting and I feel your career will be a great success. Thank you Susan B


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