Should I avoid that chocolate or not?

It hit the news this week: consumer advocate group As You Sow released a survey that chocolate has more lead content than recommended. In fact, they said the lead in chocolate is nine times the amount considered safe by California law. Looking at the pile of empty candy wrappers on the corner of my desk, I’m not feeling great about this news.

Will lead in chocolate keep you from eating it? (Credit: Cooperative Home Care)

Will lead in chocolate keep you from eating it? (Credit: Cooperative Home Care)

Then again, there are a bunch of studies supporting the health benefits of chocolate, particularly the dark blends. Is chocolate good for you? Check out these recent news articles and decide for yourself if chocolate is a good way to improve your mood—or if it’s just going to add to that freshman 15 you’ve been trying to avoid… Read more

What college students remember about the good old days

College has changed significantly in the past few years and will continue to do so as technology evolves. University students are adapting to new devices, apps, rules and standards. As we continue to move forward, lets pay tribute to the good old days and look at the things we used to know and the way they have changed.

It’s on every syllabus we’ve ever received- 12 point Times New Roman ONLY! Is Times New Roman dead though? Read more

3 money saving ideas that might actually work!

It’s not easy being a poor college student. While I balance studying for classes with work study and other jobs on campus, I will still end up with a huge student loan balance to pay off after graduation. Lucky for me, my food is included in those loans, and I eat most of my meals in the cafeteria. But some college students aren’t so lucky, and turn to ramen noodles just to stay full.

Credit: moneyaftergraduation.com

Credit: moneyaftergraduation.com

Everyone could use some ideas to help them with how to save money (I can always use a few extra ways to make my budget go farther), but when you live in student housing and have to manage life on campus, it can be extra difficult. Take a look at these three ways to save money… you might find something that will work for you! Read more

You ask, we answer: My roomie has an allergy!

Dear J,

My new roommate is allergic to peanuts! My favorite food to sustain life on, is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. How will I go on!?!? Even if I give up my soul food, I’m terrified that a soap/food/product I buy will have peanuts in it! What should I do?

Best,

Rebecca W

Rebecca,

I’m sorry that your PB&J relationship is on the rocks! I’m no doctor but I’ve definitely had a roommate with a shellfish allergy so here is what I can tell you. Read more

How to use your coffee maker to cook food in your dorm

Dorm life often calls for a quick meal or snack at odd hours. What can you do when it’s too late or you’re too broke to call for take-out? Cooking your own food is the answer. As a college student, you know how to get creative with time management and meeting deadlines.

There are so many foods you had no idea you could cook in your coffee maker. (Credit: Cole Saladino)

There are so many foods you had no idea you could cook in your coffee maker. (Credit: Cole Saladino)

Now I’m here to tell you that knowing how to cook with a drip coffee maker will turn out to be another one of your favorite life hacks. Read more

How to have the best Friendsgiving ever

If your plans to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with your family this year just haven’t worked out (or maybe you didn’t want them to work out?), then you might be contemplating a Friendsgiving.

Throw yourself an epic Friendsgiving. (Credit: somecards)

Throw yourself an epic Friendsgiving. (Credit: somecards)

Here’s how to make a Thanksgiving dinner in your dorm room that will truly celebrate the kickoff of the holiday season. Read more

Ideas for a vegetarian diet on college campus

College students can easily maintain a vegetarian diet on college campus and in dorm rooms. It’s not as difficult as you might think. Here are some ideas for finding, making and enjoying vegetarian food in and around campus.

Is a vegetarian diet right for you? (Credit: Changing Habits)

Is a vegetarian diet right for you? (Credit: Changing Habits)

Why people become vegetarian would take up a whole other blog post, but for now, if you already are vegetarian or are considering becoming one, don’t let being in college hinder you. Read more

Freshman 15 — Is it an urban myth?

I always hear about it in college, but we never discuss it. Maybe we think if we don’t say it out loud it won’t happen to us. And what is it? The dreaded “freshman 15.” It seems that sudden weight gain you can’t quite shake has always been there.

Do you think the freshman 15 is an urban myth? (Credit: Tony Champagne, The Times-Picayune)

Do you think the freshman 15 is an urban myth? (Credit: Tony Champagne, The Times-Picayune)

But believe it or not, the freshman 15 turns out to be an urban myth, according to new research out of Ohio State University. Read more

Low carb vs. low fat—what’s the healthiest diet?

With 68.5 percent of American adults overweight or obese as of 2011-2012 The State of Obesity report, a healthy diet is high on most American’s list of to do’s. Most of us want to know what is the healthiest diet, and often a low carb diet tops the list. But a recent study indicates that low fat may be where it’s at.

Decide which diet works best for good health. (Credit: Lazycup.com)

Decide which diet works best for good health. (Credit: Lazycup.com)

Face it, changing your eating habits is hard (trust me, I’ve tried), but it can be well worth the effort in terms of your long-term well being, and in terms of combating the obesity epidemic one person at a time. Read more

College = FREEDOM!!

Once you’re in college you’re free! Free to stay up till the break of dawn and experience new things! With freedom can come the unwanted. An extra 15 lbs., credit card debt or academic probation. But how can you enjoy the freedom without the negatives?

I have compiled five helpful CengageBrain articles to help you stay free of freedom’s negative consequences. To view the full article, click on the article title. Read more