/nutrition newbie
4 11, 2014

Nutrition Newbie: Healthy Kid-Friendly Party Food

"Nutrition Newbie" is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips. It gets pretty tough to avoid sugary sweets starting right around Halloween and lasting all the way through the end of the year. Co-workers leave homemade cookies in the break room. Family and friends bring numerous dessert options to holiday potluck parties. Fortunately, [...]

29 09, 2014

Nutrition Newbie: Your Brain on Junk Food

"Nutrition Newbie" is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips. Do you remember that "This is Your Brain on Drugs" TV PSA from the late 80s? It was a startling and effective message to me, then and now. As the Food Bank’s official 'nutrition newbie', I can’t help but wonder if [...]

24 08, 2014

Nutrition Newbie: School Lunch Daze

“Nutrition Newbie” is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips. It’s that time of the year when it’s difficult to avoid anything “Back-to-School”-related, especially if you’re at a retail store and see extravagant displays of school supplies. But what about food? Sure you see brand new lunchboxes for sale and a special promotion [...]

30 06, 2014

Nutrition Newbie: Hydration & Thinking Outside of the Glass

“Nutrition Newbie” is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips. Ah, summer and hot weather go hand in hand. You know what else happens around this time? Constant reminders to stay hydrated, especially if you’re spending a lot of time outdoors. Whenever I hear stories of people fainting from dehydration, I always think, [...]

2 06, 2014

Nutrition Newbie: Get Fresh With Us

One of my most favorite factoids about Second Harvest is that more than half of the food that we distribute is fresh produce. Prior to joining Second Harvest, I thought food banks only gave out canned food and other non-perishable foods. On my first day, I got a tour of the facilities and [...]

24 04, 2014

Nutrition Newbie: Stress, Be Gone!

“Nutrition Newbie” is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips. Dear Stress, I recently found out that April is Stress Awareness Month and I’ve really thought about how much you affect me. You make my heart and brain ache with worry and you tense up my muscles. Sometimes you cause unsightly cold sores [...]

25 02, 2014

Nutrition Newbie: Yes, You Can(ned Food)!

“Nutrition Newbie” is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips. I love brainstorming Nutrition Newbie topics with Janet Hung, a Second Harvest Community Nutrition Educator. Through various channels, I gather up potential topics to bounce off of her. This time around, I brought up the fact that February is National Canned Food Month [...]

2 02, 2014

Nutrition Newbie: Heart Your Heart

“Nutrition Newbie” is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips. It’s hard not to notice what commercial holiday happens in the month of February. Pink candy hearts, teddy bears hugging red hearts, heart-shaped boxes holding heart-shaped chocolates… In addition to being the month when Valentine’s Day happens, February is also American [...]

28 12, 2013

Nutrition Newbie: 5 Ways to Eat Better in 2014

“Nutrition Newbie” is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips. For many, the New Year is an opportunity to start anew and make a promise (or two or three) to do something good or stop doing something bad. One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to eat healthy – [...]

28 10, 2013

Nutrition Newbie: ‘Tis the Season of Sugar

“Nutrition Newbie” is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips. Some people say that Halloween is just the beginning of a loooong season of eating super sugary sweets. The other day, I got the “Thanksgiving Double Issue” of Cooking Light magazine in the mail and in it is a special report on sugar, [...]