How to Avoid—or Recover from—Weight Gain in College

When I first started college, I didn’t have much time to work out. I worked out with friends every now and then, but I never consistently went to the gym. I worked as a YMCA co-counselor, and I was also obtaining a minor in dance. Between running around with students and dancing I didn’t need much exercise. After graduating from Rollins College, I enrolled in Florida Atlantic University’s neuroscience program. I gained 10 pounds after my first semester! I was shocked and didn’t know why I gained weight. After comparing my first year in college with my current year I realized I wasn’t as active as I used to be. My job at FAU had me sitting at a desk, and I no longer attended dance classes.

One way to beat weight gain? Lace up your kicks and workout!

One way to beat weight gain? Lace up your kicks and workout!

As students enter college they no longer participate in activities and don’t replace the lack of physical activity with something else—hence the weight gain. Don’t fret! There are a few simple things you can do to recover from the freshman 15! Read more

Four Quick and Easy Recipes All College Students Should Make

Do you find yourself grubbing on food that has no nutritional value? As college students, we tend to leave healthy eating on the back burner. Get it, burner? But, we can’t survive our entire college careers on ramen noodles and hot pockets—although you might want to! It may be hard to cook a healthy meal every day, but there are quick, easy and healthy meals you can make without breaking the bank.

Learn how to make these empanadas and other recipes here!

Learn how to make these empanadas and other recipes here!

If you have access to a stove and a little bit of thyme—last pun, I promise!—you’ll be in business with these four recipes: Read more

Your Ultimate Midterms Checklist

There’s so much information out there on how to prepare for college midterms. How do you know what you’ll need or what will work? Save yourself some time and check out my list of important tips and tricks—all packed into one checklist for you.

Use this one to two weeks before your midterms for guaranteed success! Read more

5 Budget-Friendly, Healthy Snack Ideas for College Students

It’s that time of year again for college students. No free time, poor sleeping habits and being broke are all back after a refreshing summer. With all of this craziness, you need energy-filled food to keep you going. This is where the power of the snack comes in. Whether you’re in class or on the go, you can use these 5 snack ideas to keep you moving.

Before you do any of this, make sure to pack snacks ahead of time—you’re more likely to take a snack when you’re in a hurry if it’s already pre-packed. Put refrigerated items in a small snack basket for quick and easy use. Read more

Three Easy—and Yummy!—Breakfast Ideas for College Students

Hi everyone! My name is Jessica Bramlett and today I’m writing about my experience recreating recipes!

For this project I decided to surprise my boyfriend by making him breakfast. I tried to recreate 3 different recipes I found on Pinterest from Delish.com. Read more

5 Self Care Strategies for College Students

One of the most important life lessons I ever received was as a TA on a study tour. The college students on the trip were not a cohesive group, and I was discussing ideas with the prof on how to mitigate some of the conflicts. I made a suggestion that was self-sacrificing, and the professor said, “Alana, secure your own mask before assisting others.” I immediately withdrew the suggestion, and it’s been a motto for me ever since. It can be hard to say no to a friend who needs a small (but time consuming) favor, or a club that needs someone to organize an event. But as a college student, you must prioritize self care in order to succeed in your classes, stay healthy and have the energy to give to your friends and clubs.

Take a look at these self care strategies for dorm life. Read more

How To Deal with Food Allergies on Your College Campus

For many new college students, choosing a school is mostly about the study programs that they offer. However, some students also need to know how a school will help them manage their food allergies. Students also need to know how to communicate their needs to services on campus that deal with providing food, such as housing and dining.

I always appreciate knowing my friends’ food concerns as well, so if we make plans together, I don’t bring the wrong kind of snack to a study session (or take a friend with a severe peanut allergy out for Thai food!). What should you be doing to make sure that you stick to your eating program while at college? Read more

Healthy Snacks To Keep Your Brain Active for Finals

It can be tough for a college student to stick to eating healthy food. What do you do when you want something quick and easy? I just grab the bag of greasy chips even though an apple is a much better choice. But recently I’ve learned how to make my own DIY snacks with healthy ingredients.

Reach for healthy snacks as you study for finals. (Credit: Leanne Bakes)

Reach for healthy snacks as you study for finals. (Credit: Leanne Bakes)

Now, dorm food doesn’t have to mean eating empty calories. Let me show you what I mean. Read more

Don’t Want To Pay $9 For The Unicorn Latte? Make It In Your Dorm!

I’m always on the lookout for crazy new drinks, especially healthy beverages, to indulge my café cravings. Hearing the name “unicorn latte”? Color me intrigued! While even I’m skeptical of paying $9 for a latte (reportedly the drink’s price where it originated at The End Brooklyn), when I started looking into the unicorn latte I discovered there are other unicorn beverages out there, too, like the unicorn hot chocolate.

Try the latest craze in food trends, the unicorn latte. (Credit: Instagram)

Try the latest craze in food trends, the unicorn latte. (Credit: Instagram)

If you want your drink pretty, tasty, and possibly healthy, too, you’ll want to check out this trend in unicorn drinks! Read more

Quick and Healthy Meal Ideas For College Students

Leaving home for college can be pretty exciting and cool. But there can be some downsides as well, especially when it comes to dorm food.

Create a new recipe with our meal ideas. (Credit: Budget Bytes)

Create a new recipe with our meal ideas. (Credit: Budget Bytes)

If you’re a college student on the hunt for some healthy meal ideas that you can make quickly, I’ve got some cooking tips to help you improve your at-school dining options. It’s time to learn to cook! Read more