Discover Delicious And Quick Recipes For Moms Everywhere With Nutritionist Robin Plotnik

If you’ve ever found yourself daydreaming about junk food but opted for a salad instead – the best of both worlds is possible. Something mother and certified nutritionist Robin Plotnik realized. Because why sacrifice taste for health when you can achieve both? Read on to learn more. 

When Robin Plotnik found out she was two months pregnant with her first child, Poppy, the realization that she’d be spending the majority of her time at home was a daunting prospect. 

After all, the 15-year veteran of the modeling industry was more accustomed to New York Fashion Week runways and being hands-on with her clients as a personal trainer. “I miss it all the time,” she reflects. “When I lived in New York I was always in the sports clubs which was a lot of fun.” 

If Robin was enticed to a lifestyle of excitement on the road, she was pulled by an innate desire to stay home. “When I had Poppy, I didn’t want anything else but to stay home,” she says. “There was something in me that wanted to stay home, but I didn’t know how to.” 

After a year of acclimatizing to motherhood, she created What Robin Eats, an online nutritional guide for moms who – like Robin, may be stay-at-home parents, or find themselves limited for baking time. “All of my recipes, for the most part, take under 30 minutes, except if they need to bake or cook longer,” she says while pointing out that her focus is on wellness moms who want to eat healthier while maintaining their “food freedom” – something Robin felt she lost because of the rigorous demands of the modeling industry. “When I first moved to New York I was so skinny and was living in a mindset and lifestyle where I had to eat super clean. I was sad for myself because I was trying so hard to do what {a model} is supposed to do, and it wasn’t worth it,” she reminisces.

That’s where What Robin Eats comes in. 

A platform that inspires living a healthy lifestyle through fitness and nutrition, people can enjoy food that’s sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.

How is this possible? 

“My approach towards food is that they all fit. For example, a person can eat a butterfinger and still have it include healthy ingredients, without extra fillers, and you wouldn’t even know the difference,” Robin points out. This attitude toward food serves as a guide for young females like Robin, who aspire to take the modeling industry by storm but would prefer to abstain from the harsh realities of a toxic, cutthroat culture that imposes strict guidelines with regard to the size of a model. Anxiety over meeting other people’s needs within the industry is what steered Robin down a path of uncertainty and – ultimately, losing her own “food freedom.”  

“Sure, I’ll include full-fat peanut butter in my recipes – and I’ll get young girls questioning it, but the ingredients don’t include the oils that companies do – the days of budding models worrying about what they’re eating are over,” she concludes. 

As Robin points out, people generally love their candy bars – so how can they be enjoyed without the guilt that comes with eating certain “off-limit foods?” 

“I just created a Twix bar using real food ingredients, and people loved it,” she says. “I did the same with Snickers and Butterfinger.”

The Snickers bar (pictured above) is made with homemade vegan date caramel sauce, a delicious nougat layer, peanuts, and dark chocolate. 

Healthy Snickers Protein Bar

Nougat Layer:

Date Caramel Layer:

  • 5 large soft dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup Ground Up creamy smooth cashew almond butter – code WHATROBINEATS for a discount
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4-1/2 cup filtered water or canned coconut milk, start small then add more to reach your desired consistency

Chocolate Coating:

  • 1 + 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

Instructions: 

  • Line an 8’×8″ baking dish with parchment paper.
  • To a large mixing bowl add the almond flour, maple syrup, protein powder and almond milk and mix together until a crumbly and sticky texture is achieved.
  • Transfer the mixture to the baking dish and press evenly to create the base layer, then place in the freezer for 20 minutes or until solid.
  • While the nougat is chilling, you can start preparing the caramel layer.
  • Blend together the soaked and drained dates with the peanut butter until creamy and smooth, stopping every so often to scrape the sides with a spatula.
  • Next add in the raw peanuts and fold together.
  • Once the nougat layer is solid, remove from the freezer and evenly spread the date caramel sauce over the nougat layer.
  • Place the pan back into the freezer to chill for 1 hour.
  • After 1 hour, melt the chocolate together with the coconut oil. (You can do this using a double boiler or the microwave).
  • Remove the pan from the freezer and slice the caramel nougat into 12 equal bars.
  • Next, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and use 2 forks to carefully take one bar and dip it into the chocolate, flipping it over until fully coated.
  • Remove the coated bar carefully and place onto the parchment paper.
  • Repeat the process for the remaining bars.
  • Place the baking sheet in the fridge or freezer to set for 12-15 minutes 166 until the chocolate coating is completely hardened.
  • Enjoy!

The dynamism behind Robin’s unique ingredients stems from a childhood of fast food and grabbing whatever she could get her hands on while her musician father was bringing home the bread playing in bars. “My parents were trying, but I found myself eating a lot of box cereal and candy bars all the time,” she says. “The chocolate recipes are a mix of reflecting on nostalgic moments while eating clean. I’m also a huge fan of Pinterest TV.”

We can’t necessarily control what we eat as kids, and as a result of her eating habits in her youth, developed an unhealthy relationship with food in her early twenties. “I was so overweight as a kid,” she shares, but “I was too thin when I was 20 … so I feel like my life has been a roller coaster ride, and it was mainly because of eating. I was eating all this junk food, and then I wasn’t eating anything.”

After creating What Robin Eats, she realized the need to remove such harsh stigmatizations of certain foods because, as she experienced in the modeling world, the separation between the two categories makes it extremely challenging when developing a healthy relationship with food. 

And now as a mother of two, Robin understands just how important it is for mothers to incorporate a healthy food lifestyle. When asked what piece of advice she would give to herself when she first became a new mom, she answered without hesitation:

“Let people help you,” she emphasizes, because “I should have taken more help from people rather than feeling like I needed to race back to my regular life of cooking and everything else.”

One aspect she discovered that completely transforms meal time, especially as a new mom, is meal planning. “I meal prep on Mondays for the whole week, breakfasts and dinners especially. And I provide a ton of meal prep friendly options and hormone healthy options,” Robin discusses.

Quick, simple, healthy, and flavorful sum up Robin’s mouth-watering recipes, but her recent favorite that’s not only easy but great for the kids … cottage cheese pizza toast! 

Emphasis on the cottage cheese, a fresh cheese staple she can’t go without. 

“It’s a great quick dinner or lunch recipe, especially for a busy mom on days when you’re thinking ‘I can’t really sit down, but I need to eat something.’ And it’s nutritious and protein-packed. I love that,” she gushes. 

Changing lives one cottage cheese pizza toast at a time, Robin and her recipes are here to make your life simpler – and more delicious. 

To discover all of Robin Plotnik’s recipes, visit her website What Robin Eats today!