Roses are Red

Roses are red, Friedman is Blue… the SNOW is back, and The Sprout is too!

Welcome to 2018, Sprout Readers! Waltzing into this new semester feels a bit like making the first few steps on a path of freshly fallen snow. Perhaps because that’s probably what you were doing on your way to class this morning (thanks mother nature!) Nevertheless, we are excited to begin this next chapter of Friedman life, learning, and leading and cannot wait to share it with you.

With the new semester, we welcome the students starting off their Friedman journey, look forward to learning from them and embracing the diversity of background and perspective they bring to our campus. The incoming spring class includes five Master of Nutrition Science and Policy students, five MS in Agriculture Food and Environment students, two MS in Food Policy & Applied Nutrition students, one MS in Nutrition Interventions, Communication and Behavior Change student, and two combined MS and MPH students. We are excited to get to know you all!

This month, Sara Scinto motivates us to get moving despite the frigid temps and precipitation. Perhaps ironically, going indoors to work out opens up a multitude of options for getting your sweat on – whatever your exercise preferences are. Sara tells us about all of them and encourages us to find whatever makes us feel good!

In a survey of over 200 respondents, Sprout co-editor Kathleen Nay uncovered the reasons behind why people change their dietary identities from plant-eaters to meat-eaters, and the spectrum that lies within the extremes. The surprising results of her survey may help you think about and better understand your own dietary choices, meat eater or otherwise.

Did you know February is National Heart Month? April Dupee rounded up five of her favorite breakfast recipes to literally power up your favorite organ and fend off one of the nation’s top killers – Heart Disease. Not only are the recipes healthy for your heart, they are simple, easy and delicious – all the more reason to include them in your recipe repertoire.

Ready to get political? The Friedman Food Policy Action Council is back with a Friedman Policy Update on timely legislature and encourages advocacy-driven Friedmanites to get involved with this new student organization. Alana Davidson provides an introduction to the group and explains how to make our voices heard.

Finally, Laura Barley, a native Californian, reckons with the recent disasters wrought by natural forces in her home state and around the globe. She highlights the interventions we’ve tried and the policies currently on the table to attempt to mitigate the extent to which our climate has changed, and has a motivating message for all of us.

A special thanks to the writers who contributed articles this month, getting a head start on work before the semester officially began. We are incredibly grateful for your hard work and want to be sure you know The Sprout would not be what it is without you!

Happy Reading,

Hannah and Kathleen


In this issue…

Moving Through Winter

Sara Scinto Snowshoeing Massachusetts

by Sara Scinto

Do you dread winter because it keeps you from engaging in exercise that you love? Are you looking for new ways to move your body that don’t involve the gym? Are you interested in making the best of what this cold season has to offer? Then read further for thoughts and ideas on how to move through winter with more enjoyment.


To Meat or Not to Meat? (Is That Really the Question?)



by Kathleen Nay

After eight years of keeping a vegetarian diet, I’m compelled to ask myself: why am I still a vegetarian? And more intriguingly, why are my former-vegan and -vegetarian friends not?


Recipe and photo by OhSheGlows.

Photo by OhSheGlows


5 Breakfasts to Power your Heart

by April Dupee

The month of February is all about the heart. Not only is it that time of year when stores are stocked with greeting cards, balloons, and heart-shaped boxes of chocolates to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but also it marks American Heart Month to raise awareness about heart disease and prevention. With 1 in 3 deaths in the U.S. attributable to cardiovascular disease, American Heart Month serves as an important reminder to take care of our hearts and encourage our communities to support heart health initiatives.


Friedman Policy Corner: Advocate for Sound Nutrition and Agricultural Policy This Spring … and Then Run for Office!

by Alana Davidson

This spring is the end of the 2017-2018 legislative session in the Massachusetts State House. Read about what this means in terms of advocacy and learn about Friedman’s new student-run organization, the Friedman Food Policy Action Council. Finally, consider if a life in public service is right for you and whether you should run for office!


Paradise Lost

by Laura Barley

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Climate change is a globally felt human experience that recently hit home for California native Laura Barley. Here, she reflects on the wildfires in her home state and takes a look at some policy tools aimed at climate mitigation.




Homestretch for the Holidays

December! It is very hard to believe we are already facing the end of another semester at Friedman. But the chilly air, harried faces, and crowded libraries are here to remind us that, yes, we’ve made it to finals season. Winter break is almost here!

This is the last issue of The Sprout for 2017, and as such, is a perfect time for reflection on all that has been accomplished over the past 12 months (we have decided to focus on the positive!). The Sprout published over 50 creative, forward-thinking articles whose content wouldn’t have been possible without the creative, forward-thinking students that make up the Friedman student body. As co-editors, we are proud and thankful for the writing that our student body shares with us every month.

This month, we want to highlight two timely pieces contributed by The Friedman Justice League and Julie Kurtz, in light of recent political controversy that hit close to home: one a statement of support of our colleagues at the Fletcher School of Diplomacy and The Tufts Daily, and the other a personal reflection.

Next, Sam Jones reviews the summer Netflix hit Okja and tells us how the underlying messages in the dystopian film may reflect the state of our current food production system, or where we may be headed.

Megan Maisano feeds our inner foodie with a review of the hidden Italian gem, Carlo’s Cucina, in Allston, and Erin Child brings us on an amusing journey through the adventures of making both traditional and “health-ified” French fries.

November and December in America bring food traditions (and dietary restrictions) to light, as millions of households come together with friends and family to celebrate the holidays with shared meals of traditional (or not) dishes. Kathleen Nay tells us about her experience and provides some tips for catering to myriad dietary requirements during the holidays.

The prospect of single-payer healthcare becoming a reality is upon us in Massachusetts, but we are still unsure what role nutrition will play in its scope. Ayten Salahi and Hattie Brown, members of the new student organization, Friedman Food Policy Action Council, dig in to the details and recount their meeting with state senator Jamie Eldridge.

Finally, Hannah Meier highlights the work of an art campaign fighting against eating disorders and body dissatisfaction inspired by the words of playwright Eve Ensler. “Love Your Tree” is the wish, and art is the command for students in participating programs around the globe. Poster submission is open until December 15, so read on to learn how you can be involved.

Happy reading, and happy new year – see you in 2018!

Hannah Meier & Kathleen Nay


In this issue…

A Statement of Support to our Colleagues at the Fletcher School

by The Friedman Justice League

The Friedman Justice League responds to Anthony Scaramucci’s resignation from the Advisory Board at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy on November 28, 2017. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead


Perspective for Finals Week

by Julie Kurtz

The events of Tuesday, November 28 that culminated in Anthony Scaramucci’s resignation from the Fletcher School’s Advisory Board prompted a letter of solidarity for Fletcher from the Friedman Justice League. It also left graduate students across Tufts University campuses feeling contemplative about the kind of impact and influence we have the power to wield—both as individuals and as representatives of this anchor institution where we’ve made our academic homes. AFE/MPH student Julie Kurtz sent the Friedman Sprout a short reflection in response to the actions of our friends at Fletcher. In it, she offers some perspective on why we’re here, what justice means, and how we can contribute to the world around us.


Screen capture from Okja official trailer, available on Netflix.

“Most Importantly: They Need to Taste F%#@ing Good”

by Sam Jones

Okja is a Netflix original film that was released in June 2017 and directed by Bon Joon Ho. While some may characterize it as a dystopian sci-fi film, others recognize it as a commentary on our modern industrial food complex. Warning: spoiler alert.


A Slice of Italy in Allston

Pollo Gerardo and remnants of the Melanzane Ripiene. Photo: Megan Maisano

by Megan Maisano

It’s the end of the semester. Motivation for cooking and weekly meal prep is low. Are you yearning for some Italian comfort fare, but don’t want to make the trek to North End? Fear not. This hidden gem will fill your heart and your belly.



For the Love of French Fries

by Erin Child

oven fries and french fries

 As a nutrition student, Erin’s unabashed love of French fries may seem out of place. But for her, they are just one delicious part of an otherwise decently balanced diet. They’re her go-to when out at a bar with friends, and her favorite accompaniment to a bowl of steamed mussels. So, she decided to finally try her hand at making some real deep-fried French fries. However, she can’t in good conscience let this story be all be about deep-fried food. And so, she also made a batch of oven fries to compare to the deep-fried originals. She recruited a couple Friedman friends to taste test, and they had a delicious Fry-day night.



Bringing Everyone to the Table: Accommodating Special Diets During the Holidays

I'm thankful for friends who let us try out sometimes-unusual recipes on them! Photo: Kathleen Nayby Kathleen Nay

Thanksgiving is over and the leftovers are dwindling, but there is more holiday eating and meal prep on the horizon. As food and nutrition professionals, we understand that emotions can run high when it comes to sharing meals, traditions, and dietary restrictions with a crowd. So what can a holiday meal that balances a variety of special diets look like?


How Nutrition in MassCare May Put The ‘Health’ Back in ‘Universal Health Coverage’

by Ayten Salahi and Hattie Brown

Including local incentives for food equity and nutritional status may boost momentum and potential of the MA Right to Health movement. Members of budding student group – the Friedman Food Policy Action Council (FFPAC) – met with Massachusetts State Senator Jamie Eldridge to discuss the need to include nutrition in a proposed cost analysis of a single payer health system (S.2202).

You’ve Got to Love Your Tree

by Hannah Meier

“Love Your Tree.” It’s a directive inspired by Eve Ensler, the writer and activist behind the one-woman play, The Good Body (you may also know her as the playwright for the wildly popular Vagina Monologues). “Love Your Tree” is also the foundation of a creative arts eating disorder prevention campaign that started at the Sheppard Pratt eating disorder treatment center in Maryland in 2006 and has since expanded nationally. Today, organizations across the country, including Massachusetts, are invited to participate in the 2018 campaign and submit artwork that illustrates body diversity, acceptance and positivity.



One Hundred and Fifty-Six

One hundred and fifty-six.

That is the number of new, incoming Masters, Ph.D., and Certificate Program students to the Friedman School this year. 156 new faces, new names to learn, new friendships to forge… all future experts in food, nutrition, science, and policy! Let’s break down the numbers.

Friedman's incoming class, 2017.

Friedman’s incoming class, 2017.

To all of you: welcome to Friedman! And for the returning cohorts: welcome back! I’m really excited to meet the new class, and I hope that we’ll cross paths in the halls of Jaharis.

But let’s get to introductions: Hey! I’m Kathleen Nay, co-editor of the Friedman Sprout. I’m a third-year dual degree student in the Agriculture, Food & Environment (AFE) and Urban & Environmental Planning & Policy (UEP) programs. I’m thrilled to be co-editing the Sprout for a second year, and eager to dive head first into my final year of graduate school. In Alberta, Canada—where I hail from—we’d say, “just give’r!” (For those unfamiliar with the verb, Urban Dictionary defines it as “going balls-to-the-wall to take care of business as quickly and awesomely as possible. May or may not involve drop-kicking something without hesitation.” Now you know.)

The past two weeks have been busy for all of us as we shop classes, meet with advisors, finalize schedules, and decide how and where to get involved in student life. At the Friedman Sprout, we’ve been gearing up for an exciting year and planning fun things for our writers (more on that from my illustrious co-editor, Hannah, below). We hope YOU will join us in crafting this year’s Friedman Sprout—a publication produced entirely by students. Please pitch us your ideas, we’d love to hear from you!

If writing isn’t your thing (it is—you just don’t know it yet), there are so many other opportunities to leave your mark on our Friedman community. In this special mid-month issue, you’ll hear from student leaders who are busy planning the year ahead. Student leaders like:

  • Danielle Krobath, Student Council Co-Chair. From the annual Welcome Back Picnic, to advocating for new computers in the student lounge and student-accessible meeting spaces, to the year-end retreat at George’s Island, and everything in between, Student Council is actively engaged in shaping Friedman student life.
  • Simon Ye, Chair of Slow Food Tufts. Slow Food Tufts is a chapter of Slow Food International, a grassroots organization promoting good, clean, and fair food for all. Not only does Slow Food host events like kimchi-making workshops and local chocolate factory tours, it’s a great way to get to know students from other programs and to learn about the greater Boston food community.
  • Bridget Carle and Casey Florea, organizers for Dig In! Nutrition Education (DINE). DINE is an ongoing partnership with third grade classrooms at Josiah Quincy Elementary School, where Friedman students teach lessons on nutrition and food. It’s a low-commitment, but high-fun way to give back to the Chinatown community in a positive way.
  • Hannah Meier, Sara Scinto and Jessie Ellis, advocates of the Friedman Unofficial Running Club (FURC). Got some energy to burn off? Need some friends to hold you to your distance goals? Want to explore new corners of the Boston area on foot? Check these folks out.
  • Kenny Westerman, Katherine Rancano, Jessie Ellis, and Jennifer Huang, coordinators of NewTrition, a TED Talk-style platform for Friedman students to share research and generate discussion about topics in nutrition.
  • Julie Kurtz, member of the Friedman Justice League, a grassroots group committed to making Friedman—and the world—a better place through thoughtful engagement with our food system.

It’s a new year. Let’s make our mark! Hey, Hannah, how is Sprout making our mark this year?

Thanks, Kathleen! I’m super excited about everything we have in the works. Before I get to that, let me introduce myself.

Hi! My name is Hannah Meier, I’m a second-year (fourth semester) student in the Nutrition Communications program and I’m thrilled that I get to be one of the editors of the Sprout this year. I really enjoyed participating as a contributing writer last year. I learned so much about myself as a writer and a professional in the nutrition space, and encourage anyone and everyone to write about the topics they are passionate about—it’s not only a great way to establish more expertise for yourself (and build out that resume!), but an amazing chance to immerse yourself into the buzzing food and nutrition community in Boston.

The Sprout will continue to publish student-written articles monthly. We have traditionally focused on written articles, but would love to see students get creative with other media platforms like video, photography, graphic design, or audio.

If you haven’t signed up to receive communication about writing for the Sprout, send us an email and we’ll get you squared away:

We are also ramping up our social media presence. We hear you: Facebook is so 2010. While we aren’t leaving Facebook (it’s a great way for us to share the fabulous articles students write with everyone from grandma to embassy ambassadors), we are venturing into other platforms like Instagram, beginning with a collaboration with @Tufts_Nutrition (follow them!). We hope to feature authors, articles, quotes, photography… anything and everything we are proud of by our fabulous contributors.

Speaking of our fabulous contributors, I am very excited to announce that we will debut a new tradition following each publication: Contributor Happy Hours! We all know that writing is rewarding, but sometimes so challenging. We don’t need to go through the rollercoaster in isolation! We are already excited to bask in the glow of publication bliss with fellow student writers and a fun beverage of choice. Social hour + incentive to write resume-boosting food and ag pieces, yes please!

Finally, Kathleen and I are working hard to pull together writing workshops this year, hosted by the Sprout and featuring influential voices in the food and nutrition writing space. We hope that these offer an opportunity to learn from the pro’s, get expert opinion on your assignments and submissions, and sharpen your writing skills. Writing, and communication in general, is critical when it comes to exerting expert influence within our fields, and we are excited to bring this learning opportunity to all Friedman students.

In good health,

Hannah and Kathleen

Friedman Sprout Co-Editors, Hannah Meier and Kathleen Nay

Friedman Sprout Co-Editors, Hannah Meier and Kathleen Nay


In this issue…

Hello Friedman!

by Danielle Krobath, Friedman Student Council

Welcome (and Welcome Back!) from Slow Food Tufts

by Simon Ye

Dig In to DINE this School Year!

by Bridget Carle and Casey Florea

Friedman Unofficial Running Club (FURC)

by Hannah Meier, Sara Scinto and Jessie Ellis

NewTrition Welcome Back 2017

by Kenny Westerman, Katherine Rancano, Jessie Ellis and Jennifer Huang

Making a Lasting Impact on Friedman

by Julie Kurtz, Friedman Justice League


New Year, New Trends, New Editors!

2015 is here and with it are our goals for the New Year. Whether you’ve made your New Year’s Resolution (or just a resolution not to make resolutions) the Sprout wants to help you make healthy decisions all year long!

For New Year’s inspiration, take a look at what Matt Moore hopes WON’T happen in 2015.

Interested in trying the controversial ketogenic diet? Mireille Najar explores the use of the high-fat diet for treating epilepsy and cancer and shares a few recipes.

If food is your interest, but you’d like more of a balanced plate, check out Amy Elvidge’s fascinating interview with The Boston Globe‘s food critic Devra First. Learn what it’s like to get paid to eat and where to eat in Chinatown when you’re starving during midterms.

Trying a new fitness routine? Katherine Pett details her first experience taking a class in…parkour! Check out what it’s like to be a newbie in the sport, and consider making an adventurous exercise decision of your own.

We are excited to have two new editors for the new year! Matt Moore, a first-year student in the Agriculture, Food, and Environment program and Katherine Pett, a first year in the Biochemical Molecular Nutrition program, are thrilled to get the ball rolling in 2015 and look forward to reading all your articles!

Finally, make a resolution this year to write for the Sprout! If you’re interested in contributing to a future issue, email us at to submit your ideas.

Here’s to a great start to your new year,

Katherine and Matt

In this Issue:

15 Food and Fitness Trends We Want to See in 2015

by Matt Moore
Fried-crickets-001As 2014 comes to an end, blogs, newspapers, magazines, and professional organizations have revealed their projected food and fitness trends for the following year. The following list joins in on the fun and is a very biased look at 2015 based on no research or evidence whatsoever and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Sprout.


The Basics of a Ketogenic Diet

by Mireille Najjar

The ketogenic diet remains one of the most extreme types of low carbohydrate diets, yet its potential role in tumor regression and pediatric epilepsy treatment has become an increasing topic of study among researchers and health professionals worldwide.


Devra First Getting Paid to Eat: An Interview with Devra First

by Amy Elvidge

A look into the life of the Globes restaurant critic. First shares the reality of her work and advice on how to live the dream as an aspiring gastronomer.



parkour1That Time I Tried Parkour

by Katherine Pett

If you’re still in the market for a New Year’s Resolution, consider trying a new type of exercise. Recently I tried out parkour and had a LOT of fun!

The Friedman Student Newspaper is Accepting Submissions!

The Friedman Sprout wants you as a contributor!

Our new newspaper accepts submissions from all Friedman students.  Whether your writing talents lie in news articles, research articles, or opinion pieces we’re happy to get your input.  We’re looking for pieces on Friedman alums and the amazing things they are doing in the real world, nutrition research and how it can effect our daily lives, and pieces for and about current students and their internships, degree programs, research, stress coping strategies, nutrition, health, and overall well-being.

We’re currently accepting submissions for the November edition of the Sprout.  The deadline for query letters is October 11th and the deadline for articles is October 16th.  Please email both to

For more information about submission guidelines, our editorial calendar, or our journalistic standards please check the links at the top of the page.  Then…send us your writing!