Danielle Ferguson, Dietetic Intern
Fall is finally here! Between the leaves changing, the pumpkin pictures, the cozy weather, and all of the amazing foods that come with a season like this, what’s not to love?! As we know, pumpkin usually sits in the food spotlight this time of year, but I think it’s time to give some other seasonal fruits and veggies a little recognition. Let’s take a look at what some of these other foods are! (Bonus: eating seasonal, local foods can be more nutritious, contribute to your local economy, and help your wallet too!)
By Danny Turner, UMD Dietetic Intern
Successful athletes know that they need to eat well to perform at high level, and to recover from their intense training routines. Even if you’re just hitting the gym a couple times a week and doing your own thing, knowing some basics about what and when to eat can give you more energy for your workouts, and help you reach your fitness goals sooner.
Below you’ll find general guides for what your pre- and post-workout meals should look like. Remember, if you find another way that works better for you, go for it. Everyone is different, after all.
The leaves are falling, the air finally feels cool, pumpkins are popping up on doorsteps, Halloween is just around the corner and apple picking season is in full swing.
For those of us who grew up in the Northeast, nothing symbolizes fall quite like apple picking. Every year thousands of families dress in jeans and flannels, drive out to a local orchard, hunt through the fields for the best looking fruit (filling bushels along the way) and eventually take that first, crunchy bite into a well-shined apple.
But is that an option in Maryland? Further south, away from home, with hours of studying to be done?
Apart from being a great way to celebrate the beauty and fresh fruit of fall, apple picking is also a perfect way to destress during midterm season. Walking around outside for just an hour or two can make a drastic difference in your physical and mental well-being, according to a study published by Harvard Medical School. Time outdoors increases your vitamin D levels (needed for bone health), improves your mood and helps you concentrate later on in the day (so it really will benefit your studying!).
Apple picking will also fill your pockets and dorm room shelves with the perfect study snack. Filled with fiber and enough sweetness to please the taste buds, apples will stave off hunger longer than most packaged snacks.
So before it's too late, grab your flannel, friends and car keys and head for orchards. Pick away!
By Adam Sachs, Dietetic Intern
In the early fall months just as the leaves are changing color, many local farmers are about to have one of their largest harvests of the year. Fall fruits and vegetables are in abundance this time of year, and eating in season produces is one of the best ways to ensure you are eating reality local, but also saving money in the process! many types of Fall produce are full of nutrients, but also have a much longer shelf life than a lot of summer fruits and vegetables. There are a ton of great option for you to choose from that aren't just pumpkins and sweet potatoes...so let's take a look.
By Adam Sachs, Dietetic Intern
Whether it's a coffee, espresso, tea, soda, chocolate or energy drinks, everyone is getting their caffeine fix somehow. I'm sure you have heard all kinds of information about caffeine and its affects on the body, both positive and negative. The truth is like most things, caffeine in moderation can be quite beneficial, but this of course all depends on where you are getting the caffeine from, your personal health history, and how much you are consuming every day.
Textbooks, water bottle, laptop, crackers, flashcards and a pack of cookies for good measure are tossed into backpacks across campus and carried to the library by thousands of students during midterm season. Late night study sessions and midnight runs for coffee and snacks become common and acceptable. Poor eating, sleeping and exercising habits are justified by the shear amount of work to be done, right?
Unfortunately, the facts are your body doesn't know that exam time is any different. Added sugars, caffeine and alcohol continue to have the same harmful effects whether it is exam week or not. Unhealthy habits can not only negatively affect your health and stress level, but also impact your exam performance.
So, how can you prevent this and still manage to pass your exams?
Start by taking control of your nutrition.
By Julia Werth, Dietetic Intern
You’ve left the dorm, signed a lease, gathered up some old, mismatched furniture and made a couple runs to target in search of pots, pans and random kitchen utensils that somehow didn’t make your initial packing list.
You get home from class, so happy to be removed from the hustle and bustle of campus, looking forward to a tasty dinner…but, now what?
There’s nothing but a few granola bars in your cabinet and you can’t just make a quick stop by South Campus Dining anymore. Eating out is expensive and time consuming, plus you have homework, club meetings and sports practice to get to. Suddenly, living off campus seems more stressful than your upcoming midterms.
Adam Sachs, Dietetic Intern
Apartment living is all fun and games until you have to buy and cook your own food. Going to the grocery store when used to be pretty fun when you didn’t have to worry about the food prices, the meals you are going to cook, limited fridge space, and of course trying to “eat healthy.” Sometimes it’s hard to even find the time to shop, much less cook meals during a schedule full of classes, studying and extracurricular. It makes you almost wish you were back on the student meal plan…but no, you’re strong, independent, and can totally handle this! Keep in mind these few things to get you on the right track at the grocery store!
Terps With Taste is run by the Student Nutritionist Team with University of Maryland Dining Services. We write content for students, by students. Enjoy!