Kale & Chicken Quinoa Salad & Private Practice Plans


Hurricane Sandy appears to have passed the DC area. We got lucky – no power outage in our apartment building at all! I was surprised, especially with how strong the wind and rain was when we went to bed last night. I hope those of you farther north on the coast are staying safe, too.

Matt and I both worked from home yesterday. Late morning, when I was ready for a break, I went downstairs to our apartment gym. So nice to have that option on gross weather days! I did 35 minutes on the stair master while reading SELF Magazine and then did abs and weights for about 20 mins. Pretty solid workout! When I came back upstairs, I whipped up lunch for me and Matt.


We had all sorts of random stuff in the fridge so I decided to make a fun “everything but the kitchen sink” sort of salad. First into the bowl was some kale.


I drizzled on some hemp oil (olive oil would also work), lemon juice, and salt and pepper and then “massaged” it all together with my hands. This really takes out the bitterness of kale!


Next, I threw on some leftover chicken and sliced avocado.


Then, some cooked lentils went into the mix. I bought a package of pre-cooked lentils from Trader Joe’s last week – so convenient!


Meanwhile, I had string beans and quinoa cooking on the stove. The string beans were just very simply steamed.


When they were ready, I threw them on top of everything else.


Then, I added another drizzle of hemp oil, lemon juice, a little more salt/pepper, and some cumin, just for fun. Mix it all up and voila!


Lunch is served. This was so easy and really tasty – we both loved it. No specific measuring necessary – just get creative and have fun with it!


Plus some orange slices on the side. :)


After lunch and a shower, it was back to work! And back to my “I’m working from home” uniform of comfy sweatpants and my favorite Christmas soft footie slippers. If I’m at home, I pretty much always have these on my feet. Obsessed.


I have a week and a half left of my final dietetic internship, and this one has been really helpful so far! Danielle (who I’m interning with) sent me home with a copy of this book to read through and start working on a game plan for what I want to do come January when I’m graduated (and once I take the RD exam). It’s been SO helpful to have some time to think all this stuff out, and Danielle has been really great with answering questions and providing advice, too.


I’m thinking of starting my own online-based private practice and seeing clients for nutrition, weight management, and weight loss counseling via the phone (or in person at a coffee shop or something if they are local to the DC area). Yesterday, Danielle had me work on some potential marketing language and start figuring out my target markets. I’ve also been researching how you actually get something like this off the ground in terms of what liability insurance I would need, how to manage billing, etc. etc. Lots to do but I’m getting excited! If you have any thoughts/comments/recommendations (either if you are an RD yourself or if you would be a potential client), please let me know!

And speaking of, time to get back after it. I’m working from home again today, at least for the morning… Sandy seems to have passed us for the most part, but it’s still really gray and dreary out there.


Stay safe and have a great Tuesday, everyone! And stay tuned – later today I’ll be back to share a quick bonus post with some more wedding photos. :)


  1. 1

    I work from home and that is what my work clothes consist of. I get really excited to dress up!!

  2. 2

    Anne I think that is GREAT! Having your own business is incredibly admirable and takes more work than you will ever know, but in the end, it’s the most rewarding thing you’ll ever decided to do. You’ll be amazing at it!

  3. 3

    Gotta love working from home. If you ever want to practice nutrition/fitness counseling for pregnant women I’m more than happy to work with you :P

  4. 4

    I want to set up an appointment!

  5. 5

    That is one tasty looking salad. I l-o-v-e hemp seeds, so I think I should try hemp oil.

    Can’t wait to hear about your private practice endeavors… fannetastic food is pretty exciting these days :)

  6. 7

    Glad your safe! That salad looks super yummy!

  7. 8

    I’ve always wondered about online counseling and licensure. Danielle may have covered this with you – but would you have to be licensed in every state that you have a patient? That could get complicated for online counseling…

  8. 9

    Interested potential client in the DC/Baltimore area!

  9. 10

    interested online client :)

  10. 11

    I wish I could just grab this out of the screen and eat it right now for dinner! It includes everything I’m craving! Greens, chicken and avocado!!! Mmmm :)

  11. 12
    Johanna B says:

    I am interested in being a distance (phone) client.

  12. 13

    so exciting! i have similar plans for after i finish my internship in march and after hearing about that book at FNCE it’s on my list to pick up and read. i’ll be just a couple months behind you! i think you’ll be terrific at online counseling. i’m so excited to be able to put the past few years into practice and reach as many people as possible! best of luck with everything!

  13. 15

    I think I own more fuzzy, slipper socks than normal socks. I live in them around the house 365 days a year. The salad looks pretty good too!

  14. 16
    Adventurer says:

    Neat to see that you’re thinking about life after graduation, Anne. Well done! And nice that the power stayed on throughout the stormaggedon!

  15. 17

    That’s exactly what I would have done if I had not had the bakery/a baby/one too many blog projects. Sounds perfect for you!

  16. 18

    Clearly I’m catching up on blog reading but I ordered the same book last week! Can’t wait to dive into it over break – though it’d be helpful now in writing my business plan! xoxo

  17. 20

    I’d be interested in what you find out about the legalities of working on-line in regards to being licensed in the states where your clients are. I think this is one area where laws were written before the internet became such a factor/possibility in doing this.

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