Food as Medicine

Food as Medicine at the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is a free, community-based education series presenting evidence-based nutrition and food information. Professional nutritionists, consultants, and dietitians share scientific findings, practical food preparation tips and tricks, and prepared recipe tastings. Food as Medicine sessions highlight healthful properties of food that are less commonly discussed in main stream media platforms. We focus on the unique benefits found in fresh fruits and vegetables and the role they have in healing the body or maintaining health while discussing the availability of these foods. 

If you can’t attend the live program, check out our free podcast series and informational packets below!

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The podcast series, Food as Medicine: A Podcast for a Healthier You, is also available for free on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, and Spotify. 

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Informational Packets

Learn about how to maximize the nutritious benefits you receive from common vegetables and why certain vegetables have special, super health boosting properties. Delicious, nutritionist-approved recipes included!

Cruciferous Veggies

Learn about the importance of maintaining healthy digestion and easy changes to make to your diet to help you do so. Delicious, nutritionist-approved recipes included!

Digestion Connection

 

 

 


See the articles below for a curated collection of nutrition news, recipes, and information to help you navigate healthful eating. 

RECIPES

Original Recipes Used in Foodbank Programs!

Green Peanut Butter Smoothie

Skill Level: Easy Prep Time: 5 min Serves: 2 Smoothies can be a healthy way to start your day, but when eating breakfast you want to consume something that will give you long lasting energy. While fruit contains lots of important vitamins and nutrients, smoothies made of only fruit can leave you feeling hungry. Fruit […]

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Thai Peanut Sauce

    Skill Level: Intermediate Prep Time: 5 min  Cook Time: 5 min Add to noodles, veggies, chicken or tofu! Adapted from: https://www.recipetineats.com/thai-chicken-satay-peanut-sauce/   Ingredients: 3/4 cup PEANUT BUTTER 2 tbs RED CURRY PASTE 3/4 can COCONUT MILK 2 tbs HONEY 2 tsp SOY SAUCE 1 tsp SALT 2 tbs APPLE CIDER VINEGAR 3/4 cup […]

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West African Peanut Stew

    We tend to think of peanut butter as a classic American snack food, but it’s not just a snack; it’s an international staple! Peanut butter is a great source of plant-based protein, unsaturated fat and complex carbohydrate fiber, which makes it a great a snack and fantastic base for a meal to nourish […]

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No-bake Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Energy Balls

    Skill Level: Kid Friendly Prep Time: 15 min Makes : 12 We love peanut butter because it’s filling and energy-dense.  It’s a great source of plant-based protein, unsaturated fat and complex carbohydrate fiber.  These are the optimal kinds of protein, fat and fiber.  These no-bake peanut butter and oatmeal energy balls are the […]

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Food as Medicine: An Easy-to-Digest Podcast for a healthier you.

If you missed our Food as Medicine Lesson on cruciferous vegetables, have no fear! We have turned the information into a bite-sized podcast, so you can learn about making nutritious choices wherever you are. Feel free to download and distribute to your friends! About the Food as Medicine Program: Food as Medicine at the Foodbank […]

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Vibeke’s Simple Arugula Salad (that her kids love)

This recipe comes from Vibeke Weiland, the chair of our board and also a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner practicing at Santa Barbara Wellness for Life in Santa Barbara. This is a simple recipe that she and her kids love! With it’s simple ingredients and little-assembly-required technique, it’s the perfect way to add kid-friendly cruciferous veggies to […]

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Irina’s Sweet & Sticky Brussels Sprouts

Back to Crucifers! We just can’t get enough of them. They’re so important for a healthy diet, AND extremely tasty and versatile. Check back for a new recipe each week! Irina’s Sweet & Sticky Brussels Sprouts Ingredients: • 2 pounds cleaned Brussels sprouts, cut in half • Olive oil or avocado oil • salt to […]

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Food as Medicine: Cruciferous Veggies

What’s a crucifer?! It’s not as scary as it sounds, we promise. A crucifer is simply the name of a category of plants that have 4 leaves in an “X” shape. While they’re fairly common vegetables, like broccoli, kale, and brussels sprouts, most people have no idea of the enormous health benefits that these veggies […]

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Easy Ways to Incorporate More Fruits and Vegetables Into Your Diet

We all know that eating fruits and vegetables is healthy, but sometimes we end up thinking of it as a chore and it can become unappealing. But it doesn’t have to be! Although it can be daunting to try and tackle cooking a food that you’ve never eaten before, such as kale or Japanese sweet […]

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This week’s featured fruit is the persimmon! Seasonal to fall, persimmons usually abundant in our warehouses from September to October. Persimmons are a delicious fall fruit and are a powerhouse of nutrients and phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are non-nutritive substances found in fruits and vegetables that provide protective properties when consumed. Some of these phytochemicals include flavonoids, […]

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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.

The Wonder of Peanut Butter

We’re kicking off the New Year by collecting a precious resource: peanut butter! Well actually, all nut butters! January 24th is National Peanut Butter day and this staple is something we can’t collect fast enough.  It’s an item that’s in demand from all members of the community we serve, from kids to seniors and everyone […]

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Food as Medicine: An Easy-to-Digest Podcast for a healthier you.

If you missed our Food as Medicine Lesson on cruciferous vegetables, have no fear! We have turned the information into a bite-sized podcast, so you can learn about making nutritious choices wherever you are. Feel free to download and distribute to your friends! About the Food as Medicine Program: Food as Medicine at the Foodbank […]

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The Power of Nose-to-Tail Eating

Meat is a great source of protein, but can also be very expensive. However, there are incredibly healthful ways of eating meat that don’t have to break budget, and that are more environmentally friendly than the most common options. By eating organ meats, we are ingesting a wider variety of nutrients and adding a variety […]

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Irina’s Sweet & Sticky Brussels Sprouts

Back to Crucifers! We just can’t get enough of them. They’re so important for a healthy diet, AND extremely tasty and versatile. Check back for a new recipe each week! Irina’s Sweet & Sticky Brussels Sprouts Ingredients: • 2 pounds cleaned Brussels sprouts, cut in half • Olive oil or avocado oil • salt to […]

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Using Food Prep to Make Healthier Choices

I was talking to my dad about some barriers that are faced when it comes to eating healthy. We have access to an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, and legumes all packed with health-promoting nutrients and yet we opt for microwaveable meals and packaged foods. Making our own food is the best […]

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Santa Barbara School District First In US To Axe Processed Meat

School lunches will be free of carcinogens such as hot dogs, bacon, and pepperoni The Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) is the first known school district in the US to remove processed meats from its lunch menus. Read full article here.   […]

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Food as Medicine: Cruciferous Veggies

What’s a crucifer?! It’s not as scary as it sounds, we promise. A crucifer is simply the name of a category of plants that have 4 leaves in an “X” shape. While they’re fairly common vegetables, like broccoli, kale, and brussels sprouts, most people have no idea of the enormous health benefits that these veggies […]

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Easy Ways to Incorporate More Fruits and Vegetables Into Your Diet

We all know that eating fruits and vegetables is healthy, but sometimes we end up thinking of it as a chore and it can become unappealing. But it doesn’t have to be! Although it can be daunting to try and tackle cooking a food that you’ve never eaten before, such as kale or Japanese sweet […]

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Pears Pears are tasty fall fruit in Santa Barbara County, but did you know they are also a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals? They are packed with  vitamins C and K, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and folate. Pears also contain phytonutrients that protect against certain diseases and cancers. For a quick, tasty treat, […]

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The blog is back in town! Meet Taylor Brower, our newest blog contributor. Taylor is an alumni of UC Santa Barbara where she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She is currently studying at University of Alabama to receive a second Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition to work toward becoming a Registered […]

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