Big news, everyone. I passed my Nutrition and Wellness exam. It’s official, I am now a certified Nutrition and Wellness Coach.
My certification and card!
Last year I enrolled in the program at AFPA (American Fitness Professionals & Associates). It was a correspondence program, but don’t think it was easy. I have to read huge books on nutrition, legal matters, nutrition counseling, as well as listen to numerous health CDs. The exam was massive! I got an A, by the way.
I think this blog proves I’m serious about fitness and health. I’ve wanted to build Fit is the New Black into a real site for ages, but I felt like I needed more education first. Even now, in order to renew my certification in a few years, I’ll have to continue taking classes.
Now I can really take this site to the level I want it to be. Expect lots of changes in the new year.
Onto the review:
Restaurant: Veggie Castle II
Where: Queens, New York
Cuisine: Vegan Caribbean
Last week I went down to Jamaica, Queens, for a presentation with the Board of aN agency I may be doing some work for. The President was kind enough to order dinner from everyone; being a vegan he chose a vegan takeout place called Veggie Castle II. According to several sources, the original Veggie Castle (located in Brooklyn) was closed, due to development in the area.
If you eat vegan food you know that it’s often a matter of hit or miss. For Veggie Castle is was a hit! We ordered veggie drumsticks, veggie chicken and potatoes in a curry gravy, rice and peas, spinach, plantains, and salad.
Delicious and healthy? Bet your fit butt it is!
The most impressive thing about the food was the presentation. The drumstick actually looked and felt like a drumstick. A skewer in the middle gave it it the feeling that there was a real bone inside.
This faux drumstick had wonderful texture and really looked like chicken, inside and out.
The majority of veggie meat is made from gluten based products. I’m gluten sensitive and don’t eat it often. However, I made an exception this time around. The veggie meat had great texture, similar to real chicken. Even better, the flavor was savory with just enough kick.
My mother-among other things-is Jamaican and Cuban. I grew up knowing the taste of ox tail and curry goat. She makes her rice and peas with coconut milk! I know my Caribbean food. And while Veggie Castle didn’t hold a candle to my mom’s food-does anything?-I enjoyed the meal. If you find yourself in Queens, check them out.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, so I’ll be busy cooking. I’ll be attempting vegan mac and cheese!! Wish me luck and expect a recipe, along with a Tribesports workout, on Friday.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours:)