National Nutrition Month!

March is a time dietitians and fellow rd2be’s hold dear – it’s National Nutrition Month! That’s right, nutrition gets a whole month dedicated to it (although if you aren’t hooked up with the field at all you probably wouldn’t know that, I know I didn’t until last year). Every year the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND) puts out a theme for the month and this year it’s “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right“.

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Looking forward to spring!

Hello everybody! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Yesterday was the first day of spring – can you believe it?! The sun’s out for longer at night, the temperature is creeping back up, and we get to look forward to growing season!

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Truth be told, spring has never been a particular favorite of mine. It starts out muddy and cold, and before long its pouring, and then we get a few short weeks of temperate weather before delving right into summer. But, with spring comes the new growing season as we eagerly anticipate the farmer’s markets and fresh produce at the grocery store.

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Today I thought I’d put a little list together for those who are looking to shop seasonally because produce (1) tastes better, (2) is much cheaper, (3) and can be purchased locally. If you’re keen on finding some spring produce when you go grocery shopping, keep your eyes out for this produce.

  • Apricots
  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Honeydew
  • Limes
  • Mango
  • Peas (snow peas too)
  • Pineapple
  • Rhubarb
  • Radishes
  • Spinach

This is just a small list, and be aware that not every area has the same availability. But be sure to try and incorporate some of these items in your meals this season for a fun and fresh taste after the hearty flavors of winter!

Enjoy the season!

How To: Sleep Better

Hello all! I hope you’re settling into the week smoothly despite losing an hour to Daylight Saving Time (why does such a thing exist Mr. Ben Franklin?). But what great timing to talk about sleep and just how important it is.

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No-Bake Energy Bites

So this is a bit of a big step. I don’t think I’ve ever posted a recipe on forksandnature before *shock horror*. But this one is so easy, so quick, and it can easily fit into a day of meal prep and the best part? You get to have a quick snack that’s portable, easy to munch on pre-workout, post-workout, for breakfast, whenever, and it’s tasty too.

No-Bake Energy Bites! You’ve probably seen variations on the recipe floating around the Internet. They’re a big hit among everyone, and it wasn’t until this semester that I began to see why. This recipe can easily be customized to suit your preferences. And you can vary it week by week depending on what you’re feeling. Just make sure you have enough of the wet ingredients to balance the dry so you can easily form the balls.

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This is one particular recipe I’ve found that works quite well, but feel free to play with it as you like!

  • 1 C dry oats (you can use whatever kind you have on hand)
  • 1/2 C peanut butter (creamy works best)
  • 1/3 C honey (the darker the honey it is, the more subtle the sweet flavor is FYI)
  • 1/2 C chocolate chips (using mini-chocolate chips is a lot of fun in this recipe)
  • 1/2 C pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc. (optional)
  • 1 T chia seeds (I use a mixture of chia and flax seeds)

Dump everything a bowl and give it a good mix. Let it chill in the fridge for 30 minutes (a lot of the time I let it chill for awhile since I forget about it haha). After it’s chilled, roll the mixture into whatever-size balls you’d like and then store in the fridge!

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And that’s it. Talk about so easy anybody could make ’em.

What are your favorite no-bake energy bite variations?

Have a great week!

NEDA Reflection

Hello all! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I know I didn’t exactly time this post right with National Eating Disorder Awareness Week being last week and all, but I still wanted to take a moment and talk about everything that it stands for because I think it’s incredibly important.

Eating disorder awareness is something that I’ve found tends to blend into the background when it comes to most of nutrition. Granted, registered dietitians are not the sole healthcare point of contact when it comes to eating disorder recovery, but I still feel like we should be just as integral in promoting its awareness.

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So you want to be a nutrition student?

Today I’m about to get up close and personal with you. I’m going to tell you future nutrition students some things you might not want to hear. Some of the things I say may make you question yourself. But let me make myself 100% clear: despite everything I say today, I couldn’t be happier with my choice to become an RD. So yes, even when I lay out all my frustrations with this field, know that I am content with my choice because it feels 110% right.

Regardless, if you’re thinking about majoring in nutrition in college, considering becoming an RD, or if you’re already in nutrition and debating switching majors, this list might be something for you to take a peek at.

Ten Things You Should Know Before Becoming a Nutrition Student:

  1. Everybody else thinks you’re “just studying food so how hard can that be?”
  2. If you think you’ll “just be studying food” you might want to reconsider.
  3. Justifying that nutrition is science is a daily occurrence.
  4. It’s expensive. And I don’t mean just tuition expensive, I mean be prepared to dole out a lot of money between memberships to professional organizations, your internship, and random things your professors want you to have.
  5. Oh yeah, that internship. 1200+ hours working for free and slowly dying for 10 months? Sounds fun.
  6. Ooh did I mention how competitive this field is? The internship only matches about 50% of its applicants. Good luck! (<– Not sarcasm, I know a lot of you have submitted DICAS recently and I know you’re waiting on pins and needles, so really, good luck!)
  7. If you’re becoming an RD (which you should if you want to do anything nutrition-related) get ready to sit for a tough credentialing exam after your internship.
  8. All your friends will suddenly stop wanting to eat around you (possibly). Or, they will constantly be looking at your plate and dissecting what you’re eating. You’re a nutrition student and you’re having a cookie? *gasp*
  9. This field is so vast it’s so hard to pick what direction you want to go in (which isn’t totally bad).
  10. You will doubt yourself and your desire to follow this path. Stay strong because it will be worth it in the end, I promise.

I’m making nutrition sound like a pile of poo, but I promise it’s not. And maybe these don’t apply to every nutrition student out there, and maybe they won’t apply to you, but throughout my time these are some of the things I’ve encountered. Nutrition is a fascinating subject and it opens the doors to being able to help so many people. I don’t regret my choice for a second, but I do wish that I came into it more prepared than I was. Hopefully armed with this short list of sarcastic quips you feel a little bit more prepared for the journey you’re about to embark upon.

Have a wonderful week ya’ll.

Don’t get rid of that chocolate!

So, it’s the day after Valentine’s Day. Your loving valentine has just gotten you a box of chocolate. Sure, you indulge a little bit on V-Day – but what do you do the day after? You don’t want to scrap the box (it might make your valentine feel bad), but you can’t keep it around (you’re still kicking butt on your New Year’s Resolutions after all) – you’ve reached a predicament.

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