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6 Quick & Easy Meals To Cook This Summer

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Cameron Tranchemontagne BookRenter Blogger Biography

A lot of memories can be made with people cooking and eating together outside in the summer. When the weather is nice, the company is good, and refreshments are chilled… all you need is some food. Do you go with some hot dogs and burgers on the grill? Maybe something roasted over the fire? Maybe even some seafood?

Consider these seasonal bites the next time you need an idea for a summer meal:

1. Chicken Kabobs

This one’s easy. Find some kabobs, some meat (chicken or beef), and some veggies and/or fruit. Slice everything up into cubes and pierce the food with the sticks to make a nice stack of everything. Grill them on medium heat for about 5 minutes before you flip and grill them for another 5. The great thing about kabobs is they’re so customizable. So feel free to adjust to your tastes, but I suggest using teriyaki or lemon-pepper chicken, green and red peppers, and chunks of mango or pineapple to make a simple, yet delicious treat!

2. Summer BBQ Chicken-Hawaiin Pizza

Pizza is also an easy recipe that is highly customizable, but this one will transport your taste buds to a luau on Maui. Get a pre-made crust (thin, original, rustic, etc.) Find some honey-barbecue sauce, chicken breast, bacon, pineapple, marinara sauce and some mozzarella cheese. You’ll also need some salt, black and red pepper, garlic powder, and oregano. Place the crust on a baking sheet or a pizza wheel if you have one. Pre-cook the chicken and the bacon before placing it on the pizza. While the chicken and bacon cooks, you can put the sauce and the cheese on the pizza crust. Then slice up the cooked chicken and break up the bacon into bits and scatter them on your pizza. Add slices of pineapple and lightly drizzle the honey-bbq sauce all over the pizza in whatever pattern you want. Add a hint of seasoning. Bake for 10 minutes at 425 degrees, then enjoy!

3. Trout Fillets

I like to fish, but you don’t have to go out and catch your own trout to enjoy eating one. Some people prefer cooking these on stovetops skillets, but you can just as easily use the grill. You’ll need your trout fillets, a lemon, some garlic cloves, salt and pepper, and aluminum foil. Heat up the grill on medium-high heat. Place your fillets in the middle of enough aluminum foil to wrap them in. Slice up the lemon and chop up the garlic. Top the fillets with the garlic and then lay a couple lemon slices down. Season with salt and pepper, wrap them up, and grill them for about 5 minutes depending on their size. The middle should be flaky (test with a fork) when done.

4. Apple Slice and Chorizo Salad

This is an interesting summer salad with the tartness of the apples balancing out the spiciness of the chorizo. You’ll need some olive oil, salt and pepper, green leaf lettuce, half of an apple (I prefer Granny Smiths), some lemon juice, half a clove of garlic, and your favorite type of cheese. Use a skillet over medium-heat to cook the chorizo for about 3 minutes in some olive oil. Mix together the lemon juice, garlic, and just a pinch of salt and pepper. Then add apple slices, lettuce, cheese, and toss. Should take about 10 minutes to cook, then dig in!

5. Caribbean Corn on the Cob

This version of corn on the cob will add a little flavor of the Caribbean. Get a few ears of corn, husk them, and remove all the silk. You’ll need about 2 tablespoons of butter, paprika, asiago cheese, salt, and some lime wedges. Grill the corn on for about 12 minutes over medium heat. When they’re done, drizzle the melted butter, grate and sprinkle the cheese, add the paprika, and squeeze some lime juice over them. You’ll never go back to plain old corn on the cob again.

6. Peanut Butter S’mores

Always save dessert (the best) for last. You’ve probably heard of s’mores – your standard graham crackers, chocolate bar, and fire roasted marshmallow. But you haven’t lived until you’ve added peanut butter. Roast a marshmallow until it’s golden brown. Then simply spread a thin layer of peanut butter on one of the crackers, and then add your chocolate, the marshmallow, and the top cracker. Delicious!

Get creative! There are many things you can cook and many ways to do it. Cook with some friends so everyone can enjoy the meal and have their own meals to contribute. Summer should be about meals and memories.

Let us know in a comment below if you try any of these recipes, and what you think! Or, add in your own favorite summer recipes!

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Fit-Feasting On Thanksgiving

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Bailey Buckingham BookRenter Blogger Biography

This time of the year is known as the time that ruins your diet. With the holidays, great meals, and colder weather – everyone seems to gain weight. Usually we don’t worry about gaining the weight until bikini body season. For the past couple of years, I’ve learned some tricks to staying as healthy as I can during Thanksgiving and this time of year so that afterwards I don’t feel sluggish and gross.

Here are some suggestions to how to stay healthy during Thanksgiving:

1. Family Fitness Activity

If you’re spending the holiday with family, like most of us do, the easiest way to get a “workout” in is to involve the whole family. For two years, my family and I have participated in the Turkey Trot 5K races the morning of Thanksgiving. If your town doesn’t offer something like that, then do a flag football or volleyball competition. Incorporate some sort of competition or game that gets the family going so you can burn some extra calories and make some holiday memories while doing it!

2. Cook Some Of The Meal

Talk to whoever is “in charge” of Thanksgiving and see what you can make yourself for the meal. I’ve already talked to my grandma about making a pie, and some side dishes this year. This puts you in control of the recipe, so you can use healthier options when cooking!

3. Smaller Plate Trick

So you don’t offend the cook, talk to them beforehand, but instead of using a big plate like everyone else, use a smaller plate. That way you will have a full plate, and smaller portions, so you trick yourself into thinking you’ve eaten a lot. This will help you to prevent all of that gluttonous overeating.

4. Commercial Break

My family watches football on Thanksgiving as a tradition. When there is a commercial break, I use it as an opportunity to get away from the TV and walk around. If you’re in a comfortable family setting, do jumping jacks or push-ups between commercials to get your blood flowing!

5. Don’t Discourage Yourself

Don’t be upset because you ate mash potatoes, or if you ate one too many cookies. IT HAPPENS! If you eat too many cookies, walk around the house and burn some extra calories. Don’t let this celebration with your family turn into you freaking out about calories all day.

Remember to enjoy yourself, and your family’s company. Don’t stress about calories all day, but be try to do some fit-feasting this Thanksgiving to help!

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Healthy Dorm Room Snacks

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Bailey Buckingham BookRenter Blogger Biography
Nobody wants to fall victim to the freshman fifteen, or whatever they call it when you still gain weight as a senior… Ugh. Unfortunately, if you haven’t already learned, the older you get, the harder it is to keep a fit figure. Luckily, there are a few snacks that are not only tasty, but have a much better nutritional value than the chips in the vending machine down the hall.

Here are a few healthy dorm room snack ideas to satisfy the cravings and keep fit:

1. Meat & Cheeses

I’ve been keeping turkey jerky and light cheeses around to eat for a snack. The turkey gives me protein and keeps me full, and the cheese gives me a dose of calcium. Try beef sticks or regular jerky if you aren’t a turkey fan.

2. Popcorn

This is probably my favorite snack, which is evident when you open my pantry. I buy almost all of the flavors of Smart Pop, and I always have a box of microwave popcorn on hand. Popcorn has a great amount of fiber for you, and it’s very low in calories and fat. As long as you don’t eat movie theater butter popcorn, it is a very healthy and tasty alternative to chips.

3. Yogurt

I used to say I didn’t like yogurt, but that’s before I even tried it. Seriously, how can you know if you don’t like something if you haven’t tried it before? Now, I treat yogurt like it is dessert. I always get the pie flavors because it satisfies my sweet tooth without taking a big hit to my daily caloric intake. There are several types of yogurt, and many flavors.Test them all out until you find something that will alleviate your sweet tooth!

4. Fruit

This is one of the more obvious options, but it’s so important to learn early on how vital fruit is in our diet. A lot of weight loss systems, such as weight watchers, don’t even require you to log when you eat fruit because of all of the benefits you receive. When you shop right, fruit can be a lot cheaper than buying bags of chips, or candy. I make small to-go containers everyday that have just a small portion of my favorite fruits to take with me because it’s easy to pull out and snack on in class.

There are so many foods andsnacks out there that are delicious, but you have to find the balance between tasty and good for you. It’s so easy to snack when you’re in the dorm and just hanging out, but try to think of healthier options. This will prepare you for when you need to start being completely in control of your own meals (if you’re not already). Start creating these good habits!

Share your favorite healthy dorm room snacks with us in a comment below!

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6 Foods To Avoid At The Dining Hall

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Cameron Tranchemontagne BookRenter Blogger Biography

If you have a college student meal plan, then you know the struggle of dining hall food. Sure, not having to cook the food or clean dishes is great, but you have to choose what to eat from what is offered. At first it may seem like there are endless options, but after a while you will realize that they often provide the same kinds of food over and over again, easily allowing you to get into a habitual eating pattern that may not be the healthiest option. The Freshman 15 is not a myth.

Try to become more aware of what you are eating at your next dining hall visit. Here are six foods that I recommend you avoid for the following reasons:

1. Fried Food

Although fried food can taste good, and it may be in abundance at the dining hall, it doesn’t have any nutritional value so try avoiding it if you can. Did you know a grilled chicken sandwich has about 420 calories and 10 grams of fat compared to a fried chicken sandwich that has about 530 calories and 20 grams of fat? That extra breaded layer really does add up. Typically anything breaded or crispy is fried and should be eaten in moderation.

2. Sauces

Some sauces can have up to 40% of your daily recommended sodium intake in just one serving (and by the way, one serving is often the size of one scoop from a spoon). And how many of us can honestly say we measure out the serving size before dumping BBQ sauce on a steak and cheese or the teriyaki sauce before drizzling it over some rice? Sauces may make something taste better, but they are a source of hidden calories and often can take away the health benefits of food without it.

3. Salad Toppings

Salad is great. It has lots of vegetables and a minimal amount of fat, but the taste can be so bland for most people. If you’re just starting to eat salads or want to trim down the fat in yours, consider avoiding toppings like bacon bits, excessive cheese, croutons, and creamy dressing. Using an oil-based dressing will spread more easily and cover up more leafy greens, tricking you into using less.

4. Processed Foods

Most processed foods like chips, pre-made desserts, and even some breads/wraps can have high fat content and may even contain trans fats, which are much worse than saturated fats and is something you never want to consume. Essentially, trans fats can slow down brain function by disrupting communication between brain cells. They also contribute to cardiovascular disease. If you have access to nutritional labels (which is not always the case in a dining hall where the food is prepared for you), look for words like “partially hydrogenated oils” and stay away from them. It is the one “food” that experts say is not okay at all even in moderation with one source saying it’s more like plastic than food.

5. Soft Drinks

If you haven’t seen the graphic of how your body reacts to a can of coke within one hour, I highly suggest you check it out. Soft drinks contain extremely high amounts of sugar, which your liver will be straining to keep up with and turning it all into fat. Any nutritional value that could possibly come from a soda is flushed out of your system by the caffeine’s diuretic properties.

6. The Same Thing All The Time

Once you have been in school for a couple months, you may notice that dining halls operate on a set schedule. They often offer up some types of food on one day and others on different days, but the schedule does not vary wildly. Though this makes it easier to serve a large student body consistently, it also makes it easy for the student to fall into a habit of eating the same foods every time. For example, there were many meals in any given week when they were serving food I didn’t like or didn’t think I’d like. My initial response was always to just go get a couple slices of pizza. It’s important to balance your meals, and just eating pizza all the time is not that; despite whatever toppings are on there.  Don’t be afraid to branch out and try new things at the dining hall. You may find that you actually really enjoy healthier options that you wouldn’t normally consider.

This is not meant to be a strict nutritional guide, but to make you aware of your eating habits. Don’t be afraid to ask one of the employees at the dining hall for nutrition information on any and all food being served in order to better plan out your meals. You have to remember that you’re in control of what you put into your body.

It may be hard to avoid the “yummier” foods, but it will benefit in the long run if you substitute that cookie for a side of broccoli.

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Cheap & Easy Recipes For Students On A Budget

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Darlene Megino BookRenter Blogger Biography

 

 

 

A college diet can sometimes be a struggle when you’re on a tight budget. The dreaded Ramen meal can sometimes be a nightmare to your taste buds, but have no fear! Here are some cheap and easy recipes that will leave your mouth watering. These recipes consist of five or less ingredients and are quick to make. Try them out!

1. French Bread Pizza

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and cut a loaf of French bread in half and place it on a baking pan. Spread spaghetti sauce onto the bread and then sprinkle shredded cheese on top. Add any toppings you desire (pepperoni, olives, ham, bacon, etc) and add a touch of spices for some extra zest! Bake for 10-15 minutes until the bread has toasted and the cheese has melted. Let it cool for 5 minutes and then cut. Now you have your own homemade French bread pizza!

2. Avocado Egg Bake

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut avocados in half and remove the seed. Use a spoon to gently scoop out enough space for an egg. Crack eggs into the avocado halves, and sprinkle salt and pepper on top. Bake the avocados for 15-20 minutes, or until the yolk is cooked to your liking. Toast on the side couldn’t hurt either!

3. Garlic Butter Pasta

Cook angel hair pasta for 8-10 minutes and heat up 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a separate pan, on medium-high heat. Once the oil has warmed up, add 3 to 4 crushed garlic cloves. Add ½ a stick of butter as the garlic begins to brown. After the butter has melted, mix in with the pasta. Season to your liking and add any fresh herbs, cooked shrimp, or grilled chicken slices.

So, the next time you are running short on time or cash, give one of these recipes a try. If you have any quick and easy recipes, share with us in the comments below!

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