My name is Jodie Lindsay Popma, and I believe in the power of food.
After receiving a Bachelor of Science with honors in Computer Science from Regis University and spending 16 years managing large complex projects IBM, I realized I needed to shift my focus and explore my passion – nutrition. I wanted to make a difference my life and the lives of the people in my community.
I had always been interested in how food nourishes our bodies and supports our overall well being, so I decided to enroll in the Nutrition Consultant Training Program at Bauman College. With my training complete, I launched Smart Food Made Simple, a consultancy focused on teaching parents that food is an extremely powerful tool. My mantra is straightforward: simple changes and smart choices help our children’s bodies and brains function optimally. When children are encouraged to eat whole foods at an early age it promotes lifelong positive food behaviors. A good foundation begins at home, and parents have the power to create healthy habits that will yield a lifetime of benefits.
Today, I work directly with families, school districts and community organizations. I’ve helped parents with picky eaters create new healthy solutions for breakfast and lunch and families on a budget design affordable healthy meal plans. I’ve applied for and received a Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grant for Schools from the Chef Ann Foundation, which has enabled me to introduce a new fresh fruit or veggie to over 900 students each month during the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years. I previously cooking and nutrition courses at the Family Garden, a non-profit parenting center in Longmont. I showcase farmers monthly at the Boulder County Farmers’ Market in Longmont. During the school year, I teach monthly classes on nutrition education to preschool, middle school and elementary science students at Flagstaff Academy Charter School.
I graduated from the Children’s Hospital of Colorado’s Parent Advocacy Board which allowed me to connect with change makers focused on children’s issues across Colorado. I sit on the parent advocacy board for Colorado Action for Healthy Kids which works with parents to improve overall school wellness.
I am a certified Share Our Strength, Cooking Matters® Instructor and Ambassador, an organization that educates parents and food service professionals on preparing foods for families on a budget. The goal of Share of Strength is to end childhood hunger.
In 2017, I was elected to the board of Slow Food Boulder County that works with farms and schools to promote good, clean, fair for all.
In 2018, I began work with the Boulder County Fair on the Farm to Table dinner, which brings local farmers, producers, ranchers and chefs to a community table. We also launched the first Farm to Kids Luncheon during Kids Day at the fair, that helps educate children where and how their food grows.
In 2019, I am excited to work with EFAA (Emergency Family Assistance Association) as their food bank advisory and nutrition educator. I am beginning work with the I Have a Dream Foundation in Boulder to help educate parents and kids about the importance of healthy eating, through practical application.
I am originally from Downingtown, PA, but got hooked on the Colorado lifestyle in 1995 and have been here ever since. I have lived in Longmont with my husband, a local business owner, and my two boys ages 11 and 13 (who taste test all my recipes) since 2001. We enjoy making weekly trips to the farmer’s market and cooking together as much as we can. I also enjoy preserving summer produce in the healthiest way possible, as one of my greatest joys in life is popping opening a quart of organic Palisade peaches on a snowy winter day.