Awesome Recipes for When You’re Broke

Inevitably, at one point or another in your college career, you will be broke or tight on cash. Sad yet true, students usually end up staying in or skipping out on meals because they have to skimp! Fortunately, there are ways to create awesome meals out of what little you may have in your dorm room! Here are some delicious recipes so you can stay ballin’ on a budget!

Cacio e Pepe Ramen

From the photo above, it may be hard to believe that those noodles came out of a plastic wrapper and costed less than fifty cents. Ramen noodles have always been a staple in a college student’s diet, and now chefs all over have been transforming these salty noodles into delicious meals!

Click here for more Ramen recipes

Granola Bowls

Think of all of your favorite breakfast items: granola, fruits, yogurt, peanutbutter, etc. When possible, buy the largest size for the smallest price, and throw any combo of these foods into a bowl! Not only will you save by buying bulk all while eating healthy, but you will also be able to have delicious breakfast for several days! Many drug stores carry granola and yogurt at extremely low prices, so give it a try!

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Click here for delicious Granola Bowl ideas!

Canned Soups

Usually canned soup isn’t the first thing on your mind when thinking about what to eat for dinner, but get this: Canned soup is extremely cheap, hearty, easy to store, and if you buy wisely can be low in calories! Next time you’re at the store, check out the soup isle just in case times get really tight!

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Be a “souper” you!

Whole Wheat Pita, Cheese, Pre-packaged Lunch Meats, and Sauces

These three items are essential! These items all pair well with many different types of foods and are a cheap and important staple to keep around. Mix up these items into any combo to make a variety of meals! Some things you can make are:

-Whole Wheat Pita Pizza
-Ham and Cheese wraps
-Pita with: Hummus, bean dip, greek yogurt, queso dip, and other dips
-PB&J Pita sandwich

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Whole Grain Rice, Bread, and Pasta

These grainy items are essential to a healthy diet. They also are very versatile and can be prepared many different ways so you don’t get bored! Mix any items you want into a bowl of rice or pasta, pour on some sauce and voila! A quick and healthy dinner for one.
Use bread to create any type of sandwich, make croutons and breading for other meals, or find a yummy spread to make something delicious in the morning, like French toast! If stored properly, these items will last a while and are all reusable.

Awesome Recipes

Click here for a cheap and easy rice stir-fry recipe!

Frozen Veggies

It’s hard to store fresh fruits and veggies in your dorm without them spoiling. Rotten foods are a waste of money! Try buying large bags of frozen vegetables. You can store them easily and they are cheap too! The best part about them is that you can use as much as you want and then save the rest for later, so nothing goes to waste.

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Yogurt, frozen fruit, and ice

These three items are easy to obtain and are very beneficial for anyone. Simply keep them in the freezer for easy storage. Whenever you’re hungry, pop some frozen fruits out of the bag, grab some yogurt and ice, and pop them all in the blender. This easy and fast snack is a great pick me up for when you’re feeling worn out and tired. All three items are easily kept in the fridge and freezer, and can be found in large quantities at low prices!

Awesome Recipes

Click here to check out some great DIY tips for creating delicious and cheap smoothies!

Eating right is important for everyone, especially college students! Everyone needs fuel to preform the best they can. Feed your brain so you can be in a great mood and have ultimate concentration!

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Awesome Recipes for When You’re Broke

Inevitably, at one point or another in your college career, you will be broke or tight on cash. Sad yet true, students usually end up staying in or skipping out on meals because they have to skimp! Fortunately, there are ways to create awesome meals out of what little you may have in your dorm room! Here are some delicious recipes so you can stay ballin’ on a budget!

Cacio e Pepe Ramen

From the photo above, it may be hard to believe that those noodles came out of a plastic wrapper and costed less than fifty cents. Ramen noodles have always been a staple in a college student’s diet, and now chefs all over have been transforming these salty noodles into delicious meals!

Click here for more Ramen recipes

Granola Bowls

Think of all of your favorite breakfast items: granola, fruits, yogurt, peanutbutter, etc. When possible, buy the largest size for the smallest price, and throw any combo of these foods into a bowl! Not only will you save by buying bulk all while eating healthy, but you will also be able to have delicious breakfast for several days! Many drug stores carry granola and yogurt at extremely low prices, so give it a try!

Awesome Recipes

Click here for delicious Granola Bowl ideas!

Canned Soups

Usually canned soup isn’t the first thing on your mind when thinking about what to eat for dinner, but get this: Canned soup is extremely cheap, hearty, easy to store, and if you buy wisely can be low in calories! Next time you’re at the store, check out the soup isle just in case times get really tight!

Awesome Recipes

Be a “souper” you!

Whole Wheat Pita, Cheese, Pre-packaged Lunch Meats, and Sauces

These three items are essential! These items all pair well with many different types of foods and are a cheap and important staple to keep around. Mix up these items into any combo to make a variety of meals! Some things you can make are:

-Whole Wheat Pita Pizza
-Ham and Cheese wraps
-Pita with: Hummus, bean dip, greek yogurt, queso dip, and other dips
-PB&J Pita sandwich

Awesome Recipes

Whole Grain Rice, Bread, and Pasta

These grainy items are essential to a healthy diet. They also are very versatile and can be prepared many different ways so you don’t get bored! Mix any items you want into a bowl of rice or pasta, pour on some sauce and voila! A quick and healthy dinner for one.
Use bread to create any type of sandwich, make croutons and breading for other meals, or find a yummy spread to make something delicious in the morning, like French toast! If stored properly, these items will last a while and are all reusable.

Awesome Recipes

Click here for a cheap and easy rice stir-fry recipe!

Frozen Veggies

It’s hard to store fresh fruits and veggies in your dorm without them spoiling. Rotten foods are a waste of money! Try buying large bags of frozen vegetables. You can store them easily and they are cheap too! The best part about them is that you can use as much as you want and then save the rest for later, so nothing goes to waste.

Awesome Recipes

Yogurt, frozen fruit, and ice

These three items are easy to obtain and are very beneficial for anyone. Simply keep them in the freezer for easy storage. Whenever you’re hungry, pop some frozen fruits out of the bag, grab some yogurt and ice, and pop them all in the blender. This easy and fast snack is a great pick me up for when you’re feeling worn out and tired. All three items are easily kept in the fridge and freezer, and can be found in large quantities at low prices!

Awesome Recipes

Click here to check out some great DIY tips for creating delicious and cheap smoothies!

Eating right is important for everyone, especially college students! Everyone needs fuel to preform the best they can. Feed your brain so you can be in a great mood and have ultimate concentration!

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10 Mouth Watering Smoothies

10 Mouth Watering Smoothies

 

Strawberry Watermelon Chia Smoothie

This yummy 6 ingredient smoothie is fresh and the perfect summer treat that combines sweet watermelon with the unexpected tart kick of lime.

Mouth Watering Smoothies

Go Check Out the Recipe: http://minimalistbaker.com/strawberry-chia-watermelon-smoothie/

 

Strawberry Orange Banana Smoothie

This simple smoothie will give you that fresh morning kick you need.

Mouth Watering Smoothies

Go Check Out the Recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/strawberry-orange-banana-smoothie/detail.aspx

Kale-Apple Smoothie

Want to add yummy greens to your smoothies, but never know how? Here’s a yummy recipe with rich kale to add to your morning routine.

Mouth Watering Smoothies

Go Check Out the Recipe: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/kale-apple-smoothie

 

Strawberry Banana Nutella Smoothie

Love Nutella? Than this delicious creamy smoothie is for you!

Mouth Watering Smoothies

Go Check Out the Recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/strawberry-banana-nutella-smoothie/detail.aspx

Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

Stay full and fight disease. This high-fiber drink becomes even healthier when you use organic kiwis, which contain higher levels of heart-healthy polyphenols and vitamin C.

Mouth Watering Smoothies

Go Check Out the Recipe: http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-recipes/20-super-healthy-smoothie-recipes/strawberry-kiwi-smoothie

Purple Monster Smoothie

This smoothie is truly a good monster. It is rich in antioxidants and yummy fruits that are sure to impress.

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Go Check Out the Recipe: http://eat-drink-love.com/2013/01/purple-monster-smoothie/

Berry Good Workout Smoothie

Need a pick me up for your workout? Check out this refreshing smoothie.

berry good workout smoothie

Go Check Out the Recipe: http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-recipes/20-super-healthy-smoothie-recipes/berry-good-workout-smoothie

Mango Smoothie

A sweet and tangy treat to brighten up your dreary 8am.

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Go Check Out the Recipe: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/mango-smoothie

P.S. Use frozen mango for a cheaper alternative.

Kale Smoothie

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If you love Kale and all it’s great health benefits like I do, but want to dress it up a little try this recipe.

Go Check Out the Recipe: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/kale-smoothie-recipe

Tutti-Frutti Smoothie

This frugal smoothie infuses summer citrus with orange juice to make a healthy and refreshing snack you’re sure to love.

Mouth Watering Smoothies

Go Check Out the Recipe: http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-recipes/20-super-healthy-smoothie-recipes/tutti-frutti-smoothie

Here are some great smoothie tips from Real Simple to make your Smoothies even more delectable. 

3 Tips for Stellar Smoothies
Put the liquid in first: Surrounded by water or juice, the blender blades can move freely. Next, add your greens, with chunks of fruit or vegetables going into the pitcher last.

Start slow: If your blender has speeds, start it on low to break up big pieces of fruit, then work your way up to high for a puree. For blenders with function buttons, pulse a few times before switching to puree mode.

Thicken with ice: Added too much juice or coconut milk? Toss a few cubes in the blender and voilà!

These smoothies are sure to keep you feeling fit and full, now get blending.

xo Lo

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7 Detox Water Recipes For Spring

Bikini season is coming in hot and it’s time we make sure we are too. The health fad that never goes out of style is flavored/infused water. We have all heard it a thousand times: “drink plenty of water”, but we all know h2o gets more boring than a Friday afternoon History lecture. So to combat the water blahs, here are a couple yummy recipes to spice up your water while doing your body good! Drop any of these ingredients to your water bottle or pitcher, let sit for a bit, and enjoy.

1. Lemon, Cucumber, Mint

detox water

This one is probably the most tried and true detox water concoction out there…which just proves how amazing it really is. The lemon juice is the main detoxifying ingredient, it alkalizes your insides, helps digestion and regularity, and revitalizes your immune system. The mint addition helps to settle your stomach while also boosting the sweetness of your water, making it much easier to chug. Just like using cucumbers on your under-eye-bags to reduce puffiness, adding a couple slices to your water also helps with de-swelling, from the inside out.

2. Apple and Cinnamon

detox water

This recipe has been raved about by Dr. Oz himself. Cinnamon is a huge health food fad right now for its amazing abilities to kick all of your internal organs into high gear. It also is LOADED with antioxidants and lowers blood sugar, two properties your body will definitely thank you for later. As for the apples, besides providing a dessert like taste to good old water, when you infuse them into water they release all the vitamins and minerals they naturally have, think Vitamin Water, but natural and so much better.

3. Strawberry and Watermelon

detox water

If that doesn’t scream Spring and Summertime, I don’t know what does. Infusing your water with both of these red fruits will not only trick your body into thinking you’re drinking something much yummier, you will also be consuming loads of vitamins and natural sweetness that these fruits provide. Also, watermelon has amazing hydrating qualities on its own, so hydration+hydration= a very happy body.

4. Blueberry and Orange

detox water

Once again, another amazingly bright springtime burst to your water. Just like lemons, oranges (being in the same citrus family) have amazing detoxifying qualities as well as loads of Vitamin C so support healthy immune function. As for the blueberries, they are antioxidant central. A match made in heaven.

5. Mango and Ginger

detox water

This recipe comes straight out of a day spa, and every time you take a sip you’ll feel like you’re being transferred to one. Ginger is amazing for you, it is a natural detoxifier, a natural pain reliever, and known to curb nausea. Mango provides the tropical flavors while also adding tons of vitamins and aiding in digestion. Tip: down lots of this one the morning after drinking, ginger does wonders for hangovers.

6. Apple Cider Vinegar

detox water

This one may sound a little weird, why would you ever add vinegar to water?! But trust here, the benefits of apple cider vinegar are endless. Among the many benefits, it can lower blood sugar and…wait for it…actually increase levels of satiety! Which is a fancy word for “feeling more full/satisfied” meaning it could actually help you eat smaller portions. It’s a win win.

7. Grapefruit and Cranberry

detox water

Now we are catching a pattern here: citrus. Once again citrus is loaded with vitamin C that will naturally detoxify and flush your body. To counteract the tendency of grapefruits to be bitter, add some crushed up cranberries to your water. TBT to Regina George’s failed “cranberry fat flush”, which failed because she was using un-natural fruit cocktail juice, but her intentions were right! Cranberries are a natural fat flusher, so use the real ones in your water for the real results!

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6 Healthy, Easy To Make Snacks For Netflix Addicts

I seriously believe if Netflix didn’t exist I would still be the size I was in High School (yay for the Freshman 15!). It’s just so easy to lay in bed, eat cookies and not move away from the TV so we don’t miss an episode. So in honor of me watching Friends start to end for the third time this year, here’s 10 quick and easy BUT healthy snacks to replace the cookies and wine you’re currently snacking on. Nothing is stopping your Netflix binge now!

  1. Apples and Peanut Butter

Total Time: 2 Minutes

1 Apple, 2 TBSP Peanut Butter: 150 Calories-17 Carbs

Directions: 1 Apple Sliced, 1 tsp spread on the apple slices

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  1. Baked Zucchini Chips

Total Time: 35 Min.

30 Chips: 88 Calories-2 Carbs

Directions: Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees and mist baking sheet with cooking spray. Slice zucchini into thick rounds, toss zucchini with olive oil to coat and then place zucchini on baking sheet, Sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook for 25-30 minutes, flipping each halfway through. Let cool and enjoy!

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  1. Pepperoni Chips

Total Time: 1 Minute

17 Chips: 80 Calories-0 Carbs

Directions: Lay pepperoni slices on top of paper towels, cover with an additional paper towel, microwave the slices until they are stiff and crispy (no more than 1 minute) and let cool. Can be served with humus.

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  1. Watermelon Salad

Total Time: 10 Minutes

1 Cup: 60 Calories- 0 Carbs

Directions: 1 Cup of watermelon cubed, 1 Tbsp of crumbled Goat Cheese, and 2 chopped leaves of fresh mint, mix together and serve cold

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  1. Cinnamon Banana Bites

Total Time: 12 Minutes

2 Bananas: 70 calories 5 Carbs

Directions: In bowl combine 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, and 2 TBSP sugar. Slice the banana into rounds, add the banana rounds to the greased/non-stick skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle the banana rounds with ½ the cinnamon mixture, flip rounds and sprinkle the rest of the mixture and cook for 2-3 more minutes until soft and warmed through. Let cool and enjoy!

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  1. No Bake Protein Bites

Total Time: 20 Minutes

4 Balls: 150 Calories- 5 Carbs

Directions: Mix together 1 cup Oatmeal(dry), ½ cup Peanut Butter, ½ cup ground Flax Seed, ½ cup Chocolate Chips, 1/3 cup Honey, 1 teaspoon Vanilla until all combined. Cover and chill for 10-15 minutes. Once chilled, roll into 1” balls and enjoy or store in airtight container and keep refrigerated for later snacking!

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The Hand Grenade Half Marathon

The Hand Grenade Half Marathon

There are many reasons why people from all walks of life visit the city of New Orleans Louisiana. Food, jazz, daiquiris, Mardi Gras, and a variety of traditions make it the best party town in America. We set up an interview with dedicated Tulane track athlete, John Mouton, had a little Mardi-party fun, and were educated on a more recently established tradition that may make our list of the top 10 most grueling, yet fun, activities we’ve ever heard of: The Hand Grenade Half Marathon.

Half Marathon

     What is the Hand Grenade half, you ask? Travel down to the French quarter next time you’re in NOLA and pick up a famous Hand Grenade cocktail, which contains gin, grain alcohol, melon liqueur, rum, and vodka. Sounds pretty tasty, right? Now imagine drinking that out of a roughly one foot tall plastic cup, running a half marathon (Thats about 13 miles of cardio and drinking) at full speed through the streets of New Orleans.

Half Marathon

     Students, athletes, (maybe a few crazy alcoholics), and many others make the trek to New Orleans each year for this event. Participants wake at the crack of dawn, about 9:00 a.m., and gather in front of the Tulane and Loyola University campuses. Participants are given beverages throughout the journey. As they reach the French Quarter, a Hand Grenade is purchased, consumed, and the expedition back to the campuses begins.

Half Marathon

     This journey seems fit for a madman, and that’s why we weren’t surprised this event occurs in New Orleans, of all places. Local student athletes make it their duty to prove themselves and conquer this quest along with their other teammates.
True athleticism…

We sat down with John for a little Q&A to describe his Hand Grenade Half experiences with us, and needles to say, we are proud!

Q1: So, how did you find out about the Hand Grenade half, and what made you decide to do it?
A: The hand grenade half has been a Tulane track and field tradition since since ’08. Every track runner does it.

Q2: How did you prepare for the race? Does the Hand Grenade taste good?
A: We usually pregame at the house and prepare a backpack filled with beers to drink on the run. The hand grenade tastes AWESOME.

Q3: How do you feel physically and emotionally during the race? Is it fun? Do you pace it or are you in it to win it?
A:I feel physically dead but you don’t feel the pain after awhile due to the alcohol. The race is the best event of the year. My favorite day of the year at Tulane. It’s not really a race though. The team usually sticks together. Last year none of us finished because we got too drunk.

…sounds like a success!

Q4: Do you have a special ritual or tradition that you do to help you make it through the race or to give you good luck?
A: I Just drink as much as I can!

Q5: Is there a prize for the race winner? What’s the closest to winning you’ve gotten?
A: The only prize is glory. I won last year because I was the only one amongst my friends to finish. Everyone else was too drunk.

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Q6: Can most people hold it down or does the drink come up before you finish? Can you?
A: Most people hold it down. I always hold it down.

Q7: What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen happen during the race? Any fun outfits (or lack thereof), slogans, etc.?
A: The race is during Mardi Gras so everyone is out setting up for the parades in the morning…. anything can happen!

Q8: Are you proud you can survive that? Whose the winner out of all of your track mates that participate?
A: I am proud I can survive it because I run the 400m, which is not a distance race. There is usually a different winner every year.

Q9: How do your friends like the race? How do you all celebrate afterword?
A: With naps and/or more drinking!

Q10: Do you recommend people to try it at least once?
A: I think everyone who likes to run and drink should try this event.

Q11: How long does it take for you to start drinking again? It is Mardi Gras after all!
A: We rest up then go out to the parade later that night.

Q12: What’s your favorite memory about the Hand Grenade Half?
A: Each one gets better than the last. I’d say my favorite memory is putting a smile on the faces of the people of New Orleans as I drunkenly run by in my short shorts.

Half Marathon

     There you have it! The Hand Grenade Half is truly an event to remember. Who doesn’t love a day full of cardio, cocktails, naps, and more cocktails?
The Half looks like an experience that is unforgettable for the students in New Orleans, and if you are ever in the neighborhood, why not give it a shot? You may end up sweaty and a little inebriated, but who doesn’t love the glory of conquering this physical feat? By the way our friend, John, described it, the journey is rough but the memories are worth it!

*We would like to add that Tulane and Loyola University are not directly affiliated with these activities, however the students who attend may participate if of age. We also want to add that these student athletes are all very dedicated to their sports and studies! (Not crazy drunks)!

The Hand Grenade Half Marathon – An Amazing Half Marathon Will Really Excite You!!

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