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Nutrition Notes: Protecting Our Bones

This month we are increasing awareness about preventing osteoporosis and maintaining good bone health. Osteoporosis is a medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile due to bone loss. The bone loss may be caused by several factors including sedentary lifestyles, deficiency of nutrients like vitamin D and calcium, and hormonal changes. Bone…

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Nutrition Notes: Food Allergies Alert

This week is Food Allergy Awareness Week. Food allergies are unpleasant and can trigger potentially dangerous reactions of the immune system to the allergy-causing foods or food allergens. Food allergies may develop in childhood or adulthood, and may persist or disappear; though their cause is unidentified. Symptoms include digestive trouble, rashes, hives, swollen airways and sometimes…

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Nutrition Notes: National Herb Week

The first week of May is National Herb Week, and the chili pepper is the herb of the year for 2016. Chili peppers are good sources of vitamin C, most of the B vitamins, potassium, magnesium and iron, and can range from sweet (like bell peppers) to spicy (like ghost peppers) in taste. They come…

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Thankful Thursday: DPR Construction

“DPR Construction – Integral and Indispensable to San Diego Food Bank’s Success in Assisting Low-Income Community Members” The vision of DPR Construction is to be “integral and indispensable” to the communities the San Diego builder serves. This company-wide vision manifests itself at the local level through a series of volunteer activities and community projects organized…

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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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