Posts Categorized: Healthy Eating

DC Desertification

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“Food deserts” are areas where it’s hard to find places to purchase or acquire affordable, healthy food. Surprisingly, this is a big problem in the Washington metro area. According to the Food Desert Locator, the northeast and southeast sections of the District of Columbia have many such areas. Food deserts are also prevalent in Montgomery… Read more »

All About Herbs: Growing with Clients in Falls Church

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Columbia Baptist Church recently hosted an All About Herbs Day during its regular Saturday distribution, in which volunteers worked with clients to plant basil, parsley and vegetable seeds. After utilizing the fresh herbs from the Crossroads Food Pantry to flavor their meals, clients were excited to finally grow their own. After the herbs were planted,… Read more »

Capital One Feeds Kids Over the Weekend in Ward 8

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It was a Thursday afternoon in March, and you could feel the excitement building as project coordinators from Capital One and the Capital Area Food Bank prepared the conference room for the second Weekend Bag Sponsorship packing event.  We walked through the room to ensure the stations were set up with the necessary supplies: tables… Read more »

Roasted Chickpeas

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Jodi Balis is Capital Area Food Bank’s Resident Dietitian This week’s recipe takes one type of bean (there are thousands of varieties), the chickpea, for a spin around the block. A staple among cultures around the world, these little protein wonders pair well with a variety of spices and adapt easily to cooking methods, which… Read more »

National Nutrition Month Gallery

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Jodi Balis is Capital Area Food Bank’s Resident Dietitian March was a delicious month… thanks to all those who submitted pics of their healthy meals! In sharing your take on what a healthy plate looks like, you have made our mouths water and have inspired food creativity. Enjoy some of the entries below, take them… Read more »

Giving for the Future

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Blog post submitted by Valessia Samaras, Senior Director of Major and Planned Gifts One of the new initiatives within the CAFB’s Development Department is an emphasis on planned giving.  You might be asking yourself “What is planned giving?”  Planned giving is visionary thinking.  It means that as a donor, you can help the food bank… Read more »

Tortilla Pizza

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Jodi Balis is Capital Area Food Bank’s Resident Dietitian What makes Eating Healthy on a Budget fun? Recreating and evolving your favorite recipes! The strategy: Start with food you know and like, and then tweak to incorporate whole grains, fruits and veggies, and protein to round out your plate. Take pizza for example. A food… Read more »

Growing Food in Containers

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The Capital Area Food Bank’s Healthy Eating department recently offered its first Food Growing A3 Workshop of the year – Small Space, Huge Harvest: Growing Food in Containers.  The course shows partner organizations that a lack of growing space does not have to be an obstacle to growing a bountiful harvest.  In fact, small space… Read more »

Sweet Potato, Apple, Onion Hash

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Jodi Balis is Capital Area Food Bank’s Resident Dietitian Some healthy and tasty eats are cooking up in the Food Bank Virtual Kitchen! This week, Volunteer Chef, Danielle Turner of Cooking Clarified cooked up a Sweet Potato, Apple, Onion Hash at the Top Shelf Training, to show partner agencies healthy and economical ways to prepare… Read more »