No too long ago the great folks over at Green Mountain CrossFit asked me to develop a nutrition program for their members. CrossFit gyms, more than other health clubs and studios I’ve been associated with, foster not only health through the hour of movement you do at the gym each visit, but also in the other 23 hours a day their clients have to make good health choices. Expanding their offerings to include nutrition really rounded out their wellness platform. I back their approach wholeheartedly and felt inspired by preparing this program. A passion I fueled through nutrition coursework a few years back was reignited.
I have two announcements as a result. First, I am pleased to announce that I am offering Customized Nutrition Coaching as a part of my business in partnership with GMCF. I care about how healthy you are in every aspect of your life, not just your physical fitness. My commitment extends to helping you fuel yourself with the best nutrition possible. Let me help you get started, stay motivated, and keep making the best choices every time you open your fridge or pantry.
- Assessments of your nutrition, body composition (don’t be afraid of this one!), lifestyle, fitness and other factors to create a sustainable program to achieve your goals.
- Structured programs to keep you consistently headed toward those goals. Programs run in 3-week intervals to give you enough time to try out suggestions and see how they work for you.
- Coaching to help keep you accountable and adjustments as we go to make your program suit you perfectly.
- Recipes to help you fall in love with nourishing, healthy, beautiful food one morsel at a time. Guidance on cooking and meal planning for optimal nutrient intake.
Coaching options may include body composition measurements, fridge and pantry cleanouts, email support, menu and recipe suggestions, and plenty of ongoing support to help you be successful. For a full list of options, click here.
Second, as I crafted a philosophy statement, delicious weekly menus, grocery lists to match, and coaching and support options, I realized quickly that I was again interested in pursuing advanced education to become a Registered Dietitian. I say “again” because I had started in 2010 and had to press the pause button for a while. But within a few weeks of developing these program offerings, I realized I was ready to forge ahead and enrolled in my first class. I am officially pursing a master’s degree in Dietetics! I can’t wait to share important nuggets of nutrition information as I progress through the program and, not to worry, will continue teaching group and individual fitness classes as I pursue my degree. Oh, and if any of you readers want to barter one-on-one classes for Organic Chemistry coaching, let me know!
Despite the name, here’s quick, easy Whole30 friendly healthy recipe for lunch or dinner this week. I served this to a crowd on Saturday night and everyone loved it!
Slow Tacos with Cabbage Slaw
(makes a meal for a crowd or for 4 with lots of leftovers!)
3 pounds chicken
1 can (14 oz) or 2 cups fresh diced tomatoes or a “clean” salsa (read the label)
1 cup onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons cumin
1⁄2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chili powder (more if desired)
In a slow cooker, combine the above ingredients and let cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8. Shred chicken with 2 forks and set aside.
For the Slaw:
1 head green or purple cabbage, thinly sliced (maybe use both for color!)
1 cup fresh tomatoes, diced (or shredded carrot, if sensitive to nightshades)
½ cup minced cilantro
1 avocado, diced
1/2 cup green onions, sliced
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced (optional)
1 Tbs. rice vinegar
1 Tbs. olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine slaw ingredients in a bowl and toss.
Serving suggestion: Use Romaine lettuce leaves as taco “shells” and spoon chicken in a leaf and top it with the slaw. Enjoy!!