Kate’s Homemade Almond Cranberry Granola
This month I want to highlight Kate Davis, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN a board certified specialist in sports nutrition who works with athletes across our fabulous country.
Need a simple sweet delish snack? Kate says look no farther. Her kids love this simply slight sweet and easy to make snack. Beyond the easy ingredient list you can personalize it to your family favorite foods and preferences. This recipe can easily be adopted gluten free.
Who is Kate Davis?
Kate Davis is a registered dietitian who is board-certified as a specialist in sports nutrition. She works with athletes and athletic teams both in-person and via video chat across the United States. Kate has previously consulted with middle school, high school, NCAA Division I, II & III, Olympic, NFL and NBA athletes.
She currently consults for Grand Valley State University athletics, the NBA G-League, Lansing Skating Club, USA Women’s Hockey and several individual athletes. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ online Sports Nutrition Care Manual and sits on the CSSD (Certified Specialist Sports Dietetics) Exam Review Board.
She has been quoted in media outlets such as Chicago Athlete, Competitive Runner and Runner’s World magazines and also writes for the USA Triathlon blog. Kate enjoys competing in running and triathlon as well as indoor soccer and recreational snowboarding.
You can find Kate at www.RDKate.com, where you can navigate to her blog and connect with her on Twitter or Facebook.
How do you savor and enjoy your life?
I love just spending time with my family (hubby and 2 kids ages 5 and 3). Whether it’s going on a walk on the trail next to our farmhouse or playing baseball in the yard, nothing is better than watching my family enjoy life
What did you have to let go of (any limiting beliefs) to accomplish to get you to where you are today?
I had to let go of the belief that I had to be successful professionally as society defines that. I had to realize that success is very elusive and if you aren’t careful, you find yourself chasing something that you can’t actually define. When I defined success, it became apparent that I already had it – both professionally and personally. I had exactly what I needed. When I was able to realize that, I found so much peace and contentment – which actually opened the doors to new opportunities at work and home.
Why did you become a registered dietitian?
For me it was a natural fit. I liked to be a detective when things went wrong with my body – what causes it and why – and how could I make it right without medicine (whenever possible). I saw the power of good food in my own body and also how the right choices made a difference when I competed. I was sold.
What is your theme for the year and why?
Go big or go home! I am trying to live life to the fullest. As I write this, we leave tomorrow to fly out to Ireland with our kids for spring break. Why not? But I also aim to “go big” by better appreciating the small moments, too – the laughter, being able to eat a meal warm (mom life), a good chat with friends. In that appreciation of all that I have, I find my peace.
What is your advice for someone who wants to get into this field?
Learn as much as you can about the job opportunities in the field. I had no idea when I chose to become a RD all of the areas I could actually work in. Shadow, interview and ask questions of current RDs to help you find the niche that’s best for you. It isn’t always your first idea (it wasn’t for me) and that’s okay.
Thanks Kate! It is great that you were “sold” on the power of food and now you are helping athletes around the country improve their performance and achieve their dreams through nutrition. Yay! You can reach Kate at www.RDKate.com
Kate and I would love to hear what your favorite snacks recipes are; especially the ones that equate FUN memories in your kitchen for you and your family.