Friday, October 30, 2015

Easy and "Healthy" Office Party Dessert

When you're asked to bring dessert to an office party full of doctors and dietitians, it's only natural to think of something that's "somewhat" healthy. I decided to make "power balls" and add a little indulgence by dipping them in white chocolate and finishing with a dark chocolate splatter/drizzle.

Of course, these can be made without dipping in chocolate if you are looking for a wonderfully healthy, "on-the-go" breakfast or snack! You will always be able to find the "un-dipped" version of these in my fridge. 

1 cup dry oats
2/3 cup of coconut flakes
½ cup of peanut butter
½ cup of ground flaxseed
½ cup of chocolate chips
1/3 cup of honey
1 Tbsp of chia seeds
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1 lb bag of Nestle Toll House white chocolate chips
1 bag of dark chocolate chocolate chips

Mix all the ingredients together and let set in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. 

Melt the white chocolate in a small bowl. Then roll the mixture into one inch balls and dip into the melted chocolate. Let the chocolate harden and store balls in an air tight container in the fridge.

Recipe makes approx. 20 balls

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Food and Nutrition Conference Expo 2015 in Nashville

Now that I am FINALLY a registered dietitian, I figured it was time for me to attend FNCE! FNCE is an annual food and nutrition conference hosted by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. While it is in a different location each year, I was lucky enough that it was in Nashville, TN! Having never been to FNCE or Nashville, I was in for a treat. It was a trip full of food, music, and information (I definitely "nerded" out so hard in the information sessions). Below are some of the pictures I took throughout the trip. I wish I had more, but it was such a sensory overload that I forgot to take pictures of everything!

The Nashville Downtown Hostel was a cool home away from home and a fun way to meet other solo travelers
The very first thing I ate during the trip was these amazing tacos from Nashville Street Tacos.
This is just a random piece of pizza I had for lunch one day...I think the picture speaks for itself.
Delicious is an understatement...I am still dreaming about how amazing this "Nashville Hot Chicken" Sandwich actually was! If you go to Nashville, you HAVE to get one of these!
The California Strawberries had one of my favorite expos
Of all my free FNCE goodies, this guitar cutting board from the Canadian Lentils is by far my favorite!
None of my posts are complete without a picture of a mojito.
Mushroom-Swiss Burger from my last dinner of the trip! Yes, dietitians eat burgers too. Thank you Hard Rock Cafe.
This is a quote from one of my favorite sessions of the conference and a great few words to end the experience.

Until we meet again, Nashville!