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Quick “Kinda-Healthy” Spring Recipes

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Sylwia Baran Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

When the weather gets warmer, I find myself craving more veggies and fruit. I am the type of person who considers pizza sauce a vegetable serving (it is, isn’t it?) so I like to create meals that are a combination of “healthy” and the “not-so-healthy” ingredients.

Here are three of my favorite spring recipes:

1. Spring Salad And Cheesy Toast

This is one of my favorite spring lunch recipes. It’s quick and easy to make. My favorite part of this lunch is that the salad has a great balance of “healthy” and “indulgent.”

Mix 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in a bowl. Wash a handful of cherry tomatoes and some lettuce of your choice. Cut the tomatoes in half and gently mix the oil/juice in with the veggies. For some cheesy toast, place fresh mozzarella on your bread and then palace the bread in a conventional oven or a toaster oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove the toast when the cheese begins to bubble/brown slightly. Allow it to cool before pairing it with your salad!

2. Orange-You-Glad-I-Didn’t-Say-Banana Juice

I created this delicious recipe one spring day by mixing the only veggies/fruits I could find in the house. I love juice because I eat a lot of junk food and juicing makes me feel like I’m being healthy. Give this a try!

Peel 4 carrots, 2 apples, and 1 melon and cut them into medium-sized pieces. Put all the fruits into a juicer a few pieces at a time and them mix in 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in after all the fruits have been mixed. You can even add some banana if you want! Drink up!

3. Fruit Jell-O Dessert

This dessert has it all: Jell-O, fruit, whipped cream, and chocolate – what more can you ask for? It’s quick to make (although you do have to wait a while for it to solidify). It is worth the effort!

Prepare 1 package of Strawberry Jell-O according to the directions on the package. Wash an assortment of fresh fruit (like strawberries, bananas, grapes, or blueberries – or all of them) and cut them into small pieces. Divide the fruit evenly into dessert bowls. Once the Jell-O mix is cool, pour it into each dessert bowl. Place the dessert in the fridge to completely solidify. When it is ready, you can put whipped cream on top and even decorate it with a dark chocolate topping.

Enjoy! What do you like to eat in the spring?

 

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The 5 Benefits of Coconut Oil

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Kelsey Bradshaw Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

I was on the Paleo diet a few years ago, and although the majority of that didn’t last long (no sugar, grains, or dairy), I did take one good thing away from that experience: coconut oil. Most people negatively associate oil with greasy food, but coconut oil has a multitude of health benefits:

1. Coconut Oil Has “Good” Fat

Coconut oil consists of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT), which are fatty acids. Don’t see the word “fat” and panic –  these fatty acids have a different form of metabolizing than the long chains of fat that are found in cheese or steak. MCT’s go straight to your liver from the digestive tract, where they’re converted to energy or Alzheimer’s-fighting ketone bodies. This good fat balances out our hormones, our thyroid, and our blood sugar levels, as well as lowering the bad cholesterol.

2. Energy Boost

In a study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the MCT’s are proven to give you a 5% increase in energy. This means that by doing nothing but adding coconut oil to your diet, you can burn approximately an extra 120 calories per day!

3. Fight Infections

The next time you are not feeling very well, try taking a spoonful of coconut oil. Coconut oil contains Lauric acid and Monolaurin – both of which are natural antibiotics.

4. Summer Body

Although it seems counter-intuitive to eat fat to lose fat, the unique way that coconut oil is metabolized can result in an appetite-reducing effect with up to 256 fewer calories in a day! The unique metabolizing factor also leads to a decrease in abdominal fat, which (as anyone who’s ever tried to lose weight, ever, knows) can be difficult to lose.

5. Lotion / Hair Conditioner

Coconut oil, being an oil, is obviously going to be moisturizing. This, combined with its anti-bacterial properties and delicious coconut scent, makes it the perfect way to soften your skin or hair.

If you haven’t tried coconut oil, I highly recommend it. So, what are you waiting for?

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Valentine’s Day Dates

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Think you have to be rich to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Wrong. Valentine’s Day, like other holidays, doesn’t have to break the bank. No matter what your budget is, there are always ways to celebrate. The big day is only one week away, so if you don’t have something planned, I have a few inexpensive suggestions for you.

1. Cook Dinner

You can surprise him/her with a homemade dinner, or make it a duo activity and pick out your meal together, go shopping to get the ingredients, and spend some kitchen time together while your favorite music plays in the background. Or, maybe one of you will focus on the meal while the other focuses on the dessert. Don’t forget to light the candles for the mood!

2. Have A Picnic

You can still have a picnic even if it’s cold outside. Just bundle up with some scarves and mittens, bring a cozy blanket, and find a spot in a park or beside a lake. Snack on fruit, cheese, crackers, and of course, chocolate. When it gets too cold for comfort, head back home and warm up inside with some cocoa!

3. Enjoy The Waves

Pick up some dessert and enjoy it by the beach as the waves crash in. Be sure to get there before sunset for a romantic view. End it with a stroll in the sand.

4. Rent A Hot Tub

In some towns, you can rent a private hot tub by the hour for pretty affordable prices. Grab your bathing suits and some towels and spend the night relaxing in hot water. Afterward, grab drinks or a late dinner.

5. Go Out

Downtown or near campus there are always places with fun events like dancing, karaoke, ice-skating or other holiday-themed events. Check your local paper or Craigslist – you’re bound to find something!

6. Try Something New

Get takeout at that new restaurant you always drive or walk by, rent a couple new movies, take it all back to your place and veg out. Afterward, venture out for dessert or create something on your own with what you already have in the cupboards. Anything new is bound to be exciting and make for a memorable night.

Just remember to enjoy the day and the rest will come naturally. Get creative and have fun! What are some Valentine’s Day date ideas you have? Leave them in the comments below!

 

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3 Budget-Friendly DIY Valentine’s Gifts

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Sylwia Baran Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Oh, you want me to pay $45 for flowers that cost only $20 yesterday? Yep, it sounds like it’s Valentine’s Day!

We all know that the prices of the typical v-day gifts such as roses and chocolates double or even triple the week of February 14th, and yet some of us still go out and pay these crazy prices. Well I’ll give you some do-it-yourself gifts ideas that are not only much more sensible in terms of price but are also a lot more thoughtful than any store-bought gift.

1. Chocolate Covered Strawberries

You could find about a dozen of these at most stores for about $30 (if not more), but honestly it’s just strawberries dipped in chocolate. You could make more than a dozen of these just from getting strawberries and a chocolate bar. Wash the strawberries first and break up the chocolate bar into a small pot filled with a little bit of hot water. The chocolate will melt nicely and become perfect for dipping the strawberries into. Place the chocolate-dipped strawberries on to a baking sheet and then place them into the fridge to harden. Get creative and use other fruits to do this with – such as apples or bananas. This delicious treat is fun and romantic to share with your Valentine.

2. Scrapbook

All you need is some scrap booking paper (or even just colored card stock), some ribbon to tie the pages together, and photos of you and your Valentine. This can be a very thoughtful and creative gift to add that sentimental and personal value needed on Valentine’s Day to put a smile on your partner’s face.

3. Heart-Shaped Food

Making a meal for someone can be so gratifying – especially if they are someone special. Make your Valentine some morning pancakes, afternoon sandwiches, or dessert cookies. Whatever you make – shape them into cute hearts! You could use a heart-shaped cookie cutter or free-hand. It’s a simple idea that’s great for your budget and one sweet gift!

Put your own special touch to any of these ideas and I assure you that your Valentine will be just as happy (if not more so) with a home-made gift made with love.

Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

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Preparing For The Stuffing

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Bailey Buckingham Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

We all know Thanksgiving is infamous for making us feel sluggish and bloated. We may even incidentally gain a few pounds from holiday meals and then feel guilty for eating all of that wonderfully delicious food. For the past couple of years, I discovered a way to make my Thanksgiving meals more enjoyable by preparing for a giant feast. About two weeks prior, I have done a small “almost diet” to balance out the weight gain. I want to share the four steps I take to prepare my body before I hit that huge bowl of stuffing!

1. No Soda

UGH, I know, this isn’t easy. Soda has become a dominant drink for our consumption, especially for college students. I’m a huge diet coke drinker, and even though it is diet, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a ton of sugar. I cut it out completely and stuck to sparkling water. I always lose a few pounds just from that alone!

2. No Fast Food

Again, as a college student, fast food is sometimes the answer to all my problems, but a few weeks before turkey day, I lay off. Even if you get a prepared salad, it will have twice as many calories as if you were to prepare it yourself at home.

3. Drink Water

I’m a pretty decent water drinker on a regular basis, but during this season I quick it up a notch. I drink about 8 bottles a day, and I add lemon because it is an amazing natural detox.

4. Add Some Exercise

I go up and down through phases of exercise, and definitely around midterms I hit a lull. So, for the few weeks before the holidays I make sure that I at least walk 1 mile, do 50 pushups, sit-ups, and a plank every day. It really doesn’t take that long at all, and it’s amazing how great your body feels just from that small amount of exercise!

I encourage you to tweek this list and make it your own, but I promise it will make your Thanksgiving meal (and the following upcoming holiday meals) that much more enjoyable knowing that you are aware of your body’s limits and that you are taking care of it!

Just remember that it is normal for everyone to add a couple of pounds during the colder season, especially when big heavy meals

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