I missed y’all so much
I had quite the busy day and feel like I traveled over the rainbow and back. It was actually weird to come home. Felt weirder than when we were gone at Xmas for 9 days!
Everything went well for my first day. My commute was – simply put – painful. But I think I’ll get used to it. And my Twilight audiobook will definitely help. [Side note: I’m not all that impressed with Twilight five chapters in, but I’m very excited to see the movie just because of all the buzz]
Everyone at work was sooooo nice. I felt very welcome!! I’ve got a great list of things they’d like me to do, including standardizing my baked oatmeal recipe for their breakfast rotation, making a nutrition education video that will be broadcast in the schools, coming up with a gourmet menu for a dinner they are catering, and lots of food photography 🙂 Squeezed in-between I’ll be completing all of my boring DI competencies like doing cost analyses and writing a business plan.
After an orientation meeting, my preceptor and I set out to visit some of the schools in the system. (There are 35 in total, I believe!)
Since I don’t have kids, I don’t think I’ve been INSIDE a middle school since I was in one myself!! It was so cool to jump right back into the atmosphere of a middle school cafeteria.
One major perk of working in a school system: we get to eat lunch at the schools everyday! That might not sound that appealing to eat in the cafeteria, but I am so impressed with the quality and nutrition of the food they have that it’s definitely a fun plus (and no packing lunches for me!) They have all whole wheat breads and pastas and the food is very fresh. They use canola oil and always have salads and fresh fruits + veggies on the line.
We sampled some of the whole wheat baked ziti, a whole wheat roll and some baked potato wedges at 10:45!! I wasn’t really hungry for a real lunch yet, but this was a great snack to tide me over. [I didn’t eat all of those – just a bite or two of each]
Next stop: the walk-in freezers and fridges! It was funny to hear all the foodservice terms we’ve been learning about being put into practice.
They also have a great fruit + veggie snack program funded by a grant at three of the schools. They get a fresh fruit/veggie for a snack that is in addition to lunch. Here are carrots and lite dressing ready to go
And pineapples ready to be chopped for the next day!
We toured a few more schools and then had lunch at the second elementary school around 12:30
I requested a small scoop of ziti, two potato wedges, “a huuuuge pile of salad”, dressing on the side, and another of those delicious WW rolls. Plus CHOCO MILK!
[Yes, the staff knows about the blog so my camera was not given too many silly looks!]
I only had a few sips of my milk but it was the perfect dessert
A while later we did even more taste-testing at the high school. Frozen wild blueberries sprinkled with a light dusting of crunchy sugar sparkle were served as a side dish on the line. These were partially frozen and were SO GOOD! When you think about typical desserts, it’s cool to think of high schoolers getting so many nutrients from these [although I’m not sure how many students actually eat them for dessert as I did 🙂 ]
Next taste test: a few recipes one of the supervisors was testing for the menu rotation. He has a culinary degree and these were both fantastic. I had a bite of each.
Primavera Pasta Salad and Black Bean Salsa (likely to be served with corn chips)
OK, it seems like I ate all.day.long….well, I guess I did! But I had small tastes so I never really felt that full.
Next up was a vegetable soup made in-house
Warmed me right up ’cause I was fa-reezing
I had forgotten how looooooooooooooooooooong working days are. I was ready to take a nap at 2PM from being up so early but the workday was not even close to being over!
4:30 finally did come around and I climbed into my car and made the 1.15 hour journey home.
Super Matt had the house all cozy for me (space heater on!!) and we started to assemble dinner right away. I made the call to skip yoga. My back has felt A-OKAY all day, but since so many of you recommended not pushing it, I’m giving another day to whatever might have broken yesterday. Plus Emily had to cancel, so it worked out well.
I had the most perfect dinner of my very favorite foods:
A spinach, pear, veggie, and goat cheese salad with hard-boiled egg and hummus
With a side of leftover acorn squash. The best acorn squash I have ever had!
And a piece of Cinnamon Raisin Walnut toast with Superfruit Crofter’s spread
To be honest, I wasn’t really that hungry when I got home and wolfed this down in complete emotional relief to be back at home. At least I was emotionally eating superfoods!
Matt had an egg salad sandwich that was phenomenal as well
I didn’t get that bubble bath last night because I ran out of time, so it’s def. on the agenda tonight. Plus reading in bed and lights out before 9 so I can get up at 4:45 to start the cycle all over again!