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8 tips to help keep your heart healthy over the holidays

Holidays can be difficult for people trying to limit saturated fats and sodium as part of a heart-healthy diet. Our dietitian offers tips to help get you through the holidays without compromising heart-healthy goals.

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Oatmeal walnut cookies

These heart-healthy cookies are sure to wow your guests this holiday season and all year long.

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Say no to raw dough: Why you shouldn't eat cookie dough

It might be hard to hear, but eating raw cookie dough is something we should avoid this holiday season. A pediatrician at UC Davis Children's Hospital explains why it's bad for children and adults.

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Chipotle mashed sweet potatoes

This quick and simple recipe for chipotle mashed sweet potatoes is perfect as a side dish for your holiday dinner.

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Farm-to-Fork

Hospital food ranks with 2 Sacramento restaurants on national list

You’d probably never think of hospital food receiving the same high marks as two well-regarded Sacramento restaurants. Think again. Our food staff has earned a national ranking on the Good Food 100 Restaurants list.

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Apple crumble

Check out this healthy twist on a traditional and delicious dessert.

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Light pumpkin pie

One of the most popular holiday treats — pumpkin pie — is often loaded with saturated fat and cholesterol. With adjustments, everyone can enjoy this traditional dessert.

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8 easy tips for healthy holiday eating

On average, Americans gain 1-2 pounds over the holidays. Fortunately, there are several ways to avoid the dreaded holiday weight gain while also enjoying the holidays.

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Does decaf coffee actually have caffeine?

Ever want to enjoy the taste of coffee without the energy buzz? Well, if you normally reach for the decaf coffee, you may want to check out what our specialist says about caffeine in decaf.

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Spicy pumpkin soup with green chili swirl

If you're looking for a fall-inspired dish to warm you up inside, look no further than this spicy pumpkin soup.

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Why 'ugly produce' may be a good option for you

Grocery stores have a very high standard of aesthetic look for their produce, which some items don’t always meet. However, some food delivery services are working to reduce waste.

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6 ways to cook with pumpkin and spice up your fall

Pumpkins are most often thought of as fall decorations to carve into cute or scary jack-o'-lanterns. But take a look at how you can use pumpkin to make delicious, nutritious and enjoyable dishes.

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Farm-to-Fork

An apple a day: How Apple Hill brings farm-fresh produce to UC Davis Health

Apple Hill is a popular Northern California spot in the fall, but we often forget that the dozens of El Dorado County farms and ranches supply produce to many restaurants and grocery stores across the region.

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Healthy and creative Halloween tricks and treats for your kids

To help keep your children safe, UC Davis Health pediatrician Daphne Darmawan offers some tips to help ensure a healthy Halloween for you and your family.

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Spotlight shines on healthy, local hospital food at Farm-to-Fork Festival

The 2019 Farm-to-Fork Festival was a success for UC Davis Health's Food and Nutrition Services, which played a major role in the weekend of events in downtown Sacramento.

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Personalized diets: One size does not fit all

Diet fads come and go, but precision medicine at UC Davis Health aims to tailor eating plans for each person based on many factors such as health concerns, current treatments and goals.

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Roasted sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts

Get your fill of veggies with this yummy dish, courtesy of our Executive Chef Santana Diaz and the Food and Nutrition team.

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10 foods to eat and avoid during pregnancy

Expecting mothers should consume more vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to help a fetus’ growth and development. However, there are some foods pregnant women should avoid.

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Spicy kale and white bean ragout

Try this delicious ragout with local ingredients, which is the same recipe we serve in our hospital kitchen.

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Dietitian dishes on how to eat healthy as you age

Good nutrition is a vital part of healthy aging. Eating a healthy, balanced diet reduces the risk of age-related chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, obesity, and osteoporosis.

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Roasted pear salad

This refreshing salad comes from the UC Davis Health kitchen, courtesy of Executive Chef Santana Diaz and the Food and Nutrition Services team.

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Farm-to-Fork

How UC Davis Health chefs prepare for Sacramento's Farm-to-Fork Festival

Our Executive Chef Santana Diaz and his team have been working hard preparing for the big events around the state Capitol in Sacramento. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the preparation for this major food event.

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Are school lunches really important for your kid’s health?

Two of our pediatricians discuss the importance of school lunches and teaching children healthy eating habits. You can also listen to this on their podcast Kids Considered.

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Your guide to healthy seafood and why you should eat more

A clinical dietitian at UC Davis Health believes seafood plays an important role in our diet. In this blog, he offers some nutritional facts and advice for buying, cooking and eating seafood.

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Chopped salad with salmon

Looking for a delicious salad to switch up your normal routine? This salad, by a UC Davis Health registered dietitian, is perfect for a midday snack.

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Health benefits of tea and its effects on obesity

Tea is one of the most-consumed beverages. Yet it's among the least studied. A researcher and professor at UC Davis Health recently published research findings on the health benefits of tea.

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Farm-to-Fork

Our hospital's new fall menu is unlike any hospital food you've tasted

It's no secret that our Executive Chef Santana Diaz and his talented team at Food and Nutrition Services are taking traditional hospital food and turning it on its head.

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Is fruit juice bad for you and your children?

Two pediatricians tackle the topic of fruit juice and whether or not it's good to feed to your children (and to drink yourself).

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It's a gut feeling: Tips for good gut health

All food is ultimately broken down in the gut into a simple form that can enter the bloodstream and be delivered as nutrients in our bodies. See which foods keep your gut happy.

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9 grilling tips to help avoid BBQ health dangers

Many studies have shown that grilling can lead to a variety of carcinogens in meat. Before cooking your favorite meats, check out these nine tips to a safe and healthy barbecued meal.

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Farm-to-Fork

Dietetic interns teach kids about healthy summer meals

UC Davis Health dietetics interns helped kick off the Summer Meals Program for students at the 2nd annual Picnic at the Capitol.

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Are meatless burgers healthier or just hype?

Meatless burgers have become a popular food craze lately. With the increased demand for more vegan menu options, we wondered – does meatless mean healthier? A senior dietitian weighs in.

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Do it for the patients: Sous chef's Instagram stuns with hospital food photos

Jet Aguirre, executive sous chef for UC Davis Health, has a drool-worthy Instagram that showcases his team's hard work and expertise.

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Farm-to-Fork

Shop local, fresh this summer at UC Davis Health's Farmers Market in Sacramento

The UC Davis Health Farmers Market in Sacramento is a perfect place to find things like farm-fresh produce, artisan baked goods, kombucha, locally prepared foods and other specialty items.

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Celebrating new moms with delicious and healthy Mommy Meals

Our Mommy Meals program was designed to deliver a delicious and healthy meal to new moms and their partners as they welcome a bundle of joy into the world.

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Feeding 7,000? Our staff did it with sustainable local food

Executive Chef Santana Diaz and his staff prepared 13,500 farm-to-fork meals for patients and staff in one day! How did they do it? Read more to find out.

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Cooking farm-to-fork meals for thousands takes strategic planning, teamwork

Our Executive Chef Santana Diaz walks you through how he and his team prepare to feed a tasty meal to thousands using local and sustainable ingredients from Northern California.

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Helpful plant-based diet tips for cancer survivors (and everyone)

In honor of National Cancer Survivors Day, one of our senior dietitians at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center offers great insights into the benefits of eating a plant-based diet.

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Farm-to-Fork

We're changing hospital food one local and fresh meal at a time

We're working to change the perception of hospital food through our locally sourced menu options that are good foods for healing and overall health.

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A cancer dietitian's guide to healthy foods for cancer patients

For cancer patients, eating right is crucial for treatment. A senior clinical dietitian at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center helps decipher misinformation and explains eating plans for cancer patients.

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Farm-to-Fork

UC Davis Health is 1st hospital in US to win seafood sustainability award

Hospital food isn't something most people associate with healthy and sustainable, but our kitchen is now the first hospital to be designated a James Beard Foundation Smart Catch Leader.

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Health benefits of cottage cheese vs. yogurt: Are we missing something?

Cottage cheese is probably not the first thing most of us reach for in the grocery store's refrigerator aisle, but maybe it should be, according to a UC Davis professor of food science and technology.

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Celery juice: Are the benefits real?

As part of the juicing trend, celery juice has become a popular health craze throughout the nation. Marie Barone, senior dietitian at UC Davis Health, explores if there are health benefits to drinking celery juice.

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Top 15 healthy foods you should be eating

With the abundance of information on new superfoods that will change your life, how do you know what's actually good for you? Check out the top 15 foods you should be eating, according to our experts.

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Are organic foods really healthier? Two pediatricians break it down

Organic foods continue to increase in popularity across the U. S. with many believing eating organic is better for health. Two UC Davis Health pediatricians discuss if eating organic is worth it.

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Snack Recipes

Jalapeño cilantro hummus

Gather up some fresh ingredients for an easy-to-make and healthy after-work snack.

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Snack Recipes

Chipotle pickled carrots

These chipotle pickled carrots can be a great healthy snack by themselves, or you can incorporate them in other dishes like salads.

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