Eating Healthy on a College Budget

Eating Healthy on a College Budget

5 things to make that won't break your bank.

As college students, we know a lot about time management, hard work, and budgeting. Well, trying to budget that is. With our daily schedules being jam-packed with classes, homework, Greek life and everything in between, we want to at least squeeze in a healthy meal or two.  

Healthy lifestyles make us feel better about ourselves personally and physiologically. A few proven benefits of eating healthy are an energy boost, an improvement in mood, a stronger immune system and overall health. Eating well doesn't have to be more expensive and time consuming. Here are 5 quick and relatively cheap meal ideas you can try to improve your eating habits.

1. NutriBullet smoothies. Over the summer, I purchased a NutriBullet and I can say that it was worth every penny. Not only can it make a quick breakfast or snack, but also the smoothie actually tastes wonderful without adding any preservatives or sugar. I would suggest filling the NutriBullet cup up halfway with spinach (yes, you can actually put spinach in it and you will not even taste it), and then adding your favorite fruits, greek yogurt, and nutritional supplements, such as flax seed. If you don't like your smoothie being a green color, add blueberries to change the color. A ripe banana is really good at hiding the taste of things that you put in solely for the nutritional benefit.

2.Ground-Turkey Tacos. An easy and equally tasty meal option is a turkey taco. It is the same as making regular tacos except you use ground turkey, a healthy alternative to ground beef. Fill your tacos with low-fat cheese, tomatoes, and lettuce. Enjoy the Mexican goodness. 

3. Soups. You can find many recipes for soups that are relatively cheap and healthy online. You want to find a soup that is not cream-based and, if possible, has a protein such as beans or chicken to keep you full. One nice thing about making soups is that you can make a lot and then keep the leftovers to easily reheat and have another delicious meal.  

4. Sautéed chicken, broccoli and brown rice. Chicken is easy to cook and goes well with anything. I suggest making this meal with brown rice because it is also easy to make and cheap. Broccoli is delicious and it's a good source to get your vegetables for the meal.    

5. Carb-controlled pasta with Marinara. Pasta has to be a favorite meal for college students because it is an easy-to-make, versatile dish. I really enjoy making the Dreamfields Healthy Carb Living pasta because it has 5 grams of Fiber and 7 grams of protein per serving, and tastes just like regular pasta. Serve with marinara and enjoy! 

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10 Food And Drink Spots To Try In The Boca Raton, Florida Area

Discover the hidden gems.

If you're in south Florida or visiting, there are many hidden gems in the Boca Raton area to dine at. As a resident who has been living here for 14 years, I've seen new places pop up but I have also discovered places that have been here for a long time and man, was I missing out. As a self-proclaimed foodie, I'm always on the hunt for obscure places to try.

So, foodies, this one is for you! Here are 10 spots to try in the Boca Raton area:

1. Cinnaholic

Located in East Boca. This is every Vegan and non-vegan's place to go. Create your own cinnamon bun! You get to pick your frosting and topping.

2. Boon's Asian Bistro

Located in West Boca. If you love sushi and well-priced food, this is your go to. Located in West Boca. This is my all time favorite place to go. I have never disappointed with any of the food choices and the employees are friendly and provide swift service.


Located in Central Boca. This is liquid nitrogen ice cream on crack. You can get your ice cream in a cup OR on a cookie. And not just any cookie-- one of your options is a smores cookie.

4. Pizza Rustica

Located in East Delray Beach. A great place to get pizza after the beach or after a late night out with friends (They're open until 3 A.M!). My favorite is their smores pizza. Oh, and their prices are amazing!

5. The Funky Buddha Lounge and Brewery

Located in East Boca. A great place to grab a drink with your friends and listen to bands play or even see a comedy show. Not into alcohol? No problem! They have a selection of teas to choose from. My personal choice is their caramel apple tea.

6. Fit Foodz Cafe

Located in West Boca. This is a great place if you want to eat healthily. You have vegan, vegetarian, paleo, and gluten-free options to choose from!

7. Yaxche Tea Room

Located in East Delray. A great place to sip on some coffee or tea. They are organic and green and a portion of the proceeds goes back to organizations that are doing good things around the world.

8. Pho Boca

Located in West Boca. Get a taste of Vietnamese food if you want something different. Great service and they even serve bubble tea!

9. Burgerim

Located in West Boca. If you're a burger person, this one is for you! You have a variety of burgers to choose from and you can customize it to your liking. Get some burgerim fries when you're there. You won't be disappointed.

10. J & J Fresh Kitchen

Located in East and Central Boca. Healthy food and juices are what you will find here. It's all made to order, too! Juice and Java and Fresh Kitchen have united so you have many locations to choose from.

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7 Ways You Know You Come From A Family Of "Foodies"

My family is food-centric, and that brings us together.

Growing up, it has always been rather apparent that my family lives a rather food-centric lifestyle. There are certainly no complaints here--from a rather early age I acquired an appreciation for food and I've gotten to eat in a number of incredible restaurants.

My family definitely wears the title of "foodies" proudly, although my dad certainly champions this concept. Whenever friends and family are taking a trip to somewhere we've been, my dad's the go-to guy for recommendations. I've taken on this role slightly as well by giving recommendations to non-local friends in the Philadelphia area.

Growing up in a family of foodies comes with a unique appreciation for food as not only sustenance but as a way of bringing people together. So, here are some of the characteristics that make foody families so unique:

1. Vacations aren't planned around the sights you see, but rather the restaurants you eat in.

Anytime anyone asks me where to eat, I'm flattered. Apparently, my reputation precedes me. Not only am I well-versed in Yelp when I don't know an area, but when I do know the area I always have favorites. When I am asked for recommendations, however, I have a tendency to go a little overboard and send far more than the circumstance warrants.

4. Your camera roll is filled with food pictures.

Birthdays. College acceptances. Reuniting with old friends. No matter the occasion, the best way to celebrate is with good food.

6. Meals are a form of stress-relief.

This picture was taken the day I finally decided where to go to college--a decision that had bee plaguing me for months. Nothing helped cure the stress of that decision better than a good meal.

7. Food brings your family together.

With crazy schedules to coordinate, meals are one of the times my family gets to get together and catch up on everything. Growing up, we always had family dinners almost every night (when schedules allowed), and we've continued this into college as often as we are able. Having a family who values food, we see it as a time to connect with one another.

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