May Nutrition Post- Hydration

The Earth is covered in it (about 72%), 2/3 of your body is filled with it, and on hot summer days we can’t get enough of it- its water!waterbeingpoured

Water helps in more ways than quenching your thirst, water:

  • Helps keep our body temperature normal
  • Lubricates joints
  • Removes waste through perspiration, urination, bowel movement
  • Protects delicate tissues such as the spinal cord

It’s no surprise our body is constantly losing water. If you have headaches, that may be a sign of dehydration. Hopefully you never get to that point. It’s important to continuously drink water. Another cool fact is that you can eat fruits to help rehydrate! Fruits like watermelon, tomatoes, and celery have a high amount of water.

Water helps:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • A great substitute to sugary beverages
  • Hydrates and improves brain function
  • Increases energy, prevents muscle weakness
  • Replaces fluids when we’re sick
  • Improves digestion
  • And helps with healthy skin

There are three types of water we can learn about when drinking it…


Bottled Water: It’s important you read the label when choosing bottled water. Some may be a little expensive, if there aren’t any special filtration facts on the label then you might be spending more $$ on plain tap water.

Filtered Water: An improved taste in tap water

Tap Water: Contains a partial amount fluoride which helps prevent tooth decay.

Let’s see how water compares with other well-bought beverages.

Drink (12-ounce serving) Teaspoons of Sugar Calories
Bottled Water 0 teaspoons 0
Energy Drink 2 1/3 teaspoons 140
Sports Drink 2 teaspoons 75
Lemonade 6¼ teaspoons 105
Orange Juice 7½ teaspoons 160
Sweet Tea 8½ teaspoons 120
Powdered Drink Mix (with sugar) 9 teaspoons 145
Cola 10¼ teaspoons 150
Fruit Punch 11½ teaspoons 195
Root Beer 11½ teaspoons 170
Grape Juice 12 teaspoons 200
Orange Soda 13 teaspoons 210


Did you know– $6.6 billion a year is spent on sugary drinks!

Make a habit of checking the ingredients in not just the water you buy, but any product. You’ll realize the sugary drinks you buy contain a lot more than just sugar, and the water you pay $6 might just be a $1 quality in fancier bottle.

So grab a cup or a bottle and fill it up with some H2o – your body NEEDS it. The more, the better, just look at those benefits!


Agency Spotlight- Janus of Santa Cruz

    Janus of Santa Cruz

Second Harvest Food Bank is proud to work with Janus of Santa Cruz. This organization has been, for 40 years (40-year anniversary this year!), helping people recover from addiction. Janus of SC was founded in 1976 by physician Dr. Robert G. O’Brien. In 1981 Janus became a private non-profit organization that serves over 2,500 clients and families each year. This organization has one mission: to provide supportive, hope-inspiring and successful substance abuse services in a professional and compassionate environment while assisting individuals and families on their journey toward wellness and recovery.

Janus of SC provides A LOT of different programs, co-occurring disorder treatment including:

  • Detoxification
  • In patient/outpatient treatment
  • Perinatal services
  • DUI education
  • Medication assisted treatments
  • Supervise sober living environments

We, at the Foodbank, get to work with Nate Calderon. Nate is the natesmilingatcamerajanusFood Service Coordinator at Janus. Coming this October Nate will celebrate 3 years at Janus of Santa Cruz. He and his staff provide fresh, healthy food for many residents and for the several programs Janus offers. Nate introduces fruits and vegetables as the basic staple in every meal. Whenever Nate arrives he goes straight to work, picking up his order and getting a few things at the distribution center. Nate and his staff understand that Fast Food and unhealthy eating habits are easy to fall into; He works hard to not only provide nutritious meals, but to re-introduce fruits and vegetables as the right and primary choice. “People wouldn’t normally be eating this many fruits and vegetables. We are offering a healthier alternative and promoting good health.” – Nate. Doing this, Nate says he and his staff are “planting the seed”, hoping that whenever residents leave the supervised sober living environments they can take healthy/nutritious food with them rather than falling back into the possible un-healthy habits they arrived in. Second Harvest Food Bank agrees with Nate and his team 100%.

Recipe of the Month- April

Portobello Mushroom Fajitaszzzmushroomfajitas


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 C Red Onion Sliced
  • 1 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 3 Tbsp Fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ tsp Black Pepper
  • 8 oz Portobello Mushrooms
  • 1 Medium Bell Pepper
  • ½ tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 Medium Lime
  • 4 Whole Wheat Tortillas


  1. Heat oil in large, non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms; sauté 5 minutes until almost tender.
  2. Add onion, bell pepper, cumin, chili powder, black pepper; squeeze lime juice over veggies.
  3. Cook for 4 minutes or until bell pepper is crisp-tender, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in cilantro.
  4. Spoon ½ to ¾ cup mixture down center of each tortilla and roll up each tortilla.


  • Less than 30 minutes to prepare
  • A complete meal with a balance of carbohydrates, fat and protein to keep blood sugars stable.
  • The vitamin C in the bell peppers helps absorb the iron in the whole wheat tortillas.

Fajitas de Hongos Portobellos


  • 1 cucharada Aciete de Olivo
  • 1 Taza Cebollas, en rebanadas
  • 1 cucharadas Cilantro, cortado
  • ¼ cucharita de Pimienta Negra
  • 8 onzas de Hongas portobellos
  • 1 Pimenton en rebanadas
  • ½ cucharita Polvo de chile
  • 1 Limon
  • 4 tortillas de trigo


  1. Calentar el aceite en una sarten grandee n fuego medio. Anada los hongos; salteados 5 minutos hasta que estan casi tiernos
  2. Anadir la cebolla, el pimiento, el comino, el chile en polvo, pimiento; estruja el jugo de lima sobre las verduras.
  3. Cocinar por 4 minutos o hasta que el pimiento esta tierno, revolviendo con frecuencia. Retirelo del calor; anade el cilantro.
  4. Con una cuchara pone de ½ a ¾ taza de la mezcla por debajo del centro de cada tortilla y enrollarla.


  • Menos de 30 minutos concinar
  • Una cena completa con un equilibrio de nutrients Bueno para las azucares de sangre
  • La vitamin C en el pimento ayuda la absorcion de hierra en las tortillas de trigo.

Important Schedule Change

Important Information

Schedule change

We will be closed on:

Closed: April 21ST, 2016 (After shopping) through Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 for Inventory

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Second Harvest Food Bank will be closed on April 21st, 2016 (after morning shopping, 8-11am) through April 26th, 2016.

Shopping will resume on April 27th (Wednesday 8-11am)


April Nutrition Post- Minerals

Part II- Mineralshalfappleminerals

I hope you’ve taken a lot of vitamins since our last nutrition post. This is part 2 where we are going to talk more about minerals. We’ll see how important minerals are to our bodies. Vitamins and minerals are part of a group called “Micronutrients”. That means that you need them in smaller amounts than carbohydrates, proteins, or fats.

Minerals are found in water and soil. Plants absorb minerals from soil and water, and we eat the plants. The same case goes for animals. A chicken for example may eat mineral enriched plants, then we eat the chicken. It makes a fair case on why knowing what chickens and cows eat can be important. If they eat something harmful, there could be a chance you may be consuming the same thing through the meat. One thing can be sure- minerals are important to your body. There are many different kinds of minerals, but here are 3 big ones:

  • Calcium: helps build bones, maintains heart health

Where: Dairy, broccoli, turnip/mustard green, kale, almonds, sunflower seeds.

Why: Building stronger bones and teeth can prevent dental problems in children. By in-taking calcium you are not only providing an essential mineral, but also preventing future problems (and saving a little $$ from your dentist trip).

Important Fact: Most people think of milk when they hear calcium, but when you or someone you know are lactose intolerant, there are other ways to consume calcium (and still get all the good benefits)- eat broccoli, turnip/mustard green, kale, almonds, sunflower seeds instead!

  • Iron: Helps to create hemoglobin and facilitate oxygen (o2) transportation in body.

Where: Organ meat, eggs, dried fruits, whole grain, dark leafy greens, lean red meat, poultry

Why: Iron is key for blood to transport Oxygen to the body.

Important Fact: To prevent decrease of iron absorption, don’t eat iron-rich foods within an hour of drinking caffeinated beverages (coffee or soda).

  • Potassium: Essential for nervous system and muscle function.

Where: Bananas, citrus, dried apricots, sweet potato, tomatoes, peas, and squash

Why: Getting potassium makes sure our hearts and blood pressure are under control.

Here’s a cool superpower that anyone can do- BOOST your mineral absorption. Here’s how!

  • Vitamin C– increases the absorption of iron
  • Vitamin D– aids the absorption of calcium
  • Magnesium– helps body absorb potassium

It’s SUPER cool how vitamins and minerals work so well with each other. Making sure you’re consuming enough vitamins and minerals are important to your bodies function. Consume vitamins and minerals and your body functions great. You function great- you feel great. It all starts with making that 1st great decision of eating healthy foods along with that dose of exercise. Once you make that decision, it’s an easy walk towards a better life (For your body, for your mood, and for YOU). So eat healthy! Be healthy! Be happy!

Pasta Salad with Herb Vinaigrette

pastasaaladwithherbPasta Salad with Herb Vinaigrette


6oz whole wheat pasta, cooked and drained

1 cup chopped fresh broccoli

¾ cup chopped tomato

½ cup shredded carrot

6 hard boiled eggs, cut in wedges


¼ cup white wine vinegar

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons water

1 teaspoon dried basil leaves

1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves

¾ teaspoon garlic salt


  • Olive Oil is a good fat that helps in the absorption of Vitamins A and E
  • Broccoli contains Vitamins C, E, A, K, B6 and Folic acid
  • Tomatoes contain Vitamin C and Vitamin A
  • Carrots contain Vitamin A, and fiber
  • Eggs have protein and are a good source of vitamin B12 and riboflavin
  • By keeping the vegetables raw you will get the most of these vitamins.

Ensalada de Pasta con Vinagre de Hierbas


6 onzas pasta de trigo

1 taza broccoli picado

¾ taza tomate picado

½ taza zanahorias picados

6 huevos duros, cortados en cunas


¼ taza de vinagre

2 cucharadas de aceite de olivo

2 cucharadas de agua

1 cucharilla de hojas secas de albahaca

1 cucharilla de hojas secas de oregano

¾ cucharilla sal de ajo


  • Aceite de olivo es una grasa Buena para la a absorcion de vitaminsas A y E
  • Brocoli contiene las vitaminas C, E, A, K, B6 y acido folico
  • Tomates contiene las vitaminas C y A
  • Huevos tienen proteina y son un buen fuenta de vitamin B12 y riboflavin
  • Porque las verduras son crudos puede recibir mas beneficios!

March Agency Spotlight- Jacob’s Heart

jacobs hearttoppic    Imagine yourself standing in the middle of the hospital and the doctor says “Your child has cancer”- it’s a devastating scenario, but sadly happens to many families. Cancer creates an instant impact in a family, it is a shocking discovery to know that your child has cancer. The road to recovery and coping with cancer can be hard, luckily there are places like “Jacob’s Heart” that can help. It provides family-centered care that addresses the emotional, practical and financial struggles for families of children and teens during treatment. Jacob’s Heart has one mission: to provide support to parents and families of children with cancer in Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito and South Santa Clara counties.

As you enter Jacob’s Heart and pass the front desk you’ll notice hundreds of pictures of children they support. It’s a heart-warming entrance that highlights how much Jacob’s Heart cares for families. Throughout the colorful rooms are hardworking volunteers that provide incredible service to helping the families. There are rooms filled with blankets quilted for the families. They have a room brimmed with toys for the young kids. In the heart of this establishment, there is an arts and crafts area; here volunteers create cards and gifts for each of the cancer families. The whole establishment shows how passionate they are in providing all they can for parents and families who have children with cancer.

Jacob’s Heart provides an immense amount of services that are dedicated to helping the families. They provide bilingual counseling, grief support, financial assistance, transportation, and much more. Jacob’s heart even has a pantry run by Janet Krupa who’s worked for Jacob’s Heart for 3 years. Janet serves 65 to 85 families bi-weekly, providing organic produce and a variety of different products. Second Harvest is proud in providing Jacob’s Heart with the food they need for all the families they serve.



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