Posts from the ‘Healthy’ Category

Healthy zucchini roll-ups

zuchini roll-ups

Ingredients:

  • 3 small zucchini (about 1/2 pound each), cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/16 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1 1/2 ounces fresh goat cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 ounces bagged baby spinach (2 cups lightly packed)

1/3-cup basil leaves

 Prep Time:

1 Hour

Method:

1. Preheat grill or grill pan to medium.

2. Discard the outermost slices of zucchini; brush the rest with oil on both sides. Sprinkle the zucchini slices with salt and pepper. Grill until tender, about 4 minutes per side. You can prepare the zucchini a day ahead and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

3. In a small bowl, combine the goat cheese, parsley, and lemon juice, mashing together with a fork.

4. Put 1/2 teaspoon of the cheese mixture about 1/2 inch from the end of a zucchini slice. Top with a few spinach leaves and a small (or half of a large) basil leaf. Roll up and place seam side down on a platter. Repeat with remaining zucchini slices. You can make these up to a day in advance; store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

These healthy zucchini roll-ups are great to bring to class with you in order to stay energized and be healthy. It is best to prepare these the night before and store them in your fridge to grab them when your rushed the next morning.

Ingenious water drinking idea!

water drinking

 

Purchase a cheap water bottle and use a sharpie pen to write down these times of the day when you should have your water drank by. This is great for keeping healthy and measuring your daily water in-take.

Quick and Easy Tortellini and Spinach Soup

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Ingredients: 

– 1 Box of chicken stock
– Fresh cheese tortellini
– Bagged baby spinach
– Parmesan cheese

Prep Time: 

30 Minutes

Method: 

-Bring 4 cups of stock and 1 cup of water to a boil in a large saucepan

-Reduce heat, add a 9-ounce package of tortellini, and simmer until pasta is tender, about 6 minutes

-Stir in a 6-ounce package of baby spinach and cook until just wilted.

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Ladle soup into 4 bowls, and shave or grate Parmesan over top

This delicious tortellini soup is healthy and very easy to make if you are in a rush. It serves four.

6 reasons you should take your workout outside

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Stop working out at the small and not so great smelling gym. Take your workout outdoors and enjoy the scenery not the sweaty buff heads at the gym.

Here are 6 reasons why you should take your workout outdoors.

1-   Go explore your neighbourhood and run outside. You’ll be surprised that time passes a lot quicker running outdoors then at the gym. This will combat workout boredom, and will allow your brain to focus on other things rather than thinking about how far you have run or how much your quads burn.

2-   Working out outside can challenge your body in different ways. Working out at the gym all the time gets your body used to the elliptical or treadmill for example, whereas the varied terrain of a park might be just what your body needs to challenge itself to move in a varied, more complex way.

3-   A big reason for taking your workout routine outside is that you are saving money, which every student needs to do. Gym memberships can surely drain your bank account.

4-   Taking your workout outside will also make you a happier person. Playing outside is like organic Prozac. Breathing fresh air opposed to recycled air can create a feeling of euphoria, which comes from the body’s release of feel-good endorphins. It makes your mind respond better which makes you want to work harder.

5-   Gyms are a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Working out outside will prevent you from in taking any sort of unnecessary germs. MRSA is the most dangerous super bug you can catch at your fitness facility—it’s resistant to most antibiotics and can cause fever, rash, wounds, and chest pain.

6-   You can workout whenever you want. The outdoors is always ready to go. No class schedules, and no waiting in line for the elliptical machine. You can literally workout whenever you want when choosing to do so outside.

Soothing lavender iced tea

Lavender ice tea

Ingredients:

  1. .    8 and 1/4 cups boiling water
  2. .    6 Earl Grey tea bags
  3. .    1 teaspoon dried lavender flowers (or 6 lavender Earl Grey tea bags)
  4. .    1/4 cup sugar
  5. .    Lavender or mint sprigs, for garnish

Prep Time:

20 minutes plus cooling

Method:

1- In a very large heatproof measuring cup, combine 8 cups boiling water with the tea bags and dried lavender flowers; let steep for 10 minutes. Strain the tea and let cool. In a heatproof bowl, combine the sugar with the remaining 1/4-cup boiling water and stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the sugar syrup to the tea and let cool. Serve the tea in tall ice-filled glasses, garnished with lavender or mint sprigs.

This soothing lavender ice tea is great for the summertime for any student on a budget. This recipe makes 8 servings so you can enjoy this with your friends or store the rest for yourself later.