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. 

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Please credit: “The Power of Cruciferous Vegetables” from Food as Medicine by Miller R, Weiland V, and Baldiviez LM. Released: 2019. Track 1. Genre: podcast.

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RECIPES

Original Recipes Used in Foodbank Programs!

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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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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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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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.

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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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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