Spontaneous Saturday

My first weekend post-studying.

It was glorious. 

I woke up and made scrambled eggs and toast with peanut butter + apple pie jam. Lots and lots of coffee. 

I spent the morning preparing for the highlight of my summer- diabetes camp! This will be my third year going, and I am so excited. I’m taking on some more responsibilities this year, which makes me a little nervous, but I know it will all work out. 

 I worked lunch at Lillian’s Eatery for one last “official” time. I really enjoy the gig, so I may fill in here and there on Saturdays, but for the most part, Saturdays will be for me! 

I’ll miss the delicious lunches. That’s the house salad with hummus + bag a chips. 

Afterwards, I picked up a Costco membership (woo-hoo) and then my friend Kelly and I came to my house to chill out for a little. 

Columbia has outdoor concerts throughout the spring and summer and I finally made it to one that night. 

I love any live music really, but this band was particular good- they had a Mumford and Sons feel. Luckily the band is from Columbia, so hopefully I can see them again. I left the concert wanting more – more in terms of discovering my local music scene.

The concert was held right on the river, perfect for a scenic walk. 

This past weekend I spent a lot of time thinking about how much I enjoy this freedom of not being tied to my books. I like that I can fill my day how I’d like and not feel the burden of “I should be studying” hanging over me. 

For so long I’ve avoided spontaneity in fear I’d miss something more important. Now I’m feeling like I may miss something by not being spontaneous. This first week of transitioning from student to career woman has prompted me to think about where I want to put my time and focus. I’m still figuring it out, but one thing I know for sure is I don’t want to be boxed in or overburdened with should-be-doing-this thoughts.  

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^Speaking of Tolkien, it may be a good time to finally read The Lord of the Rings! 

I’m an RDN!

See the big smile on my face?!!

After 7 years of undergraduate, graduate, and a post-grad internship, the end is here! As of this past Saturday at 5:16 pm, I am finally Kate Bennett, MS, RDN. 

From the first moment that I realized that my journey was leading down this path to become a Registered Dietitian, I have not once second guessed that this was the right decision. Nutrition and dietetics is what I love and I cannot wait to utilize my knowledge and enthusiasm with the world. 

I am eager to spread the message that food should never be associated with guilt but with joy and energy, we don’t have to ignore the desires and cues of our bodies to be healthy, and that there is more to life than what our diet-obsessed society wants us to realize. 

I am so pumped to live out this career and see where all it takes me. You can bet I will have more to share as I begin to process this new stage of life. Right now, I am thrilled that my evenings after work will be free without homework and that my weekends can be enjoyed without the feeling of “I should be working on that assignment right now…” I plan to checkout books from the library, find more exercises I love, and bake some crazy new things inspired by The Great British Bake Off. 

As for the RD exam, I am SO glad that it is over. The best way I know how to describe it is random and frustrating. I am still having to take deep breaths when I think about it. Phew. 

Thank you all for all the kind, encouraging, and loving support you’ve given me over the past few years. It’s been everything to me. <3 <3

Lastly, look out- this week I have a fun post coming up on my recent grocery store trip and I can’t wait to tell you how my first days at my job go. 

A layered theme

Hello friends!

I’m sharing my favorite dishes from this week today. First, an update: 

Things have been pretty productive around here. I’ve been trying to use most of my days studying away. Starting with a super-focused me around breakfast time…

And getting a little less focused when chilling studying by the pool with friends. 

I’ve been using the 30 minute techinique- I set my timer for 30 minutes and study study study and then take a 5-10 minute break before starting on another 30 minutes. So far, it’s been rather helpful. I suggest trying it!

I’ve made some pretty good food this week. Like this chicken teriyaki bowl and this egg/turkey/avocado sandwich

The best dishes, however, have been layered! 

1st layered dish: Easy Vegetable Lasagna from Inspired Taste. I made a few adjustments- I didn’t have lasagna noodles so I layered spaghetti noodles instead and second, I topped it off with Alfredo sauce. 

I opted to use the cottage cheese instead of ricotta to make it a little higher protein. It tasted wonderful. It was creamy and the vegetables gave it a lot of personality. Also, I highly recommend the Alfredo sauce addition! 

2nd dish that’s better layered: banana bread! Specifically, my favorite banana bread by The Real-life RD. It’s made with oat flour, has a deep cocoa flavor, and isn’t too sweet. 

I fancied it up this time and added a peanut butter drizzle in the middle and then again on the top. The picture above is the first layer and the second layer was more of the delicious same. A great snack with coffee or milk. 

I’ll be sticking with the layered theme this weekend too. We’re celebrated my Dad’s birthday, so I’ll be making a layered chocolate cake. Yum!

So you tell me-

Do you have a favorite “layered dish”?