Registered Dietitian Day + Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

This Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette is made with all natural ingredients, sweetened with a small amount of honey and has incredible flavor, not to mention is so much better for you than store bought salad dressings!

This Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette is made with all natural ingredients, sweetened with a small amount of honey and has incredible flavor, not to mention is so much better for you than store bought salad dressings!

March is National Nutrition Month where the focus of the month is for nutrition experts to make an extra push for a healthy lifestyle in our communities through healthy eating and exercise.  To make it even more exciting, today is actually Registered Dietitian (RD) day! The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics details this day as one where the experts of food and nutrition are honored. {So, give your favorite RD some love today}! But what is the difference between a registered dietitian and nutritionist? With social media, it can be hard to distinguish the difference between the two when everyone appears to have some knowledge on nutrition. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics states “anyone can call themselves a nutritionist, but only a registered dietitian (RD) or registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) has completed multiple layers of education and training established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).” In order to become a dietitian, there are a few steps that each individual must complete:

  • A qualifying bachelor’s degree (such as a Bachelor of Science with a focus in Nutrition, Pre-med, Nutritional Sciences, etc) from an accredited university.
  • A dietetic internship/ supervised program of practice after receiving his or her Bachelor’s degree. The application process to get into an internship is rigorous and there are limited programs in the country. Each applicant completes an extensive application that includes an interview, personal letters of recommendation, GPA and matches similarly to medical school (the applicant ranks his or her top programs and the program ranks their top applicants). Each internship can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years (depending on whether a Masters degree is combined with the internship).
  • After successful completion of an internship, the applicant takes the registration/ RD exam (similar to a board exam) in order to be a practicing dietitian.
  • The RD also has to hold a licensure in the state they practice.
  • Once becoming a dietitian, continuing education is required in order to continue to practice.

With all that said, it’s important that anyone you receive nutritional advice or tips from has the credentials of a registered dietitian! Happy RD day!

Not only is March one of my favorite months because of National Nutrition Month, but it also means Spring is just around the corner. One of my favorite aspects of Spring is the start of strawberry season. I really cannot get enough of anything strawberry — I might have an obsession {just ask my family or friends}. This salad dressing recipe is one of my favorites and the perfect addition to your Spring salad! Not to mention, it is a much healthier take on options you can buy at the store.

This Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette is made with all natural ingredients, sweetened with a small amount of honey and has incredible flavor, not to mention is so much better for you than store bought salad dressings!

Combine fresh strawberries, greek yogurt, red onion, balsamic vinegar, dried basil, honey, salt and pepper in a food processor or blender. Chill in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve it. It can last 7-10 days in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette
 
Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette made with no added sugar and tons of flavor! This dressing is so much better for you than store bought salad dressings.
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups whole strawberries, rinsed with stems removed
  • ⅓ cup plain non fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp diced red onion
  • ⅓ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • 1 Tbsp honey
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender.
  2. Once blended, chill in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve it.

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