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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!

Spring Salad and Cheesy Toast

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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!

Orange Banana Juice

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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.

Fruit Jello Whipped Cream Dessert

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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.

Coconut Oil

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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!

Energy Boost Jump

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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.

Female College Student Not Feeling Well

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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.

Fit Summer Body

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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.

Coconut Oil Hair Conditioner

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

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Things To Avoid Saying To A Recent Graduate

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

After college, I noticed I was getting the same questions over and over from family members and their friends, “What will you do now?” or “Have you found a job yet?” One family member made a point of saying how when she was finished with high school, she already had kids and a husband set up.

Sometimes what comes off as reminiscing, can really be taken as criticism, so if you find yourself getting the same irritating questions, feel free to show that person this list of things not to say to someone who has just graduated! You can even learn from this list when talking to fellow graduates.

1. Do You Have A Job Yet?

Hold your horses! Graduating college doesn’t mean we’re going to graduate with a job! Instead of asking this person if they have a job yet, go with the more appropriate, “So what’s next for you?” It’s less likely to come across as a put-down if they don’t have a job or even a job offer yet.

Post-Grad College Job Search

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2. How Much Money Do You Owe Now?

I understand that most people are just curious when they ask how much debt someone graduated college with, but we just graduated. We don’t want or need a reminder that we’re going to be paying back thousands of dollars forever and ever.

Student Loan Debt

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3. Why Did You Study That In College?

I don’t understand why some people choose to study art in college, but I’m not going to go up to them and ask them what they were thinking. There isn’t really a nice way to ask someone why they chose to study a particular subject or than maybe asking what job they are looking for.

College Art Major

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4. What’s Your Life Plan?

Not only is this a huge question, it’s also not something a lot of grads feel good answering. Sometimes we don’t have it all figured out. Plans change, job interests change, etc. Focus on goals within a year instead.

Life Plan

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5. Are You Still Living At Home?

Chances are if we’re living at home, it’s not something we’re psyched about. In a dream world, each grad would end up with their own place instead of driving back to mom and dad at the end of the day.

Living At Home With Parents After College Graduation

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6. Are You In A Relationship Yet?

Am I the only one who seems to get this question on the regular from family members? Sometimes it feels like we’re reverting back to the 50s when women and men were supposed to graduate not just with a degree, but with a marriage proposal too.

College Relationship Couple

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7. You Should Have….

Ever hear the phrase, ‘Unsolicited advice is often taken as criticism?’ If you’re offering advice to someone who hasn’t requested it, it has a high chance of backfiring and being taken offensively.

Criticism Ignored

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8. Why Didn’t You….?

Again, this could be taken as criticism. We are doing the best we can with the knowledge we have. It is only natural for us to make mistakes – that is part of living life.

Annoyed Graduate

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Everyone is different, and so are their lives. What might be good for one person may not necessarily be good for another. Everything will fall into place over time.

 

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Preventing Roommate Problems

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Bailey Buckingham Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

I haven’t ever really been someone who has liked having a roommate, but it is almost necessary to have one with the high cost of living in California. My roommate and I started off very rocky because we’re very different, but we came up with a few ways to make our living situation better for both of us! Check out these suggestions if you need ideas on how to get along with your roommate.

1. White Board Communication

If your schedules are opposite or communication isn’t strong, get a white board or sticky notes. This way you can relay important information and you don’t have to worry about unread texts or not seeing each other. This helps my roommate and I if a bill is coming up, she’s going to have friends over, or she’s going out of town!

Roommate Whiteboard Communication

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2. Lost & Found

We had a big problem of getting mad at each other for leaving our stuff in the common areas. Now, we have a lost and found bin that we put each other’s stuff in so that the common areas are clean. If I’m missing something, I can most likely find it in the bin!

Lost and Found Bin Apartment Living

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3. Bills

This may not work for everyone, but we downloaded this app called Splitwise, which allows us to see who still owes what amount for bills. This leaves us both accountable and makes the amount we’re paying clear and visible so there isn’t any confusion.

Splitwise Phone App Money Bills

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4. Designated Shelves

In the kitchen, we have her stuff on one set of shelves, and my stuff on the other. This way there is no confusion about who bought what item. This makes things a lot easier if you’re in a home where you don’t split the groceries!

Kitchen Cupboard Closet

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Living with another person can be hard, so you have to be proactive to make a positive living situation. I hope these simple steps will be helpful.

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5 Things To Stop Thinking About After Graduation

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

As I neared graduation, I couldn’t help but think of all the awesome ways my life was about to change. I knew after graduation I would be working full time in an office doing what I had spent so many days studying, and I would be living alone in a great apartment. Unfortunately, my road has taken me down a different path. Should you find yourself in the same position, don’t fall into the pit of negativity. It is normal for life to not always take the expected path after graduation.

College Graduates

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Here are some common thoughts you might be thinking after graduating:

1. It’s The End Of The World

Graduating college without a job waiting for you is not exactly the best feeling when you’ve been hearing about Sally and John who do have jobs waiting for them. You see social media posts filling up your Facebook about how so-and-so is moving into their own place is also not a great feeling when you probably have to move back home. Although it can be discouraging and sad, it’s not the end of the world. Your time will come, don’t rush it.

2. I Should Have Studied Something Else

I have just recently fallen into this kind of thinking. It just so happens I picked one of the most difficult areas of study to find a job in: journalism. Unlike other fields (like medical), some of us will have our work cut out for us just in job searching alone – but just because it gets hard and the road gets bumpy, that doesn’t mean you picked the wrong major. Remind yourself why you chose to study what you did. It’s important to do what you love.

3. College Was A Waste Of Time And Money

Just a heads up, the six month grace period after graduation flies by! Loan payments are not fun, but remind yourself college was an investment. When I catch myself thinking college was a waste of time, I remind myself that just because it may not have paid off yet, doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good decision. Use this somewhat-negative thinking to kick yourself into high gear for finding a job!

4. This Is Embarrassing

“Have you found a job yet?” “What are you doing with all of your free time?” “Your friends found jobs, didn’t they?” These are the kinds of questions you might get after you’ve graduated and several months have gone by. You may want to crawl under a rock and you may want to heave a big sigh and leave the room. You may feel your cheeks heat up with embarrassment because the person asking you these questions is reminding you of your circumstances. Don’t feel the need to explain yourself to this person, but if you do, be honest. Tell them life isn’t so easy, but you’re doing your best. You don’t have to justify yourself to anyone except yourself, and if you are okay with the decisions you are making, everyone else should be too.

5. I Should Be In The Same Place As So-And-So

In life, comparing yourself to others is a dangerous act. Although, it is easy to do today with Facebook and other social media sites where you can see daily what others are up to. Why keep torturing yourself? Your journey is different from everyone else’s, so comparing yourself to someone else is a recipe for disaster. Not all of us had the training wheels taken off our bike at the same time; it’s only natural not all of us will have a job and be able to afford our own place at the same time either. The worst idea is to push yourself into something before you are ready.

Proud College Graduates

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What thoughts have you had post-grad? How are you handling them?

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