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Healthy Holidays

Check out these healthy eating tips for the holidays!

Healthy Eating Holiday Tips

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Just Smile!

SMILE and follow these tips for a healthy immune system!

https://studentaffairs.duke.edu/blog-entry/smile-your-way-staying-well

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Are You "Soy" Confused?

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The Big Three

More carbs! Less carbs! No carbs! More protein! Less protein! No protein? Swimming in a sea of conflicting nutrition advice? Have no fear! The "BIG THREE" are here! Read more...

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Artificial Sweeteners: Generally Regarded As Safe?

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How to Eat Like a Healthy Devil

Welcome to Duke!

Whether you are a first year student away from home for the first time, or returning as an upperclassman and ready to explore your dining options on West, you might want some tips about how to eat well on campus. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Think of healthy eating as having three components, timing, balance and mindfulness.

1.       Timing. Remember to eat regularly throughout the day; you can’t expect to get through your busy days if you don’t have energy (and food is energy!). A common mistake many students make is skipping meals or going too many hours without eating. If you have the First Year Board plan don’t forget to eat a small meal or snack to keep you going between meals.  

If you are too hungry and faced with an “all you care to eat” meal option at dinner, you are likely to overeat. You might think you are getting your money’s worth, but your body will pay the price.

 

Think you are too busy to stop and eat? There are many options for grab and go meals and snacks on West campus or Trinity Café on East.

If you have time for a sit down meal midday that’s even better.  Check out your options here.

 

2.       Balance. Make sure to include some lean protein, veggies and/or fruit and whole grains at most meals. Balancing Your Plate will keep you on the right track to healthy eating, sustained energy and weight management.

 

3.       Mindfulness. Above all remember to eat when you are hungry and stop when you are comfortably full. Eating too little or too much will keep you thinking about food instead of focused on all the other things you want to do at Duke.

Eat what you like, get enough of it and get on with your day!

 

Have a great year!

 

Additional Resources:

Healthy Eating at Duke- it’s “Devilishly” Easy

Smart Snacking

Duke Student Health Nutrition

For more information on eating well at Duke meet with a Student Health Nutritionist

919-681-9355

 

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4th of July Recipes

Check out this Duke Today article for some 4th of July recipe ideas, featuring Duke Dining Chefs Darelle Bey, Wallace Burrows and Gloris Daniels! 4th of July Recipes

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Passport to Penn Winners!

We are proud to announce the winners of our Passport to Penn Pavilion promotion that took place 3/19-4/23 where students, faculty and staff had the opportunity to purchase an entree from each venue at Penn Pavilion for a chance to win one of three prizes! Drum roll please.....

Our winners are:

Junior Nana Amma Mpiani won the IPAD!

Freshman Keith Sobb won the 26" Men's Mountain Bike!

Sophomore Allison Draper won the Duke Gift Pack!

Thanks to all for your participation-stay tuned for more Duke Dining fun in the upcoming year!

 

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Customer Appreciation Dinner Highlights

Duke Dining hosted their annual Customer Appreciation Dinner at the Marketplace with a Cruise theme featuring menus from the Caribbean, Bahamas, Hawaii, Asia, New Zealand, South America and Europe! Check out the video highlights here!

 

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Green Dining Awards

Duke Dining locations recognized for sustainability efforts!

It isn't uncommon for Fares Hanna, the owner of Twinnie's and Blue Express eateries on campus, to spend time researching user-friendly, compostable to-go containers or rearranging his kitchens to accommodate reusable china and silverware.

Both locations were just crowned "Most Improved" in the Green Dining Awards, which highlights Duke eateries and their sustainable practices every year, since 2010.

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No More Utensils for Duke Dining!

A new study has recently been published by the American Academy of Food Science that eating with your hands, instead of utensils, is better for your body. According to a study published by AAFS, where 100 men and women were tested over a four-year period, eating with your hands enables your body to absorb more nutrients because the food is easily absorbed through your hands as opposed to eating with forks and spoons. By eating with your hands you are getting twice as many nutrients because you are not only taking the food orally, it is also absorbed into your bloodstream through your hands. In addition eating with your hands curbs the appetite and makes you feel full, sooner, than if utensils were used. The groups were split into two with one group using utensils for 5 meals a week and the other group using their hands. It was noted at the end of the four-year period that the group that used only their hands for eating had a significantly higher amount of vitamins B, D & A in their system, which correlates directly to the foods they were given in the mentioned time period. Western cultures have been using this model for years and the AAFS is encouraging our generation to forgo Emily Post’s Table Manners Etiquette and get down and dirty while reaping the benefits of eating with our hands. Duke Dining is climbing aboard and embracing this new table model and will be withholding all utensils until further notice! April Fools!

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Duke Dining Bans Styrofoam

Read about it here on Duke Today!

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Collaborative Efforts Help to Feed Those in Need

On any given day, Urban Ministries of Durham may provide about 600 meals between breakfast, lunch and dinner. Thanks to a partnership between Duke Dining and Urban Ministries of Durham, some of those meals are easier to plan, prepare and provide to people in need. Last week, Duke handed over between 50 to 75 pounds of food to the local shelter that will use it to feed local residents. Read full article here.

 

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Penn Pavilion Candy Corn Winners

In a glass jar of unspecified height and width, lay an indeterminate number of candy corn treats.  Indeterminate? No! The officials of the Candy Corn Contest knew that there were precisely 2676 candy corn treats in the jar.  It remained to be seen who could come closest to guessing that number.

However, as the final hours of the contest drew to a close, the winners were determined.  Sophomores Rowland Pettit and Hannah Barreca guessed 2700 candy corn treats, thus placing them closest to the actual number with a difference of merely 24 treats!  Their prize – a chef’s table for up to 6 people – with a local menu served by Executive Chef Joseph Dowe and the Penn Pavilion team in the Pavilion kitchen. 

What did Chef Dowe and team cook up for the contest winners?  We’re glad you asked!  The menu consisted of tender spicy Asian mustard greens freshly picked from the Duke Campus Farm, tossed local Asian pears in a honey lime dressing, local Mapleview dairy brown butter sautéed Alaskan Turbo with roasted pistachios set on a bed of creamy risotto with fresh herbs and romano cheese, and roasted cauliflower and brussel sprouts with applewood smoked bacon, roasted beets and Jerusalem artichokes from Lyons Farms. Finally, to cap off the savory experience, the Chef created a dessert trio of chocolate mousse, Lemon curd, and crème brulee!

More Chef’s Table opportunities to come! Congratulations to Rowland and Hannah on a fabulous win!

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The Great Calzone Cookoff

Congratulations to the Queen and Princess of Calzones-Connie & Jean! In the great Calzone Cookoff @ Penn Pavilion Connie was voted by YOU as your Queen w/ Jean coming in a close second as Princess! As Connie was crowned with her tiara, held her bouquet of roses and wore her bejeweled sash she thanked Duke Dining and all of the students for "making this moment possible!" THANKS FOR VOTING!

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“Is this Still Good?”- Fridge Food Safety Part One

We have all stood there looking in the depths of our refrigerators, pulling out little white boxes or plastic containers; we cautiously open them, sniff, and think to ourselves “Hmmmm I wonder??????”  Leftovers can be harboring millions of unsafe bacteria and still look and smell perfectly fine.
Well wonder no more; we are here to tell you. If you can’t remember when you bought or cooked it, toss it. Nope-we aren’t about increasing food waste but a bout of food poisoning is no joking matter. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are an estimated 76 million cases of foodborne illness reported in the US each year, resulting in 350,000 hospitalizations, 5,000 deaths, and who knows how many unexplained “stomach bugs”.  So folks, when in doubt, throw it out.
Here are a few guidelines to help you out:


• Label the contents in leftover containers with what is inside and the date it was prepared or purchased (you can do this with some tape and a pen).
• Wash your hands (for 20 seconds with warm water and soap) frequently.
• Wash utensils and plates after each use.
• Wash fruits and veggies even if you will be peeling them.
Don’t wash meats, poultry and fish prior to cooking.
• Don’t “cross contaminate"! Keep cooked and raw foods separated.
• Refrigerate promptly- within two hours (one hour during the heat of summer).
• Store hot foods in smaller containers so they will cool faster.
• Use this handy guide from the CDC to determine how long you can store food.

Be safe in there (the refrigerator)!
 

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My perspective on Dining at Duke

According to The Daily Meal, Duke is one of the best universities in the nation when it comes to food.  It’s in the top 1% to be exact.  When I first heard this, I was shocked.  Duke?  The best food?  Although Duke food isn’t horrible, it doesn’t seem extraordinary either, especially with all the changes that happened over the summer. Duke removed several popular dining options including Chick-Fil-A, Armadillo Grill, and Subway, and added the Penn Pavilion and Red Mango. Students complain all the time about the changes that were made, but there is a lot to be thankful for here at Duke in terms of dining.

From Marketplace to Red Mango to McDonald’s, the servers are all welcoming and friendly.  Duke has done an excellent job of finding employees who really know how to serve a college campus.  Every Friday morning of my freshman year, I was greeted with “Happy Friday!” as I went to breakfast, and as a sophomore I continue to have positive interactions with the servers on West.  As a gluten-free eater, I like to ask about other options, and the staff members are always willing to go ask a manager about my concerns.  I’ve eaten on several other college campuses, and haven’t been anywhere yet where the servers are as friendly as they are at Duke.  Here, I am always greeted with a smile, treated with respect, and served quickly and efficiently.  So, for those Duke students who may not always enjoy the food they are served, at least the actual service is good.

Another aspect that puts Duke above other universities is its wide range of healthy options.  Salads are always available, including pre-made salads for a quick grab-and-go, make-your-own stations at Au Bon Pain, the Penn Pavilion, and Marketplace, and freshly made-to-order salads at the Loop.  Even the other options like sandwiches, soups, fruits, and yogurts are nutritious.  Duke also includes caloric information on many of their menus, and it helps students to make better choices.  If I can’t resist that chocolate cookie from ABP, at least I know what I’m putting in my body.
My absolute favorite thing about Duke food is the variety in gluten-free and vegan options.  Gluten-free basically means no bread, no cakes, no bagels, no muffins, no pasta, no pizza, and many other “no’s.”  I was a little worried when I came here if there would be enough for me to eat, but

Duke does a wonderful job of providing alternative choices.  From time to time I get frustrated, mostly because I eat the same foods over and over again.  But, in the grand scheme of dining at Duke, I can eat fairly “normal” food.  They have gluten-free bread to use on sandwiches and hamburgers, gluten-free cookies at ABP, gluten-free spaghetti at Pitchforks, and at Marketplace they have an entire fridge filled with gluten free-bagels and desserts.  Although I’m not vegan, being gluten-free has made me more aware of how hard it is to stick to a limited diet.  Duke labels their gluten-free and vegan food as such, making them easy to identify.  I know exactly what foods are safe for me to eat without having to make a huge announcement to everyone that I need “special” food.

Speaking of gluten-free, I had never eaten at a food truck until last week because I assumed I couldn’t eat very much from them anyway.  They were mostly all bread-type foods, right?  Well, the moral of this story is that we all know what happens when we assume.  I was waiting in line with my friend at the crepe truck, when I decided to actually read the sign.  In big letters at the very top, it said “We have gluten-free batter!” and I knew right then I would pay any price to try one.  It was absolutely delicious, and worth every dollar to me.  Sadly, the Loyo truck is gone this year, and I was never able to test it out.  But, Red Mango is a more than suitable replacement because it’s here every day!  I even eat there for dinner sometimes!  Shhh… Don’t tell my mom!  No desserts before supper.

And to end this delightful rant about Duke food, I’d like to give some shout-outs to my two favorite places: The Loop and Pitchforks.  I’ll definitely miss them when I go home for break.  The Loop reminds me of Red Robin, especially with the burgers and steak fries.  But, they also have some great salads, soups, and milkshakes.  And if the Loop is good, Pitchforks is even better.  Their menu is enormous!  They serve breakfast for most of the day, and they serve other food at all hours.  They have gluten-free options for their sandwiches, and they don’t make me pay extra for it!  From omelets to tacos to spaghetti to pancakes, Pitchfork Provisions has every meal covered, and the quality of food beats any other option on campus.

Although food here can be a tad bit pricey, I think it’s important to appreciate the positive aspects of Duke dining.  The quality of service and the availability of healthy and alternative options should be acknowledged more than they are.  Food has such a big influence on how we live every single day.  Not only do we need food for energy, but it’s also a large part of social life.  Duke really wants its student body to enjoy the experience here, and if it was ranked in the top 1% of universities for food, it must be doing something right.

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Duke Dining selected as a Top National Collegiate Dining Services Location!

National food and drink publication, The Daily Meal, has placed Duke Dining in the top 1% of colleges and universities interviewed for best college food in America. They conducted an eye-opening study that examined the most outstanding campus dining at 2000 four-year colleges across the country. The Daily Meal selected Duke Dining as an extraordinary dining services university and used the following methodology to determine their results: healthy food options, local & sustainable programs, accessibility & service, events/nutritional education, the ‘X’ factor and the overall dining program.

As printed in the Daily Meal:

Duke’s dining program is so incredible that students honestly don’t ever need to leave campus to eat. Campus establishments serve dishes like pan-seared diver scallops with a basil pistou; carved-to-order porchetta topped with salsa verde; and gnocchi and sage au gratin, dishes more likely to be found in a fine dining establishment.

With more than 30 dining options on campus, an additional 17 will deliver food right to your dorm. But seeing as the Blue Devils have a large appetite, the staff has come up with an incredibly unique way to improve the dining experience using two words: Food. Trucks. Seven of them, to be exact. By using a Google calendar to find the times and locations of trucks serving, for example, Greek cuisine, tacos, and crepes, students never will go hungry again.

Additionally, the new Penn Pavilion features seven new Duke Dining venues: Bistro (carved meats and sides), Comforts (comfort food), Stacks (deli-style sandwiches), Cilantro (made-to-order Mexican), Alforno (pizza and pasta), Greens (soup and salad), Dash (grab and go), as well as a local vendor, Sitar, serving Indian cuisine and sushi. The new space, a temporary home until the completion of the West Union Renovation Project, provides a picturesque dining experience with beautiful wooded views through the floor to ceiling windows. 

Congratulate your Duke Dining staff on this wonderful success!

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Finding your way...

My first post goes out to the freshman.  Welcome to Duke!  I hope the start of your Duke experience has been as much of a whirlwind for you as it was for me!  I remember these first couple weeks at Duke being exciting, challenging, ridiculous, silly, daunting, and many times, a bit lonely.  Some people have a seamless transition into Duke, but those people are few, and far between.  I want to encourage those freshman still struggling to find your place here.  It doesn’t happen over night, nor should it!  If you haven’t found your crew, don’t worry, chances are neither have most people.  You are not alone. Trust me, it is so important to seek out people you connect with, which can be very different from those you gravitate toward initially.  Remember, everyone is in the same position that you are, most people didn’t arrive at Duke with an established group of friends, so take time in your first weeks to get to know people who are in your classes, in your hall and even on the bus!  Freshman year is AWKWARD, but it’s awkward for everyone.  It’s all about perspective.

  • “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken”:  My favorite advisor in the Career Center, shameless shout-out to Anita Stockmans, ends all of her emails this way.  It’s true!  Stick to who your values, let them guide you most of the time you won’t go wrong.  
  • Challenge your comfort zone, step outside of it: It’s very easy to settle into a routine.  But some of my most important lessons came from going off the beaten path.  Do things that make you uncomfortable.  Try taking classes in subjects where you might not be as strong. Don’t worry Pass/Fail is a thing here.  Find a way to connect with people that you wouldn’t normally interact with.
  • Talk to professors:  Take advantage of the amazing professors at Duke.  Go to office hours!  Talk after class! Organize a Flunch! Most professors at Duke are leaders in their field, and they want to talk to you about their work, life, or just about anything!  Networking is a big part of life, and getting to know your professors outside of the classroom will only make you a stronger student.  The relationships you create may even lead to a great job recommendation in the future.  
  • It is always more awkward to ignore someone, than it is to say hello: It is never a good idea to pretend you’ve never met the person in line behind you at the Market Place.  I promise that they remember meeting you, even if it was at Shooters, and I swear it won’t kill you to say “hey, what’s up?” The awkward eye-contact-glance-away is a chronic Duke problem!  It won’t help you make friends, it definitely makes everyone uncomfortable, and only ensures that every time you see that person on the quad for the next 4 years, you will have to pretend that you never took Writing 20 together, lived 3 dorms down from them, or that you didn’t bond over a harrowing rendition of We Can’t Stop while standing on the bar at Shooters…
  • Make time for personal time:  I often describe the Duke experience as analogous to running on a treadmill with no stop/pause button that being said, take time for yourself.  Carve out a bit of space in your day where you do things that center you.  Call your mom, go for a run, take a walk off campus, bake something!  Whatever it is, you can always make time for the things that matter most to you.  I wish I had done this more freshman year.  Stress comes with the territory, it’s manageable. Find a routine that helps you perform to the best of your ability.
  • Ignore FOMO:  I did many things freshman year because I had a chronic case of FOMO (fear of missing out).  Prioritize!  Plan ahead. Whatever you are missing, is not going to make, or break, your Duke social experience.  It is exhausting to consistently calibrate your life experiences to those of your pears.  Actually, it is completely irrational!  Do you! Everyone else is doing them.
  • Small talk MATTERS:  “Hi, I’m Alex.”  Those three simple words changed the dynamic of my freshman experience.  I made some of my best friends at Duke in South Gate, standing in line for ice cream on the first night of school.  “Hi, I’m Alex,” that’s all it took for me to feel more comfortable as I scooped Oreos onto my slightly melted pile of chocolate ice cream.  “Hi, I’m Alex,” prompted me to say “Hi, I’m Dani.”  “Hi, I’m Alex,” led to “Dani this is Ali, she lives in our hall.”  The conversation that laid the foundation for some of my longest lasting friendships at Duke started with an introduction, and a sloppy bowl of ice cream.  I was lucky.  A lot of people don’t have an Alex, but the point is that it doesn’t take much to be one.
  • Don’t get comfortable:  You may think that you have it all figured out, but there is always room for growth!   
  • Find a mentor:  Find someone at Duke who will be your principle stakeholder.  Develop relationships with people you admire, and who can, and will make you a better person.  Seek out faculty, professors, and even students who have skills that you admire.  Find someone who will be invested in your future.
  • Have F-U-N:  Duke is an amazing, crazy, unpredictable, fantastic, and beautiful ride.  Don’t forget to make memories that count.



 

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