An Apple a Day…

I don’t know about you, but I love food. From my mid-morning snack of an apple and pretzels, to a delicious BBQ on the beach, I love eating and cooking food.

As girls, we can have a love-hate relationship with food. As soon as we perceive ourselves getting “too chubby” or “too” something, we often go on crash diets. In fact, dieting without understanding what your body needs can be counterproductive. By cutting out entire food groups or fasting from food for several days, you rob your body of important nutrition. In many instances, this can even cause your body to maintain weight! It’s important to understand the basics about what your body needs to function normally.

While I’m not a nutrition expert, I’ve learned a lot by understanding what is the recommended intake of each food per day.

(insert food guide here)

For teen girls, here’s what’s recommended:

Vegetables: 7 servings

Grain products: 6

Milk and alternatives: 3-4

Meat and alternatives: 2

As you pack your lunch each day or contemplate skipping breakfast, it’s important to keep this in mind. If you find that you’re eating too much of one category (maybe meat with every meal) or too little of another (maybe not enough fruits and vegetables), it might be time to make some adjustments.

Eating a well-balanced and healthy diet has lots of benefits. Your body needs a nutritious diet to give you energy, help you think and remember what you learn, keep you healthy and help you grow. Imagine how hard it is for your body to do all of these things when your diet is mostly chips, pop and Big Macs!

The meal that you are most likely to skip is breakfast. But if you think about it, your body hasn’t eaten since the evening before, and you wake up needing energy! Here are two easy and delicious breakfast ideas.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie:

1/2 c. plain yogurt

5-6 strawberries

1 banana

1/4 c. juice

For added veggies, throw in 1/4 spinach. Feel free to experiment with different kinds of juice or fruits. Blend ingredients in a blender and enjoy!

English Muffin Breakfast Sandwich:

For students on the go, this is an easy and delicious breakfast!

1. Toast an English muffin and butter it if desired.

2. Beat one egg and put into a microwavable mug, pour in a splash of milk. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

3. Microwave the egg on high for one minute. Carefully remove the mug from the microwave and check to see if it’s cooked.

4. Remove the egg-circle from the mug with a fork, and put on the English muffin. Add cheese if desired.

You can wrap this sandwich in foil and eat it on the way to school. Enjoy!

Got a recipe or healthy eating tip you’d like to share? Leave it in our comments section!


Friends With Benefits

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Friends with benefits. Just a hook up. It all sounds pretty harmless. And it is, right? While magazines, your friends, and guys might tell you that  random hook-ups are just a little bit of summer lovin’, physical affection without a committed relationship can actually be pretty problematic. There are basically two main reasons that casual […]

How to Survive Exam Season

It’s that time of year again. I don’t mean beach weather or the season finale of Big Bang Theory, I mean the end of the school year. As the weather gets warm and the days get longer, teachers seem to pile on the homework as exams loom large. Whether you’re a dedicated student or find school boring, end of year projects and tests can be frightening. So, how do you balance Prom, hanging out with friends, sports and studying for finals?

Here’s a list of five tips that will help you balance your time and make it to summer vacation with minimal stress!

1. Make priorities: Writing down your assignments, due dates and obligations can help you know what’s important. From there, you can decide what order to do things in, and what you can leave until a later date. Knowing your priorities will go a long way in helping you decide how to spend your time.

2. Go to bed on time: Your body needs a full night’s sleep to be able to function well. When you’re working hard at school, it’s crucial to give your body the rest it needs. Go to bed on time and wake up early: it’s the best way to get work done and stay on track. Save the all-nighters and late night T.V. for summer vacation.

3. Work hard, play hard: Spend time concentrating on your work; turn off the internet, put your phone on silent, and focus. Give yourself regular breaks by spending time relaxing, exercising or hanging out with loved ones. This can help you recharge your batteries. A few solid hours of work followed by fun can be much more effective than wasting a day pretending to study and actually watching Youtube videos.

4. Ask for help: Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether you need an Algebra tutor, a ride to school or a listening ear, it’s okay. Times of high stress are not meant to be handled alone; your family, friends and teachers are likely to be happy to support you if you ask!

5. Keep it in perspective: While grades are important, you are not defined by the marks you achieve. It’s important to do your best, but your future happiness is not contingent on the mark you receive on your European history project. Do your best and know that you are loved and valuable no matter how you do in school.

As you try these tricks, remember that learning to manage your time well is a life-long process.

Allow yourself room to make mistakes and remember, summer is just around the corner!