Nutrition & Health Info

The Foodbank is pleased to provide the community with a growing collection of healthy, useful and fun nutrition & health resources.


    Original Recipes Used in Foodbank Programs!

    The BEET: Heirloom Tomato, Peach, and Basil Summer Salad

    At the Foodbank, we pride ourselves in teaching others the importance of and value in preparing seasonal recipes that nourish our body.  And late Summer time is all about sweet and juicy tomatoes and peaches.  The sweetness of the peach perfectly balances the acidity of the tomato, and lucky for us, they are both in season together.  […]

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    Butter Lettuce Nectarine Salad

    Ingredients 1/3 cup walnuts 5 cups butter lettuce or any type of lettuce 2 ripe nectarines, pitted and sliced 2 tbls bottled raspberry vinaigrette dressing Directions Add walnuts to a skillet placed over medium, high heat. Toast nuts until they start to deeply brown in spots and smell fragrant. Set aside. Wash and dry lettuce […]

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    Colorful Kale Salad

    Prep time: 10 minutes Serving size: 1 ½ cups Servings: 3 Tastes: 6 Ingredients 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar ½ teaspoon each salt and black pepper 4 cups finely chopped kale, tough ribs removed 2 cups finely chopped red cabbage 2 cups grated carrots 2 apples, grated with peels […]

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    Easy Split Pea Soup

    Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 2.5 spicy Italian sausages, uncooked and removed from casing 1 large yellow onion 1 ¾ cups split peas 6 cups chicken stock Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste In a large stock pot heat olive oil over medium heat, add the sausage, using a spatula to break […]

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    Spinach and Pear Smoothie

    Spinach and Pear Smoothie Serves 2 Ingredients 1 heaping cup of spinach leaves ½ cup of canned pears 1 banana 1 ½ cups of cold soy milk Directions Place ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

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    Hot and Spicy Edamame

    Edamame are highly nutritious and rich in bioactives (having activity in the body) compounds called isoflavones which makes this vegetable a functional food i.e. having a function beyond its basic nutritional value. Rich in amino acids, it is an economical source of protein and has the distinction of being the most complete of all vegetable […]

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    White Bean & Kale Soup

    White beans, also known as white navy beans, offer extraordinary health benefits. They are loaded with antioxidants and provide a good supply of detoxifying molybdenum, fiber and protein, and rank low on the glycemic index. They produce alpha-amylase inhibitors, which help regulate fat storage in the body. What’s more, white beans deliver a good supply […]

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    Good nutrition is all about making good choices.

    Guest Interview with Stephanie Sokolove

    Many of you have heard of the Table of Life Fundraiser that supports the Foodbank’s Feed the Future programs, a sequential series of programs created by the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County that fosters nutritional health and independence in children of all ages. This year, on October 5th, the Foodbank is thrilled and proud to […]

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    Local food bank receives thousands of pounds of fresh produce Sep 3, 2014 8:49 PM by KSBY Staff The extreme drought is impacting food banks that help hungry families across the state. In years past, Santa Barbara County Foodbank officials say a harvest surplus would allow donors to turn in bonus loads of produce, and that’s not happening this year because it’s so dry. But […]

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    The BEET: Meet Rhianna King, RD

    Meet Rhianna King, RD Rhianna King is a clinical registered dietitian at Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, and works with cancer patients at the Mission Hope Cancer Center to provide appropriate nutritional counseling, information and recommendations.  She currently serves as the Clinical Nutrition Manager at Marian.  She graduated from California Polytechnic State University […]

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    The BEET: The Power of Fruits and Vegetables

    Fruits and Vegetables in the News We’ve all seen the news that eating fruits and vegetables helps us in all aspects of our lives. It seems like every day, studies emerge linking fruit and vegetable consumption to overall health and vitality like below:     Fruits and Vegetables are linked to reducing your risk of […]

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    20 Ways to Enjoy More Fruits and Vegetables

    Building a healthy plate is easy when you make half your plate fruits and vegetables. It’s also a great way to add color, flavor and texture plus vitamins, minerals and fiber. All this is packed in fruits and vegetables that are low in calories and fat. Make 2 cups of fruit and 2 ½ cups […]

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