This blog was originally made for a Journalism Convergence course that I took this fall. With every post written, I have grown to love blogging and would really like to continue to do so!

“eggsnbakin” – I actually do not eat bacon unless it is put with other foods, like pasta or a sandwich. I do however enjoy eggs, in any shape or form. I love that they can be made different ways and put with many other ingredients.

There are many health benefits that come with eating them too… According to Livestrong™, they aid in cell membrane function. Read all of the nutrition facts here.

California Eggs Benedict

One of my favorite ways to eat an egg is in Eggs Benedict, where the eggs are poached. Check out one of the best recipes here, made with avocado and tomatoes. Read all about poached eggs here.

As far as bacon goes, Spaghetti Carbonara is a favorite dish. This recipe includes Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley leaves and only takes 20 minutes to cook!

Enjoy these recipes and Spaghetti Carbonaradon’t forget to check out my website here for even more food love!

Currently craving: brie cheese and apples because I’m fancy like that.


quick & easy for all.

Lucky for us, there are community kitchens in every dorm building here on campus. Even more convenient, there are microwaves, which allow us to snack and eat during our busy scheduled days… I came across “40 Delicious Things You Didn’t Know You Could Make in a Microwave” and am now eager to try some of these recipes as soon as possible. Oh, and they are all healthy. It’s the best of both worlds.

Here are some that stand out:

Strawberry and Buckwheat Breakfast Bowl (Strawberries, cinnamon, and vanilla are just some of the ingredients in this gluten-free and fiber-rich breakfast alternative.)

French Toast in a Cup (For all who know me, if french toast is ever an option, I will choose it. A unique twist on this breakfast favorite, it is all made and cooked in a coffee mug. Did I mention it only takes two minutes?)

Cinnamon Maple Breakfast Quinoa (Tasting like “a pancake gone healthy,” this combination is protein-packed and filled with sweet cinnamon flavors.)

Mac and Cheese (Known as “the better ‘instant’ mac and cheese,” this classic meal is also made in a coffee cup and only requires three easy ingredients. You’ll thank me later.)

Chicken Fajitas (With chicken, veggies, and a little bit of spice, this mouth-watering meal only takes 15 minutes from start to finish.)

Single Serve Brownie Cake (I know brownies get a bad rep… they are fattening and will give you diabetes. But, we all must try this one. It is not only gluten-free, but vegan, low-fat, grain-free, and sugar-free. Don’t worry, it’s still a brownie. A delicious brownie for one.)

Make sure to check out the rest of these easy and microwaveable recipes here! Enjoy!

Currently craving: strawberry and buckwheat breakfast bowl, french toast in a cup, cinnamon maple breakfast quinoa, mac and cheese, chicken fajitas, and a brownie to top it off.

just do it.

I recently read an interesting article from Best Health Magazine about how food influences the way we feel, check it out here. Remember though, it is not just about what foods we put into our bodies, but staying fit and keeping a positive mental attitude as well. Sure you can crunch on as many carrot sticks as you want or drink down those protein shakes, but if your lifestyle is not serving you in a positive way, it is time to make some changes… Staying organized and managing your time will prevent unnecessary stress. Exercising regularly and making it a priority will also boost your mood. Read about Livestrong’s thoughts and ideas about that here.

The phrase, “JUST DO IT.” is trademarked by Nike®. The reason these three words are so well known is because they are not just a slogan, they are a lifestyle. Jumping out of your comfort zone and immersing yourself in something that will be a long-term benefit for you is what it is all about. Running, lifting weights, joining a yoga class, playing a sport (professionally or just as a hobby), will all affect your body, intellect, and will. It could be something as simple as taking the stairs instead of using the elevator. I find myself craving to go on a run at night because I am so stressed or overwhelmed with what the day has brought; by doing so, it instantly changes my mindset and relieves me from what is taking away from my positivity. It is freeing really, to “just do it.” A healthy lifestyle comes with what types of food we eat, but also having those “just do it” moments. This truly affects each of us, especially college students, and being able to fit all of this into our schedules is a necessity.

So, just go do it.


sugar & spice.

ea09250fe3c254661529a2ccffd07f86With the leaves changing colors and the weather cooling off, I figured it was an appropriate time to write about one of my favorite things: coffee. I have been an avid coffee drinker since the age of 13 and nothing beats waking up to a fresh-brewed cup of sweet goodness. Another favorite thing of mine is drinking my coffee according to the flavors of the season…

Enjoy the following recipes, some with sugar, some with spice (and of course, everything nice):

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Latte

Spiced Caramel Apple Latte

Pumpkin Chai Latte

Chai Tea Latte

Maple Latte

Gingerbread Latte

Salted Caramel Mocha 

Currently craving: pumpkin chocolate chip bread (I can never get enough of it).

an inspirational interview.

As part of being a Journalism major, we get the opportunity to have many hands-on experiences. I recently got to interview an inspiring FUS sophomore about her ten years of living with type one diabetes…

“Take care of yourself, don’t let diabetes be a limitation. Live your life… In a weird way, I am thankful for being diabetic. As much as a struggle as it is, I would be a completely different person. My sense of humor would be different. My relationship with God would be so different. My outlook on life would be changed too. There is a gift that comes out of my suffering.” -Courtney Hurlburt

Read the whole story of “A Type 1 Kind of Life” on my website. Don’t forget to visit Courtney’s blog too!

just peachy.

I came across a recipe for Roasted Honey & Cinnamon Peaches the other day on Pinterest and thought I’d share it! This savory recipe is gluten-free and adds a healthy twist to dessert. It will definitely satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth!

Peaches are one of my favorite fruits and I absolutely love how sweet and juicy they are. They also contain a large amount of potassium, fiber, and vitamin A. (Read all of the health benefits here.) Enjoy!

Currently craving: Chipotle sounds pretty good right about now…

nice & fresh.

I recently read an article by Livestrong™ about the benefits of drinking lemon water. Lemons are a good source of folate (folic acid), potassium, and vitamin C. It is a natural cleanser, making for a healthier digestive system. This zero-calorie drink also aids in preventing urinary tract infections. The detoxifying, antibiotic, and antioxidant effects play in improving your skin too.


Mixing in honey with our lemon water brings more benefits as well. It aids in weight loss and treats the common cold and flu; this sweetener contains flavonoids, which are antioxidants that help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.

Adding salt in our lemon water brings the removal of those unwanted toxins accumulated in our bodies. This also helps us to maintain a healthy pH balance…  Lemons are acidic but turn into alkaline when put into our bodies and salt is alkaline in nature. According to Health Beckon, our bodies should have more of alkaline than acidic.

Putting cucumber slices in our lemon water assist us in managing stress. Multiple B vitamins, including vitamin B1, vitamin B5, and vitamin B7 (biotin) can be found in cucumbers. B vitamins are known to help ease feelings of anxiety and buffer some of the damaging effects of it. They contain an anti-inflammatory flavonol called fisetin that appear to play an important role in brain health also.

One of my favorite add-ins to lemon water is strawberry and basil. You can also add in blueberries, slices of orange or lime, or the combination of raspberry and mint leaves. Visit here for more infused water ideas…This one small step will have you reaping the benefits for life. Remember, the little changes in our every day lives matter the most. Enjoy this nice & fresh alternative to any artificially flavored drinks!

Currently craving: 50 chocolate-covered strawberries.

pop-tarts no more.

Snacking in college is unavoidable. It often takes the place of meals and plays a large role in our study and free time. The least we can do is choose wisely when it comes to this. My roommate and I have cut back a lot on processed snacks, unlike last year, when every Pop-Tart flavor was on display on our bookshelf.

A new favorite of ours is hummus…

Best Basic Hummus

A main ingredient to this delicious spread is chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. These beans are an excellent source of protein and fiber, all while keeping our cholesterol levels low (see all of the health benefits here). Another bonus to this snack is that it is served on our very own campus! They have it in the caf for lunch and dinner everyday, along with pita bread, carrots, celery sticks, and grape tomatoes, all great options to eat with the hummus. It was recently put in the pub as part of our meal exchanges as well, served with pita bread, carrots, and celery sticks.

This is just one tasty alternative to snacking as a college student- it can be as easy as apple slices and peanut butter. See some more favorites here.

Currently craving: a chocolate frosty from Wendy’s (there are two locations right down the road- help me).

straight off the vine.

Friday night’s dinner centered around fresh, homegrown tomatoes from my friend Kate’s garden. We decided to get a break from campus meals and cook our own in her kitchen with a few friends. We had to alternate some ingredients to work around two friends who have to stick to a gluten-free diet, very basic, but still tasted delicious for them too!

Easy Chicken Parmesan was the main dish, served with spinach salad and bruschetta on the side.

With our chicken, we chose a recipe without breadcrumbs and used whole grain penne pasta instead of standard spaghetti noodles (nutrition info here). For our gluten-free friends, we used organic black bean noodles.

foodstyling3The spinach salad consisted of grape tomatoes, one lemon, and an oil and vinegar dressing. We zested and juiced our lemon for a fresher and lighter taste (see here).

Bruschetta was a last-minute idea after we realized how many tomatoes were left over… After mixing together diced tomatoes and onion, virgin olive oil, and basil, we put it over toasted gluten-free bread and a slice of mozzarella cheese (leftover from what was grated for the chicken parmesan), finishing it with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

Between the six of us, this entire meal cost $8.00 each. Definitely worth it for this tasty dish and fun memories!




Currently craving: a nice big bowl of Frosted Flakes.