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Many frozen vegetables come ready to cook in a microwaveable steam bag, which is a safe, nutritious, making this an easy way to include more veggies in your diet. Photo by Amanda Blake, contributor

Microwaving Nutritiously and Safely

Amanda Blake May 4, 2014

Microwave ovens cook food by converting electrical power into waves of electromagnetic energy with a frequency similar to radio waves. However, microwaves are more narrowly focused and oscillate at...

The Incredible Edible Egg

Amanda Blake April 24, 2014

During the 1990’s, dietary cholesterol became associated with the increasing prevalence of cardiovascular disease, which today remains the number one cause of death in the United States. The egg contains...

A farmers market may be headed to a campus near you

A farmer’s market may be headed to a campus near you

Amanda Blake April 4, 2014

In 2010, the CSUN Marilyn Magaram Center (MMC) for Food Science, Nutrition, and Dietetics investigated bringing a farmers market to the CSUN campus. Logistical hurdles being what they were, a partnership...

The nutrition facts label gets a makeover

The nutrition facts label gets a makeover

Amanda Blake March 28, 2014

How often do you read the "Nutrition Facts" label before making a choice about what to eat? The purpose of the nutrition facts label is to help consumers make healthier choices. You may opt for a brand...

Six Kitchen Essentials (with more uses than one)

Amanda Blake March 13, 2014

Applesauce – A cup of unsweetened applesauce makes a great portable snack, but applesauce can add a dollop of nutrition to baked goods as well. Replace a cup of sugar with one cup of applesauce, while...

Taking it to the streets, the burgeoning expansion of food vendors

Amanda Blake March 7, 2014

In 2010, Los Angeles Department of Public Health began regulating food trucks, which are required to post a letter grade in their window just like restaurants. Any truck grading less than a C is taken...

Eating more veggies is easier than you think

Amanda Blake February 26, 2014

As a nutrition student, I am commonly asked, “What is the worst thing you can eat?” I like to turn that question on its head and tell people about the best food they can eat. Vegetables top my list...

Ask a nutritionist: What’s in beer, and is it good for me?

Amanda Blake February 20, 2014

What is beer?  Beer is made from four ingredients: water, barley, hops and yeast. Barley seeds must be malted and mashed, processes that convert the starchy grain into a sugary syrup. The syrup, or mash,...

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