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Eggos Annonymous

23 Feb

I’m Mary and I’m an Eggo-aholic. I just can’t consume enough Eggos. I’m that girl who fills up the freezer with the “family-size” Eggo pack and pisses everyone off in the house. I’ve been a fan of Eggos since I can remember consuming breakfast. I will never forget when our nanny would help my brothers and myself get ready for school in the morning and she would make the most buttery, scrumptious, salivating plate of Eggos I’ve ever had. I mean, I was probably in 2nd grade and I can still vividly remember the taste of these things 16 years later. I’m telling you, they were serious business. Anyway, before I write a novel on my love for Eggos, I’ll let you know that I have cut down my intake drastically and I substituted butter for peanut butter and maple syrup for agave. I look at it now as a more healthy dependency.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

2 Eggos

Agave nectar

2 tablespoons of peanut butter

Directions

1. Place Eggos in the toaster (duh).

2. Remove Eggos from the toaster and spread a thin layer of peanut butter onto each Eggo.

3. Drizzle a little bit of Agave onto the Eggos.

I’m not going to lie, it took me awhile to adjust to the taste of Agave nectar versus normal maple syrup. A trick I learned is to use it sparingly, since it is a nectar and packed with sweetness, a lot of it at once will make you cringe. If you are interested in finding out more before using Agave, look at this link, which gives a pretty unbiased opinion of the nectar: http://www.livestrong.com/article/276217-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-agave-nectar/. Please reassure me that I am not the only Eggo-aholic out there and leave a comment letting us know how you prepare your Eggos! Keep grubbin’ & have a great day!

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Making Lunch Boxes Sexy

23 Feb

One of my weaknesses in staying healthy is when I have class all day and need to eat lunch out of the house. This is when I make grave mistakes such as snacking on salty unhealthy foods usually from the vending machine or the quickie food mart on campus. Both of these sound completely disgusting on paper but trust me when my stomach is growling with hunger I’ll do just about anything for a Kit Kat. This can have huge consequences both physically and mentally not to mention on your love handles or man boobs.

Let’s be honest packing a lunch in college defiantly doesn’t sound sexy or isn’t going to help your chances with the hottie sitting next to you. So here’s my quick tip, go to WalMart or Target (budget friendly) and load up on healthy snacks such as granola bars (organic is best) or any snack bar that is loaded with fiber since they will keep you fuller longer.

Another way to work in your budget is to buy crunchy whole grain cereal with oats or granola such as SmartStart of Special K. You can double this as both a cereal with milk for breakfast and then put some in a baggie as a snack during the day. The crunchier the cereal the better it is to snack on because it feels like you are eating a more substantial food (mental trick).

You will want to bring enough snacks with you so that you can munch on something every 2 to 3 hours. This will keep your metabolism working and therefore energizing your brain and body. Also drink lots and lots of water! Trust me the stomach growls are not cute!

Keep Grubbin’

Don’t Have Adderall? Try these 4 Foods

22 Feb

Let’s be honest all college students have days where we cannot stay focused for the life of us. Trust me this happens to me basically everyday especially when most of the day is spent in long lectures. So if you are one of those unfortunate kids like me without a prescription to Adderall and have to settle for the natural stuff this post is for you! Lucky for us Eating Well Magazine recently had an article mentioning 4 foods that can give us the mental boost we need to focus longer.

1. Leafy Greens – best way to do this is by having a hearty leafy salad at lunch or at least incorporating more green vegetables into your diet.

2. Whole Grains – easiest way to get whole grains is at breakfast. Simply switch out your white toast for some whole wheat toast and cereals made with whole grains.

3. Coffee – finally a reason to go to Starbucks more! My suggestion here is always ask for skim milk to limit calories!

4. Gum – this seems a little odd as it isn’t really a food, but if you chew gum during a stressful task like an exam you will be able to stay more alert after you finish the task or exam instead of feeling mentally exhausted.

Now you are prepared to take on the day! Let us know how you liked this article or if there are any other topics you are interested in reading more about, just leave us a comment!

To read the full article follow this link: http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/health_blog/4_foods_to_help_you_focus_better

What Your Food Labels Don’t Tell You…

20 Feb

Now I don’t know about you but when I am grocery shopping I get totally sucked in when labels say trendy words like “Glutten-Free” or “All Natural” but as the old saying goes, never judge a book by it’s cover (in this case food by its label). I wanted to bring your attention to some misleading advertising so you can be a savvy shopper.

 1. For the seed lover (Pumpkin, Sesame, etc) you might be tempted to dish out those extra couple bucks for “Gluten-free” seeds however no need since all seeds are NATURALLY gluten-free. So hold onto that cash and buy up some generic brand.

2. If you are watching your cholesterol then don’t be fooled by products such as corn oil claiming its “Cholesterol-free” when in reality all plant based food has zero cholesterol. So if you prefer using olive or vegetable oil go for it as that is also cholesterol-free.

3. Now I know some of you love that frozen food aisle especially the pizza section so lets discuss the meaning of “Real Cheese.”  While technically foods that advertise “Real Cheese” have to be made with actual dairy it doesn’t mean they can’t add in preservatives and colors. So take a closer look at the back label and if it says “cheese product” then that’s a huge red flag!

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4. When we are feeling under the weather we all want that quick fix or “special tea” meant to help us recover but just because the labels make some sort of health-related pledge doesn’t actually mean its true. Easiest way to see which are telling the truth is to look at the types of words they use. For example does the label say it supports or promotes something (RED FLAG) or that it prevents something (BUY).

5. Last but not least the “All Natural” label. Now we are all about fresh and buying natural products so when I read that I couldn’t trust this label I almost wanted to give up on food all together (dramatic I know).  The story behind this lie is that the FDA hasn’t yet defined what natural means and so they don’t regulate how companies use it. Basically, don’t let that label drive your buying decisions since its basically meaningless.

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OK I have now prepared you to take on the grocery store like a champ! If you find any other label lies or just ironic/funny labels please share them with me by either leaving a comment or sending in photos. Keep Grubbin’!!

Up for a Challenge? Winner Gets Skinny and Healthy!

20 Feb

In addition to providing you with lots of easy and healthy recipes we also want to share the latest information about nutrition with you. We have the tendency of sticking to the same old boring food choices (ex: broccoli and chicken) but we recently learned about some “exotic” foods that provide an efficient way to get all of the necessary nutrients without eating 6 servings of broccoli.

So our challenge to you and to ourselves is to try and create a meal with at least one of the following ingredients.  We hope to share some of your ideas as well as ours in the coming weeks. Trust us we are just as skeptical/scared as you are. Some of these ingredients we admit sound absolutely awful but hey no one said being skinny would taste good.

1. Kale – one of the world’s top sources of Vitamin A, also good source of Fiber and Vitamin C

2. Sardines – we know this sounds gross but they are one of the best sources for mood-boosting omega-3 fats

3. Pomegranate – full of antioxidants that can help fight of heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer

4. Oatmeal – 4 grams of fiber per cup and is a “slow-releasing” carbohydrate…in English this means that if you eat oatmeal a couple of hours before you work out you will burn more fat

5. Quinoa – loaded with fiber and protein which the combination of this makes you feel fuller longer

6. Kefir – great for your immune system and comes in many different fruit flavors

7. Lentils – may sound boring but goes great with any dinner and your BUDGET!! Also loaded with protein and fiber

It is important to remember that we not only want to watch our calories but we want to make sure that our bodies are getting all of the vitamins and nutrition they need! Start your cooking and don’t forget to share your recipes and pictures! Grub Healthy

Love-Seats are not Meant for One Person

20 Feb

Whether you are sneaking in alcohol or that microwaved bag of popcorn, bringing your own snacks to the movies is the best way to go. We saw the Descendants last weekend and before the show we stopped by CVS and raided the candy aisle. It’s important to look for fat free or sugar free candies. If you’re a chocoholic grab a bar of dark chocolate or if you love sour candy look at the Peach-O’s! Either way, smuggling in candy or snacks will not only save you calories but also major $$$.

Now thats cute! Grub Healthy.