Thursday, December 13, 2012

Finals Week and Holiday Eating Tips From Jean, UMD's Dietition

Jean our AWESOME dietitian has put together some fantastic guidelines for getting eating through stress during finals as week, which for many of us dovetails right into holiday celebrations.

Please remember that Jean is here for both staff and students. If you have questions about the food you are eating or need to be eating, she is a great resource.
Contact her at

A few things to consider for staying healthy and minimizeing your stress during finals 

Caffeine- try to limit your caffeine intake to less than 500 mg a day. 

Regular brewed coffee has between 95-200mg of caffeine depending on the brand. 
Typical 16 oz latte has 150mg
16oz Starbucks Coffee has 330mg -  Starbucks tends to be higher in caffeine than some other brands of coffee.
Black tea - 8oz has 14-61mg
Green tea - 8oz has 24-40mg

A JUDY INTERLUDE - consider drinking green tea. You can have more of it, it tends to have a steadier UP without the crash.  You can have more and gain the health benefits as well. 

Sleep- make an effort to get the recommended 7-9 hours a night.

Breaks & Physical Activity  - Anywhere exercise
Running stairs
Jogging in place/high knees
Jumping Jacks
Prop your foot up for deeper stretch

Triceps chair dips
Isometric Bicep hold
Back extensions
Crunch w/ twist
Hip flexor


Ring in the Holidays the Healthy Way
10 tips to indulge intelligently this season
Jean Rodvold, UMD Food Coach and Dietition

1.      Rethink Your Expectations
Is it true the average person gains 5 lbs between Thanksgiving & New Year’s Day? While many people do gain weight over the holidays, a study from 2000 showed the average person gains between ¾ to 1 lb. Although it was not the majority, 14% of those studied did gain 5 lbs or more. Holiday weight gain is one reason that weight creeps up from year to year. If you’re long range goal is to lose weight, consider weight maintenance over the holidays.

2.      Stay Active!
One of the keys to successful weight maintenance is physical activity. Make an effort to move every day and keep regular exercise patterns. Realize that some days you will not make it to the gym, instead of worrying, do what you can with the time you have – start a new family tradition by going sledding, cross country skiing, or having a snowball fight. It can be difficult while traveling, but get back to your regular exercise routine when you get home.

3.      Take Stock
Survey the entire table before digging in. Decide which foods are worth eating and which you can ignore. Why waste calories on food that does not bring you pleasure?

4.      Portion Size
You can still enjoy all of your holiday favorites, but remember to:
-      Take a smaller portion
-      Eat slowly & Savor the flavor of the season
-      Avoid going back for seconds!

5.      Eat Your Calories
Holiday beverages can be loaded with calories, fat, and sugar. Opt for water or sugar free beverages when possible. Indulge on your favorites, but sip a large glass of water between every alcoholic drink, non-alcoholic punch, or eggnog. This will help you stay hydrated and drink fewer calories by the end of the night.

6.      Splurge on Something Meaningful
We all have special foods that we look forward to this time of year. Choose to eat your favorite holiday treat or side dish, but ignore the foods you enjoy least or are available all year long. (Keeping tip 4 in mind!)

7.      Don’t be a part of the “Clean Plate Club”
The age old saying “clean your plate” is exactly that – OLD! Don’t feel like you have to clean your plate. Leave a few bites of everything and only eat until you are satisfied but not overly full. Scale your hunger from 1 to 10, with 1 being ravenous and 10 being overly stuffed. You should stop eating when you feel you are between a 6 & 7.

8.      Don’t Skip Meals
Skipping meals in order to “save up” for a big holiday dinner may actually cause you to overeat. Instead, on the day you plan to have a larger holiday meal:
-      Eat smaller meals around the larger one
-      Make the other meals healthier
-      Include vegetables, fruits & whole grains

9.      Be Courteous
When hosting, include lower-calorie dishes & foods. When you are a guest, bring along a lower calorie dish to share. Be courteous of everyone’s health goals.

10.    Enjoy Company
Ever notice how people tend to gravitate toward the buffet table? This holiday season rally the gang around the fireplace, living room, or anywhere else. Don’t hang out near the food. This will help you cut back on mindless holiday snacking. Focus on spending time with the people you care about. While food is an integral part of our holiday celebrations, let’s remember it is not the focal point.

Thank you Jean!
(Iinformation from Jean Rodvold -  UMD Food Coach and Dietition)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

WIN a Tshirt and Water Bottle. It is VERY Easy! Come to the health fair Dec 5th from 11-2

Enter a drawing for a reusable water bottle and a UMD sustainability T-Shirt.
Find us at the Health Fair Wednesday December 5th between 11-2
Fill out a short survey about water and enter to win!

Thursday we'll be showing TAPPED  a movie about the water bottle industry. at 6pm in the ballroom.

This is a great chance for you to learn and share your thoughts about...
- water filling stations in the dorms.  (Would you like to avoid those midnight runs in your jammies to grab some H2O?   Save a little money on bottled water?  Gain storage space under your bed?)
- bottled water om the UMD campus
- Your ideas and questions about transitioning to less bottled water on campus.)
- First 25 people get a free water bottles. 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Just Try It! - OR - Don’t Shoot Yourself in the Foot, Plus Other Tips to Take With You While You Eat This Holiday Season and Beyond.

I have heard countless people comment upon seeing a food item that is labeled, gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, etc. pass it up due to the label that somehow translates to them as… “That must taste bad”

I suggest a little more thought be placed around this decision.

Your steak, be it tenderloin, flank or chuck is wheat free, dairy free, egg free, peanut free, soy free, fish free.

Hershey’s kisses could wear a sign proudly announcing “gluten free”. Would this cause you to drop them and grab another bag?  (A marketing test I would LOVE to perform.)

Your apple, orange, mango, pea pods are all free of the big 8 allergens.

What are the big 8 allergens you ask?
Crustacean Fish
Tree nuts

Let’s not forget that most fudge and flourless chocolate is also gluten free. OH, what a CRIME to have missed that taste sensation with a poor judgment call to assume sand gluten = sans flavor.

The list goes on and on!

Keep these things in mind as you travel to parties and gatherings.  I promise you, you will be AMAZED at what sensitivity friendly taste treats are hiding out there to be discovered and enjoyed. If you are not someone that has had to deal with food sensitivities, you may find the various “frees” intimidating and perhaps feel as if they are a subtle warning to stay away.   They may just be the product of a very conscientious host.  Food sensitivities and allergies are on the rise at phenomenal rates. This is something you will likely see more often. Hosts and catering services are reaping the benefits of business with this extra effort.

That being said… use common sense when the plate of gluten free, dairy free, peanut free chocolate chip cookies contains a much smaller population than the regular “everything” cookie platter.  You may want to back off for the sake of ensuring the guests in need of food sensitivity friendly foods have had their fill.  (Have you seen the episode of How I Met Your Mother with Martian Short at Marshall and Lily's party? He plays a vegetarian. There were vegetarian egg rolls at the party but they were so good everyone else ate them and he had nothing left at the party to eat. It was NOT pretty.  Just something to consider!). This can be solved by confirming with the host or catering. And who knows, your consideration and awareness may pay off in impressing the person you have been desperately wanting to flirt with all evening!

There is a difference in being respectful and being persnickety and passing up the well labeled food due to new food fears. Don't shoot yourself in the foot!

Go forth and have a wonderful and delicious holiday season! 

Judy B. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Water -Save the dates! See a movie, participate in a discussion and share your thoughts and voice

Save the dates...

Tuesday December 4th
10 am -2 pm
Lake Superior Hall Lobby
Fill out a survey about access to drinking water in the dorms, bottled water and other dorm life topics and win a prize

Thursday December 6th
Watch Tapped - click to watch the trailer
Visit the movie website here
Discuss water, bottled water and our Duluth and UMD community

Editorial Reviews
Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig's debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water. From the producers of 'Who Killed the Electric Car' and 'I.O.U.S.A.,' this timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water. From the plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table. 

Keep your eye out for more information. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Enter a heart healthy recipe, support a good cause, win prizes!

To add a little incentive and community support to our previous recipe contest post...

SHAC (Student Health Advisory Committee)  has joined with The American Heart Association, UMD, and the College of St. Scholastica to help raise funds to bring a school in Duluth a teaching garden.

Please help us reach our goal!
Your simple act of submitting a heart healthy recipe will help make the cook book fantastic and help us raise money for the garden. 

What have you cooked lately?  Alone or with friends? A simple snack? a delicious meal?  Send it on in. Add your tips for making the recipe great, pictures if you have them and send them to...

Deadline for the cook book Tuesday November 13. 
Deadline for SHAC contest is Friday November 30

Bring 'm on...
Heart healthy
dorm friendly
ethnic (Feel free to include specific locations to get ingredients)
gluten free
super simple snacks
tips for dorm eating, shopping, cooking, eating healthy with a busy schedule, etc. 

Your name, email address, role in the community (student, faculty, staff, etc), recipe, if possible photo of food, and nutritional information ,spark has a recipe calculator (
Your submission could be published and by submitting your recipe you are giving your permission for publication

Learn More about the teaching garden


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Recipe Contest! Enter Your Healthy Recipe For College Cooking!

What have you cooked in your dorm room, with your friends, by yourself.
Share your successes and win prizes!
Send your healthy recipe entries to 

we also welcome dorm room friendly recipes, ethnic recipes, tips for eating healthy while in college both on and off campus. shopping tips.  Use your imagination and bring it on!

Have a recipe you want to try? GREAT! Try it tonight, tell us how it went and send a picture too! 

Look for the posters around campus.!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

MEET OUR FOOD COACH! Upcoming event and contact information

I'm very excited to introduce Jean Rodvold, UMD's Food Coach!
Far more than just a food coach Jean not only works to inform direction in Dining Services, she serving as a resource for staff, faculty and students.  If you have a question about your food here at UMD, what is in it, both ingredients as well as nutritional details, or maybe you would like some nutritional advice and guidance around your specific diet Jean is a fantastic resource. 
Having the chance to meet and work with Jean I can honestly say she is a great addition to UMD. She has already done great work that is not evident to the naked eye. She is a driving force in expediting having nutritional information available more readily and easily for all of us. She has made small but significant changes such as moving the gluten free bread from a bin in the sandwich bar to its own separate container off to the side.

Jean's bio and contact information is below. 
First... details about a free event providing a perfect opportunity to meet Jean and gain helpful information supporting our eating through the stress surviving finals week and the holidays.  And, let's be honest here... who couldn't use a boost around that time that has us feeling good and our brains at optimal capacity. When all systems are go and on full throttle keeping our nutritional support in place helps minimize the highs and lows keeping us consistently energized as well as smarter!
 "Eat Through Stress"
Monday December 3rd
Garden Room
Join us to talk about eating healthy during FINALS WEEK and through the holidays!!

Please join us!

Jean Rodvold, UMD Food Coach

Jean received her B.S. degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She completed her dietetic internship at the Mayo Clinic, Mayo School of Health Sciences in Rochester, MN. She worked as a Dietetic Technician at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN for two years before joining the University of Minnesota Duluth. She enjoys running in her spare time and is a self-proclaimed foodie.

Jean provides nutrition related expertise within both Dining Services and the UMD Employee Wellness Program. Her services are free to students under the Division of Student Life. UPlan members are able to schedule appointments with her under the Health Coaching Program.

Contact Jean with any nutrition related questions at (218) 726-8345 or
Check out Dining Services Nutrition website for nutrition, health and wellness resources, as well as information to help you eat well on campus,
For more information about the UMD Employee Wellness Program, visit

Welcome Jean!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy and safe halloween candy eating. Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free, Vegan, more candy information.

Hope you are having a fantastic Halloween!
If you or someone you know has food sensitivities or a limited diet it can be a challenging day. Reading each wrapper, avoiding most available food all together.

Below are several lists compiled by various websites to help guide your food needs.

Safe Gluten Free Halloween Candy
This site has a green for go, red for stop and yellow for be cautious division of candies.

Recipe: Raw Chocolate Hazelnut CheesecakeOr, you could just forget the candy and make your own. This looks DELICIOUS!
Recipe: Raw Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake
Click on the link for full recipe.

Enjoy and safe treating!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The "Green Goblin" - An easy green smoothie recipe

It being the month of Halloween as well as the month of FOOD DAY our consciousness around our food may be heightened. I thought a recipe for "THE GREEN GOBLIN" smoothie would be appropriate. A little celebration of the holiday mixed with a dose of fruits and veggies.

A few notes on the smoothie making process...
If you have a less powerful blender you might try cutting the oranges into smaller chunks. Or, you can exchange them for a different fruit. 
Another blender tip. Try using milk (dairy, almond, coconut, hemp, hazelnut, sesame, what ever is your favorite or you are adventurous enough to try) along with or instead of yogurt. It sometimes helps to put the liquid ingredients in with the spinach first, in my experience, and get that chopped up and in a puree form. Then adding the fruits.
Using fresh fruits is wonderful however frozen works great to. 
Experimenting with a recipe by changing things up can add variety of taste and nutrients. 
I have added Kale and other greens to a smoothie and have been amazed at how it doesn't overpower the sweetness and good taste

From the Two Peas and Their Pod blog
Green Smoothie "The Green Goblin"

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
This simple Green Smoothie is a great way to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet. I promise it is delicious and nutritious!


1 large orange, peeled and segmented
1/2 of a large banana, cut into chunks
6 large strawberries
2 cups spinach
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt (I use Chobani 0%)
1 cup ice


1. Put all of the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.
Note-I use our Blendtec Blender which is a very powerful machine. Make sure you use a powerful blender that will puree the orange, spinach, ice, etc. I like to store one serving of the smoothie in the freezer for later. Pour in an air-tight container and freeze. Make sure you take the smoothie out of the freezer about 30 minutes before you want to drink it. You can also store the smoothie in the refrigerator.

A few ADDITIONALnotes on the smoothie making process from Judy...
·        If you have a less powerful blender you might try cutting the oranges into smaller chunks. Or, you can exchange them for a different fruit.  
·        Another blender tip. Try using milk (dairy, almond, coconut, hemp, hazelnut, sesame, what ever is your favorite or you are adventurous enough to try) along with or instead of yogurt. It sometimes helps to put the liquid ingredients in with the spinach first, in my experience, and get that chopped up and in a puree form. Then adding the fruits. 
·        Using fresh fruits is wonderful however frozen works great to.  
·       Experimenting with a recipe by changing things up can add variety of taste and nutrients.
·       I have added Kale and other greens to a smoothie and have been amazed at how it doesn't overpower the sweetness and good taste.


Monday, October 15, 2012

100% beef or Bread Crumb/gluten Containing Patties.

Curious about the burger patty you are getting at the Burger Hub and Dining Center?
Need to avoid gluten?

As of today...
The new 100% beef, no gluten, 90/10 burger patties that Dining Services has been using the last few weeks will, as of now, no longer be available. Due to customer comment Dining services is going back to the "Cloud" burger which contains bread crumb/gluten fillers.  

If you are in need of a gluten free burger at the Burger Hub or would just like a 100% beef patty.
When you are at the burger hub you will need to order a grass fed beef patty. If you need a gluten free bread choice you will need to specify that as well.

We will do our best to keep you updated of additional changes.

We welcome your feedback, comments and questions.
Thank you!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

RETRACTION... For those with whwat or gluten sensivities, allergies, etc.

For those who need to eat gluten free...
Please be aware that there may be changes with the beef patties in the Burger Hub and the Dining Center. There may be a change away from the 100% beef patties back to the previously used meat patties with gluten/bread crumb filler.  Or possibly something different however we are not aware of what that will be for sure at this time.

Please refrain from eating the hamburger patties or be sure to ask to see a manager who can check the packaging before you consume.

Thank you very much and we are very sorry for the confusion or any discomfort.

Do remember their are grass fed 100% beef burgers in the Center Court restaurant. 

Be well... 

Friday, October 5, 2012

FOOD DAY at UMD - Event list

The Official FOOD DAY is October 24th. UMD however has done even better and given us events all month long.
Check out this link for the events at UMD and in the area.
What IS FOOD DAY you ask? They are listed on the link above but here they are.

What is Food Day?
Food day is: Healthy + Sustainable + Affordable + Fair

Food Day Goals
  • Food day works to promote safer, healthier diets
  • Support sustainable and organic farms
  • Reduce hunger
  • Reform factory farms to protect the environment and animals
  • Support fair working conditions for food and farm workers
There are some amazing events.
Apple Orchard Expo
Workshops and cooking demos
Viewing of FRESH, the movie
Dr. Kuross (Click for Video from local news story) from Essentia Health is speaking at UMD
Events helping support people finding their way to making big or small changes towards their eating goals.
Check out the event list here.

Please join us for any or all of these fantastic events.
Happy food day-month!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Where's The 100% beef patty you ask? NOW at Burger Hub.

UMD Dining services has confirmed that the burger served in the Burger Hub at the UMD food court is NOW 100% beef!
No more gluten fillers in your Burger Hub hamburger patty!   This is a huge win for the gluten intolerant!
There is a size and shape difference that you will notice from the old burger as well.

Don't forget, the Center Court Restaurant is a 100% grass fed burger and also gluten free!

I am waiting for absolute confirmation on which hamburger is used in the Dining Center... so, more to come!

Please pass along to those in your life who have celiac, gluten intolerance, gluten allergies, paleo diet consuming, etc.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Avacado. A wonderful healthy fat. How do I pick a good one and store it properly to get the most from my purchase?

If you like avocados, yet are concerned about not eating them before they get too ripe or go bad. Or maybe you are not sure how to store or cut them. Here are 2 videos you might find helpful for dorm or apartment living.  (Salsa and guac party anyone?)

Avocado's are great on their own, in a sandwich and so many other wonderful ways.

The first video is about storing it with onions. Notice he stores the half with the pit. 

Some people also use a lemon or sprinkle the remaining avocado with lemon juice to keep the color fresh.

This second video takes you through choosing, speeding and slowing the ripening process as well as slicing and longer term storing suggestions.



Thursday, September 13, 2012

Not sure what you can eat at UMD?

If you have a particular food you need to avoid, I welcome your challenge to help you find options at UMD.  
Email me at

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

EVENT - Health Services' open house Sept 13 from 11-1

Health Services building and parking lot

Thursday September 13th from 11 - 1

If you have a chance to make the mini trek up to the health services building you will not only be rewarded with information about the various services Health Services has to offer at UMD, both physical and mental. You will also be treated to veggie burgers and hot dogs.

Health Services is just up the hill from Lake Superior Hall next to Heaney Hall

**This is an outside event and is weather dependent. Rain date will likely be Friday Sept 14.
UMD health services -

Saturday, September 1, 2012

UMD Farm video

Hi all!
For those of you who were at the Bulldog Welcome Week presentation today. As well as those who were not.  The sound was not playing properly.  As promised, here is the link to the You Tube video about the UMD farm made when it was just starting back up a few years ago.

More information will be available on future posts about the farm. 
It has grown so much from the time of this video.

Thank you to Randy Hanson, and many other staff, faculty and students who have seen the vision and put so much time, effort, sweat, and more into the Sustainable Agriculture Project.

The farm has given UMD dining services 4400 pounds of food last year served at UMD. It will be exciting to see where that number will reach at the end of the 2012/2013 school year.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Welcome to UMD Food News! A short introduction -

Hello and welcome!

As stated above the goal of UMD Food News is to have a space where up-to-date information about UMD Dining Services can be shared. 

Some examples:
Fresh foods from the UMD farm or other local farms that are being served and when
New items that are being offered
Events related to food

Food sensitivity friendly options
Suggestions and information for those with food allergy, food sensitivity concerns or other diet restrictions
Sustainability, particularly around food, will be included here as well

This is very new and will take a much more solid and complete form very shortly.

Book mark this page or join our mailing list for up to date information as it is posted.

Thank you!

Judy B.