San Diego Food Bank Blog

Nutrition Notes: National Diabetes Awareness

Food, when broken down in our bodies, provides fuel in the form of glucose in our bloodstream. For this glucose to be utilized by our bodies, insulin (a hormone produced by the pancreas) is essential. It helps carry the glucose from the bloodstream to various parts of the body. Diabetes affects how the body uses…

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Nutrition Notes: F is for Fall… and Figs!

We are celebrating National Fig Week on the first week of November. Fresh figs are usually in season from late summer through early fall, although dried figs are available all year round. Figs are sweet, succulent, and packed with fiber, calcium, potassium, iron and disease-fighting antioxidants. Four popular varieties of figs are grown here, in…

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Nutrition Notes: It’s Time to Celebrate Diwali!

Foreword by Callie Brust, Nutrition & Wellness Educator for the San Diego Food Bank: The San Diego community is wonderfully diverse and the San Diego Food Bank is proud to serve many of these varying culture groups. With all these international influences, we get to learn and share amazing recipes! The San Diego Food Bank’s…

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Nutrition Notes: Go Bananas!

Bananas are always popular and can be found year round. This sweet, tropical fruit is packed with potassium, fiber and vitamin C. Bananas provide instant energy and are like whole food ‘cereal bars’ that are delicious, nutritious, economical and widely available. Here is a recipe for a quick, and easy banana bread. Recipe: Eggless Banana…

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Nutrition Notes: An Apple a Day

An apple a day may indeed keep the doctor away! Apples are packed with fiber, vitamin C and potassium. Pectin in the fiber helps lower bad cholesterol levels and helps feel full longer. Antioxidants in apples help fight against certain cancers and may increase immunity. Apples do not contain sodium, fat or cholesterol, and are…

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