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!