Welcome to our January 2013 issue!

Dear Sprout Readers,

We hope you have been enjoying your holiday season with friends with family. While you’re relaxing besides a warm fire over break, check out the first Sprout issue of 2013.

Find out if fatty acid supplements are worth investing in. Discover a creamy cauliflower recipe to serve on a cold winter night. Learn if there really is a connection between meat and masculinity.

2012: A Year of Food in Review gives you a recap of recent food trends to help you stay current in the nutrition field. Get (Back) Into the Games showcases fun social ways to keep moving in January. And, if you just want to dream about delicious baked goods, reading about the delectable desserts served at Freidman’s bake-off in December will do the trick.

There’s much to read in the January issue, so take advantage of your break from classes and get some fun reading in.

Happy New Year!

Your new editors,

M.E. Malone & Natalie Obermeyer

The Friedman Sprout

2012: A Year of Food in Review by M.E. Malone: It was a tough year for the GMO food labels, energy drinks, and high school cafeteria food. Will  “dirt candy” and specialty popcorn carry the day in 2013?

Get (Back) Into the Games: Sports Leagues and Adventures in Boston by Kari KempfIntramurals (and beyond!) for adults could be the shake-up to your routine you’ve been looking for in this new year.

A Feast for the Eyes and Palate: A Review of Snap Top Market by Mimi DelGizzi: A new specialty food and produce market in Boston’s South End has customers geeking out over pretty produce and local foods.

“Just Like Loaded Baked Potatoes” Cauliflower by Ashley Carter: Looking for a dish to erase the gluttony of the holidays and “healthify” your 2013 without feeling like you’re forcing yourself into a vegetable diet?  This delicious version of loaded baked potatoes will do the trick!

Looking For An Interesting Place to Work? Ask Tufts Food Works! Student Group Spotlight by Lainey Younkin, RDWhat do Clover Food Truck, a nutrition magazine, and PepsiCo have in common? Spoiler alert: they are all connected to a new student group at the Friedman School.

Are Omega-3 Fatty Acids Old News? by Katie Fesler: Is it time to throw out those fish oil supplements? A new study suggests that omega-3 fatty acids are not as beneficial to heart health as once believed.

Alumni Spotlight with Asta Garmon by Amy Elvidge: From food truck entrepreneur to farm to school coordinator, this Friedman alum seems to do it all when it comes to promoting healthy, sustainable food in the Boston area.  Find out how Garmon’s experiences in and out of Friedman have helped her cultivate an influential and exciting career in the field of nutrition.

Nutrition Students Know How to Bake by Natalie Obermeyer: In early December, Tufts graduate students competed in a bake-off showcasing a delicious assortment of goods to raise money for 1,000 Gardens in Africa.

Zaftigs Deli: A Brunch Spot Worth the Wait by Lisa D’Agrosa, RD. Does a much-hyped restaurant in Coolidge Corner live up to its reputation?  Find out in this review of Zaftigs Delicatessen.  

Meat and Masculinity By Sheryl Lynn Carvajal: Ever wonder why there are fewer vegetarian men than women?  Find out one explanation as to why males may consume more meat than their female counterparts.

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