amazing grass review

amazing grass review | a nutritionist eats

One of the most amusing things to look at when checking out my google analytics stats is the search terms by which people find your website.

can i drink a mojita and champagne in the same evening? Yes, you most definitely can, and this champagne mojito recipe is a great way to combine them into one delicious drink.

are drunken noodles healthy? Hmm, at home you can control the amount of oil used, but it also depends on how you feel about pasta.

i want to work in a hospital as a nutritionist what kind of schooling would i need? So you want to be a Nutritionist? Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

addicted to eating out. Me too, I feel your pain.

how many calories in burratta? Doesn’t matter. ;)

amazing grass review | a nutritionist eats

It’s actually inspired this updated post about Amazing Grass (affiliate!). SO many people come to my blog by searching “amazing grass” “amazing grass flatulence” “amazing grass meal” “amazing grass gas” “is amazing grass any good?” (I’m serious with all of these!) And the original post needed some updating. So it was time for a revamp and full review on the full Amazing Grass product line.

amazing grass review | a nutritionist eats

I set off to Whole Foods (West Hollywood!) and picked up every single Amazing Grass powder they had.

And then we drank a lot of greens. Going into this, my favorites were the plain wheat grass and original and it remained that way throughout the tasting. I prefer to mix the greens with a few ounces of water and a splash of orange juice while Richie preferred some of the flavored varieties. In all honesty, I found all of the flavors too fake and artificial-tasting so it all depends on your personal preference.

Nutritionally speaking, I think greens like this have a time and a place, especially if it is difficult to get the recommended fruits and veggies in on a daily basis. I’ve used them when I’m traveling or when eating vegetables isn’t always easy and in that sense, I think they are great! If they are in addition to a veggie-filled diet, more power to you. If you eat great and hate them, don’t feel bad! If they cause you gas, I would probably skip them. Different bodies digest things differently and if yours isn’t a fan, listen to it!

Flavor:

amazing grass review | a nutritionist eats

The Wheat Grass variety was in my top two favorites but Richie thought  it was “awful,” even though he likes fresh wheat grass! (I think the gritty texture is the reason.)

 

amazing grass review | a nutritionist eats

The Original is still my favorite and the one I would buy first (I would also buy the wheat grass).

 

 

amazing grass review | a nutritionist eats

The Pineapple Lemongrass was probably Richie’s favorite of the flavored varieties. I didn’t love it, but liked it more than most of the other flavors.

 

amazing grass review | a nutritionist eats

Lemon-lime was also one that Richie didn’t mind too much, not surprisingly, it reminded me of flat sprite – not in a good way.

 

amazing grass review | a nutritionist eats

We couldn’t tell a ton of difference between the berry varieties…

 

 

amazing grass review | a nutritionist eats

…but did prefer the Raw Reserve a little more. I also like that it is made with E3Live which is an amazing algae supplement.

 

amazing grass review | a nutritionist eatsWe were both terrified to drink the chocolate greens. Because…well, chocolate + greens? But, surprisingly, this was my favorite of the flavored versions. Richie didn’t agree and his only comment was, “Gross.”

Buy Amazing Grass (affiliate!) here:

new product favorites {october}

primizie snack crisps. OMG. I don’t ever want to buy these again. They are so good and I can’t stop eating them. (Updated to add: I’ve bought them numerous times.) The whole look and feel of this brand is just…I love it. Not to mention they’re addicting-ly tasty.

dunkin donut k-cups. Ok so I hate using k-cups because I think they are really wasteful and the coffee isn’t that great. BUT, the dunkin donuts k-cups? Taste just like dunkin donut coffee, which I can’t get here in LA.

popcorn indiana “fit pop” in herb and parmesan. I’m such a sucker for popcorn. You can also eat the whole bag for lunch if you need to…not that I would know anything about that.

evol quesadillas + guacamole. I had these for lunch not too long ago and they are a great meal to have in the freezer, really tasty! Two servings per box though? Not in my world. I love that they come with a side of guacamole!

qrunch burgers. I have to admit that I’m kind of anti-veggie burgers (with a few exceptions ) but these, are in a world of their own. The ingredients are stellar (organic millet, organic quinoa, organic coconut oil, organic vegetables, etc.) and are free of soy/wheat/nut/egg/dairy/corn. Oddly enough, my favorite way to eat them is for breakfast! I toast until crunchy and top with a fried egg and a slice of goat cheese. It’s been kind of life-changing.

quinn microwave popcorn. I think I’ve probably mentioned this before, but….I love this stuff. (Yikes, more popcorn!) Yes, it’s pricey. But it’s pure. And the packaging is to-die-for. I usually buy from amazon (prime!) or Whole Foods if I’m desperate.

 

happy pantry fermented foods. This isn’t available nationally (maybe soon?) but it is just too good not to share. We picked up some kimchee at a farmer’s market in San Diego and I eat it by the forkful. It’s so good. And good for you!

love grown foods hot oats.  I love the idea of packaged oats (for emergencies and desk drawers or it seems wasteful and expensive) so I picked up the blueberry banana walnut hot oats and ate it with a scoop of peanut butter. The oats were great! I loved that they weren’t too sweet – there wasn’t a whole lot of banana, blueberries or walnuts in it – but a simple ingredient list. Too expensive for a daily breakfast but a great option for traveling and/or breakfast “emergencies!”

Have you recently tried a new food that you love and/or I NEED to try? 

so you want to be a nutritionist…{day in the life of an RD, LD}

{Today is a follow-up to my so you want to be a nutritionist… post – I have Kristina LaRue, RD, LD sharing what her day at work looks like. In a few weeks I have another guest post scheduled from a dietitian who works in a more traditional setting – enjoy!}

As a dietitian I wear many hats. I’ve enjoyed it that way since I first began my career. Mostly because I don’t like to get stagnant, however it can create a case of scatter-brained, so I’m always learning what that balance looks like for me.

Graduating from Auburn University with a degree in Nutrition/Dietetics, I did my internship at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama. My internship was a distance program so it allowed me to shadow and learn from the dietitians that are in my local– Orlando, Florida. During college I had dreams of working with sports teams, eating disorders and writing.

I cannot thank my internship enough for the experience and doors it opened up for me. After getting my RD, I started a few jobs. Again I like to keep it interesting! I did project work at the hospital for a food service initiative, started consulting at the YMCA and teaching their diabetes prevention program, consulting with eating disorders and doing freelance writing.

After I finished the project at the hospital I transferred to another local hospital and worked as an outpatient dietitian working with underserved teens in the school system. We taught an afterschool camp for the kids that included Zumba, yoga, training for a 5K, and of course nutrition education and cooking demonstrations.

Currently my day looks very non-traditional, but I absolutely love it! I work for a big media RD, Tara Gidus, www.dietdiva.net, who is the RunDisney Nutritionist and Orlando Magic team dietitian.

We always have a new project going on, so my days never cease to look different. Sometimes I’m cooking at home, other days I’m at Disney, managing social media accounts, or on set preparing for a TV segment.

A big portion of my time is devoted to the University of Central Florida Athletics as I work as the sports dietitian. I’m co-authoring a cookbook, The Belly Fat Diet Cookbook for Dummies, so I spend many hours writing and creating recipes in the kitchen.

I continue to work with eating disorders and do consulting through my blog, www.loveandzest.com, recipe development, nutritional analysis, speaking, writing, and Skype/phone consultations.

A career in dietetics is what you make of it. You can truly pursue your dreams and create a niche for yourself if you desire. I love going to work every day, it’s a lot of fun!

A big Thank YOU to Emily for having me on her blog, A Nutritionist Eats is one that that I’ve been reading ever since I discovered the blogworld. I’m honored she asked me and happy to share my nutrition journey with you.

If you have any questions or want to send me a note please don’t hesitate to email me [email protected].

{Thank you so much Kristina, your job sounds so incredibly interesting and exciting, I’m a little envious!  Stay in touch with Kristina here: facebook | twitter | linkedin | pinterest}

so you want to be a nutritionist…

On a weekly basis I get a sweet email from someone who is a Nutrition major or someone who wants to make a mid-life change to follow their passion and move to a career in food and health. After writing similar emails week after week, I decided to just write a post about it since there are apparently a lot of you out there!

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What kind of job do you have? What does a typical day look like? Do you have recommendations?

I can tell you what I do all day but… I’m not really a Nutritionist. Sure, I have a degree in Nutrition, but I’ve never had a full-time Nutrition job. Luckily through this blog, I’ve been able to ramble on about healthy food and even do some consulting work on the side to get my nutrition fix. (Thank you! :) )

The truth of it is, as much as I love nutrition and food, it’s hard to know if I would choose the same major if I had it to do all over again. It’s not that I think I made a wrong choice, I fully believe that I got my first job at French Meadow Bakery partly because of my Nutrition degree, and that job led me to marketing and the combination of marketing experience along with a lot of the experience I had through this site helped get me my current job. I also wouldn’t have been involved with Camp Endeavor without my Nutrition background, so even though right now I wish I had gone to school for journalism, my Bachelor of Science has served me well.

When I was in college, I knew that I didn’t want to work in a hospital, but I did want to become a Registered Dietitian. I applied to internships (you can choose 3) but I was not matched with any of them. I was devastated. Towards the end of school (and especially after I realized I wasn’t going to get an internship) I decided that I wanted  to work in the natural food industry. I really enjoyed my time in the natural food world – but I was working in Marketing, not Nutrition.

I can’t tell you what it’s like to work as a Nutritionist, but I can still give you a few suggestions on how to get there through my own experience.

What do you recommend or suggest if I want to be a Nutritionist or Dietitian?

  • Decide what you want to do. (always an easy life question, right?)  If you want to work in a hospital or for a business that does consulting, chances are you’ll need to be an RD. If you want to do something else (not quite sure what that would be?) you might get away with just the degree. There aren’t a ton of jobs out there for a person who has a Nutrition degree but is not an RD. (there are a few jobs at WIC)
  • If you want to be a “health coach” or “holistic nutritionist” or whatever you decide to call it, you could always think about a program like the Institue of Integrative Nutrition. I absolutely love their philosophies. I always hear great things about the program and I do know a few people who work as health coaches very successfully (not sure if living in LA helps that).
  • If you want to become a Registered Dietitian, know that the internships can be really competitive.  I didn’t get chosen by the programs I applied to. (In my graduating nutrition class, about 30% of my fellow classmates who applied to internships got one). Be prepared to move depending on where you live. I think there were about 5-10 spots in Minneapolis when I was applying and you are competing with people across the country.
  • Get good grades. (this goes along with getting an internship)  Science was rough for me so my grades were not as high as they needed to be to get an internship.
  • Get working/nutrition experience. (this goes along with an internship but can also help to figure out what you want to do) Although I think that your GPA counts much more than experience, you want to have well-rounded experience to put on your application. (Working in the food service department of a hospital was AWFUL.)

Well what do you do?

Currently, I work as the Communications Manager for MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger and I absolutely love my job. It really isn’t nutrition-based at all, but once in a while I’m able to develop some simple recipes that can be made with foods from a food pantry or you know, someone asks me a nutrition question at work.

More questions? Leave a comment or email me: [email protected]

Read Part 2 | Part 3 of the series!

 

Resources to check out: 

Eat Right http://www.eatright.org/  (Thanks to Maria and Lindsey for the suggestion!)

 

What do you want to be when YOU grow up?