Healthy Food Staples on the Cheap
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Healthy Food Staples on the Cheap

We live in a world where you don't even have to separate your own egg whites.

When you're busy memorizing the historical significance of shit or doing problem sets, you don't want to spend a copious amount of time on food decisions. So we've done the dirty work for you: These food items are versatile, nutritious, and can be purchased in bulk. And when buying your groceries, don't forget to check out the organic section. Most stores have their own organic brand (like Giant's Nature's Promise ).

Egg whites: We live in a world where you don't even have to separate your own eggs whites. You can literally pour them out of a carton. Sure, you can use regular eggs, but liquid eggs whites are all the protein--without the cals or the mess.

Bananas: What you don't eat, freeze for later. Then blend them into a smoothie or frozen dessert. Frozen fruit in general is a great way to save, but freezing your own bananas is by far the cheapest and most versatile option.

Non-dairy "milk": Get whatever's on sale, be it coconut, almond, hemp, cashew, or rice milk. Check the label to make sure you're getting something nutritious (look for things like added calcium, protein, etc.)

Chia seeds: Buy in bulk, sprinkle on everything, and massively benefit. OK, so here's the deal with chia: In its dry state, it won't do you much good. Rather, it's actually best absorbed when soaked and has developed that gelatinous coating. The easiest way to get your chia? Chia pudding. Stir together 3 tbsp. chia, 1 cup of almond milk, and 1/2 tbsp. honey, let sit for a minute, and throw into the fridge overnight.

Quinoa: Quinoa can go with almost any meal. Throw it in with eggs and veggies for a breakfast scramble, add a bit of maple syrup and fruit to make it into a breakfast porridge, use any which way in a salad, the list goes on. Quinoa is the boss daddy of kitchen grains.

Oatmeal: Easy, nutritious, keeps indefinitely. #winning

Beans: Similar to quinoa, beans go with breakfast, lunch, and dinner--and give your body a fuck-ton of nutrients. Opt for dry over canned to avoid the unnecessary sodium. Soak them overnight and they'll cook faster. Obvi skip them if you plan on hooking up in the next 12 hours or so.

Chicken: Buy in bulk and freeze in individual-size containers. Defrost as needed. Chicken doesn't keep that long once it's out of the freezer, so never cook a portion that will last you for more than 3-4 days.

Dates: Dates are the perfect snack to tackle sugar cravings in the healthiest way ever. Chop them up to sprinkle on yogurt or granola--or stuff with walnuts or almonds for an extra crunch.

Nut butter: Spread it on toast, dip your celery into it, or throw into a smoothie for extra deliciousness--the world is your oyster. They come in little packets now so you don't over-do it eating out of jar. Not that I do that or anything...

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Guys Hate Eating Bananas Because...Well

It looks like a BJ

Bananas: the perfect healthy snack. They're portable, delicious, and nutritious. What's not to love? Well, according to one of the roommates in this Fast Break, eating bananas reminds him of sucking dick. Yep. That's right. Watch the bizarre scenario unfold in the video above.

Craving some more, random douchery from Trevor? Catch up on his series, Confessions of a College Asshole.

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Best Study Food To Fuel Your Finals Week

You need to study, but your brain needs fuel too.

Second semester finals week is starting to rear its ugly head (believe it or not...). Soon the libraries, study rooms, and computer labs will be crammed with crazed, half-awake, caffeine-fueled college students doing their best (hopefully) to pass their exams.

Something that we all tend to overlook during finals week is nutrition. We choose caffeine over real food and study time over meal time, thinking that staying awake and simply cranking out as much study time as humanly possible is the best option.

Um, no.

Despite what we all may think, all-nighters are not healthy, caffeine is not a food group, and your brain functions the best when it is fueled.

Choosing healthy foods enhances brain function, memory, energy levels, and overall physical health. Those are all probably things you should consider when taking exams worth 40 percent of your final grade. Just sayin.

So you embark on a crusade to fuel your brain... but wait, you're in a college town full of junk food restaurants. What ever will you do?

Hopefully you're seeing where I'm going with this... no worries, my friend, there are ways to make healthy choices at even the most unhealthy college-town joints. Bonus! All of these restaurants are available on Grubhub!

Panda Express
If you're in the mood for Panda Express but want to keep things on the healthy side, opt for simpler meals consisting of a protein, vegetable, and carb source.

Good options here are the broccoli chicken, beef and broccoli, or tangy shrimp, all of which are relatively low in saturated fat. Bonus: broccoli is full of vitamin C, vitamin K, and choline, all of which keep memory sharp. Opt for veggies over rice to save on empty calories, but if rice is a must, go for steamed.

Buffalo Wild Wings
B-Dubs is everywhere. The Naked Chicken Tenders get you a good dose of protein while keeping the fat to a minimum.

BWW's also has a variety of salad options that aren't boring, promise. The Grilled Blackened Chicken Salad packs 42g of protein while giving you a good serving of veggies too (romaine lettuce = leafy green = anti-inflammatory memory enhancer!).

CPK
For places like CPK, I would encourage something vegetable-based to get your brain-boosting vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients. Most of CPK's salads are huge, so the half-portions should sustain you just fine -- and even leave you with leftovers for tomorrow.

The roasted vegetable salad with either chicken, shrimp, or salmon is a good bet. Salmon is also high in omega-3's, which banish brain fog and, once again, enhance memory. If you do go the pizza route, go thin crust, make veggies the star, and be a friend and share with your roomie.

Papa John's
If you're really dead set on your college student ways and must have pizza, luckily, Papa John's has a "lighter" menu that includes veggie- and protein-filled pizzas free from artificial ingredients.

Go for the Mediterranean veggie, the chicken and veggie, or the Hawaiian chicken to at least convince yourself you're eating vegetables and paying some kind of attention to micronutrients and health.

Bonus: Papa John's has an online nutritional calculator that you can use to keep yourself from going overboard.

Now get Grubhub-ing and eat up. You have tests to study for.

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4 Unexpected Challenges of Becoming More Health Conscious

Changing my habits has made me feel much better.

I made the choice about a year to start eating healthier and exercising almost every day. I had constantly looked at people who nommed on their Greek yogurt and talked about their yoga classes and admired their healthy resolve and flat stomachs.

I finally made the choice, and there have been some not-so obvious challenges that I've had to deal with since making this lifestyle decision.

Challenge #1: My family worried about why I wanted to be healthy.
This is one challenge I did not see coming at all. When I started having apples every day, forgoing ice cream, or at least having smaller amounts, my mom was concerned that I was becoming obsessed with my weight.

I will admit, at the start, that absolutely would have had merit, but now I eat healthy because it's better for me. Another added bonus is that I can eat more of it because the food has less calories. Losing weight along the way has just become a bonus.

Challenge #2: I had to combat a a sugary pantry inventory.
I still live with my parents, and they are still buying for everyone in the family. I will go in to grab some whole wheat bread, and see some fudge striped cookies right next to it. Before I really cracked down on saying no to excessive sugar, that was an issue. Most of the food I have now has to be in the fridge because it needs to be refrigerated, so I try to avoid looking in the pantry.

Challenge #3: I started to judge other people and their food choices.
When I first started eating really healthy, I became arrogant. I would look at other people's plates and compare them to my own. I would think I was so much better than them because I had made the healthy choice for a meal.

I realized almost immediately how arrogant I was becoming, so I made a quick change. From that point on, I had to adapt a different mindset and remember not to compare myself to others.

Challenge #4: I had to overcome my super pickiness in regard to food.
I am a super picky person, so finding healthy foods that I actually liked was a bit of a pain, but when I did find a food that I liked, I latched onto it. The only problem I encountered in the beginning was that I didn't have a whole lot of variety, so I was eating a lot of minerals and nutrients, but I would miss out on some others because I didn't like those foods. The hunt for healthy foods was arduous, but it was worth it in the end.

Since I have made this change, some good things have come out of it. I feel better about myself for picking healthier foods. I've become less sluggish because I have been eating energy efficient foods. I have also lost a lot of extra belly fat. I've become physically stronger from exercising more often and I like the feeling.

Lastly, I've noticed that I'm now a healthy role model for people look up to. My family has started to eat a little bit healthier thanks to my new eating habits. Some people have asked me how I made the change to live healthier. To that, I say, you just have to start. Don't plan the beginning of your journey, just jump in. Make what sacrifices you can and do your best. You don't need to impress anyone else other than yourself.

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Eating Out as a Vegan

It's not impossible.

I've been a vegetarian my entire life, and recently I've decided to go full on vegan. While I love cooking plant-based meals at home, eating out is not nearly as simple. It's hard to avoid feeling "difficult" at restaurants that don't cater to vegans, and it's hard to avoid eating out at college.

A plant based diet has undeniable health benefits, and college is the perfect time to practice healthy habits. Here are some tips for eating out as a vegan without the stress!

Find vegan friendly restaurants

Veganism is becoming more and more common, and restaurants are starting to cater specifically to herbivores! Get to know your local restaurants and their menus. In my small beach town, there are three vegan/vegetarian restaurants, and they're loved by meat eaters and vegans alike! Use a restaurant finder like HappyCow to discover vegan-friendly eateries near your campus.

It might be hard at first to convince your non-vegan friends to try your favorite vegan eatery, but once they realize how completely delicious and not-weird it is they'll be willing to make it a weekly tradition!

Research the menu

Odds are your friends don't all share your diet preferences, so you'll have to navigate a regular menu every once in awhile. I used to get anxious any time I was visiting a new restaurant because I was never sure there would be something I could eat, and I didn't want to seem difficult. Checking the menu before my visit helped me feel more confident about eating out.

I would choose one or two meals that were already vegan or could easily be made vegan, and I would go to the restaurant with this in mind. Vegetarian dishes can usually easily become vegan if you tell the server you have a dairy allergy. Most menus have at least one or two vegetarian options other than salad, so these should be your go-to!

Sides, sides, sides

If all else fails, go for sides. Side dishes are almost always vegan, or can easily be made vegan. Order two or three sides to make your own meal. For example, order a baked potato (hold the butter!), seasonal veggies, and beans for your own alternative meal.

Bonus: these side "meals" are usually very inexpensive! Eating out as a vegan doesn't have to be stressful! With a little patience and flexibility, you can master any menu without being labeled difficult!

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Why You Should Drop Your Picky Eating Habits

Expand yo' palette

I think at some point in our lives we have all been picky eaters. Broccoli? No. Brussel sprouts? No. Caviar? HELL NAH. Up until about a year ago, I was a picky eater. To my shame, I turned down anything that I was not familiar with. I was not adventurous.

Of course, little did I know that not really knowing what the fuck you're about to eat is half the fun! As long as it's up to health code standards of course and you're not buying it from some rando in a dilapidated van who insists the ingredients are a "family secret".

Last summer, I went to visit my brother in San Diego, and he is a notorious eating machine. His stomach is a black hole with no reservations about what goes into it (excluding fast food which he deems a culinary abomination).

As I was about to eat all of my meals with a human vacuum, I decided to suck it up (lol puns) and eat whatever came my way, as my brother had all the good food spots on lock.

Now, we didn't get too crazy with our meals, but I tried to order things that I've never had before. This actually really paid off, and I ate a ton of delicious food. There was only one setback, which occurred at a Thai food place in downtown San Diego.

I had ordered the Gai Pad King, which is ginger chicken. It was pretty tasty at first, but I failed to realize that they had cut up tiny pieces of a super hot pepper to give it a little kick.

One of the pieces was not cut small enough, and it grazed the side of my tongue. HOLY HELL, was it hot. I have an OK tolerance for spice, but this was like the fire of a thousand suns had taken over the left side of my mouth. I was essentially incapacitated for 40 minutes and guzzled probably my body weight in water.

Despite the mishap with the pepper, I really enjoyed the new freedom of being adventurous with my food. Later that week, my brother and I got a huge pizza with the randomest, most unconventional ingredients ever used as toppings, and it was the bomb. Now every time I go out to eat, I order something new.

There are so many incredible dishes out there, and there is nothing better than discovering a new favorite food. Not to mention, it's kind of badass to be able to say you've eaten a plate of fried frog's legs - which I haven't yet (baby steps people).

The point is, don't be afraid to break out of your comfort zone when looking at the menu. You can open yourself up to new conversations, and most importantly, divine food. It's a win-win.

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