Dorm Room Smoothies

One of the greatest gifts I have ever received is my Nutribullet blender. Being in college and trying to eat healthy is just as hard as it sounds, but starting my morning off right with a smoothie every now and then really allows me to set my health goals for the day. If you are allowed to have a mini fridge or freezer and a blender in your dorm room I highly recommend it.

Helpful Tips:

  • Buy fruit in bulk and freeze it in individual zip lock baggies to create your own fruit smoothie combinations. I used blueberries, strawberries, peaches, bananas, and raspberries. This is also a plus because then you do not need to add ice.
  • If you are allowed to take fruit from your dining hall, do it. Almost every time I eat a meal at the dining hall, I make sure to check the fruit section for bananas before I walk out. I take at least 2 whenever they have them, let them ripen, and then chop them up and stick them in my baggies.
  • For milk, I use Silk Almond Milk. I recommend using the little individual containers rather than the big one because once you open it, it is hard to use it up. Where as with the little ones, you can use one whole one for one smoothie.  FullSizeRender-10Next time you are craving a smoothie, try this! It is simple, easy, and could be a great addition to your healthy lifestyle journey.

May peace, joy, love, and gratitude be with you always.

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Simple Foods for a Simple Life

So, what is a “simple food” you may ask? In my definition, a simple food is one that comes right from the food pyramid. All vegetables, raw or cooked, fresh meats (lean), poultry, seafood, eggs, some dairy, whole grains, and fruit are all considered “simple foods” and “required foods” to maintain weight and to make sure you are getting all of your daily vitamins and minerals in your diet. What makes them simple is their lack of numerous processed ingredients and simple preparation methods. It also simplifies your shopping trips when you only focus on those buying those simple foods.

As a college student, it can be rough trying to make sure I eat simple and not engulf in all of the chips, pizza, and fried chicken that is put in front of me and hold me down. But, with choosing simple, nutrient dense foods, I feel better, healthier, and happier and you will too! (remember to eat a variety and in moderation) Here are a few of my favorite simple foods that I think you will enjoy as well!

May peace, joy, love, and gratitude be with you always.

Here is my Simple Foods for a Simple Life list…

FRUIT                                              

  1. berries                                                                                         
  2. avocado
  3. bananas
  4. apples
  5. lemons/limes
  6. oranges
  7. pears
  8. cherries
  9. peaches
  10. nectarines
  11. watermelon
  12. cantaloupe
  13. honeydew
  14. grapes
  15. mango

VEGGIES

  1. cucumber
  2. celery
  3. carrots
  4. peppers
  5. squash
  6. pumpkin
  7. zucchini
  8. tomatoes
  9. green beans
  10. spinach/ lettuce/ kale
  11. broccoli/cauliflower
  12. asparagus

PROTEIN

  1. lean turkey
  2. grilled chicken
  3. shrimp
  4. tuna
  5. salmon
  6. black beans/ kidney beans/ chickpeas
  7. lentils
  8. nuts/seeds

GRAINS

  1. whole grain bread
  2. oatmeal
  3. brown rice
  4. quinoa

DAIRY

  1. skim milk/ 1% milk/ almond milk
  2. cottage cheese
  3. cream cheese
  4. cheddar/ provolone/ Swiss cheeses

OTHER

  1. cinnamon
  2. maple syrup
  3. pumpkin pie spice (duh)
  4. kombucha

 

 

Vegan Cherry and Blueberry Oatmeal Recipe

This vegan, berry cherry oatmeal is the perfect fall breakfast and is only 6 simple ingredients!

Time: 1-2 minutes

Serving Size: 1

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 Cup of oatmeal (instant or old fashioned) and your preference of water; the more water, the more watery your oatmeal. I used enough to cover the oatmeal evenly.
  • 3 Cherries cut in half (your preference)
  • Handful of blueberries (your preference)
  • 1-2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • Handful of pecans
  • 2 tbs. Organic maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Put your oatmeal and water in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 1-2 minutes and stir.
  2. Add the cherries, blueberries, and pecans.
  3. Sprinkle the cinnamon and drizzle the syrup.
  4. Eat and enjoy!

 

Simplify Your Life: 100 Ways To Slow Down And Enjoy The Things That Matter – For The College Student #10

Hi! So, if you have read my “about me”, then you would know that I am a college student, starting my second year this fall majoring in dietetics! At the beginning of this year, I made a resolution to myself to be more minimalistic, natural, simplistic, and healthy. So far, I seem to be meeting these goals and have wanted to share my journey with others to hopefully inspire and motivate people to do the same!

Anyways, I just finished reading this book I picked up at Book Exchange when I was at Virginia Beach a few weeks ago. The author, Elaine St. James, provides tips and solutions on how to live a more simplistic life. While every tip is extraordinarily helpful, only a few applied to me, currently being a college student. I decided to pick out 10 of the ones I have tried and experienced and thought they would benefit others as well!

#10 Take Time To Watch The Sunset 

The wonderful thing about sunsets, and much can be said for sunrises, is that they happen everyday, and even if the sunset itself is not spectacular, it marks the beginning of the end of another day. It is a great time to pause and take notice.” – Elaine St. James.

Sunsets are my favorite part of everyday. The way the colors blend together like a watercolor painting every evening is beautiful and a realization that the day is almost over. Sunsets truly are the most “spectacular shows on earth”. Taking the time to witness a sunset, if only for a brief moment, can make all of your problems seem minor.

Sunsets are a time for you to reflect on your day and your actions and your life. It is a time for you to ask these questions: Were you happy with your decisions today? Did you try/do your best? Are you happy with your life? Do you have any anxiety/stress about today? If the answers to these questions are negative, use this time to encourage yourself and try better tomorrow, for tomorrow is a new day.

There is just something I find so captivating about the setting sun. I encourage you to pause, put your phone down (unless you are going to take a photo), and meditate/reflect on the simplicity of the marvelous colors and appreciate God’s gift. Be thankful, simple, peaceful, happy, and inspired. Remember that it is the little things in life that matter.

(Teach your kids to enjoy the beauty of sunsets, also. It is very simple, inexpensive entertainment and better then YouTube or television)

May peace, love, joy, and gratitude be with you always.

(Here are some photos of sunsets I have taken)

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Simplify Your Life: 100 To Slow Down And Enjoy The Things That Matter – For The College Student #9

Hi! So, if you have read my “about me”, then you would know that I am a college student, starting my second year this fall majoring in dietetics! At the beginning of this year, I made a resolution to myself to be more minimalistic, natural, simplistic, and healthy. So far, I seem to be meeting these goals and have wanted to share my journey with others to hopefully inspire and motivate people to do the same!

Anyways, I just finished reading this book I picked up at Book Exchange when I was at Virginia Beach a few weeks ago. The author, Elaine St. James, provides tips and solutions on how to live a more simplistic life. While every tip is extraordinarily helpful, only a few applied to me, currently being a college student. I decided to pick out 10 of the ones I have tried and experienced and thought they would benefit others as well!

#9 Keep A Journal

The first rule to keeping a journal is that there are no rules. Keeping a journal helps you keep in touch with who you are and how you want to live your life. Art journals, prayer journals, writing down daily thoughts, blessings, complaints, and struggles can all be a way for you to express yourself and get things out of your head and in a place only you have access to. Although, journals do not have to be a private thing- it is your journal therefore you have the control.

I personally have a prayer journal. I believe this not only helps me get things out of my head and on paper but it also helps me have a better relationship with God…a double whammy if you will. But, when starting your journal, it can be as structured or as loose as you wish.

Whether you want to treat it as an everyday task or a formal method of tracking your moods, thoughts, and feelings as a way of spiritual growth, a journal can help you find YOU and help you live a calmer and more simplistic lifestyle.

Remember that every lifestyle change, or in this case an addition, starts with baby steps so start small. Begin with a to do list or a shopping/wish list. Start a bucket list, write about the things that make you happy, food you love, things you hate, places you long to go to, people who have inspired you, your favorite quotes or songs and books you want to read. The topics and the positive effects that will arise are endless.

I hope you get yourself a journal and begin writing. It is never too late to start documenting, drawing, and reflecting on your life.

May peace, joy, love, and gratitude be with you always.

 

Simply Your Life: 100 Ways To Slow Down And Enjoy The Things That Matter – For The College Student #8

Hi! So, if you have read my “about me”, then you would know that I am a college student, starting my second year this fall majoring in dietetics! At the beginning of this year, I made a resolution to myself to be more minimalistic, natural, simplistic, and healthy. So far, I seem to be meeting these goals and have wanted to share my journey with others to hopefully inspire and motivate people to do the same!

Anyways, I just finished reading this book I picked up at Book Exchange when I was at Virginia Beach a few weeks ago. The author, Elaine St. James, provides tips and solutions on how to live a more simplistic life. While every tip is extraordinarily helpful, only a few applied to me, currently being a college student. I decided to pick out 10 of the ones I have tried and experienced and thought they would benefit others as well!

#8 Clean Up Your Relationships

Maybe it is time to finally move on from friendships that no longer work for you. Ending a friendship, or relationship with anyone, unlike a marriage, doesn’t always require a major confrontation or even a discussion at all. Depending on your friendship history together, sometimes it is easier to just fade out of someone’s life.

Clean up your Facebook friends. Get rid of the people that don’t bring you some type of joy. Unfriend those you haven’t talked to in over a year and those who only post negativity and use vulgar language. When you go on and decided to use social media, it is not about how many “friends” and “followers” you have, but about who YOU “follow” and who YOU are “friends” with. Remember to bring positivity to your newsfeed and get rid of the negative.

Now, cleaning up friendships in real life could be a bit more difficult than simply just pressing the “unfriend” button on the internet. Figure out who you want in your life and the people who make you happy. Surround yourself with those you make you laugh, are encouraging, and have the same values and beliefs as you. To “get rid” of relationships and friendships you no longer need or want in your life, do it with love and know that all friendships aren’t made to last.

There are 2 ways to do so, a clean break or distancing yourself gradually. Which ever way you chose, remember to do it confidently, with respect, and with care. No one enjoys a “breakup”. Getting rid of toxic relationships can majorly transform the way you view yourself, therefore creating a stress free, simple way of life because you will only be surrounding yourself with those who love you and only want the best for you.

I hope you make this lifestyle change to be another step closer to having a simple life filled of love, gratitude, peace, and joy.

May peace, joy, love, and gratitude be with you always.

Watermelon Slushee Recipe

This refreshing, vegan, drink is perfect for these last few days of summer!

Supplies

  1.  Watermelon Chunks
  2. Blender (I used a Nutribullet)
  3. Baking Sheet
  4. Wax Paper
  5. Water

Instructions

  1. Cut up 1/4 of a watermelon (or as much as you want) into small chunks.
  2. Place chunks of watermelon an a wax paper-lined baking sheet and stick in freezer over night.
  3. In the morning, scrape off chunks and place in blender with as much water as you want. The more water you add, the less icy the drink will be. I added about a 1/4 of a cup and it had a smooth, creamy, icy texture I was able to drink it through a straw.
  4. ENJOY!

May peace, joy, love, and gratitude be with you always.