Healthy Snacks 101

Snacks can boost your energy between meals and supply essential vitamins and minerals. Think of snacks as mini-meals that contribute nutrient-rich foods. The key to delicious snacking is to be creative with what you make so that you are always coming up with new combinations. These recipes are high in nutrients while also being moreContinue reading “Healthy Snacks 101”

Heart Healthy Food Guide

When it comes to diet, you’ve probably heard the term “heart-healthy” before; but what does that mean exactly? Heart-healthy foods include whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low-fat or fat-free dairy, lean protein, and good-for-you unsaturated fats. As an added bonus, high-fiber heart healthy foods keep you fuller for longer. Here’s the low down on how toContinue reading “Heart Healthy Food Guide”

Nutrition Myth Busters: Fad Diets

It is hard to watch TV or read the news without hearing about the latest fad diet. Commercials and advertisements make claims that seem incredible, making these diets seem like the perfect quick fix. However, the truth is simple: If a diet or product sounds too good to be true, it probably is. No foodsContinue reading “Nutrition Myth Busters: Fad Diets”

Winter Recipes Worth Trying

There is nothing like warming up with a hot plate of delicious, nutritious food on a cold day. My favorite winter nights are those spent curled up by the fireplace with a hot drink and a good book after having eaten satisfying meal. During winter it is common to crave rich comfort foods that areContinue reading “Winter Recipes Worth Trying”

Best Foods for Recovery

Being sick is the worst, especially in college when there are so many other things students would rather being doing. Although it is common to lose your appetite when you’re sick, good nutrition is actually an essential part of recovery! During illness the body uses nutrients faster than usual to repair the immune system. Sickness,Continue reading “Best Foods for Recovery”

How to Beat the Winter Blues

It is common to feel down in the cold months following the holiday season. Days are shorter, the sun isn’t shining as much, and sickness is more common. These factors can drive you to feel sluggish and unmotivated. The good news: you can combat all that with the right diet! Having the winter weather bluesContinue reading “How to Beat the Winter Blues”

What Cravings Are Telling You

  What Cravings Are Telling You A craving—an intense desire for a certain food—is believed to be a signal sent by the body for specific food because of the nutrients that it provides. A craving for chocolate, for example, would signal a physiologic need for more antioxidants. However, a bowl of red beans, which areContinue reading “What Cravings Are Telling You”

Healthier Holiday Favorites

  Food is an essential part of how we celebrate the holidays. Most traditional holiday foods are rich and delicious, but don’t always satisfy our bodies’ needs. In order to stay active and immune to sickness during the holidays, we need quality fuel that will sustain our bodies. Here are some superfoods and recipes toContinue reading “Healthier Holiday Favorites”

Sustainable Eating

Before I started working for the Sustainability and Nutrition office at UC Davis Dining Services, it never occurred to me that there was such a thing as eating sustainably. I would eat based on my preferences and what I knew was good for me, not giving much thought to the environmental impact of my foodContinue reading “Sustainable Eating”