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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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Adventures in the Kitchen: Lemon Bite Cookies

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Megan Lehman Blogger Biography





It is very possible that I have the largest sweet tooth in the world, especially when it comes to cookies. I love them. And I absolutely love this new recipe, and I have no doubt that you will love it to! This recipe is quite possibly the simplest cookie recipe you have yet to encounter.


  1. Lemon cake mix
  2. 2 eggs
  3. 2 cups of vegetable oil.

Now, you are probably thinking, what about the milk and butter? Sugar? Something?

There has to be more to it than that, right? Wrong!


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Pour the cake mix into a mixing bowl.
  3. Add 2 cups of oil and add the two eggs. Mix until smooth
  4. Spray a cookie pan with non-stick spray
  5. Dollop up the cookies using a medium sized spoon.
  6. Place the cookies into the oven for 5-10 minutes. Cookies should be a little soft.
  7. Let them sit for a few minutes before you take them off the pan.
  8. Now pop one of them lemon bites into your mouth! Pretty amazing right?!

Best part about this recipe, you can change the flavor just by changing the cake mix! Not a lemon fan? Try strawberry! Vanilla and chocolate are pretty fantastic as well. The possibilities are endless with this one.

Let me know what you all think of this recipe and throw me some of your favorites to try!

Bake on cookie lovers, bake on!

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Adventures in the Kitchen: Muffin Top Pumpkin Christmas Cookies

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Megan Lehman Blogger Biography





This is the third edition of Adventures in the Kitchen series

Check out other recipes here: Bake and Save Chicken and Carrots Crash and Burn.

Santa will be coming soon and he will be expecting some delicious Christmas cookies.  Thanks to the ingenious experiment done by a fellow employee, I have a new and creative cookie for all the Christmas and pumpkin lovers.

Muffin Top Pumpkin Christmas Cookies


  1. Spice Cake Mix
  2. 1 Can Of Pumpkin Pie Fillin
  3. Pumpkin Pie Spice
  4. Powdered Sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Pour the spice cake mix into a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the can of pumpkin pie filling and mix until smooth.
  4. Add pumpkin pie spice to desired taste.
  5. Butter or spray the cookie sheet.
  6. Scoop the dough into a plastic bag
  7. Cut one of the bottom corners of the bag
  8. Squeeze the dough onto the cookie sheet.
  9. Bake cookies in the oven for 5-8 minutes.
  10. Sprinkle powdered sugar over cookies when done.
  11. Let cool – and enjoy!

Take a big bite out of this delicious pumpkin treat and enjoy some Muffin Top Pumpkin cookies this Christmas. Santa will thank you.

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Adventures in the Kitchen: Carrots Crash and Burn

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Megan Lehman Blogger Biography





Welcome back to the second edition of Adventures in the Kitchen series (Check out the first blog here: Adventures in the Kitchen: Bake and Save Chicken)! I have a lesson to introduce to you today that I am not exactly pleased with.  Sometimes, when cooking, we can start out with the best of intentions and end up with something that is just so, so terribly wrong.  And that my friends, is what I experienced.

I started out with the best of intentions, surfing through the recipes on my Pinterest for what I was hoping would be the next great and healthy snack; baked and seasoned carrot sticks.  Now do not get me wrong, I love my veggies. But I definitely do not live in a place called Hidden Valley where children always eat their vegetables. In my attempt to flavor up the carrot, which also happens to be my favorite veggie, I crashed and burned – metaphorically and literally.

I placed the carrots on a cooking sheet and poured a small amount of olive oil over them. After baking them for about 15 minutes, I took them out of the oven, poured a little ranch seasoning over them and put them back in the oven for about 5 minutes.  Well, as my sister says, not setting a time makes cooking a game, a game that I fail at. I am sure that this is something you have all experienced, and if you have not, please humor me.

For those like me who love carrots and ranch, you can understand that I started out with great intentions but failed miserably. And now this becomes my challenge to you! You come up with a recipe using your favorite veggie or fruit and post it to my Twitter page @meg_bookrenter1 or my Facebook page www.facebook.com/BookRenterIntern.  I cannot wait to see what you come up with!

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