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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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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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Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone IS a Good Thing!

by Katie 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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Great Volunteer Experience at Fontbonne University

by Kathy November 20, 2014

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 […]

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Think Quality, Not Quantity

by Hannah November 20, 2014

Today, I want to talk to you about a little concept called “nutrient density.” This refers to the number of nutrients per calorie in a food item. Example: the nutrient density in 50 calories of strawberries is much higher than in 50 calories of Doritos. The strawberries give your vitamins, minerals, fiber, ect, which Doritos do […]

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5 Foods to Fuel Your Study Session

by Hannah November 6, 2014

Many things can effect your ability to study, like where you are or who you are with. But most importantly, what you eat can make or break a successful study session. Food can affect not only your ability to focus, but also your ability to retain whatever information you are trying to cram into your brain. […]

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Top 5 (Free) Apps to Improve Your Health

by Hannah September 23, 2014

Our generation is constantly being told, “Stop looking at your phone!” But, these handy little devices are capable of much more than just sending a tweet. Here are some great health apps that can really put that smartphone in good use! And they are free (your “broke college student” piggy bank can thank me later!) […]

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It’s The Little Things That Count

by Hannah September 16, 2014

Happy Tuesday Everyone! We are about to that time in the semester where the newness is wearing off, assignments are piling in, and I am gradually starting to get behind on my laundry… Welcome back to college! I am very excited to have the opportunity to post for all of you this year! First, let […]

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