My Favorite Things: September

September is one of my favorite months, because it includes the start of fall, as well as my birthday! I guess I was enjoying it so much, it seemed to fly by! But here are some of the things I loved during the best month of the year!

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I was able to go home twice this month, once for Labor Day and then again for a conference. It’s always so great seeing my family, and our new addition Toby!

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Forks Over Knives | Documentary Review

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve probably heard me talk about Dr. T. Colin Campbell and/or the documentary Forks Over Knives (FOK). The research that Dr. Campbell has done, as well as the information shown in the documentary FOK is mind blowing, and has changed my life in many different ways.

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Today, I wanted to do a thorough review on the documentary and hopefully convince you to check it out for yourself! Forks Over Knives is essentially a documentary that is centered around the research done on the connection between animal protein and cancer growth. Dr. Campbell began this research during The China Study. Lots of research has been done over the years on this topic, and FOK puts it all into a very easy to follow documentary. Along with presenting the research in easy to understand words, pictures, and interviews the documentary follows several individuals who are suffering with chronic diseases.

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Day In The Life Of A Dietetics Student | September 24, 2015

A fellow blogger and nutrition major that I am obsessed with just wrote a “Day In The Life Of A Dietetics Student” blog post, and it inspired me to do the same!

The beauty of being a college student is never having a typical day, there’s always something different going on. But here is a fairly good representation of how I spend a day being a dietetics student!

On Tuesday and Thursdays I have three classes, the first one at 8:00am. Now that I’m a senior in college, I’ve lowered my getting ready time to about twenty minutes. I set everything out the night before, so all I have to do is get up, wash my face, get dressed, make coffee, and head out the door! I drive to school, so I have to give myself at least 20 minutes to drive, park, and walk to class. My alarm goes off at 7:10, and by 7:30 I’m leaving with hot coffee in my hand.

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Roasted Beets with Sautéed Garlic Beet Greens

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Beets can be extremely intimidating if you’ve never tried them, or cooked with them. I thought I’d do a little “how-two” for anyone that wants to experience the beauty of the beet!

Beets are extremely nutritious, and taste so good if you cook them right! They are LOADED with nutrients and anti-inflammatory properties. Their beautiful deep red color comes from all their phytonutrients. They are also great food if you’re wanting to detox. I love eating both the beet and the beet greens (which are also loaded with lots of vitamins and minerals), so I included how to cook the greens as well for a lovely accompaniment to the beet root. Beets tend to be very bitter, so I’ve found that roasting them is the best way to cook them because it draws out a lot of their sweet flavor and makes them soft on the inside and crisp on the outside. They’re so delicious you just won’t be able to beet them!

Roasted Beets

1-2 Servings

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1 bunch of beets

1-2 cloves of garlic

1 Tbsp oil (coconut, or flavored olive oil is suggested)

1-2 Tbsp. vegetable stock (optional)

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My Favorite: Trader Joe’s Products

Trader Joe’s is probably one of my favorite places to shop, not one of my favorite grocery stores to shop at, but my favorite store in general. Being the foodie I am, I’d much rather food shop than shop for clothes. I don’t live near a Trader Joe’s, so when I am able to go I like to stock up on my favorites. Trader Joe’s is awesome because you can get great quality foods for low prices. The service is great, and they’ll always help you in any way they can. If you’ve never been to a Trader Joe’s you definitely should find one, and go! When you are able to go, make sure to try out some of my favorite products, I’m sure you won’t regret it!

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1. CURRY SIMMER SAUCE

This sauce is incredible, it’s kind of like my ketchup, I put it on just about everything! I love putting it over some freshly steamed potatoes, or in a tortilla with some sprouts and avocado. It’s so versatile and can really add some flavor to any type of dish.

2. CORN AND CHILE SALSA

This salsa will probably change your life, for the better of course. It’s both sweet and savory and a perfect salsa to top off any meal. I love using it in a burrito bowl, or on top of a salad.

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