I've been on Winter break for nearly five weeks, one of the perks of the Semester system of RD school. Ask me if I like the semester system thirteen weeks in, and I'll tell you how I really feel.
Though this month has been busy working on dietetic internship applications, working, and volunteering, it has also been a month of more free time, more workouts, more early morning sips of black coffee in our quiet apartment, and more time spent with family and friends.
So, to keep the positivity going, here are some things I have been loving, most especially throughout the past few weeks. Sharing is caring, so I hope you discover something new, and please do tell me what you have been loving lately!
Oh She Glows: The Best Shredded Kale Salad
This is so predictable. A future dietitian recommending a kale salad. However, give me a chance to explain. I actually had to stop making this kale salad for a few days because I went through 4 bags of organic kale from Trader Joes in a week. I slightly alter her recipe as I prefer toasted pecan pieces and organic raisins. This dreamy, crunchy, lemon-y, sweet kale salad is a dream. It is midwestern-fiance approved, though I hope for his sake I get sick of it soon. It's not looking like that will happen though. The key is taking the time to chop your kale! Have I convinced you yet? #allthefiber #getyourgreens
Kale Salad with some soup, the dinner I made for my family one evening
Making a Murderer via Netflix
We started watching this show New Years Day. By episode 2, I was completely addicted and spent the next week watching an episode or two each night, doing my best to prolong the show as much as possible. It's fascinating. And though, yes, you must take it with a grain of salt, knowing all evidence cannot be incorporated into the documentary, it's nonetheless thought-provoking and relevant, given the spotlight over the past year on law enforcement and corruption (hint: it's everywhere).
As part of the Whole30 I have been doing, I've tried a few new recipes, including a Shepards Pie, which didn't sound appetizing to make at first. However, one Friday evening, I resisted Whole Foods hot bar and followed the Whole 30 book's recipe for Shepards Pie. Since then, I have made this with both bison and turkey, and both are delicious. A savory base of quality meat, celery, carrots, onions, and thyme, along with a naturally sweetened sweet potato and coconut mixture on top is bound to make anyone's tastebuds happy. It's filling and healthy, and the perfect Winter comfort-food dish. I recommend the Whole 30 Cookbook for the recipe, but you can also try this recipe or this one.
Ancestral RDs podcast: All About Vitamin K2 with Dr. Kate Rheaume-Bleue
Whenever I drive down south to San Luis Obispo to visit family, I love to catch up on all my favorite podcasts. The Ancestral RDs, Kelsey and Laura, are by far my favorite podcast to listen to as a young health professional. I find them inspiring, real, and incredibly educational. One of their most recent podcasts featured Dr. Kate Rheaume-Bleue, a doctor of Naturopathic medicine, and an expert on Vitamin K2. She wrote the book Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox: How a Little Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life. Anyone taking a multi-vitamin, Vitamin D, calcium, or anyone simply interested, I encourage you to listen to the podcast. It's fascinating to learn about Vitamin K2's (an often misunderstood, forgotten Vitamin) role in calcium regulation. Let's just say, her book has been ordered. Thank you, Amazon Prime!
So those are a few of my favorite bits right now. Next week, it is back to school for this RD to be. Though I am not looking forward to having class every day, I am certainly looking forward to finishing my program, and hopefully getting into a dietetic internship; fingers crossed. No matter what, I am staying positive, focusing on taking care of myself and my loved ones, and thinking 2016 will be a good year, indeed.