Life Lately and Recipes!

I have completely dropped off from blogging lately but I do have some good excuses. A few weeks ago (Memorial Day weekend) I gave my first nutrition lecture! Part of my program as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner is to do a community project and I titled mine “Nutrition Outside of the Box”. I went through the different macronutrients and what each of them does, how to build a balanced plate (like my blog post here), how to read an ingredient label (I will definitely do a post on this!), some common nutrition myths and misconceptions, and a green smoothie demonstration (because I’m sure everyone was hungry after I rambled on for an hour). It went really well and I had so much fun! I have an amazing family who is extremely supportive and I think everyone enjoyed it and hopefully learned a bit more about nutrition!

 

Green Smoothie that I used for my demo- spinach, flax seed, banana, mango, and almond butter with almond milk
Green Smoothie that I used for my demo- spinach, flax seed, banana, mango, and almond butter with almond milk

Since then, I have been studying like crazy for my final. This weekend (if all goes smoothly!) I will graduate from my Nutritional Therapy Practitioner program. I have so many mixed emotions about this. I am so excited to be graduating and that I stayed committed and finished this program. But on the other hand, I have absolutely loved this program so much that I am sad it’s over! The amount of information that we have learned in 9 months is really incredible, and I’ve build some amazing relationships with quite a few girls. I am excited to see what we all end up doing with our certifications, and I can’t wait to grow and develop my own business. I’ll be working hard at figuring all of those things out in the next few months- this summer won’t exactly be a time for relaxing.

Flashcards, two binders worth of material plus tons of hand outs
Flashcards, two binders worth of material plus tons of hand outs

 

Plus lots of study snacks
Plus lots of study snacks

I am planning to post soon on making bone broth, but I wanted to leave you with a few recipes I’ve made recently in case you need some healthy ideas for Father’s Day!

The first is this banana cream pie I made for a family BBQ. It was SO simple and came out incredibly delicious. I did modify the recipe slightly and added about a tablespoon of grass fed collagen (you can use this brand) to make sure that it gelled, since a few of the comments in the recipe said their’s did not. Mine definitely was solid, so I think I’ll keep making it with the collagen (plus- it adds some great protein!)

Easy paleo banana cream pie
Easy paleo banana cream pie

For the crust recipe I used this one here mainly because I ran out of almond flour, but I would definitely make this one again. It’s only a few ingredients and it came out fantastic. I used about 2 tablespoons of raw honey (the instructions say 1-3 tbs).

And for the pie I used this recipe here, but like I said I added 1 tablespoon of gelatin.

The next recipe is for this dairy free, nut free hemp seed pesto. You can find the recipe here. A few weeks ago, my husband and I went to this amazing Italian restaurant near us and had the most unbelievable pesto. Since then, I’ve been totally craving it and so even though I would still say the restaurant’s is better (they are known for the stuff), this one came out really delicious. I served it with homemade turkey meatballs, spaghetti squash and a little bit of brown rice pasta.

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Okay, that’s all while I’m finishing up studying for now! Let me know if you try any of the recipes and I will be back soon with my tutorial on making bone broth!

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