How To Avoid The Freshman 15

How To Avoid The Freshman 15

Eating healthy in college.
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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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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything
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They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.


Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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A Love Letter To My Air Fryer

And why you would love an fryer too...

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In a previous article, I wrote about how love to use Trello.com for organizing things. I'm still loving Trello. I've haven't grown bored of it and stopped using it (like I have with some other organizational systems). This time, I'm going to share another item that I love, and it's for one of my favorite things, food! I finally gave in and bought an air fryer, and after my first use, I literally said that it's wonderful! I bought a small air fryer. It only holds about two quarts, but it's perfect for quick lunches.

I thought I'd love the air fryer if it could dry fry food with little to no oil, and it does just that. I'm also in love with the air fryer, because I could simply put the food in it, set the timer and live my life for a few minutes until the food is done. I don't have to stand over it and watch the food cook. That makes the air fryer a winner! Did I mention that it really does work?! Yes, it does work. Now, you could buy foods that are already breaded and throw them in the air fryer, but if you want to go the healthier route, you can use bread crumbs, flour, and eggs to make your own crispy coatings for your foods. Dipping your food in your own homemade batter cuts out some of the salt and added chemicals in the frozen pre-fried foods.

You can also fry foods that do not even need a homemade batter. Without using the batter, I've made sweet potato French fries and burritos in it. The tortilla for the burrito turned out nicely crispy, but I didn't leave it in the air fryer long enough for it to be crunchy. The sweet potato fries came out nice. I've tried making crispy chickpeas with Italian seasoning, but they weren't to my liking. However, I have loved everything else that I've made in the air fryer. Sometimes I just put a quick meal in it, just to re-heat it, since I don't use a microwave. I just think that using the air fryer is healthier than using microwaves, and I love that I don't need to put my food in a special box or anything for it to be really crispy. If you love fried chicken or fried fish, you'd love this little machine as much as I do!

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