Apr 17, 2014

Foods to eat to survive finals.

By: Amberly Asay

Finals can be a really rough time for all students, and it can be even more difficult if you are not putting the right foods into your body.  We have identified four state of beings that you might get in during finals and the foods you can eat to make you feel better!

SLEEP PROBLEMS
Cherries - The melatonin in cherries helps increase sleep time and improve sleep efficiency. For best results drink cherry juice one hour before bed.  Cherries can also ease gout and combat cancer.

Walnuts - Full of melatonin and tryptophan that improves your quality of sleep. The antioxidants included in walnuts also help protect the body against diseases such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's and type-2 diabetes.

Kiwi - Is high in vitamin C, potassium, antioxidants and fibre.  Studies have found that eating a kiwi before going to bed improves the quality and quantity of sleep.  It can also boost the immune system, respiratory function and improve heart health.

POOR CONCENTRATION

Leafy greens - are full of Vitamin E which have been proven to improve your mental focus and help protect your brain cells from damage.  Some leafy greens include: romaine lettuce, kale, collard greens or spinach.

Whole grains - Eating a whole grain cereal for breakfast helps you stay more focused compared to eating refined carbohydrates or sipping breakfast.  Whole grains can also help you lose weight and reduce sugar cravings.

Sardines - Contain omega 3 fatty acids which give the brain a boost while improving concentration and memory.  It also helps cholesterol.

FATIGUE
Raw chocolate - and cocoa can boost energy and help brain function. Fatigue is a common symptom of a magnesium deficiency in the body. Stay away from processed chocolate because it isn't as healthy as cocoa.  It also treats irritability!

Red pepper - Contains iron and help increase the body's heat production and intake of oxygen. High in Vitamin C.

Oats - rich in calcium, magnesium, Vitamin E and Vitamin B, potassium and protein, so they give you a great boost! Start the day with a bowl of porridge and beat the tiredness you feel in the morning.


RELIEVING STRESS
Mushrooms - great source of vitamin D and proven to help improve your mood and boost your energy.

Dark chocolate - Eating 1.5 ounces of dark chocolate a day for two weeks has been proven to lower stress level.  The magnesium content can help treat depression, menstrual cramps and irritability.

Nuts - stress runs you down which leaves you sick.  Almonds, pistachios and walnuts boost your immune system.  A handful of plain nuts will do the trick!

Avocado and Banana - these fruits are loaded with potassium, a vital mineral for keeping blood pressure low.

Apr 16, 2014

Easter Egg Pretzels!

By: Amberly Asay

My favorite food to eat at Christmastime is rolo pretzels:
http://mix.byu.edu/2013/08/rolo-treats.html


Although it is not the Christmas season, there are some Easter treats that I've recognized as another favorite.

Things you will need:
  • Pretzels (preferably square pretzel)
  • White chocolate Hershey Hugs
  • Colored Decorator Sugar
  • Easter Peanut M&Ms
Get a baking sheet, and lay wax paper on it.  Put down your pretzels, and place one white chocolate Hershey Hug on each pretzel.  Set your oven to 175 degrees, and bake for seven minutes.

Remove your pretzels from the oven, and quickly sprinkle them with colored decorator sugar. The final step is to press a Peanut M&M into the hug and let it cool.  Then you eat!

Here is a link to Perry's Plate blog to get a view of these delicious Easter Treats: http://www.perrysplate.com/2010/02/white-chocolate-pretzel-buttons-some-new-friends.html

Apr 7, 2014

Strawberry Carrots

By: Amberly Asay

Do you love chocolate covered strawberries?  Most people do so this is a really cute idea that will be great for Easter Dinner.  Make chocolate covered strawberries that look like carrots but taste better!

If you have never made dipping chocolate you can use Betty Crocker's recipe for chocolate: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/chocolate-dipped-strawberries/b8b85c58-e5b3-405a-889f-9e997996738d

Simply melt some white chocolate and add some orange food coloring.  When you are satisfied with the shade of orange dip your strawberries in the chocolate and let them dry.  Then put them on a plate and you have delicious easter chocolate strawberries!