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!
Only one month left until school starts back up again. For me, fortunately it will be my last semester 😀 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.
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)
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
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 are creating an allergen free French toast (free of the 8 common allergens, including eggs, dairy, and wheat). It’s been an adventure since a) I LOVE French toast and b) it’s a bit of a challenge getting the texture right with zero eggs!
It’s also encouraged me to make French toast a ton at home. This recipe is NOT the recipe we are using in class, but more-so my own creation based off a standard French toast recipe.
2 slices ezekial bread
1/4 cup almond milk
1 tbsp vanilla protein powder
1 tsp vanilla
dash of cinnamon and nutmeg
Cinnamon, raspberries and vanilla greek yogurt, yumm !
Whisk egg, vanilla, almond milk, and spices into a bowl
Dip toast in mixture, soak both sides.
Heat oil on griddle to medium low heat.
Add toast to hot griddle and cook about 2-3 minutes per side, or until browned.
** You can certainly add your own toppings or change what type of milk you choose! Get creative & Enjoy