Nov 13 2013

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FLP: Substantial Food

By Mandi Nyambi ’15

So you find yourself stuck with the task of filling out the DAPA Grant for your club’s party this weekend. You hate coordinating the food for parties because you can never decide what to provide, and  you see that DAPA encourages “substantial foods.” What does that even mean, and what kinds of foods qualify? Substantial foods are a foods that take your body more time to metabolize as compared to other food types. Therefore, in instances where you eat and drink alcohol, the alcohol is absorbed more slowly than it  would be otherwise.


Substantial foods include slow digesting carbohydrates like brown rice, oatmeal, beans and whole grains. This can come in the form of pizza, a quinoa salad, or even indian take out. Proteins and healthy fats like peanut butter, nuts and olive oil also make up the substantial food group. If you’re thinking of what foods to have at your party that fall into this category the Harvard Food and Literacy Project suggest nuts, fruit, cheese, hummus or yogurt. The next time you’re stuck with planning the food for your DAPA Deal funded party, keep this information in mind. If you have any questions about other foods you may think are substantial feel free to reach out to us!


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