Did you feel that? I’m sure you did because it is an unmistakable, in your face, terrorizing addition to our daily lives that we all know will be here for the next 5-6 months. Hello, cold.
As the fall chill seeps into our bones and slowly morphs into winter’s blustery hell, begin to think of all the warm things you can use to counteract the inevitable cold. Crackling fires, fuzzy socks, hats, scarves, sweaters, and hot beverages—they are all ready for some action. As the temperature drops, I crave a hot cup of coffee in a nice mug, preferably one that I can cuddle up with on the couch while watching Gilmore Girls. A warm cup of anything, really, seems to thaw the soul and ease the fingertips.
In fact, a study in 2008 from Science proved that people with warm hands (warmed by hot mugs, for example) tend to be more generous toward others. This is most likely due to the fact that we are programmed from birth to associate warmth with trustworthiness.
It's one in the morning, you’re still studying, you haven’t eaten anything since dinner, and to make matters worse, everything is closed. Yet, these are the times when you thank yourself for going to school in a city: a city of convenience stores that stay open later than you stay awake. So, after a quick fist pump of victory, you head outside; on the way to the nearest convenience store.
Now I don’t want to say I’m a snack snob, because, a Diet Coke and a pack of Twizzlers can honestly get me through anything; however, some snacks just taste so much better than others. Thus, I have compiled a list of 5 convenience store snacks that won’t leave you with that regret of wasted calories upon finally waking up from your late night struggles.
When I come home from a long day of fighting off Boston’s chilly winds, the first thing I want to do is make a relaxing cup of tea. Something about a hot, aromatic cup of tea helps me focus and collect myself throughout the day. But I believe that investing in loose leaf teas, in particular, will make your tea-drinking experiences that much better.
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.
Picture this: You find yourself between classes and you are absolutely starving. You walk into the closest City Convenience store and begin the quest for a healthy, on-the-go snack. You need something substantial; an apple or banana just won’t cut it. Aha! A cereal bar! Perfect. As you browse through the myriad of snack bars, your senses are assaulted by the fluorescent, plastic-wrapped healthy goodness: Protein! Fiber! All Natural! Sounds great, right? Think again. When it comes to processed foods, you really can’t get more “processed” than a snack bar. Frankly, 80% of the time you might as well eat a Snickers. However, all is not lost. Here's a quick and dirty snack bar survival guide, so you can control that hunger with confidence.
When someone wants to lose weight, his or her first inclination is usually to skip a meal during the day. In a way, it makes sense. Cutting down the total amount of calories will reduce the amount of calories taken in compared to the amount burned, which is when weight loss happens. However, people don’t often consider the negative consequences of skipping meals during the day, which can actually add more weight than it takes away. When meals are skipped, it results in hunger later in the day, causing one to snack instead of stick to one meal. Because of this, we tend to overeat while snacking. Think of the last time you went a long time without eating. Does the feeling of incessant hunger conjure up any memories? That time when you ate anything and everything you could reach in the cupboard? This happens because your brain no longer has the energy to say "no" when you want food. When you skip a meal, you are denying your body the glucose it needs to maintain willpower.
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.)
While we here at TasteBUds might be a little obsessed with cupcakes and all things deep-fried, every once in a while we like to look around and see what the healthier half of the foodie kingdom is up to. We’ve all seen our fair share of popular diets and cleanses, each one eventually fading into obscurity. However, over the past few years two dietary movements have been embraced with unprecedented gusto and are gaining traction with the general public.