Holley Grainger

Holley Grainger

Holley Grainger, MS, RD is a nationally recognized nutrition and lifestyle expert, who has instructed millions of home cooks on how to make simple, fast and healthy meals through her online videos, media appearances and writing.


Holley was the Food and Nutrition Editor of CookingLight.com and MyRecipes.com for over five years where she hosted over 650 online cooking videos for MyRecipes.com including the award-winning “Dinner Tonight” daily video series. She also created, wrote and hosted CookingLight.com’s “Real Life Nutrition” video series having filmed over 50 videos featuring everything from healthy eating during the holidays to cooking with kids.


Holley was recognized by the College of Human Environmental Sciences at The University of Alabama in 2010 with the Professional Achievement Award in Dietetics and by the Alabama Dietetic Association as the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year in 2009.


Prior to her current role, Holley was Associate Food Editor of Southern Living magazine. She began her career at Oxmoor House books as an Assistant Food Editor editing cookbooks such as The Best of Cooking Light, Weight Watcher’s Annual Recipes for Success 2003, 2004 and 2005, and Weight Watcher’s Shortcut Cookbook.


Holley is an honors graduate from The University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition and a Master of Science in Human Nutrition. She is a Registered Dietitian, having completed her dietetic internship at the Medical University of South Carolina. Holley has been featured in hundreds of television and radio segments nationwide including Dr. Oz, The Doctor’s, NBC’s Today Show and Weekend Today, CBS’s The Early Show, TBS Movie and a Makeover, Fox News Channel, CNN, and others.


Holley currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband, Brent, preschooler, Ellie, and toddler, Frances. Keep up with Holley on Twitter or like her facebook page for healthy recipe suggestions, smart diet advice and motivational healthy eating tips.



  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Dietitians in Business and Communications Practice Group
  • Food and Culinary Professionals Practice Group
  • Nutrition Entrepreneur Practice Group
  • Alabama Dietetic Association
  • International Association of Culinary Professionals
  • Les Dames d’Escoffier
  • University of Alabama Human Environmental Sciences Advisory Board

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Co-Blogger / Teaspoon of Spice

Creative, enthusiastic, hard working, reliable and personable, Holley is a fantastic collaborator. Her warm personality shines on camera while backed with a sound knowledge of nutrition and culinary science. She is the entire package and a joy to work with – this lady is going places!

Andrea Carrothers

Vice President, Food and Nutrition / Porter Novelli

I had the pleasure of working with Holley last year for a speaking engagement on behalf of a client. Her creative thinking and engaging personality really brought the presentation to life, and received excellent reviews from attendees. I look forward to the opportunity to work with her again and recommend her wholeheartedly as a speaker on a wide range of nutrition and culinary topics.

Michael Grady

Senior Producer / Time Inc.

Holley is a wonderfully talented writer, producer and video host who is highly collaborative and a pleasure to work with. Her ability to apply nutrition and culinary information to everyday living is unparalleled. She’s dedicated to her audience and uses her many charms to deliver positive messaging about food and nutrition.

Carly Zipp Garbis

Communications, PR, and Events Professional

Holley was a phenomenal on-air personality for MyRecipes.com. She did whatever was needed to make a segment come to life on-air, whether it was at the Today Show, a satellite media tour of 22 stations, or local broadcast media. Unlike many on-air personalities who use food stylists, Holley prepared everything herself. The food was not only delicious, but looked professionally styled and amazing. Everyone who worked with Holley in the media loved her, she is warm, smart, sharp, well-spoken, and extremely easy to work with. It was easy to promote her, and my pleasure to do so.

Karen Ansel, MS, RD

Nutrition Consultant, Author

I worked with Holley for several years while she was the nutrition editor for CookingLight.com and she was an absolute joy to work with. Holly has the rare combination of culinary, nutrition and journalism expertise that inspire journalists to become better writers. She’s also incredibly efficient and always has a positive attitude. In a nutshell, Holley is everything a writer could hope for in a nutrition editor.

Shannon Steward

Recruiter / Greenway Health

Holley's recipes and cooking tips are always fantastic! She has such a great personality that really shines through on camera when she is on the Today show or on the local news or when she is posting recipes on Facebook. By keeping up with the trends of Social Media, Holley is able to keep the public and her fans updated in tune with the latest and greatest!

Erin Cofield

Vice President, Health and Wellness Communications / National Dairy Council / Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy

Holley’s approachable, multimedia nutrition advice sets the bar, making it fun for families to learn and apply nutrition tips for well-being

Vasu Thorpel, RD

Nutrition Coordinator / Chick-fil-A Wellness Center

Holley is an engaging speaker with a vibrant personality! She connects well with the audience and empowers them by giving easy, practical, and doable tips for meal planning. Her recipes are both delicious and nutritious. She was truly a pleasure to work with and created a seamless process in organizing our Wellness Education Session on Meal Planning Strategies.

Kim Reddin

Director of Public & Industry Relations / National Onion Association

Working with Holley has been wonderful. She is smart, efficient, fun, and practical. Thanks to her we have revived our blog, improved our recipe section online, and introduced Pinterest to our social media portfolio.

Anne Cain

Director of Communications / Southeast United Dairy Association

When you need your nutrition message delivered with personality and style, Holley Grainger should be your first choice.  Just watch her on the long-running healthy cooking video series, Dinner Tonight on MyRecipes. com and you’ll  see that she has the talent and the knowledge to make healthy cooking easy and fun.

Debbie Morrison, MS, RD

Former Professor / University of Alabama

I have been so proud of you as you have developed into a remarkable woman, mother, and very talented dietitian. Your knowledge and ability with social media is so impressive, you are at a level I could never even begin to approach. Just wanted to say congrats on such a great job and on representing “today’s dietitian” so well!

Ashley Kappel

Senior Editor / MyRecipes.com

Whether I need quick, sharp copy or an energetic video presence, Holley Grainger is at the top of my call list. Holley’s turns around work on time and on budget and is great at suggesting trends to cover and social media wins to capitalize on. She’s well spoken, media savvy, well versed in social media, and just plain fun to work with.