Lately

It’s the holiday season and I know that people are busy. Weather it’s gift shopping, going to parties, people loving celebrating the holidays. So, why am I saying this? Well, the Food and Nutrition Club had a Cookie Jar Fundraiser. They were Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip cookies. We also sold Peppermint Hot Chocolate and Seasoning’s Greetings.

Here’s how the Cookie Jars look along with the Seasoning’s Greetings.

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For the cookies, I used vegetable oil instead of margarine or butter. Sorry for the bad quality of the pictures!

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Here’s a better look of the cookie jars.

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And the Peppermint Hot Coco.

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And the Seasoning’s Greetings.

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Thank you Linh, the president of the FAN Club, for taking the pictures! We spent most of last Tuesday, the 9th of the month, putting all of these together!

I also want to show you guys our T-Shirt. I love the design.

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Also lately, I went food shopping. I also have avocados, fruits, and vegetables but I decided not to take all of it out just for a picture. My parents buy  groceries but the thing is that, I buy the foods that I want since we have different food preferences. I don’t have to worry about the produce (fruits and veggies), the meat, and tofu.

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I love the Kashi Mediterranean Pizza, which is why I bought two boxes of them. It’s the best tasting “healthy” pizza I’ve tried so far, except for Amy’s Spinach Pizza. The thing is that, Amy’s Spinach pizza is more expensive and it’s smaller. I want the most for my $$  and the Mediterranean Pizza is still good.

I like the taste of organic brown eggs but in general, eggs are eggs. The organic brown eggs are much more expensive too, so, buying the regular white eggs is still good. It’s a great source of protein.

I also bought the canned soup’s because it’s getting cold here. Hot soup is great to eat on a cold, winter day.

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Here’s another picture of some food. This is from the summer but I still like these foods.

I guess that is it for now.

Do you like food shopping? 

What are some of your food staples?

FAN Club Nutrition Information Panel

The Nutrition Information Panel was a great event. 3 RDs and 1 expert came to talk to us students on a Friday night.

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There were so many things they all talked about, based on the questions that were asked. We even provided our panelists with gifts: whole wheat chocolate chip cookies, hot chocolate, and seasonings.

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A RD from California State WIC, the California Beef Council, Nutricopia, and an expert from Food Literacy came to talk. There were four panelists all together. Thank you Denise Chapel MPH, RDN, MS, FAND, CCC ; James Winstead RDN; Jo Miller MPH, RD; and Elaine Fok MS  for coming out on a Friday night to talk to us students. Annalisa Sherman, MS, RD, was unable to make it but she also works at California State WIC, where I volunteered last semester and during the summer.

The RDs talked about the paths they took to become a RD. It’s funny how everyone has their own path but eventually ends up at the same place. However, the RDs said that WIC was a great place to volunteer at to get experience. Almost everyone in the nutrition field has worked/volunteered at WIC at some point. WIC is the Womens, Infants, and Children Program.

Two of the RDs said that they were not accepted into a dietetic internship the first time they applied. Dietetic internships are really competitive! One of them applied 4 times until they got accepted. Each time, this person asked the director what they could do to improve their application. Perseverance and determination is key. 

Another thing that is important is experience. The directors don’t only look at your grades but your experience as well. WIC is a great way to get community experience. Clinical experience is difficult to get as an undergraduate student. However, it is something that is recommended. Volunteering at a hospital is a good way to get clinical experience. Volunteering at a mental health institute is another way (one has to be mature and patient to be able to work in such a setting). If your school has a Peer Health Educator Program like mine does, you can apply to be a nutrition peer health educator. It is a great way to get clinical experience while helping your peers.

Besides just talking about the paths to becoming a RD, these experts talked about Food Insecurity. How can such a rich nation have food insecurity and be malnourished? Look around. Not everyone has access to nutritious foods. On top of that, even though they may have access, they choose other foods. Healthy foods are thought of to be expensive. Most people are trying to get the most for their money, which may include buying a lot of processed foods instead of buying some fruits and vegetables at the same price. Some also prefer processed foods (cookies, chips, etc) over fruits, vegetables, nuts, etc that are not as processed.

Some say that people have lost touch with how their food is grown or where it’s from. It’s true. We rely on the store to buy our foods. Sometimes, we just buy fast food or go out to eat at a fancy restaurant. We don’t even cook anymore. Do you know that kids are more likely to eat foods they helped cook? They want to eat it simply because they made it! Just by starting young, kids can develop healthy eating habits. What you can do is also start growing your own vegetables in the backyard. Kids would love to help out.

Anyway, some of what I said is not exactly what was said in the panel but it is the general topics that was talked about. It was a great panel and I learned a lot from it.

Have you guys attended panels and talks?

Do you find it useful? – I do!

Classes + Food from Tuscany

Happy Wednesday everyone. How are you guys doing on this fine Wednesday? I’m doing fine, thank you very much.

Today was the last meeting for the Food and Nutrition/Dietetics Club. We had a potluck! I made these gluten free chocolate chip cookies for the potluck. I also made extra to bring for my co-workers, since I go before heading to school. Everyone loved the cookies! At the potluck, there were also black bean brownies, cheese, vegetables with dip, fruit, etc. It was mainly sweets though but they were so good!

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I am happy to say that I am one of the two new Public Relations Officers for the upcoming school year. I am so happy! I have so many ideas for the club!

I am also planning on taking a class during the summer but it is going to be expensive! I plan on taking Nutrition and Metabolism. I’ll see if I will take it during the summer. If not, I’ll take it during the regular semester.

In other news, my friend Ka, who is taking FACS110 ( a Food Management class), invited me to a dinner the class was catering. It’s their final project. They chose an Italian theme. More specifically, Tuscany. The dinner was delicious!

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They had a three course meal, which were:

Caprese Salad

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White Bean Pasta (with either Portobello Mushroom or Chicken)

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Biscotti with coffee or tea

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The biscotti was amazing! It was double chocolate chip biscotti and the other one was almond. The caprese salad tasted great too. There were tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and pesto (from what I remember).  The pasta was also good too!

They did a great job catering the event. I felt like I was in a real restaurant (even though the dinner was held in a classroom, next to the kitchen). They decorated the room beautifully. Thank you for hosting the event! I cannot wait to take the class soon, with all the planning and cooking that goes along with it! Maybe I will choose a Chinese theme. =)

Do you like Italian food?

Have you taken a summer class before?

-I have. I took statistics during the summer last year and it was four days a week, with each class four hours long! It was a night class too!

P.S. My presentation on Cuba on Monday went pretty well. I got an A on the presentation! =)