4th of July Recipe Round Up: Recipes From our NTA Alumni Community

4th of July Recipe Round Up: Recipes From our NTA Alumni Community


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4th of July Recipe Round Up: Recipes From our NTA Alumni Community

Happy 4th of July!

Freedom and equality is what we will continue to fight for. Today, we hope that you and your loved ones can find some time to celebrate the positive change that has happened thus far, through recent events, and in the days and years to come.

We always love to celebrate the amazing work that our graduates are doing. Here’s a handful of recipes from our alumni community that may inspire your 4th of July festivities!




Michelle Hoover, NTP


Red White and Blue Berry Panna Cotta

Ginger Fruit Infused Water





Tiffany Williams, FNTP

The Sage Way





Pizza Bites Video Tutorial

Recipe adapted from GrassFedSalsa.com 







Alison Marras, NTP, RWP




Fruit Crisp Recipe

Paleo BBQ Menu







Riyana Rupani, NTP




Muhammara Dip

Tahini Chocolate Cake

Thai Kale Salad






Jean Choi, NTP




Paleo Pork Chops with Grilled Peach Salsa

Blueberry Salsa

Cajun Shrimp Sausage Skewers

Dill Pickle Potato Salad

Berry Pecan Bars

Watermelon Cucumber Salad with Prosciutto

Grilled Peach Salad with Bacon


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Interview: Annual Partner, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition: Test, don’t guess!

Interview: Annual Partner, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition: Test, don’t guess!


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Interview: Annual Partner, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition: Test, don’t guess!


We’re honored to introduce our Annual Partners, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® (FDN)

FDN is a complete methodology (way of thinking with the tools to go along with it) used to help people recover and maintain the best health possible.

FDN graduates do not diagnose or treat disease, an area well addressed by licensed physicians. Instead, FDN investigates hidden healing opportunities within the hormone, immune, digestion, detoxification, energy and nervous systems using functional lab testing.  The clues collected by objective and subjective assessments are then used to guide holistic lifestyle recommendations intended to coach up function in all areas of the body while coaching down contributors to Metabolic Chaos®, which will ultimately restore health and balance. For most chronic stress-related conditions, FDN is all a person needs to do to get well and stay well. For those with a serious medical condition, FDN is a proven stabilizer and holistic grounding program, adjunctive to the medical attention they may receive.



We got the chance to interview FDN recently and this is what they said:

What’s the mission of FDN and what makes this company so special?

FDN’s mission is to educate as many people as possible about how to get well and stay well naturally so they in turn may educate and empower others to do the same. To achieve this, FDN provides cutting-edge functional lab assessment training and access to resources to continuously enhance people’s knowledge about functional health practices.


The NTA has an amazing community of practitioners and businesses like yours, can you explain why FDN is so aligned with the NTA and its community?

  • FDN empowers anyone who has a strong desire to help others, who is willing to walk the talk, and who aspires to have a career changing people’s lives.
  • Evidence Based: FDN practitioners do NOT diagnose or treat any disease, nor do we practice medicine. Everything we do is science and evidence based. FDN’s investigate underlying causes and conditions at the core of people’s health complaints using functional lab testing and clues collected by our extremely thorough intake process.
  • Healing Opportunities: FDN seeks to identify healing opportunities within the hormone, immune, digestion, detoxification, energy and nervous systems of the body. Once opportunities are revealed, function and health can easily be restored by implementing natural health building approaches that will have a positive effect on the root cause, and that will outperform specific treatments.


We’re so excited that FDN will be at our annual conference! What are you most excited for?

NTA is about creating a community of professionals focused around a common goal of transforming lives and shifting the outlook of health. FDN holds the same common values focused around helping people on a deeper level and getting real results. A rising tide raises all ships and together we can elevate each other!


Can you give us a teaser of what you’ll be discussing at the conference?

  • Investigative skills and a mindset that seeks to unravel Metabolic Chaos® instead of treating symptoms or test results
  • How to identify healing opportunities, what’s really wrong
  • How to apply wellness principles unique to you / client…
  • How to walk clients along the proven path towards health
  • How to package and price your services so that you make a great living doing what you love
  • Grow your business by getting real results in your client’s health and well-being


Which program of yours are you most excited about this year?

FDN gives students functional lab training, data-driven protocols, tools and leadership needed so they can confidently solve their client’s health issues and grow their career as a health coach or professional.


Who can benefit from this training?

Anyone with a passion for helping others and who is willing to walk-the-talk can take the FDN Certification Course. We believe that helping others to regain health, regardless of their starting point, requires only the proper training and leadership – all of which is provided in the FDN Course. We’ve spent the past 20+ years developing the FDN system and providing leadership to thousands of every-day people, health coaches and health practitioners alike. All you have to do is learn FDN’s duplicatable system and you’re set. Today the FDN Community includes thousands of FDN Course graduates living and working in over 50 countries with all types of different backgrounds; some with prior training in health and wellness, and others without any.  No prerequisites are required. Once you complete the FDN Course, you are eligible to sit for board certification with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners to enhance your credibility even more.




FDN will be joining us at our Annual Conference, Thrive in Portland, OR, Feb 28 – Mar 1.  Meet them in person and purchase your ticket today!

Learn more about Functional Diagnostic Nutrition.




Interview: Annual Partner, Biotics Research Corporation: Hemp, New products, and Who can benefit from nutritional supplements?

Interview: Annual Partner, Biotics Research Corporation: Hemp, New products, and Who can benefit from nutritional supplements?


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Interview: Annual Partner, Biotics Research Corporation: Hemp, New products, and Who can benefit from nutritional supplements?

We’re thrilled to introduce one of our Annual PartnersBiotics Research Corporation, a research corporation that transcends the development and production of supplements.

Biotics Research Corporation is a professional nutritional supplement manufacturer founded on innovative ideas, carefully researched concepts and superior quality products. Family-owned and operated for over 40 years, Biotics Research continues to revolutionize the nutritional supplement industry by utilizing “The Best of Science and Nature” to create high-quality nutritional supplements. A pioneering company, Biotics Research was the first to produce and market CoQ10 as a dietary supplement in the US in 1979 and continues to innovate with clinically-proven delivery systems such as emulsified nutrients, vegetable culture tableting base, plant matrix minerals and the recipient of six patents. By combining nature’s principles with scientific ingenuity, Biotics Research continues its role as a leader in the industry providing supplements that are bioavailable, safe and effective.


We got the chance to interview Biotics recently and this is what they said:


What’s the mission of Biotics Research Corporation and what makes this company so special?
Biotics Research strives to continue to revolutionize the nutritional supplement industry by utilizing “The Best of Science and Nature” to create high-quality nutritional supplements that are bioavailable, safe, and effective.


The NTA has an amazing community of practitioners and businesses like yours, can you explain why Biotics is so aligned with the NTA and its community?
Biotics Research Corporation has been a major sponsor of the Nutritional Therapy Association since its inception. Biotics Research Corporation is so aligned with NTA because our high-quality nutritional supplements test so well, which allows for greater patient compliance and improved clinical outcomes.


We’re so excited that Biotics will be at our annual conference! What are you most excited for?
Although we attend local NTA workshops, we thoroughly enjoy our time spent at the NTA Annual Conference. This is our time to make valuable connections with the amazing students and graduates while also showcasing our continued support of the Nutritional Therapy Association.


Can you give us a teaser of what you’ll be featuring at the conference?
Biotics Research Corporation has recently launched some amazing new products and we can’t wait to share them with everyone at the conference!


Which product of yours are you most excited about this year?
Biotics Research is proud to partner with Ananda Professional for our new and exciting suite of full spectrum hemp extract products. From hemp seed genetics to the manufacturing of the final product, we closely monitor every step in the process, guaranteeing the purest of hemp extract products.

FS-20 Hemp Extract provides 600 mg per bottle of full spectrum phytocannabinoids sourced from hemp flower extract. This easy-to-take liquid is infused in a base of organic cold-pressed hemp seed oil and gives 20 mg active phytocannabinoids per serving.

FS-15 Hemp Extract provides 900 mg per bottle of full spectrum phytocannabinoids sourced from hemp flower extract. Each easy-to-swallow softgel contains phytocannabinoids infused in a base of organic cold-pressed hemp seed oil yielding 15 mg active phytocannabinoids.

Hemp-infused Relief Roll-On is a warming and cooling liquid balm that not only contains full spectrum phytocannabinoids, but also other skin-healthy ingredients such as willow bark extract, coconut oil, shea butter, arnica, camphor and lavender. Easy to throw in a gym bag or purse for on-the-go, Relief Roll-On is ideal for muscle soreness from overexertion.


Who can benefit from nutritional supplements?
Every single person on the planet can benefit from nutritional supplements and Biotics Research is proud to offer high-quality nutritional products to our healthcare professional customers around the world.



Biotics provides educational resources including blogs, seminars, webinars, and much more to empower their consumers and practitioners with the most up-to-date, evidence-based science.

Biotics Research will be joining us at our Annual Conference, Thrive in Portland, OR, Feb 28 – Mar 1.  Meet them in person and purchase your ticket today!

Learn more about Biotics Research Corporation.


6 Ways to Make Your Client Experience Extraordinary

6 Ways to Make Your Client Experience Extraordinary


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6 Ways to Make Your Client Experience Extraordinary

6 Ways To Make Your Client Experience Extraordinary   Let’s face it. The wellness industry is a very crowded and noisy place. It can be hard to generate new clients, so when you do, it’s super important to ensure they receive the best service and care possible. Providing a great client experience will result in happier clients who achieve their goals, referrals, and ultimately more growth for your business.      With a few tweaks, cultivating a positive client experience can be simple and easier than you’d think. Heres how to deliver an experience that will turn your clients into raving fans.   

 1. Invest in the right tools.

Often new practitioners will wait to invest in their client experience until they have too many clients to manage. But we believe that investing in key tools from the beginning is the best way to set your business and your clients up for success.    There are two key tools we recommend to improve your client experience. The first is practice management software, which will help you with scheduling, documentation, and communication. The second is a meal planning platform like That Clean Lifewhich will help you create beautiful resources like meal plans, grocery lists, and recipes for your clients. Also, like our highly-regarded Nutri-Q platform.   

2. List your services and/or prices on your website or online platform.

Chances are, your potential clients will check out your website or online platform before they reach out to you, so you need to make it easy for them to find the right information. This includes listing your prices and/or services.     If you don’t currently have your prices or services listed on your website or online platform, block off some time this week to get it updated. This will ensure your potential clients can easily find the information they’re looking for and make it much easier for them to book with you   

3. Offer value upfront.

Your client experience begins before you even start working with the person, so always provide value upfront. A great way to start is by teaching everything you know. It can be through sharing recipes on your website, free guides that relate to your niche, blogging, podcasting, and more. When you constantly create content, you position yourself as an expert, and your clients get a ton of value before they even start working with you. You’re building that “know, like, and trust” factor which is so important for laying the foundation of a great client experience.    Need help creating an amazing piece of content as your lead magnet? Download our free Lead Magnet Creation Guide for Nutrition Professionals here.   

4. Be authentic.

There might be this feeling that you need to communicate all of the wonderful information you learned in school in the same way it was delivered to you; with a professional and scholastic tone to it. Instead of emulating how you learned the materials, just be yourself and the knowledge will follow.     If you’re a silly person, be that same silly person with your clients. You’ll attract your ideal client the more that you are yourself. Therapeutic relationships can positively influence outcomes more than anything else.     

5. Create simple resources for your clients to help them reach their goals.

Once we graduate, we’re so excited to put everything to use that we just learned. Maybe it’s an expansive protocol that we know will help our client if they just follow everything step-by-step. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always translate to a positive client experience. Instead, it can lead to overwhelm and your client may quit before they’ve even begun.     Keep things simple to start and ensure youre meeting your client where theyre at. Build on this week-by-week to ensure your recommendations are approachable.     Depending on their goals, some clients will need meal plans, others will need recipe books, and some will need supplements. Cater your resources to your client’s unique needs and ensure they empower your clients to go out and implement your advice on their own.    Click here to download a free guide on how to create simple but effective nutrition plans for your clients.   

6. Over-Communicate.

Communication is so important in terms of client experience. Your client should always know that youre there for them. Keep in touch through frequent follow-ups and check-ins. If you’re ever in doubt, over-communicating is better than under-communicating, so keep those check-ins coming.    Looking to learn more about how That Clean Life can help you create balanced meal plans and beautiful resources, without all the busywork? Click here to learn more! 

Want to speak with an instructor?

Join us for a Live Info Session. One of our Lead Instructors will go in-depth, discussing the what makes our program stand out amongst other nutrition schools. This is a great opportunity for you to get your questions answered and to determine if our program is right for you and your career goals!


10 Reasons You Should Attend the NTA’s Annual Conference

10 Reasons You Should Attend the NTA’s Annual Conference


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10 Reasons You Should Attend the NTA’s Annual Conference


Let’s face it, life is busy. In a world where social media is more popular than ever, we can often forget the importance of being face-to-face with others from our community. The experience of attending the conference provides learning and career-building opportunities that you just won’t find anywhere else.

In-person contact with people who are active in our line of work can not only help us feel more connected, it can also help us uncover new ways to grow our business and to gain and share knowledge from people we don’t normally have access to.

The NTA’s 13th Annual Conference in March 2020, Thrive, is going to be bigger and better than ever before. We’re back at the same beautiful venue in the heart of Portland, we’ve been listening closely and implementing the feedback attendees have shared with us from previous conferences in order to make Thrive an unforgettable experience!


Here are 10 reasons why you should attend the NTA’s Annual Conference:

1. Educational opportunities

While there is so much information out there for us to consume – from social media, articles, blog posts, books, studies and more, nothing compares to the educational aspect of a conference. The NTA sources some of the smartest, most respected, and knowledgeable experts in the industry to talk about subjects that are relevant and important to our own lives, the lives of the clients we work with, and to the health of our businesses.

2. Meet experts and influencers

Opportunities to meet the people that you look up to most in the health and wellness world don’t often come up. Maybe you’d like to take a selfie with an NTP who’s impacted you, share a business idea with one of the experts in our lineup, or make a connection that can lead you to finding your mentor. Meet the great minds like Dr. Terry Walls, Fred Provenza, Dr. DeAnn Minich (and more!) will all be speaking at the Thrive conference. It isn’t possible to meet them unless you are given the opportunity to be in the same room and this chance doesn’t come up when you are listening to their podcasts or participating in an online summit.

3. Networking with peers

While social media associates many of us, it has its limits. There is nothing like meeting and connecting with others in person. Conferences provide a great networking opportunity and the perfect environment for fostering relationships. The NTA Annual Conference offers the chance to mingle with colleagues, speakers, and vendors, to form new relationships, and to strengthen those that previously exist. Meeting community members from other areas can be a valuable opportunity for sharing best practices, creating a referral network, and generating inspiration. There will be many opportunities throughout the conference to grab a cup of tea, broth, or a meal with others near our new venue in beautiful Portland.

4. Learning in a fresh environment

Most of us don’t take the time to step back and attend conferences very often. But by spending a few days away from your actual “work” to immerse yourself in a conference like Thrive, you sharpen your skills as a practitioner and a business owner and return with new ideas and fresh approaches to make you more efficient and effective in your work. As we know, a dull axe won’t cut down a tree nearly as effectively as a sharp one! Our new venue in downtown Portland is the perfect place to come together and learn.

5. Connect with new vendors and companies

We carefully select each exhibitor that joins us for our annual conference and receive wonderful feedback from our attendees about the companies and vendors they see in our exhibit hall. The annual conference is a great time to mingle with sponsors, vendors, and exhibitors by trying out their products and services, taking home samples, or purchasing products for yourself and your business. We find innovative companies with the highest integrity and quality in the industry to partner with for our conferences. The contacts you make are often some of the best people to speak to if you want to learn more about the current climate in our industry. Plus, discovering innovative products and services for your business is a highly valuable way to stay competitive and current in your own practice. We’ll have some new and exciting companies joining us for Thrive in February including your one-stop shop for AIP goodies, ShopAIP, incredible health professionals like Season Johnson, as well as cutting-edge and ancestrally-based supplement companies like Enviromedica.

6. Enhance your reputation

When you are active in your industry and continue to put yourself out there with your peers and colleagues, you are better able to develop a reputation as an expert to your peers and your clients. Those who are engaged are more often asked to speak at events, write articles for their industry publications, and build broader referral networks. Clients also tend to feel good about doing business with those that are celebrated or admired by their peers and colleagues. When you attend a conference you are providing yourself with an opportunity to see and be seen yourself. Come to the annual to not only expand your own knowledge but to propel your reputation and business forward too.

7. Break out of your comfort zone

It’s easy to read a blog post, listen to a podcast, or watch a video or documentary from the privacy of your home or office, but attending a live event forces you to break out of your comfort zone and experience a more immersive learning environment. While some are born networkers, for many, attending a live event and interacting with other people can be a challenge. Breaking out of our comfort zones is often just what we need to change the ways of thinking that keep us in the ruts we tend to fall into in our businesses and lives.

8. The power of connection with your community

The beauty of coming to a conference like this is that everyone shares like-minded philosophies, values, and affection for good food. There’s no better feeling than spending time with people who get you. You will see your former instructors, your mentors, people who were in your classes, those you met at previous NTA events, and maybe even meet a new friend, mentor or colleague. You will not only walk away from the conference with new knowledge but also lasting relationships and connections for life. Take advantage of all that Portland has to offer with your community– eat at amazing restaurants, drink the best organic coffee of your life, try a workout class, go for a hike, visit the beautiful parks, picturesque riverfront and much, much more!

9. Invest in yourself

Leaving your practice or work for a few days, learning more about your profession, and experiencing the weekend with your community is an investment in yourself, the people you help, and your own business. When you buy your conference ticket and show up to the Hilton in Portland, you are investing in your own growth and your own worth. You will walk away after the conference weekend re-energized and ready to take on your own business with a fresh perspective.

10. Have fun

Being in business should be rewarding and fun. Our work can be challenging and we deserve to take time for ourselves. Besides, we all know how “all work and no play” can impact our health!

Attending a conference with your community can bring empowerment and joy by mixing a social aspect into your learning and business development. The conference itself will provide lots of fun, including banquet dinners featuring healthy local and seasonal foods, lots of socializing, and of course, a dance party! You can even treat your time away from home as a getaway or mini-vacation. Arrive a day early or stay an extra day or two to have some fun and take in all that Portland has to offer. Enjoy the city’s delicious, allergy-friendly food, get lost inside the famous Powell’s City of Books, walk through Portland’s beautiful parks (we recommend checking out the Lan Su Chinese Garden, the Portland Japanese Garden, and the International Rose Test Garden), visit the internationally renowned Portland Art Museum, or admire the breathtaking views of the city from the historic Pittock Mansion.


The concept of Thrive supports the NTA’s inspiring vision of transforming lives and shifting the health outlook to one of hope, equipping graduates with deeper, more applicable knowledge of how to tap into the body’s innate healing abilities and live to their fullest potential in all realms of life. 

Our work is lifechanging and big changes require us to grow vigorously and to flourish together. We must go beyond mere survival. We must thrive 

To do this, we will focus the conference on these three areas: 

Thrive Personally: You will learn powerful new strategies to take your practice to the next level.  Speakers involved in holistic nutrition and adjunct therapies will share information to inspire and support your mind, body and spirit. 

Thrive Professionally: We will deliver strategies and research on how to make an impact in your community, increase your brand awareness, and grow a sustainable business that brings you greater joy and financial success.  

Thrive as a community: Thrive will provide a collaborative forum for you to connect with fellow NTA agents – students, alumni, classmates, instructors, exhibitors, and more. Together, we will unite as a community.  Thrive will offer more interactive workshops and networking events than previous years. Whether it’s learning about potential business opportunities, cutting-edge products, latest regenerative farming efforts, or simple advice from your peers, you will leave the conference energized and equipped with new ways to encourage and empower others on their own health journeys. 


Additional information:

The NTA will hold its 13th Annual Conference, Thrive, on Feb 28-March 1, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. It’s going to be our best annual conference yet! The conference is 3+ days, complete with keynote speakers, breakout sessions, networking opportunities, and banquets.