Avocado Toast And Kombucha Will Change Your Life

Avocado Toast And Kombucha Will Change Your Life

My diet change reflection.
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It really is true; you are what you eat. If you eat nothing, you're not going to feel so great, if you eat like crap, your taste buds may love you but your body will hate you, and if you eat healthy, you're going to feel pretty darn good.

Food is literally so important in how your body feels. The saying 'you are what you eat' is very true. I've always lead an active lifestyle and ate relatively healthy - aka good meals but too many unhealthy snacks. I really started to notice how crappy my body felt, even with working out 4-5 times a week during my third year of college. I found myself far too frequently standing in the pasta line because, well, who can say no to pasta?

I finally decided that I'd spent enough time merely admiring all the healthy and delicious looking meals I see on Instagram and Facebook and it was time I started making them. For the past seven months or so, I've taken control of my diet, paid way more attention to macros, what I'm eating and when and steered myself away from the junky snacks and towards the nearest Whole Foods.

Yes, I spend a good amount of money on groceries (why healthy food is so much more expensive than junk food is a whole other novel for me) and a few extra minutes preparing food, but I honestly don't mind. I can truly say I feel so much better from the inside out than I ever did. I eat around 1500 calories a day, with meals/snacks (healthy ones) every 2-3 hours to help boost my metabolism and my body has leaned out. I feel so much better when I lift and have better endurance, I feel more energized and my stomach doesn't feel 'bleh' at the end of every day.

Some of my grocery shopping go-tos include avocados, bell peppers and hummus, fruit, protein bars, Siggi's yogurt and Bear Naked granola, Kombucha, Hippeas and Siete tortilla ships instead of popcorn and other cracker snacks, Banza pasta which is made from chickpeas and tastes just like regular pasta but with way more protein and far fewer carbs, eggs, tomatoes, and Justin's peanut butter and rice cakes.

I also drink TONS of water every day and that has also made a huge difference. I drink at least a gallon of water a day and I don't think I could ever go back to drinking a mere bottle a day. Water flushes out toxins in your body, drinking cold water in the morning helps kick start your metabolism and drinking lots of water helps you feel fuller. Also, oftentimes at night when you're hit with the late night munchies, it's not your body telling you it's hungry, it's trying to tell you it's thirsty. Next time you're sitting on the couch late at night and feel those cravings start to come on, grab a water bottle instead of a snack and I bet you'll notice a change in your body.

If you've been meaning to make a change in your diet for the better, stop procrastinating and telling yourself you'll start next week, start now. Trust me, your body will thank you, and you'll be so much happier.

Cover Image Credit: Sierra St.Pierre

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How To Play 'New Girl's' True American Drinking Game

"It's 75% drinking, 20% Candy Land, and the floor is molten lava."
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I think it's fair to say that anyone who watches "New Girl" knows about True American. This crazy, nonsense drinking game which pops up every so often throughout the seasons and first introduced in season one, episode 20.

The game, as described by "New Girl" character and fan-favorite Schmidt, is 75% drinking game and 20% Candy Land with a floor of molten lava.

The point of the game is for players to navigate through the Candy Land-like spaces to the "castle," which is a table in the center of the room that holds beer "pawns" and the "king" bottle. The first person to reach and sip from the bottle wins.

SEE ALSO: 15 Things "New Girl" Fans Know to Be True

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Here's how to play:

Step #1: Prepare the "castle"

First, set up your "castle." The castle is made up of beer "pawns" and the "king," a bottle filled with the alcohol of your choice.

The bottle should be in the middle of the table, surrounded by four lines of beer pawns. There is no exact number of beers necessary for each line of beer pawns. Choose any amount of beers that seems appropriate for the amount of players.

Step #2: Set up spaces

Set up spaces using pillows, chairs or any other objects players will be able to stand on. Place an equal amount of spaces around the table. You'll want about 5-8 spaces on each side, depending on the size of the room you're playing in.

Only four of these spaces should reach the castle, lining up with the parade of beer "pawns" and allowing players to take a beer pawn from the castle. For example, in the photo above, each of the chairs touch a corner of the table at the end of the line of beer pawns. Therefore, these are two of the four special spaces that allow players to take a beer. Unlike the pillows pictured, which are just regular spaces that the players can use to move around.

Step #3: Pick teams

Teams are optional. To pick teams, all of the players will place a certain number (1 to 5) of fingers against their forehead on the count of three.

Any players who hold up the same number are a team. Unmatched players can team up as needed or simply pair up with the person standing closest to them.

Step #4: Begin

Begin with a shotgun "tip-off" to determine which player goes first.

The winner of this shotgunning contest will yell, "One, two, three...JFK!" to announce the official beginning of the game. All players will enthusiastically respond, "FDR!" then quickly grab a beer pawn from the castle and run to any space they wish to start at, excluding for the four special spaces that reach the castle.

Step #5: Make moves

The winner of the shotgunning contest has earned the first turn. From then on, the order of turns will move in a clockwise rotation. During each turn, the player will move one space toward the castle and choose to play one of the following mini-games.

Mini-game No. 1: The player whose turn it is will count to three then all players will place a certain number (1-5) of fingers on their forehead. Any player who selects a number no one else selected can move ONE space.

Mini-game No. 2: The player whose turn it is will recite the beginning of a famous American quote. The first player to complete the quote can move TWO spaces.

Mini-game No. 3: The player whose turn it is will name two famous American people, places, or things. The first player to identify what the two have in common can move THREE spaces.

For example, say it's your turn. You will move one space then choose one of the three mini-games. You and all of the players will participate in that game, and the winner will move accordingly. After this, your turn is over and it's the next player's turn (in the original clockwise rotation).

Step #6: "Play on, playa."


Continue playing by these rules until one lucky winner reaches the bottle and sips from its royal glass.

The bottle cannot be opened until every last pawn is removed from the castle. Any players who fail to keep at least one beer in hand, who accidentally end up with more than three beers in hand, or who touch the lava are immediately disqualified. Disqualified players can rejoin the game by shotgunning a beer.

Congratulations!

You are now able to impress all of your "New Girl"-loving friends with knowledge of the workings of the epic True American drinking game. Know your limits, drink responsibly, and enjoy!

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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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