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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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I have to admit it’s been hard getting back into the swing of things this semester. Fortunately, after years of practice, (it is my senior year, after all..) I feel like I can roll with the punches and balance friends, school, and work better than ever.

One thing that helps me stay sane during times of little sleep, high stress, and increasing school demands is cooking for the week ahead. This guarantees I always have fuel to keep me going! I really do believe in using the foods you eat to fuel your body, brain, and even your creative side.  For example, my favorite thing to eat in the morning is oatmeal. To many, this might sound anything but exciting… but I assure you, you can do just about anything with this stuff!  ere’s my Peanut Butter and Banana- Pumpkin Oats Recipe (Yes, I haven’t quite let go of fall yet…)  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup uncooked oats

1/4 cup canned pumpkin

1 banana

1 tablespoon hemp seeds (you can use flaxseed or chia as well!)

Cinnamon

Sweetener: I use stevia or 1 teaspoon maple syrup

Directions: Cook oats as directed on package, add pumpkin, banana, hemp/flax seeds, cinnamon, and sweetener.  Enjoy!

PB & B Pumpkin Oats PB & B Pumpkin Oats

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Tonight I salute the Ryan Hall Healthy vending machine.  Without its chilled mozzarella cheese stick I doubt I would have been inspired to finish reading that 23 page print out about Shakespeare.  It probably would have been pushed aside like many printouts before him: the Moliere reading due next week, that darned final paper research, that poetry piece I’ve been rewriting since last summer…

The “God of Prose” could have been saved! And I do not mean by Jesus. I could have dubbed him a project to complete tomorrow, or even may have given him higher honor, an honor worthy of a “there’s always next-week” level of procrastination. If it had not been for that 9 foot tall light up box full of individually wrapped preserves, that could have transpired, but miraculously,  it didn’t.

I know, some of the people reading this may potentially be saying, “Gee, that’s an awful lot of excitement for a big, snack filled hunk of metal that plugs into a wall.” To which I may potentially retort, “Nay, on this November day, at sundown, whilst my eyes welled with bored tears, my eyelids grew heavy, and my stomach begged, I was struck by a great memory I had of earlier college days when I, as hungry as a hippo, passed by a strip of snack machines in Ryan Hall on the way to a College Algebra test. The lights around the rims of each machine was a spotlight on the bright colors of plastic that nestled inside them. Triangles would have gotten the best of me that day, had I not gotten a Cliff Bar to help me hang on to that cursed Pythagorean Theorem. That metal box can sustain a college student’s life you didn’t even know existed!”

So, as I was overwhelmed with this joyous memory, I scooped golden dollars from the bottom of my purse, and embarked on a journey from the quiet books of the library, to the whirring vending machine filled Halls of Ryan.

Clink! Clink! Two coins entered the machine. Beep! Beep! Two buttons indicated a cheesy selection. Boom! Boom! The cheese hit the bottom of the machine, and my blissful fist hit the glass, unable to inwardly contain my excitement for the righteous, healthy choice I had just made. However, my mission was not yet complete. Once the cheese hit the floor of the machine, I still had to unwrap the beast, consume it, and get back to work. And that I did indeed, in close to 3 minutes.  As for the Shakespeare, I got his chedder, too, using bright yellow lines, though that did take a little longer than 3 minutes. Thank you Healthy vending machine, thank you for helping me survive Shakespeare tonight.

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Hi everyone,

I’d like to share with you all my great volunteer experience for my Dietetics Internship Program. In the early part of this semester, I was charged with a catering project for the graduate students admission ceremony on November 6. I and my other three classmates were required to come up with food for the events. As we are all majoring in Dietetics, definitely we would come up with some healthier as well as delicious food options for the event. I enjoyed this catering event a lot because the catering staff was giving us a lot of freedom to choose what foods we could make for the event. And we had the chance to prepare all the foods and cook and display them nicely. Although honestly it took us a lot of time for planning, and estimating how many servings we would serve in the event, it was just a fabulous experience that allowed us to do this catering event for real and serve for one of the professional academic events for school.

I wanted to share this volunteering experience with you all because I want to say school is definitely a good place to learn. As I haven’t had catering experience before, but I am glad and honored to participate in this event since I could learn. When you did something wrong, no one would criticize you as they all knew you were learning from it. So, I definitely encourage you all, especially the undergraduate students, to be active and take initiative to participating the school activities.  Don’t be afraid to explore! :)

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The Best (and Healthist) STL Eats!!

by Hannah November 17, 2014

What I’ve appreciated most since coming to the 314 is the abundance of things to do and try! There is always something new to experience, whether the local music scene or an eclectic art show. My favorites have definitely been the awesome eateries. Here’s my top, nutrition-intern-approved spots to grab a bite. Click on the link […]

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Acceptance of Diversity

by Katie November 17, 2014

  If I’ve learned one thing this year at Fontbonne, it’s cultural competence.  Cultural competence is one of the greatest qualities you can acquire to further your acceptance of the people and cultures around you.  There are may ways to “culture” yourself… Books, forming new friendships & acquaintances and even trying the food of a […]

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These are a few of my favorite things…

by Raven September 29, 2014

Okay, I’ve lived in Saint Louis my whole life, and I love my city! Wouldn’t trade it for the world. As you can imagine, I also have a list of places that I LOVE to go when I have free time. I would list them all but we don’t have a billion years to spare […]

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Root Beer and French Toast

by Taylor September 29, 2014

“Are you doing anything this weekend?” That’s a common question asked among Fonties on a Friday afternoon. Answers usually involve hanging out with friends and going somewhere around town. That “somewhere around town” usually involves food! As far as food goes, I have some personal favorites here in St. Louis! One of my favorites is […]

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My Favorite Things About Saint Louis

by Katie September 24, 2014

Despite the fact that I was born in Saint Louis and grew up only 45 minutes from the city (on the Illinois side), I never really got to know Saint Louis until I started at Fontbonne. After adjusting to transferring to Fontbonne, I started to explore Saint Louis more than I had before.  I’ve finally […]

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Hopped Off the Plane at LAX

by Carlyn August 1, 2014

I finally went on a trip that has been on my bucket list for a long time: Los Angeles! I started planning this vacation a few months ago with two of my closest friends, Delane and Taylor. The three of us have fun together no matter what we do, especially when we visit one of […]

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