Category Archives: Cooking

Turmeric: The Golden Spice

By Stephanie Ng, CSUN Dietetic Intern

Turmeric is a spice that gives curry its yellow color, and it has been used in Indian traditional medicine for thousands of years1, 2. It comes from the turmeric root, which is related to the ginger family3, so turmeric can have a peppery flavor4. This spice contains the active ingredient, curcumin, which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant content3,5. It has traditionally been used in Indian medicine to treat inflammatory conditions, cardiovascular health, skin diseases, wounds, and gastrointestinal discomfort2,3,5. In addition, turmeric may reduce body weight, lower triglycerides, increase basal metabolic rate, and improve insulin sensitivity5. Clinical trials have also shown to help alleviate symptoms of joint arthritis1 and improve brain function6. Adding a little bit to your meals may exert health benefits! Continue reading

Oodles of Zoodles

By Stephanie Ng, CSUN Dietetic Intern

Have you tried Zoodles, or also known as zucchini noodles?

Zoodles are made from spiralizing raw zucchini into spaghetti-like strands. Lower in calories, zoodles can be a gluten-free alternative to your traditional spaghetti1. A fresh and lighter version to traditional spaghetti2, zucchini noodles can be different and fun to make. Compared to spaghetti, zucchini noodles contains more vitamin A, C, B, potassium, and fiberand it is lower in calories than traditional spaghetti4. Best of all, increasing your vegetable intake may help lower blood pressure and prevent diabetes5, 6.This is also a great choice to increase your vegetable intake, get the most nutrients and vitamins, and maintain a healthy weight. Not ready to try it yet? Try mixing whole-grain spaghetti with zucchini noodles. Continue reading

Turmeric Roasted Pumpkin Seeds 


Next time you are at a pumpkin carving contest, bring a container to save those pumpkin seeds! You can roast them for a delicious and healthy snack. Before we get to the antioxidant rich recipe coming up, let’s talk about the benefits of eating pumpkin seeds. Continue reading