Recognizing the Best of the Best

Sophisticated Woman Magazine on April 1, 2019 at 10:01 am

Now in its 14th year, The Northshore’s Best is bigger and better than ever. Every year readers look to the collective opinion of their community to see which businesses, services, health professionals, restaurants, shops and entertainment establishments are chosen as the cream of the crop. And this year, we segmented the voting to designate specific Northshore areas. West St. Tammany, East St. Tammany and Tangipahoa each had the opportunity for their residents to weigh in on their hometown picks. We welcome the winners in those specifically assigned areas to the elite list of Northshore favorites.

Along with congratulating the winners, we’d like to thank all of you who voted. Each year the excitement around the event grows and this year we had record participation in our online voting for the 2018 round-up. Your vital input is what makes it possible for us to compile such a vast array of recommendations that are valuable to your neighbors and newcomers to the area all year long.

Sophisticated Woman Magazine is honored to serve as this important link between local businesses and the Northshore communities they serve. We invite you to discover what all of our winners have to offer and look forward to seeing you at our favorite places and events–from the dry cleaner and the grocery, to the best eateries and social events of the year.

Go Red for Women’s Luncheon 2019

Circle of Red is a society of women who have the passion, the motivation and inspiration to drive and influence change in the community regarding heart health of women in their community and across the country. Circle of Red Women help support the mission of Go Red For Women® by making a personal financial commitment to the movement.

The 15th anniversary of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women’s Luncheon was March 29 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. The program empowers women to share survival stories and elevate awareness that heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women each year.

Go Red for Women and FestiGals New Orleans honored female medical practitioners who are leading the fight against heart disease in New Orleans.

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New Orleans Magazine – Faces of Louisiana

Face of Weight loss


Sensible Meals

Ingrid Rinck founded Sensible Meals in 2014 following her son’s Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis. In only four years, Rinck has grown her Louisiana-based business into the largest meal-prep company in the country. With an eight-figure business and workforce made almost entirely of women, Sensible Meals helps keep the local economy growing.

Sensible Meals’ perfectly portioned, calorie-restricted meals allow clients to use excess body fat as fuel, which has resulted in life-changing weight loss for tens of thousands of Americans. Sensible Meals even ships nationwide! As the go-to meal plan in Louisiana and nationwide, Sensible Meals provides a mix of healthy and fun foods that make it possible and easy to stick with the plan. The company and owner have received numerous designations including Best Meal Prep and Weight Loss Company, Entrepreneur of the Year, and Top Female.

Ingrid remains committed to the community and gives throughout the year to various local charities focused on diabetes and women in need through the Leading Ladies League, which she founded this year.

Facebook/Instagram @ingridrinck @SensibleMeals

Faces of Louisiana is an advertorial feature highlighting leaders of various industries in Louisiana.


Biz New Orleans Magazine December 2018

“Diet is about doing it right most of the time and having fun some of the time.”

So says Ingrid Rinck—and she should know. Rinck is the creator of Sensible Meals, the largest meal prep company in the country. Based in Mandeville, Rinck built an eight-figure business from her home.

She worked as a personal trainer for twenty years, but her emphasis on nutrition came from her family: in 2014, her son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Rinck pored over every fact she could find on nutrition. Out of that dedication came Sensible Meals, a company focused on helping its clients reach optimal health.

Sensible Meals has grown from a one-kitchen operation to a six-kitchen business with a preparation facility and over 1200 employees. The packaged meals created there are freshly prepared and preservative-free. The food produced is healthy and good fuel for bodies.

Rinck is a socially-conscious woman—both her business and philanthropy focus on helping others. Rinck founded the Leading Ladies League, two groups of “ladies that lunch,” located in Mandeville and New Orleans. The women dress up to a theme set for a once-monthly lunch, and all proceeds generated by the group’s lunch are donated to a women’s charity.

Last but not least, Rinck teaches at her studio, Built by Ingrid Rinck, where the classes of free of charge but donations are encouraged. The money raised at the studio goes to Type 1 diabetes-based charities, as well as funds to send children to diabetes camps each summer.

Waistlines Are Shrinking While Business Is Growing

Sophisticated Woman Magazine on March 29, 2019 at 5:19 pm 

SENSIBLE MEALS IS continuing to take the south and nation by storm! It’s the fastest-growing and largest meal-prep company in the country, and it’s based here in our area. Creator Ingrid Rinck calls both Mandeville and New Orleans home, as well as the corporate headquarters for her over 1,200 employees. The 38-year-old entrepreneur is a seasoned personal trainer with over 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industries.

When her son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, a disease that rendered him insulin dependent, Rinck poured herself into learning everything she could about nutrition and controlling health through food. She altered her family’s diet and lost weight herself. Eating healthy, controlled portions, Rinck quickly lost the weight she gained while pregnant with her third child —and an additional 45 pounds, losing 100 pounds total in only 10 months. Her portion-controlled meals led to the creation of Sensible Meals, which now helps tens of thousands of people lose weight, gain back their confidence and reach optimal health.

Sensible Meals boasts countless testimonials from clients, many who have faced challenges such as diabetes, PCOS and heart disease and have tried every diet. They are amazed at what portion control has done for their health and they continue to meet and exceed their goals through the Sensible Meals program. All diets stem from the same fundamental calorie deficit, but this program gives clients built in cheat meals which keeps them on track towards reaching their goals. Rinck loves to show people that weight loss and health don’t have to be miserable and a constant task. It’s about doing it right most of the time and having fun some of the time. Her system is designed so clients don’t feel deprived or frustrated, and then quit. “We focus on moderation, not depriavation,” she stated. She hopes to inspire clients because she struggles with the same issues. “We’re not in the business to make anyone the next supermodel,” she stressed. “We’re all about being healthy, not perfect.” The program is affordable and the company offers live assistance 12 hours a day.

Sensible Meals has received numerous awards since its founding. This year alone the company was named “Northshore’s Best”, Top Meal Prep, Top Weight-loss Company and Top Health Food. Ingrid has been named Entrepreneur of the Year, Louisiana’s Face of Weight Loss and Sophisticated Woman’s November “Enterprising Woman.” Her passion for helping people is as important to her as the success of her business. Rinck is a major sponsor of many charities including the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation and donates to children’s diabetes summer camps and medical supplies.

Sensible Meals continues to grow locally, win awards and expand nationwide. With Ingrid’s leadership and business savvy, she is helping our local economy grow and waistlines shrink! For more information, visit and @sensiblemeals and @ingridrinck.

The New Orleans Magazine – Top Female Achievers



Ingrid Rinck

Owner, Sensible Meals

New Orleans native Ingrid Rinck was a single mom with three kids working as a personal trainer when her family received some very difficult news.

“My son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes,” she said. “Only about 5 percent of diabetics are type 1.”

Often diagnosed in children or young adults, type 1 (or juvenile) diabetes occurs when a person does not make enough insulin, which results in dangerously high blood sugar levels. There is no known way to prevent it, but it can be managed with help from a very careful diet and exercise.

“I literally had to start portioning out his food or he could die,” said Rinck. “So I started cooking differently and I realized that I was losing weight eating this way. Soon, other people started asking me to cook for them too. That’s where the idea for the business came from.”

Rinck formed Sensible Meals in 2014 near her home on the north shore. In just four years, the company has become the largest of its type in the country, employing over 1,200 people, 90 percent of whom are women.

“I like to give other women, including other moms, opportunities,” she said. “We’re also big on giving back to organizations like the American Heart Association and those associated with juvenile diabetes.”

Operating out of giant kitchens in Hammond and Mandeville, as well as 11 free pickup locations around Louisiana, Sensible Meals also ships meals nationwide.

“It feels good to know that we’re changing people’s lives,” said Rinck, by giving them something affordable, something sustainable, that’s helping them live healthier lives.”

Advice to young women. “You don’t have to be stuck where you are, but you have to be the one to make the change. And once you do make that change, it’s important to put your hand out and help someone else. There is always someone you can help.”

Inside The Industry: Meal Prep/Weight Loss

Inside The Industry: Meal Prep/Weight Loss

Sensible Meals

Ingrid Rinck, Owner & CEO

Ingrid Rinck, Owner & CEO

Just three years ago, local entrepreneur Ingrid Rinck launched a healthy meal service called Sensible Meals from her hometown on the Northshore. Within two years, she would find herself leading the fastest-growing and largest meal prep business in the United States. Based locally, Sensible Meals is proud to be shipping to clients nationwide. They offer the lowest meal prep prices and shipping rates in the entire U.S. allowing more people to experience the benefits of having their food prepared and portioned for them by professionals.

“Our growth has been so successful that we’ve expanded our kitchen space and staffing this year to keep up with demand,” says Rinck.

Sensible Meals’ key to client success is its balanced mix of clean, “diet” foods with comfort, “fun” foods at affordable prices. New Orleans red beans and rice is a staple and favorite item on their menu. The simple portion-controlled meals are made with fresh ingredients and are ideal for people with little time for meal planning and without the funds to hire a private chef. The program provides a lifestyle that’s both healthy and remarkably easy to maintain. With four different meal programs to choose from, clients can focus on what’s best for their weight and health goals. Take one look at the company’s social media pages and you can feel the excitement around this brand that is changing lives.

Sensible Meals is proud of its status as a majority female-run company, with women serving in the positions of CEO, head chef, and as 95% of its workforce. In 2018, the company looks forward to continued growth as it helps clients reach and maintain their goals.


Ingrid Rinck – Steel Magnolia

2016 Steel Magnolia

As Owner and CEO of the largest meal preparation program in the country, Ingrid Rinck knows what it means to be a successful businesswoman. But for her, success has always meant something more. Aside from her sizable philanthropic contributions to organizations like March of Dimes and the Red Cross, Rinck says her biggest accomplishment “is helping women see their strengths.” 98 percent of Sensible Meals employees are female, and 95 percent of those female employees are mothers. Rinck insists on a work environment that allows for financial security as well as flexible hours so her employees can balance their work and family lives. She’s been told she has a gift “for showing women what they can achieve, and helping them get there.”

Community Crusader: Ingrid Rinck

Community Crusader: Ingrid Rinck

Owner/CEO Sensible Meals

Ingrid Rinck is the creator/CEO of a national brand positively influencing the health outcomes of people across the country. Sensible Meals is a cutting-edge meal plan service that provides a smart, simple, and effective way to consume flavorful, fresh foods and see fast results. With the continued success of her fast-growing program, Rinck is paying it forward by stepping up for individuals and families in the community.

“I was once a single mom on a limited income, and I understand what it means to have support when you need it,” says Rinck. Today, she finds creative ways to help struggling families, whether it be through involvement with numerous Louisiana nonprofits, by covering a local single mom’s medical or legal costs or by simply seeing another mom in need and reaching out.

She seeks to empower others in all of her endeavors and has been recognized by the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, March of Dimes and other organizations for her efforts.


 St. Charles Avenue Magazine

Redbook Magazine – Stories of Women Who Lost Weight Without Fad Dieting

By Perri O. Blumberg  

Major weight loss is totally possible — just ask these women, who revamped their habits to feel stronger and healthier than ever.

When Ingrid was pregnant with her third child, she went through some difficult personal issues, turned to food to soothe herself, and watched as the number on the scale went up…and up and up. In all, she gained 100 pounds. “I basically self-medicated with food,” she says.

After giving birth, she vowed to find a sustainable way to lose the pounds. For her, that mean not depriving herself of any one food group, instead eating until she felt satisfied, not stuffed. “I ate three meals a day with small portions,” she explains. “They consisted of mostly lean protein, carbs, healthy fats, and vegetables. And I changed my view of food — from looking at it as a source of pleasure to seeing it as a source of fuel for my body.”

In 3 months, she dropped 40 pounds, and her energy levels and stamina skyrocketed. By the 8-month mark, she’d lost all 100 pounds. “Make vision boards of where you want to be and what you want to look at,” she advises. (Hers contained goal-oriented images: a healthy family, outfits she eventually planned to wear, and beach vacations.) “Looking at these boards on a daily basis trains your mind to see you as that fit, healthy person,” she adds.