Category Archives: Recipes

Season for Seasoning with Garlic

 By Alejandra Perez, CSUN Dietetic Intern

From all the fruits, vegetables, and herbs that bloom this season, garlic is a beloved favorite. Most of us might like garlic for its sharp, savory taste but the qualities of garlic extend beyond its ability to season food. Garlic is a bundle of antimicrobial and antioxidant activity all at a very affordable price. With each bulb of garlic containing 10-12 cloves and costing about 79 cents, you are truly getting your money’s worth. In addition, garlic has a long storage life (3-5 months!) if kept in a cool, dry and dark place.1 Next time you mince a garlic clove to add to a dip, side dish, or soup, think of the following positive benefits garlic can have in your diet. Continue reading

Winter Vegan Comfort Foods

Written by Karina N. Almanza, CSUN Dietetic Intern

When I tell people I’m a vegan, 80% of them will respond, “Wow, I could never be a vegan.” The other 20% think it might be attributed to a career in nutrition as an aspiring Registered Dietitian or just all together think I’m crazy. Granted, I am slightly crazy but that’s just part of my quirky personality and has nothing to do with the title I take on as a vegan.

A vegan is an individual who abstains from the consumption of animal-related products avoiding meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, dairy products (butter, yogurt, cheese, ice cream) and honey. Continue reading

Food Traditions for Christmas and New Year

Written by Karina N. Almanza, CSUN Dietetic Intern

Los Angeles is a beautiful melting pot of different cultures, upbringings, beliefs and backgrounds. At CSUN, we take great pride in the diversity of cultures within our community. While there are several benefits to having many different cultures live within one community, the most delicious benefit is the variety of foods available in Los Angeles as a result of so many cultures being homed in one area. To better appreciate the diversity of cultures, I wanted to take you on a trip to different regions around world to see what foods are traditionally served during the holiday seasons. Continue reading

Staying Healthy Over the Holidays

Written by Trisha Patel, CSUN Dietetic Intern

The holidays are rapidly approaching and with that comes fun, family, food and the traditional layer of “warmth” we begin to carry throughout the winter. This year, why not try something new. Instead of living in fear of the upcoming festivities, let’s enjoy every minute of them while making smart and healthy decisions, without missing out on any of the holiday fun!  With these quick and easy tips and tricks you will not only be able to make healthy decisions, but also pack in the same amount of fun and memories, if not more!

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Meatless Mondays

Written by Elizabeth Kaoh, M.A., CSUN Dietetic Intern

There are a plethora of health and cost benefits in switching up a few of your meals throughout the week to vegetarian dishes. Common misconceptions of vegetarian meals are that it limits you to the monotonous salad for lunch, or that going plant-based means you won’t get adequate protein. Vegetarian dishes can be hearty, delicious, and creative! Plant protein also packs a solid nutritious punch, packing in a number of essential vitamins and minerals as well as fiber and protein. Continue reading

Tis’ The Season (Apple Season)!

Written by Elizabeth Kaoh, M.A., CSUN Dietetic Intern

For some of us fall means changing leaves and bringing out the warm boots. For others, the abundance of seasonal fruits like apples at farmer’s markets highlights the same thing, fall has arrived! Thanks to summer’s warm and sunny weather we can expect the sweetest apple crops in the markets. There are over 2,500 varieties of apples grown in just the United States alone and over 7,500 varieties grown around the world. Continue reading