How To: Use Vending Machine Snacks in Your Home Cooking

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Whether or not we like to admit it, we’ve all been there. Probably sometime between 3:30pm and 4 o’clock.

Lunch is a distant memory and dinner is still a way’s away, but the snack attack has hit and you’re hungry.

If you haven’t had the time or inclination to pack an afternoon (after-school) snack, you’ll likely find yourself in front of your dorm or office vending machine, gazing into that treat-filled tower and clutching your one-dollar bill until you have finally decided how to spend it.

As you stare at yourself in the plastic reflection of the vending machine and …

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Green Tip: Grow It Yourself

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After moving into my first apartment this September, I was overly excited to start all of my domestic DIY projects that I couldn’t do in the dorms—brewing kombucha and beer, canning fruit, baking bread, and growing herbs. I eagerly biked to the Union Square farmer’s market and filled my basket full of baby basil, cilantro, and parsley plants. I brought them home and placed all of my new plants next to my roommate’s sage and rosemary on the windowsill. For the rest of Fall, we had a happy herb garden in our kitchen, using the herbs daily to flavor …

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Dining Hall DIY: Luck o’ the Irish Mashed Potatoes

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Ah, potatoes. Something about them just screams comfort. Humble yet impressively versatile, as the Irish have demonstrated in their endless creativity with potato-inspired cuisine. From pub fries to colcannon, boxty (potato pancakes) to champ (mashed potatoes with scallions) – no part of the potato goes to waste. This St. Patty’s day, honor the potato in your very own dining hall, by dressing it up with deep green veggies, roast pork, and a generous drizzle of golden honey.

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Nutrition and Health Tip: Easy Face Masks

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Ever had that wonderful face bloat after a night of drinking and/or consuming an entire tray of cookies. No? Just me? Well in my defense, a girl only turns 21 once.

Anyways, sometimes after any of those things or just a night of not much sleep, your face is looking a little less than prime and possibly a bit puffy. Especially during the winter, when the dry air leaves your skin a little lackluster. But thankfully for you, with each year that I live in Santa Cruz, I become a bit more hippier and a lot more crunchy …

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5 Ways to Improve Terrible Produce

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The bananas have begun to leak an unidentified substance. And you have absolutely no interest in identifying that substance. Not with a ten foot pole or heavy-duty rubber gloves. No thank you.

The spinach is on its last legs, and “green mush” doesn’t really sound appealing for lunch. Actually, it doesn’t really sound appealing at all…like ever.

The terrible produce monster has indeed taken over your refrigerator, and you’re in a bit of a pickle. (Well hey, take that cucumber, and pickle it!).

It’s no secret that supermarkets don’t always have the best produce. And while picking up fresh produce …

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Dining Hall DIY: Custom Cobb Salad

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Whoever came up with the bacon, lettuce, tomato combo was a genius. Crunchy, salty bacon just yearns for a tangy sweet juicy burst of ripe tomato…the two dancing their sensuous tango atop a bed of crispy fresh lettuce.
The Cobb Salad takes this flawless trio to yet another level, adding more colorful players to jazz up the stage.
According to Wikipedia: “The Cobb Salad is a main-dish garden salad made from chopped salad greens (head lettuce, watercress, chicory, and romaine), tomato, crisp bacon, boiled or roasted chicken breast, hard-boiled egg, avocado…, chives, red-wine vinaigrette and Roquefort cheese.

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Nutrition and Health Tip: DIY Cardio Circuit Workout

“Tomorrow, I will go to the gym.”

How many times have you found yourself thinking that exact string of words as you polish off the last of the mushroom lasagna curled up on the couch in front or a re-run of “The Real Housewives.”

Let’s face it, the winter season comes with an almost biological longing for rich, comforting foods and trashy network television at the expense of a very similar biological turn-away for all time spent outdoors. It’s cold and it’s dark, and for the December to March months I find myself in mini-hibernation mode as thick as my …

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Table for Two: Do-It-Together Sushi

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One of the first things I find out when I date someone is whether or not he shares my love for sushi. It’s a seriously important factor to me! Nothing beats going out for a night on the town with my sweetie and trying exotic concoctions at the local sushi bar. But let’s face it. Going to sushi bars is adventurous for only so long. If you want a real adventure, try making sushi for yourselves at home.

Intimidating? Yes. But, with your significant other at your side, you’ve got nothing to worry about. View this date night idea as a culinary challenge you can conquer together. The sushi-making date my boyfriend and I had recently was a blast: we challenged each other with sushi-rolling competitions and had some good laughs over our epic sushi failures. It was a great way to loosen up and relax after a couple of weeks of midterm-studying hell.

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DIY: Valentine’s Day and (Bonus!) Dorm Room Decor

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New flat, new furniture, and new responsibilities equal new bills, which inevitably lead to no cash. As a student on a budget, I’m always scouring for bargain deals and sale items. Unfortunately, going abroad for a year has led me to a new low… It seems like even bargains in the UK are weighty on my wallet. So, being the determined girl that I am, I thought I would pair my love of decorating with my love of the environment. With this in mind, I was on the lookout for a whole new item: trash (or more appropriately, …

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The 5 Best Sendable Valentine’s Day Treats

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I’ve already waxed poetic about my sweet tooth on here, so let’s just cut to the chase. Food is one of my favorite ways to show someone I care, period. Friends and family expect boxes of cookies or home-cooked meals to celebrate birthdays, milestones, and holidays. But now that these friends and loved ones are spread far and wide, my task has become a bit more difficult. As Valentine’s Day approaches, I think it’s time we take advantage of the good old-fashioned snail mail to send our love. While sweets are never really out of season, they do take center …

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