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by Karina Falcone, MS, RD, LD

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Hi Bulls! Summer semester is in full swing. The days are getting hotter and hopefully we’re spending more time by the pool! Summer is also a time for renewing and resetting, having a lighter workload, and thinking about what changes you’d like to make for the next school year. For me, that means thinking about […]

Corn: May Produce of the Month

Hi Bulls! Welcome to Summer! I’m excited for all of the beach trips and BBQs that will be happening the next few months. This month’s Produce of the Month is great on a grill: corn! There are so many varieties of corn and they are all used for different purposes. A few include the sweet […]

Cantaloupes: April Produce of the Month

Hi Bulls! Can you believe the semester is almost over? It’s definitely study season on campus. This month’s Produce of the Month makes a great study snack and is a classic fruit salad staple, the cantaloupe! No one quite knows where melons originated from. They were a favorite of Marco Polo, as he would write […]

Happy National Nutrition Month!

Hi Bulls! Happy National Nutrition Month® (NNM)!!! NNM is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) to promote healthy nutrition habits and working with a Registered Dietitian (RD). This year’s theme is “Celebrate a World of Flavors”. It’s important to recognize and honor all the different culinary wonders this world […]

Chili Peppers: March Produce of the Month

Hi Bulls! Spring is just around the corner and I am so excited to start seeing nature come to life again. To add a bit of a kick this month, I chose chili peppers as our POM! Chili peppers are believed to have originated in western South America. They made their way to Mexico where […]

Healthy Eating Series – How To Build a Healthy Plate

Hi Bulls! Welcome to my new Healthy Eating Series! This series will highlight everything about nutrition including how to create a balanced diet; what are carbs, proteins, and fats and why are they important; and so much more! In the first post in the series, we’ll go over how to build a healthy plate. We’ll […]

Kiwis: February Produce of the Month

Hi Bulls! Love is in the air. For this month’s produce, I chose one of my favorites that I love to eat, the kiwi! Kiwis originated in China where they are known by their Chinese name yang tao or “strawberry peach”. They were brought to New Zealand by a school principal called Mary Fraser. New […]

Soybeans: January Produce of the Month

Hi Bulls! Happy New Year! I hope you had a fantastic winter break full of family and relaxation. Can you believe it’s the start of another semester? Here at the Nutrition Nook, that means a brand new calendar of Produce of the Month! This month’s produce is soybeans. These legumes are an extremely multifaceted, protein-packed […]

Pears: November Produce of the Month

Hi Bulls! This month’s Produce of the Month is pears! While many people are familiar with the green Bartlett pears, there are estimated to be around 3,000 different varieties of pears that grow around the world. Pears like to grow in cool, temperate climate. They are planted around the United States, with most of them […]

Pumpkin: October Produce of the Month

Hi Bulls! Happy Fall! I hope you are enjoying the lovely weather of a crisp 80 degrees. Our produce of the month is perfect for the upcoming holiday… Pumpkins! These aren’t typically home-grown types of produce, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying the festivals around the state. The top pumpkin growers are Illinois, […]

Blackberries: September Produce of the Month

Hi Bulls! I hope everyone’s semester is off to a wonderful start! Now that I’m back into the swing of school mode, staying focused is crucial. Having a balanced diet plays a key role in our brain power. Blackberries are perfect for not only keeping our brain sharp, but they can also be a convenient […]

Olives: August Produce of the Month

Hi Bulls! Welcome back to campus! I hope you all are starting off your fall semester healthy and happy. Our produce of the month this month is one that is grown close to home.. Olives! With all the olive farms around the state, there are plenty of places to experience an olive oil tasting! Olives […]

Mangoes: July Produce of the Month

Hi Bulls! I hope you all are enjoying this beautiful summer we’re having! Back home in Miami, summertime for me meant hanging out at the beach, going to pool parties, and spending a bit more time with my friends and family. All these activities came with yummy summer treats too! Mangoes are a sweet drupe […]

Beets: June Produce of the Month

Hi Bulls! Summer is in full swing. Here in Florida, that means extra hot temperatures and (hopefully) some beach time! Our produce of the month this month is beets. These are actually a cool-weather crop, but not too cold. They are best planted in spring to be harvested in June, or late summer to be […]

Strawberries: May Produce of the Month

Hi Bulls! Summer semester has officially kicked off. For me, nothing says it’s summertime like fresh strawberries! These sweet, juicy berries are in peak season right now. You’ll probably find them on sale at most supermarkets around the city. Here at USF, strawberries are our Produce of the Month and we’ll be featuring them most […]



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