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by Karina Falcone, MS, RD, LD

Kale: April Produce of the Month

Hi Bulls! April is Earth Month. I thought it would be fitting to make this month’s POM kale! It’s touted as the ultimate superfood and comes in a variety of types and colors. Kale is a descendent of cabbage. In fact, the earliest references to cabbage in Greek literature circa 600BC were actually talking about […]

It’s Almost National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day!

Hi Bulls! This coming Friday April 2nd is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day! This used to be my favorite go to sandwich as a kid. As I got older, I experimented with different flavors and add-ins. Peanut butter, banana, and honey is a popular option. I also like using almond butter for a twist, […]

National Nutrition Month® – Part 2

Hi Bulls! National Nutrition Month® (NNM) is starting to wrap up. Before we spring forward into the end of semester and take a well-deserved Spring break, I wanted to review the next two key messages in this month’s campaign. Remember that the theme is “Personalize Your Plate.” It’s all about getting the nutrients your body […]

National Nutrition Month® – Part 1

Hi Bulls! As discussed last week, March is National Nutrition Month® (NNM)! NNM is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). Throughout the month, everyone is encouraged to learn how to make informed decisions about healthful eating. This year’s theme is “Personalize Your Plate”. It’s all about getting the nutrients […]

Happy Registered Dietitian Day!

Hi Bulls! March is National Nutrition Month® (NNM)! Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll delve into the highlights of NNM this year and learn how to make small changes to build a healthy diet that works for us. But today, I wanted to touch on a topic that is near and dear to me. […]

Pineapples

Hi Bulls! This month we’re featuring one of my favorite fruits as our produce of the month: pineapples! This sweet and juicy fruit has a long regal history. When we think of pineapples, we usually think of Hawaii. But pineapples were only introduced there in the late 1700s! They are originally from South America and […]

Made-Without-Gluten Options on Campus

Hi Bulls! As the Registered Dietitian for USF Dining, I receive all kinds of questions and requests for dietary allergens and restrictions. The most popular request I receive is for gluten-free recipes and products. Whether you choose gluten free due to an allergy, an intolerance, or just personal preference, USF has a lot to offer! […]

Butternut Squash

Hi Bulls! Winter is almost over so I wanted to take advantage and highlight a winter squash as February’s produce of the month. Today we’re talking about butternut squash! This versatile veggie is one of my favorites. It can be used in all types of recipes, from sweet to savory and from smooth to chunky. […]

Show Yourself Some Love This Valentine’s Day

Hi Bulls! It’s almost Valentine’s Day. For some people, this holiday is all about that famous (infamous?) four letter word: L-O-V-E. So much focus is put onto our romantic relationships, sometimes we forget about the one person we should constantly be showing affection to. OURSELVES!!! What are you going to do for yourself this Valentine’s […]

The Heart of the Matter

Hi Bulls! February is National Heart Month and with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, there’s no better time to focus on heart health. Did you know that USF Dining works with the American Heart Association (AHA) to help create delicious and nutritious recipes to help promote health and wellness? In 2015, Aramark partnered with […]

Making SMART Resolutions

Hi Bulls! We’re almost at the end of the first month of the year (where does the time go?!). It’s tradition to make resolutions at the start of every new year. But most people aren’t able to keep up with the expectations they set for themselves and resolutions end up out the window by mid-February. […]

Oranges: January Produce of the Month

Hi Bulls! Spring semester is finally here. With the new month comes the new produce of the month: oranges! These sweet and juicy citrus fruits are one of my favorite snacks. Most people don’t know, but oranges come in many varietals. You’ve probably heard of Valencia oranges which are sweet and great for eating raw, […]

The Nest – St. Pete’s Newest Dining Hall

Hi Bulls! A brand-new dining hall has just opened on our St. Petersburg campus! It’s called The Nest and it is conveniently located on the first floor of Osprey Suites. Anyone and everyone is welcome to dine here.  The Nest is the perfect place to settle in with your friends and eat a delicious meal. […]

Healthy Hydration in the Winter

Hi Bulls! This week has finally ushered in some winter weather. Temperatures are dropping and everyone is digging in their closet for scarves and boots. While we’re excitedly putting on our winter accessories to protect ourselves outside, let’s remember to keep our bodies protected inside and out too! The colder weather comes with drier air. […]

Staying Active During Winter Break

Hi Bulls! Winter break is finally here! Now that finals are over and studying has been placed on hold, it feels like there’s a lot more time to spend on other activities. If you’re anything like me, sleeping in might be top of the list. With that said, it’s important to not be a complete […]



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