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Grilled Bok Choy and Wrap - Creations

Whenever I eat a new food and I don't really care for the taste of it, I like to say "I haven't yet learned to appreciate it". I don't consider myself a super-picky eater but my preceptor likes to call people like myself "selective" eaters. I like the sound of that. Karel, on the other hand, will eat anything and everything that is put in front of him. He makes for a great tester for my creations. My preceptor gave me a full bag of veggies from her garden. Bok choy was one of the items and I wasn't quite sure if I was ready for a new green in my life. Romaine and spinach make me quite happy. Well, after grilling the Boy Choy, I have decided that I appreciate a new green in my diet. Bok choy is rich in fiber, potassium, and calcium. Did you know that 1 cup of bok choy has about the same amount of calcium as 1/2 cup of milk???? *FYI - 1 cup of milk meets around 1/3rd of your daily calcium needs. Bok choy is also a good source of folate (

Eat Seasonally

My summer grocery budget is a lot higher than my winter budget. With an emphasis on plant-based, wholesome foods, I find myself splurging on the wonderful assortment of summer fruits and veggies. Oh do I LOVE LOVE summer fruits. I recently created a pamphlet for UNF which I plan to hand out on Sun. I will be interning this Sunday at the University of North Florida where my preceptor and I will be doing a cooking demo for the back-to-school weekend. We will be feeding students (and parents) yummy raw and rice/bean wraps. I can't wait! Inside my pamphlet, called "Powerful Nutrition From the Garden" I included a season guide for fruits and veggies. I also included 10 great benefits of eating local..... Did you know that a typical carrot has to travel 1,838 miles to reach your dinner table¹? Top 10 benefits of farmers’ markets²: 1) Reduced need for packaging. 2) Direct contact and feedback between customer and producer on produce and prices. 3) Avoiding the middlem

Rethinking our meals - Creations

I love being creative with my food. I am a food combiner and I love mixing together a lot of ingredients for one satisfying and yummy dish. In my eyes, there are no bad foods. Carbs are good, protein is good and fat is good. Brownies, muffins, bagels.. all fine in my eyes. However, if I were to eat them every day, I may be missing out on other parts of my diet and I may find it difficult (at times) to support my training/exercise routine. I think we would all agree that it is easy to overindulge in a few higher-calorie items as opposed to eating a balanced diet rich in nutrient-dense foods. Often times, it takes a high quantity of a calorie-dense item to signal "fullness/satisfaction" compared to a high quantity of volume and nutrient dense foods like fruits and veggies. Karel and I both enjoy reading ingredients. However, if we really want something as a treat, we aren't going pass on an item because of the nutrient fact label. If anything, it is likely that I am going t

Mexican night - Creations

I love Mexican food. I love the flavors and the food combination's. Realizing that restaurant/fast food Mexican entree's are not always balanced with a heart-healthy mix of macronutrients, I often find myself re-creating Mexican-inspired items at home. If we are traveling, I love a great wrap from a local Mexican restaurant. If we are traveling, I want to feel satisfied and not eat the same foods that I eat at home. So when we do eat out (typically it is only when we travel. I think we eat out locally in Jacksonville about 2-3 times per year) I am not overly concerned with fat, calories, sodium, etc. Sure, healthy options, similar to my normal cuisine, will make me feel satisfied but I do not feel guilty or calorie-obsessed when dining away from the home. To me, a few times a year of enjoying something different is more of a treat rather than a diet sabotage. I love the way I eat every day of the year so eating well most of the time gives way to eating whatever I would like the

Vegetarian pregnancy

"> 100 mile ride (5:24) was accomplished last Sun and 21 mile run (2:54) was accomplished yesterday. Today I rode 77 miles with Karel and it was windy and tough. Riding with Karel is not easy but it beats a 6 hr ride alone at my own pace. I ran 4 miles off the bike and felt great (33 min). I am really happy to be 4-weeks away from IMWI. I GLADLY welcome recovery week but I am not going to take this recovery to the extreme over the next 7 days. My focus will be on keeping my body flexible and relaxed and rebuilding damaged tissues to encourage more strength gains. This last week was my 3rd week of build and the progression has been enjoyable and well-received...all thanks to my wonderful husband/coach. After this week I will have 1 week of build which will be race-specific and then I will be entering week 1 of taper. I can't believe it but in 3 weeks I will be finished with my community rotation (1 of 3 rotations) for my internship and I will be a few days away from pa