Welcome to the January Issue!

Dear Sprout Readers,

Each new year brings feelings of hope for things to come and a time to reflect on the events of the past. We had a successful year at the Friedman Sprout in 2011, and we are looking forward to another great year at the Friedman School. We welcome this year as your new editors and would like to thank both Katie Andrews and Rachel Perez for their dedication in the past semester.

In this issue, learn how to start the year off right with Taylor Salinardi’s 6 Simple Steps to Getting Your Diet Back on Track, read about staying active on the ski slopes with Lisa D’Agrosa’s Hitting the Slopes, and read more about Nicki Briggs, MS, RD, Friedman Alumna and Director of Communications at Chobani in this month’s “Alumni Spotlight” by Sarah Gold.

On behalf of all the writers at the Friedman Sprout we would like to be the first to welcome you to 2012. Happy New Year!

Allison Knott, RD, Co-editor
Lainey Younkin, RD, Co-editor

After the Holidays

6 Simple Steps to Getting Your Diet Back on Track. By Taylor Salinardi, MS. After a holiday season marked by indulgence, here are some easy ways to jump-start your diet in the New Year.

Getting Fit with Gift Cards. By Max Prokopy. Strength & Conditioning expert Max Prokopy lists his favorite low-cost, bang-for-your-buck fitness products.

Hitting the Slopes. By Lisa D’Agrosa, RD. Some tips for beating the winter blues and skiing and snowboarding in New England. Learn about local deals, travel ideas and other ways to enjoy the snow this season.

Not Home for the Holidays? Boston Has Plenty to Offer! By Lainey Younkin, RD. The holidays are over, but you still have about 20 days until classes start.  If you’re sticking around Boston, check out these events to keep you entertained.

Friedman Fun

Alumni Spotlight: A chat with Chobani’s Nicki Briggs, MS, RD N’07. By Sarah Gold. Sarah catches up with Nicki Briggs, Friedman Alumna and the Director of Communications at Chobani — America’s #1 yogurt brand.

Jumbo’s Kitchen Engages Children with Food and Nutrition. By Allison Knott, RD. Jumbo’s Kitchen is making nutrition fun for Boston children! Find out more about the program that has Friedman students spending their Friday afternoons teaching children simple, nutritious recipes.

Nutrition Talk Radio: Taking a closer look at the new MyPlate. By Sarah Gold. Explore the uses and implications of the USDA’s new dietary icon, MyPlate, on the 20th episode of Nutrition Talk. Host Rachel Perez talks with experts from the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, Tufts Floating Hospital for Children, and Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.

Food and Drink

Come for the Crêpes, Stay for the Wi-fi:  Mr. Crêpe is Mister Right Now. By Michelina DelGizzi. Restaurant Review: Have your crêpe and eat it, too.  Mr. Crêpe in Davis Square fills you up!

Simple and Spicy Tandoori Chicken. By Alisha Mehta. An easy-to-follow recipe for savory tandoori chicken.

Drinking Wine on a Student Budget. By Jenn LaVardera. If you love wine, but not the price tag on high end bottles, here are a few tips on how to choose an affordable wine without sacrificing quality or taste.

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