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Nutrition Notes: Amazing Asparagus

Spring season is here, and so is asparagus! Available from March through June each year, asparagus is rich in iron, potassium, vitamin A, folic acid, thiamin, vitamin C, vitamin K and fiber. Asparagus spears can be white, green or purple in color, and are available in standard, large, extra-large and jumbo sizes – the thicker…

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Nutrition Notes: Pack a Punch into Your Sandwich

Sandwiches are amazingly versatile and can be easy to put together, less messy, healthy and satisfyingly scrumptious. They can also be made to accommodate most eating choices including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free and nut-free. Peanut butter jelly sandwiches, bacon-lettuce-tomato sandwiches and grilled cheese sandwiches are popular sandwiches in America. Sandwiches can be eaten…

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Nutrition Notes: Where to Find Nutrition Advice

Nutrition messages change on the daily. What advice do I follow? How do I know what to believe? What’s the difference between a registered dietitian and nutritionist? National Nutrition Month is coming to an end, and I wanted to share one last message: A registered dietitian nutritionist can provide sound, easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice to…

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Empty Bowls Bring Filled Plates to the Tables of Struggling San Diegans

Nine years ago, my mother sent me an article from her hometown newspaper in Davis, Calif.  It was highlighting a charity event that several local schools were involved with.  It was called “The Empty Bowl Project,” wherein students created bowls and hosted a luncheon to sell them, with all the proceeds being donated to local…

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Nutrition Notes: Enjoy the Flavor of Healthful Eating

Healthy eating is one of the most powerful tools to reduce the onset of disease. And what’s more – eating healthy can be delicious and enjoyable by accommodating personal taste preferences, cultural food traditions and budget restrictions! Small changes like adding new vegetables to traditional dishes, and cooking meals at home adds healthfulness along with…

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Nutrition Notes: March is National Nutrition Month!

Happy National Nutrition Month everyone! During the month of March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics focuses on ways to promote healthy, nutritious food choices. National Nutrition Month serves as a great reminder to enjoy delicious, healthy meals and developing good eating habits. The theme for 2016 is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right,” which…

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Nutrition Notes: What’s in a Can?

How are canned foods made? What is the secret behind preventing canned food from getting spoiled? According to the USDA, canning food is a method of preserving food by heat processing and then sealing foods in an airtight container. This process destroys microorganisms and inactivates enzymes. As the heated canned food cools, a vacuum seal…

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Local Entrepreneur Talks About His Support of the Food Bank and Being a Successful Businessman

Local entrepreneur, Billy Canu, has been supporting the Food Bank for many years through his local businesses. Canu has helped the Food Bank with SEO support through his company, BrightHaus, since 2009 – helping the Food Bank to significantly increase our online donations and help the Food Bank appear on search engines for clients seeking…

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Nutrition Notes: February is Canned Food Month!

We are celebrating canned food this month and rightly so.  Canned foods provide quick, easy and economical nourishment. Seasonal produce, canned at their peak freshness, can be enjoyed all year round – amazing isn’t it? All kinds of canned foods are available today in the market, including soups, sauces, meats, fruits and vegetables and even…

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Nutrition Notes: Beef Up on Beans

Beans, peas and lentils are members of the legume family. They are relatively cheap, low fat, and contain protein, carbohydrates, folic acid, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc and fiber. Research shows that including beans in the diet helps lower LDL cholesterol (a.k.a. bad cholesterol) levels and reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. A variety…

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