MARCH = NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH!

NNM-2014March is National Nutrition Month, and the theme is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right!” SDA as well as Cal Dining has lots of events going on, so I will list them here and give more details as they approach!

3/6 (Thu), 6-7pm, 138 Morgan – 5th Meeting: Career Center Resume Building

3/9 (Sat), 12-3pm, Sproul Plaza – 2014 UC Berkeley Suicide Prevention Walk

3/12 (Wed) – Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) Day; special event at the DC! Contact us or come to our meeting this Thursday if you want to learn more!

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3/13 (Thu), 6-7pm, 138 Morgan – 6th Meeting: Guest Speaker – Mayra Cazares (UCB Alumni & former BADA Representative of SDA!)

3/13 (Thu) – designated Eat Well Berkeley meals at the Dining Commons!

3/19 (Thu), Time TBA, CKC – Cooking 101 with Chef Daniel!

3/20 (Thu), 6-7pm, 138 Morgan – 7th Meeting: Something brought to you by the Professional Development Committee!

3/20 (Thu) – designated Eat Well Berkeley meals & Water Day at the Dining Commons!

3/22 (Sat), 8:30am-1pm, SF Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center Auditorium – BADA Event: Bay Chefs Tackle Food Insecurity (Declared Dietetics Students may apply for sponsorship) & World Water Day—-

To kick off this month with some nutrition info, I found this great photograph with the Top 10 Plant-Based Protein Sources! (Unfortunately, I am not sure of the exact source for more info).

1925134_10151902329421160_944056823_nSome yummy tips for some of them:

  • You can cook quinoa like rice, but it tastes even better if you use some chicken stock! (Use low-sodium version or dilute with water to minimize your sodium intake and save $$$!)  Here is something that my lab team made last semester in food science, and the recipe (Quinoa Pizza Bites) we tried out. Chef Daniel’s Cooking 101 for last year’s National Nutrition Month also features a delicious quinoa pilaf!
  • Chia seeds are great for making vegetarian puddings (without gelatin that comes from animals), and you can also add it into water to pump up your fiber of the day!
  • Add pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds to your salad instead of croutons. More unsaturated fat, vitamin (especially vitamin E!), minerals and fibers in place of saturated fat! (Though it’s fine to eat a small amount if you’re really craving it I guess). See tips on toasting and nutrition facts about pumpkin seeds! More on sunflower seeds.

Feel free to comment below on more yummy, cooking tips! Hope to see you at our meeting this Thursday!

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