This year, having an apartment has made watching sports unique! We are able to make snacks, invite friends over and enjoy being hostesses. For some, food is the most important aspect of watching a sporting event and we can definitely agree with that. Here are some game day recipes that are favorites (tried and true) and some we would like to try!
Entering college it’s one thing your older friends, relatives, and parents will tell you, “watch out for the freshman 15”. You probably think to yourself no, it won’t happen to me because a)I’ve never really had to worry about weight, b)I eat healthy, and c)I exercise on a regular basis. These are all wonderful things to do in life, but something makes them much more difficult in college. Emily and I pride ourselves in the fact that we were able to stay happy, healthy, and fit, without gaining the dreaded “freshman 15”. Here are some tips to avoid it and come back from your freshman year the same or better as when you left.
The cafeteria food is deceiving. You may think you are eating healthy by choosing vegetables or soups, but the amount of oil and butter added to these items are astronomical, so be careful.
Create an exercise schedule.
Drink plenty of water daily.
Avoid eating/snacking after 8pm. This one is tricky especially being in a dorm where your food is always in your room. So with this in mind, try to keep your room stocked with only healthy foods.
Do not snack while you study. This leads to mindless eating that you will regret later.
It’s 7pm, you are in the middle of studying for a huge exam, so you consider ordering a pizza or anything quick. AVOID this scenario at all costs. Take a thirty minute break and go eat a real dinner. Eating junk for dinner won’t lead to productive studying anyway.
The cafeteria has a variety of desserts, all of the time. Don’t let yourself grab dessert after every meal. Your body will become used to this and then when you try to cut back, you will have cravings. Try to limit yourself to 1-2 desserts after dinner per week.
Limit your intake of processed carbs and sugar and instead focus on whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins.
Walk everywhere! Even though the university transit might be more convenient, make time to enjoy your walk to class. An open, walking campus is one of the benefits of living on campus.
3. When my roommates and I were craving something sweet Friday night, we whipped up these super simple from scratch brownies. My roommates can be quoted saying “they are better and just as easy as box brownies”.
Williams Sonoma has always been my favorite place to shop, which goes to show that it’s not just for the middle age group and older. As soon as I was old enough to work, I applied to be a holiday worker at WS in Memphis. I was thrilled to get that job and work there for a few consecutive winters, until unfortunately, the store closed. This past winter, WS had an Instagram contest for their peppermint bark and would choose five winners with the most creative way of incorporating the bark to win a $100 gift card. I brainstormed for about a month and finally submitted a picture that ended up being 1 of the 5 winners. YAY! Knowing that Emily and I were about to move into our first apartment in the fall, I decided to buy my home and kitchen essentials at WS with my gift card. I have compiled some kitchen essentials for a first apartment along with some of WS’s greatest buys.
Here is a list with pictures of kitchen essentials for a first apartment from WS.