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This week marks the first week of March! You know what that means?!

Well… yes, March Madness…

BUT! Also, National Nutrition Month®!!

Photo credit: eatright.org

 

National Nutrition Month® is sponsored by The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics to help promote awareness of the importance of a healthy diet and to advocate for the profession of dietetics.

This month, you will able to participate in some fun activities around the Fontbonne campus thanks to the Dietetics undergrad and graduate students.  Each week this month, I will give the run-down on what NNM events you can expect on campus.

The first activity I want to bring your attention to is going on every week this month in AB Hall. The students will create a special display each week addressing different health and food-related topics. Next to the display, you will find a short quiz based on the information presented.

If you complete the quiz, you will be eligible for an awesome prize! A winner will be awarded every week and there will be a grand prize winner at the end of the month!

Want your chance to win AND get some great nutrition information? Check out the display on the first floor of AB just down from the FCS dept. office!

Everyone enjoy their spring break (and the 60 degree weather next week!!)

-XOXO Hannah

PS: Be sure to socialize with me on Twitter or Instagram!!

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In honor of Valentine’s day, I thought some Valentine’s Day themed oats were in order!  This recipe was made on a whim, because of how much I love conjuring up new oatmeal recipes.  I’m thankful for our snow day this Monday, which gave me extra time to work on homework and study, and let me enjoy some down time with a hot cup of tea!  Sometimes it’s the little things that matter when it feels like everything else is chaotic!  Hope you enjoy my recipe of the week.  Stay warm this week and drive safely!

“Chocolate-Covered Strawberry” Valentine’s Day Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup dry oats
  • 1/2 cup strawberries (frozen & thawed or fresh)
  • 1 small banana
  • 1 Tbsp Cocoa powder
  • Sweetener of choice: Honey, Stevia, Agave are recommendations 🙂
  • Chocolate chips or chopped up chocolate pieces (to top)

Directions:

  1. Cook oats according to package directions, using water or milk (for a creamier texture).
  2. Add all ingredients (reheat in microwave if necessary).
  3. Enjoy!

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This Valentine's Day, fall in love with your health St. Louis!

Valentine’s Day can spur an array of emotions; elation for some and melancholy for others. But this year, we are going to fall in love… with our health!

Here are some ideas to keep your day of love in tip-top shape, regardless if you will have a Valentine or not!

1. Eat Chocolate.. Dark Chocolate!

Billions of dollars in chocolate is sold this time of year. In fact, over 58 million pounds of chocolate is sold JUST for Valentine’s Day! If you wish to be a part of that statistic, make sure you buy dark chocolate. 70% dark chocolate or higher is a great source of antioxidants. In fact, one study found the dark chocolate may have more antioxidants than blueberries or acai berries. So go ahead! Savor that rich, delicious taste! (As if you needed another reason to!) Here are some of the best places to buy chocolate in St. Louis!

2. Make A Fancy Dinner At Home

Studies have shown that cooking dinner at home is one of the best ways to stay on top of your health! So why not show off some culinary skills by cooking a great meal, either for your significant other or for your friends! If you are having a Gal-entine’s Day with all the girls, invite everyone to bring a homemade dish! Not sure if your skills are up to par? See Dierberg’s School of Cooking for special Valentine-themed classes!

3.  Run For Chocolate

If you wish to take #1 to the next level, then the St. Louis Run for Chocolate 5K is for you! This race kicks off in front of the Bissingers Historic Chocolate Factory on Valentine’s Day morning. Participants get a goodie bag full of chocolate, a finisher medal, and a delectable chocolate fountain awaiting them at the finish line! You can run in one of four categories; “on the market”, “off the market”, “happy couple”, or “it’s complicated” (for teams of 3.) I would say doing a 5K and feasting on chocolate is the epitome of a healthy (and happy!) Valentine’s Day! Registration is $35 or $40 the day of the race.

4. Take A Hike

Fancy a romantic evening stroll? Then look no further than the Valentine’s Day Hike at Shaw Nature Reserve. Enjoy walking through the nature reserve and gazing at the stars through their on-site telescope! After the hike, warm up with some hot drinks and yummy desserts! Check out their site for more information on registration.

5. Have A Laugh

A study done found that laughing 15 minutes a day can burn up to 10-40 calories! So spend the evening at Happily Ever Laughter: A Valentine’s Day Party, which features stars Liz Callaway and Jason Graae. This Valentine’s Day comedy hour could burn up to about 160 calories! The best part? You will actual have fun doing it! The event will be held at Wash U’s Music Center at 8pm on Valentine’s night. For more information and to buy tickets, visit their website.

What are your plans for enjoying Valentine’s Day?!

Also, be sure to check out my blog, The Wholey Trinity, for more healthy lifestyle tips and yummy, nutritious recipes!

-XOXO Hannah

PS: Also be sure to connect with me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! I love being social!! 🙂

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Hello Fontbonne students and faculty,

How’s everyone doing? I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break and is now full of energy to work and study hard in this semester! Since I am a graduate student studying nutrition, this semester I would like to share some of my useful and interesting nutrition knowledge for you all! Hope you all will like learning about it.

This week I’d like to talk about some important micronutrients that help boost up your immune system to fight against the seasonal illness “FLU”. Does anyone know that some vitamins like VITAMIN A, C, and E help protect you from getting sick? The followings are some foods that are high in those vitamins:

Vitamin A: helps build up your immune system and protect you from infection! Foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes, apricots, kale, spinach, red bell peppers.

Vitamin C: helps stimulate production of antibodies >>> antibodies help fight against bacteria. Foods such as orange, lemon, red bell peppers, tomatoes, grapefruit, etc.

Vitamin E: antioxidants help remove free radicals>>>> improve immune function. Foods such as sunflower seeds, almonds, peanut butter, fortified cereals. *p.s.: Vitamin E helps your skin get prettier too 🙂 *

Hope this little nutrition information help you fight against the easonal FLU and prevents you from getting sick easily 🙂

– Kathy

 

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Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone IS a Good Thing!

by Alumni Posts November 25, 2014

One of my latest experiences at Fontbonne was teaching a Sports Nutrition lesson to the Lacrosse players at Fontbonne University.  Initially, I though this was way out of my comfort zone.  After the experience, I found out that it was completely painless!  Although public speaking has never been my strong suit, I loved the confidence […]

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New city, new people, new environment

by Alumni Posts October 20, 2014

Hello everyone, Hope everyone is doing good! I have been living in St. Louis since this June. I am originally from Hong Kong and came to the United States for studying. Everything seems new to me once I move and live in here. Before coming to St. Louis, I was little bit nervous because I […]

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