MY NEW JOB
Some of you requested me to share about it so I’ll share a bit with you 🙂 I won’t get too detailed for privacy reasons. I recently started working at an Eating Disorder Treatment Center. I’m a Dietary Technician. My job is very focused on patient interaction, cooking meals with them, eating with them, providing support/encouragement, track food logs, head outings & lead mindful mealtimes. Everyday, I either have to cook dinner with a patient & after, eat all together OR we go on an outing as a group. This would be a restaurant the RD at my work picks. This could be anything – Thai, Mexican, Indian, Mediterranean, etc. There are always requirements at every meal. For example, at a Mexican restaurant, the patient would need to order a regular entree with rice and beans. This is a “normal behavior”. However, many of the patients I work with may fear making this decision. They would want to order a salad & avoid any rice/tortillas. Therefore, an outing is a way to help them overcome that behavior. It’s also a way to get a feel of going out together to eat a meal with a group of friends without feeling anxious. It’s not something to be afraid of. These outings are suppose to be fun and social! We also have something called exposure – done once a week. This is during mid-day snacktime. It is a snack they may “fear”. For example, a donut. It is a way to expose them to normal foods – to get over their fear of feeling controlled by food. It’s all about normalizing food behaviors. I’m LOVING it
SOO ya, I’ve been busy – my new job, new transitions, new opportunities & making sure I have time to with friends and family. Trying to stay balanced you know? :’) I’m still making time & effort to share what I eat everything – I enjoy cooking, baking & sharing all of that with you. That’s what keeps me going!
I’m not someone who is a big fan of store-bought granola, protein or snack bars. There are SOME that I actually like & would buy – but I’d rather eat whole fruit & nuts. The best thing about homemade foods is that you can decide what you put in it. I get to control the amount of sugar & I definitely will not be adding any preservatives. I’m all about that real food – but still balanced!
Drizzling in that maple syrup!
Recipe makes: 12 bars
Serving Size: 1 bar (1 x 3 inch)
- 3 cup raw oats
- 2 scoops (6 tbsp) Vanilla Coconut Collagen Peptides
- 1 cup nuts/seeds/dried fruit of choice – I used mixed nuts & raisins
- 1/2 cup Wild Friends Peanut Butter
- 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
- 1/4 cup applesauce (you can replace with maple syrup)
- In a large bowl, mix together oats, collagen & nuts/seeds/fruit of choice.
- Add in peanut butter & maple syrup and incorporate well.
- Prepare a medium-sized pan (8×8) and line with parchment paper.
- Pack and firmly press granola mixture onto the parchment paper.
- Allow mixture to chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- While chilling, preheat oven to 200 F.
- After 30 minutes, bake the bars for 30 minutes.
- Let the bars cool before cutting up.
EAT UP! It tastes better chilled. It doesn’t contain any preservatives so it’s recommended to keep them in your fridge after they cool down 🙂
Calories: 213 calories
Carbs: 26 grams
Fat: 9 grams
Protein: 8 grams
Sugar: 8 grams