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Why Fontbonne, huh?

by Julia on September 21, 2015

in Academics

I think I’m becoming what you would call a professional student. I went to college straight out of high school, got my bachelor’s degree from UMSL in communications 4 years later, then continued to go back and take random classes because I still had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Eventually I found out what my true passion is…FOOD! I love cooking and have had my mind set on culinary school the past 2 years. After running into some health problems I did some research on diet and exercise and figured a slight lifestyle change was worth a shot. I changed my diet, joined a gym, and 8 months later I lost 25 pounds and was in the best shape I had ever been in a long long time. More importantly, my health improved dramatically! Since then I have been fascinated with what great things good food and exercise can do for your body.

I pondered long and hard about what I could do with my life that involved the two things I now love most, food and exercise. My mom is a diabetic educator and works with a lot of dietitians. One day she sent me a text saying, “Hey, I know what you can go back to school for — dietetics!” Just like a lot of other people I replied, “Ummm … what’s that?” Then I pulled up my trusty Google homepage on my iPhone and figured it out. Dietetics seemed absolutely perfect for me so I began researching some of the schools that offered the major. Sadly I’m 26 and still get homesick, so I knew I wanted to stay in St. Louis. I stumbled upon Fontbonne and SLU and had a decision to make. I decided I should probably attend any open houses or welcome opportunities at both schools to make my decision. I registered for Fontbonne’s open house last November, and that was all I needed — decision made. Not only was the campus beautiful but every single person I spoke with was extremely nice and all of the current students had nothing but positive things to say about Fontbonne. I was sold, and here I am now! 4 weeks in and loving it!


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.



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 :)





Protein Pancakes!

by Katie on June 29, 2015

in Extracurricular

Hey everyone! This week I’d like to introduce my new favorite thing to make for breakfast (and sometimes even for dinner!) – Protein Pancakes! To many of you out there that may have tried protein pancakes in the past that left a bad taste in your mouth… I encourage you to give these puppies another try.

Protein Pancake Recipe:
1 scoop of Protein Powder (my favorite is the PGX chocolate from my work)
1 egg
½ medium (ripe) banana
1-2 tablespoons of almond milk, coconut milk or regular milk
Optional: add coconut, chocolate chips, blueberries or anything your heart desires to the batter.

Directions: Take all ingredients and combine thoroughly in a bowl. Oil a griddle/pan with coconut oil spray or with oil and heat to medium heat. Use a spoon or ¼ cup measuring cup to spoon out batter on the hot griddle. When pancakes begin to bubble on top, flip pancakes.
This recipe is super simple and easy to make! If you don’t have protein powder available, you can make a mini pancake recipe by replacing the scoop of protein powder with 1/4 cup of flour of your choice.

Comment below if you decide to make your own!
Here’s a picture of my protein pancake recipe :)



French Toast Love!

by Katie March 31, 2015

This semester I’m taking a class called Experimental Foods.  In that class, we choose an “alternative” style recipe to work with the entire semester to perfect.  For example, instead of mac n’ cheese-  dairy free mac n’ cheese or low sugar brownie made with black beans instead of a regular brownie. In my group, we […]

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March is the National Nutrition Month!

by Kathy March 6, 2015

Hello everyone, Does anyone know that this month is the National Nutrition Month? Few months ago, the undergraduate students in the HES Department began planning different activities on campus for the National Nutrition Month. Some of you may have seen that there was food tasting at the library and there a food display in AB […]

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Let’s Fight Against the Seasonal FLU!

by Kathy February 6, 2015

Hello Fontbonne students and faculty, How’s everyone doing? I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break and is now full of energy to work and study hard in this semester! Since I am a graduate student studying nutrition, this semester I would like to share some of my useful and interesting nutrition knowledge for you all! […]

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Fuel Up for a Good Semester!

by Katie February 3, 2015

I have to admit it’s been hard getting back into the swing of things this semester. Fortunately, after years of practice, (it is my senior year, after all..) I feel like I can roll with the punches and balance friends, school, and work better than ever. One thing that helps me stay sane during times […]

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Deck Ryan Hall with Healthy Vending

by Frances November 25, 2014

Tonight I salute the Ryan Hall Healthy vending machine.  Without its chilled mozzarella cheese stick I doubt I would have been inspired to finish reading that 23 page print out about Shakespeare.  It probably would have been pushed aside like many printouts before him: the Moliere reading due next week, that darned final paper research, […]

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Great Volunteer Experience at Fontbonne University

by Kathy November 20, 2014

Hi everyone, I’d like to share with you all my great volunteer experience for my Dietetics Internship Program. In the early part of this semester, I was charged with a catering project for the graduate students admission ceremony on November 6. I and my other three classmates were required to come up with food for […]

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