Farmers markets are one of the oldest forms of small marketing by farmers and are growing in local communities. A farmers market usually consists of a group of farmers and vendors who come together to sell their products. Products consist of fruits, vegetables, meats, breads, baked goods, bath products and more! The location is usually a public place such as a park or parking lot and typically occurs once a week.
Why should you go to a farmers market instead of just driving up the street to the grocery store? Farmers markets have many positive qualities and here are some reasons why you should get out to your local farmers market today!
Becky Handley, UMD Dietetic Intern
With the weather warming up and Memorial Day just around the corner, it's the perfect time to start taking control of your health and adding more physical activity into your daily schedule. The Centers for Disease Control recommend adults ages 18 and older should aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day to help say healthy and lower your risk of chronic diseases (1).
Not sure where to start? Think local! There are many free, exciting indoor and outdoor activities that are fun for friends and family right around your neighborhood.
By Emily Glass, UMD Dietetic Intern
Our bodies need proteins to survive! But did you know we can get proteins from more than just meat! Looking to try something new? Are you vegetarian or vegan? When choosing plant based proteins, it is important to plan your meals to make sure you are getting complete proteins. Meats contain all 9 essential amino acids. Where as, beans and legumes are often incomplete and must be paired with other food items. Make sure you are always getting the most out of your meals.
By Lauren Incarnato, Student Nutritionist
One of the hardest adjustments in college is learning how to work out your meals. Whether it be that you are a picky eater, have difficulty finding time to eat, or just are unsure of what foods to eat overall, an all you care to eat dining plan gives you a lot of freedom. Sometimes it can get a little overwhelming and you may find yourself stacking foods onto your plate, eating a meal lacking in fruits and vegetables and filled with fried foods and carbs. One great tip that will assist you in eating a more well balanced meal is to aim for a colorful plate. Whether it be in the dining hall or out to eat, a colorful plate leads to a more well balanced diet.
By Kelsey Felter, Dietetic Intern
On college campuses, in morning households, in business meetings or really anytime of day, it seems people’s beverage of choice usually is coffee. As a coffee addict myself, I always thought drinking coffee whenever I needed a pick-me up, a mid-day boost, or even a way to relax, would do the trick. However, I noticed that if my response to stress, tiredness, or just boredom was to drink coffee, that I would be drinking coffee all day! This is when I began looking into tea! I know. If you’re a fellow-coffee drinker like me, you are probably thinking “I would never switch from coffee to tea!” I’m not talking about completely switching from the coffee train to the tea train. I am talking about replacing a few cups of coffee with tea throughout the day. Certain types of tea have amazing nutritional benefits, some have caffeine if you need it, and others have less caffeine if you’re trying to lower your caffeine intake. There are so many teas out there it seemed like a daunting task of which kinds to pick. I decided to look into which kinds complement certain moods and BAM! I had the perfect recipe of teas!
Terps With Taste is run by the Student Nutritionist Team with University of Maryland Dining Services. We write content for students, by students. Enjoy!