Nutrition & Health Info

The Foodbank is pleased to provide the community with a growing collection of healthy, useful and fun nutrition & health resources.

  • RECIPES

    Original Recipes Used in Foodbank Programs!

    Persimmon Bread

    Persimmons are delicious, exotic fruits that do more than serve as a sweet and tasty treat; they have a wealth of vitamin and minerals packed inside them, including vitamins A C, E and B6, as well as dietary fiber, manganese, copper, magnesium, potassium and phosphorous. INGREDIENTS SERVINGS 10 – 2 loaves 3/4 cup vegetable oil […]

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    Raspberry Buckwheat Pancakes

    Antioxidant-packed raspberries paired with buckwheat flour make a terrific-tasting, health-promoting breakfast. Raspberries are in season from July to October; pick up a box of freshly picked raspberries from the local farmers market and use this recipe for your brunch inspiration. Ingredients: 1/2 cup buckwheat flour 1/2 cup cornmeal 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking […]

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    Family Friendly Recipes: Scrambled Eggs with Artichokes

      Scrambled eggs are easy to prepare and adding artichokes keeps the eggs moist and fluffy. A quick, healthy breakfast the entire family can enjoy! Ingredients 3 tbsp. butter 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed 2–3 hearts of medium artichokes, steamed and sliced 4 eggs 1⁄4 cup reduced fat milk Salt and freshly ground black […]

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    YOUR NUTRITION – Summer Pasta Salad

    Here is a summer recipe from our Teens Love Cooking classes, which we offer in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and Carpinteria. Try cooking this recipe at home! Picking up the basil and tomatoes from your local farmers market will make this recipe taste that much fresher! It’s the perfect dish for sharing at picnics or […]

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    End Summer Hunger Recipe: Honey Dew Melon

    Honey Dew Melon Refreshing, delicious, and healthy — what more could you want from a smoothie?! Prep Time: 25 minutes Serving size: 1/2 cup Servings and Tastings: 8 Ingredients: 1 cup diced honeydew melon 1 cup fresh blueberries 1 cup Almond Milk, Unsweetened Original 2 cups crushed ice 8 mint leaves Directions: Put all ingredients into […]

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    End Summer Hunger Recipe: Black Bean Guacamole

    Black Bean Guacamole Guacamole is a staple summer dip. Perfect for parties, picnics or get togethers! The black beans in this recipe give the guacamole a whole new element of flavor that’s healthy, hearty, and nutritious! Prep time: 10 minutes Serving size: 2 tablespoons Servings: 16 Tastes: 8 Ingredients: 5 avocados, diced 3 scallions, chopped […]

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    End Summer Hunger Recipe: Summer Fun Fruit Kebabs

    Summer Fun Fruit Kebabs   Super fun summer recipe – Fruit Kebabs! These kebabs are made with peaches, strawberries, plums and bananas. Also the dipping sauce is a divine combination of cream cheese and honey. Prep time: 30 minutes Serving size: 1 kebab Servings and Tastings: 12 Ingredients: 3 fresh peaches, washed, pitted and quartered 3 fresh plums, […]

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    End Summer Hunger Recipe: Zucchini Lovers Lasagne

    Zucchini Lovers Lasagne We love this easy, nutritious, and fun take on lasagne! See full recipe below. Prep time: 25 minutes Serving size: 1/4 zucchini Servings and Tastings: 4 Ingredients: • 1 zucchini • 1/2 cup chopped cherry tomatoes • 2 tablespoons fresh basil • 2 tablespoons ricotta • Pepper Directions: • Chop ends off zucchini […]

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    Kale and White Bean Soup Recipe

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    Nutrient Dense Holiday Foods

    HOLIDAY TIPS: TAKE ADVANTAGE OF NUTRIENT DENSE HOLIDAY FOODS We are all familiar with the holiday season routine: attending parties and  gatherings with family, friends, and colleagues and splurging over the never ending dinner table. When holidays are finally over, we cross our fingers  and nervously step on our bathroom scale  hoping we only gained […]

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  • FITNESS

    Tips for Healthy Physical Activities

    Health & Fitness Calendar: Saturday Family Days

    Santa Barbara News-Press December 9, 2014 Newspaper, pg. A7

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    Why Is It So Hard to Exercise?

    Why Is It So Hard to Exercise? Get fit! Here are 5 steps to get you motivated to move. WebMD Feature By Linda Wasmer Andrews Reviewed By Roy Benaroch, MD You know you should do it. And you know why: Exercising — simply put, moving instead of sitting — is critical for safeguarding your health and setting a […]

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  • NUTRITION TIPS & NEWS

    Good nutrition is all about making good choices.

    Persimmon Bread

    Persimmons are delicious, exotic fruits that do more than serve as a sweet and tasty treat; they have a wealth of vitamin and minerals packed inside them, including vitamins A C, E and B6, as well as dietary fiber, manganese, copper, magnesium, potassium and phosphorous. INGREDIENTS SERVINGS 10 – 2 loaves 3/4 cup vegetable oil […]

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    Raspberry Buckwheat Pancakes

    Antioxidant-packed raspberries paired with buckwheat flour make a terrific-tasting, health-promoting breakfast. Raspberries are in season from July to October; pick up a box of freshly picked raspberries from the local farmers market and use this recipe for your brunch inspiration. Ingredients: 1/2 cup buckwheat flour 1/2 cup cornmeal 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking […]

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    Nutrient Dense Holiday Foods

    HOLIDAY TIPS: TAKE ADVANTAGE OF NUTRIENT DENSE HOLIDAY FOODS We are all familiar with the holiday season routine: attending parties and  gatherings with family, friends, and colleagues and splurging over the never ending dinner table. When holidays are finally over, we cross our fingers  and nervously step on our bathroom scale  hoping we only gained […]

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    New Nutrition News and Tips to Resume in November

    Hello Readers! Here’s what’s going in in October at the Foodbank, and boy it’s a busy month! Launching programs across the county (Food Literacy in Preschools, Kids Farmers Market, Teems Love Cooking, Diabetes Impact Group) Preparing for our Foodbank Partners Summit at La Casa De Maria in Montecito Oct 21st Preparing for our Impact Departments […]

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    The BEET: Meet Rhianna King, RD

    Rhianna King is a clinical registered dietitian at Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, and works with cancer patients at the Mission Hope Cancer Center to provide appropriate nutritional counseling, information and recommendations. She currently serves as the Clinical Nutrition Manager at Marian. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University in 2009 with a […]

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    The BEET: The Power of Fruits and Vegetables

      Fruits and Vegetables in the News We’ve all seen the news that eating fruits and vegetables helps us in all aspects of our lives. It seems like every day, studies emerge linking fruit and vegetable consumption to overall health and vitality like below:     Fruits and Vegetables are linked to reducing your risk […]

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    20 Ways to Enjoy More Fruits and Vegetables

    Building a healthy plate is easy when you make half your plate fruits and vegetables. It’s also a great way to add color, flavor and texture plus vitamins, minerals and fiber. All this is packed in fruits and vegetables that are low in calories and fat. Make 2 cups of fruit and 2 ½ cups […]

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