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10 Munchie-Killing Snack Ideas

Whether you just got home from a wild night out, spent the whole day studying in the library, or are watching a movie with friends, the munchies always find a way to sneak up on you. With so many snack options it is hard to pick what to eat. Let us make it easier for you! Try these 10 munchie-killing snacks the next time you’re hungry.

1. Chocolate Delightstix from Cottage Inn Pizza

 With Cottage Inn’s gooey, sweet icing you really can’t go wrong.

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2. Funnel Cake from Sicilia Fine Italian Specialties

 Who says Funnel Cake is only good for carnivals?

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3. Two-Minute Nutella Cake

 Yes, it is possible to make a cake in just two minutes! Recipe here.

4. No-Bake Peanut Butter-Chocolate Bars

Its has greek yogurt in it so it is a healthy dessert! Recipe here.

5. Puppy Chow Snack Mix

The perfect snack for your sweet tooth! Recipe here.

6. Spiced Honey Pretzels

A satisfying snack without the fat and calories. Recipe here.

7. Latte Rice Krispie Treats

Mix your love for overpriced coffee drinks with a childhood favorite. Recipe here.

8. Popcorn with Lime and Chili

So much flavor with just 100 calories! Recipe here.

9. Pizza Crackers

Its like a bite-size slice of pizza. Recipe here.

10. Chocolate- Banana Treat

Banana and Nutella, one of the best pairs out there! Recipe here.

6 Recipes For Your End-Of-The-Year Bucket List

As the school year comes to an end, you and your friends might be taking the time to check off all the things you wanted to do together. To help build up your end of the year bucket list, we created a list of recipes and foods you should be sure to try. Test out these interesting and alternative recipes with your friends before the end of the school year for an adventurous and exciting food experience!

1. We love avocados and we love chocolate, so why not combine the two?….Fudge Avocado Brownies anyone? Recipe here.

2. Secret Ingredient Chili: we don’t tell you the secret ingredient but promise that this chili is satisfying and delicious!  Recipe here.

3. Vegan, Gluten-Free, Nut Free and Soy Free? If you are any of those things you will want to try this Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip with Potatoes. Recipe here.

4. Want a little extra crunch on your onion rings?…try this recipe for onion rings with instant mashed potatoes. Because potatoes only make things better! Recipe here.

5. Chocolate Covered Bacon. Nuff’ said. Recipe here.

6. The man, the myth, the legend. The Ramen Burger! Recipe here.

8 Food Pranks for April Fool’s Day

April Fool’s Day is right around the corner and we have some great prank ideas for you! Have you ever wanted to pull a funny prank on your professor, friend, or co-worker but just didn’t know what to do? We’ve given you a headstart so that you can start planning for next week!  Check out these 8 clever food pranks that will make them crazy!

1. Grilled cheese sandwich made with pound cake and frosting

Probably still tastes pretty good! Recipe here.

2. Mix M & M’s, Skittles, and Reeses Pieces together!

This one will really make them crazy. Recipe here.

3. Ice cream Sundae made with mashed potatoes and gravy

Have you ever had a sundae that goes great with chicken?! Recipe here.

4. Punch made with Jell-O

Try sipping on this! Recipe here.

5. Candied Sushi

I don’t know…It looks a little fishy. Recipe here.

6. Grab a couple Oreos, take out the filling, and add toothpaste instead

Might have to find white toothpaste though…Recipe here!

7. Chicken wings made from Rice Krispy Treats

Ideal for the next BBQ. Recipe here.

8. Jell-O eggs

Tackle two holidays in one! Recipe here.

 

7 Desserts You Can’t Live Without

Correct us if we’re wrong, but we’re pretty sure it’s dessert season…Whether you have the time to make a dessert or you’re just trying to grab something on campus after dinner, here are some great options.  Seriously, dessert season over bikini season any day!

1.  Chocolate DelightStix from Cottage Inn Pizza

We can consider it a meal, right?!

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2. Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookie from Insomnia Cookies

We calculated it and if you decide to walk instead of drive to get the cookies, you’ll come pretty close to breaking even.

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3. Slutty Brownies.

Are cookies considered slutty now too? Recipe here.

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4. Greek Yogurt Cake Pops

Trendy AND delicious! Recipe here.

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5.  Blueberry Muffin Tops

Top of the muffin to you! Recipe here.

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6. Cookie Dough Balls

Everyone knows cookies are best before they go in the oven…Recipe here.

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7. S’mores Bars

A toasty treat. Recipe here.

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5 Delicious Recipes for Taco Tuesday

Taco Tuesday can get a little boring…So we are looking to change things up. No more boring, simple tacos, how about some fun and flavorful recipes that will do justice to everyone’s favorite weekly holiday. AND all of these recipes and guilt free so that makes it okay to eat more than 3, right? Yes. Here are five easy and alternative ways to change up the best night of the week.

1.Double-Layer Beef Tacos: two layers of taco glory. Recipe here.

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2. Breakfast + Tacos = Match made in heaven. Start OR end your day right with delicious Huevos Rancheros Tacos. Recipe here.

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3. Living in the shadows of chicken and steak, shrimp often doesn’t get enough taco recognition. Fix that by trying these cajun-inspired shrimp tacos. Recipe here.

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4. For the brave vegetarians and vegans of the world, no fear, we have a tofu taco recipe that will delight your taste buds and keep you full and satisfied! Recipe here.

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5. Want to try something totally new? How does tacos for dessert sound? These delicious chocolate tacos are worthy of any special occasion, or you simply enjoy them on a Tuesday. You’re welcome for this one, these tacos are truly special. Recipe here.

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Take your taco game to the next level and try these fun and delicious recipes tonight! We guarantee you will want to start eating tacos every night of the week. Happy Taco Tuesday!

10 Quick and Easy Oscar Party Snacks

The 87th annual Academy Awards are right around the corner. Whether you are routing for American Sniper’s Bradley Cooper or the Imitation Game’s Benedict Cumberbatch for the best actor in a leading role, this is a night you won’t want to miss. Planning an Oscar viewing party? No matter how good movie stars look, food will always hold a special place in our hearts (and theirs). Here are some great award-winning recipes for your Oscar viewing party that will shock your guests just as much as Rosamund Pike shocked us in Gone Girl.

1.    Chorizo-Filled Dates Wrapped in Bacon. Recipe here.

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2.    7- Minute Salmon Caviar Sushi Bites. Recipe here.

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3.    Crab and Avocado Toasts. Recipe here.

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4.    Smoked Shrimp. Recipe here.

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5.    Potato Crisp with Chive-Sour Cream Dip. Recipe here.

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6.    Mini Brown-Sugar Cheesecakes. Recipe here.

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7.    Crispy Corn Tortillas. Recipe here.

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8.    Ice Cream Bonbon Pops. Recipe here.

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9.    Parmesan Pita Crisp. Recipe here.

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10.   Guiltless Guac. Recipe here.

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5 Best Smoothies for Healthy Skin

Exams are picking up, the weather is clearly doing the opposite, and maintaining that tan is getting pretty difficult. That winter break, post-Cancun tan is quickly fading and you’re frantically searching for a way to stop the inevitable pale-ing process. This blog post is here to offer you two ways to help keep up that tan.

You can either pull this stunt:

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(Although we don’t recommend trying this one)

Or you can simply curb your diet to boost the health of your skin. Foods high in beta-kerotene are responsible for affecting one’s skin pigmentation. Here are a couple delicious smoothies that contain ingredients high in beta-kerotene like carrots, spinach, kale, oil, and cantaloupe.

1.    Seriously…It takes as good as it looks!  Full recipe and instructions here.

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Immune Booster Orange Smoothie

  • 1 cup loosely packed sweet potato puree (~1 large potato), skin removed (or substitute pumpkin puree + extra banana or maple syrup for sweetness)
  • 1 medium ripe banana, previously sliced and frozen
  • 1 tbsp almond butter (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp each ground turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger (if using fresh ginger, use 1 tsp chopped)
  • 1/2 tbsp flaxseed meal or chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup orange juice (optional)
  • Large handful of ice

 

2.    C’mon. Are you seriously surprised? You knew a kale smoothie was going to make an appearance. Full recipe and instructions here.

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Kale Smoothie

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup packed chopped kale
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup diced pineapple
  • 1 banana

 

3.    At least this one will make you feel like you’re in the Caribbean.   Full recipe and instructions here.

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Mango Yogurt Smoothie

  • 1 large ripe mango
  • 1 ripe banana, peeled and cut in half
  • 1 cup whole-milk yogurt
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • Pinch or cardamom (optional)
  • Mint for garnish

 

4.    Tomatoes are an awesome natural-tan superfood. Don’t be intimidated by it’s color!  Full recipe and instructions here.

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“The Big Red” Tomato, Beet, Strawberry and Cherry Smoothie

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 cup unsweetened 100% cranberry juice
  • 1 well chopped small beet (beet greens are optional but recommended)
  • 1 chopped medium whole tomato
  • 2 cups fresh pitted cherries
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries

 

5.    Artsy and yummy!  Full recipe and instructions here.

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Mixed Berry Protein Smoothie

  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 3/4 cup non-fat milk
  • 1/2 tbsp sunflower seed butter
  • 1/4 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp organic ground flaxseed

 

Hopefully, these delicious drinks will hold you over until Spring Break. Nonetheless, they taste great and are an excellent way to start your day!

Healthy Eating During The Winter Months

It’s easy to fall into the winter blues; long, grey days spent wearing coats, sweatpants, and boots; days spent on the couch with Netflix (but that’s not that bad); and enjoying one too many bowls of mac and cheese. But don’t let the winter blues get the best of you, or keep you from eating healthy and satisfying meals. These are eleven snack and recipe ideas that will brighten you day and keep you feeling healthy and fit. And there is no way we are sacrificing flavor for function here. Enjoy eating all of these guilt-free foods that will keep you going all the way to Spring Break.

1.    Start your day off right with this delicious and easy breakfast. Grab a piece of toast and smother it with peanut or almond butter. Top with fresh fruit of your choice. Easy and delicious!

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2. “Pudding” cup. We can always dream. Grab some greek yogurt and add your favorite toppings. Dark chocolate, raspberries, and nuts are all healthy and satisfying options!

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3.    Avocado + Toast. Self explanatory.

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4.    Need a snack? Try this recipe for a healthy alternative to chips and pretzels.

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5.    Craving Chinese take out? How about this healthy alternative that is super easy to make!

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6.    Healthy veggie wrap? Why not. Recipe here.

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7.    Want a light lunch? Well not really, but this fill you up and keep you going. Cheese, crackers, tomatoes and veggies.

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8.    And because pizza will ALWAYS be worth it…try this Pita Pizza.

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9.    And we don’t plan on giving up Mac and Cheese any time soon. Try this recipe.

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10.   And for dessert? Peanut butter microwave cake. Recipe here.

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11. And for later? Healthy Caramel Popcorn! Recipe here.

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Super Bowl Snacks That Everyone Will Love

Super Bowl XLIX will take place on Sunday, February 1 as the New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks. Yes, Super Bowl Sunday is about football, but it’s also about the commercials and the game day food. If you are throwing a Super Bowl party, food is the best way to win over your guests! Check out these delicious recipes below.

1.  Pigs In a Blanket:

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A traditional football party and tailgating favorite. Recipe here.

2.  Seven Layer Bean Dip:

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Perfect for in between plays. Recipe here.

 

3.  Zucchini Fries:

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A french fry alternative with half the calories! Recipe here.

 

4.  Barbecued Chicken Tenders:

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A creative twist on the traditional chicken wing. Recipe here.

 

5. Buffalo Chicken Dip:

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The perfect dip to spice up Super Bowl Sunday. Can be served with french bread baguette slices, celery ribs or tortilla chips. Recipe here.

 

6.  Cocoa-Crispy Rice Treats:

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A fun twist on a traditional dessert! Recipe here.

 

7.  Pull-Apart Touchdown Cupcakes:

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A spirited way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Recipe here.

A Very Vegan Holiday

The holidays are a time of fun, festivities, and most importantly, food!  Everyone can agree that it’s incredibly simple to lose track of the millions of calories on your plate during Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, you name it!  This forgetfulness is only amplified when dessert time rolls around (calling all you butter-lovers).  With cakes, pies, ice cream and more, the battle is inevitably lost between your willpower and taste buds.  You indulge in the buttery goodness that defines the holiday season, only to wake up with an unwelcome food hangover.

Imagine avoiding post-holiday food woes by simply substituting healthier ingredients in your dessert creations.  Make the most of coconut oil, coconut milk, almond butter, dairy free chocolate chips – in other words, get rid of all dairy – and voilá!  Without knowing it, you’ve baked a completely vegan, and all-around healthier dessert!

We’ve rounded up our top 7 favorite vegan dessert recipes to save you and all your foodie friends and family from the dangers of holiday eating!

1. Paleo Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

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Because pumpkin season certainly does not end with Halloween, check out this recipe.

(Ingredients: pumpkin, bananas, coconut sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, sea salt, coconut milk, syrup, and vanilla beans.)

2. Vegan & Gluten Free Apple Pie

Vegan & Gluten Free Apple Pie

Make a vegan version of this holiday staple and enjoy with a creamy scoop of vanilla coconut ice cream!

(Ingredients: almond meal, rice flour or sorghum flour, tapioca starch flour, arrowroot powder, unrefined sugar, sea salt, xanthum gum, coconut oil, non-dairy milk, lemon juice, maple syrup, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ground allspice, and apples.)

3. Avocado Cocao Mousse

Avocado Cacao Mousse

Who would have thought avocado and dessert go hand in hand? Avocado has the perfect consistency to enhance any vegan chocolate mousse!

(Ingredients: avocados, raw coconut nectar, raw cacao powder, vanilla extract, salt, fruits, and nuts)

4. Vegan Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

Vegan Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

Girl Scout cookies turned vegan cupcakes? We’ll take it!

(Ingredients: white spelt flour, coconut sugar, white sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, water, oil, vanilla extract, white vinegar, vegan buttery spread, confectioner’s sugar, and almond milk.)

5. No Bake Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecakes

No Bake Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecakes

The picture says it all. No bake, no fuss.

(Ingredients: crushed oreo cookies, coconut oil, cashews, lemon, coconut milk, maple syrup or agave nectar, peanut butter, semi-sweet dairy-free chocolate chips, and vegan-friendly dark chocolate PB cups.)

6. Eggless, Vegan Banana Bread

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Your holiday guests are sure to go bananas over this simple, yet extra healthy dessert! Warm them up and drizzle some chocolate glaze for the perfect combination.

(Ingredients: bananas, whole wheat flour, coconut oil or sunflower oil, brown sugar or cane sugar, vanilla extract, baking powder, baking soda, optional salt, and optional sunflower seeds.)

7. Vegan Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie

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Finally, our favorite recipe of all! For only 387 calories per serving, this pie is a creamy, chocolatey, coconutty, graham crackery version of heaven.

(Ingredients: vegan or gluten free graham cracker crumbs, coconut oil, Mae Ploy coconut milk, dairy-free chocolate chips, sucanat, and organic cornstarch)