Food ABCs

Thank you all for the love you showed on my last post. I am still glowing with excitement!

Also, today is a very special day. It’s my third anniversary with my wonderful husband! Thank you for everything, love <3.

This week I am training at my new job, so the past two days have been a little mentally taxing. Not in a bad way, just in that way of learning something new. So for something a little more light hearted and in celebration of becoming an RDN, I thought I’d share this fun little post of some of my favorite foods. You know I love to celebrate food, so why not do it a fun, alphabetical way? Who knows, you may even get a little meal/snack inspiration! (PS I first saw this post format here)

A Almond milk


Bagels 


Chocolate 


D Dark leafy greens 


E Eggs 


F Flax seed

 G Goat cheese


H hotdogs 


I Ice-y smoothies 


J Justin’s nut butter packets 

K Kettle chips 

L Lamb – but really only in my gyros 


M Ming chocolate chip ice cream 

N Northern beans 

O Oatmeal 


P Peanut butter

Q Quesadillas

R Raisins 

S Soy lattes


Tomato sandwiches

Unusually shaped fries

V Vinegar 

Watermelon 


X X-mas leftovers 

Y Yogurt bowls

Zoodles 


Now it’s your turn-

Name a favorite food for each letter of your name! 

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. 

Toast and other things

Happy Tuesday! 

I’m taking a study break to share a few things with you- 

-Last week I told you about how I was loving smoothies for breakfast, but smoothies don’t come without challenges. Ahem, one challenge, I should say: my blender is really dang loud. And since I like to wake up at the crack of dawn, I try to be a little considerate of the other one sleeping away. 

So breakfast has been a bit of a challenge for me. Nothing has sounded “great.” Luckily, yesterday I was able to find a winner thanks to the sweetest strawberries:

Whole grain toasts – one with peanut butter and strawberries and one with cream cheese and egg. Yum!

Nutrition tip – fortified bread is a non-heme form of iron. Non-heme forms of iron come from plant or fortified foods. Non-heme is less absorbable than heme (animal source), however, you can enhance absorption by consuming it with vitamin C. Here I have strawberries, but a glass of OJ would work too. 

-Exciting news: I bought my first watermelon of the season yesterday. 

You can bet that I’ll probably have one in my cart each week until it’s no longer in season. 

-I mentioned on Friday that I was going to make a cake for my Dad’s birthday cake on Saturday. Turned out great! I made my favorite chocolate cake and layered it with chocolate ganache and chocolate buttercream. My Dad loves chocolate just as much as me. I also made some whipped cream to go with it. I was worried about the whipped cream separating on the ride over, so I used this trick of adding gelatin to it and it held it’s shape nicely.

I made the chocolate buttercream from Add a Pinch this time which ended up being very useful since I had some tears in the cake. It did a nice job patching it up. I have to say, I’ve had a piece Sunday and yesterday and I think it gets better with time. I hope you’re still enjoying, Dad!

Now, it’s back to the books!