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!

Protein PB Chocolate Chia Pudding

Ever get a hankering for chocolate, but don’t want to sabotage your healthy eating? Look no further. Try this recipe the next time you get a chocolate craving and go ahead and indulge without the guilt. Chia seeds and chocolate protein powder are the stars of this recipe – chia seeds are a great source of fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids while the protein powder contains 22 g per scoop. Enjoy this healthy, satisfying snack and satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time!

Protein PB Chocolate Chia Pudding – makes 6 servings

  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 scoop Chocolate Life Time Grass Fed Whey Protein powder  (https://goo.gl/Nc4Px0)
  • 1 tbsp PB2
  • Chocolate chips to sprinkle on top (optional)

Mix ingredients together in a container with a tight lid. Use a spoon to stir ingredients so that they are well mixed or fasten the lid and shake well. Let sit in the refrigerator for several hours.

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Nutrition Information: 1 serving – Calories: 174 cal Total fat: 7g  Saturated fat: 0 g  Sodium: 10 mg  Carbohydrates:  15 g Dietary fiber: 11 g Sugar: 1 g Protein: 13 g

Protein PB Chocolate Chia Pudding: Tara Tested, Tara Approved! If you enjoy chocolate, you will love this pudding. It is SO chocolatey. The chia seeds plump up to create the pudding consistency. Bonus perk of this recipe is that it is very very low in sugar with only 1 g per serving. I couldn’t taste the peanut butter flavor from the PB2 very much so you may want to try adding more or evening topping your pudding with a little dollop of natural peanut butter. Enjoy!

Holiday Chocolate-Dipped Rice Krispie Treats

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I wanted to make a simple treat to bring into work for the holidays, so I decided to add a little twist to a classic treat! I made original Rice Krispie treats, then dipped them in melted dark chocolate (because we all know chocolate makes everything better!). After letting the chocolate cool and harden on the treat, I attempted to add a festive flair by adding little bows with icing to resemble presents. My icing came out of the tube a little thick, but I think you can still get the idea!

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Chocolate-Dipped Rice Krispies
– 3 tbsp butter
– 1 bag large marshmallows
– 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
– 1 cup dark chocolate morsels
– icing & sprinkles of your choice!

Melt the butter in a large pot, add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Add the cereal and stir to combine. Transfer the cereal mixture to a greased baking dish and let set.

Fill a small pot with about 1/2 cup of water, heat over medium-low heat. Place a bowl on top of the pot and add the chocolate morsels. Stir every now and then until melted. Cut the Rice Krispie treats into squares (or your desired shape) and dip in the chocolate! Let cool and decorate!

Chocolate-Dipped Rice Krispies Treats: Tara Tested, Tara and Roommates approved!
You can’t go wrong with these treats! This recipe allows you to experiment and add different flavors or goodies – topping the melted chocolate with chopped walnuts or coconut for example. You can also decorate these for countless occasions, birthday parties, showers, team parties, the options for decorating are endless!