A “Toast” to Registered Dietitians

March is an exciting time of year for nutrition professionals. First of all, it’s National Nutrition Month, and second, today is National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day! For those who don’t know, a registered dietitian (RD) has a degree in nutrition, dietetics, or a related field, has completed an internship, and has passed a registration exam. The path to becoming  a RD isn’t a walk in the park – the required coursework is grueling, the selection criteria for internships is extensive, and the competition is fierce. Then, after completing the internship (which varies in length from about 9 months up to 2 years+) there’s a big exam to study for! I am very proud to say that the hard work has paid off and I love what I do each day as a RD.  So, in the spirit of celebrating all of the RDs out there, here is a delicious toast…

Coconut Almond Toast

  • 1 slice whole wheat toast
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes, toasted
  • 1/2 tbsp dark chocolate chips

Toss the whole wheat bread in the toaster, then slather the almond butter on top. Sprinkle with the toasted coconut, dark chocolate chips and enjoy!img_4491
Coconut Almond Toast: Tara Tested, Tara Approved! Just
this month I discovered how delicious toasted coconut is. I used Bob’s Red Mill Unsweetened Coconut Flakes and placed about 2 cups on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. I placed the baking sheet in the oven (preheated to 375 degrees F) and baked the flakes for about 3-5 minutes. They became fragrant and a beautiful golden brown color very quickly – be careful not to burn! My mouth started to water as I thought of this toast idea and it did not disappoint. A perfectly healthy and sweet treat to celebrate National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day!

Almond Butter Cookies

When you’re in the mood for fresh baked cookies but don’t want to deal with a lot of ingredients, mixers, or if you are short on time – this is your recipe! These almond butter cookies are incredibly simple and easy to whip up. You only need 4 ingredients, that’s right 4. In just a few quick steps you’ll have a full tray of nutty cookies to enjoy.
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Almond Butter Cookies

  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • salt, for sprinkling (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a bowl mix together the almond butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla. Scoop the dough by 1/2 tablespoon full onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (easy clean up!). Use a fork to press down on the cookie to make a criss-cross pattern and sprinkle with just a touch of salt. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cookies cool for a minute before transferring to a wire rack or fresh sheet of parchment paper to cool. Makes 35 cookies.

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Almond Butter Cookies: Tara Tested, Tara Approved! love peanut butter, it’s one of my favorite foods, but that doesn’t mean I’m not open to exploring other nut butters. Almond butter is a great option for those who are allergic to peanuts or who don’t like peanut butter (gasp!). This recipe originally called for peanut butter, but I wanted to experiment and give almond butter a shot. I was not disappointed! These cookies have great nutty flavor and certainly do the trick when you get a craving for something sweet. And as an added bonus they are pretty low in calories so you don’t need to feel guilty about having a few!

Nutrition Information: 1 cookie – Calories: 62 kcal Total fat: 3.8 g Saturated fat: 0.5 g Sodium: 15.7 mg Carbohydrate: 5.9 g Dietary fiber: 0.7 g Sugar: 5 g Protein: 1.5 g