Growing up, I only appreciated food for its ability to satisfy my hunger. But now that I am far from home and responsible for putting together my own meals, I see food in a whole new light. Not only do I love to cook, but I have also fallen in love with the rainbow palette of colors in food from the deep purplish red of beets to the sunny yellow hue of a freshly sliced pineapple.
You have bought something online at least once. Admit it. The wave of guilt that washes over you after you click the purchase button is nothing compared to the joy of receiving a package on your doorstep. Whether it’s a new pair of shoes, an I-phone or even a textbook for class, your day automatically brightens at the sight of that cardboard box with your name on it. As an avid shopper in the online community, I have noticed that there seems to be a trend within online shopping: Curated subscription boxes of goodies. Basically for a monthly fee (sometimes it is just a one-time purchase), you receive a box of items curated by a specialist in an online store. There is Birch Box, which sends its subscribers a box of curated, high-quality cosmetics. Coffee Crate is another one. The box consists of an assortment of gourmet, ground coffee beans for coffee lovers. There is also GemLove, which sends out unique, fair trade jewelry to their customers. Enter Nature Box. Finally, there is a curated box for food lovers alike! For just $19.95 a month, Nature Box delivers healthy and delicious snacks to last you for a month. Although lets be honest here, for most of us it won’t last more than a week or two. Nature Box is helping people eat healthier without having to drastically change their eating habits. They focus on snacking because they believe it is the easiest habit to change. Every box contains five full-sixed packages of snacks along with recipe ideas. Everything is nutritionist approved and tastes great.
The life of a typical student rarely revolves around what’s healthy: staying up into the early morning hours, waking up just in time to make it to your 8:00am class, pulling all-night cram sessions for that exam tomorrow, and partying Thursday evening through Sunday morning aren’t usually the recommended activities for a sound mind and body. Along with this lifestyle comes a laissez faire attitude towards food—an “I’ll take what I can get for the cheapest I can find it” outlook. Unfortunately, this stance is not terribly conducive to a nutritious diet, and consequently the average college student isn’t getting the nutrients he or she needs most.
I have a love-hate relationship with the dining hall. While I love the food served, I hate that it is not always good for my body. Living off-campus has eliminated some of these problems, but I can still remember navigating the dining hall and the skills I developed during my freshman and sophomore years. I do not claim to know everything about the dining hall, but I have tried my best to remain healthy on a dining hall diet and found tricks that worked for me.
Fruits and vegetables come and go with the seasons; they each have their own prime times to consume when they are at their freshest. I have compiled the following list based on the fruits and vegetables in season during the month of November.
The time for carving pumpkins has returned, which means pulling out the sticky, stringy guts from inside what will soon be a glowing jack o’ lantern. As for that stringy mess, I don’t have any advice. What I can offer is a way to use those pesky pumpkin seeds. (By the end of this article, you will no longer think they are pesky.)
‘Tis the season characterized by cans of Libby’s pure canned pumpkin stacked in seemingly endless rows to be sold out in a single day. There are baskets full of adorable mini pumpkins and those scattered around as décor, and pumpkin flavor returns to the coffee houses. I find that everyone I know either has an obsession with or an aversion towards that warm, spiced flavor. If you’re like me, you enthusiastically look forward to this time that only comes once a year. What is it about the fall that provokes these cravings for orange foods with cinnamon-like undertones?