Archive for the 'Nutrition' Category

October 3, 2017

It’s Cucumber Season!

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

FL CucumbersAs temperatures rise, there’s no better time to enjoy Florida cucumbers!

Cucumbers come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, sizes and textures. There are the traditional green-colored cucumbers, as well as white and yellow ones. They may be short, slightly oval or even round in shape. The skin on the cucumber can be smooth and thin or thick and rough.

Cucumbers are known for being very low in calories – a whole cucumber is only 45 calories, an excellent source of vitamin K and a good source of vitamin C and potassium.

In the United States, Florida is the number one producer of cucumbers. The two main types grown are slicers, produced for fresh consumption, and picklers, produced for processing into pickles.

Cucumber creations:

  • Add to smoothies or juice
  • Make a wrap with sliced meat, cheese, hummus, lettuce, sprouts and cucumber

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April 10, 2017

Hunger + Health: Health and Nutrition Resources

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

Are you interested in learning more about hunger and health? Would you like to share resources or implement changes that promote healthy behaviors for clients?

Visit Hunger + Health. This resourceful website highlights health-related work centered around food insecurity that is happening across the country through the Feeding America network.

Below are a few resources you may find useful. You can also find toolkits, research and other relevant information at Hunger + Health.

Nudges

Nudges, or environmental cues such as signage, colors, packaging and product placement, have been identified as factors that influence what people choose. Learn how to implement nudges at your agency to promote fresh fruits and vegetables, hard-to-move items and to make the healthy choice, the easy choice for your clients.   

Video: Nutrition and Health Strategy “Nudges”

The Power of Nudges: Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice in Food Pantries

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April 10, 2017

Plantain Waffle Recipe

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

Healthy, quick , and delicious! This Plantain Waffle recipe is sure to become a fast favorite. Now we have an easy step by step video showing how YOU can whip up plantain waffles that are just as delicious as Chef Terah’s.

 

April 10, 2017

On the Move With Chef Terah

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

On a weekly basis, you can find Chef Terah Barrios, Nutrition Educator at Second Harvest, at one of our many partner feeding programs. Chef Terah takes nutrition and cooking education out to the community where hungry families are being served.

What kind of work are you doing with the partner feeding programs?
I get the opportunity to work with families, single adults, seniors and just about anyone who is served through our partner feeding programs. I take nutrition and cooking education to clients while food is being distributed in their communities. I often share recipes utilizing fresh produce or items that Second Harvest has in abundance. Along with the recipe, I give clients a sample that they can taste.

Many of the clients served have diet-related health issues, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. For this reason, I also share diet-related health information. I get to personally speak with many individuals while they wait for food. I hear their stories, their challenges and even their successes as many of them are returning for food.

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