Chef Nikki’s Raw Kale Salad Recipe

This is a very simple recipe for a delicious kale salad that I learned from a local raw foods chef. It was one of my staple menu items when I was a private chef for a Bay Area yoga retreat. Every … Continue reading

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More Meals for Seniors in Need

Did you know 19,000 seniors right here in San Francisco live with the threat of hunger every day? Thanks to your generous support, Project Open Hand is responding by expanding our Senior Lunch Program this spring. “Project Open Hand is … Continue reading

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Cholesterol: Lower It with Lifestyle Changes

by Kristi Friesen, Project Open Hand Registered Dietitian Every cell in our bodies contains cholesterol. We need cholesterol to make hormones, digest fats and convert sunlight into vitamin D. If we need cholesterol, then why is high cholesterol bad? When … Continue reading

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Nourishing Our Senior Volunteers: Clarence’s Story

Clarence is a soft-spoken senior with a big heart.  A retired literature professor, he has always been drawn to nurturing others. “Over the years, there were many times when I enjoyed my students so much, I felt like I should … Continue reading

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Recipe: Raw, No-bake Energy Bars

By Maggie Gori, Young Professionals Council Member Ingredients Raw Cashews – 2 cups Dried Goji Berries – 1 tablespoon Medjool Dates – 10 medium-sized, pitted & chopped Raw Sunflower Seeds – 1/4 cup Cinnamon – 1/2 teaspoon Honey – 1 … Continue reading

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Paul’s Story: “Project Open Hand opened my eyes”

Diagnosed with HIV in the late 1980s, Paul considers himself lucky to be a long-time survivor and is thankful he has had access to resources like Project Open Hand. “I felt like I always had an angel on my shoulder,” … Continue reading

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From Our Kitchen to Yours: Red Curry Chicken Recipe

by Chef Nikki Gilmore Red Curry Chicken is a favorite dish of many Project Open Hand clients.  Our recipe contains fresh ginger, which can be used to relieve nausea and upset stomach. Used as medicine in cultures all over the world … Continue reading

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7 Ways to Get Your Veggies on a Budget

By Kristi Friesen, Registered Dietitian at Project Open Hand Although purchasing fresh veggies can often be expensive, there are a few savvy ways to help you get more bang for your buck. Here are 7 ways you can make the most … Continue reading

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“Hara Hachi Bu” for Good Health

By Kristi Friesen, Project Open Hand Registered Dietitian Hara Hachi Bu translates to “eat until you are 80% full,” and is a conscious way to practice calorie control.  Another way to think about it is to eat until you are … Continue reading

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Is a Tomato a Fruit or a Veggie?

By Kristi Friesen, Registered Dietitian at Project Open Hand Have you ever been asked if a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable? Do you know how to tell the difference? A fruit is the part of a plant that … Continue reading

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