Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in Austin, Texas

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Austin Texas BJ FriedmanBJ Friedman, PhD, RDN, LD

I love food. I believe that we should all enjoy eating the best tasting and highest quality food available. My motto is “Don’t waste calories on bad food.” But I know that buying, preparing, and eating great tasting and healthful foods is not always easy. We’re busy and it’s so easy to become overwhelmed by the information about food and health.

I can help you. My approach to food is that it should taste good and be healthful, but not restrictive. I believe that eating real, whole foods achieves these goals. And I use the latest evidence-based nutritional and lifestyle recommendations that improve health and treat nutrition related disease symptoms.

I’m currently accepting new clients for meal planning, grocery store tours, and in-home pantry makeovers. I can meet with clients in-person at our Central Austin location, in their homes or favorite grocery store, or virtually via video chat.

Prior Experience & Training

Consultant in Private Practice
Professor, School of Family and Consumer Sciences ,Texas State University
Lecturer, Department of Home Economics, University of Texas at Austin
PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin (1985)
Master of Art in Nutrition from the University of Texas at Austin (1982)
Dietetic Internship at Elkhart General Hospital (1978)
Bachelor of Science in History / Nutrition at  Illinois State University (1975)


​Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN #510236)
Texas State Licensed Dietitian (LD #DT84738)

BJ’s Delicious Creations


  • Moore B, Friedman B, Crixell SH. Usability of the Self-Mini Nutritional Assessment® among home delivered meal recipients in Texas. 2015. Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal. 44(2): 159-171. DOI: 10.1111/fcsr.12133
  • Reat AM, Crixell SH, Friedman BJ, *Von Bank JV. Comparison of Food Intake among Infants and Toddlers Participating in a Central Texas WIC Program Reveals Some Improvements after WIC Package Changes. 2014: Journal of Maternal and Child Health. 19(8):1834-1841
  • Crixell SH, Friedman BJ, *Fisher DT, Biediger-Friedman L. Improving Children’s Menus in Community Restaurants: A Best Food for Families, Infants, and Toddlers (Best Food FITS) Intervention in South Central Texas, 2011-2014. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2014;11:140361. DOI:
  • Crixell SH, Friedman BJ. The Texas School Breakfast Intervention Project: Part II. Nutrient intake of children offered foods higher in fiber and lower in fat. J Child Nutr Mgt.1999;23(2):80-86
  • Crixell SH, Friedman BJ. Model menus at a child development center: A registered dietitian incorporates a variety of whole foods into meals and snacks. J Child Nutr Mgt. 1999;23(2):91-95
  • Friedman BJ, Hurd-Crixell SL. Nutrient intake of children eating school breakfast. Accepted by the J Am Diet Assoc. 1998; 99(2): 219-221
  • Friedman BJ, Hurd SL, and Ferris B. Texas school menu compliance with US Dietary Guidelines for Americans. J Am Diet Assoc. 1998; 98(11):1325-1327
  • Hurd SL, Friedman BJ. The Texas Breakfast Intervention Project. Part I. Children will accept foods higher in fiber and lower in fat. J School Food Serv Res Rev. 1997;21(2):82-88
  • Hurd SL, Friedman BJ, Cise N. Evaluation of the implementation of the US Dietary Guidelines into the child nutrition programs in Texas. J Am Diet Assoc. 1996;96:904-906
  • Friedman BJ, Hurd SL, Cise, N. Implementing the Dietary Guidelines: Promoting whole grains to children. Natl School Food Ser Nutri J. 1995;49:71-74
  • Friedman BJ, Kaufmann M. Teaching students the legislative process. Newsletter of the Dietetic Educators of Practitioners. 1993;11(1):5,10
  • Friedman BJ. Urban and rural agencies provide adequate nutrition to the hungry. .J Am Diet Assoc.1991;91:1589-1590
  • Friedman BJ, Nutrients provided by emergency food boxes from urban and rural food distribution agencies. J Texas State Nutri Council. 1991;1:2-4
  • Friedman BJ, Amos T, Goldman, D. The dietary treatment of hypercholesterolemia. Texas Med.1990;86: 31-37
  • Friedman BJ, Freeland—Graves JH, Bales CW, Behmardi F, Shorey—Kutsche RL, Willis RA, Crosby JB, Trickett, PC, Houston SD. Manganese balance and clinical observations in young men fed a manganese-deficient diet.JNutr. 1987;117:133-143
  • Freeland-Graves JH, Friedman BJ, Han WS, Shorey, R L, Young R. Effect of zinc supplement on plasma HDL—cholesterol and zinc. Am J Clin Nutr. 1982;35:988-992
  • Graves J H, Han W S, Friedman BJ. Shorey, R. L. Effect of dietary Zn/Cu ratio on cholesterol andHDL—Cholesterol levelsin women.Nutr Rep Inter. 1980;22: 285-294