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Make every day a healthy snack day

Eldon Bueno shares his healthy pita snack recipe.

The Make Every Day Healthy Snack Day initiative is a statewide movement to inspire Californians to make healthier snack choices.

Coraima Linares, Melissa Mabuchi and Vanity Campbell of the UC ANR Staff Assembly Wellness Committee Planning Subcommittee have organized a series of virtual potlucks following the monthly UC ANR town halls.

Focused on healthy snacking habits and nutrition education, this health promotion effort will provide an opportunity for UC ANR employees to share and extend healthy snack ideas with one another through a virtual potluck. The goal of the event is to encourage everyone to Make Every Day Healthy Snack Day while engaging and connecting with colleagues across the state.

Each session will be scheduled for about 15 minutes at the end of UC ANR town hall meetings. Employees are invited to share one of their favorite snacks as a recipe presentation, live demonstration or TikTok video to present during monthly sessions to help all of us discover new ingredients and flavors, enjoy fun recipes, and make easy everyday simple and healthy snacks. 

At the January virtual potluck, Marina Aguilera, community education specialist II in UCCE Tulare County, and Eldon Bueno, community education specialist II in UCCE Kings County, presented their snack ideas. Watch their healthy pita snack video:

Sign up to contribute a recipe of your own.

Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 5:49 PM

Healthy Snack Day winners show their creativity

Thanks to all who participated in Healthy Snack Day 2019! The Wellness committee was very impressed with the level of creativity sites brought to this event.

Many of you enjoyed local fruits and vegetables from your home gardens and even gardens at your sites (shout out to Placer and Nevada Counties, Kearney REC, UCCE Orange County, and South Coast REC).

Other sites used Healthy Snack Day as an opportunity to connect with other departments in their building and to test out recipes for future community nutrition classes. Great ideas!

We were so excited to hear that you all are using this team building opportunity in creative ways and we are thrilled to announce the winners for both the photo and recipe competitions.

We had 13 sites participate in the photo competition and three sites in the recipe competition.

Photo competition winners are as follows:

First place: Kearney REC

UC ANR staff at Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center took first place for Healthy Snack Day 2019.

Second Place, UCCE Contra Costa

UCCE Contra Costa won second place.

Third Place: UCCE Humboldt-Del Norte

UCCE Humboldt-Del Norte took third place.

The Recipe Contest winners are as follows:

First place: South Coast REC and UCCE Orange County for their fabulous recipe book.

Find a pdf link to the whole booklet at the end of this article. Here's a sample recipe:

Spicy and crispy garbonzos


1 cup dried garbanzos, soak overnight then cook until tender. Lay on paper towels to dry
4 T olive oil
Maldon salt
Thyme leaves
Spanish paprika


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Toss the cooked garbanzos with olive oil. Put on a cooksheet in a single layer and bake until brown and crispy in oven.

Toss with a touch more olive oil, thyme, salt and Spanish paprika. 

Second place: the Nutrition Policy Institute for their radish cucumber salad recipe.

Radish cucumber salad - Source: Simple Veganista

  • cucumber (about 2 cups)
  • 1 bunch radishes (about 2 cups)
  • 1/8 red onion (about 1/4 cup)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh dill
  • 1 can (15oz) chickpeas
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon mineral salt, or to taste
  • freshly cracked pepper, to taste


Use the freshest ingredients possible. With only a few ingredients in this radish cucumber salad, try to source the best and freshest possible. Use your favorite kind of radishes and cucumbers.

Prepping tips: If your cucumbers and radishes are the wider side cut them into half moon shapes. It makes it a little easier to eat. But if they are thinner side leave them in whole circles if you like. No need to peel the cucumbers, the skin adds fiber and nutrition.

Use as much dill as you like. For myself, the more the merrier – it's such a refreshing herb!

Season well: Use plenty of salt and as much pepper as you like. The radishes are peppery, but once the salad is mixed all together, they aren't as noticeable, so a little extra pepper is nice.

Planning on making your radish and cucumber salad ahead? Keep the cider dressing separate from the salad until ready to serve. The zucchini and radishes will soak up the dressing and start to soften and pickle. It's not a bad thing, but if you prefer a crisp presentation mix the salad with the dressing just before setting on the table. It won't hurt to mix up to 15 minutes ahead of time.


  1. Wash the cucumber and radishes well, scrubbing as necessary.
  2. Trim the ends from the cucumber and radishes and thinly slice, using a knife or mandoline.
  3. Drain and rinse the chickpeas.
  4. Add the cucumber, radish, chickpea, dill, apple cider vinegar, oil, salt and pepper to a large mixing bowl, toss well to coat.

And all that's left is to enjoy as is or chill before eating. Enjoy!


Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 – 5 days in a covered container.

Third place: UCCE San Joaquin for their Fruit Pico de Gallo recipe.

Fruit pico de gallo (Source: CDPH Public Health)


1 cup peeled and chopped fresh mango
1 cup chopped fresh watermelon
1 cup chopped fresh pineapple or canned pineapple in 100% juice
1 cup peeled and chopped fresh papaya
1 cup peeled and chopped jicama
Juice from 1 lime
1 teaspoon chili powder


Mix together all the fruit in a medium bowl and sprinkle with lime juice and chili powder. Serve immediately.

Congratulations to all six site winners! We hope that the first prize winners enjoy their healthy snack boxes, the second place winners feel refreshed when using their spa water container and recipe book prize and the third place winners use their apple slicers for years to come.

Thanks for participating in Healthy Snack Day 2019. We hope you all had a blast.

If you are interested in seeing all the entries for the competition, check out the the Wellness Committee's webpage

Link here:

Happy snacking,

UCANR Staff Assembly Wellness Committee

UCCE Orange County and South Coast REC recipe book (pdf)

Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 9:38 AM
  • Author: Kaela Plank

Snack healthy on Healthy Snack Day and win great prizes

The UC ANR Staff Assembly Wellness Committee is sponsoring Healthy Snack Day activities on Sept. 12. Healthy Snack Day is a statewide day of action celebrating the benefits of eating foods in between meals that that are nutritious and fun. The event provides an opportunity for ANR locations to get together over delicious, healthy snacks and share recipe ideas.

Locations can enter two contests to win prizes, such as a “spa water” dispenser for the office, a box of healthy snacks to share and handy kitchen gadgets.

The Wellness Committee has asked UC ANR Staff Assembly Ambassadors to coordinate the Healthy Snack Day activities at each location. If you don't know your ambassador, visit the UC ANR Staff Assembly website. Check with your ambassador to find out how you can get involved.

Some possibilities include sharing healthy snacks potluck-style, identifying local businesses to donate healthy snacks or composing recipes for favorite healthy snacks.

The winner of the 2018 Healthy Snack Day photo contest was submitted by UCCE Tulare County.

There are two ways to win:

  • Photo contest: Submit a group photo of the team enjoying a healthy snack on HSD.
  • Recipe contest: Submit a creative healthy snack recipe.

The Wellness Committee will select the first, second and third place winners. First place wins a healthy snack gift box, second place receives a spa water dispenser and recipe book, third place adds an apple slicer and avocado slicer to their locations' kitchens.

Contest entries should be emailed directly to Wellness Committee chair Kaela Plank at, or posted on twitter with the hashtag #SnackHealthyUCANR.  All contest entries must include the site name.  Submission deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13.

Posted on Friday, August 23, 2019 at 12:17 PM

UCCE Tulare County wins Healthy Snack Day contest

UC Cooperative Extension in Tulare County won first place in the UC ANR Staff Assembly Wellness Committee's contest on Healthy Snack Day, Aug. 29. All UC ANR facilities were invited to hold Healthy Snack Day activities and submit one photo.

Tulare County staff creatively submitted a photo collage to tell a story about their Healthy Snack Day activities. Before Healthy Snack Day, the staff appear fatigued and lethargic; afterward, the staff are all smiles and enthusiasm. The Tulare County office won a water dispenser/infuser to serve healthy and appealing beverages. 

UC Cooperative Extension, Tulare County

Second place went to UC Cooperative Extension in San Diego County, where the staff took the opportunity on Healthy Snack Day to "play with their food." Cut-up fresh fruit and vegetables were fashioned into elaborate artwork and sculptures.

UC Cooperative Extension, San Diego County

The UC Lindcove Research and Extension Center came in third with a collage and food art, plus plenty of fruit and vegetables.

UC Lindcove Research and Extension Center

Healthy Snack Day was the first event sponsored by the UC ANR Staff Assembly Wellness Committee, which is dedicated to supporting and improving the health, well-being and quality of life of ANR employees. The committee promotes initiatives and programs that foster healthy workplace environments, empower employees to adopt healthy habits, and strengthen our sense of community.

In all, eight UC ANR facilities entered pictures in the contest. They are shown below.

UC ANR Second Street Building, Davis
UC Cooperative Extension, Capitol Corridor MCP
UC Cooperative Extension, Placer and Nevada counties
UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center

UC Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center
UC Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center

Posted on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 11:51 AM

PAC discusses strategic plan and urban agriculture

At the recent President’s Advisory Commission meeting, President Napolitano praised UC ANR’s work in “areas of critical importance.”

Downtown Oakland was the site of the biannual UC President's Advisory Commission on Agriculture and Natural Resources (PAC) meeting on Aug. 9, which included a Q&A session with President Napolitano, program presentations from UC Cooperative Extension county directors Rob Bennaton and Igor Lacan, and updates from deans Helene Dillard (UC Davis), Keith Gilless (UC Berkeley) and Kathryn Uhrich (UC Riverside), as well as Executive Associate Dean John Pascoe (filling in for Dean Michael Lairmore, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine). 

In her opening remarks, UC ANR Vice President Glenda Humiston introduced Mark Bell, the division's new vice provost for statewide programs and strategic initiatives. Bell spoke about the strength of the UC system, the diversity of programs offered by UC ANR statewide, and his plans to leverage the strong volunteer and staff base of programs like UC Master Gardeners and 4-H.

Humiston also offered updates on the division's strategic plan and the significant progress made in implementing its key goals. Associate Vice President Tu Tran then gave a presentation on the division's financial situation, which he titled “A Fiscal Plan for Success.” Tran addressed UC ANR's place in the state budget and its revenue projections through FY 2021-22, which includes significant growth in major gifts and fundraising.

Jerry Lohr, right, congratulated fellow PAC member Grant Davis on his new position as director of the state Department of Water Resources.

Bennaton and Lacan both gave spirited and enthusiastic presentations that were received well. Bennaton, who serves as county director for Alameda and Contra Costa counties as well as UCCE urban agriculture advisor for the Bay Area, discussed the benefits of urban agriculture and the assortment of activities going on in community development, habitat restoration and youth programming.

Lacan, also a UCCE environmental horticulture advisor for the Bay Area and co-director in San Mateo and San Francisco counties, talked about the diverse and richly rewarding work he spearheads in urban forestry. His work currently focuses on sustainable management of urban trees and urban water.

Following lunch, UC President Napolitano offered glowing remarks about UC ANR's contributions and the long-term strategy reflected in the division's new strategic plan. She said she was particularly impressed by ANR's recent work in water, childhood obesity, nutrition education, and Asian citrus psyllid, calling them “areas of critical importance.” She also praised Humiston's leadership in the area of tech innovation and partnerships.

During a Q&A period, the president engaged PAC members on various issues such as potential public-private partnerships that could involve UC ANR, targeted approaches to advocacy and deferred maintenance needs for UC writ large but also for UC ANR and its research and extension centers system, specifically.

The deans gave updates on research and activities occurring at their respective colleges and school.

The next PAC meeting is scheduled for December, also in Oakland. 

Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 5:06 PM
  • Author: Mike Janes

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