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by Karina Falcone, MS, RD, LD

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 […]


Hi Bulls! December’s Produce of the Month is carrots. These sweet and crunchy veggies are often associated with rabbits like Bugs Bunny. But it turns out carrots are more of a yummy sweet treat for rabbits and should only be given to them sparingly. However, for humans they are still a great staple to include […]

Study Snacks for Finals

Hi Bulls! Finals week is almost here. For most of you, that means late night study sessions and lots of stress. Unfortunately, that also means you’re probably not thinking too much about what you’re eating. But did you know that what we eat has a huge effect on how we feel physically and mentally? Eating […]

Have A Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving

Hi Bulls! It is finally holiday season and if you’re anything like me, then you’re excited about all the amazing food that comes along with it! As a dietitian, I am usually asked how to make this season a little easier on the waistline. Below are the top tips and tricks that I’ve found are […]

Kachumber Salad

Hi Bulls! This week if you visit the World Flavors station at Juniper Dining Hall, you’ll find a few traditional Indian food items. The flavorful featured options include chicken tikka masala, potato curry, naan bread, and lemon-ginger basmati rice. The spiciest and most colorful menu item is definitely the Kachumber salad (broken into 3 syllables […]

It’s National Pepper Month

Hi Bulls! November is National Pepper Month and we are celebrating the sweetest of them all, bell peppers! This Produce of the Month is a nutritional powerhouse that is as versatile as it is tasty. Bell peppers are a great source of vitamin C which helps our immune system stay strong to keep us healthy. […]

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 […]

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