Money Saving Meal Plan

Next week marks the start of my new job and also the start of a cut in hours. Going from 40 hours a week to 32 hours a week (5 days to 4 days) has been my goal ever since I went back to work from maternity leave. An extra day at home with my baby, being a mom? I have been praying for the day this would be possible. I can’t put a price on time with my baby,...

Surviving Colic: What to do When Your Baby Won’t Stop Crying

  “Colic is a frustrating condition marked by predictable periods of significant distress in an otherwise well-fed, healthy baby.” – Mayo Clinic This is not a usual topic for Plate Half Full RD and this is quite a personal and raw thing for me to talk about on something so public as the blog. I was recently discussing the trials of being pregnant and a new mother (with a mother-to-be). I remembered how many hours I spent searching the internet...

Vanilla Chai Avocado Mousse + G~I~V~E~A~W~A~Y!

I have been on an avocado kick since the little one started eating solid foods. For the past 5 months or so an avocado or 6 can be found on our kitchen counter or in the refrigerator. That being said, I have found A LOT of uses for this delicious green fruit. It is smooth and creamy and oh-so-satisfying. Sometimes you just need the satisfying goodness of fat- and avocados are packed with that heart-healthy belly-pleasing fat. How I enjoy...

Friday Finds: A Few of my Favorite Things 3

This has been a roller coaster week! I can now freely say I have accepted a new position and will be starting a new job at the end of the month. It is incredibly difficult to leave the place and the people that have helped me grow so much as a dietitian and as a person, but I am so excited for what lies ahead. I have had the craziest range of emotion this week as I accepted and announced...

What I learned from the Plant Protein Challenge

Last week marked my very first facebook challenge: Plate Half Full RD Plant Protein Challenge. The idea was simple: One week, one meal a day, replace meat with a plant source of protein. First off: I was SO excited that so many people were involved, shared recipes, ideas, asked questions, and just had fun with the challenge! Thank you to everyone who participated! I challenged myself to give up meat for the WHOLE week. I did 4 days with no...

9 Month Old Baby Bites

We have a big 10-month old on our hands now! I say this ALL the time, but come on– she changes so much every day! I got her up from a nap today and she was sitting- SITTING- in her crib. First time she has gotten herself upright from laying down. We are in trouble! No crawling yet, just lots of scooting backwards and rolling where she wants to go.  If we put her standing up she will turn from...

“Healthy” Words I Wish We Would All Stop Using

It seems that you cannot flip on the TV, open a magazine, or scroll through facebook without someone blasting the latest greatest nutrition information. If you believed everything you heard or read, the only way you could possibly lead a healthy life is if you: Go on a week long detox to cleanse your system of toxins built up over your lifetime that would otherwise sit and rot in your insides. Introduce only all organic, non-GMO foods. Make sure your...

FRIDAY FINDS: A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS 2

HAPPY FRIDAY! Here is a new edition of what I am loving at the moment! Disclosure:This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a commission if you make a purchase using said link. If you are uncomfortable using the affiliate link, but wish to make a purchase, I encourage you to visit the site without using my link! As always, opinions of products are my own, and I only promote what I would/do use myself and for my family! New...

Pressure Cooker Venison Stew

Pressure Cooker Venison Stew

We had an AMAZING time up north with the family for the fourth weekend! There is something so relaxing about being at a cabin with nothing in particular to do. I was asked several times, “aren’t you going to take a picture of that before you eat it?”  Unfortunately for all of you I decided to just enjoy all of my indulgences and delicious meals instead of documenting them. Lots of watermelon, chicken salad, BBQ chicken, salmon, and ice cream...

15 Protein Packed Plant Based Dishes

I feel like I could go ON and ON about protein and how important it is for us to eat enough of it and making sure we have some at each meal and snack, Why is protein so important you might ask???? To reminisce and go back to Sophomore year BIO 101: Protein is the building block of life. Which means that to build muscle, make skin and blood cells, maintain bone strength and all things renewing in our bodies we...