The Holidays Are Here!

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Hello Everyone,

Now that we have passed Halloween, it seems as though the holidays are in full swing. Just this Sunday I saw Target air a holiday commercial! I cannot believe it. I do love the holidays, but I also know that this is a time where people can lose their sense of healthy habits. So, today I want to give a few tips on how to deal with holiday gatherings and treats.

Between Thanksgiving, Hanukah and Christmas, people are attending tons of fun events with plenty of delicious and yummy treats. However, even though this is a time of celebration, people often lose focus of healthy habits and the importance of moderation.

Here are a few tips on how to stay healthy:

  1. Try to stay focus on the fun, not on the food
  2. Try to eat just at events, as opposed to having a meal before
  3. Indulge in only your most favorite treat, and be done with it
  4. Try to stay active, even if its just a walk in the park with family
  5. Try to keep your refrigerator stocked with healthy meals and snacks, so when you are home you know you are eating well
  6. Try to stay relaxed since stress tends to make us want to eat fats and sugar
  7. Try to eat until you are satisfied, not full
  8. Try not to drink all of your calories
  9. Stick to a routine
  10. Offer to bring healthy treats to a party

I hope these tips help you all stay focus on healthy habits during the holidays. This is a time to celebrate, so do not stress if you find yourself eating a little bit more at events than you normally would. Remember to be happy, because when you are happy you are more likely to stay healthy and take care of your body.

 

Happy Holidays!

All the best,

Clio

 

 

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Happy Halloween

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Hello Everyone,

Since Halloween is quickly approaching, I want to talk about some healthy and delicious Halloween treats. I do not know about you, but I love all things chocolate, and find Halloween a time when I often over indulge. Unfortunately, I tend to feel guilty about it the next day, so I have been investigating some yummy and guilt-free treats.

I want to share a list of my top 10 favorite Halloween treats with you all that you do not have to feel guilty about the next morning:

  1. Flour-less Peanut Butter Brownies
  2. Homemade York Peppermint Patties (often homemade anything is healthier, since you know exactly which ingredients you are using)
  3. Healthy Peanut Butter Fudge
  4. Dark Chocolate Crunch Bars
  5. Homemade Twix Bars
  6. Chocolate Fudge Balls
  7. Inside Out Reese Peanut Butter Cups
  8. Healthy Butterfingers
  9. Spooky Rice Crispy Treats (this treat is easy and fun to decorate)
  10. Snickers Ice Cream Bars

Holidays, especially Halloween, are always opportunities to over indulge in treats. However, there is no reason to have to feel guilty about it. I hope that my suggestions are as delicious to you as they are to me. But remember, moderation is key.

Enjoy a safe and festive Halloween!

All the best,

Clio

Gluten-Free Trending

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thedietianspantry.com

Hello Everyone,

Today I would like to talk about the gluten-free diet that seems to be one of the most popular fad diets at the moment. As more and more products are being advertised as gluten-free, and the more Celiac disease and gluten intolerance are being talked about, more people are following the gluten-free diet.

One of the most frustrating things about the gluten-free diet is that there are close to zero benefits to being gluten-free if you do not have Celiac disease or gluten intolerance.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley, and when a person cannot digest gluten, they experience many painful symptoms. Specifically, Celiac disease is an immune disease in which people cannot eat gluten because it will damage their small intestine. Gluten intolerance or sensitivity is when a person reacts to eating gluten, and may experience bloating, diarrhea or stomach pains.

Many people have begun to believe that the gluten-free diet may lead to weight loss, however, this is extremely untrue. Eating gluten does not make you gain weight, nor would removing it from your diet allow you to lose weight.

Millions of people suffer from Celiac disease or gluten intolerance, and their need to change their diets to live more comfortably should not be used to create another fad diet.

All the best,
Clio

I Love Chobani

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Chobani.com

Hello Everyone,

Today I would like to talk about one of my favorite websites, Chobani. Chobani is a Greek Yogurt company that quickly grew, due to its great products and public relations efforts. These attributes are most noticeable through its website.

The website is great, because it is easy to navigate. The navigation bar at the top of the home page is clearly labeled with headers that are easy to understand, like “products” or “Find Us.” Users know exactly where they are going and what they are getting when they click on the tabs on the navigation bar. Chobani also posts the links to its social media pages, which allows viewers and consumers to stay connected with Chobani beyond its website.

In addition, Chobani’s website gives viewers an incredible amount of information that is informative and easy to read. Chobani is open about its story and products, which allows viewers and consumers to get a real idea of what Chobani is. For example, the website tells readers about its work in its communities, and how they try to give back as much as possible.

As much as I love Chobani’s website, I love its products even more. Chobani continues to produce natural, nutritious and delicious yogurts. These yogurts are great for snacks, and even a quick meal that can be topped with anything that you like. My favorite is the Plain Greek Yogurt with fresh strawberries and blueberries.

All the best,
Clio

Snacks & Midterms

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Hello Everyone,

Since midterms are quickly approaching, I want to talk about healthy eating while under a lot of pressure. Midterms are a very stressful time for many, and often students find ease in mindless and unhealthy eating. I, however, do not believe that stress is an excuse to eat poorly. Although eating sugar and fat may make us “feel” better, we are not doing anything that is benefiting our bodies. So, I have two tips to help us get through midterms.

The first, use meal times as a study break. Sit down and enjoy a meal. Take a break from work and enjoy a conversation with a friend. Just relaxing the mind will stop you from eating out of stress and will make you feel better.

My second tip is to snack on fruits. Fruits are sweet, and should satisfy your sweet tooth. They are also filled with nutrients, like vitamin C, to help keep you healthy during this stressful, but also important period. Some of my favorite fruit snacks are apples or bananas with peanut butter and frozen grapes. These snacks are also easy to pack and bring to the library!

I hope these tips help!

Good Luck,
Clio

What’s In Season?

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Hello Everyone!

Since this past Monday marked the first day of autumn, I would like to share some healthy foods that are in season right now. There are tons of tasty fruits and vegetable that are currently in season, but I will be listing my top 20 favorites.

Vegetables:
• Acorn Squash
• Butternut Squash
• Brussels Sprouts
• Cauliflower
• Chinese Long Beans
• Endive
• Mushrooms
• Pumpkin
• Sweet Potatoes
• Swiss Chard

Fruits:
• Barbados Cherries
• Crab Apples
• Cranberries
• Jujube
• Key Limes
• Passion Fruit
• Pear
• Pineapple
• Pomegranate
• Sugar Apple

(http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/whats-in-season-fall)

There is so much that you can do with these fruits and vegetables. You can snack on them raw, dip them in humus, add them to salads or just use them as sides at any meal. They are all so delicious, and there is so much that you can do with them that you will not get bored of these fruits and vegetables. I hope you all enjoy!

All the best,
Clio

Why Be Healthy

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Hi Everyone,

I want to explain why I decided to write a blog on Healthy living. Healthy Munching is geared towards college students between the ages of 18 to 22 years old. In college, often times it is difficult to eat well and continue healthy habits. This is usually due to the fact that students have busy schedules, and healthy food is not always accessible. Dining halls also cannot always provide the freshest or organic options. Moreover, it is also difficult to motivate yourself to go to the gym after a long day of classes.

I wanted to create Healthy Munching to share easy tips on how to stay healthy during students’ four years at college. I do not believe that being a freshman gives a person an excuse to gain 15 pounds, but it is hard to avoid it because of the big lifestyle change experienced at school. Healthy Munching is here to provide easy tips on how to stay healthy, so that students can feel their best.

Healthy Munching is designed to give tips that college students can understand and implement into their daily lives. For example, there will be tips on how to snack well and how to fit in a 20-minute workout into your day. Also, Healthy Munching will continue to explain why it is important to stay healthy. Some of the main reasons are so that students can feel their best, which will allow them to put their best effort into their work. Also, when your body feels good, so does your mind, and in college it is extremely important to stay happy!

All the best,
Clio

Mommy and Me

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Hi Everyone,

Today I want to talk about a fond memory I have of the first time I cooked partly on my own. I was about 5 years old, and my mom decided we would bake cookies together. I vividly remember how excited I was to do this—I felt very grown up.

We first took out all the ingredients listed on the back of the Toll House Dark Chocolate Chip package. We picked dark chocolate because it is both of our favorite type of chocolate, since it does not taste too overwhelmingly sweet.

Once we finished getting the ingredients, bowls, spoons and baking sheets organized, we began to mix everything together. I could not believe that I was allowed to pour all the ingredients into the bowl. I felt that I had so much responsibility throughout the entire baking process. I also thought it was amazing that I was actually creating something!

I had an incredible time working with my mom, and baking something sweet together made it all the better.

For a blog about healthy eating, chocolate chip cookies do not necessarily fit the topic that well. However, this was a moment where food brought me and my mom a little bit closer, which is something that is so important to everyone’s health.

All the best,
Clio Boele

Hi Everyone!

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Hi Everyone!

I would like to introduce myself. My name is Clio Boele and I am a junior at Syracuse University. I am studying public relations at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and as an assignment for my PRL 215 class I must create a blog with my choice of topic.

I decided to call my blog “Healthy Munching.” I will focus on how to easily maintain a healthy lifestyle at college. When I came to Syracuse in the fall of 2012, I felt that it was very difficult to find healthy foods and to incorporate other healthy habits, like exercising, into my daily routine. Through this frustration, I worked very hard to find ways to make healthy living easy for me. Now, I want to share what I discovered.

Growing up, my parents always led healthy lives. They ate well and exercised regularly. What I appreciated most was that they were not crazy about being super healthy, and they made eating well look enjoyable and easy. In addition, I never realized that they were being healthy until I went to school and saw poor eating and living habits.

The goal of this blog is to share tips with college students on how to stay healthy while away at school. With busy schedules, it is difficult to find healthy meals and mealtimes, in addition to fitting in a quick workout. After three years at Syracuse, I feel that I have figured out a way to stay healthy without stressing about it.

With “Healthy Munching,” I hope to share my experiences with other college students, to help others stay healthy during their four years away from home. I am also excited to hear my readers’ thoughts, comments and ideas about health.

All the Best,

Clio