As a human trying to be kind to my body, I ordered a salad and was thankfully NOT disappointed. It was perfect in every way - tangy, acidic dressing, nuggets of nuts and dried cranberries to mine for, savory grilled chicken, crunchy, fresh mixed greens, and more. Since that day, I have eaten a salad daily in search of the perfect copycat recipe. I haven't created an exact replica yet, but I'll post the recipe when I do! All of the salad recipe testing, however, has got me thinking about what makes a perfect salad. Here are the 5 key aspects that make a salad absolute perfection.Read More
You've heard about spaghetti squash. Some miracle substitution for pasta that magically turns into spaghetti in the oven??
It's not magic. It's not a miracle. But it is tasty and a vegetable, so I'm here to teach you how to cook it.
Tip: You will need a very sharp, sturdy knife.
As a person who made a living* making smoothies for high-level athletes for the past 3 years, I am confident in my smoothie/shake-making abilities. When they think of smoothies and shakes, most people probably think of:
A. a bodybuilding gym bro chugging water and protein powder in a shaker bottle
B. a health-obsessed yoga guru sipping on a green juice in her Instagram story
While we might be bombarded with these images on social media, there are actually shakes for all kinds of health goals - weight loss, weight gain, muscle gain, maintenance, etc. The key to a perfectly balanced smoothie or shake is to add ingredients that give you either macronutrients (protein, fat, carb) or vitamins and minerals and other good-for-you things.Read More
So I did it. I passed the RD exam.
You're probably too stressed to hear about my happiness, so I'll jump right into the whole process.
My route is likely a little different than yours, because I completed my dietetic internship during my undergrad at The University of Alabama in the Coordinated Program of Dietetics. After I graduated with my BS in early May, I waited nervously for the paperwork to clear through CDR. Pearson emailed me about 2-3 weeks after graduation saying I was authorized to take the RD exam. Exciting, but also terrifying.
I recommend scheduling your exam as soon as possible, because the testing centers book up quickly. It's not just future dietitians taking exams - there are nurses, teachers, etc. all in the same room taking the biggest tests of their lives. I was in the San Francisco area for the summer and the centers were pretty full, so I booked my exam date later than I planned - the first week of July.
After I paid for the exam, reality set in. Now I actually had to study.Read More