Friday, May 30, 2008

Blueberry "Cheesecake" Oatmeal

I woke up in the mood for something cold and creamy, so I thought yogurt. But then thought yogurt never fills me up the way a big bowl of oatmeal does. The solution: combination creation.

Blueberry "Cheesecake" Oatmeal


1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 tsp vanilla extract


1. Combine above ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well.
2. Cook in microwave for 2 minutes.
3. Stir and enjoy!

The yogurt gave my blueberry oats a creamier taste, but not like soy/hemp milk does. Milk blends right into the mixture, while the yogurt "held its own" and didn't get lost in the other ingredients. It definitely had a "cheesecake" texture to it, but not nearly as sweet.


I am a "nutritionist!" I am now certified by the AFPA (American Fitness Professionals and Associates) to be a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant. I passed the test! With the certification, I can legally counsel, give advice, and work with clients to meet their nutrition and wellness goals.

I considered going back to school to become a registered dietitian, but a lack of science background would have forced me to start from scratch-- I'd pretty much have to do another bachelor's degree. And after considering the financial aspect, I knew becoming a registered dietitian was out of the question. (It was a long, expensive road!) I decided that even though nutrition wouldn't be my career, it could be my hobby, which is the main motivation for the blog and this certification. I'm proud to have the AFPA certification, but I mostly pursued it for my own personal knowledge.

Fun Run

My sister and I successfully completed the 4.2 mile "Get Your Ya-Ya's Out on the Charles River" race last night! I finished in 35:49. Not my fastest, but it's only the first race of the season. Plenty of time to improve! My sister finished around 46:00, and was psyched that she ran her first race! (I was too!)

After the race, there was a BBQ, but the food options weren't that impressive. There was chicken, but I passed on it, and lots of veggies, but they were the super sodium kind out of a can. I was sort of bummed, but I ate a few beets, carrots, a banana, and 2 plums to refuel. After eating, I enjoyed a Harpoon UFO. Delish! I love summer beers! All in all, a wicked fun night!


Anonymous said...

Hi Tina! Love your blog. I am interested in getting certified as well... for personal use. I looked on the AFPA website but there are so many certification options! Which program did you complete? Was it the Nutrition & Wellness Consultant Certification? I would love to know so I can look into it as well. Thanks!

VeggieGirl said...

Now THAT'S a decadent-looking bowl of oatmeal - yum!


Great race photographs!

arielle said...

congrats, that's exciting!

Tina said...


Yep, I did the Nutrition & Wellness Consultant Certification. It was great! Please let me know if you have any other questions about it.

Jenn said...

Congrats Tina!! I am actually going to take that same program this summer - I can't wait!

Your "cheesecake" oatmeal looks amazing - have a great Friday!

chandra said...

Congrats on the race and the certification!! How exciting!

Becca said...

Congratulations on both the race and certification! I had no idea you were pursuing that.
Breakfast looks delicious!

Allyson said...

Ah! Thats great! Congrats on the race too! I was looking at the AFPA cert! How was your experience with it?

Tina said...


My experience was great with the AFPA certification. To be honest, I was surprised that it was so much work. I was thinking "home exam... piece of cake," but it was actually very time consuming... but nothing more than a regular college course. The materials were exactly what I wanted to learn-- basic nutrition and counseling. I highly recommend it!

cinemarie said...

Félicitations Tina! :)
That's great news!
And congrats on the race!

Sarah said...

Hi Tina! I love your blog and I am so glad to read about your certification. I do not want to get another Bachelor's degree (I already have 2) but I was looking for a program so that I could learn more and perhaps start a new career, so thank you for sharing that! How long did it take you to complete?

Runeatrepeat said...

Great job on the race! And congrats on the certification. I've been thinking about getting one too. Was it a lot of work to do when you had so much other stuff going on (working, wedding planning).

Tina said...

Sarah and RER,

The program took me about 3 months to complete. I set aside 2-4 hours each week to get through the work. (I set a schedule for myself to keep me on track). The case study at the end was a little time consuming, but it was very interesting-- you got to "practice" what you learned.

magpie said...


Your oatmeal looks fantastic - what a great idea :) I will definitely be making this. I guess it could be breakfast OR dessert.

Anne said...

congrats on the certification! how will you use it? do you think you'll pursue a job in the nutrition field? or do some freelance work? just curious :)

Beth said...

Congrats on the certification! Like you I do have an interest in nutrition but my BA is in Communications. You definitely have inspired me to think more seriously about getting certified. :-)

Tina said...


I'm not sure how I will use the certification just yet. My initial motivation was just to gain some general knowledge about nutrition and counseling. Hopefully, it will benefit my blog, and I'd love to counsel readers in an informal manner.

balance, joy and food! said...

hi Tina! Congrats to the certification! i'm also considering to take it for personal use. How's the course? online? interactive? or you just have to read and learn?
i like your blog a lot! i read it everything and i'll try your bulgur recipe for breakfast!

RawlsW said...

Hi Tina,
Like so many others, I am considering certification. Did the course discuss legalities? I notice you have a disclaimer. What are the regulations about what you can recommend as a nutrition counselor vs registered dietician? Thanks for all the great info!

Tina said...


The course provided a guide for unlicensed practitioners, which was very helpful.

My certification simply states that I have completed a course of study and met criteria set by the AFPA.

A registered dietitian has completed a 4-year college degree in nutrition or dietetics, completed an internship, and passed a registration test by the ADA. (For more info, check out the American Dietetic Association website.)

Hope this helps!

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