Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Buh Bye 2014- Get at me 2015!

I'm sure you're probably just about as done with 2014 as I am, I mean come on, this has to be the LONGEST QUARTERS EVER, right?! Well don't fret, you're soon to be on your merry way to enjoying the holiday season and relishing in all the festivities that await you over these next two weeks.

To entice you though to WANT to come back to campus in 2015, HDH has a few tricks up our sleeves that may just leave you saying, "Get at me 2015... now!"

What am I talking about? Well, for starters, HDH's Dining Services has done it again and bought ANOTHER FOOD TRUCK! This winter, the brand new Flavors of the World Truck will be making its debut on campus. Be sure to check out the Dining Locations page or the HDH Facebook Page  for the latest updates on when this little piece of heaven on wheels will be rolling around your neck of the woods come January. 

If that wasn't enough, HDH also is debuting the first round of LIVE cooking segments in the 64 Degrees Demonstration Kitchen. Be sure to check the Dining Home Page for an easy link to sign up and get your seat! The Taste Bud Duo will dazzle your taste buds with delicious and nutritious meals for you to make using only the latest and greatest items from your neighborhood HDH Market.

I wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season and look forward to a fantastic 2015 with you all! Stay safe...happy healthy holidays!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Chocolate Fountains...Bagel Bars...Eggs Benedict...DeStress with Dining!

    Need a pick me up? Don't worry, HDH knows how stressful finals can be and wants to make sure you're balancing your mind, body and NUTRITION! 

   One of the most important things to remember right now is to nourish your body. Think of that car analogy; you're body is an engine that needs the right kind of maintenance. You need the gas to get to your next location and the oil changes to keep your car running.

    So, as you enter next week, remember to fuel up on complete meals (think 3 food groups per meal) and get at least a few hours of sleep (8 if you can swing it!). Your car wouldn't go far out of gas, and neither will your body...

     To keep you fueled and focused Dining Services is offering a special brunch this Sunday. Be sure to check out your neighborhood Dining Unit and dive in to some delicious eats... and treats!


Thursday, December 4, 2014

How do you final?

It's crunch time UC San Diego... and Brittany Meyer, one of the campus MyPlate Ambassadors,  has some excellent advice on how to prepare yourself nutritionally to succeed during fiuals. Be sure to check out all of the great suggestions at your neighborhood Market and Dining Restaurant!

How do you final?
By: Brittany Meyer

The days leading up to finals week is filled with stress, anxiety, and more stress. We are cramming as much information as possible into our incredible brains--infact, we may be  on the verge of overflow! At times like these we tend to neglect the healthy habits we have developed all quarter and fall back to quick, easy and accessible (but not always nutritious) food.  

It is during these long study hours that our habits are tested, and we find that making healthy decisions will have the greatest pay off.

Healthy snacks are a quick and easy way to ward off fatigue and allow your body to perform at its best. Not only does nutritious food provide your body with essential vitamins and nutrients, but feeling so good will help you bounce back quick from finals!

Maintaining a habit is always easier than starting one.

To aid you in your finals week healthy habits here are a few suggestions for Study Time Snacks:

1.      Pre- cut fresh fruits and veggies

At the beginning of your week pre- cut or buy pre- cut vegetables and fruit as a go to during the week. You can event load up a bowl at your local dining hall salad bar to keep for snacks later.  

The Markets have a wide variety of pre cut fruits available for you to pick up in the refrigerated section! Here's a sample of the Market to Go precut fruit that's easy and convenient to pick up on your way to class.


2.      Nuts or seeds

Nuts and seeds are a great source of healthy fats and protein that will be sure to keep you energy levels up all night long. Stock up on bags to keep for the week.

Walnuts are a great choice they a filled with heart healthy omega- 3 fatty acids and doesn’t hurt that they even look like a brain! All of the Markets stock this delicious Njoy Oatmeal or Emerald Trail Mix that are packed with walnuts to add a nice texture to your breakfast on the run!

3.      Easy protein sources

Greek Yogurt, hard boiled eggs, mini turkey meatloaf muffins, protein pancakes or muffins

Plain Greek Yogurt is sold at college markets along with hard boiled eggs.

Or you can make your own at the beginning of the week.

Meal prep a large batch of hard boiled eggs, or mini meat loafs (made in a muffin tin) to have easy, accessible and travel friendly snacks for the week.

All Markets carry this convenient Grab & Go Protein Pack that's loaded with quick protein sources.


4.      Pre- make smoothies

Smoothies are a great way to get fruits and veggies into your daily diet.

Take freezer bags and fill them with your favorite fruits and add some leafy greens in there such as spinach (you won’t even notice it is there). Keep it in the freezer till you are ready, dump in the blender with a liquid of choice and blend away for a quick and easy snack or breakfast.

Roots always has fresh fruit and veggie smoothies to grab between classes to fuel your mind (and your body)!

Preparation is key for making healthy choices through the year and especially during finals time. Take advantage of food prepared in your local dining halls and markets to prepare you for finals week.

Keep these tips in mind and study away for the big day!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

There’s still time to win BIG!!!

Attention all HDH Students.... HDH’s Dining Services Passport Program has had an EXCEPTIONAL turnout with over 20 students winning our first set of gift cards through dining on delicious eats all over campus. The GRAND PRIZE however has NOT BEEN CLAIMED and can be YOURS if you act fast!

What's the "grand prize"? Well, it just so happens to be a Markets to Go Certificate for the ENTIRE SUITE that completes their Passports together!


So, what are you waiting for?! Gather up your friends and head on out to check out the latest offerings at one of our 17 Dining Locations. Not sure what’s open or what you’re feeling? Then check out the HDH Dining Services Menu Pages (http://hdh.ucsd.edu/DiningMenus/) and see what menu tantalizes your taste buds!

If you’re hanging around town for the holidays, be sure to get a step ahead of the others and grab your friends to head on over to the Thanksgiving Feast at Café Ventanas. Not only can you get your Passport stamped, but you’ll also enjoy a delicious home cooked meal, just like mom would make!



For those of you heading home, safe travels and put your game face on when you return to dominate the Passport Program and win big when you return on December 1st! Let the games begin!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

It's World-Wide Vegan Awareness Month

Did you know November happens to be the month devoted to vegan living? Well, for those of you wondering what a vegan is, let me start there first!

Veganism is a dietary practice in which one chooses to refrain from eating any foods of animal origin or byproducts due to personal or health beliefs. Foods such as milk, eggs, fish, turkey, beef and cheese are excluded from a vegan diet, as well as ketchup, honey and some sugars depending on their source.  Living a vegan lifestyle is possible and can be a nutritious meal plan when you focus on eating a variety and the right kinds of foods. However, Vitamin B12 is of concern since it is primarily derived from animal sources, so oftentimes vegan’s will supplement with a vitamin.

So, how does UC San Diego accommodate our vegan population? In addition to daily offerings in the Dining Units, we also have an entirely VEGAN restaurant located on Muir College known as ROOTS.

Roots was a labor of love that opened over 3 years ago to make sure all lifestyle diets here on campus had a place to call home. Our menu ranges from soups and salads to bergers and fries! We also have some crowd pleasing favorites like the Pacheco Pass, featured below. This is a mouthwatering take on a stacked enchilada, with cilantro rice, our in house “berger” mix, and chipotle soy crème layered between fresh corn tortillas. Plus, it’s garnished with delicious avocados!


So, if you weren't in the mood for the traditional Thanksgiving Meal today as featured in our main dining units, today head on over to Roots and indulge in the numerous choices that we have in store for you!

Interested in learning more about a particular topic or planning something for your community? Feel free to email me at tastebuds@ucsd.edu or follow HDH on twitter & check Facebook for upcoming events featuring the Taste Buds!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

It’s Almost Turkey Time!

With less than two weeks to go until Thanksgiving, HDH Dining Services is gearing up to give you a little taste of the holidays.  Our first official holiday recipe poll was a huge success and I am happy to announce our new featured Market Recipe Card debuting upon return from Thanksgiving Break is …. Classic Pumpkin Pie! Thank you to all those who voted, especially Karissa Aguiar, Katherine Chang, and Nathan Ng. Please contact me if you have not already done so to claim your prize!

To continue sharing the holiday spirit, I invite you to join Dining next Thursday, November 20th, for a traditional Thanksgiving meal served during lunch, featuring Carved Turkey, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Candied Yams, Sautéed Green Beans, Cornbread Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce and Dinner Rolls.  Plus, we’ll be serving up Classic Pumpkin and Apple Pie’s to satisfy that sweet tooth! The Thanksgiving Feast will be feautred at: Canyon Vista, Cafe Ventanas, Oceanview Terrace, Pines and 64 Degrees.

For those of you sticking around campus the following week, I suggest you check out two great steals Dining Services has in store for you!
  • Café Ventanas Feast: The festivities begin at 11am with the traditional turkey feast starting at 1pm! Don’t worry; you can get your tickets at the door!
  • Market Grocery Bag: $10 for $20 worth of food!

Interested in learning more about a particular topic? Feel free to email me at tastebuds@ucsd.edu or follow HDH on twitter & check Facebook for upcoming events featuring the Taste Buds!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

What’s your holiday favorite recipe?

Now that Halloween has come and gone, the holiday season is in full force! Even though we have a little over 6 weeks left of the fall quarter, before we know it we’ll be on winter break and relishing in the holiday festivities.

Because I for one am already am in the holiday spirit, watching Hallmark movies and baking pumpkin goodies, I thought why not debut a new MARKET RECIPE card based on YOUR vote for a holiday classic recipe! So, to get the ball rolling, please like the UCSD Housing and Dining Facebook page and cast your vote to see which of the 4 holiday classics you would like to see made available in your neighborhood Market. 
Ingredients will be brought in and available for you to purchase with your Dining Dollars to cook in your resident hall and share with your friends.
So... would you like to see:
1. Creamy Mashed Potatoes
2. Classic Pumpkin Pie
3. Old Fashioned Stuffing
4. Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole


Plus, if you vote now and leave a comment, I may just a have an early holiday present for you waiting in my office… who doesn’t love a little bit of Holiday Cheer?!

Good luck on mid-terms guys and I look forward to seeing your input!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy Halloween UC San Diego

I know, I know; you’re adults and over the whole Halloween thing… right? Well, I for one am a child still at heart and love any holiday where you get an excuse to eat candy all day!!!

While “all day” may be stretching it a little, my point is you can surely find the right balance of treating yourself to a Halloween delight without breaking your nutrition bank for the day.

For instance, our Markets across campus are filled with satisfyingly sweet snacks that are not only delicious but nutritious. Check out my finds of the latest Taste Bud Approved sweet treats to pick up at your neighborhood Market this weekend.

Luna Bars are labeled as the nutrition bar for women, but they really are just a stellar nutrient packed snack that males and females alike can enjoy.  These are my top three flavors and are a great alternative to a candy bar between classes.

Maybe you prefer a little more salty than sweet? Well then my friends, you have to check out Annie’s Sweet & Salty popcorn mix, Back to Nature’s Sweet Potato Cinnamon Crackers or Somersaults Cinnamon Nuggets. With just the right balance of salty and sweet, you’ll satisfy that craving while getting a bit of fiber in at the same time!



For those of you who just can’t shake the craving for a decadent dessert, then opt for a Spooky Sprinkled Donut! These guys are a better option than the Pumpkin Cupcake or Muffin and when paired with a cup of milk actually provide you with a little bit of protein as well. Plus, it’s National Buy a Doughnut Day J.


Have a safe and healthy Halloween folks!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

You asked... we listened!

Dr. Seuss once said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Now… do I have your attention! Read on to find out just how much you have to learn about what’s new and hot in Dining Services!

The beauty of sharing feedback to Dining is that WE LISTEN! We are here to serve you and want you to know that our ultimate goal is to provide an exciting, meaningful dining experience for your college years. Yes, we want you to be well fed and nourished, but we also strive to bring you unique dishes and concepts that are not found in other universities. (Heck, that’s what made us #19 in the nation’s top college foodservice survey!).

But, we also want to make sure your happy and feel excited when you walk into our restaurants, confident you can find something that makes you feel comforted and satisfied.  So, without further ado, check out some recent updates to Dining at some of our locations!

Café Ventanas:

·         Breakfast Burritos are Back!!!

o   Meat Burrito starts at $4.95 with choice of bacon, sausage or vegetarian sausage

§  Or opt for a Burrito at $3.95 without meat

·         The Grill is Back on Fire!!!

o   Taste Bud Approved Herbed Chicken Sandwiches on 100% Whole Grain Rolls

o   Classic Cheeseburger and French Fries

o   Chicken Fritters

o   Gardein Vegan Burgers & Morningstar Chipotle Black Bean Burgers

Canyon Vista

·         Canyon Noodles

o   Check out the Pho broth and add in some tofu! A stellar VT option.

·         Soup & Salad

o   Try one of our daily standard VT soups, like the Black Bean & Corn Variety. (It’s also gluten-friendly too!)

o   Or toss some egg and sunflower seeds on a nice bed of mixed greens, a perfect pact of protein and healthy fats!

·         Mediterranean Platform

o   The Heart Healthy Hummus platter will surely leave you meeting your fiber intake for the day! Plus it’s paired with delicious Baba Ganoush & Pita Chips.

64 Degrees

·         Vertically Crafted Deli

o   Try your sandwich wrapped in Lavash or on a 100% Whole Wheat Bun!

·         Burger Lounge

o   Gardein Burger and Chicken Breast Sandwiches are served daily and taste amazing on the 100% Whole Wheat or Brioche Buns!

Though we always offer a vegetarian and “Taste Bud Approved” item on our menus, they may not have been identified clear enough and we apologize for that. If you ever have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Tastebuds@ucsd.edu. We’d love to hear from you!!!

Also, be sure to check out the units special FOOD DAY offering tomorrow! Café Ventanas, Oceanview Terrace, Canyon Vista, 64 Degrees and Pines will be featuring a Potato Mushroom Lasagna, featuring our local San Diego Soy Dairy Tofu and Daugherty Farm Mushrooms alongside Suzie’s Farm Baby Spinach and Rainbow Chard. Enjoy the entrée and be entered to win by submitting your photo to the HDH Facebook Page.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Crepes & Music at Oceanview Terrace!

    Looking for something to do tonight? Well, be sure to head on over to Marshall College and checkout UNLPUGGED at Oceanview Terrace. It's the hottest place Thursday's on campus and is a great place to kick back and relax with your friends...for FREE!

   Be sure to arrive early so you can check out and indulge in one of OVT's newest additions to their stellar menu, crepes!

    From 4-8PM, OVT features a crepe station that will leave you completely satisfied.  If you need a little something salty after your sweet delight, stick around and nosh on some wings as you listen to the beautiful voices that surround us here at UC San Diego. 

  Don't forget too the Passport Program is still running strong! Be sure to get your Passport stamped at OVT and submit via the UCSD Housing and Dining Facebook Page to be eligible to claim your prize.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

How to eat healthy at UC San Diego

     Hi there UC San Diego! Congratulations on surviving your first official week back in the grind of the academic year.  I know how tough it can be to get adjusted after a long summer off, but rest assured these next 9 weeks will fly by in the blink of an eye.

    Before we get to far along into the fall quarter, I thought this would be the perfect time to address a big topic that definitely comes across the email inquries quite frequently, and that is "how to eat healthy while dining in college". Hopefully by now you have been able to get out and use the Dining Passport to try some of the delicious choices offered throughout campus; pizza, tacos, waffles, burritos, burgers, sandwiches, gyros, the list could go on and on.

    Although these are definitely delicious choices, some items may be higher in nutrients than you need to maintain a healthy weight. So the question then remains how does a college student indulge while avoiding gaining the freshman 15? Bring on the Taste Buds!

    Throughout campus all the HDH Dining Services operations offer a Taste Bud Approved menu choice that is not only nutritious but delicious! Dining's Executive Chef Vargus and myself, your HDH Registered Dietitian, have come up with a arsenal of menu choices that have the perfect balance of calories, fat, sodium, protein and fiber to keep your engines running while you conquer your days activities!

    Here's the list of what criteria Taste Bud Approved menu choices must meet:

       So, how can you identify these menu choices? Well, just take out that mobile phone and check out the UCSD Dining App. All location menus are available for you to view to see what options have the Taste Bud Approved logo (shown below) next to them.


       Can't seem to find what your looking for? Check out the "I'm craving" feature on the mobile app, or feel free to email me directly at tastebuds@ucsd.edu and I would be happy to help you navigate your nutrition in our units!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Welcome Back UC San Diego!

Hi there UC San Diego! It's Liz Shaw, your Registered Dietitian here at HDH.  I hope you had a fabulous summer and were able to find time for some R&R. As you are slowly getting back in the swing of things, I wanted to share with you a NEW program Dining Services is offering to get you out and about, exploring all the UNIQUE EATS UC San Diego has to offer.

Enter... HDH's Passport Program! If you didn't snag a Passport during move-in, be sure to checkout the HDH Facebook page and download your Passport today. 

HDH's Dining Passport Video Clip *Click Here!

This program is designed to help you explore the 17+ dining locations all over campus. Plus, just by going out and trying a delicious meal, using your Dining Dollars of course, you are eligible to win a variety of different prizes, like Bistro & Roots Gift Cards, Market Bundle Packages, and much more!

To enter, simply complete the Passport by getting stamped at 8 locations throughout campus by asking at the register to have your Passport stamped! Once you have the card complete, simply take a photo and upload to the UCSD Housing and Dining Facebook page. Once your Passport has been submitted, I will contact you to arrange a time to claim your prize! Easy peazy!

New to campus and not sure where to dine? No worries, use the map here (http://hdh.ucsd.edu/DiningMenus/) to help navigate your way to a Wacky Waffle over at Canyon Vista or head to Oceanview Terrace for a delicious crepe!

Banana Fosters Crepe @ OVT
Feeling adventurous and want a big WOW, then be sure to check out Revelle's newest hidden gem, 64*!!! The surprises over there are endless!

Here's to a great year UC San Diego, let's make it a memorable one!

Interested in learning more about a particular topic or becoming a MyPlate Ambassador? Email me at tastebuds@ucsd.edu or Facebook me at UCSD TasteBuds, I'd love to hear from you.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Bon Voyage Spring.... Hello Summer

Phew! You officially made it through your 2013-2014 academic year. Job well done.

Now that spring quarter is behind you, it’s time to focus on taking some well-deserved R&R.
For those of you returning for summer school, be sure to check out our dining hours page to see which locations are open nearest your classes to grab a bite to eat. http://hdh.ucsd.edu/DiningMenus/hours.aspx

If you're interested in healthy meal planning during the summer months, feel free to shoot me an email or request an appointment (https://hdh.ucsd.edu/tastebuds/meettheRD/). I would be happy to meet with you and help you with this process.

Have a wonderful summer.  See you in the fall!  

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Watermelon Drop 2014: Celebrating 50 years!

Looking for something to do tomorrow around noon? Well, head over to Revelle and be a part of the 50th annual watermelon drop!

The watermelon drop began in 1965 when students were asked on a physics exam to find the terminal velocity of an object.  Enter… the watermelon!  Students measured the distance the watermelon pieces traveled from the center point of the splat -- talk about hands on learning!

Though tomorrow will be filled with the demise of one watermelon, there is plenty of this fabulous fresh fruit to go around for onlookers.  Be sure to stop by and grab a sample of this nutrient powerhouse.

Watermelon is an excellent source of lycopene, an important phytonutrient that promotes cardiovascular and bone health. The longer you allow your watermelon to ripen (aka the pinker it gets), the higher the lycopene content. So, let that watermelon age a few days on the counter before cutting into it.

Don’t worry if you can’t make it out to the event to grab a slice. Dining Services has watermelon available morning, noon and night in the Units and Markets, precut for added convenience.

Best of luck this weekend as your continue your studying for finals! Be sure to stop into the De-Stress Brunch at the Dining Unit closest to you this Sunday, June 8th from 10am-2pm, to relax your mind and enjoy a chocolaty treat with your friends.

Interested in learning more about a particular topic? Feel free to email me at tastebuds@ucsd.edu or follow HDH on twitter & check Facebook for upcoming events featuring the Taste Buds!

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Final Stretch

Hang on tight…less than three weeks until summer vacation! Before you hit the open road though, you’ll have to make it through those inevitable finals.

To do your best, you’ll need to refuel that engine (aka body) of yours. Dining Services’ Restaurants and Markets can help, since they are loaded with the season’s freshest produce, lean proteins, and starches to provide you with nutrient-packed meals morning, noon, and night.

If you’re stressed about running low on Dining Dollars or wondering what to do if you have too many left, stop worrying now! The improved Dining Services website http://hdh.ucsd.edu/DiningMenus/ can show you the exact item and cost for every available menu choice.

Here are a few suggestions for nutrient-packed menu items to pick up at the Dining Services Restaurant near you:

·         Dietitian Delight $1.95: Hearty whole grain English Muffin, topped with egg whites, part-skim mozzarella cheese, sliced turkey, and sautéed spinach

·         Chicken Breast Sandwich: $4.95: Grilled boneless, skinless chicken breast served on a hamburger bun with sliced lettuce, tomato, and onion

·         Cheese Pizza $1.95 with Garden Salad $2.20: Hot & fresh baked pizza topped with part-skim mozzarella cheese, served alongside a fresh garden salad with a light balsamic vinaigrette

Have a question or comment? Feel free to contact me at tastebuds@ucsd.edu.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Memorial Day Madness

For those of you partaking in Memorial Day celebrations this weekend, boy are you in store for a treat! Not only is the weather supposed to be in the mid-70s here in San Diego, but there are a plethora of fun activities occurring all around town.

Jump start your weekend by stopping into one of the Markets here on campus to load up on foods and fluids. Whether you plan on heading down to the beach or lounging at a backyard BBQ, it’s great to be prepared. Having fresh fruits and vegetables on hand, ready to eat, makes it that much easier to snack smart in the heat!

Here’s a few simple ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
·         Slice fresh strawberries over fresh frozen yogurt or sorbet. Not only will it be a refreshing treat, you’ll also get a great source of fiber and antioxidants.

·         Wash and freeze red grapes! The freezing process makes these a delicious mini frozen treat to pop in your mouth with no messy clean up!

·         Peel a banana and slice into quarters. Top with a dollop of peanut butter and one chocolate chip. Freeze and enjoy!

·         Cut cucumbers and carrots into “chips” and serve with a fresh hummus or yogurt based ranch dip. Not only will you enjoy a great source of protein, but you’ll also rack in the nutrients from fresh veggies.

·         Pick up a bag of oven baked or “popped” chips and serve with a yogurt based ranch dip. You’ll get the crunch without the 20 + grams of fat from a regular potato chip.

Have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend UC San Diego! Please share your favorite weekend snacks by commenting here or posting to our Facebook page.

Interested in learning more about a particular topic? Feel free to email me at tastebuds@ucsd.edu or follow HDH on twitter & check Facebook for upcoming events featuring the Taste Buds!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Hello Sun God

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the UC San Diego annual Sun God Festival. The event started back in 1984 as a celebration marking the one year anniversary of the statue of the Sun God, the first piece of the famous Stuart Collection here on campus.

Sun God has expanded drastically over the last two decades, however the idea behind the day remains true at heart…which is to allow students an opportunity to enjoy themselves post mid-terms.  Though the hope is that all students will be responsible and keep their wellness in mind, I know sometimes the atmosphere of the day soaks into your bloodstream and you may forget some of the important basics, like hydrating and eating!

In order to prevent heat exhaustion in these extreme temperatures, I recommend you load up on fluids… like water and juice J! Water is an excellent natural coolant for your body and will help regulate its internal temperature to prevent you from over-heating. Make sure to strive to hit at least 8 cups of water throughout the day.

Also, don’t forget to stop into the Dining Unit or Markets to grab a little something to nosh on so you can be fueled up for the festivities on the field! Remember though, all of the Dining Units & Markets will be closing at 8:00 PM tonight, so be sure to grab your late night eats early on.

Standard operating hours resume tomorrow, which can be viewed here: http://hdh.ucsd.edu/DiningMenus/

Have a safe and happy Sun God Festival Guys!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

National Allergy Awareness Month

Every 3 minutes a food allergy reaction sends someone to the ER, with symptoms ranging from a mild response to anaphylaxis, an extremely severe and sometimes fatal reaction.

In order to promote allergen awareness here on campus, Dining Services is hosting a special event with yours truly this Thursday, May 8th, from 11am-1pm on Revelle Plaza. Join us to discuss what UC San Diego can offer you in terms of special dining features if you are one of the more than 15 million Americans who suffer from a food allergy. You are not alone and WE (Dining Services) have the resources to help you get a nutritious and delicious meal that suits your dietary needs.

Plus, check out the latest products available to you in our Markets that are allergen friendly while munching on samples from some of the hottest vendors (Calbee Harvest Snaps, Enjoy Life Foods & Barefruit Snacks).

Learn more about a particular topic by emailing me at tastebuds@ucsd.edu or follow HDH on twitter & check Facebook for upcoming events featuring the Taste Buds!

Medically Necessitated Diets (+playlist)

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Chocolate Extravaganza... Count me in!

Did you know tomorrow (May 2nd) mark’s 6th College’s 10th annual Chocolate Festival?! The event began in 2004 and has delighted students and staff ever since.  Three enormous chocolate fountains arriving from the local Chocolate Monkey Company will fill 6th College’s quad with an array of cookies, cakes and fresh fruits to enjoy & dip into the chocolate goodness!

Why is your RD promoting chocolate? If you haven’t heard, chocolate boasts a variety of health benefits.  In particular, dark chocolate has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease due to its naturally occurring flavanol content. Bottom line, there is some truth to the saying “a piece of dark chocolate a day may keep the doctor at bay!”
Why else should you check out 6th College tomorrow? Well, besides indulging in a deliciously “healthy” chocolatey treat, you will be able to increase your physical activity by participating in games with your peers! Out on the Res Hall Quad there will be inflatables, game booths, and this year they are incorporating a “Pie Your Professor” element.  Students have the opportunity to donate cans to pie their professor. 

Not a fan of chocolate? Don't worry! Foodworx and 6th Market are right next door to provide you with a selection of delicious eats to satisfy your craving.

Be sure to post your pictures from tomorrows event on the TasteBud Facebook page and leave a comment here of your favorite chocolate indulgence. Remember, balance and moderation are key to healthy living in college, so enjoy a dollop of chocolate guilt-free!  

Thursday, April 24, 2014


Thurgood Marshall College is hosting an open mic night starting at 8:30PM at OceanView Terrace. Grab your friends and head over to enjoy your fellow UC San Diego peers debuting their musical talents!

OVT will also stay open late so you can satisfy your late-nite hunger strikes. Just a few tips from your RD: if you haven’t had dinner, I recommend the grilled chicken sandwich or black bean burger off the grill. Both are excellent sources of lean protein that will keep you feeling fuller longer.

If your sweet tooth is a-yearning, then try the specialty pies served just for tonight’s event. OVT has a wide selection sure to meet your fancy…apple, cherry, peach, mixed berry & blueberry! Hey…berries’ have antioxidants…right J!

Be sure to post your pictures from tonight’s event on the TasteBud Facebook page and leave a comment here as to your indulgence for the night. Remember, balance and moderation are key to healthy living in college, so enjoy a slice worry-free!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Say Cheese!

Everybody’s Favorite…Grilled Cheese

Happy National Grilled Cheese month! This timeless classic is an easy go-to for adults, teenagers, and children alike AND it’s conveniently found in all of our Dining Units at the Value4U price of $1.95.

Malik, Revelle College Resident Dean, happens to be a master Grilled Cheese creator.
Malik @ Work!
He recently placed third in the Grilled Cheese Invitational in Los Angeles, debuting the Godfather. It’s a blend of 10 Italian cheeses grilled to perfection with a garlic infused olive oil to crisp up the outer layers, with a hint of oregano and basil. His unique spin on the classic gives you 2 different flavors depending on which side of the sandwich is up…Garlic-ness or Cheesey-ness… you decide!

The Masterpiece is Complete!
I’m promoting grilled cheese because:

·         Cheese is a great source of protein, dietary fat, and calcium which are essential nutrients for every age group.

·         If made on whole wheat bread, it’s an easy way to increase your grain intake while also adding more fiber into your daily diet.

·         It’s versatile! Throw on some sliced tomatoes, apples, avocado, or even grilled kale and increase your vegetable intake while providing a slightly different flavor profile!

All of our Markets throughout campus offer a variety of fresh produce, whole grain breads, and spreads to get you in the spirit to create a Grilled Cheese that speaks to you. I want to hear from you on what your favorite combination is. Feel free to comment here, send an email to tastebuds@ucsd.edu or post on our Facebook page.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Happy National Soy Foods Month

April is National Soy Foods Month! Check out the versatility of soy:

• Soy milk or yogurt is an excellent source of protein and calcium on-the-go that can be found at any of our Markets

• Add some locally-produced San Diego Soy Dairy Tofu on your salad next time you’re in a Dining Services Restaurant to top off your salad. The possibilities are endless!

In addition to being a stellar protein source, soy is also relatively low in calories and total fat. The minimal fat it does contain is naturally occurring from plant sources, which helps protect your heart and lower your cholesterol levels over time. Believe me, it’s something you will be thankful for in your 30s!

If you’re new to soy, check out the simple suggestions from one of our fellow guest bloggers, Evelyn Nash, on how to incorporate this superfood in your diet today!

 2-Ingredient Chocolate Milkshake


What better way to celebrate than with a chocolate milkshake right?!?! I would be lying if I told you that I don't crave a nice creamy chocolate milkshake from In-and-Out but I found an easy (and healthy!) way to duplicate it.  This is one of my favorite recipes to make because it could not be any simpler (just 2 ingredients) and it’s something you can feel good about treating yourself to. Plus, you can use your Dining Dollars and pick up the ingredients at your Neighborhood Market.

All you need is:

8 oz of Chocolate Soy Milk

1 Banana

All you do is:

1. Slice banana and freeze for at least 4 hours.

2. Place frozen banana slices in blender and add chocolate soy milk.

3. Blend until nice and smooth!

There you have it: the simplest and healthiest chocolate milkshake ever.

You can even further customize it by adding protein powder, extra chocolate, or another fruit like strawberries (chocolate strawberry milkshake? yes please!)  Whatever you decide take the time to celebrate National Soy Foods Month and reward yourself for all of your hard work.

Happy Spring!


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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Rain...Rain..Go Away!

Welcome back UC San Diego! I hope you had a wonderful spring break. Now that we are back in full gear, I want to take a moment and thank all of you who participated in the National Nutrition Month Recipe Contest.  We had some great recipes submitted and you will soon see these in our Market locations displayed on the recipe cards.

I want to give a special shout out to Yasmin who had multiple entries and actually took the prize home for weeks 2 & 3 of the contest. Her final recipe was a Sweet Potato & Yam Soup that I think is perfect for a day like today.  So, if you’re feeling like staying in and making some soup, head over to your neighborhood Market and pick up these ingredients to have yourself a warm and comforting soup that’s full of vitamin A and fiber!

Sweet Potato & Yam Soup


·         2 yams

·         1 large sweet potato

·         1 can of chicken or vegetable broth


·         Take yams and sweet potatoes and wash and peel them. Slice into round disks and place in the oven at 350* with a light oil or cooking spray for approximately 40 minutes.

·         Let cool. Add the disks then to your blender and pureed with equal parts broth until smooth and creamy.

·         Transfer liquid to pot (or microwave safe dish) and heat until warm!

Note: Yasmin likes to take it up a notch and bakes some sweet potato and yam chips in the oven. You can also purchase a whole grain tortilla chip or cracker to serve alongside as well.

Yasmin's Yummy Soup!
If you’re out and about, make sure to stop into our restaurants and try one of our soup choices for the day. You can use the Dining Mobile App to see which types are featured at the Dining Unit nearest you (http://hdh.ucsd.edu/DiningMenus/). Or, pop into Roots over on Muir and get a bowl of delicious vegan chili. Nothing’s better to warm me up on a rainy day like today than a fiber filling bowl of delicious yumminess!

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