Cara Harbstreet, MS RD LD is a Kansas City-based registered dietitian and the owner of Street Smart Nutrition. She is a nationally-recognized food and nutrition expert, author, and consultant. Cara obtained a Bachelors of Science in Dietetics & Nutrition from Southeast Missouri State University before completing her Dietetic Internship and Masters of Science in Dietetics & Nutrition at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Cara frequently partners with major media groups, grower & producer organizations, food brands, and commodity & industry groups and contributes regularly to digital and print publications. She is passionate about helping people rediscover joy in eating deeply nourishing meals without restriction or fear, and enjoys candid conversations about the food system, nutrition, and cooking.

Cara shares sound nutrition science and health-promoting messages across multiple social media platforms, the Street Smart Nutrition blog, and a variety of other media-related endeavors. Cara is also the author of “Healthy Eating for Life: An Intuitive Eating Workbook” plus two cookbooks, and actively volunteers within the dietetics profession.

My Cookbooks

Healthy Eating for Life

Healthy Eating for Life

The Healing Soup

The Healing Soup

The Pescatarian Cookbook

The Pescatarian Cookbook


The health and wellness world is a crowded space with many voices trying to reach above the rest. Partnering with a registered dietitian can elevate your message on a platform of credibility, authenticity, and expertise in the areas of nutrition and human health.

Cara provides dynamic, creative messages that stay true to her commitment to simplifying health and removing restriction and fear around food. She has experience in a variety of media settings, including print and digital media, social media, broadcast media, podcasting, and blogging.

Services Available:

  • Spokesperson Work and Brand Representation
  • Media Appearances and Community Events
  • Custom Recipe Development and Food Photography
  • Speaking Engagements and Webinars
  • Content Creation for Blogs, Newsletters, or Marketing Collateral
  • Social Media Campaigns (Facebook Live, Twitter Chats, and more)

Client Testimonials

Cara’s passion for educating her social media audience and clients alike shows in her personal, engaging yet humorous communications around nutrition. Personally, I find Cara to be one of the best voices focused around intuitive eating and demystifying diet fads. She’s sort of an all in one package: part comedian, part educator, part motivator and part nutrition rockstar.
Kasim Hardaway, President & Founder of The TKG Agency
Cara operates at the highest caliber. From strategic planning to the execution of brand partnerships, Cara is articulate, credible, and timely. I would – and will – recommend Cara 10 out of 10 times for any future opportunities.
Brooke Clay, Digital Strategist and Owner of Rural Gone Urban 
Street Smart Nutrition is a trustworthy and knowledgeable resource because she is both a RD and because she is genuinely interested in being a part of the larger conversation on food. She works to create a consistent dialogue about food that is inclusive and interesting, while incorporating a healthy understanding of today’s food systems. Cara’s quality of work for our brand is outstanding. She works hard to understand our goals and then delivers… every time. 
Jodi Oleen, Director of Industry Relations for Kansas Pork Association

Current & Past Partners Include:

  • Whole Foods of Kansas
  • Nestle
  • Kansas Farm Bureau and Kansas Living Magazine
  • Kansas Pork Association
  • Arctic® Apples
  • Luvo
  • KIND Snacks
  • Dairy Farmers of America and Half & Half Magazine
  • Egg Nutrition Center
  • Seafood Nutrition Partnership


If you’d like to reach out, I’d love to hear from you! Street Smart Nutrition is open to collaborations, sponsored posts, guest posts, or more. Let me know if you think we would be a good match for what you have in mind! Email me at [email protected].

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