Foublie was cooked up in the fall of 2018 by Melissa Antal and Maria Rivera. What started as a project to explore how parents feed their children and approach nutrition revealed a big problem, feeding your baby and children can be overwhelming and at times scary, especially if your child has a food allergy. We are here to change that.
Melissa is from Kalamazoo, Michigan! Yes, it exists. She is a behavior change specialist and public health nutritionist, who one crazy day decided to go to business school. She has worked with moms from Michigan to Zimbabwe for over a decade.
I was shocked to learn that we do a better job supporting parents abroad to learn how to feed their kids through NGOs. Why is my doctor giving me a piece of paper with mgs of Vitamin D on it? I threw it out. That’s not good enough.
Melissa holds an an MA from University of Michigan, an MPH from the Milken School of Public Health at George Washington University and is in the final countdown to complete her MBA at McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.
Melissa is on a mission to change our relationship with food, starting from the first bites. Her favorite childhood food memory is eating macaroni and cheese with hot dogs when her mom travelled for work and fish stick sandwiches when her dad travelled for work.
Maria Rivera is a mom, preventive medicine physician, and board certified pediatrician. Through her work with Foublie she is combining her passions of working with parents, wellness and eating good food! She is currently on faculty in the Department of General Pediatrics at Stanford University and works a few days a month at the Gardner Packard Children’s Health Center.
After having a kid and seeing all my friends around me have kids, I realized we could be doing so much more to support parents in feeding themselves and their kids from the very beginning. We are building the resource I wish I had for myself and for my patients.
Maria graduated from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and completed her Pediatrics Residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She holds a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and completed a Preventive Medicine Residency at Johns Hopkins as well.
Can you tell Maria loves Philly?! It’s also where she got her undergrad degree – at University of Pennsylvania! It’s where she met her husband! Maria does not love Philly Cheese Steak though…she is a native of Honduras and prefers rice and beans. Check out her recipe here!
Maria loves teaching parents how to cook easy, nutritious and delicious foods. She is pretty good at creating her own recipes for her son, Zayn. He doesn’t say much, but she knows she has a winner when he doesn’t throw the food at her. Ohhhh toddler life!