Friday Faves: The Good Bean

My favorite study snacks are ones I can easily toss in my backpack, can munch on a little at a time (which may honestly be to keep me awake), and are preferably crunchy and salty. I’ve roasted my own chickpeas in the oven before, but it’s a lot of effort and precise timing to get the right consistency down. Luckily, there’s a company called The Good Bean that does all the work for you. They make chickpea snacks, bean chips, and just released their new fava beans and peas snacks. I had the chance to try the new fava beans and peas as well as their chickpea snacks. Continue reading

Every Day Is “Cheat Day”

I often have friends ask me for advice on working out and eating healthy. While I love to help them out, I have to remind them that I’ve had no professional training whatsoever and I go by both research from health experts and the things I’ve found to work for me. The other day, a friend was asking how I’m able to stay in good shape while eating whatever I want. I explained to her that I follow the 80/20 rule: 80% of what I eat is veggies, lean protein, fruit, minimally processed, and low-sugar foods. The other 20% is whatever I want. “So like you eat healthy 6 days and unhealthy 1 day?”, she asked when I was done explaining. Not exactly, and the rising popularity of “cheat days” is something that confuses me. Continue reading

If you could tell your 20-year-old self one thing right now, what would it be?

One night on a whim, I decided to text all the real adults in my life  (i.e. people that have their sh*t figured out or at least appear to) whose opinions I respect the same question: If you could tell your 20-year-old self one thing right now what would it be?

I don’t exactly know what my motivation was to text all these people. I guess I wanted to pick the brains of some people that mean a lot to me and see if I can gather some wisdom that’s applicable to my current life. Many of these individuals have been through similar experiences as me, so I figured they could offer some direction and insight into my life as a 20-year-old. As the responses began to roll in, I realized that this wisdom should be shared with the world. So here are their responses: Continue reading

Pesto Pasta With Veggies

One night this summer, one of my friends texted me and said, “want to make something good for dinner and maybe do some crafts?”. Now let me tell you, if there’s one sure way to my heart, it’s food. This friend DEFINITELY knew how to get me to want to hang out with her. So we made dinner (the crafting never actually happened, but does it ever?) and we decided upon this recipe from Buzzfeed Tasty. I made some tweaks to the original recipe and thought that it was so good that I wanted to share it with you all.

Seriously, I took my first bite and was in love. I will absolutely be making this again in the near future. It can easily be made ahead of time and heated up in the microwave, so it makes a great meal prep option. Continue reading

Chocolate Covered Almond Butter Banana Bites

Don’t argue with me on this one: chocolate + peanut butter + banana is one of the best flavor combinations of all time. It’s just a fact. As a kid, I remember slicing bananas lengthwise, spreading peanut butter on them, and sprinkling a few mini chocolate chips on top. Once I got to college, I graduated (pun 100% intended) to slicing bananas into smaller pieces, putting peanut butter in between two of them, dipping them in chocolate, and freezing them. That way, I can just take them out of the freezer and eat whenever I want. Over time, I’ve adapted this recipe to include almond butter (which I like better), but you can totally use whatever kind of nut butter you’d like.

These can easily be made in a dorm room because all you need is a knife, bowl, and microwave, and keep well in the freezer for about a month. But I guarantee you they’ll be gone before then anyways. Continue reading

Everything I Ate In Nashville

As some of you may know from my social media posts, I spent this past weekend in Nashville with my dad. There really was no point to the trip, we both just wanted to visit and explore a new place. Neither of us had been to Nashville previously, so we decided this would be the perfect place to satisfy our wanderlust. I was put in charge of choosing the places to eat, and I’m pretty sure I was born for this job. (If you’re reading this and have any connections/way to make traveling and eating a career, let me know.)

When we got off the airplane, we had absolutely no plan. As my dad reiterated a thousand times, this was completely out of his comfort zone. I was totally cool with it, as long as we hit all the places I wanted to eat. It ended up being a super fun trip (even though we never had a definite plan, ever). Every place we visited and ate was amazing, so I decided to share the experience with you all. Here’s the list of places we hit and my thoughts on them. Continue reading

How I Afford To Eat So Well On A College Budget

A question I often get from people is “how can you afford to eat so well on a college budget?” Honestly, this past summer was the first time where I actually had to pay for my own groceries and it was an eye-opening experience for me. Throughout these last few months, I’ve found ways to eat well but also save money. Everyone chooses to spend money on the things they value, and I value good food. Here’s how I make the most of every dollar and afford to eat so well on a college budget.

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