The Manhattan Gal Behind The Healthy Apple Teaches You How to Cook Real Food

Mission: To Change the Way People Eat

“Feeding People Food – The Way Food Was Meant To Be”

I’m Amie Valpone – HHC, AADP, a Manhattan based Personal Chef, Culinary Nutritionist, Professional Recipe Developer, Food Photographer and Writer specializing in simple Gluten-free, ‘Clean’ recipes for the home cook. I have continuing education certifications from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and Columbia University as well as the Drugless Practitioners of America.

Having gone through a set of life-changing diagnoses early in my professional career, I was forced to change the way I live, eat and ultimately the way I make a living. Today my sole desire is to help you and your body feel as amazing as possible through various simple yet life-altering changes to your nutrition and lifestyle habits.

I cook. I travel. I exercise. I write. And I do it all Clean and Gluten-Free.

My Story

I started The Healthy Apple after suffering with digestive issues for years, finally receiving a life-changing diagnosis that would change my life. After years of being told nothing was wrong with me, through the help of Integrative Medical Doctors, I learned that I was suffering from heavy metal accumulationhypothyroidismadrenal fatigue, an IGA deficiency and was born without the gene to absorb folate, MTHF which is key in detoxification.

After 10 years of medical mysteries, I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease. I learned that my body couldn’t digest gluten, soy, sugar and many other foods. I began to realize quickly that medicine could only do so much – it wasn’t offering my body what it needed to heal. I needed to overhaul my lifestyle.

Through research and the help of Integrative M.D’s, I decided to adopt an organic, ‘Clean’ lifestyle. Using methods such as acupuncture, yoga, meditation, herbal medicine, and organic, fresh, unprocessed foods, I’ve restored and replenished my body and have remained symptom free ever since. I’ve had mercury fillings removed from my mouth, went through two years of IV chelation, and detoxed everything from my makeup to my cleaning products. My diet now consists of lean proteins, health fats, and lots of organic veggies. The past few years have helped me understand that there is something to learn from every doctor and every life experience.

Today, I still work with an Integrative M.D. to continue to heal my ‘gut’ and thyroid. I am constantly researching, traveling and interviewing other Integrative and Functional Medicine Doctors to help me and my clients feel their absolute best.

My Message

I understand how difficult it can be to create a healthy and clean lifestyle for ourselves. I understand how hard it may seem to find the time in our hectic lives to make home cooked, nutritious meals. But I am here to show you how easy it can be!

I do not believe in diets – I believe in moderation. I have always and will always love food. My nutrition and lifestyle tips along with my recipes cater to a Clean, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free and Gluten-Free lifestyle – a lifestyle that understands that what we put into our mouths will impact our bodies now and in the future, yet one that does not ever sacrifice in taste or enjoyment. My passion for a healthy nutrition and a clean lifestyle is contagious. I am eager to show others that fresh food and clean products can keep your taste buds and your body happy and healthy.

We each know our bodies better than anyone else does – any doctor, any prescription, any diagnosis. It takes time, patience, and a positive attitude to keep your head up and stay strong until you find all the answers to your body’s wants and needs. For some it can be long, long road to find that balance – but there is always a shinny, bright light at the end of the tunnel.

Let me help you find that light.

What I Do

Before starting The Healthy Apple, I had previously held numerous occupations, including ones with Ralph Lauren Corporate and VOGUE Magazine in branding and marketing, and with the NBA Fit Program as a Culinary Nutritionist.

In 2011, I decided to leave the corporate world of marketing and advertising to focus on my newfound passion of helping actual people adopt a healthy and clean lifestyle. I work hands-on with individuals and groups as a Personal Chef, Food Allergy Concierge and Healthy Family Pantry Stylist to guide people through their transition into a healthier lifestyle. I am a Gluten-Free Industry Innovator when it comes to helping clients, the community and companies with how to live a healthy and happy life.

Additionally, I develop recipes with beautiful photography, make media appearances, and engage consumer groups on behalf of food companies. I’m active in many organizations that focus on food, nutrition, and health. In addition to my work in Culinary Nutrition under The Healthy Apple, I am also a Food Media Expert with experience in creating menus, developing marketing and PR efforts, and building brand awareness for my clients. I serve as a brand ambassador for many well-known healthy living companies by attending conferences and food expos across the nation on their behalf.

I am available for editorial and photography projects, recipe development, speaking engagements, spokesperson opportunities, events, workshops, lectures, videos and conferences as well as ambassador programs.

If you are in Manhattan, give me a ring and let’s meet for a tea or green juice!

If you are interested in attending the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, please contact me. I would be more than happy to refer you to IIN and speak with you about my experience. Use my name, Amie Valpone as a referral to find out about tuition discounts and incentives.

Where You Can Find Me

In addition to The Healthy Apple, my insights and advice appear in Glamour Magazine, The Food Network Blog, The Food Network website, The Huffington Post, Martha Stewart Whole Living, Martha Stewart Radio, Clean Eating Magazine, Kiwi Magazine, The Doctors, YahooShine!,Rodale Institute, WebMD, The Daily Meal,, Vitacost and

I am the Recipe Editor for Williams Sonoma, Foodista, Foodily, One Green Planet, Mind Body Green, GIG Gluten-Intolerance Group Magazine, GenConnect,, Honest Cooking, the NY Times Best Seller Series Skinny Bitch, Healthy Bitch Daily and the Manhattan Gluten-Free Food Editor for the Examiner.

Connect with me, Amie Valpone, on Twitter (@TheHealthyApple), Facebook (The Healthy Apple), Instagram (@TheHealthyApple), Google Plus (Amie Valpone) and Pinterest (The Healthy Apple).

For additional inquiries or to schedule a private appointment, please contact Amie via email at TheHealthyApple (at)

Please note: Amie is not a R.D.; she is a Culinary Nutritionist and Health & Food Coach with certifications from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and SUNY Purchase. Amie is also certified by the Drugless Practitioners of America. The information on this site is not intended to substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment; Amie encourages you to seek your doctors opinion. For further guidance, please contact your local nutritionist or integrative M.D. for medical advice.

The Healthy Apple, LLC is owned, written and edited by Amie Valpone. It’s based upon personal experiences through many years of health issues and numerous doctors. The FTC requires full disclosure of relationships I have between brands when writing about products. Brands and advertisers will never influence the content of this blog because all topics and content are chosen by and written by Amie Valpone. I only share my honest opinions on because I want to help my readers heal and feel better because I was once there- alone – without anyone helping me as my body was turning against me and fading away. Please note that some of the links used on this site are affiliate links and help to support the costs of running this blog. I only recommend products and brands that I trust and I would never recommend something that I do not personally use or that does not fit with the mission of and its affiliates and suppliers will not be liable for any damages of any kind arising from or in connection with the use of this site, including, but not limited to, direct, indirect, incidental, punitive and consequential damages (including, without limitation, loss of profits, goodwill, data or use), even if such parties have been advised of the possibility of such damages. The foregoing limitation should apply regardless of the form of action and whether in contract, breach of warranty, tort, negligence, strict liability or otherwise. Please use common sense while around and preparing food, caring for children, and exercising. The information in this website is intended for informational purposes only and should not be considered professional advice.

When food is the cure for what ails you, choosing whole, naturally gluten-free ‘Clean’ foods make the most sense, after all.