/Nutrition
7 06, 2017

Nutrition Newbie: Stay Cool This Summer

June 7th, 2017|

“Nutrition Newbie” is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips. Special Blog Post By: Luiza Naslausky, Nutrition Education Coordinator, Santa Clara County Summer is almost here and with it comes plenty of opportunities to ease the heat with ice cream, frozen yogurt and cold sugary drinks. When thirsty, you might find yourself thinking that a cold glass of lemonade or sweetened ice tea is the perfect answer. Unfortunately, these drinks are loaded with sugar as discussed in our last blog post. You might also think a frozen yogurt is a healthy snack to cool down with. Certainly, compared to ice cream, right? You are not alone. People are frequently mislead to believe frozen yogurt –a summertime favorite– is a healthy food option. […]

31 05, 2017

Oil Donation for Health

May 31st, 2017|

One in 3 of our clients reports a member of their household has diabetes and more than half of our clients report a member of their household has high blood pressure.  Last year we launched our Healthy Food & Beverage Policy, which aims to educate our community about foods to eat in order to maximize the health benefits of items received from the Food Bank and minimize the need for cheap, high-calorie, low-nutrition meals. As part of our policy, we’ve added spices and plant-based oils to our most need foods list. […]

3 05, 2017

Nutrition Newbie: What’s So Bad About Sugar-Sweetened Beverages?

May 3rd, 2017|

“Nutrition Newbie” is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips. Special Blog Post By: Elena Hollander, Nutrition Program Senior Manager   As part of our Healthy Food & Beverage Policy, we will no longer distribute sugar-sweetened beverages by 2019. So what exactly is a sugar-sweetened beverage and why are we picking on them? They are any liquid beverages that are sweetened with added sugar.  […]

29 04, 2017

Second Harvest’s Junior League Nominees

April 29th, 2017|

In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Week, we wanted to let you know about two very special people who volunteer with Second Harvest.  Every year the Food Bank nominates a couple of our thousands of volunteers to be recognized by the Junior League of San Jose for their volunteering efforts. This year, we nominated Amanda West and Allen Cade. [...]

6 04, 2017

Nutrition Newbie: Don’t Let April Showers Dampen Your Plate

April 6th, 2017|

“Nutrition Newbie” is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips. Special Blog Post By: Alex Navarro, Nutrition Education Coordinator, San Mateo County It’s the turn of a new season that brings us a bit more sunshine, blooming wildflowers, longer days, and of course some sporadic rain. If the vibrant outdoor colors of grassy fields and beautiful gardens enhance our moods, what can the food colors on our plates do for us? The answer is A LOT! […]

4 03, 2017

Nutrition Newbie: Eat More Fruits and Veggies!

March 4th, 2017|

“Nutrition Newbie” is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips. Special Blog Post By: Diana Garcia, Nutrition Education Coordinator Why is it so difficult to get Americans to eat enough fruits and vegetables? Even Californians who tend to eat more fruits and vegetables compared with the rest of the states are only getting two of the five recommended servings a day. Including a variety of fruits and vegetables into our diets brings many positive, long lasting benefits to our […]

2 03, 2017

Health Ambassadors Make Nutritious Eating Easy

March 2nd, 2017|

March is National Nutrition Month so we are taking a closer look at some of the volunteers who help our clients eat right. While the Food Bank provides an abundance of healthy options, we also want to ensure clients understand the basics of nutrition and know how to use the produce we offer to maximize their health. We have a team of nutritionists on staff, butwith food distributions occurring at over 850 sites in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, they can’t do it alone. To reach more people with their important […]

3 02, 2017

Nutrition Newbie: Not All Bacteria Are Bad!

February 3rd, 2017|

“Nutrition Newbie” is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips. Special Blog Post By: Luiza Naslausky, Nutrition Education Coordinator, Santa Clara County Our bodies are inhabited by a vast number of microbes, bacteria and other microorganisms that have colonized the different nooks and crannies throughout our body. Collectively these microbes are known as our human microbiota, and over the past decade, we have made tremendous discoveries about these microbes and what they do for our health and well-being. […]

30 12, 2016

Nutrition Newbie: Making Resolutions a Reality

December 30th, 2016|

“Nutrition Newbie” is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips. Special Blog Post By: Elena Hollander, Nutrition Program Senior Manager Happy New Year! We hope you had a lovely holiday season and are ready to start fresh in 2017. Each New Year, approximately half of Americans make resolutions, but only 8% of Americans succeed in meeting those goals. We’re going to share some insider tips to help YOU make your resolutions a reality in 2017! In one-on-one nutrition consulting sessions, nutritionists like […]

7 12, 2016

Nutrition Newbie: May Your Days Be Merry, Healthy, and Bright

December 7th, 2016|

“Nutrition Newbie” is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips. Special Blog Post By: Alex Navarro, Nutrition Education Coordinator, San Mateo County It’s that joyous time of the year again to celebrate with our family and friends. It’s also no surprise that with celebrations come rich, decadent foods – and lots of them. For those that have been working hard at eating healthy, or losing or maintaining your weight, this may be a difficult […]