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.

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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).