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As of Friday, June 20th, I am now “RD-eligible.” Translation: I’m done with everything but the exam! As you might have gleaned from my absence over the past 10 months, the internship was definitely a challenge in terms of time management, but it was one of the most rewarding and educational experiences I’ve had in my whole life. Perhaps most importantly, it convinced me that I have chosen the right career path. Dealing with patients came remarkably easily, particularly considering my usual introverted tendencies. Apparently, I’m passionate enough about food and nutrition to overcome my characteristic shyness.

If any of you are interested in hearing about the rotations that I have yet to report on (including, but not limited to: diabetes education, clinical research, public health, and food service management), please let me know. I’ll gauge interest and either e-mail you or publish a post here.

In the meantime, I’d like to return my attention to the Broccoli Hut a few times per week. I’ve got a little spare time this summer before I launch into the PhD program full-time in August. I have a stack of food magazines I plan on diving into later this evening, and hopefully they’ll provide me with some culinary inspiration.

What would you like to see on The Broccoli Hut? Recipes, health information, something else? Let me know in the comments!

Cedarlane Natural Foods

A couple months ago, the nice people over at Cedarlane Natural Foods contacted me to see if I would be interested in trying out their products. I had seen Cedarlane in the Publix freezer aisle but never actually tried them, so I agreed. It ended up being a wise decision for a couple reasons. Seth recently took a new job that requires him to travel quite a bit, so it has been nice to have these frozen meals on those nights that I am simply to lazy to cook for just me. In addition to that convenience factor, I must say that eggplant parmesan is much tastier and just as easy as a PB + J sandwich!

We received five coupons for free Cedarlane products; we found the best selection at our local Publix. We ended up bringing home multiples of the garden vegetable lasagna, plus a chile relleno, and an eggplant parmesan.


Nutritionally speaking, I was pretty impressed with Cedarlane’s products. In particular, the sodium content was very reasonable for all of the items we tried—they ranged from about 400 to 600mg sodium per serving, which is remarkably low for the frozen foods aisle. Calories were low to moderate, and some of the dishes had decent fiber content too.


The ingredients lists were somewhat long, but I could identify most if not all of the ingredients. Plus, I really liked that many of the ingredients were organic.


As you might expect from a frozen meal, preparation was pretty easy. For the lasagna, I opted to heat them in the oven (as opposed to the microwave), and it took about a half hour to cook. The end result was a pretty darn delicious lasagna with a surprising amount of vegetables and the perfect amount of cheese.


When paired with a side salad, the lasagna made for a perfectly satisfying dinner. I can see myself keeping a couple of these lasagnas stocked in the freezer at all times for a quick and easy meal.


Special thanks to Cedarlane for providing samples for us to try!

Have you ever tried Cedarlane’s products? Which ones are your favorites?

Here’s a list of all the products they offer. I’m thinking we need to try the frittatas next!


Good evening, friends! My internship is starting slow down (just 35 days left until graduation!), so I thought I would get back into the food blogging groove by posting a simple day of eats for What I Ate Wednesday. I had the day off today, so it was a little easier to capture all my meals and snack than it normally would!

This morning, I decided to skip my run and do an elliptical session instead, with some weight training tacked on to the end. Afterward, I re-fueled with some hard-boiled egg whites (I’m on a HB egg kick these days), fresh strawberries, and avocado toast.


Before leaving for class, I had a snack-y lunch, which consisted of carrots + hummus, string cheese, and almonds + chocolate chips.


I was having major salty cravings this afternoon, so I made a big bowl of air-popped popcorn (with a few peanuts added in) to hold me over until dinner.


Once Seth was home, I served up some salmon burgers (not homemade—bought from Publix) and some oven fries (which were homemade). I skipped the bun in favor of some steamed veggies on the side.


That brings us to the present. I’m planning on having some Greek yogurt + fruit before I hop into bed–I have to be up at 5AM tomorrow morning. Blah.

As you can see, my eating style is much simpler these days. For the time being, food is fuel instead of an art form. Starting next week, I’ll have a much more predictable schedule, making it much more likely that I’ll find time (and inspiration) to blog. If you have any specific requests for the types of posts you’d like to see, please let me know in the comments!

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