New and exciting news!! Well, if all goes accordingly, as as planned…then it will be good news 🙂
While I am currently working on my Masters in Applied Nutrition…it is a very slow and steady process…emphasis on slow. I LOVE working with people, and helping them achieve their health and wellness goals; however, there is only so much I can really do with an Exercise Science degree, and a Cert in personal training. Alas, I stumbled upon and took the [financial] plunge to sign up for the AFPA Nutrition & Wellness Consultant Certification, to help jump-start my nutritional consulting gig ( FYI- AFPA stands for American Fitness Professionals & Associates).
With this certification I can legally:
- Offer clients a well-rounded nutrition plan for their optimal health
- Review and revise eating habits
- Advising tailored weight management plans
- Work on health behavior changes
- Discuss fad diets, and why they really do not work
A few main things I will not be able to do includes: going against doctors orders, diagnosing a client, prescribe medical prescriptions. There are a few others; however, those are just the basics.
The course is more strenuous than I had anticipated. It is split into three sections – two of which are writing packets (assignment 1, and assignment 2). Once I complete both parts, which is completed after reading three books and one set of Dr. Weil CD-Roms, I can then schedule my exam, which an individual must score at least a 90% in order to gain certificaiton –yep, did not know that until AFTER I placed my order….
Good thing I tend to be a go-getter – it will take a lot of will-power to keep me on track with everything! But I know that the end of the journey will be VERY rewarding!!
Now a healthy / nutritious new chapter prompted my culinary side to whip up a delicious dinner!
I love the idea of ratatouille, and even more so I adore the Pixar movie
As usual, I wanted something unique, healthy, and most importantly, CLEAN!!
I call this one:
End of Summer Chicken Ratatouille
3 Chicken breast tenderloins, cut into small 1-inch squares
3 Roma tomatoes
Pinch of whole wheat flour
Dairy-Free Mozzarella cheese (maybe 2 TBSP? )
Itallian Squash sliced and chopped
Zucchini, sliced and chopped
2 TBSP Balsamic Vinegar, separated
Pre-heat oven to 375-degrees
Chop up tomatoes and allow to simmer in a skillet. Add in a little touch of whole wheat flour to thicken.
Using a glass plan (I used a small pyrex bread pan because I just cook for myself), pour about half of the tomato mix along the bottom. Create a layer of assorted squashes, then half of the chicken squares. Sprinkle cheese, and drizzle 1 TBSP balsamic. Add another layer of mixed squash, followed by more chicken, and then another layer of remaining squash.
Top it all off with the remaining tomatoes, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
Bake for about 45 -50 minutes.
Allow at least 15 minutes to cool before digging in.
This pairs quite well with pasta 😉 I really loved the savory flavor of the tomatoes, accompanied by a light sweet undertone from the balsamic – making this a great dish to wrap up a hot day! Even better – everything is clean and fresh – no preservatives at all here!