Indonesia: Aria Novitasari
Indonesia: Aria Novitasari
Aria Novitasari is a Nutritionist with a degree in Nutrition and Public Health. She is our DAB member in Indonesia.
How long have you been working with Herbalife?
I’ve been working with Herbalife for 3 years.
What is your role with the Company?
I work in Product Marketing and our team is responsible for developing marketing materials and product promotions to drive sales. We develop product-related literature and tools, including leaflets, newsletters, flyers, and posters. I also develop and conduct product training for internal staff and Members.
Why did you choose nutrition as a career?
I love eating and I’m not a picky eater at all. But I realize our bodies need not just food, but we need more nutritional value from the food that we consume. Food has nutrients in it, substances that give our body many important things that we need. They provide us with energy and also help control the way our body grows. That is the reason why I chose nutrition as my major and career. I want to share with everyone that “the key to staying healthy is eating the right food.”
What is the best part of your job?
I meet new people almost every day. And, I have an opportunity to share my knowledge about nutrition, current health and diet issues and, of course, I love travelling.
Everyone, even nutritionists, has a ‘guilty pleasure’ when it comes to food. What’s yours?
I enjoy gorengan and hot honey tea on a rainy day. Gorengan is the Indonesian name for fried snacks. Actually gorengan is a common name and it doesn’t represent only one specific food, but a group of snack foods that are deep fried (they are quite oily!). My favorite gorengan is called Pisang Goreng (fried banana). And for me, the best way to enjoy pisang goreng: spread peanut butter on the top pisang goreng, sprinkle with a huge amount of shredded cheddar or parmesan cheese, and toasted almond slices!
If you had just one piece of nutrition advice to give to someone, what would it be?
Eat at least one piece of fruit a day. It is even better if you can take one piece of fruit with every meal.
What are some of the latest diet and nutrition trends in your country?
The Keto Diet is very popular in Indonesia lately. There are a lot of pros and cons about this diet, but a good thing that has come from this trend is that people who adopt this diet are trying to prepare their own food.
If you weren’t a Dietitian/Nutritionist, what would you be?
I would be a photographer.
What is something that most people don’t know about you?
I love cooking and baking.
Please provide your personal favorite Formula 1 shake recipe.
Mung Bean Shake
2 tbsp mung Beans (Boiled until soft)
2 scoops Formula 1 Shake Mix, Vanilla Flavor
1 scoop Personalized Protein Powder
200 ml skim milk
1 tbsp toasted black sesame
Place mung bean, Formula 1 Shake, Protein Powder, milk, and ice cube in a blender. Blend until smooth. Sprinkle with black sesame.
Can you please provide a recipe that could be part of a healthy meal that represents your country/region?
Gado-gado literally means “mix mix” since gado-gado is the plural word of gado. In Indonesia, gado-gado is a one dish meal.
1 tbsp vegetable oil
100 g firm tofu, chopped into small chunks
200 g baked chicken breast
100 g cooked potatoes, chopped into chunks
1 whole egg, in shell
25 g green beans, halved lengthwise
10 g chinese cabbage, finely shredded
1/4 cucumber, thinly sliced
25 g beansprouts
1/4 carrot, shredded
Handful coriander, leaves picked and roughly chopped
For the peanut dressing:
50 g peanut butter
2 tbsp kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce)
2 tsp shrimp paste or dried crayfish
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp soft dark brown sugar
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 or 2 fat red chillies
150 ml water
Juice 1 lime
Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok and boil a small saucepan of water. Fry the tofu for a few minutes each side in the oil until brown and crispy, then transfer to a plate. Add the potatoes to the frying pan and cook for a few minutes until they are warmed through and starting to crisp, then tip onto the same plate and set aside to cool.
Add the egg to a pan boiling water and cook for 7 minutes, then plunge straight into cold water to cool. Peel, slice and set aside.
Fill the saucepan with fresh water, bring to the boil and add the beans. Cook for 2-3 minutes until just tender. Drain and run under cold water until cool, then drain and set aside.
To make the peanut dressing, put the peanut butter and kecap manis in a bowl and mash together with a fork until smooth and combined. Whisk in the remaining ingredients.
Put the tofu, chicken, egg, potatoes, beans, cabbage, cucumber, beansprouts, carrot and coriander in a large bowl or arrange on a platter. Drizzle over half the dressing and serve.
(Remaining dressing can be used as a dipping sauce for vegetables – makes a great snack).
Selfie of Aria with Dr. Dana at a Training Event in Indonesia, 2017.