Almond Butter Cookies and a teaching assignment

The first week of teaching is done and dusted. The first week of school is always a busy one, regardless if you are the teacher or the student! I don't have a typical Monday to Friday work schedule, so I never thought much of that TGIF saying... But today kind of felt like a Friday to me and I have to admit I am looking forward to a relatively relaxed day tomorrow (keep in mind that my idea of a relatively relaxed day might be different than most...). I have spent the last few hours reading my students' blogs before realizing I need to update my own. Once a procrastinator, always a procrastinator? Before I reverse and explain, here is a recipe I posted a little while ago, revived with a few new pictures and a few minor tweaks after making these again earlier this week: Flourless almond butter chocolate chip cookies!

Once I was told I will be teaching at Camosun College again this winter, I started thinking about how to make the course assignments a bit different. The end result? I have given my students a blog assignment. And then I told them I will be doing the same assignment myself.

The goal of this assignment is to create a blog and post an update every 10 days. Each post should reflect a personal learning experience related to nutrition for sports, fitness and health based on class material and/or other interesting and relevant material. The main expected outcome is better involvement with the course material, actually using what we cover in class and for each student to use their blog as a learning and recording tool. This is a semester long assignment and at the end of the semester, students are required to prepare a 5 minute presentation to summarize this experience and what they have learned through it (again, me included!).

So, what will I post about, as part of this assignment? I don't have specific nutrition goals. I do, however, have a story to share about my personal health issues that led to my inability to compete at the level I used to, my nutrition journey that followed and what lead me to become a professional in this field to begin with. Also, I have been wanting to post a lot more relevant sports nutrition information along side my recipes, so this is as good a time as any to start doing that.

So there you have it. Another challenge to add to my busy days... But I wouldn't have it any other way! I guess now I should let my students know where they can find my blog, right?

Home made 'Nutella'

Home made 'Nutella'

Lemon - Chocolate Muffins

Lemon - Chocolate Muffins