Sunflower Seed Butter Mishaps and Dreamy Berry Smoothies!

Hey!

Before I get to the mishap of my day yesterday involving homemade sunflower seed butter, lets talk about my awesome day on Friday! So on Friday I had my internship at Marblehead Charter School where I got to feel like a kid again and play in the dirt. In other words, I had to plant seeds to be started under the grow lights. There is something therapeutic about gardening. I planted all kinds of herbs and lettuces that my preceptor hopes to be able to just pick from when ever she needs them for a recipe or the salad bar. I wish I remembered to take a picture of them. Maybe I will next week and they may just be sprouting up by then?

Later in the day I helped with a cooking class where the kids made French Toast Wraps filled with fruit and yogurt. They were a big hit! It was really funny to hear the kids be like, “I like yogurt but I don’t think I’ll like this with yogurt in a wrap with fruit.” and then after they tried it they are all “Oh my gosh these are so good!” Kids are too funny when it comes to food. You never know what their reaction will be. Oh, we also made smoothies with the left over fruit and yogurt and added some kale! A few said they could “taste” the kale while others said they didn’t know what kale tasted like so they wouldn’t have even known it was in there. They all liked the smoothies too, regardless of kale being in there!  (French Toast Wrap idea found on http://www.preventionrd.com/2013/02/fruit-filled-french-toast-wraps/ incase you’re interested!)

Now onto my mishap. Yesterday I was all excited to make my own sunflower seed butter with my new Vitamix blender. So I began by adding the sunflower seeds, a dash of cinnamon, and a dash of salt. Well, things started great…until I decided the tamper needed to be used to help out the sunflower powder on the side of the container. Bad choice!… The tamper was too big for the container. EEK! Two seconds later and POOF! There is no longer a bottom covering on the tamper and little pieces of black plastic were running through my sunflower seeds…Oh no! Whoops!  But I saved the day and dumped the container of sunflower seeds out and started all over :(. I added a bit of canola oil to the seeds the second time around and that made it come together very nicely. Not to mention using the end of a wooden spoon to push down the seed powder that climbs the side of the container (With the machine STOPPED). The results were so worth the trouble though, there is nothing better than homemade seed butter straight from the mixer eaten by the spoonful! 🙂

 This morning I made myself a delicious berry smoothie! Such a healthy breakfast to start my day. It is high in protein, fiber, and full of vitamins and minerals!

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I used a 6oz container of pomegranate Chobani Greek yogurt, about a cup of 1% milk, about a cup of frozen mixed berries, about 2 tablespoons homemade sun butter, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, about half a tablespoon flax seeds, a dash of cinnamon, a few ice cubes, and about a cup of water. It was delicious, satisfying, and filling!

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I recycled my old sunflower seed butter container to store my new homemade batch for pure convenience.

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(The picture above is before I added the cup of water to the smoothie, when I was done it equaled about 22oz or a medium sized Dunkin Donuts iced coffee cup)

This recipe is definitely not a “snack” sized smoothie and could be considered a meal with the nutrition facts coming in at  553 kcalories, 30g protein, 24g total fat [4g saturated fat, ~4g mono unsaturated fat(increases HDL cholesterol levels), ~15g polyunsaturated fat(helps lower LDL cholesterol levels)], 7g fiber, and 429mg sodium.

My weekend consisted of a trip to Trader Joe’s, reading a book called “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down” for my Clinical Dietetics class, answering essay questions for said book, and a case study for Medical Nutrition Therapy about someone who had an MI (aka. heart attack). So exciting I know, ohhh the life of a student. But I love it!  🙂 Have a great week!

Question: What are some of your favorite smoothies?

Time flies when you’re having fun.

Hey! 

Wow, I can’t believe I haven’t written a post in months. Well, life has been crazy! My classes last semester were crazy and required all of my free time. I was taking a class called Nutrient Metabolism that was amazing but REALLY intense. The class was all about how the different nutrients break down in your body and the mechanisms involved. I think I ate, slept, dreamed, and talked Nutrient Metabolism. Oh, and along with that class I also had French, Shakespeare, and Biochemistry to worry about too. It was a challenging semester but I persevered and got through it! Hard work really does pay off.  

      So, now I am taking three classes this semester. The classes are Medical Nutrition Therapy, Advanced Community Nutrition, and Clinical Dietetics. I LOVE every single one of them. They are all so interesting to me in their own way. In my clinical dietetics class lab section, I get to counsel patients about their diet at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on the cardiac floor. I am learning a TON  being put in the real-world situations. 

Then, in Medical Nutrition Therapy I am learning all about the ways to treat diseases with nutrition therapy and determining tube feeding formulas. My professor is amazing and is preparing us to be able to work in the top medical centers across the country.  

Advanced Community Nutrition is another really fun class where I get to intern at a site in the community. I was placed at Marblehead Community Charter School where I am working with the food service director. This site is a public charter school with 4th-8th graders. I will be able to create my own nutrition focused classes that include cooking classes, nutrition lessons, and lessons out in their own garden. It is going to be so much fun working with these kids! 

My goal is to post at least once a week to talk about what has been happening and to share the recipes I try out with the kids and recipes made with a new addition to the house…. A Vitamix! Eeek I’m so excited to be able to cook up a storm with that! 

Well, that’s my life in a nutshell. I look forward to posting more soon! Also more pictures! 🙂