Rockin’ the scrubs

The weekend has arrived! This week was incredibly hectic, but very rewarding. I began my internship at the fertility center on Wednesday. I have a very good feeling about it, and I am fully aware and prepared to do lots of filing and notsofun stuff. My feeling is that even if 80% of what I am doing is essentially busy work, as long as the other 20% leaves me feeling fulfilled and/or  like I have learned something, then it is completely worth it.

First day jitters

On my first day, one of the nurses gave me a tour and I was able to see the ultrasound rooms, the cryogenic freezer, the surgical rooms, the sperm donation room……and the room where embryos are literally made! The embryologist showed me the microscope that she works under to artificially inseminate the donor egg. It is attached to a TV screen so I will get to watch her make babies some time! I spent the rest of the time alphabetizing charts and paperwork, but even that was interesting. When I got home, I was ravenous and made a delicious dinner and dessert…

New Zealand lamb sliders on a whole wheat bun with Lori’s goat cheese brussel sprouts.

You have to make these brussels. The recipe could literally make dirt taste good. I only made one alteration because I didn’t have any juice, which for me is a huge deal seeing as I usually butcher recipes.

Balsamic Goat Cheese Brussel Sprouts

lots of brussel sprouts (for multiple servings)

1/2 sweet onion, chopped

1 tbsp olive oil

3 tbsp goat cheese (I used a bit more)

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (I just drizzled it everywhere, Im not sure if I used a whole 1/4 cup)

3 tbsp orange juice pomegranate cocktail mixer (hehe)

salt & pepper

Directions – Saute the onions in olive oil until soft and add the brussel sprouts. Cook until soft. Scrape into a bowl and toss together with everything else!

Dessert was another blog recipe! I have actually made Joanne’s Boston Marathon Cookies twice. Once following her recipe religiously, and once changing it up a tad. Both ways were tasty, but my changes made them a bit more dessert-like and less snack-like.

Who knew sesame seeds in cookies would taste so delicious?

This photo is from when I made them according to the recipe. If you wish to try them the way I made them, sub coconut oil for the olive oil, skip the dates and lemon zest, and use more vanilla extract and sesame seeds.

On Thursday, I had my 8am biochemistry lab until 1. Knowing it was going to be long one, I made a hearty breakfast…

2 slices whole wheat toast, cream cheese, 4-oz smoked salmon, tomato, onion, salt

In lab, we extracted DNA from our own cheek cells, purified the lactate dehydrogenase enzyme, and then ran it through an electrophoresis gel. It sounds really fancy, but it actually wasn’t so bad. I didn’t do anything drastically wrong, but I did throw away the girl’s next to me test tube of purified product. I had to dig through the trash to get it out for her. Unfortunately, the trash was filled with saliva from other peoples cheek cell extractions…… Yum.

Afterwards I went to the fertility center, for a few hours and mostly did filing. I got to talk to the head endocrinologist the last half hour of my shift and those 30 minutes of conversation left me feeling so excited and in awe. I shouldn’t jump to any big conclusions, but MED SCHOOL kept running through my mind. As soon as I got out, I headed to the gym and did my usual weight lifting routine and followed it up with this bomb protein smoothie:

I could eat this e’eryday. 

Dark Chocolate Cherry Protein Smoothie

Recipe: serves 1

1/2 cup frozen cherries

3/4 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk

1 scoop chocolate protein powder (~25 grams protein)

ice

couple drops stevia + vanilla extract + pinch salt

Directions – Blend!

I am sorry this was more of a diary entry than a blog post. Hopefully it wasn’t too painful. I just got a package of vanilla beans in the mail (the envelope smelled of vanilla), so I’m thinkin’ sesame-vanilla bean cookies are in order!

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12 responses to “Rockin’ the scrubs

  1. lamb sliders!? where do you find those.

    Love the scrubs :) Do you have to wear the same everyday or can you be creative?

    I was just talking about sesame seed cookies the other day. They are everywhere in Jersey!

  2. Internship? Wow! As a MD wanna-be (way in the future), this posts totally fascinates me. Omg, I am so motivated right now to work harder towards my dream!!

  3. That smoothie looks so good!
    I’m addicted to that unsweetened chocolate almond milk. Adds so much creamy chocolate flavor sans sugar. :)

  4. good luck!!! I hope it ends up being both exciting and rewarding :) I’d like to make Brussel sprouts but I am SO NOT a fan of goat cheese…. maybe another cheese would substitute well!

  5. Your internship sounds absolutely fascinating! Maybe not all the filing-type work you have to do but just being there and seeing someone make babies in a dish is so awesome!

  6. You make the most delicious food! The salmon breakfast has me craving smoked salmon. Great attitude about your internship – I hope you end up learning a lot. You look adorable in your scrubs. :)

  7. Ahh yes…the busy work of internships. I know how that goes! I like your expectations though(80% busy work, 20% meaningful work)! If you go into it with that kind of mindset, you won’t be disappointed.

    I love the simplicity of that smoothie. I tend to add way too many ingredients to my smoothies. I have to remember that sometimes simple is best…

  8. I love love love brussell sprouts! I’m going to try this out soon!

  9. I love brussles sprouts but I’ve never tried them with goat cheese! I bet that’s pretty delicious :)

    Lookin good in the scrubs ;)

  10. Aren’t blog posts just photoed diary entries…?

    Yay to yummy eats! And yummy eats you are doing/making! Aren’t those brussel sprouts SO GOOD?! I was loving them in every way possible. (um… that sounds kinda nasty)

    I haven’t seen those cookies before but am anxious to try them out!

    Girl, as much as you do, you DO know how to eat!

    Yay to finding a passion in your internship. That’s fantastic! I’m so proud of you. :) Med school would be tough but I KNOW you would be able to do it.

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  12. That sounds like the most badass internship ever. So exciting! And I’m inspired that you find the time/energy to go to the gym after work… I’m usually dragging by the day’s end.

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