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I <3 Veggies!

You are what you eat. So, eating healthful foods will definitely lead to you feeling better mentally, physically, and emotionally. This month, March, is National Nutrition Month..and BYL is teaming up with Dining Services for “I heart veggies”.

When it comes to eating vegetables (and fruits) at Tufts, it can be difficult. Prices of these items can be high, some may not taste great to you, they may not be easy to find outside of the dining halls, you may not know how to prepare them, and more. Thinking about eating more and finding ways to do so, however, will increase your intake. By eating more veggies and fruits, you’ll eat less of other foods that may not be as healthful and have a better overall diet.

Here are some ways to get more fruits and veggies in your diet:

  • Try adding a variety of fruits and vegetables as pizza toppings (broccoli, spinach, green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, zucchini, and pineapples, just to name a few).
  • Come to a BYL cooking class and learn how to prepare fruits and veggies.
  • Try crunchy vegetables instead of chips with your favorite low-fat salad dressing for dipping.
  • Instead of having two cups of ice-cream, have one cup of frozen fruits mixed with one cup of ice-cream to make it just as satisfying and a lot healthier.
  • Add veggies to pasta and rice dishes.

Other things to keep in mind during National Nutrition Month are:

More whole grains!

  • Try replacing your white rice with brown rice or even black, purple, red rice.
  • Try whole wheat bread instead of white bread.
  • Choose cereals with a whole wheat stamp on it, and a lot of them are tasty.

Switch to fat-free or low-fat dairy products

  • Fat-free milk and yogurt is more desirable than whole milk versions.
  • Low-fat version of frozen desserts could be as enjoyable as ice cream.

Be physically active your own way

By: Xuan Qin

Editor: Kate Sweeney

The Deal with Whole Grains

What are whole grains? How can you find out if a product has them? How do you cook them? Why are they so good for you?

Check out the video below for information on whole grains!!


Sign up for the Tufts CSA!!!

Are you interested in affordable, fresh picked local produce delivered to you on campus?

You are in luck! Tufts is hosting a pilot CSA during the Spring semester.

General interest meeting on Monday, January 30th at 9pm in Eaton 209!

What’s a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. This means that you buy a share
in a farm at the beginning of a season (in our case, the beginning of a semester) and
you get produce delivered to you here. Shareholders pick up weekly distributions of
fresh vegetables and fruit in a convenient place on the campus.

Who’s the farm?
We’ve chosen to work with Enterprise Farm in Hadley for a variety of reasons.
They are a local farm with experience and have delivered to other academic
organizations. They are willing to work with us during the school year, beyond the
New England growing season because they partner with other organic farms along
the Atlantic seaboard when New England fields are asleep. They are flexible and
willing to work with our academic schedule. You can visit their web site at:

How much does it cost and how much do I get?
You will be signing up for the entire spring semester. When you look at these numbers, think about your weekly grocery bill and what you won’t have to buy at the store. For more information on how much food this is, visit:
and see what the average share looks like here:

Spring Share: (through April 30th)
This features some Enterprise winter produce as well as aggregated produce from
local as well as small organic sister farms up and down the East Coast.
Small (1-2 people): $288 total
Medium (2-3 people): $372 total
Large (4-5 people): $504 total

How do I take advantage of this incredible opportunity?
If you are ready to sign up now, fill out this spreadsheet and you will be contacted with further information about payment and registration. This form is only for people who are committed to purchasing a share. The deadline to sign up is Friday, February 3rd.
Sign up here:

If you have any questions please feel free to email:

Thanks all!

Get Fit with Gift Cards, Hit the Slopes, Nutrition Talk Radio, and More!

The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy publishes an online newspaper, which includes lots of great information including research topics, nutrition basics, fitness tips, and restaurant reviews.

Check out their latest issue here!!

Poaching Eggs in the Microwave

Do you know how to cook an egg in the microwave? Believe it or not, it is actually pretty easy and requires little time and money for ingredients. You can make them in your dorm room! Check out the video below to learn about eggs and how to cook them in the microwave.


Video done by: Maxine Builder and Kate Sweeney