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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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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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Trick or Treat?

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Blogger Biography Bailey Buckingham





It’s so easy to get really excited for Halloween, and totally not pay attention to the kind of candy you’re consuming. (Believe me, been there!) To save you from a belly ache and a tip on the scale, I wanted to put together a list of do’s and don’ts for Halloween candy, so that you can have the sweets without regret!

Run Away From….

1. Candy Corn

Don’t let the name fool you. This kind of corn has no nutrients for you. Not only is it full of sugar, but the more you eat it, the more you will crave it.

2. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup

Yes, I’m sorry, this delicious treat has to go on the run away list. The combination of peanut butter, chocolate and sugar just simply is not good for you. And seriously, who has ever eaten a Reece’s without wanting twenty more!

3. Twizzlers

These ropes of goodness are a common misconception. Everyone thinks because there is no saturated fat that they are okay to eat. However, Twizzlers don’t have any of the good stuff, like protein or fiber. So, pretty much, you’re just eating red ropes of sugar.

 Stuff You Should Go For…

4. Peanut M&M’s

These are a perfect alternative to Reece’s! Unlike those sugary ropes, these M&M’s have peanuts which is full of protein. And, if you don’t like peanuts, try the pretzel M&M’s! This will be a great sugar fix, and as a bonus you get some nutrients that your body will love!
5. York Peppermint Patty

These are great because they are super low in fat and don’t have near as much sugar as most other candies! You get a little chocolate, and a little mint which solves your sugar dilemma and gives your breath that minty coolness everyone loves!

6. Sugar-Free Lifesavers

These are probably the most obvious, but it’s because you can eat them a lot more than any other candy! Lifesavers are delicious and they have so many flavors that anyone can find something satisfying!

Don’t be tricked this Halloween, be treated. The most important thing about Halloween is to have fun, so set yourself up for success and carry along with you healthy alternative candies and you won’t skip a beat! Happy Halloween, everyone!

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Keep Those Seasonal Pounds Off!

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Megan Lehman Blogger Biography


The colder months are coming, which usually means so do the extra seasonal pounds. Keeping off weight is almost as stressful as that huge calculus test that you have next week. Staying fit can consume a lot of your time and even money! Well, with a year and a half of college life under my belt, I have developed a few healthy tips and strategies to keep anyone fit, while saving some time and money!

The Gym

Gyms can be VERY expensive. Lucky for you though, almost every college has its own work out center that is offered for free to all its students (well, you DO pay for it in tuition costs – so take advantage of this since you’ve already paid for it). Jump on the treadmill with some notes or a book to study at the same time!

The Crock Pot

Not a big cook because you don’t have much time? Well a crock pot has found a solution to both problems! Take one day out of your week or weekend. Prepare and measure out all the ingredients that you’ll need for meals that you want to plan out for the week, label them, and stick them in the fridge.  Stick the ingredients in the crock pot in the morning while you are getting ready for school, let it cook throughout the day, and prepare to come home to a delicious and nutritious meal! Now that is going to save you some time and save your waistline.


This is an obvious step, but you would be surprised at how little you may actually think about this during the day. When you pull into the parking lot for your first class, you probably look for the closest spot so you do not have to walk to far right? Well stop! Pick the spot at the very back of the lot! You will get in an extra few minutes of cardio on your walk to the building! Try to avoid short cuts in your walk to and from class. Take the stairs. There are so many ways to grab a few extra minutes of cardio!

These are some tips to keep you moving and keep your waistline where it belongs!

You’ll thank me later!

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5 Healthy Foods to Keep in Your Dorm / Apartment

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When you go grocery shopping every few weeks, which foods do you find yourself buying the most of? If it’s chips, sugary cereals, or lunchables, you might want to reconsider where you’re spending your money. They may taste good, but they’re not the best thing to put into your body. Splurge on a treat once a week if you must, but the rest of the time, focus on the “good stuff.”

Take a look at the list below to see five healthy foods that should always be in your dorm room or apartment.

1. Soup

A well-known comfort food. Soup is cheap, takes little effort and time to prepare, and pairs well with grilled cheese sandwiches, a side salad, or even just crackers. Eat it at home, or fill a thermos for when you’re on your way to class.

2. Greek Yogurt

You may have heard rumors that Greek yogurt tastes bad, but try it for yourself. I recommend Oikos and my personal favorite, Chobani. Greek yogurt can have twice as much protein as regular yogurt, which means you’ll feel fuller and more satisfied longer. It also works in smoothies, desserts, and with fresh fruit mixed in.

3. Brown Rice

Nowadays, cancer is a huge cause of death, but studies have shown the more fiber you have in your diet, the less risk you have for getting it. Brown rice, oatmeal, and most kinds of beans will help you get this fiber in each day.

4. Fruit

Switch it up and keep a few bananas, kiwi, pears, pomegranates and/or peaches around. Buy them in bulk or ready-to-eat. It might be more expensive, but at least you’ll reach for it first if it’s already cut up.

5. Almonds

They reduce bad cholesterol and help you lose weight, what more could we ask for? They’re also a great in-between-classes snack, giving you that extra boost of energy you may need to get through your last class. Also try: walnuts, pecans, or cashews.

Unless you shop when you’re hungry (which is a big universal no-no) it should be easy to shop healthy with a list like this in hand to guide you.

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