Eating Smart Blog
For our latest "Day in The Life," join nutrition practicum student Grace as she takes us through a full day of work, classes, internship projects, and more! ☀️
Spend a day with Ava, a nutrition graduate student and Dining Services Nutrition Clerical, and discover some of her favorite meals fueling her busy days. 🥙 What are some of your go-to meals in the dining commons?
The leaves are turning, there is a chill in the air, and the Halloween season is upon us. Halloween is known for being a holiday of enjoying sweet treats and candy, and for some, this may spark questions on the health impact of these typically sugary foods. Tasty treats can still be a part of a balanced diet. Mindfulness when making food choices and eating a variety of nutritious foods, as well as treats, are all factors that create a balanced diet and life.
Your first year at college can be a difficult adjustment in many ways, and finding plant-based options in the dining commons can feel like an additional challenge. Luckily, eating plant-based in college is not nearly as difficult as it may seem. Here are some hacks I discovered as a first-year vegetarian that I still use today.
You may have heard that one of the best ways to get the necessary amount of nutrients is by "eating the rainbow." This phrase refers to having a diverse eating pattern to maintain healthy bodily function. With over 30 vitamins, minerals, and other dietary components, it is hard to keep track of what is necessary for your body's health. A great way to simplify the process is to focus on the variety of colors on your plate.
There are two aspects of color that affect appetite: luminance and chroma. Luminance is perceived brightness and chroma is the color's intensity. Combined, they influence both hedonic and sensory expectations but also have as much influence when analyzed separately.
There are multiple factors that impact our desire to eat, including mood, environment, and food presentation. Food presentation considers color, arrangement, plating, neatness, portion sizes, balance, and even luminance to create a beautiful representation that influences your desire to eat that food. This series explores the relevance of these details and provides different tips and fun facts for your eating journey!
Whole grains are universally recommended in a healthful diet, providing helpful nutrients like dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals, but they are a severely underutilized food group. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggests choosing from a wide variety of grains daily and making half of the grains you eat whole grains.
National Nutrition Month was created in 1973 by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in order to promote healthful eating and physical activity. Every year during the month of March, the Academy invites us to learn how to make informed decisions about our food.