Welcome to USF Dining’s Nutrition Blog

by Karina Falcone, MS, RD, LD

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 […]

New Study Smarter Treat-A-Bull!

Hi Bulls! It’s the end of the semester and finals are almost here. To help you study smarter, USF Dining has put together a new “Study Smarter” Treat-A-Bull. For those who don’t know, our Treat-A-Bulls are designed specifically for our USF Bulls who live on or around the USF Tampa Campus. These thoughtful treats make […]

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. […]


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 […]

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