How To Avoid The Freshman 15

How To Avoid The Freshman 15

Eating healthy in college.

The Freshman 15.

These dreaded words inspire fear in the hearts of college freshman everywhere. We've all heard the stories about students who unknowingly gained weight in the first semesters and spent the rest of their college years attempting to work it all off. Speaking as someone living in the dorms, I know how hard it can be not to gain weight.

After all, we have an endless supply of pizza, cheeseburgers, and desserts at our disposal. We often take things that are inherently healthy like salads and smother them in the creamy dressing which takes away any nutritional value they originally had. Lately, I've been taking my healthy eating out of the dining commons and into my dorm room. Despite the fact that we don't have kitchens there, there is a lot that can be done with a microwave and fridge.

1. Oatmeal

It's super healthy and quick! All you need is water or milk and a microwave. You can also add any fruit you want on top for an energy boost

2. Rice cakes

These are super easy for a number of different meals. Usually, what I’ll do is put natural crunchy peanut butter on them with some banana slices! But you could easily substitute with almond butter and other fruits. For a more savory taste add some type of meat/cheese/spread!

3. Pre-cooked brown rice

A lot of grocery stores have these, and they are awesome. They’re already cooked so you just heat it up and add whatever you want to it! I usually do a little bit of cheese, some frozen veggies, and beans!

4. Hummus

Hummus is incredibly good for you and it has plenty of proteins and minerals that can give you an energy boost throughout the day. You can snack on it with carrot sticks, lettuce, or even chips!

5. English muffins

It's healthier than white bread and small enough to make for a quick meal or a snack. Can be paired with lox, turkey, ham, or even peanut butter. You can also add low-fat cheese and marinara sauce to make a mini pizza!

6. Tortillas

Pair it with some cheese and pre-cooked chicken and you've got yourself a quesadilla.

7. Frozen veggies

This is probably the most nutritious thing you will have in your fridge. Pop 'em in the microwave and you have a full day's serving of veggies at your disposal.

8. Frozen fruit

Awesome for smoothies or late night snacks. My personal favorites are raspberries, mango, blueberries, and bananas.

9. Lox

I love lox, and it's a great source of protein. It pairs nicely with veggies, rice cakes, or English muffins.

10. Cherry tomatoes, snap peas, carrots

These are super delicious low-fat snack foods, that are always smart to have around. These will eventually go bad, so keep an eye on them and make sure to eat them within the expiration date!

11. Trader Joe's popcorn

Trader Joe's is the closest grocery store to UC Davis, so it's where most students buy all their food. This super healthy version of my favorite snack is absolutely delicious and way less buttery than the real thing.

12. Dark chocolate

We all get the late night munchies, and chocolate is a good option. Dark chocolate is a great source of antioxidants and has actually been known to reduce the risk of heart disease!

Since there is a lot of expectation in college combined with high-stress situations and unhealthy food a lot of people fall out of healthy eating habits. Buying the right foods and snacks should make taking care of your body easier.

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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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