Simple Recipes for Busy College Students

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Eating is something everyone has in common. We all need to do it, so why not make it as simple as possible for those who have busy schedules? Whether you’re strapped for cash, or have tons of homework to complete, you still deserve a good meal at the end of the day. We should enjoy eating. After all, food is said to be a great pleasure all around the world. Let’s bring some of that to your table.

This first recipe is something I created on my own. It’s great for a snack or maybe a side to a larger dish.

 

Bagel PizzasPizza_Bagel_kmrva6

1 Bagel

2 Tablespoons of Tomato Paste (get the kind with basil and oregano)

Salt and pepper to taste

½ cup of mozzarella cheese

8 slices of pepperoni

To make this easy dish, cut the bagel in half and lightly broil the tops (cut side up) in your oven. This will help prevent the bagel from getting soggy once you put the sauce on. After the bagel slices are lightly browned, take them out of the oven and spread the tomato paste on them. You can add salt and pepper to the paste to make it have more flavor. Once the bagels have sauce on them, sprinkle the cheese on top. Put 4 slices of pepperoni on each bagel slice, and put them in the oven on broil. Leave in the oven until the cheese is melted. Enjoy!

 

Crockpot Chicken Chilibuffalo-chicken-chili-1

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast

2 cans of white beans, drained and rinsed

14.5 oz can diced tomatoes

2 cups of chicken broth

1 medium onion, chopped

3 medium carrots, chopped

1 bay leaf

¼ tsp salt

Dash of pepper

1 ½ tbsp. crushed red pepper (optional)

Place the chicken breast in the crockpot. Pour remaining ingredients over chicken. Set the crockpot on low for 7 hours. Remove chicken breasts from crock pot and shred the chicken with 2 forks. The chicken will be tender. Return the chicken to the crockpot and cook for one more hour. Keep crock pot on warm until ready to eat.

 

Southern Lima Beans and Ricelima beans and rice

1 bag of baby lima beans, soaked overnight

1 can of chicken broth

1 can of beef broth

1 ham hock

2 cups of rice, extra long grain

4 cups of water

Salt and pepper to taste

Pour the cans of broth into a large pot and bring to a boil. Add the ham hock and let cook for 10 minutes. Add lima beans to the boiling broth and hock. Add enough water to completely cover the beans. Set temperature to low-medium (3 or so) and let cook for two hours or until beans are tender. Keep checking to make sure liquid is covering beans. If not, add more water. There should be about an inch of broth/water mixture covering the top of the beans.

To make rice:

Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add a pinch of salt for flavor. Once water is boiling, add 2 cups of white rice. Turn down heat to low and let cook for 15 minutes. Take rice off heat and serve.

 

Teriyaki Chicken Stirfrystirfry1

5-7 strips of boneless skinless chicken tenderloin pieces, cut into chunks

1 cup broccoli florets

1 cup chopped carrots

1 cup frozen green beans

½ chopped red bell pepper (you can use any color, I just like how the red looks in this dish)

¼ c teriyaki sauce

Salt and pepper to taste

Steam broccoli and carrots until tender. In a medium saucepan, cook chicken thoroughly. Add in green beans and bell peppers and also the teriyaki sauce. Once the bell pepper is cooked, add the carrots and broccoli. Toss so that everything is coated with teriyaki sauce. May serve over rice.

 

Spaghettispag

1 onion, chopped

2 cans tomato sauce

2 cans diced tomato

1 can tomato paste

1 container of fresh mushrooms, sliced (optional)

1 pound ground beef

Salt and pepper to taste

1 tbsp dried or fresh oregano

1 package angel hair pasta

In a large pot, add ground bee. Cook on high heat until thoroughly browned. Drain fat. Add back to the pot and add all the other ingredients except for the pasta. Stir well and occasionally while on low-medium heat. Cook for 2 hours or longer. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook the pasta and serve together.

 

Soft chicken tacoschicken-taco

2 cups shredded, cooked chicken breast

¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

½ cup salsa

8 flour tortillas

1 cup chopped tomato

¼ cup preshredded cheddar cheese

¼ cup sour cream

Combine first three ingredients in a medium bowl, tossing well to combine. Spoon about 1/3 cupp chicken mixture onto each tortilla; microwave each taco for 30 seconds or until warm. Top each taco with 2 tbsp tomato, 1 tbsp cheese, and 1 ½ tbsp. sour cream. Fold in half.

 

Lemon baked chickenlemon-chicken-thigh-vert_niz7gu

1 package chicken drumsticks

1/3 cup olive oil

2 tbsp melted butter

1 lemon

Salt and pepper

Pre heat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare chicken by mixing juice of one lemon, olive oil, and melted butter in a small bowl. Lay raw chicken in a casserole dish.  Spoon lemon juice/olive oil mixture onto chicken pieces. Put into the oven. Every 15 minutes, take the dish out of the oven, gather all of the juice from the bottom and spoon it over the chicken again. Bake for 1 hour.

 

I hope these recipes catch your eye and you feel like making them sometime soon. I know they are really good for being able to pretty much cook themselves. What’s good about most of these is that you can get them ready and put into the oven, or on low heat, and then forget about them for an hour or two while you’re studying or taking a shower after a ball game or something. Get creative, but mostly stick to the recipe. And always cook the meat thoroughly.

Have a good Spring Break!

Parasites and How to Get Rid of Them!

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ParasitesWhether you know it or not, it is common to be living with pesky parasites within your body. This may seem like some third world myth, but just because we live in America doesn’t mean this is false. The ways of contracting a parasite vary; you could accidentally eat contaminated meat, swim in a pond of lake with these critters, or even smell a flower crawling with microscopic worms.

I’m sure your skin is crawling from this piece of information, but no worries! I am here to help by giving you valuable knowledge on how to kill these parasites so you can be healthy and happy.tummy ache

Before I delve into the good stuff, I’d like to name some symptoms so you can decide if the treatments are right for you. These symptoms are a little embarrassing to admit, but it’s important to be in tune with your body to know if it needs attention.

Symptoms of having a parasite:

  • Lowered immune system and constant illness
  • Rectal itching, especially at night
  • Constant tiredness
  • Difficulty sleeping and waking up
  • Bloating and gas
  • Sensitivity to food and chemicals
  • Sweet and/or starchy food cravings
  • Intestinal cramps
  • Endometriosis
  • Brain fog
  • Anxiety/depression
  • Floaters of spots in your eyes
  • Muscle or joint aches
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Bad breath

Now I am going to introduce you to a parasite cleanse that I’ve found to be extremely helpful. It’s by Dr. Hulda Clark and it’s very thorough.

What you’ll need:

  • Green Hull Black Walnut tincture
  • Wormwood capsules (200-300 mg)
  • Clove capsules (500 mg)

Green hull black walnut tincture:

First off, make sure its GREEN HULL. This kind is the only kind that will work. Dr. Clark has some but she has named it Black Walnut Extra Strength. Put the recommended dosage into a half cup of water and sip slowly while on a full stomach. Avoid using sweeteners. You may also put it into an empty capsule if you have trouble with the taste. Do this once a day for eighteen days.black walnut

Wormwood:

This one is a little tricky. The first day take one, second day take one. Third day take two, fourth day take two. Fifth and sixth day, take three. Seventh and eighth day, take four. Ninth and tenth day, take five. Eleventh and twelfth day take six. And then for the next four days take seven. Then you will continue to take seven  once a week for as long as you wish to stay parasite free. Take on an empty stomach.

Clove:

Take three times a day at mealtime. First day, take one capsule three times a day. Second day, take two capsules three times a day. Third day, and forward until day 12, take three capsules three times a day. After the 12th day, switch to three a day. Do this for as long as you wish to stay parasite free.clove

These three remedies must be used together but as separate ingredients. Only if you use them together will you rid yourself of parasites. If you kill only the adults, the tiny stages and eggs will grow into adults. If you kill only eggs, the adults and larvae will make more.

 

While you are doing your cleanse, it is important to eat according to your plan. There are plenty of foods that help to get rid of parasites. Here are some:

Garlic – Natural antiparasitic and antibiotic. Supports bowel movements and detoxification.

Vegetables – Green leafy veggies with high nutrient content help the body get rid of toxins. Veggies rich in anti-oxidants like cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, and blueberries help feed the bodies organs and glands that are infected with parasites.

Apple Cider Vinegar – it will keep your stomach free from any parasites and eliminate larvae you accidentally eat.

Papaya – great and powerful remedy for getting rid of tapeworms and most intestinal worms

Pineapple – contains an antiparasitic enzyme called bromelain.

Pumpkin seeds – used for eliminating tapeworms and roundworms.

Foods to avoid:

Sugar – Sugar feeds parasites. Its best to avoid these kinds of foods to starve parasites off their energy and fuel.

Refined Carbs – these are cakes, breads, cookies, cereal and pasta. These burden an already strained system that’s infected with parasites.

 

I hope this information will help you guys prioritize your overall health. It’s important to be as healthy as possible throughout our lives. We are only here for a short while.

How to Care for Stressed-Out Skin

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How to Care for Stressed-Out Skin

We all know the struggle of keeping blemish-free skin during the school year. All the studying, essays and exams stress us out, causing us to eat things we only come to regret, and our skin takes the hit. What if I told you there are simple ways to cure those bad days? My methods vary in price, but all of them are easy and show results almost instantly.pimple_11

bronnersFirst off, you may want to upgrade your soap. If you haven’t heard, Dr. Bronners Organic Castille Soap honestly works wonders. It is made from natural ingredients (including coconut, jojoba, and hemp oils) and stays away from harsh chemicals which can cause cancer. Dr. Bronners can be bought online or in stores. I know Target carries it, but I don’t think WalMart does. And just a forewarning, a little bit goes a long way. Honestly, two or three drops in your palm will allow you to wash your face and neck. A 4 ounce bottle will last you two semesters if you only use it on your face.

fools-goldI know it may sound weird, but there’s something so soothing about using a coarse rock to exfoliate my skin instead of a washcloth. When I exfoliate, I do it while the soap is still on my skin and rub my rock in a circular motion all over my face. I start on my right cheek, go towards my nose, over to the left cheek, down to my chin/mouth area (you can even get your lips!), and then up to my forehead. This will make sure dead skin is off of your face, allowing for different treatments to penetrate deeper and more evenly.

Once your skin is clean, there are a lot of different things you can do to treat it further! One thing you can do is hold your face over a pot of boiling water. The steam coming off of it will open your pores. While your pores are open, rub a slice of lemon over your skin. If you have blemishes, this may sting a little. The lemon contains anti-bacterial properties that will fight the bacteria causing the acne.lemon-slice

euro-clayAnother thing you can do is make and apply a clay mask. My favorite way to do this is by using a dry clay powder (Now Foods European Clay Powder is what I use). It’s easy to prepare and offers amazing results. You definitely want the mask to be warm when applying it to your skin to work best and open your pores. The way to do this is by putting about 2 inches worth of water into a small pot. Put whatever liquid you’re using with the clay in a small ramekin and place the ramekin into the water. Heat the pot of water with the ramekin inside to get the liquid warm. Remove the ramekin from the water, turn the stove off and add the clay to the ramekin and mix together until smooth.

There are various liquids you can use for this technique depending on what outcome you need.

To relieve redness, use green tea. To minimize pores, use sour milk (the lactic acid will do this… weird, huh?). To fight a break out, use hydrogen peroxide. If you have no issues with your skin, use water or homemade rosewater.rose-water

Putting the mask on your face is simple. Just use your fingers to retrieve the mixture from the ramekin, and spread it all over your face. The more layers you put on your skin, the thicker it will be. You don’t need it too thick. Let it fully dry (this will take about 30 minutes) and then take the mask off with water. You could also use your rock to help you in case its stubborn and doesn’t want to come off.

Here are some recipes:

Redness reducing mask

1 Tablespoon European Clay

1 Tbsp fresh green tea (more if needed)

 

Acne fighting maskclay-mask

1 Tbsp Clay

1 Tbsp hydrogen peroxide

 

Soothing clay mask

1 Tbsp clay

1 Tbsp homemade organic rosewater

½ Tsp honey

 

Homemade Rosewater

½ C fresh organic rose petals (use organic because you don’t want chemicals from the pesticides in your water)

1 1/2 C water

Put the rose petals and water into a saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature to lowest setting that still allows water to simmer. Simmer until the color of the rose petals has faded (5-10 minutes) Leave the lid on and let cool completely. Strain out the rose petals and store in the fridge for several weeks.

 

avocado-oilThe final step to our skin care regimen is to moisturize. Personally, I prefer to use oils on my skin. I find that lotions tend to be made with fillers, and are in turn, a waste of money.

The oil I use everyday is cold-pressed avocado oil. This oil is wonderful! It doesn’t feel greasy and you can even find it at Walmart. Just make sure that whatever oil you use is cold pressed. There are oils made by manufacturers who heat the ingredients to make the oils, but heating them takes the nutrition out.

Another good oil to use on your skin is hemp seed oil. It penetrates the skin nicely and smells good too.

If you have oily skin, the best oil to use would be grapeseed oil. This oil is very light, which makes it good for hair too!

 

I hope these suggestions help to restore your confidence and take away your stress over your skin problems. I know firsthand about the struggle between wanting to do well in life and also wanting to look good for the picture. Have a good day

Foods to Eat to Improve Memory and Focus

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Foods to eat to improve memory and focus

Who wants to focus better in school? What if I told you that by eating certain foods, you could improve memory function and your ability to focus? There are many ways to reach out and grab what you want in this world. The following 15 foods could send you on your way to better grades, which will improve your self esteem!

 

Avocadosavocado

  • Contain Vitamin K and folate which help to ward off blood clots
  • Also contains Vitamin B and C which keep you happy! They also need to be replenished in the body daily
  • Improves cognitive function which helps you make the best decisions for your self throughout the day.

 

Beetsbeets

  • Reduce inflammation and are high in antioxidants.
  • Boosts energy during workouts
  • Increases blood flow to the brain

 

Blueberriesblueberries

  • High levels of gallic acid which protects our brains from stress
  • High in antioxidants
  • Also contain vitamin C, K, and fiber

 

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  • Possesses healing amino acids that keep your immune system functioning properly and helps improve memory.

 

Broccolibroccoli

  • High levels of vitamin K and choline. People who eat foods high in choline have been shown to perform better on memory tests than those who lack it in their diets.
  • Vitamin C. Just one cup provides you with 150% of your recommended daily intake.

 

Celerycelery

  • High levels of antioxidants and other vitamins that act as natural anti-inflammatories.
  • Luteolin is also found in celery. It is used to reduce inflammation in the brain which will improve memory function.

 

Coconut Oilcoconut-oil

  • Coconut oil is rich in Ketones. In particular, Medium-Chain-Triglycerides (MCT). Ketones are found to improve the memory.

 

Dark Chocolatedark-chocolate

  • Rich in antioxidants known as flavanols. Flavanols are plant based nutrients.
  • Considered a “superfood”

 

 

Egg Yolks

  • Large amounts of choline!

 

Extra Virgin Olive Oilevoo

  • Rich in powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols.
  • Vitamin E is also present. This vitamin prevents mental decline as we age.
  • Excessive heat can decrease the amounts of vitamins and good things present. Try to use it in salads, or on bread, or other ways that don’t involve high heat.

 

Green, Leafy Vegetablesleafy-greens

  • Adding spinach, kale, collards, and mustard greens to your diet could help slow cognitive decline. This will aid in making better decisions for your life and keeping your brain in tip-top health!
  • Vitamin K is heavily present.

 

Rosemary

  • Carnosic acid helps the brain from neurodegeneration (deterioration of the brain).
  • High levels of antioxidants help protect eyesight from going bad too!

 

Salmonsalmon

  • Packed with omega-3 fatty acids to improve function of the brain and minimize brain fog. Also improves memory
  • Make sure you’re buying wild-caught salmon instead of farm raised. Farm-raised is filled with mercury and toxins that are bad for you.

 

Turmericturmeric

  • Curcumin is a chemical found in turmeric. It is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory agents
  • Improves your brain’s oxygen intake and helps boost antioxidant levels to keep your immune system healthy!

 

Walnutswalnut

  •  Improves cognitive health.
  • High levels of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals help improve mental alertness
  • Vitamin E can help ward off Alzheimer’s.

 

Here are some cool recipes I found to help you with this. I hope you like them, and there are tons more on the internet. Also, it doesn’t hurt to be creative! I’ve found that Greek yogurt is a good vehicle for fruits and nuts, as well as pasta for vegetables and oils. If you are gluten intolerant, or just don’t like to eat it, opt for gluten free choices instead.

 

Recipes

 

Grilled Cheese with Smoked Turkey and Avocado

In this recipe, the classic grilled cheese sandwich gets a healthy new makeover. All you need is bread (any kind; the grainier the better!), your favorite cheese, a few slices of avocado, and some turkey.

Butter one side of each piece of bread. Build your sandwich and make sure both buttered sides of bread are on the outside of the sandwich. Place the built sandwich in a pan on medium heat. Flip the sandwich over once the bottom piece of bread is golden brown. Once the other piece of bread is browned, you’re all done!

 

Blueberry mango smoothie

 ½ cup of blueberries

½ of a mango

1 cup of coconut milk

½ cup of plain Greek yogurt

Honey to taste (optional)

*Add walnuts to use another brain power ingredient!

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

 

Well, there you have it, folks! Take care of yourselves and get the most out of your college education with these brain foods. Good luck!

New Student Blogger: My Introduction

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Hey y’all! My name is Madison and I’m a new blogger. So, a little about me… hmm. I’m 27 years old and from Charleston, South Carolina. My favorite color is beige, and I’m obsessed with cats! I’m in my second semester here at Genesee Community College and live in the dorms at College Village. So far, my experience has been very forthcoming. There’s just something so comforting about knowing you’re where you’re supposed to be! My road to finding GCC has been whimsical. There have been lots of different trial and error scenarios that forced me into really finding myself and my strength as a young woman, and adult, and a human.clark

Throughout my journey, the biggest piece of personal philosophy I could form was that there’s always a method to the madness. No matter what you’re faced with in life, there’s always a way to make it through. Usually that answer is found through following your intuition and really listening to your heart of hearts. Since everyone’s lives are different, it’s important to remember that your own madness calls for your own methods.

My goal for this blog is to feed you nourishing tools to help you succeed in whatever “madness” you’re faced with. Whether it be researching what foods to eat for optimum memory function or posting about different activities going on throughout the campus, I just want to provide my readers with info to help improve their college experience.

As previously mentioned, I feel that food and recreation really help with the learning process. The food part is pretty self-explanatory in that different foods possess different vitamins which aid in giving different superpowers to your body. Recreation is necessary too because it’s important to balance work and play. Our brains work so hard for us all the time! Why not feed it a little healthy play time every now and then? tree

Another vital component to your success is encouragement! Having a person or a group of people cheering you on feels so good and makes you want to work hard. It may be out of your comfort zone to go out and meet people who will do that for you, but we are all on the same team at GCC. Going to the campus activities is a great way to meet like minded people… especially if people in your home life aren’t so supportive. Trust me, I’ve felt like the odd ball in my personal life before. I’ve felt like I was alone in wanting to better my life. Coming to GCC has opened so many doors to rooms that I’ve only dreamed about.

No matter your personal situation, remember that being unique is beautiful and the world needs to see it. Could you imagine all the houses in the world being the same white vinyl-sided, one story? How boring would that be? Even our eyes were made to see different color, and so were our hearts. Show your colors to the world… Who knows? You may warm someone’s day!

Well, I suppose that’s a decent introduction for y’all! Have a swell day, and good luck this semester.

 

Madison Schoenig