Intermittent Fasting – does it help Weight Loss?

By Maggie Zeng, UC Davis Nutrition Peer Counselor The concept of intermittent fasting continues to grow in popularity; people tout the effect of fasting on weight loss or even report it boosts their mood. There are many versions of intermittent fasting, including the “16/8 method”, “5:2 diet”, and “Eat-Stop-Eat”, among others.  Is there any evidenceContinue reading “Intermittent Fasting – does it help Weight Loss?”

Serving Sizes: a visual guide

By Rebekah Shulman, Dietitian Assistant  When’s the last time you measured out half a cup of ice cream, ate exactly 15 chips, or leveled out two tablespoons of peanut butter? You may be surprised about what a serving of these common foods actually looks like.  While using measuring utensils and counting calories isn’t necessary toContinue reading “Serving Sizes: a visual guide”

Meal Prep Tips

  By Jessica Bonilla,  Dietitian Assistant Meal prepping can be very practical and beneficial, especially when you are in a rush and don’t have time to be cooking every time you go home. By meal prepping you can avoid the temptation of buying fast food or low-nutrient snacks and stop compulsive eating behaviors when you’reContinue reading “Meal Prep Tips”

Sustaining Your New Year’s Resolution

By Jackie Ahern It’s a little over a week into 2018: a perfect time to reflect on the successes and struggles of those pesky New Year’s resolutions we all seem to make. For those of you that have stuck to your goal of going to the gym more often, or eating more leafy greens, congratulations!Continue reading “Sustaining Your New Year’s Resolution”

A Supervisor Guides You Through the CoHo at UC Davis

    By:  Jackie Ahern, Nutrition Peer Counselor, Fitness and Wellness Center, UC Davis Every visit to the Coffee House seems to feel like an obstacle course. Do you wait in a 20 minute line just to wait another 15 for a latte? Should you get a salad? But the pizza line is pretty short…Continue reading “A Supervisor Guides You Through the CoHo at UC Davis”

Mysterious Secret InGredient: What is MSG?

Mysterious Secret InGredient: What is MSG? We have a few notions about MSG. It’s salty. It makes an appearance in Asian cuisine. And it may not be good for us. But what exactly is it? Can we really experience side effects from eating it? And overall, could it actually cause harm so that we canContinue reading “Mysterious Secret InGredient: What is MSG?”

Sweet and Sour Japanese Eggplant Bruschetta

Ingredients: 4 Japanese Eggplants Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 White Onion 4 Tablespoons Honey ½ Cup Vinegar ½ Cup Tomato Sauce 1 Medium Ball of Fresh Mozzarella 1 French Baguette Salt and Pepper to taste Preparation: 1. Sauté peeled and thinly sliced Japanese eggplant in olive oil; reserve. 2. In the same skillet cook thinlyContinue reading “Sweet and Sour Japanese Eggplant Bruschetta”

Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Quinoa Salad

Ingredients: 2 Cups Butternut Squash (1/2 inch cubes) 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 Cup Quinoa (Uncooked) 2 Cups Water 1 Pomegranate Seeds 2 teaspoons Chopped Fresh Sage ¼-1/2 Cup Crumbled Goat Cheese Salt and Pepper to taste Preparation: 1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil. 2. TossContinue reading “Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Quinoa Salad”

Sweet Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients: 1 Spaghetti Squash 6 Tablespoons of butter 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon Preparation: 1. Cut squash in half lengthwise.  Scoop out the seeds then place the halves cut side down in a baking dish filled with enough water to cover the bottom of the dish. 2. Bake at 350 degrees for anContinue reading “Sweet Spaghetti Squash”