Same mundane Monday, same tofu pasta toss. Same chicken parmesan/cacciatore/marsala. Same intimidating line for grapes in the fruit section. Are you sick of the sameness already? For many of us, the dining hall is our main source of food and it can get dull. But with a little creativity, we can all become the sous-chefs of our dining experiences. The next time you scan the salad section at your dining hall, pause at the peas, carrots, and corn. If you’re lucky, you might even spot green beans. All four of these vegetables, though delicious fresh, are even more appealing steamed. Take a small bowl-full of any one of these veggies (or mix them together), add water, and microwave for about a minute. Voila! Steamed vegetables! You can add butter, garlic powder, salt, pepper, or any other spices your dining hall has available for use. If you do not see them at the salad station, don’t be shy and ask the other stations for a quick dash of their spices. You won’t regret it when you have a delicious side dish to accompany your otherwise boring dinner. The main course, could, of course, be much more than average.
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.
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.