A Guide to Navigating Generic Brand

As a broke college student, generic brand is my best friend. Growing up, I never truly understood the value of generic brand items, because I was fortunate enough to not have to. It wasn’t until I started buying my own groceries that I realized how much money you can save on similar– if not identical– products just by paying a little bit more attention.

I want to share with you my tips on navigating generic brand. These are just some simple guidelines I use at the grocery store when deciding what products to buy. It’s really not hard to eat healthy on a budget as long as your conscious of where you’re choosing to spend your money. Continue reading “A Guide to Navigating Generic Brand”

Healthy(ish) Ramen

I’m sure you’ve heard all the sh*t talking about ramen noodles not being healthy. Which, to an extent, is true. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t make them healthy, right?! Mike’s Mighty Good Ramen was nice enough to hook me up with a few packages of their organic ramen noodles, so I decided to play around with them and try to add some extra nutrients. The result? This video. Watch it and learn how I pack an extra nutritional punch to these normally unhealthy noodles.

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Taco Stuffed Peppers with Cauliflower Rice

While I love having a kitchen now, I’ve struggled cooking for one person. Even with meal planning/prepping, it’s easy to buy a bunch of fresh produce and let it go bad. Because let’s be real, when you come home from a night out with friends or a long day at class or work and start snacking, you’re not going to throw together a salad. You’re going to eat chips. Or trail mix. Or a slice of last night’s leftover pizza. It’s just how it is. (I guess I’m selling myself short here. I tend to keep healthy, non-perishable snacks on hand. It’s just that fresh fruits + veggies aren’t at the top of my list for favorite snack foods.)

It’s easy to buy produce with the intention of eating it and then let it go bad in the fridge. To circumvent this problem, I’ve tried to incorporate it in the meals that I prep for the week. These taco stuffed peppers include cauliflower rice for an extra nutrient boost, as well as all the goodness you get from sweet peppers. Read more for the recipe. Continue reading “Taco Stuffed Peppers with Cauliflower Rice”

One Avocado, Four Toasts

The avocado toast addiction is real. So real, in fact, that I made a video showing you how to prepare four (!!!) different kinds using only one avocado. Watch how I did it in the video below.

Note: this was for a school project and my very first attempt at any type of cooking video, so bear with my subpar production skills. 🙂

I Ate Nothing But Pasta for 3 Days

In the health and wellness world, detoxing seems to be all the rage these days. Instagram feeds are filled with influencers marketing ineffective “fit teas” and sugar free ice cream. Elimination diets and three-day cleanses bring people together to wallow in self-pity and hunger, with hopes of shedding a few pounds in the process.

From the juice cleanse and the soup cleanse to simply spending three days fasting, there are countless options out there. Most of them have been proven ineffective for weight loss and improvement of overall health but still seem to remain relevant due to highly intelligent marketing teams and uneducated consumers.

Pasta has never been considered healthy, but I’ve also never met anyone that doesn’t like it. A few weeks ago, I was assigned a project for a class where I could essentially write about anything I wanted, so I decided to challenge the norms and do a pasta cleanse. Continue reading “I Ate Nothing But Pasta for 3 Days”

12 Of My Kitchen Staples

Ah, the good ol’ kitchen staples. The go-tos. The MVPs. Whatever you may call them, you probably have certain ingredients in your kitchen that you always keep on hand either because you use them so much or because they go with just about everything. Or both. I figured I’d share a few of my own kitchen staples to get you inspired to stock your fridge/freezer/cabinets so you can easily (and cheaply) whip up something delicious for your next meal. Note that you can usually buy these things in generic form, but I’ve noted some of my favorite brands when applicable. Continue reading “12 Of My Kitchen Staples”

Friday Faves: Perfect Bar

Finding the perfect protein bar can be quite the struggle. Do you compromise taste for low sugar or real ingredients to meet your macros? While there are thousands of protein bars on the market, only a select few of them make it to my pantry. I can be pretty picky when it comes to bars, so that’s why Perfect Bar holds a special place in my heart.

When searching for a quality protein bar, I look for real ingredients I can pronounce, affordability, and low sugar. Continue reading “Friday Faves: Perfect Bar”