The 5 Components of a Perfect Salad

The 5 Components of a Perfect Salad

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.

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How to Roast Spaghetti Squash

How to Roast Spaghetti Squash

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.

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Building A Perfect Smoothie

Building A Perfect Smoothie

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.

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How I Passed the RD Exam (2017 Edition)

How I Passed the RD Exam (2017 Edition)

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.

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