Simple Mills Chocolate Chip Cookies…. oh and PB

What do you do when it’s The First Official Week of Summer and 106 degrees outside?!?! You turn the oven on and bake some chocolate chip cookies. DUH. More importantly you bake the cookies so when you need to make an ice cream cookie sandwich you are already prepared. See always one step ahead of y’all (yeah…not really).
I will be honest and say, that I am not the most savvy in creating recipes. So when I can find a product that I can ‘get down with’ I want to use it, exploit it, devour it. I am a dirrrtyyy girl. Sorry, not sorry. Plus, when I finally have my dream come true to be on a first name basis with Juli Bauer from PaleOMG and she’s like, “Oh yeah, don’t you love this (insert whatever product)?” and I can respond with confidence, “Oh totes girl, I recommend it to all my clients!”
Insert: Simple Mills Products. Simple Mills products are simple, delicious, real food in a baking mix. They classify themselves as gluten-free, grain-free, non-gmo, soy free, and paleo friendly. Their products range from almond flour crackers to frosting, cookies, pizza dough, vanilla cake, and muffins. I first saw them through PaleOMG and was super excited to find them at my local health food store here in Antelope Valley and TARGET (damn, #targetdoesitagain). In a world full of processed foods, it is refreshing to find a company that wants to provide as many natural ingredients in a product.
The chocolate chip cookie mix ingredients include: almond flour, chocolate chips, organic coconut sugar, tapioca, organic coconut flour, baking soda, and sea salt. Simple ingredients. To finish this mathematical baking equation you add:
Milk (dairy or non-dairy) + vanilla + butter or oil (coconut, vegetable, or grapeseed)
For me I used Almond Milk (unsweetened) and coconut oil. Coconut oil is made from the pressing of the white meat inside the shell of the coconut. Coconut oil is one of the most abundant sources of saturated fats. The saturated fat in coconut oil is comprised of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) – basically a chain of fatty acids that are of medium length. MCTs have shown to be broken down differently in the body and not stored in our fat cells, when compared to other saturated fats such as lard. This could create a thermogenic effect, and boost fat burning action in the body. I am an advocate for coconut oil not just for its weight loss effects but that it can reduce inflammation in the body and MCTs are a good fuel source for your brain and body.
FURTHERMORE, I added another experiment to also ‘test’ an additional product. Dun…Dun..Dun..powdered peanut butter. (yes roll your eyes). But I get so many questions on natural peanut butter versus powdered peanut butter. SOOO I decided to buy a container and use it. I used the product Just Great Stuff Powdered Organic Peanut Butter. The ‘benefit’ of the product is it provides that peanut butter flavor for 90% less fat. The ingredients in this powdered peanut butter are: organic peanuts, organic coconut sugar, and sea salt. The nutrition for 2 tbs of powdered PB are: 50 cals, 5g Fat, 1.5g Fat, and 5g Carbs with 3g Sugar.
Without further adieu….
Ingredients:
1 Simple Mills box – Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 tsp. vanilla
3 tbsp. MCT Coconut Oil (I would recommend using 2tbsp. – 3 made it very oily)
3 tbsp. Unsweetened Almond Milk
2 tbsp. Organic Powdered Peanut Butter
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GANGs ALLLL HERE.
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Whisk almond milk and vanilla.
  3. Add Simple Mills Cookie Package ingredients and mix to form. 4. Add coconut oil and mix together. Then add your powdered peanut butter (or NOT).
  4. Use 1 tbsp. to form small balls and place on parchment paper. Box says it makes 12 cookies, and I was able to make 16.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
  6. Enjoy with ice cream, fat free whip cream, or just by itself!

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IIFYM: IF IT FITS YO’ MOUTH.

Macros per cookie: 97 calories, 1.5 g protein, 9.7g carbs, 3.9g sugar, 6.1g fat.

Side Note: Because their products contain no preservatives, you need to store the cookies in the fridge or freezer, for sake keeping!

Tips for ‘MACRO FRIENDLY’ TRAVEL

As the famous Matthew McConaughey said in the brilliant film ‘Dazed and Confused’, “You just gotta keep livin’ man, L-I-V-I-N.”
Life will never be perfect. Yes, this Type A ‘Perfectionist’ will admit to you that life nor I will ever be perfect. There will always be something that will come up that may take you out of your comfort zone. During my Dietetic Internship, a rule of thumb, was learn to be flexible. I attended a conference in San Diego, that was sponsored by General Mills (eye roll). Let’s just say the food choices they offered to me were not ‘macro friendly’ and would have me needing to catch up on my protein macros the rest of the day. Yet they allowed me to come and go during lunch – insert Plan B – a trip to Whole Foods. At Whole Foods, along with my hand dandy food scale, I was able to use the Salad Bar combined with the Hot/Cold Food Bar to create an awesome ‘macro friendly’ lunch. Plus, it allowed me to save some extra carbohydrate macros for going out to dinner at any swanky San Diego restaurant. We won’t always have control over certain situations but we have control over the path we take to reach our goals. Here are a few of my tips for macro tracking (or sticking to a healthy eating plan) when life happens.
  1. Travel Food Scale – Even if you don’t macro track, its a good way to keep food in balance and moderation. AWS – 600 Digital Food Scale from Amazon is only $9 – invest in yo’ self.
  2. If staying in a hotel, call beforehand to see if there is a fridge or microwave available to you. If so you can pack oatmeal to cook in the microwave, store vegetables and protein such as turkey lunch meat to have a health snack on hand when those SNACCidents happen.
  3. Snacks that don’t need a fridge can be – trail mix, Rx Bars, protein bars.
  4. Scope out restaurants in the area of where you are staying so you can find look up the menu and find a meal that fits within your goals.
  5. Balance, Variety, and Moderation – remember LIFE HAPPENS, learn to enjoy the good times. When we learn to indulge in foods we don’t normally have it allows us to take the power and control back in our hands and not let food be the boss of us.
Life will never be perfect. Your nutrition may never be ‘cookie cutter’ perfect or the best. However, it isn’t about being perfect or the best but being better than you were the day before.

 

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Nom, Nom, Nom
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Cold Food Bar
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Hot Food Bar
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Treat YO’ self

The SUBTLE ART of WAFFLES (aka ABS)

“Life is like riding a bicycle,

To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

Albert Einstein

Since completing the Dietetic Internship, I have attempted to check off everything on my year long bucket list I made. Things like Disneyland, Harry Potter World, reading, recipe development, and upgrade/expand my blog and brand. I didn’t realize how hard it would be to attempt all this in a month before starting the Dietitian job I accepted. Especially Disneyland and Harry Potter World……I just want a Butter Beer and to ride “It’s A Small World” but alas God has other plans.

However reading books, recipe development, and upgrading/expanding my blog is something I can do and slowly (at a snails pace) getting them done. I have successfully done two second recipes, whoop whoop. Like I said snail pace. However, I am killin’ the reading game right now. Currently, I am reading ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life’ by Mark Manson. Basically every word, sentence, paragraph and chapter is a TRUTH BOMB. Do yo’ self a favor and get this book NOW!!!!! After venturing through my second ‘100 Happy Day’ Posts for Instagram – I have been determined to keep this Happy Day theme on rolling. Hence the quote from Einstein, to keep the balance in life you must keep moving. And I intend on moving onward and upward in life. Yet, I realize that not everyday is filled with unicorns and rainbows and I know I put so much focus on things that I may not be able to fix or change. This may be detrimental to me in the long run. Hence deciding to read ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck’. The first TRUTH BOMB from the book is: Wanting positive experience is a negative experience; accepting negative experience is a positive experience. As I learned from the book Mindset, when we accept negative experiences or when we fail it opens us up to growth. When we accept a growth mindset it opens numerous doors for success and happiness in our lives. So this is my growth mindset, acknowledging that I fail at blogging or posting recipes on a daily basis but I choose to put my focus on things I can do. Do you boo, boo.

The SUBTLE ART of WAFFLES

Let’s be honest, when you have WAFFLES there isn’t any room for negativity. Plus we all know WAFFLES are just PANCAKES with ABS. And if the saying is true you are what you eat…..then I AM ABS. ANDDD these Double Chocolate Chip Power Waffles are just what I need to help me POWER through the day and keep me fueled for my workout. I’m a big fan of Kodiak Power Cakes mix because of its carb:protein ratio and limited ingredients. The Siggi’s yogurt, is the new kid on the block, and is based on Icelandic yogurt promoting simple ingredients, low sugar with a high protein content. I also decided to add a half scoop of chocolate whey protein to increase the chocolate-y flavor all while making these waffles even more AB-tastic…..
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Ingredients:
53 grams Kodiak Cakes Mix
1/2 scoop (15g) Chocolate Whey Protein
1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
150 grams Siggi’s 0% Vanilla Yogurt
1 egg
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
15.0 grams Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels
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Directions:

  1. Combine dry ingredients in one bowl – Kodiak Cakes, protein powder, cinnamon, and baking soda and mix.
  2. Combine wet ingredients in a separate bowl – almond milk, yogurt, egg and whisk.

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4. Using a waffle maker (or you can make these into pancakes), keep cooking heat on low and cook it long so that the waffles can crisp up and cook all the way through.

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Optional: Sprinkle extra Chocolate Chips on top because YOLO.

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Whole recipe makes 6 waffles (2 Waffles/person).
Per serving:
150 cal | 14.2g Protein | 19g Carbs | 4.5g Fat

ROLLIN’ WITH THE HOMIES

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER PROTEIN BALLLSSSSS
#WHATSMYSNACK
These Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls are super easy to make with only a couple of ingredients and less than 20 minutes to make. You can add them to your morning yogurt to have some extra chocolate goodness to start your day or have as a snack during the day with the HANGRY feels hit ya. These balls are nutrient dense packed and macro-friendly.
Gluten-Free Oats – a great source as a complex carbohydrate with fiber to aid in digestion.
Flax Meal – a great source for fiber (GI gut health), essential fatty acids (alpha-linolenic acid, a precursur to omega-3 fatty acids), and lignans (phytochemicals that has antioxidant properties).
Protein Powder – added protein to help repair muscle damage from workouts.
Natural Peanut Butter – source of protein and monounsaturated fat, and taste creamy GOOOODDDD.
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1 cup Gluten-Free Oats (Bob’s Red Mill is what I used)
1/2 cup Natural Creamy Peanut Butter (you can use any nut butter)
1 tbs. Raw Honey (melted before added to mix)
2 tbs. Cocoa Powder – unsweetened
2 tbs. Flax Meal
2 scoops Chocolate Protein Powder (I used ON brand because I find it to be the best option with less fillers and for a cheap price)
1/4 cup water
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Directions:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and stir. Add water to help mix everything together. If mix is still too dry add more water – 1 tbs. at a time.
  2. Place in fridge for 20 minutes to let rolls harden up.
  3. Roll in to 14 balls and store in fridge or freezer.
  4. ENJOY!
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Per ball: 113 calories | 6.6 grams protein | 8.4 g carbs | 5.5 g fat.
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GANG’S ALL HERE. 
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Combine all ingredients. 
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OOOEYYY GOOEYYY.
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ROLLIN’ with the HOMIES.
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BALLSSS OUT.
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CHECK OUT THOSE PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS.
I can’t wait to BALL out with these babies.

Ding Dong: The CAKE of Nutrition.

What is Nutrition?

Nutrition

Nu·tri·tion | noun |

: the act or process of nourishing or being nourished; specifically: the sum of the processes by which an animal or plant takes in and utilizes food substances <foods that are necessary for human nutrition>

Do you eat Nutrition? NO.

Do you eat food? YES.  

So…what is Food?

Food

\füd\ | noun |

: material consisting essentially of protein, carbohydrate, and fat used in the body of an organism to sustain growth, repair, and vital processes and to furnish energy; also : such food together with supplementary substances (such as minerals, vitamins, and condiments)

: something that nourishes, sustains, or supplies.

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I have been asking myself as I come towards the end of my Dietetic Internship, what is it that I want to take away from the whole experience. Obviously a CAREER, duh. But how am I, going to add my expertise and knowledge to the field of Nutrition and Dietetics???? It is a question I keep asking myself, every day. So I decided to use my Blog to help answer that question.

I have learned over these past 8 months that food is a powerful and resonates with each person in a different way. Okay, let’s be honest I didn’t just learn this but I am definitely more aware of what food is capable of. Food can make us feel good, remind us of our favorite childhood memory, the perfect fix for a rainy day (it’s like Sleepless in Seattle in “Sunny” Southern California), bring family and friends together around the table, be romantic when with our loved one, and so many more good things. Yet, for every “ying” there is a “yang” or in the case of food – for every “ding” there is a “dong” (I love Ding Dongs). The food we eat can make us feel worse at times, eating too much sugar and fat can make us feel awful, can complicate diseases we already may have such as diabetes and obesity, and we eat to get rid of the pain or shame we feel. So many complex emotions that can come from eating a freakin’ Ding Dong.

I want to be on the side where I help with those emotions that come up when you want to eat that dang Ding Dong, and you begin to tell yourself lies. I want to remind you that you are more important than that lie you tell yourself that you don’t deserve the life you want or that “eating healthy” (whatever that means) is too much work and too expensive, you don’t want to die in Coconut Oil, and you don’t want to give up the Ding Dong, the soda, the fries, the whatever. What I want to do is help personalize what food means for you. Going back to the definition of food: consists of protein, carbs, and fat to help grow, sustain, and repair. The second definition also defines food as something that nourishes. Think of food as the vessel of nutrition. 

Let’s now create a formula for food:

(Pro * CHO * Fat) + (grow * sustain * repair * nourish) =

Making BETTER FOOD choices that will help you GET FIT and FEEL GOOD.

Not once in that formula does it say do a keto-crash diet for 30 days (eye roll), or a 6 week aggressive tillapia and asparagus diet where your pee smells 24/7 and once you think of smelling bread again you instantly gain 10 pounds (The Transformation Center probably pees gold that smells like asparagus). Now I am not saying I hate the Whole30 or 21 – Day Sugar Detox. Whole30 is very educational and teaches you how to eat food in it’s natural form and to pay attention to how body adapts to what foods we eat. And you don’t need organic to follow Whole30. Plus if you haven’t heard Whole Foods is going out of busnazzz. Hence, nobody eats organic as much as they say they do. And let’s be honest we all need to cut sugar from our diet.

But….what it does say is make BETTER choices of FOODs that will help me GET FIT and FEEL GOOD. I want to eliminate the confusion and complication when people ask well what do I eat. We 1) Pay attention to what foods we are eating and how our body feels 2) We then can make better choices of the foods we eat. As we change the foods we eat so does our taste buds and we begin to grow an aversion to the processed foods 3) We then start to feel better 4) We workout because we want to use our better food choices to GET FIT.

Yes, not everyday is going to be easy. And there will be days that you won’t want to eat that broccoli on your plate. Guess what?!?!? That is OK. Did you workout today? Yeah, awesome then don’t worry about that broccoli, is there another dark green vegetable you like? Would you be willing to eat that grilled chicken with a sweet potato? How about homemade chicken fajitas and use a flour tortilla to have a taco? I just gave you 2 meals – in – 1. You’re Welcome. 

I recently listened to Dr. John Berardi, Founder of Precision Nutrition (don’t knock the program –  it is actually pretty legit and probably does more good than an RD treating a non-compliant diabetic suffering from neuropathy) who was a guest speaker on Brute Strength Podcast. He had a quote that resonated with my current lifestyle.

“When you get in shape by a hard diet and a hard fitness regiment – the problem is it doesn’t translate when life gets hard and you can’t have perfect fitness and diet. You aren’t building the skill of being in shape when life happens – when the family is busy, when you have bills to pay, when your car doesn’t work, when your job requires extra time – when life happens.”

Podcast Link: http://brutestrengthtraining.com/podcast/perfecting-your-diet-ft-dr-john-berardi-of-precision-nutrition

John Berardi Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/john.berardi.page/

Precision Nutrition – www.precisionnutrition.com 

As a Registered Dietitian I want to help build the skill of when life happens and you don’t have a perfect fitness program or a perfect diet, how do you respond. If we use one of the fundamentals of CrossFit, that at the base of any movement is strength then at the base of being in shape is the skill to adapt and change as much as your circumstances do….when life happens. 

Not every individual is the same. No skill will be the same for every individual. Some people may want to always be Paleo or some may not. Some may like Whole30 and then splurge every 30 days. You may have the Vegetarians or the Pescatarians. Some may only want to follow Macros and want to know how to Fit-ness Whole Pizza In My Mouth. I want use Food and Fitness to help YOU PUT YOUR BEST FORK FORWARD and build the skill of being in shape through all aspects of life.

NOW with that being said let’s go eat some freakin’ Ding Dongs.

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Put YOUR Best Fork Forward.

In other news, March is National Nutrition Month and to celebrate, I had intended to post a nutrition tip everyday, 31 tips to help Put YOUR Best Fork Forward. Welp. That soon became 20 then 15 and then became 12 super duper nutrition tips. Below is my Facebook link where you can go check out these awesome tips and some much more awesome content. ENJOY!

Facebook Link:

Beyoutifully Bulletproof

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CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS

WOW. I know it has been a quick minute since I have even written a blog post. Let alone think about writing a blog post. Life has taken many twists and turns since my last post and once I have put all my thoughts and feelings together, I will provide you with an in-depth look at my messy life. Stay tuned friends. (Because I know ya’ll are such avid readers and miss me so and can’t wait to know what I have been up to).

As I have been grooving along this Dietetic Internship, I have no control in where I go, schedule changes, traffic piling up on the 405, not being able to do FITNESS, or most importantly idiotic people. BUTTTTT I can control things such as my attitude towards these things and controlling the food I eat to not let it drive my emotions. Having control over the food I eat and the amount has been my life-saver through this life change. Let’s put it into perspective….How many times have you not packed or brought your own food with you somewhere and before you know it, it has been hours since you’ve last eaten and the hangry sets in. Then you have to apologize for what you said when you were HANGRY.

“Murder is like potato chips; you can’t stop with just one.” – Stephen King  

Don’t eat the ‘potato chips’, once you pop the PRINGLES you don’t stop. Once you get HANGRY it sets the mood for the rest of the day and you have lost complete control over your day. It’s a vicious cycle my friends, vicious. Which is why the good LORD made Sunday to let us rest and to meal prep. I shall be even more cliche and say “Fail to PLAN, PLAN to FAIL.” So here is a small slice of what my Meal Prep Madness is….

Let us begin with the best meal of the day……BREAKFAST

SPINACH PROTEIN WAFFLES

When those days come that you can’t workout and you want to eat the everything and the kitchen sink – protect yourself with waffles. Because waffles are just pancakes with abs, and everyone wants abs. Green will also give you HULK strength, it’s science.

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Look at those chiseled abs!

 INGREDIENTS

2 cups Kodiak Cakes Protein Packed FlapJack Mix

2/3 cup canned pumpkin

1 + 1/3 cup liquid egg whites

2 cups spinach (or kale)

2 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice (IMPORTANT to get rid of the bitter flavor from spinach)

1 tbsp. honey

dash of vanilla extract

(shoutout to Petite Athleat for the recipe)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine wet ingredients in a blender or VitaMix and blend until a gross green color.
  2. Add dry ingredients to bowl and mix together. Add wet to dry ingredients. STIR.
  3. Measure out 1/2 cup servings for waffle maker. Makes about 6 full waffles.

MACROS PER WAFFLE

218 calories | 23.2 g protein | 25.5 g carbohydrates | 1.4 g fat | 6 g sugars | 4.3 g fiber 

 And if you’re feeling Hobbit-y, second breakfast is always a good idea.

Egg white cups with kale and BAE-con.

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Shut the KALE up.  
  1. Cut and cook 12 oz. bacon, then add kale to cook in bacon grease.
  2. Divide bacon and kale into a 24 muffin pan.
  3. Pour egg whites into each muffin cup.
  4. Cook at 35o till egg is set.

Next on the menu……

BISON MEATBALLS

Bison is the new meat on the block (get it…). Bison is lower in fat and cholesterol compared to beef and chicken, loaded with flavor, and still abundant in protein. In addition, is abundant in B vitamins and multiple minerals such as iron and phosphorous, which are important for transporting of red blood cells and keeping strong bones.

Forming meatballs creates versatility for all my meals. I can add meatballs to spaghetti squash to make meatball spaghetti and add broccoli to make it HEALTHY AF or add to a mixture of zucchini and mushrooms. The possibilities are endless.

INGREDIENTS

1 pound ground bison

1/2 tbsp sage

1 tbsp chopped parsley (used dried)

1/4 c chopped green onions

1/4 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp pink himalayan salt (FANCY AF)

1/4 tsp black pepper

drizzle of olive oil

(makes about 21 – 1 oz. meatballs)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Mix bison and seasonings together.
  2. Weigh 1 oz. meatballs and shape and roll. Be careful not to roll too much because bison is a leaner meat.
  3. Drizzle olive oil on top.
  4. Put on grill for 30 minutes. Flip meatballs at 15 min.
  5. CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS  – 1 serving = 3 meatballs.
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FANCY
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ROLL OUT
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CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS

MACROS PER 1 serving = 3 MEATBALLs

128 cal | 14.7 g protein | 3.4 g carbohydrates | 6.7 g fat

SIDE ORDERS

You always need side orders during the day to go along with the main dishes.

Spaghetti Squash is so versatile as I mentioned above. For 12g of carbohydrates you can have 200 g of spaghetti squash. Add it to the meatballs or already cooked chicken and veggies. My second favorite side dish is Kabocha squash (jolly green giant). Kabocha as a sweet taste that resembles sweet potato or butternut squash. For 30g carbohydrates you can weigh out 200g of Kabocha compared to only 180g of Sweet Potato.

Hi ALEX TREBEK, I’ll take 200g of Kabocha.

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Golden Goodness. 
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Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail. 

And when the sweet tooth hits….

Macr0-Friendly Pumpkin Cookies  

Ingredients

2 cups Kodiak Cakes Protein Packed Mix

3/4 cup pumpkin puree

1 tbsp honey

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp of vanilla extract

1/2 c liquid egg whites

yields 28 cookies

Directions

  1. Add and mix all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Roll small pieces of dough and place on baking sheet.
  3. Bake in oven at 325 for 10-15 minutes or until slightly golden brown.
  4. ENJOY.
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Makes it so romantic with the candle. 
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MELT ME AWAY. 

My philosophy on nutrition has evolved over these past 6 months is I have realized that no one will eat 100% healthy and some days we may fall off the wagon. But if we can make food taste good, be healthy, and fit within their required macronutrient needs, then that is a #LIFEWIN in my book. Some days may be CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, and I sure hope those meatballs taste damn good!

A Week In The Life of a Dietetic Intern

A Week In The Life of a Dietetic Intern

As of June 2016 I have embarked on new journey that took on a whole new form of ‘adulting’ for me. And yes, to answer your questions I am that BASIC and I use the term ‘adulting’ on a regular basis. In January 2016 I applied to California State University Northridge Dietetic Internship for one of the coveted 12 spots. I was offered and accepted the position of Community Concentration Dietetic Intern for 2016-2017.

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Name Badge is VERY IMPORTANT.

 

And I am sure you’re asking yourself – What does a Dietetic Intern even do??? Don’t fret because I am here to tell you or do a show and tell to be more presice. My week begins like this:

Monday

Oh Monday you Basic B____. Every Monday is what we call Consortium. It is a ‘class’ that includes all of the Greater Los Angeles Dietetic Interns – CSUN (me), Cal State Long Beach, VA Los Angeles Hospital, Cal Poly Pomona, PHF-WIC – and we convene in one area for a gazillion hours in a day to discuss Nutrition Topics. These topics can be from as simple as creating a portfolio to as advance as how to do a physical nutrition assessment for a malnourished patient or how to assess insulin medication for a type II diabetic. Wowsa I know. But Consortium’s require traveling – lots of it. I so far have traveled to VA Greater Los Angeles Hospital (off the 405 freeway of death), Children’s Hospital LA, Children’s Hospital Orange County, and Irwindale.

 

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CHLA – Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
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Children’s Hospital Orange Country. AKA CHOC.

 

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Irwindale. Still couldn’t tell you where that is.
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ALL THE COMMUTING NEEDS ALL THE COFFEE.

 

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UHM WHERE’S CASSIE?!?

It is also a chance for me and my fellow CSUN Interns to spend some quality time with one another. Let’s be honest some days are not always sunshine and rainbows with unicorns when you are a Dietetic Intern and spending time with one another and sharing our experiences is always a good thing especially for our mental status. One thing that me and a fellow intern have created is: The Fake Laugh. No matter how bad your day, week, or month a “Fake Laugh” will always make it better. 

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Just Fake Laugh.

 

Tuesday

This is when the real fun starts. Tuesday through Thursday are classified as your rotation days. I am currently in my Nutrition Therapy (aka Clinical Nutrition) rotation. This requires a total of 416 hours. I’m sure you’re like “Damn that’s a lot of hours” and I respond with “Yes, but you know what the best part is?” and you say “What?” and I say “The hospital I am during my Clinical Nutrition at – is only 10 minutes away from my lovely apartment”. 

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BOW CHICKA BOW WOW.

Hospital days start at bright and early at 8am. Currently I am rotating with the Dietitian on the PCU floor aka Progressive Care Unit. Progressive Care Unit is just a step down from the ICU but patients still require 24-hr monitoring. I sit with her as we go through each admitted patient on the floor and assess whether they need a Dietitian Consult, Assessment, or Monitoring. Once we assess how many patients we then print out our list and make notes for each patient we will see on rounds. Notes such as height, weight, diagnosis, past medical history, critical lab values, and any other important information to help us create an Nutrition Intervention Plan. Once 9:30am comes we leave the office and go to the floor to do rounds. And let me tell ya – I see A LOT of COOL CLINICAL CASES BUT I can’t go into detail because…..H-I-P, HIPAA. We walk the hospital for about 2 and a half hours = my exercise for the day. 

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MY EXERCISE MOST DAYS.

After lunch is charting time. Charting is one of the scariest things but also the most beneficial. This allows me to apply what I learned on rounds and create a Intervention for the patient as well as a plan for Monitoring and Evaluation. Let’s be real – it’s not really me doing it but the Dietitian – yet I get to learn and hone my skills to provide a well-planned Nutrition Assessment and Intervention.

 

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MY HANDY DANDY POCKET GUIDE.

For me Tuesday charting is only an hour because Tuesday is my class day. I leave at 2pm for class at CSUN. The class is titled Food and Drug Nutrient Interaction. And it will haunt me in my sleep and for the rest of my years. Discusses everything from what happens if you eat this food that has this vitamin/mineral and could disrupt the drugs you take. JUST SAY NO TO DRUGS PEOPLE! Oh and don’t ever ever eat Grapefruit or drink Grapefruit Juice if you got like a gazillion medical problems. Thank you. Tuesday’s finally end once I get home around 8:30-9pm. And I prep to do it all over again the next day.

 

Wednesday

Hump Dayyyyyyy!

Each day is pretty much the same. Depends on which Dietitian I rotate with and which floor they do clinical rounds on. Except this day I don’t have to leave at 2pm, I get to chart on patient’s till 4:30pm.I then go home review what I learned in the day and prep for tomorrow.  I have to remember that this Dietetic Internship is a full-time job and I am determined to CARPE THE DIEM OUT OF THIS. Remember?!?! But I do have to remember to find balance in my life. Wednesday nights are my dedicated swimming nights. Swimming has helped clear my mind and calm my nerves over the past year. It’s a good reminder that fitness doesn’t always have to be in a place with four walls. And its the only night they have late night lap swimming in good ole’ Lancaster. 

Thursday

Sorry to bore you but the same as Wednesday, but once I leave the hospital at 4:30pm it means my weekend starts. PARTAY TIME. (Disclaimer: My weekend doesn’t really start I still have to go to work at WIC on Saturday) By PARTAY TIME I really mean its time to turn into an old woman with no life. Sort of like the carriage in the Cinderella turning back into the pumpkin. Yes I said pumpkin – it’s PUMPKIN SEASON Y’ALL. And now back to your regular scheduled blog post. Thursday nights mean I get to go to CrossFit and get some fitness in as the guys like to say and then home to stuff my face with food. And of course asleep by 10pm because 1. I am exhausted and 2. I still am determined to hold on to part of my old life and coach CrossFit at 6am the next day.

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DIETICIANS? DIETITIANS? JUST DO AS THE ENGLISH DO.

Friday

Ahhh! The WEEKEND. I get to start the day at 6am will some of my favorite people. Coaching CrossFit at 6am has become something I cherish and enjoy so much. Some people would say you’re crazy but I love these people. CrossFit – as I said before – will always be apart of my life and coaching classes while I pursue my other dreams is something that brings me happiness and a sense of calm to my crazy life.

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The OG #6am CREW.

Oh and can’t forget about the 8am boys club. I’ve got a soft spot for these studs.

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8am BOYS CLUB.

SATURDAY

Three words to describe my Saturday job at WIC: JUST FAKE LAUGH.

SUNDAY

Take the time to thank JESUS that I made it through another week and get ready for the next. Oh and a sprinkle of fitness because it keeps me sane.

This new life change hasn’t been the easiest but on the days that I get to counsel a person on nutrition or create an intervention plan for someone is worth it. My grandmother has always told me GOD has put us on this earth to help others and this is how I want to help others. I love this stuff. Each day we have the choice to wake up and say I GET TO DO whatever it is you want to do with your life. And when we GET the chance to do what we want, were basically #winning. And if that don’t work  – JUST FAKE LAUGH.