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Fro-Yo Ain’t Yo Friend!

5 Feb

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Or is it?

It has come to my attention that you guys seemed to really enjoy my pro/con coffee list. It has also come to my attention that everyone and their uncle loves fro-yo, especially when you have access to the nectar of the (cow) gods on or near your campus like my friends and I do. SO. MANY. TOPPINGS.

I’m sure you’re trembling with anticipation, so without further ado, I present to you a smattering of fun facts about your favorite frozen food.

PRO: Fro-yo has live active cultures in it. This means that there are blobs of bacteria floating around in your sweet treat. Sounds disgusting right? Well, it’s not! This good bacteria combats the bad bacteria in your tummy that makes it so grumpy. It helps improve your digestion! Think of it as a more delicious, more dessert like cousin of DanActive probiotic yogurt.

CON: Low calorie my ass! No, really. It goes straight to your ass. Flavored fro-yo contains buckets of added sugar, so it’s not really as “low calorie” as you think. “But, Jess! What about sugar-free?” … Don’t even get me started on the limitless reasons why artificial sugars are Satan’s spawn.

PRO: Ever wonder what the difference is between frozen yogurt and ice cream? Well, prepare to be enlightened! The main ingredient of frozen yogurt is milk while the main ingredient of ice cream is cream (wait, really?). What’s important here is that whole milk hovers around 4% fat content, while cream is 6-8% fat. So, technically, fro-yo is the healthier choice.

fro-yo vs. ice cream at a glance

PRO: Remember the probiotics I mentioned earlier? They make it so that the unfortunate lactose-intolerants of the world can enjoy this yummy dessert , even in the presence of an extremely good looking date, without sweating bullets about jetting to the toilet less than 30 minutes later.

CON: For some reason completely unbeknown to me, some yogurt manufacturers apparently do something called “heat-treating” to their yogurt. This seems kind of stupid, considering the fact that this heat-treating business zaps yogurt of all of its live active cultures and nutritional benefits, thereby removing anything and everything that makes it yogurt. So, try to find out whether or not your fr0-yo is heat-treated. Because if it is, you are being deceived into consuming a UFO (unidentified food object) completely devoid of all of the awesome pros I have shared with you thus far.

PRO/CON: Like I said before; SO. MANY. TOPPINGS. Would you like to put a cupcake on top of your fro-yo? No problem. How about Reese’s, Cocoa Puffs, and chocolate chips? No problem. Cookie dough? Check. Fruit? Check. Gummy bears, M&M’s, and Oreos? Check, check, and check. If you’re worried about finding the perfect topper to your tower of frozen goodness, fret not. BUT, I’m not going to tell you that it doesn’t totally defeat the purpose of fro-yo as a healthy alternative to ice cream  when you drown it in candies and processed treats.

PRO: It tastes amazing. Duh.

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Basically, after extensive internet exploration on the pros and cons of frozen yogurt, I have come to the conclusion that it is delectable, good in moderation (as every tasty thing in this world seems to be), made to be eaten with as many candy toppings as possible, technically better for you if you forego the candy toppings and choose fruit and granolas instead, and better for you than ice cream.

As I wrap up this post, I can’t help but notice that I am beginning to feel overcome by an intense craving for fro-yo (chocolate yogurt with crushed Oreos and plain mochi is my go-to)… so I apologize if reading this little page of factoids has ignited within you some sort of agonizing need for frozen yogurt. I suggest you march yourself to the nearest fro-yo franchise and satisfy that hankering! ;)

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Cracked Out on Coffee?

2 Feb

I dedicate this post to my roommate and my many coffee-drinking friends, all of whom I adore, and all of  whom inhale coffee at such a rate that they might as well walk around with one of those little hangers that administers it intravenously throughout the day.

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Today, as I sip my mug of Truvia with a dash of some house blend, I bring to you the pros and cons of this popular beverage:

PRO: Coffee promotes the Einstein state of mind! Since it’s got a healthy dose of caffeine, it’s a stimulant, and it can increase information processing, alertness, attentiveness, and wakefulness. What now, Adderall?

CON: Did you accidentally indulge in a late afternoon or evening cup of liquid energy? That’s okay. There is only a four thousand percent chance that you’ll be tossing and turning until 3 am.

PRO: If you are addicted enough to be consuming around 5 cups of coffee a day, the upside is that you may be protecting yourself against the cognitive impairment of Alzheimer’s according to this super interesting mouse study.

PRO/CON: Despite its widely known addictive qualities, the FDA recognizes caffeine as a ‘safe’ drug. This means that zombified coffee consumers can tremble over their textbooks or in their cubicles with the comfort of knowing that there is not technically anything wrong with them — it’s just the caffeine doing its business.

CON: If your heart skips a beat, you might want to blame your coffee machine. Coffee consumption can cause cardiac arrhythmias (aka stupid fast or irregular heartbeats).

PRO: Because the chemical structure of caffeine is similar to that of theophylline, drinking a cup of coffee can help to alleviate asthma symptoms by opening up the bronchial airways. So if you’re allergic to your girlfriend’s cats…

CON: Caffeine makes you pee more, which can in turn make you dehydrated, if you aren’t drinking the recommended 27 glasses of water per day. But I’m sure you are.

CON: If you live in the 1600’s or frequent the great outdoors, then you’ve probably boiled coffee old Imageschool style. That’s totally cool and all, if you don’t mind high cholesterol (boiled coffee elevates blood total and LDL cholesterol because the unfiltered grounds contain the compounds cafestol and kahweol).

PRO: I know you’ve been worrying ceaselessly about developing kidney stones, but if you drink coffee on the regs, fret no more. More coffee means more pee which means a bad host environment for the crystallization of calcium oxalate which means no kidney stones for you.

CON: Drinking 4 cups a day are we? Better start upping your calcium intake. These fine Swedes discovered that consuming that amount of coffee each day can moderately increase risk of osteoporosis. That means your bones become porous and develop the superpower of being able to snap like a twig under little to no stress. Isn’t that awesome?

PRO: Fact! There is a direct positive relationship between coffee consumption and the ability to survive college. If you don’t believe me, don’t question my authority. Question any coffee drinking college student in the history of forever and they will tell you that it is so.

In conclusion: Coffee does not kill people. What does not kill you makes you stronger. Therefore, coffee makes you stronger. Well, unless you make the pot stronger, in which case it’s not really doing you many favors (except maybe saving you and your mice from Alzheimer’s).

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Does it Really?

13 Mar

We’re all familiar with the phrase “my life sucks.” I know I’ve said it, and you probably have too. We all have bad days, and sometimes it feels like things couldn’t get any worse. But it seems to me that we often forget how privileged and lucky we really are. So before you casually announce that your life sucks, think about:

  • The 105,000 people who have died today.
  • The 1 billion undernourished people in the world right now.
  • The 18,000 people who have died of hunger today.
  • The 1.3 billion people in the world who don’t have access to safe drinking water.
  • The 2.2 million deaths of children under the age of 5 this year.
  • The 30.6 million people currently infected with HIV.
  • The 1.5 million people that have died from cancer this year.
  • The 210,000 suicides that have occurred this year.
  • The 43% of the world population that lives without basic sanitation.
  • The 12% of the world population that can’t read this blog post.
  • The 88% of the people in the world that don’t have a computer.
  • The fact that if you have a fridge for your food, a closet for your clothes, a bed to sleep in and a roof over your head, you are richer than 75% of the world population.

Does it really?

Appreciate what you have.

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Ditch the Double Double

9 Mar

Not to brag or anything, but a few weeks ago I made the best discovery ever. Most of you make your way to my blog thanks to Facebook, which means that most of you are my college-aged friends living off of the infamous “student budget.” Personally, I have eating habits a five year old could only fantasize about. I devour chocolate at an alarming rate, eat Oreos for dinner, and can down a pint of Ben & Jerry’s in one sitting. The good news is that my body is kind enough to keep my thighs and tummy in check with a decent metabolism, but the bad news is that there are some seriously dangerous side effects that result from eating habits like mine. Believe it or not, Ramen is about as good for you as a bucket of salt for dinner (yum) and while it’s so much cheaper and easier, fast food presents the same problems.

I’m in college too. I get why you don’t cook. To research a recipe that sounds good, write down the ingredients, check whether you have said ingredients, fetch the remainders from the grocery store, and cook dinner would require lifting too many fingers. Not to mention the fact that for us, hunger sets in pretty quickly when we walk in the front door after a long day of work, and we don’t have the patience for all that crap. But behold…

Pork Tenderloin DinnerA solution! Weeks ago, I discovered the most amazing website called My Fridge Food. Why is it amazing? Because it compiles a list of quick, easy recipes that use food you already have! All you have to do is fill out the elaborate checklist of products (they include literally everything edible) and click “search for recipes.” Then, their database gives you a list of recipes to choose from. For each recipe, it tells you how many of the ingredients you have, what you’re missing (whether it’s an optional, mandatory, or nice to have ingredient), and how long it will take to make. You can also browse by category: appetizers, breakfasts, lunches, dinners, dinners for two (ooh la la), desserts, and snacks! If you’re in a rush or just too starving to wait, you can browse by cook time too. I made a delicious tilapia with balsamic dressing in five minutes. So instead of making a bee line for a box of Cheez-Its or a Hot Pocket, make an account with My Fridge Food and have something healthier to eat!

DIY: Inspirational Wall Frames :)

8 Sep

By Kim Smith

So a few weeks ago, I found these wall collages by artist Kim Smith that are more than a little awesome. They cost $20-30 a pop to purchase (and probably a little more after shipping) so I decided to just do my own little knockoff for about $10, and it turned out great! These frames are awesome gifts for friends (trust me, they love ’em) and cute decor for a college apartment or what have you.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • An old or stupid book (it looks better with yellowed pages — if you want, use Sarah Palin’s book and tea-stain it)
  • Scissors
  • A ruler
  • Glue
  • A wooden 5″ x 5″  frame — it can be basic or fancy
  • Ribbon(s) of your choice (you will use this to hang the artwork..so make it pretty)
  • Colored Sharpies
  • Paint
  • Staple gun

Okay, first things first. Go online and find an inspirational quote. It’s better if it’s short. Mine, for example, says “don’t judge yourself through the eyes of others” because I tend to let it hurt my feelings if people say unkind things. It’s best to choose a quote that will encourage you in some way. If you’re a bitch and willing to admit it, maybe choose one like “goodness attracts goodness” (I gave this one to my friend for an entirely different reason — she’s a very good person. But that’s beside the point; we’re talking about you and pushing yourself to grow), or if you’re reeling from a breakup and feeling hopeless, maybe “believe in love” is a good one for you.

Got one? Okay. Now it’s time to come up with a background. For my own, I cut out a ton of celebrity eyes like some maniacal creep and made a collage. But that’s just me.

  1. Measure a 5 x 5″ square onto a sheet of printer paper using your ruler. This will be the size of your collage.
  2. Choose material for your background; think outside the box. What suits your quote? Old book pages, fabrics, magazine cutouts… all three?
  3. Tear the materials — they look cooler that way — and arrange them collage-style inside the square. Then glue them down.
  4. Then, if you used book pages, spice it up a bit by drawing on it with colored sharpie. Swirls, hearts, stars, bass & treble clefs..whatever shakes your fanny. Don’t overdo it though.. you don’t want too much going on, otherwise the quote won’t stand out.
  5. Type your quote out on the computer and choose a font. I prefer typewriter. Print it out and cut it out, and glue it to the center of the collage.
  6. Paint your frame. You might want to use a coat of gloss finish to give it a more chic appearance — otherwise it will be matte and pretty obvious that you did it yourself. Let dry.
  7. Measure the ribbon. How long do you want it to be? The craft will be hanging by the ribbon on a nail in the wall.
  8. Use the staple gun to secure the ribbon to the back of the frame. You might need a hammer to make sure the staples are tight.
  9. Cut out your collage, and put it in the frame.
  10. Hang it somewhere you’ll see it :)

Calling All Procrastinators

6 Sep

I want you to read this article by Timothy A. Pychyl, Ph.D. :

Facebook — A whole new world of wasting time

And ask yourself, do you have a problem? If the answer is yes, you should probably think about detaching yourself from Facebook altogether for a while, but for those of you who can’t (and I know all too well how embarrassingly difficult it is), here are some clever ways to help prevent yourself from using Facebook as a procrastination tool:

  • Have your roommate or someone you trust temporarily change your password until you are finished studying, and then change it back.
  • Disconnect your internet temporarily.
  • Deactivate your facebook temporarily. YES, this is possible! Let me squelch the rumors once and for all, as someone who has deactivated her facebook: When you deactivate your facebook, ALL of your account is saved exactly as-is; your photos, posts, comments, status updates, info, notes, etc. will all remain saved on the Facebook database FOREVER, so when you’re ready to log back on, everything will be waiting for you just as you left it. Now, personally, I find that a bit disturbing, but to each his own, right?
  • Don’t use a computer, period. That’s kind of hard though, in this day and age.
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