Author: Alexandria Ramos

Healthy Summer Snacks

Summer is finally here and with the bright sunshine and rising temperatures come the numerous invites to summer barbecues and parties. You can still enjoy these events without sacrificing your healthy eating habits! Swap out a few of the traditional summer snacks for these healthier alternatives.

fruit salad1.Fruit salad
Most berries are in season during the summer so take advantage of this and try a fruit salad. They’re super quick and easy to make and are sweet without the worry of artificial flavors and sweeteners. Simply slice up your favorite fruit and mix them together in a large bowl. Popular options are star fruit, kiwi, watermelon, mango, and strawberries.

 

turkey burger2.Turkey burgers
You can’t have a summer barbecue without a grilled burger. Try swapping out the traditional beef patty for a lower fat but equally satisfying turkey burger.

 

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3. Frozen Greek yogurt
Trade your ice cream for frozen greek yogurt to have the same taste with much less fat.

 

 

 

 

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4. Iced Tea
Iced teas are a great alternative to sugary drinks. Try green tea with a sprig of mint for freshness or honey for a sweeter drink.

 

 

 

 

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5. Angel food cake
Between birthdays, graduation parties, and Independence Day, there’s bound to be a situation where desserts are a must. Angel food cake is a healthier alternative to most cakes because it has a very low fat content but still tastes great.

 

 

What are some of your favorite swaps to maintain healthy eating habits? Let us know in the comments below!

Top 5 Reasons to Study Abroad

During your time in college, you may have an opportunity to study at an institution in another country. Many college students partake in this opportunity, as it can be a life changing experience. Here are some of the top reasons to study abroad:

1. New Way of Learning

You may have a 4.0 GPA at your home institution, but wouldn’t it be great to step outside of your old familiar classrooms and libraries? Studying abroad can offer a fantastic opportunity to continue your studies in an environment that is completely new and fresh.

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2. Travel

Once you graduate college and have a full time job, you may not have the opportunity to spend a few weeks or months in a foreign country. Take this time to travel while you have minimal responsibilities elsewhere.

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3. Interact with other cultures

Everyone does not have the opportunity to interact and make friends with people from other countries. Studying abroad could give you the chance to see what college life is like in a country that is unfamiliar to you.

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4. Expand your world perspective

It’s easy to get comfortable in your own mindset and cultures, but traveling internationally can give you a fresh perspective on the world, your life, and how it all fits together. The world will seem much smaller when you realize that we all have much more in common than we think!

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5. Learn a new language

Studying abroad can be especially beneficial to those studying linguistics or who wish to learn another language fluently. No amount of textbook studying can compare to one-on-one conversation with a native speaker of the language you are studying.

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Have you studied abroad? What were your reasons? Let us know in the comments below!

Who is Ross David?

Internet radio is good for many things: procrastinating from homework, ads that have no relevance to your life whatsoever, and discovering amazing musical talent. The latter is what introduced me to the soul man that is Ross David, but who is Ross David? I’m guessing you haven’t heard of him before so I’m here to enlighten you about his amazing music.

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If you’re not familiar with this name, it’s okay. Neither was I until I heard his original song “When I’m With You” on the radio. Have a listen here, I’ll wait.

AMAZING right?  With a vocal tone reminiscent of John Mayer paired with stellar song writing abilities, it’s difficult to understand how this artist has not yet broken into the mainstream. According to his official Facebook page, David caught the ear of well known producer Jay Ollero who would become his mentor and guide. This led to Matt Hennessy, well known producer, audio engineer, and president of the Grammy Chapter of Chicago, to discovering David’s abilities and joining the two in recording the original songs that would later become three EPs with a fourth being released in early 2014.

David’s pop sound has an undeniable soulful quality that distinguishes his music from the cookie-cutter top 40 hits you’ll hear on the radio. With influences like Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, and John Legend, this was bound to happen. If you browse his YouTube channel you’ll find dozens of covers and original songs that are just as fabulous as “When I’m With You” including his latest original song “Fire Burnin’”.

Now that you’re hooked, look for more Ross David original recordings on iTunes, Amazon, Pandora, and Spotify.

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5 Best Stores for College Students

Whether you are running low on groceries or need textbooks in a pinch, this list of the 5 best stores for college students  will definitely help you out in times of distress!

1. Target

This one may be a bit obvious but Target will nevertheless remain number one on my list. This glorious palace of red is a one stop shop where half of your paycheck mysteriously disappears during a trip for “just a few things”. You can walk in only needing paper towels, but you will walk out with trail mix, 3 dresses, a necklace, a mop, candles, and the complete second season of “The Office”…and probably no paper towels. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.  Shop now: www.target.com

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2. Forever21

Oh Forever21, how I love thee. Let me count the ways. There are so many nice things you can find here at such low prices. Say it with me: two dollar cami’s. (Don’t worry, guys, there’s a men’s section too!). Shop now: www.forever21.com

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3. Marshall’s and TJ Maxx

I cannot stress how much I LOVE shopping at these two stores. Every shopping trip is like a mini treasure hunt. You never know what you’re going to find there. They have a little bit of everything including clothes, electronic accessories, home decor, groceries, and books. Everything is marked down way below retail price which makes it easy to find nice things that guys and gals on college student budgets might not usually be able to afford. Shop now: www.marshallonline.com and www.tjmaxx.com

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4. eBay.com

Okay so this one isn’t exactly a “store” but it sure comes in handy in a pinch. You can find literally anything you will ever need on eBay (I personally use this site to find art supplies for class) at much lower prices. Some of these items are brand new while others may be used, so it takes a smart shopper to find the hidden gems. Shop now: www.ebay.com

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5. eCampus and Knetbooks.com

If you need textbooks (who doesn’t?) but are not a huge fan of the price tags, check out these stores and sites. You can save up to 90% on textbooks as well as rent or sell used textbooks. You’ve read the blog, now go check out the rest of the site! Shop now: www.ecampus.com and www.knetbooks.com

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Top 5 Must Have Songs of 2014

With the snow melting away and the sun coming out, my playlist has begun to brighten up a bit as well. These songs tend to give you the urge to bust a move and break into song; don’t say I didn’t warn you.

1. Happy- Pharrell Williams

Yes, I know everyone loves this song and probably everyone has heard it. But it is nowhere near overrated. You just can’t help but be happy when you hear this song! It just puts an involuntary smile on your face! Click here now to listen.

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2. Counting Stars –One Republic

This song has such a subtle motivational aspect to it. The lyrics encourage you to think outside the box and follow your heart while the music is super danceable. Win! Click here now to listen.

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3. La la la- Naughty Boy feat. Sam Smith

“La la la” is a fun song for it’s rebellious nature. It’s basically telling you not to listen to and believe everything people say, and I have to agree wholeheartedly. Click here now to listen.

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4. Burn –Ellie Goulding

“Burn” is another song that has a subtle motivational feel. While it’s a dance song that could easily be a love story, it’s just as easily a message to make an impact on the world and leave your mark. Click here now to listen.

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5. Neon Lights –Demi Lovato

This is easily the most danceable song on the list. Listen to this song and try NOT to dance. Go ahead, try. Seriously, this is such a feel good song. The kind that you dance to in the car (at stoplights of course…) in such a way that the driver in the car next to you starts staring. Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything. Click here now to listen.

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Add these songs to brighten up your playlist! Any we missed?