Friday, November 8, 2013

Health & Wellness Week at Warren

Hello there! I can’t believe it’s already Friday! Has this week flown by to anyone else? Thank goodness for a three day weekend, right?!

Over the past week I was fortunate enough to be able to spend time with the Warren community and I have to say, you guys definitely have “All the Right Moves”.  As a Taste Bud team member, I am always trying to get the word out about healthy eating and wellness to the college communities. Luckily, a few of my phrases stuck with a group of the RA's I dined with this summer and they have invited me to their events to talk nutrition and distribute healthy food.

On Monday I was able to demonstrate healthy snack ideas that can be prepared in rooms with items I picked up at Earl’s. Some of the options included:

·         Banana Bites
             o   Whole Grain Bagel Thins/English Muffins with Almond Butter & Fresh Banana Slices

·         Greek Yogurt Parfaits
             o   Nonfat Greek Yogurt with ¼ cup granola & banana slices with a sprinkle of cinnamon

·         Sinfully Sweet Trail Mix
             o   Recipe found here on the Taste Bud Website:

Nutrition Note: Purchasing this item from the marketplaces not only is convenient, but will also save you money.  One ounce of the Sinless Sweet Snack Mix ($.76/oz) is less when compared to similar brands at Vons ($.80/oz) and Whole Foods ($1.25/oz).   ADDED BONUS... you can use your dining dollars and avoid the added sugars blends often put in premade varieties J

Students were amazed by the quick, healthy meals they could prepare with just a few ingredients picked up at the market right outside their bedroom window.  All of our markets across campus offer a variety of these simple items to prepare healthy snacks in your room.  Also, this was a great opportunity to chat about the other dining restaurants available on campus. Eyes were opened to the possibility of heading over to Muir to try the completely vegan menu at Roots. I am even meeting a group of them there today to check out the unique and delicious menu choices.  Interested as well, meet me there at noon!

Last night I was able to participate in the “All the Right Moves” program over at Warren plaza. The event was a great mix of promoting fitness and nutrition all in one.  Zumba, a high aerobic style of dance, was offered for an hour from 3-4pm, in which many members of the Warren community joined forces. After a heart pumping hour of cardio, students joined me over at the Taste Bud station to enjoy a cup of Vegetarian Chili and chat about the many offerings available to them to dine healthfully on campus. It truly was a great event.

Roots Vegan Chili Presentation
Interested in learning more about a particular topic or planning something for your community? Feel free to email me at or follow HDH on twitter & check Facebook for upcoming events featuring the Taste Buds!

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