This week on the college chew we will be doing something a little bit different, by spending each day discussing a unique diet. These diets include those which we have found to be the most trendy and in demand. However, because we value health over all, our staff will not be discussing any diets which have been found to have compromising effects on health. Therefore, we hope that our readers will feel comfortable giving any of these diets a try, and enjoy chewing on with us!
Our staff chose these diets for more than just their trend setting ways. Each of these nutritional options are also sustainable in their own ways, and may help our readers to broaden their horizons. For example, the mediterranean diet has been an applied diet as a part of mediterranean culture for centuries and emphasizes heart health. Going back even farther, the paleo diet is based on the nutritional traditions of early humans, who ate simply. In contrast, the DASH diet has been put together fairly recently and is promoted as a gateway to weight loss and is designed to help with blood pressure.
Recently in the trendy dietary world, there has been a focus on a return to a simpler way of nutrition. In addition, recent epidemics of obesity in the United States have caused a focus on weight loss when it comes to dietary trends. Finally, studies which focus on good fats and less sugar as well as an emphasis on natural and organic eating have also shaped trend diets, including the ones featured this week.
Check back everyday this week for a new and trendy dietary take from our staff!
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Quinoa has been gaining popularity as a versatile, healthy food, but preparing it can seem intimidating. Which is why I found this delicious Mexican quinoa recipe at that that is reminiscent of your favorite Mexican food with the tasty super food taking center stage. First you heat up some olive oil in a saucepan on medium heat. Then add garlic and jalapeno, and stir for one minute until cooked. Finally, stir in quinoa vegetable broth, beans, tomatoes, corn, chili powder, cumin and salt and pepper to taste. Cover the pan and let it simmer until quinoa is cooked through for about 20 minutes. Then stir in avocado, lime juice and cilantro. Finally, enjoy your delicious, healthy meal. Full recipe at http://damndelicious.net/2014/04/09/one-pan-mexican-quinoa/
Heart health is on the minds of many people these days, as heart disease is the leading cause of death in America. However, 90 percent of cases are estimated to be preventable, meaning it is essential to establish heart healthy habits early. This means that even in college, when opportunities for unhealthy foods are abundant, it’s important to at least of Trim Thursday remember what counts toward a heart healthy diet.
This tip is true for most nutrition based diets, but is also important when it comes to heart health. Suggested foods to maximize fiber intake include fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains and nuts. Many people will find that adding more fiber to a diet is the first step, as these foods are a natural part of many meals. For a slow transition, consider swapping out less fiber based grains such as white bread for whole grain varieties. If you find that it is difficult to include fruits and vegetables in your diet, consider a time saving smoothie that can be packed with nutrition, such as the one listed here. Keep in mind that you can customize smoothie recipes to your taste, and can add whatever you would prefer.
The Chicken of the Sea
A heart healthy diet also consists of plenty of fish. This can include pretty much any variety, but experts especially recommend oily fish such as halibut and herring. Although such a suggestion may sound odd or unappetizing, the oil in fish is one of the best kinds for heart health, omega 3 fatty acids. In addition to seeking out these fats, which can also be found in soy products. When optimizing healthy fats in your diet, remember to avoid trans fats and too much fat from dairy or red meat. Consider adding these fish recipes into your meal rotation someday soon:
- Grilled Halibut with Lemon
-Grilled Herring with Mustard and Basil Dressing
Get Moving and Hydrate Properly
In order to properly take care of your heart, it is also important to exercise properly. Experts recommend at least thirty minutes per day, with an emphasis on cardio. Remember that the heart is a muscle, and it needs it’s work outs to function at it’s best. Finally, the best way to hydrate your body and keep your heart healthy is with water. Avoid sugary drinks, and instead opt for nutrient rich whole fruit if you’re craving a juice. Along with this choice, alcohol should also be avoided for the best heart possible.
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Today is the day we’ve all been dreading, Election Day. But instead of drowning in our miseries alone, you can throw a party, so at least we’ll go down together.
All jokes aside, tomorrow will be huge for Americans, and I am always looking for a way to have a get together with friends. Election Day themed foods will take your party to the next level and your Instagram looking trendy. The best part is, these candidate themed foods are not only punny and delicious, but super easy too. So here are some of my favorite Election Day themed foods.
Donald Trump's Hair
This item is by far the easiest of all of the recipes today. Donald Trump’s hair has been one of the most iconic images seen in this election. It is constantly being brought up along with other insults and should be a trademark of the candidate. It’s bleached and straw-ish appearance closely matches the look of cotton candy, and will have your guest laughing in no time. Not to mention that everyone loves cotton candy.
Hillary Clinton's Emails
This recipe is definitely a little more work, but so is deleting 30,000 emails, so it seems pretty fitting to me. Hillary’s emails were a huge part of the election this year, and frequently brought up at debates. The FBI has stopped their investigation once again, and Hillary is technically not at fault, but I don’t think that will stop people from talking about the infamous emails.
It’s been one week since Halloween and you know what that means, all the Halloween candy has officially been eaten. Okay maybe not all of it, but if you’re anything like me your sweet tooth is never satisfied. After all that candy you may want some sweet, guilt-free treats, so try out these recipes. They are all easy to make, healthy, and require 3 ingredients or less. Oh, and did I mention they all have one simple ingredient in common, bananas.
Banana “Ice Cream”
This “ice cream” has only three ingredients and it doesn’t include dairy. It is very easy to make and such a treat.
This one includes some freezing time too, but it is well worth it. These bites only need three ingredients and again, they are completely vegan.
This is my go-to recipe when I need a sweet fix fast. It only takes 15 minutes to make and it is so filling.
As we all say goodbye to Halloween, preparations for the next holiday is swiftly approaching. Thanksgiving is a holiday beloved by everyone, and for foodies it’s a festive opportunity to challenge your culinary skills and make your favorite dishes in new, innovative ways. Sweet potatoes is a Thanksgiving table staple, but rather than going the tradition route of baked sweet potatoes or marshmallows and sweet potato casserole here are some delicious, creative recipes I found that will satisfy this cherished holiday dish and delight you and your dinner guests. Sweet potatoes are not only delicious, but also are high in vitamins and contain healthy carbs for those who are looking to make their holiday treats healthier. The following recipes include sweet potato tots, skinny buffalo sweet potatoes and cinnamon and spice sweet potato bread.
Appetizer: Sweet Potato Tots
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Begin your holiday festivities with this sweet and savory starter. First you peel your sweet potatoes and then steam them until they are soft. Then you blend them in a blender or food processor until they are in small pieces. Roll them into bite-sized balls and roll in parmesan until completely coated. Then bake them in the oven for 10 minutes at 425 degrees.
Side Dish: Skinny Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
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Since buffalo chicken is a beloved football-watching treat and football goes hand in hand with Thanksgiving, these skinny buffalo chicken stuffed sweet potatoes seemed like the perfect side dish for the occasion. First bake sweet potatoes on a baking sheet for 30 minutes at 400 degrees. Then cook chicken in a large pot on medium heat for 30 minutes, when done drain, and shred chicken using two forks. Combine buffalo sauce ingredients in a saucepan on low heat until sauce thickens, and add in shredded chicken. When the sweet potatoes are done, cut them down the middle and place buffalo chicken inside. Top with blue cheese and desired herbs.
Dessert: Cinnamon and Spice Sweet Potato Bread
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Nothing says Thanksgiving like warm sweet potato bread for dessert. First steam sweet potatoes, peel and dice into small chunks. Then put them in a bowl with a little bit of water, cook in microwave until soft, drain water and mash sweet potatoes until they form a puree. Combine wet ingredients, eggs, oil, buttermilk, vanilla, and sugar in one bowl; and the dry ingredients, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and all other spices in another bowl. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, and then the sweet potatoes and stir until it is completely combined and forms a batter. Cook batter in a greased loaf tin 60 minutes at 350 degrees.
Now that Halloween is over, some people may already be thinking ahead to Christmas, but that would be missing one of the best parts of the holiday season, Thanksgiving. We all know that this holiday is focused mostly on food, and this can make things difficult for those who are trying to lose weight or stay healthy. This can create difficulties within families with a struggle between eating healthy and keeping up with tradition on Thanksgiving. However, no sacrifice is needed when using the following tips to achieve the perfect compromise, that everyone can give thanks for.
- Tips on adding flavor without sugar or fat
- Healthy Green Bean Casserole
-Chipotle Smashed Sweet Potatoes
2. Tofurkey to the Extreme
The vegan diet is extremely on trend this year, and although this may leave something to be desired for some people, it also satisfies a diverse crowd. With the vegan diet this allows options for everyone from vegetarian to lactose free. Although it may involve some different ingredients and compromise on flavor, vegan options are usually healthy as well as long as proper nutrition is taken into consideration. When preparing these recipes be prepared to pay a bit more for unique ingredients that may be difficult to find because of their obscurity. If you’re looking to expand your horizons with some vegan recipes this Thanksgiving try the option listed below.
-Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes and Descriptions
3. Healthy Sweets
For many people the best part of Thanksgiving are the desserts. In this case pies are especially common during holiday festivities. These delicious treats are often full of extra sugar for filling, and butter or lard for the crust. However it’s important to remember that at the heart of these pies is fruit, which is actually good for you. Luckily there is an easy and just as satisfying route for dessert on Thanksgiving that will solve all of those pie cravings, fruit crisps. These tasty treats offer fruity sweetness with less sugar, and more robust grains as crust. To incorporate these desserts into your Thanksgiving celebration enjoy the recipes listed below.
- Healthy Fruit Cobbler and Crisps
- Easy Berry Crisp
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Happy November from The College Chew. October flew by along with all of our Fall-themed posts. But don’t worry, we’ve still got one more month of everyone favorite time of the year. With that being said I though the first post of November should encompass the Thanksgiving feels. Today I’m going to teach you how to cook a Thanksgiving turkey.
Now, before you click off because of pure intimidation, hear me out. It’s actually not as hard as you think. I’m going to take you through it step-by-step and as long as you can read and prepare everything, you will be fine.
The skill of cooking a Thanksgiving turkey will give you so much culinary street credit, your friends will beg you to come over and cook one for them and your mom will pass on the Thanksgiving duties to you. It’s a skill you can carry onto the rest of your adult life and pass onto your children. So even if you get stuck in your college town for Thanksgiving, you can still have the homey feels in your dorm.
So this recipe is a roasted turkey. I think a roasted turkey is the most traditional version of a Thanksgiving turkey, but you could also fry your turkey. Frying is a bit more dangerous and requires a bit more skill, so roasting is the best for novice cooks looking to cook a turkey for the first time. It’s also the easiest method because it doesn’t require a lot of attention. Also, I’m talking about a turkey with very basic seasonings but feel free to add herbs of your choice.
The first step requires a fully thawed turkey. The general guideline is to thaw the turkey in the fridge for 24 hours per five pounds of turkey.
Nutritional, Efficient & Simplistic
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