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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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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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5 Healthy Meals for College Students – Brought to You by BookRenter™ and ZocDoc

Filed under: College Life, Food, Health & Fitness, Money/Budget, Tips - BookRenter Team
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Eating well while you’re in school can be a challenge for a myriad of reasons: it’s expensive (I’m looking at you, Whole Foods, you temptress); there aren’t enough hours in the day for extensive prep time; and dorm rooms don’t usually have the necessary appliances to create that gourmet experience.

That’s why BookRenter partnered with ZocDoc to create five healthy, quick meals on the cheap to add variety and protein to your daily food consumption.

Each meal:
• Is less than 500 calories
• Costs under $3 per serving
• Takes 30 minutes or less to make
• Requires only a microwave

These quick and easy ideas are sure to satisfy your hunger pangs, wallet, and other limitations. So get to cooking!

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The Summer Benefits Of Fruit

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Angelina Bossone Blogger Biography 

 

 

 

Eating some fresh and juicy fruit is a great way to cool off in the summer heat. Fruit is a natural and healthy way to take in daily nutrients to reduce the risk of illness. It is also low in fat and calories and a great way to get in shape this summer and do your body some good! Each fruit provides different nutrients to help nourish the body.

Here are some great fruits to have this summer to benefit from and enjoy:

1. Banana

Bananas contain 422 mg of potassium, which help with proper heart functions and help prevent muscle cramps and insomnia. Bananas also are very high in Vitamin A, which increases immunity, healthy skin, and bone growth. This can help prevent you from getting sick and help you fight this tough summer allergy season all while maintaining that warm healthy summer skin glow.

2. Passionfruit

Passionfruit contains 3.78 mg of iron that helps with immunity and strength. Iron helps oxygenate our blood and also digest our food. Passionfruit is also high in Vitamin C, which is an antioxidant to help prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer. Vitamin C helps with healing and repairing body tissue. Passionfruit helps keep your body in good health while quickly repairing any scratches or scars from those pesky mosquitos!

3. Kiwi

Kiwi has 12 mg of magnesium and is high in Vitamin K. Magnesium provides protein and energy while relaxing nerves. Vitamin K helps regulate your blood and burn fat. The kiwi is perfect if you are trying to lose some weight and also keep energized for active summer days.

4. Avocado

Avocados contain 1.29 mg of zinc that can help with vision and increasing your metabolism. An avocado also contains a lot of Vitamin B3, which is important in converting food to energy and helping the digestive system function. This is also a great fruit to help lose weight for that new swim suit.

5. Strawberries

Strawberries have 23 mg of calcium and help regulate nutrients throughout your body while their high levels of folic acid helps with DNA structure and mental functioning. Eat this fruit for added brain power – especially for those college students who are taking summer classes!

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that the main purpose of eating is to supply nutrients to the body. Treat your body to something delicious that is a healthier alternative than junk food.

What is your favorite fruit? Tell us in the comments below!

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3 Creative Lunches For The Working Student

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Sylwia Baran Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

For those who are working this summer, lunch is usually one of two things: either you are brown bagging or you are going out to lunch every day. Neither of these options are ideal. The sandwich you made in the morning is soggy by lunch, and going out to eat every day can really empty out your wallet! That’s why I like to make my own lunches the night before and get a little more creative than a sandwich. Here are my top lunch ideas that are quick, easy to make, and taste great!

1. Veggie Pasta

Pick your favorite pasta (my favorite is penne) and a few veggies and you’ve got yourself a lunch. I fry up some garlic, a handful of sliced mushrooms, one chopped bell pepper, and a teaspoon of olive oil. I mix the cooked pasta in when the veggies are soft and as a finishing touch I sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top.

2. Salad

There are many different kinds of salads, but I prefer a handful of baby arugula and baby spinach. I toss in some fresh mozzarella with the juice of one lemon mixed  with a teaspoon of olive oil. This is very easy to do and tasty to boot!

3. Pita Pocket

If you prefer a sandwich for lunch but are getting tired of the same regular sandwiches, switch it up and make your sandwich with pita. I like to toast my pita pockets first, then fill it with my favorite sandwich fillings: tuna, lettuce and tomato, or ham and cheese. Toasting the pita is a lot better than a normal sandwich and the bread doesn’t get soggy like normal sandwich bread does.

Try out these recipes to spruce up your lunch!

Tell us in the comments below what you like to do for a fun, easy, and creative lunch!

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