Health

Tofu Stir Fry and Lettuce Wraps Recipe!

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This is a quick and easy recipe that will please vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. It only takes about 15 minutes to make and doesn’t require too much preparation. You can also make adjustments to the recipe to fit your taste!

 What You’ll Need:

 -Extra Firm Tofu
-1 Bell Pepper
-1 Yellow Onion
-Mushrooms (Baby Bella or White)
-Iceberg Lettuce Head
-Rice (I used a brown rice and quinoa medley)
-Extra Virgin Olive Oil
-Teriyaki Sauce
-Salt and Pepper to taste

 Directions:

  1. Cut tofu into small cubes.
  2. Chop peppers, onions, and mushrooms into desired-size chunks.
  3. Pour 1-2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil into a pan. Add tofu, peppers, onions, and mushrooms and cook on a medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes
  4. Cook rice according to the directions on the package/bag you have. (If your rice takes longer than 5-7 minutes to cook, keep that it mind, and start cooking it first.
  5. Pour 1-2 tablespoons of Teriyaki sauce over your tofu and vegetables and stir until evenly mixed.
  6. Add rice to pan and stir. Add a bit more Teriyaki sauce if you want.
  7. Add a sprinkle of salt and pepper for added flavor.
  8. Cut you lettuce wrap into slices that about the size of your palm and serve with your stir-fry.

Getting Ready For Winter

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Assuming you are no Elsa, the cold probably bothers you. Being prepared for winter will let you stay focused on school work and building a snowman rather than how freezing cold it is outside. Here are a few tips to stay warm this winter:

1. Make sure you’ve got the gear.

Gloves, cozy socks, scarf, hat, big winter coat, long johns or leggings, and boots are all necessities this time of year.

2. Get a flu shot.

Staying healthy is important, check out your local pharmacy for possibility of free flu shots.

3. Keep lotion, tissues and tea in your dorm room.

Getting small packs of tissues for your backpack is a good idea also. Nothing’s worse than sitting in a midterm with a runny nose and no tissue.

4. Find out snow day information.

Whether it’s by following the school president on Twitter or by signing up for texting alerts, you don’t want to show up to class on a snow day!

5. Avoid fire hazards.

Don’t cover up your dorm heater and if something goes wrong, call 911. If you have other fire safety questions, contact your RA.

An Easy and Filling, Vegetable Soup Recipe!

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soup1Now that we are headed into the colder months, you may find yourself craving a nice, hot bowl of soup. If you have access to a kitchen, I have a great and easy recipe for you! This recipe is delicious and actually really filling. It is super easy to make and does not require too much preparation. This soup will warm you up on a cold day and you’ll probably have leftovers for a few days!

What You’ll Need:

-1 carton/32 ounces of vegetable broth

-1/2-3/4 cup of cut and peeled carrots, chopped

-4 stalks of celery, chopped

-3/4 cup of cabbage, chopped

-1/2 cup diced tomatoes

-Salt and pepper to taste

 Cooking Directions:

  1. Combine all of your ingredients into a medium-large sized pot and stir.
  1. Cook over medium heat and cover for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  1. Uncover and add salt and pepper to taste. Stir. Once you taste it, decide if you want to add more salt or pepper until you get it to your liking.
  1. Serve yourself (and some friends) a bowl and either keep leftovers simmering on low heat for seconds or pour into Tupperware to store in your fridge or freezer for more long lasting preservation!

*You can also add noodles, rice, or orzo to this recipe if you’d like. Or if you’re feeling in the mood, you can even add some matzo balls!

Now pour yourself some soup, grab a blanket, and curl up in front of your TV for a warm, relaxing night in!

5 Strategies to Keep Your Dorm Room Clean!

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Keeping your room clean will help you stay focused. It will also help you be more organized and keep your brain from feeling cluttered.

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1. Make your bed in the morning- it takes 2 minutes and makes your room look a lot neater!

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2. Fold your laundry right away! Making sure you have time to fold and put away your laundry once its done is important for making sure your room isn’t filling up with dirty laundry and your dresser isn’t exploding.

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3. Take out your trash once a week- or as soon as it gets full, whichever comes first. This will not only keep your room neat, but nice smelling too!

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4. Do your dishes immediately after you’re done eating in the dorm. Then put them away. This will also keep your dorm from smelling. (In this vein, also clean out your fridge once a week.)

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5. IF you need motivation- Invite members of the opposite gender to come hang out. Nothing will motivate you to make sure your room is neat than a guy/girl coming over!

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Simple Ways to Live a Healthier Life!

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1. Switch to Whole Grains.

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Everyone loves carbs, but a lot of the ones many of us eat everyday are not great for you. Instead of white bread, go for whole wheat or multigrain bread. Instead of white rice, go for brown rice, quinoa, or wild rice. Whole grains have much more nutritional value and have tons of health benefits including heart health, reduced risk of cardiovascular and heart diseases, and slower digestion (which is good for lessening blood sugar spikes!) It’s actually quite easy to just substitute whole grains where you would normally eat refined grains without a massive change in your meals.

2. Go Carb-Free for One Meal a Day.

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This is typically easiest to do at breakfast. Go for things low in fat and high in protein, such as fat free yogurt or eggs. If you’re worried about the cholesterol in eggs, use one regular egg and the rest egg whites. You’ll still get the protein benefits with less of the cholesterol that comes with the yolk. For the yogurt option, you can go for a fat-free yogurt or low calorie Greek yogurt and then add fresh fruit and some chia seeds. Chia seeds are a super food with lots of protein, Omega-3s, and soluble fiber. They don’t really have a flavor so you can add them to lots of things for added nutrients! You can also incorporate the yogurt option into a smoothie with frozen fruit.

3.Eat More Soluble Fibers.

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Soluble fiber is better for you than insoluble fiber because it dissolves into the water in your body to create a viscous liquid/gel that prevents some of the fat and sugar in your food from absorbing, which can help reduce cholesterol or maintain healthy levels of cholesterol. It also helps to prevent your risk of diabetes. You can find soluble fiber in foods such as apples, oat bran, chia seeds, beans, barley, and sweet potatoes.

 4. Incorporate Regular Exercise into Your Routine.

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Take advantage of the gyms you have on campus. Try to go 3-4 times a week and find a fitness routine that you like and can manage. Do a mixture of cardio and weight training. Maybe get on the elliptical for a half hour and then head over to the free weights and resistance bands. If the gym isn’t your thing, try doing outdoor activities like jogging, hiking, biking, etc. You can even find guided workouts on YouTube if you’d rather exercise in your room! Just find something that works for you and stick with it. Eventually you’ll see results and you’ll be able to work up to more intense workouts. Go at your own pace, be safe, and don’t do more than you can handle. You’ll get to where you want to be eventually, so take it slow and build from there!