Sometimes the best opportunities come when you least expect them. When you’re taking the steps to get to where you want to be..or at least so you think..although at times as conventional as you absolutely despise, to the point where you question your career choices and previous aspirations and efforts that guided you to where you’re trying to be…

sometimes it’ll all just come together

and at that moment you’ll acknowledge that yes, life can be shitty, but how can you appreciate it more when you haven’t experienced hell?

Be thankful for what’s in the past, I suppose..And aim to do what you can to make sure that your future is never conducive to those moments of hell that drain you of every drop of your spirit that’s left.

This recipe inspiration comes from the last rotation in my dietetic internship that was few and far between. The unconventional approach toward counseling, dietetics, and career choices that I feel lucky to have been able to experience. The rotation that excited me again to be in this profession, and to keep pursuing and creating the future that I envision for myself.

A recipe for post workouts

a recipe for getting a child (or picky eater) to consume avocado, fiber, and protein

and a recipe to cheers to for the future, the mystery, and the success that only you can create…

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You can’t taste the avocado here..comfort foods (chocolate milk) mask what we’re trying to encourage a young anxious eater to consume :)

+Ingredients:

1 cup chocolate milk

1 medium RIPE* banana, frozen

1/2 RIPE* hass avocado

3-4 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1/8 tsp vanilla extract

1/16 tsp sea salt (i.e. pinch of salt)

1/4 tsp ground coffee (optional but recommended)

preferred sweetener to taste (optional)

 

+Directions:

-Place all ingredients in a blender, magic bullet, vitamix, etc and blend. That’s it. Notes as follows..

*I am really emphasizing the ripe status of the avocado and banana, because if these ingredients are not ripe your smoothie will taste starchy and unpleasant. Please do ask me if you are unsure of when an avo. or ban. is ripe or do a simple google search.

The cocoa powder is what will help mask the avocado’s taste. Start with 1 tbsp and and add an extra teaspoon or two or more if you want it more chocolatey or need to further hide the avocado.

I did not add extra sweetener because it was sweet enough for me, but you or your child may prefer it sweeter. I’d suggest adding your favorite type of sugar in 1/2 teaspoon increments. Taste as you go and add more as needed. Honey, brown sugar, coconut palm sugar, white sugar, etc will do. Maple could taste ok, but it will add additional flavor notes that may be best suited for other accompaniments. So choose another if you can.

I have made this smoothie with flaxseeds in the past and it was delicious and nutty. Also thickens it up a bit. I’d put 1-2 tbsp whole flaxseed in the blender first, then grind it up by itself. Then add the rest of the ingredients. Try it out if you’re a flax fan.

Enjoy xx

Nutrition facts via My Fitness Pal:

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Also, check out Pediatric Nutrition Providers in the NC area. Excellent RD services for maternal, infant, child and adolescent nutrition <3

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