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Finding good tasting, healthy snacks on the go has been a struggle for me since I began college. I always find myself on the go, needing something quick and easy to take with me during long hours in class or while at work. If you find yourself in a similar pickle, read some of these suggestions. I know you’ll find a few ideas that will help you conquer your busy schedule.

1) Choose nature’s portable produce. The most portable fruits include: oranges, apples, avocados and bananas. Portable veggies include petite cucumbers, baby carrots, snap peas and celery. Any cut up fruit or veggie will need to be refrigerated, so invest in an ice pack (they’re about $1 at target) and you’re set! If not, stick to produce that doesn’t require cutting up or cooking.

2) Bag your own trail mix. This one seems like a no-brainer, but many students grab vending machine trail mix for convenience when they can make their own for pennies on the dollar! Here’s a quick idea for trail mix: 1 cup of your favorite cereal (I use Chocolate Cheerios or Trader Joe’s O’s), 1/4 cup dried cranberries, 1/4 cup dried apricots chopped, and 1/2 cup almonds. Divvy up into 4 portions and you have a great snack for between classes!

3) Make your own protein and/or fruit & nut bars. I have another blog post with my current favorite recipe for DIY protein bars. Also, I find a lot of my ideas on Pinterest. Not a protein bar fan? Make fruit filled muffins or veggie-packed zucchini bread. Just look for recipes with a lower sugar content and whole wheat flour.

4) UHT Milk. UHT (Ultra-High Temperature) Milk are those little cartons or bottles of milk that you see in the store that do not require refrigeration until opened. This is a great way to get in protein on the go when no refrigerator is nearby. Warning: these can be on the pricey side… so get a package from Walmart/Costco/etc. and save them for days when you know you’ll need them the most!

Advice: Plan ahead. One of my best pieces of advice has nothing to do with what foods to have, but rather with planning. Having a snack with you at all times will help you from becoming ravenously hungry by the 3pm mark, when most people feel a drop in blood sugar and is referred to as “hangry”. Being prepared will help you eat mindfully. In other words, you’ll be choosier about what you snack on versus grabbing the first thing in sight.

Have a happy summer! Apply these tips during summer and this fall semester to keep you fueled for your day.

-Katie

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Only one month left until school starts back up again. For me, fortunately it will be my last semester :D For dietetics students, our education does not end with a 4-year degree. After graduation the goal is often to land an internship or graduate school (or both) and then become a registered dietitian working in either the community, clinical setting, or in food service management. In addition to that, registered dietitians are required to have a certain amount of continuing education every five years. In the nutrition world, scientific research leads to a continuation of new information every day, so it makes sense to require those in the nutrition field to stay up to date.

For me, the continuing education excites me more than it scares me. I love staying up to date with the latest trends (even without following the trends, I like to know what others are up to so I can challenge misinformation). I’m looking to work in the community setting of dietetics because I love one-on-one interaction with people, and that’s where my heart truly goes. Although I love science and the clinical case studies in Medical Nutrition Therapy, I feel that there are so many current and future dietitians that have a huge passion for that area, that if given the chance, I’d prefer working in the community where my true passion lies. That being said, I’m open to new possibilities and am fully aware that internship/time may steer my choices in the dietetics world.

Fontbonne’s dietetics program isn’t for the faint of heart, it’s for the most passionate future dietitians out there! The instructors give you a great background of each different area of dietetics so you get a feel of where you want your career to land you in the future. My favorite projects included nutrition counseling with different clients. Once we did one with a registered dietitian role playing as a randomized client, another time we did with an actual client from Fontbonne’s campus. I can almost guarantee it pushed everyone in the classroom’s comfort zone at first, but it was a great way to learn!

For any perspective Dietetics students, I strongly suggest you talk to anyone in the FCS department and ask questions about the dietetics program to see if it’s the right choice for you. :)

-Katie

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Hey Fontbonne!

This week has been such a bummer with all the rain and nasty weather we’ve been getting. Due to the weather and having a full work week, I’ve been finding things to keep me entertained indoors. One of those things has been making my own snack bars. Snack/protein bars are my go-to while I’m at work, school or on the go because they’re easy to carry and, if you make your own or find a good brand to buy, they can be packed with good stuff! I decided to try creating my own protein bars because a) I was bored one evening b) I wanted to see how close I could come to my favorite brands and c) it’s sooooo much cheaper!

This fall is my last semester at Fontbonne and I’m planning to apply to internships for dietetics in the spring. In other words, it’s hitting me how quickly things are going to change… and I know saving money is going to help me in the long run!

In addition to making protein bars on these rainy days, I’ve been studying for the GRE which I will be taking before school starts. I’m hoping to get some studying in before my North Carolina trip next week because there’s no telling if I’ll actually get studying in on the plane/while I’m away (it is technically “vacation”, after all ;)

So that’s my update for the week. Next week I hope to have plenty of pictures of my North Carolina adventures :)

-Katie

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The summer has begun! For many of us that means picking up extra hours at work, taking summer classes if need be, and trying to squeeze a little fun into the long, warm days. My little bit of fun this year coincides with my search for the right master’s program. In the last three years, I have plowed through my associates, jumped right into my bachelors, and with any luck, I’ll head right into my master’s after graduation. As someone in pursuit of an Art Therapy degree, finding the right master’s program can be tricky and limiting. The job market in the area of license must be considered, otherwise that license is just a fancy piece of paper. I’ve done plenty of research and, in a few short days, will be heading up to San Francisco! I’ve never been to northern California so this trip is especially exciting.

Setting up a tour with the college was very easy, and the informational packet they sent me reminded me a lot of Fontbonne. It’s a small, private college as well and emphasizes small class sizes to give a higher quality instruction to the students. This is very important to me because I feel like small classes really do work the best. I’ll have to take the price of the college into account as well as earning any possible scholarships. Drowning in debt to achieve my goal is not exactly at the top of my list. Checking out the program that they offer in my major is the most important thing. I want to make sure that they offer what I need to become licensed and an effective Art Therapist.

It won’t all be tours and checklists though. Northern California and San Francisco especially, offers so much to do! From Chinatown and the Warf, to the Golden Gate Park, Haight and Ashbury, and amazing seafood I doubt I will have a dull moment downtown. I will also be crossing hugging a redwood tree off my bucket list. Redwoods are an iconic symbol of the west coast and I feel like everyone should have the opportunity to stand in awe of those majestic trees. There will also be plenty of chill time on the beach and, hopefully, in front of a fire pit with a great bottle of wine. I’ll be sure to give a full report next week! Cheers!!

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Finals Week in the Library

by Taylor May 11, 2015

Finals week can be a struggle to get through, but Fontbonne’s library is trying to make that week a little bit better. On Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday, and Monday nights, the library will be open until midnight instead of closing at its usual 11 p.m. time. This means that students can spend extra time doing some […]

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Fueling up for Finals!

by Katie May 6, 2015

It’s finals week and many of you have started the stressful endeavor of studying for finals! Now, you might swear by all-nighters and that “I-learn-better-under-pressure” excuse, but here are some legitimate tips for a brain-boost while you study for finals. 1. Don’t forget to sleep! You may be tempted to stay up all night but […]

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Summer Plans

by Taylor May 4, 2015

What are you doing this summer? Any big trips planned? Taking summer classes? Maybe a job or internship? Summer is a couple months off school (if you’re not taking summer classes) that allow you to go on a vacation, get that dream internship, or just recharge your brain after a long school year. This summer […]

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Mom, this is what I learned at school today!

by Sarah May 4, 2015

I have been thinking about the new information I have been learning this semester.  I had not really realized how much of my classes really linked together as well as they did.  Though really, what I have enjoyed the most about would be in my Family Policy & Advocacy in Family and Consumer Science class. […]

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Finals…

by Taylor May 4, 2015

It’s that dreaded, yet anticipated time of year. It’s finals week. The term “finals” has both a good and a bad rep. The good is that there is usually a long break from school waiting for students once they finish their finals. The bad is that they actually have to get through their finals in […]

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The Power of an Internship

by Taylor May 4, 2015

If there is one thing I can recommend while you are still in college, it would be to get an internship. An internship allows a student to learn about a desired profession and see if it would be something they could see themselves doing permanently. I had an internship this past tax season at Kiefer […]

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