by Sierra Ditto, MPH, RDN, LDN

Welcome to USF Dining’s Nutrition Blog

Let’s Pick Some Apples

A blog post written by USF Dietetic Intern, Renee Hi Bulls! It has officially been fall the past few weeks. The two major foods that remind me of fall are apples and pumpkins! Since apples are October’s produce of the month, we will expand on the benefits of consuming apples and some delicious recipe ideas! […]

Celebrating World Vegetarian Day

A blog post written by USF Dietetic Intern, Emily Hi Bulls! October 1st is World Vegetarian Day! According to the Mayo Clinic, a balanced vegetarian diet can reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers¹. Consuming less meat may be linked to a lower economic footprint if the plant-based proteins you consume were […]

Incorporating Mushrooms in Your Diet

Hi Bulls! September is National Mushroom Month! I thought it would be fitting to make our produce of the month, you guessed it, mushrooms! Mushrooms are an underrated produce, in my opinion. Not only can they be a great addition to a variety of dishes, but they are also packed with nutrients. By no means […]

Removing the Term “Junk” From Food

Hi Bulls! National “Junk” Food Day is next week, so I thought I would take this opportunity to talk to you about food labeling and the food police, especially as we get closer to kicking off the fall semester. There are a lot of delicious food options to navigate while on campus and how you […]

Summer Picnic Recipes featuring Watermelon

Hi Bulls! July is National Picnic Month and our produce of the month is watermelon! Since both go so well together, I wanted to provide a variety of different ways you can add watermelon to a perfect picnic meal (or even the upcoming holiday)! I have included some of my personal favorite recipes, as well […]

National Dairy Month Recipes

Hi Bulls! It’s National Dairy Month! Why do we celebrate in June? National Dairy Month originated in the early 1900’s, when extra milk distributions were established for the warm summer months. When it comes to dairy, I’m all in! Growing up in Ohio, dairy farms were all around me, so it has always been a […]

Shopping for Produce

Hi Bulls! June is National Fruit and Vegetable Month, so I thought it would be fitting to talk about shopping for produce. More specifically, I want to discuss how you can get fruits and vegetables in without breaking your bank! I will also discuss some “hidden ways” to consume fruits and vegetables for those who […]

Navigating USF with Food Allergies

Hi Bulls! May is not only Food Allergy Action Month, but this week is also all about food allergy awareness. Because of this, I want to share some information and tips on navigating through USF with food allergies. College can be a nerve-wracking time because you are probably not only living on your own for […]

Fueling for Finals

Hi Bulls! With finals just around the corner, I want to share some important tips to help you conquer them! When I think about fueling the body, the following things come to mind: honor your hunger, eat foods with staying power, and maintain hydration. Let’s break it down and talk about how each one aids […]

Ways to Stress Less with Food

Hi Bulls! April is National Stress Awareness Month, so I thought this might be a good time to talk about how eating may be impacted by heightened stress and anxiety right now, as well as how to reduce food-related stress. As you are getting into a far-from-normal school routine to finish out the spring semester, […]

Meet the Dietitian

Hi Bulls! Before I release an abundance of nutrition-related blog content, I wanted to come on here and introduce myself! I want to share with you all my journey to becoming a registered dietitian; more specifically, what sparked my interest and how that has transformed into what I deem my life-calling and true passion. I […]

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