When it comes to food, we believe in getting back to basics. We love real, unprocessed, fresh, yummy food with ingredients that nourish your body and mind, and make you feel good. Low calorie, low fat, over processed, “chemical cuisine” products are manufactured in a lab with everything but your health in mind. We embrace a shift in focus to the restorative power of using quality, thoughtfully sourced, ingredients that satisfy your cravings and taste delicious. We believe in food as medicine and have seen the empowering ways real food can transform your body.

There is a lot of nutrition information in the media that makes it very difficult to figure out what is best for your body. That is why at Little Legumes Nutrition, we have an individualized approach with each client, to make sure your needs are met. Whether you’re pregnant and concerned about making the best choices to nourish your baby, a frustrated parent dealing with a “picky eater,” struggling with a new diagnosis or a chronic illness, or looking to eliminate those extra pounds- we can help. We enjoy working with children, families, and anyone who wants to make a positive change for their health.

We are not the food police- but we are dietitians, nutritionists, health coaches, cheerleaders, motivators, and personal advocates for your best health. We believe in feeding the body great food and always making room for your favorite indulgences.

Elana Sussman, RDN, CPT, CLE, CLT

Elana has nearly a decade of experience in nutrition and lifestyle counseling, fitness, and nutrition education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, completed her nutrition studies at California State University, Northridge and graduated from the New York- Presbyterian Hospital Dietetic Internship program. Elana holds certifications as a personal trainer, lactation educator, food service protection manager and has received advanced clinical training in food allergies and sensitivities.

In addition to her private practice, Elana works as a clinical pediatric dietitian at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, specializing in pediatric neurology and neuromuscular disorders. As a registered dietitian, she has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families providing nutrition counseling in lactation, pregnancy, diabetes, weight management, gastrointestinal disorders, cardiac care and ketogenic diet therapy.

When she is not working, Elana enjoys traveling, hiking, tennis, cooking, and relaxing on the beach.

Sarika Sewak, MPH, RDN

Sarika has worked passionately in the field of nutrition since 2003. She completed her dietetic internship at New York University in conjunction with New York Methodist Hospital and went on to earn a Master’s degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Community Nutrition from New York University. She subsequently completed research with New York City’s Department of Public Health to help low income mothers and children gain access to Farmer’s Markets.

Currently, Sarika works as the lead Ketogenic Dietitian in Pediatric Neurology at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She has also worked to expand UCLA’s Ketogenic diet program to include adult neurology and oncology clients. Sarika has extensive experience in several areas of nutrition and wellness including Pediatrics, Modified Atkins diet therapy, food based Tube Feedings, Prenatal/Postnatal nutrition, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), Heart Healthy nutrition and Weight Management.

Born and raised in Kailua, Hawaii, Sarika, a beach lover at heart, now calls Santa Monica home. She can frequently be found splashing in the waves of our local beaches with her husband and two lively kids.