Sautéed Brussels Sprouts With Bacon

This recipe is one of my favorite go-tos when I need a good veggie side dish. I’ll admit it, Brussels sprouts can be pretty gross, but if you prepare them the right way, they can actually be tasty. Brussels sprouts are supposedly one of the healthiest veggies, with a ton of vitamin C, folic acid, fiber, and antioxidants.

You would think that adding bacon to a dish like this would immediately make it unhealthy, but our bodies actually need a little fat to help digest the rest of the meal (protein + carbs). With a low-carb diet like mine, adding bacon to veggies is an easy way to add some fat to keep me full.

This recipe is super easy, requiring only 3 ingredients, and can be made in less than 10 minutes. It pairs well with just about any meal and seems way fancier than it actually is.

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How I Gained The Freshman 20 And Lost It Within a Year

April 2016 to April 2017

This post is going to be super personal, but I feel like I’m at a place where I can (and should) talk freely about my health journey over the past year and a half. My life has been full of changes, from going to college to completely dumping toxic friends to starting three (!!!) new jobs. My body has changed with these things, bringing me to this point, where I am completely comfortable and confident in how I look and feel. The photo on the left above is from April 2016, where I weighed about 125 lbs. The right is from this week (almost April 2017) at 107 lbs.

All my life, I have been a very small person. In elementary school, I was always the shortest in the class and it took me until junior year of high school (and starting birth control) to break 100 pounds. It never bothered me; I liked being small. My volleyball career didn’t exactly work out the way I wanted it to, since, you know, all the good volleyball players are giants, but that was okay. I was a champ at hide-and-go-seek and never thought twice about what I ate. (Which is why I ate french fries every single day at lunch in high school– my stomach turns now just thinking about it.) Continue reading

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia + Roasted Veggies

First of all, I want to apologize for not posting a blog last Friday per usual. I spent all of last week in South Padre Island, TX being a dumb college student on spring break– aka eating nothing but Whataburger and Pizza Hut ordered to our hotel room for a week. It was one hell of a time, but I don’t think I’ll ever be back. The minute I got home, I craved vegetables and some sort of substantial meal, which inspired me to make this dinner my first night back.

The dining hall was closed for spring break and I wanted to make myself something healthy for dinner, since my body hadn’t really gotten any nutrients all week. Every so often (aka very rarely), the dining hall in my dorm serves this awesome parmesan crusted tilapia. They always run out of it, so you have to get there pretty early to score some. You would think that they would take note and serve this crowd favorite more than every few weeks, but apparently not. I took it upon myself to figure out how they make it.

I decided to completely wing it (with the exception of looking up how long to bake tilapia, because, you know, I’m not trying to eat uncooked fish) and make this meal. I added roasted veggies because, duh, they’re good for you. It ended up being way quicker, easier, and cheaper than I ever thought. In fact, it cost a whopping $7.19 for two servings and I made it all in the same pan. Score. Here’s how I did it: Continue reading

Ladies, Stop Apologizing For Things You’re Not Sorry About

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The other day, I was going to get in line for breakfast when some guy completely cut me off and hopped in line before me. “Oh, sorry!” I exclaimed, as I found my place behind him in line. But I instantly realized two things. One, I was actually not sorry, because I didn’t even do anything wrong since he was the one that cut me off in the first place. And two, he didn’t apologize, and had he been a girl, he probably would have.

Immediately after my breakfast, I went to class. In my class, my professor asked a question to the class. A girl sitting in the third row had her hand up and so did the boy in front of her in the second row. The professor called on the girl, and her response was to the boy. She said, “no, sorry, you go!”. While it was nice of her to offer to let him go first, I realized that this whole girls-apologizing-for-things-they’re-not-sorry-about thing happens every single day. Even though it’s only been a few days since I became aware of this, I’ve seen it everywhere. When I opened the door to get into my dorm, a girl was also opening it from the other side and muttered a quick “sorry” before she rushed out the door. When I was on the bus and a girl needed to push through the crowd to get off, she kept saying “excuse me, sorry” to anyone that was in her way. Continue reading

I Tried My First SnackNation Box & These Are My Thoughts

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could have someone else go and pick out healthy snacks, put them together in a box, and ship it to your doorstep without even having to get up from your couch? Ah, the epitome of laziness. But also not exactly that lazy because you’re still eating healthy? Let me introduce to you SnackNation. They began their company curating healthy snack boxes for offices, wanting to reinvent office snacking and address problems with employee health. They put together boxes with a wide variety of snacks and ship them to offices across the nation. Oh, and for every box that they ship, SnackNation donates at least one meal to a family in need through a partnership with Feeding America. Pretty cool, huh?

Fast forward to 2016, three years after their founding, and SnackNation decided to expand their healthy snack box delivery service to homes as well. I decided to give SnackNation a shot, hoping they could help a poor college student trying to snack a little healthier. This post is not sponsored by SnackNation and all opinions are my own. Continue reading

15 Healthy Snacks Any College Student Can Keep In Their Dorm Room

I’m in the midst of my second year living in the dorms. Yes, not having a kitchen is slowly killing me. And yeah, sometimes it’s really hard to find healthy options when you’re swimming in a sea of pizza and Cheetos, watching the swimmers scarf them down like it’s no big deal. (And to them, it probably isn’t. Because, ya know, they’re burning like 2,000 calories per day.) But for those of us who are not college athletes, it’s good to keep some snacks on hand that are both healthy and tasty. Thus, I present to you, 12 of my favorite healthy snacks that can easily be kept in your dorm. Continue reading