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Coconut Pudding with Godiva Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt and Cayenne

Posted Mar 16 2011 10:00am
I had a brainstorm. Why not take on line courses to become a nutritionist? At this point I won't have the time to go to school to be a Registered Dietitian with working full time and having a 2 year old, but, how fabulous would it be to be certified and eventually have a career in something I really care about?

Don't get me wrong, I am so thankful to have a job with full benefits, but I want more. I want to love what I'm doing and now that I'm in my 30's I have a much better idea of the direction I want to go in.

When I went to FSU I had no clue what I wanted to be; all I knew is I wanted to have fun and I did. Those were definitely the best four years of my life. No responsibility other than going to school and getting to my job as a bartender on time. By my sophomore year I knew how to schedule classes. No classes before noon or after five and no classes on Friday. And you wonder why I cried and cried when I graduated.

I had started out with a biology degree, which I liked because science was my favorite, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to be; then I changed my major to nutrition, which I really loved. Because I enjoyed it so much I’m not sure why I listened to my professor who told the class that becoming an RD was harder than becoming a medical doctor and that most of us would fail out before then. Unfortunately I did listen and was discouraged so I finally changed my degree to Sociology, which I found very interesting. Sociology is the study of people and society. I had some of the most interesting classes including a professor in a woman studies class that is one of the only professors I actually remember much about. She was a very petite redhead in probably her late 40’s. She had done all sorts of interesting studies on women who work in male dominated fields. One of her research studies was working as a miner, hard hat and all. I can still picture in my head what I thought she would look like as a miner and it still brings a chuckle.

When I graduated I still didn't know exactly what I wanted to be so I worked for a small staffing company right out of college in Atlanta, quit and moved to Jacksonville to live closer to my, at the time, boyfriend's family and started work as a manager at Abercrombie and Fitch.  Finally, I left there and was hired on at my current position and I've been here ten years.

So here I am. I work for a large finance company and sit in a cubicle all day and in my free time I daydream about what I want to be. After my brainstorm I am excited. I could combine my love of nutrition and helping people by promoting whole foods and healthy living.

Does anyone have any advice, suggestions or insight for this path? What do you do as your day job? Do you love it? What would you like to be?

Now for dessert.
Coconut Pudding with Godiva Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt and Cayenne

This is definitely an adult dessert. 
Velvety, lightly sweet, a bite of dark chocolate, crunch and saltiness from sea salt and heat from cayenne.  If you are looking for a cupcake this probably won't cut it.  If you are looking for a complex dessert with interesting layers of flavors then this will fit the bill. 
This has a fair amount of fat and protein and minimal carbohydrates so it won't leave you craving more sweets and it will be very satisfying.
Make sure you use the Godiva Dark Chocolate because I've tried others and it is the best.
Coconut Pudding with Godiva Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt and Cayenne***4 WW Pts Plus
3 (4.5 ounce) servings Printable Recipe
Ingredients (What I used is in the parentheses.)
1 block farmer cheese, ( Friendship )1/2 cup light coconut milk, ( Native Forest )1/4 non-fat plain Greek yogurt, ( Chobani )2 packets stevia, Sweet Leaf (if you don't mind the added carbs use a Tbsp of honey or agave)1 tsp vanilla extract, ( Simply Organic )2 squares Godiva 72% Dark Chocolate, chopped (about .75 ounces)Dash coarse sea saltDash cayenne pepper, ( Frontier )
1. Mix cheese, coconut milk, yogurt, vanilla and stevia in high speed blender or magic bullet.
2. Divide mixture into three cups, about 4.3 ounces each, top each with 1/3 of the chocolate, pinch of salt and pinch of cayenne.
Nutrition Facts**4 WW Pts Plus
3 (4.5 oz) Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 173.5
Total Fat 11.0 g
Saturated Fat 7.3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 23.3 mg
Sodium 346.3 mg
Potassium 2.6 mg
Total Carbohydrate 4.5 g
Dietary Fiber 1.0 g
Sugars 3.4 g
Protein 11.9 g

Vitamin A 5.2 %
Calcium 2.8 %
Iron 5.5 %

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