Meet a Roadrunner: Letty Holmbo '04 dishes up food and health advice

Letty Holmbo

Letty Holmbo, E.M.B.A. '04, demonstrates a recipe on KENS-TV's "Great Day SA."
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(June 19, 2013) -- Meet Letty Holmbo '04. As a corporate dietitian for H-E-B, she more than knows her way around a kitchen. She appeared on San Antonio's CBS affiliate morning show, "Great Day SA," cooking in their mini-kitchen and giving instructions on how to prepare the perfect pork tenderloin and chutney.

While the pork sizzled, Holmbo explained the benefits of eating beets. Two of her children, Ashton, 6, and Isabella, 8, watched on nearby bleachers in the studio with their grandmother.

Her kids are the inspiration for many of her recipes. Holmbo makes sure to tell the audience that her son created the day's featured beverage, hibiscus lemonade.

In minutes, the live broadcast is over, and Holmbo, hair falling out of a ponytail, spends more time cleaning up than she did cooking.

"My daughter, she's a superwoman," said her mother, Georgina Stewart. "I don't know how she does everything."

Indeed, Holmbo juggles being a mom of three -- the youngest, Aaron, is a year old -- with her full-time job as culinary corporate dietitian for H-E-B Grocery in San Antonio. She develops recipes for company-wide marketing materials, such as "My Texas Life." She also oversees corporate nutrition programs, does occasional TV spots and develops programs for community nutrition outreach efforts. Outside of H-E-B, she provides nutrition consultation for the Autism Treatment Center and volunteers at her church.

"I'm one of those people that loves all kinds of jobs and ideas," she said. She also loves mentoring people who are interested in nutrition and dietetics.

Holmbo's passion for nutrition was recently recognized by Today's Dietician,which named her one of the top 10 dietitians in the country.

She graduated from Taft High School in San Antonio and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition from the University of the Incarnate Word. In 2004, she earned her executive M.B.A. from UTSA.

"I always loved cooking, and I love food, so I figured, why not?" she said. "What I really love about being a dietitian is the versatility in whatever you do. You can find whatever fits your personality and your family."

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