Dietitians Tell All: 15 Tips for Dietetic Interns

The dietetic internship is one of the last steps in the journey to becoming a Registered Dietitian (RD). Make the most of this unique experience with these tips 15 tips for dietetic interns, as told by practicing dietitians from all over the country!

 

Make the most of your dietetic internship.. Registered Dietitians from all across the country share 15 tips for dietetic interns! | www.bytesizednutrition.com

 

It’s hard to believe it’s already been 2 years since I moved to Ohio to begin my dietetic internship. I can still vividly remember walking into my first day of internship orientation, overwhelmed by ALL the feelings. Like most undergraduate dietetic students, I had spent the past 2+ years researching, visiting, and applying to internship programs (on top of the many years spent simultaneously studying, volunteering, and working), all so that I could eventually call myself a “dietetic intern” – and, more importantly, a “dietitian”. Finally, the time had come to put everything that I’ve learned and read in textbooks into practice.. and I couldn’t have been more excited – or more nervous.

For those of you who may not be very familiar with the field of dietetics, the dietetic internship is one of the last steps in the process of becoming a Registered Dietitian (RD). It is similar in nature to a physician’s residency program and must be completed in order for an individual to be eligible to sit for the registration exam. Each internship is unique in their own ways; however, all accredited internships consist of 1200+ hours of hands-on supervised practice in a variety of clinical, community, and food service settings.

Internship placements are granted through a (crazy and mysterious) computer-matching process. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, there are currently just over 250 internships in the United States – a small number considering how much the field has grown over the past decade. As a result, the national match rate for dietetic internships is currently 49%, meaning that more than half of all dietetic students who apply to dietetic internships in any given year do not get matched. To call the process competitive would be an understatement.

But, you’ve done your homework. You’ve gotten an internship. So now what?? (more…)

Rosemary Basil Pecan Pesto

Put summer’s bounty of fresh herbs to good use with Rosemary Basil Pecan Pesto – an easy and affordable alternative to store-bought pesto. Toss with pasta, spread on sandwiches, or use as a sauce on pizza.. the possibilities are endless!

 

Chances are, you’ve probably heard by now that pesto can be a great way to use up an abundance of basil before it goes bad. Perhaps you even consider yourself a seasoned veteran when it comes to homemade pesto. But did you know that this traditional Italian sauce can be a great way to use up other fresh herbs, as well?

The idea for this Rosemary Basil Pecan Pesto first came about in an effort to tame the herb garden jungle that is quickly taking over the balcony of our apartment. While I’ve been doing my best to incorporate as many fresh herbs into dishes as possible, there are not enough caprese salads in the world that can handle the amount of basil that we currently have (alright, slight exaggeration, but you get the point). (more…)

Slow Cooker Sriracha Mango Chicken Tacos

Slow Cooker Sriracha Mango Chicken Tacos are perfect for those hot summer days when you have zero desire to turn on a stove or oven. An easy, refreshing summer meal! | www.bytesizednutrition.com
Think your slow cooker is only good for winter staples, like soups and stews? Think again! These Slow Cooker Sriracha Mango Chicken Tacos are perfect for those hot summer days when you have zero desire to turn on a stove or oven. So go ahead and get outside, enjoy the weather, and have dinner waiting for you when you return!

 

It’s gettin’ hot in here, so turn off all your stoves…

That’s how the song goes, right??

 But for real, we are in the heat of summer here in Ohio and cooking on the stove or in the oven is just not in the cards right now. And apparently, I’m not the only person who feels this way because this month’s Recipe Redux theme is all about beating the heat and keeping your kitchen cool during the hot summer months.

So, how exactly do keep your kitchen cool (and NOT live off of take-out)? Well, the first (and probably most obvious) option is to load up on no-cook meals. I often find myself naturally gravitating towards sandwiches, salads, and smoothies during the summer months. But, after a while the allure of no-cook meals inevitably wears off and the craving for a nice home cooked meal sets in. So, what’s a gal to do?

Two words: Slow. Cooker. (more…)

Cauliflower Chickpea Tabbouleh

Beat the summer heat with this Cauliflower Chickpea Tabbouleh. A quick and easy no-cook side dish that's perfect for feeding a crowd! | www.bytesizednutrition.com
Take a break from traditional salads with this refreshing Cauliflower Chickpea Tabbouleh. A quick and easy no-cook dish that’s perfect for feeding a crowd! 
 

 

Over the past few years, I’ve sat back and watched as cauliflower went from being the last item left on the veggie platter to the star of the produce section. As a dietitian, witnessing this dramatic transformation has been like watching a child struggle through the awkward teenage years and finally come out on the other side as a beautiful, confident young adult. I couldn’t be prouder of how far my little cruciferous veggie has come! (more…)

Cherry Caprese Pasta Salad

Cherry Caprese Pasta Salad is the perfect addition to your next summer BBQ! The whole recipe takes just 15 minutes from start to finish and is a great way to highlight summer’s sweet, juicy cherries. This dish also holds up well in the refrigerator, making it perfect for meal prep. Make a batch over the weekend and enjoy gourmet tasting lunches all week long!

 

 Hi, my name’s Kara and I enjoy long, romantic walks along the beach Farmer’s Market.

Okay, so I’ve never had a dating profile (and never will), but if I did.. I’m pretty sure that’s what my intro would say. (Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about the beach too.. but living in Ohio means that the farmer’s market makes for a weeee more feasible of a date night – or date morning)

I’ll be honest – I didn’t discover the beauty of farmer’s markets until about 5 years ago (which is a real shame seeing as I grew up about 15 minutes from one of the best public markets in the country), but you better believe I’m making up for it now!

Kyle and I have recently made it a habit to start every Saturday morning with a visit to the local farmers market. And let me tell you, I couldn’t think of a more perfect way to start the weekend. Something about slowly strolling along the sidewalks, talking with the vendors, and sampling local goodies just makes my heart happy. (more…)