In honor of Valentine’s day, I thought some Valentine’s Day themed oats were in order! This recipe was made on a whim, because of how much I love conjuring up new oatmeal recipes. I’m thankful for our snow day this Monday, which gave me extra time to work on homework and study, and let me enjoy some down time with a hot cup of tea! Sometimes it’s the little things that matter when it feels like everything else is chaotic! Hope you enjoy my recipe of the week. Stay warm this week and drive safely!
“Chocolate-Covered Strawberry” Valentine’s Day Oatmeal
- 1/2 cup dry oats
- 1/2 cup strawberries (frozen & thawed or fresh)
- 1 small banana
- 1 Tbsp Cocoa powder
- Sweetener of choice: Honey, Stevia, Agave are recommendations
- Chocolate chips or chopped up chocolate pieces (to top)
- Cook oats according to package directions, using water or milk (for a creamier texture).
- Add all ingredients (reheat in microwave if necessary).
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! Hope you all will like learning about it.
This week I’d like to talk about some important micronutrients that help boost up your immune system to fight against the seasonal illness “FLU”. Does anyone know that some vitamins like VITAMIN A, C, and E help protect you from getting sick? The followings are some foods that are high in those vitamins:
Vitamin A: helps build up your immune system and protect you from infection! Foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes, apricots, kale, spinach, red bell peppers.
Vitamin C: helps stimulate production of antibodies >>> antibodies help fight against bacteria. Foods such as orange, lemon, red bell peppers, tomatoes, grapefruit, etc.
Vitamin E: antioxidants help remove free radicals>>>> improve immune function. Foods such as sunflower seeds, almonds, peanut butter, fortified cereals. *p.s.: Vitamin E helps your skin get prettier too *
Hope this little nutrition information help you fight against the easonal FLU and prevents you from getting sick easily
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 of little sleep, high stress, and increasing school demands is cooking for the week ahead. This guarantees I always have fuel to keep me going! I really do believe in using the foods you eat to fuel your body, brain, and even your creative side. For example, my favorite thing to eat in the morning is oatmeal. To many, this might sound anything but exciting… but I assure you, you can do just about anything with this stuff! ere’s my Peanut Butter and Banana- Pumpkin Oats Recipe (Yes, I haven’t quite let go of fall yet…) Enjoy!
1/2 cup uncooked oats
1/4 cup canned pumpkin
1 tablespoon hemp seeds (you can use flaxseed or chia as well!)
Sweetener: I use stevia or 1 teaspoon maple syrup
Directions: Cook oats as directed on package, add pumpkin, banana, hemp/flax seeds, cinnamon, and sweetener. Enjoy!
PB & B Pumpkin Oats
One of my latest experiences at Fontbonne was teaching a Sports Nutrition lesson to the Lacrosse players at Fontbonne University. Initially, I though this was way out of my comfort zone. After the experience, I found out that it was completely painless! Although public speaking has never been my strong suit, I loved the confidence I gained from jumping past this hurdle. I truly appreciate that the classes I take at Fontbonne give me a positive push in the right direction, even if it feels scary at first.
Next fall, I am collaborating with another dietetics student at Fontbonne to create a grant proposal for a nutrition education program for athletes on the Fontbonne campus. Fingers crossed! Here’s a little Pinterest inspiration for anyone who’s pushed past their comfort zone these past few weeks, and anyone that needs a little encouragement this week. Also, if you’d like to check out my website with my lesson plans on Sports Nutrition, it will be up and finished by this weekend! Click here!
It has been a long semester, but we all survived, didn’t we?
Best of luck in the Spring! Happy Holidays!