(So)(Co) Sit Down with Miranda Hammer


I'm excited to share this week's (So)(Co) Sit Down contributor with you. I met Miranda Hammer in high school through my dear friend, Sophie Mathewson who is the photographer of many of the photos on my site (and Miranda's!). In any case, although I've known Miranda for 10+ years, we didn't really connect until recently as we're both business owners in similar industries. We've shared a few delicious lunches together including this one at Darrow's a few weeks ago. Miranda is known for her Instagram account, @thecrunchyradish and the delicious recipes she whips up, displays in bowls and seem quite simple to make. Her chickpea poppers are one of my favorite things, especially for parties! So, if you're looking for a dietician and/or someone new to follow on Instagram, Miranda is your girl. 



How do you spend your days?

It truly varies. I typically like to have one day a week focusing on recipe development and photographing.  One day is usually devoted to seeing my clients. The other days are spent on developing client materials and meals plans, writing for my website or writing and developing content for partnered contributions. Of course there is always time for “market research” and checking out the newest and sometimes healthiest restaurants.

What are three things you are grateful for?

To be working in a field that I am truly passionate about that helps people live better and healthier lives.

To be able to work for myself.

That I am surrounded by an immense amount of supportive and inspirational people who continue to motivate and encourage me to follow my passion and grow my business.

Explain your lifestyle in 5 words or less.

Crunchy, balanced, protective, active, and delicious

If you were to attend a potluck dinner, what would you bring?

Edamame dumplings with peanut dipping sauce sprinkled with gomasio

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If you could gift everyone you meet with one book, what would it be and why?

I love Vegetable Literacy by Deborah Madison. She breaks down all the botanical families of vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers with simple and inspiring recipes. It is my bible during CSA season where I end up with so much produce and am constantly looking for inspiration for quick and simple ways to utilize my bounty.  


What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

Squeeze my fur baby, Henry Pepper

If you could change one thing in your daily routine, what would it be? What would it take for you to make that change?

I would like to be able to be more removed from my phone, social media, and email.  I would like to be able to have allotted time frames for when I am on Instagram or when I respond to emails, instead of letting it all spill over and occupy more time than I would ideally like it to. I think it would take a great deal of discipline and willpower to change that aspect of my routine.

What does being healthy mean to you?

Having balance. I do not believe in being a purest all the time. I am all for quality of life and having conscious indulgences, as long as you are able to remain on track a majority of the time.

What song can immediately change your mood in the best way possible?

Big Parade by The Lumineers

What is one piece of advice someone has given you that shifted your way of thinking?

One of my best friends and biggest advocators told me during a time of doubt and questioning my path that I have a distinct, powerful, and unique voice - to continue sharing my message, because people are listening.

What article of clothing/outfit do you feel most empowered wearing?

Probably a long sleeve striped tee, it has sort of become the uniform here at Crunchy Radish. It’s a reminder to myself that I have the power to run the show, I am my own boss, carving out a place for Crunchy Radish.

Complete this sentence: “In order to be happy, I need to….”

Be eating good (tasting and for me) food

What do you have going on in your life that you’d like to share with the (So)(Co) Community?

New and exciting lifestyle content, recipes, and video coming soon to the Crunchy Radish, contributions on Refinery 29, a Spring rooftop dinner party, and Radish Recs: Scotland, Morocco, and the Hudson Valley. 

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Miranda Hammer is a Registered Dietitian, wellness and lifestyle consultant, recipe developer, and writer. Miranda received her Masters in Clinical Nutrition at New York University and completed her clinical rotations at New York Methodist Hospital. Past experiences include over a year as a Clinical Dietitian at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, volunteering with Gods Love We Deliver and at NYU Langone Medical Center as well as serving as a nutrition and health educator and cook with Wellness in the Schools. Prior to entering the nutrition field, she worked in marketing and PR with The Office of the Mayor of the City of New York and Scholastic Inc. Throughout the course of her graduate and undergraduate studies, she performed various roles in the restaurant industry where she learned a great deal about cooking and food service. Currently, she works with private and corporate clients inside and outside the kitchen. 

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