hanging in the caf’

Good Monday Morning!

I ate breakfast with the sun this morning. 

I was showered, dressed and ready by 6:30, which gave me exactly 30 minutes to eat a bowl of “un”overnight oats while sipping on a warm mug of coffee.  It was lovely.  😀

Today was my official first day of Food Service, which is also my first rotation for the dietetic internship.  I was excited, anxious, nervous.  But the employees are all so great and very friendly—they put up with my endless questions. 😉  I spent the day at the elementary school, learning the lay of the land in that particular kitchen.  Everything became a little busy by lunch time, and so I helped out with dishes, serving pizza & salads to the kids, and transitioning foods from kitchen to warmer to oven, etc.

There is sooo much to cover in this particular rotation, that I’m thinking I may have to meet with my preceptor and see if we can figure out a way to break everything down.  There are only 10 weeks of this rotation, 3 days a week, with 36 particular items that need to get done.  Thats a lot!

Anyways, the kids were absolutely adorable.  A couple little boys tried to trick me into giving them two lunches instead of just the one that the National School Lunch Program allows. 😉  And one little girl took a good 5 minutes trying to make up her mind, if she wanted pizza or the burger.  At first she didn’t want the accompanying salad, but I convinced her to try it out because it “goes really, really well with that pizza that you’re eating.” 

They were so cute! :mrgreen:

I didn’t eat lunch until I rolled in the driveway around 2 o’clock, but I had brought along some snacks so lunch was all ready for my grumbling stomach.

These almond and peanut butter jars are coming in handy!

  • almonds
  • a pink lady apple, an orange and a sprinkle of lemon juice to prevent browning!
  • carrot and green bell pepper sticks

I also packed along some basil hummus (from the other day), garden fresh cherry tomatoes, some crackers for dunkage, and a cheesestick—just because. 😉

I was still hungry, half hour after eating.  My afternoon snack became more of a dessert, and—at last—I was comfortably full.

  • yogurt
  • flax
  • granola
  • peanut butter

This whole not eating until way past the lunch hour thing is not good for a person.  It just isn’t.  Two hours after eating, I was again ravenous to the point where I could have inhaled anything you placed in front of me. 

Enter in the chopsticks.

They were needed—absolutely, 100%, needed—in order to slow. me. down.  Especially since dinner was so yummy. 

Sausage and Broccoli Penne

I ate it alongside a heapin’ bowl of fresh tomatoes, summer squash, celery, cucumbers and beet greens!

Dressed in olive oil and sea salt.

I finished the night off with a 4-mile walk and 30 minutes worth of refreshing yoga.  I love the way yoga leaves me feeling so energized. 😀

My Type A personality wants me to get organized, so I’m off to rearrange my folder and figure out what I need to talk to my preceptor about tomorrow.  So much to do, so little time!

Have a great night!

Question: What is your favorite way to unwind after a busy day?

first day :)

First day at the internship!!

(I totally felt like a little kid going to her first day of kindergarten class :mrgreen: )

This morning was a bit crazy.  Crazy.  Yes, that’s the right word. 

5:45 seemed a little way too early for my brain to function.  6:00 left my legs feeling wobbly and jiggly on my three mile run.  An orange did not provide enough energy for even a short run.

And then there was soap in the eye, a stubbed toe, and humidified hair.  Crazy.


But my run made everything alright, despite the insanity.  And so did breakfast.

A couple of you guys were asking about beet leaves and what it’s like in a green monster.   Here’s my take on trying to explain it: it’s a little like spinach meeting kale, falling in love, and having a baby.  The baby would be a beet leaf.  Its flavor isn’t completely subtle, but it’s not in your face like kale either (and I say that with love, because I actually really like kale in my smoothies!)

It also adds a little bit of beet flavor.  So if you love beets, then you’ll probably like flavor of its leaf.  They have a very similar flavor when mixed into a smoothie. 😀

  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 c. frozen blueberries
  • a few handfuls of beet greens
  • topping: Natures Path Pumpkin Flax Granola

On the side, I had two slices of homemade 100% whole wheat bread for some whole grain goodness.  Smothered in peanut butter.  Mmm…

Refreshed and energized.  Ready for the new day. 😀

The orientation for my internship went really well today.  The 9 fellow interns all seem super nice, and I’m already realizing that we’ll have quite a bit in common.  Let’s just say that there was definitely more than just one foodie in the room. 😉

I’m also realizing that there is going to a be a lot—a lot—of new and exciting opportunities.  From working in the pediatric nutrition department, to working in a cardiac health program, to working in the local school systems.  There’s a lot of stuff coming at me and I’m excited to see where each direction leads me. 😀

Oh, and the presentation went pretty well too.  I’m a little out of practice of presenting, but I think overall it came out okay.  That’s another thing I’ll have the opportunity to brush up on during this internship. 😉


Tired.  So, so tired.  I need to figure out what time I need to get up tomorrow, and I promise—promise, promise—to take my camera and take some pictures once the internship (officially) gets going. 😀

Question: How much time do you need to get ready in the morning before heading out to work/school/etc.?  Not counting workout time, I need about 45 minutes.

hair and here and everywhere

This is going to be a quickie of a post, because I have to get everything ready for tomorrow’s early morning.  I’ll be up at 5:45, potentially running by 6, back by 6:45 and out the door by 7:45. 

The internship starts tomorrow….ahhh!!

Now that I have that out of my system, let’s move on.  This morning was my rest day, which meant I had a little bit of extra time to savor breakfast.  I took advantage of a slow-paced morning and ate my “un”overnight oats outside on the deck. 😀

Sometimes I use “rest days” as a means to have complete, utter rest.  And other times—such as today—I use it as a means to fit in some low-key yoga and a long walk.  I treasure these types of rest days.  I love a morning yoga session, and nothing clears the head like a really long, morning walk. 😀

Post-walk: Snyder’s Organic Whole Wheat & Oats pretzels with a cheesestick

I knew I’d be eating a late lunch since I was heading out for a hair cut, so I snagged an apple to-go.

I’m pretty much in love with my hairdresser.  Just thought I’d throw that out there.

It’s not like I leave looking like Jennifer Aniston, mind you.  But it makes me incredibly happy, that my hairdresser actually listens to what I have to say.  If I tell her that my hair has a tendency to poof on the bottom, she understands.  She thins out my hair so it’s not as thick on the bottom (this is especially important during times of humidity!)  If I tell her that I’m looking for the edgy Katie Holmes look, she pulls out a picture and explains what she’s doing while she’s razoring the ends of my hair.

I’ve overcome my fear of getting my hair cut.  And I always leave happy.  It’s a beautiful thing.


There is an overabundance of beet greens available right now, and I’m trying desparately to use them up.  So if you happen to see a boat load of these smoothies within the next week, you’ll know exactly why. 😉

  • 1 c. frozen blueberries
  • 1 c. milk
  • 3 large handfuls of beet leaves
  • topping: Natures Path Pumpkin Flax Granola and a scoop of PB&Company’s honey roasted peanut butter

So refreshing!  I love sneaking in so many greens in this way. 😀

Afternoon Snack: Trader Joe’s Raisin Bran Cereal with milk

This afternoon’s weather forecast: 94 degrees.  Hot.  Humid.  Sunny.

If this is not the perfect excuse to cook up a batch of black bean burgers (click for recipe,) I honestly don’t know what is.  I followed the recipe to a T, but added in an extra tablespoon of worcestershire sauce and some diced green bell peppers.

On the side, I roasted some sweet potato fries and sauteed a cabbage head (with lots of mustard…trust me, this flavor combo works!)

I’m loving these Trader Joe’s whole wheat rolls.  They’re the perfect size, made with 100% stoneground whole wheat, and have a nice, fluffy texture.  I like having some in the freezer for when I want a quick, impromptu black bean burger fest. 😀

+ post dinner sweetness in the form of Green and Black’s 85% dark. 

I’m so nervous for tomorrow.  Excited, yes.  But nervous too.   Giving a presentation on my own life shouldn’t be as nerve racking as I’m making it out to be, but it kind of is.  Even more so then any of the other presentation  that I’ve ever given.  Strange! 

Anyways, I’m off to make sure I know what I’m wearing tomorrow, while getting myself somewhat organized too.  Hope you guys had a great day…tomorrow is HUMP DAY!

Question: Do you like having your hair cut, or do you dread it?  Are you constantly trying new styles or do you stick to the tried and true?  I go through spurts.  Sometimes I’ll try something completely new, and other times I’ll go for years before switching things up. 😀