When you’re looking for something tasty, packed with protein and foolproof to prepare, you can count on deviled eggs. This recipe from Anna in North Carolina spruces up the original deviled egg with chopped shrimp and other tasties to up the ante.
Originally from Wilmington, NC, Anna attended East Carolina University. Regarding her decision to become a dietitian, Anna shares, “I’ve always been interested in how what we eat affects our health.”
The most challenging part of Anna’s job is finding ways for dialysis patients to enjoy food on a limited diet. And, she sees many successes that result from facing that challenge. According to Anna, “The most rewarding part of my job is seeing patients enjoy life and be healthy. I try to make a difference by being supportive.”
She describes her working approach as, “...understanding. I try to let them know the diet is hard and that I would have a hard time cutting out foods that I loved and taking pills every time I ate, too. I always find something to congratulate them on. If it’s getting their phosphorus level from an 8.0 to a 7.5, it’s a step in the right direction.”
Anna enjoys getting to know her patients and individualizing their diets as much as possible to include foods they like to eat. Anna advises, “I think the single most important thing patients can do to improve their health is to talk with their dietitian. Let him or her know what kinds of foods you love to eat and ask how they can be incorporated into your diet. Your dietitian is there to help you enjoy food while staying on a strict diet.”
Anna has been with DaVita a year-and-a-half and says the teamwork atmosphere is most enjoyable. Her center is quite large with approximately 180 hemodialysis patients and about 65 peritoneal dialysis patients. Being located right by the beach is another big plus for Anna.
Give Anna’s recipe for Shrimp-Stuffed Deviled Eggs a whirl and treat yourself to a dish that looks and tastes fancy, yet is so simple to prepare.