Read More By Jessy [here]
Read More By Jessy [here]
Read The Articles:
Relationship Advice Through Popular Song Lyrics by Kel Grant
A Girl’s Guide To Loving Herself by Kelly Sodano
Dear Boyfriend, Thank You by Zara Puskuldjian
Why I’m Buying Myself Roses For Valentine’s Day by Anonymous
Mocktails & Cocktails by Jordan Perry
Sweet Treats by Kerry Silverman
OneLove by Sarah Kaiser
Be Mine, Me by Stefanie Sabar
End Boyfriend Shaming by Isabelle Morris
14 Pieces of Advice by Summer Walker and Rochell Rotenberg
Compassion Not Comparison by Melanie Kinnan
You Should Go And Love Yourself by Briana Esposito
Valentine’s Day by Jordan Cohen
The Career Chronicles, Meet Annalisa Huge by Monique Sarquis
The Career Chronicles Look Book 2 – Looks For A PR Associate Project Manager by Julia Seelig
You Got The Job by Andrea Seib
When Your Hobbies Don’t Get Unpacked by Meg Tousey
What Is Love? by Jordan Cohen
Welcome To The Fit List, Grillbitch Beth Aretsky
Winter Running Survival Guide by Grace Heller
The Road To Recovery by Sydney Lieberman
Stay Motivated by Gabriela Lund
Monday Motivators – Meet Marley Lazarus
I feel the need to start off my proclaiming – I love Valentine’s Day! I’ve honestly never done anything that romantic for Valentine’s Day, and my best one was spent hosting a game night with a bunch of friends, but I love any excuse to eat candy, and relish in all things pink and glitter.
When I first set out to make some Valentine’s Day themed drinks my first thought was “grab all of the pink drinks!” which turned out to be a great place to start. So whether you’re having a date night, hosting a Valentine’s Day themed get together, or you just enjoy pretty pink things, here are a couple of Valentine’s Day themed mocktails, with optional ingredients to turn them into a cocktail (of course assuming you’re of age!).
Blood Orange & Ginger “Mojito”
Juice from one blood orange, saving a slice for garnish
5 mint leaves
2 oz ginger beer
Sparkling lemon water
Muddle 3 mint leaves with blood orange juice at the bottom of the glass. Fill glass with ice, add ginger beer, fill the rest of the glass with sparkling lemon water. Mix well and garnish with blood orange slice and remaining mint leaves.
Optional: Add 1 oz white rum
Raspberry Lemonade Mule
Juice of one lime
1 oz ginger beer
Optional: Add 1 oz vodka
1 tbsp honey
Juice of half a lemon
Since grapefruit juice is fairly bitter, I like sugaring the rim of the cup, and in this case using pink sprinkles to be extra festive. Line the rim with lemon juice and roll in sugar/sprinkles to sugar rim. If you don’t have a shaker I recommend adding 1-2 tbsp of hot water with the honey and mix well first, otherwise the honey will lump together in the cold juice. Add ice, lemon juice, and fill the rest of the cup with grapefruit juice.
Optional: Add 1 oz vodka
Happy Valentine’s Day, and cheers!
Read More About Valentine’s Day –Click Here
Check out Jordan’s blog: sunshineskiesblog.com
– box red velvet cake mix (plus ingredients listed on the box to prepare the cake)
– 8 oz cream cheese-softened
– 16 oz white chocolate
– 2 oz dark or semi-sweet chocolateInstructions
1. Prepare the 9 x 13 inch cake according to package instructions, let it cool completely then crumble the cake in a large bowl.
2. Add softened cream cheese and knead gently with your fingers until cream cheese is fully incorporated.
3. Roll about 1 heaping tablespoon of the mixture into balls and place on a baking sheet lined with a parchment paper. You will get about 35-40 balls. Set in the fridge to chill.
4. Melt white chocolate, remove cake balls form the fridge and using a fork dip them into melted chocolate. Place one ball at a time into the melted chocolate, roll the ball to coat evenly coat with the chocolate, then slightly tap the fork against the side of the bowl to trim the excess chocolate and place the truffle on the parchment paper. Set them back in the fridge until chocolate is firm.
5. Melt dark chocolate, transfer into a small bag, cut the corner off and pipe melted chocolate on top of the truffles.
6. Store in the fridge.
“Pinkie Bars” Sugar Cookie Bars:
Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
These cheesecake stuffed strawberries are packed full of creamy cheesecake and topped with a dusting of graham cracker crumbs. A perfect 2 bite dessert!
yield: 10 – 12 STRAWBERRIES (DEPENDING ON SIZE)
prep time: 15 minutes
cook time: 0 minutes
total time: 15 minutes
1 pound large strawberries
8 ounce block cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or extract)
Graham cracker crumbs
1. Rinse strawberries and cut around the top of the strawberry, leaving a nice hole to fill the strawberry with filling.
2. If the inside of your strawberry is not hollow you can use a small knife and clean out some of the inside. If you are using large strawberries they tend to be hollow in the middle.
3. Optional: If you would like you strawberries to stand upright (like you see in the picture) slice a tiny section off the bottom. I normally skip this step and just let them rest on their side.
8. Dip the top of the strawberry in graham cracker crumbs.
9. These are best tasting the day they are made.
10. Optional: Feel free to add mix-ins to the cream cheese – lemon zest, flavored extract or even mini-chocolate chips.
Read More By Kerry:
With a few months of treatment under my belt, I could see the road to the lacrosse season becoming clearer. I had accepted the fact that I had missed my senior season of winter track and therefore just needed to work ahead towards what mattered most to me. I was becoming more open with my friends about what was going on outside of school and they took notice of how I, physically and emotionally, was getting better.
Color was returning to my face. My pants were becoming a little less baggy, and I was beginning to smile more like that “old Sydney” did. I wasn’t getting cold at school anymore, and I was excited to eat the lunches that my mom had made for me. Honestly, I don’t even want to know the number of grilled chicken and whole wheat wraps that I ate! But anyway, I came to school everyday more excited to see everybody, knowing that I was more focused on my schoolwork than working out and fixating on what was going into my body.
I was doing much better in all my classes, and I was hanging out with my friends during my free time a lot more than I had ever in the beginning of the year. I became even closer with my boyfriend and friends, as I was able to hang out with them without being anxious or worried the entire time. In terms of the status of my health, my weight was getting closer to what the doctors thought as point where my “switch” would turn back on. We, as a medical team, decided that exercise at this point would only be lacrosse practices with no other additional exercise like I used to do. Although the doctors’ goal was to really get me physically and mentally prepared to lead a healthier life again, I was primarily looking to have the okay to join my team for a week spring break lacrosse trip. At this point I wasn’t even in it for the activity but just to be with my teammates.
The time had come for the lacrosse trip, and I was ecstatic that I would be going. However, joining my team came with certain conditions. One of my coaches that I had become extremely close with was in charge of monitoring my food intake, and if she saw that it was not sufficient, I would be taken out of practice. My mom was very worried given we would be exercising upwards of three times a day, and I had not been exposed to this level of activity for a very long time. Although mentally I had some ups and downs, the trip was a success! I was playing better than I had ever before, and I had the best time I could have ever had with my teammates. I came home excited to show my mom how well I had done without her for a week and so excited for my friends to see how far I had come. I was proud to show my coach and teammates how far I had come and how strong I was beginning to become both inside and out.
In addition to lacrosse season, prom was coming up and we know what that means! A time of extreme stress about body image and all around looks. To say I was completely comfortable wearing a tight black dress is definitely not true but I was feeling pretty good in my own skin. Despite a panic attack a week before the event, I was good to go with how I would dress, do my hair, my makeup and everything else that comes with Senior Prom.
The panic attack was much different from what I had experienced before. Given that I was exercising more than I had in the past three months, my body was beginning to feel that sense of hunger again, and therefore I was eating more. Nonetheless, my mind was not fully prepared for this greater intake, and consequently I freaked out a little. Although this was the case, I pacified my feelings after 10 minutes and realized how well I was doing. I was lucky to be wearing this dress and lucky to be going to this once in a life time event with a great boyfriend and supportive friends.
The day of prom had arrived, and all we could think about was getting ready for the big night. I do remember that I did workout the morning of ,because I knew I would not have practice later. (As will be for the rest of my life, certain aspects of the disorder did not go away and will never fade away.) I spent the rest of the day talking with my friends all about how we would do our hair and makeup. I hadn’t had this feeling for a while. I was enjoying something thoroughly with my friends, and I was excited for something other than exercising, playing lacrosse, or restricting my foods. After a few hours of preparation, my entire outfit was complete and my mom and friends looked at me in awe. A girl who was basically skin and bones a couple of months earlier, now was confidently wearing a tight black dress, looking stronger and healthier than ever! I was proud to completely fill out a dress and I really did feel pretty. To say that I was mentally 100% that night is not true. As you can imagine, the food looked amazing and smelled amazing, but I really wasn’t ready to publicly take that step yet. I still went for the un-sauced proteins and vegetables, but I was eating with my friends like I had only done a few times before!
Read More By Sydney:
Here’s what we talked about last week. Click any pic to learn more:
Read The Articles:
Meet The Writers:
Attending a school like Ole Miss gave me such a deep rooted appreciation for football games.
The SEC (Southeastern Conference)does not mess around when it comes to football season, and each game weekend was a holiday in itself. From chandeliers in the tents to extensive spreads of tailgating food and people dressed to the nines, you could say that I adopted a huge love for the sport.
With the Super Bowl upon us, I thought it would be a great time to share some of those delicious tailgating recipes, but instead of snacks that make you feel weighed down during the entire game and commercials (I know I’m not the only one who looks forward to them..) I’m going to share some healthier versions of the classic football game dishes! I promise none of your guests will know the difference ☺
One of my personal favorites is buffalo chicken, but instead of the wings having around 100 calories per piece, below is a recipe that won’t derail your diet and will keep you feeling good way past the half time show! Swapping out the wings for cauliflower is a great alternative and can still satisfy the craving for a spicy snack!
Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
1 head cauliflower
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon thyme
½ teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon dried mustard
¼ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon cayenne
¼ teaspoon onion powder
⅓ cup Louisiana hot sauce
1 teaspoon melted light butter (I use light flaxseed earth balance)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. – Wash cauliflower and remove stems. Chop into florets.- Sprinkle chopped cauliflower with salt and pepper and place on a cookie sheet in oven for 10 minutes. – While baking, mix all spices and hot sauce together. Add in butter. – After 10 minutes, rotate and bake another 12 minutes. – Remove from oven and place in bowl. – Cover with sauce. Coat thoroughly.- Turn oven to broil setting. – Place back on cookie sheet and broil for 5-8 minutes (until slightly charred).
Going along with the spicy theme, the next recipe is one that is sure to please all! You can never go wrong with pizza during a football game, and especially one that incorporates buffalo chicken and whole grain crust that will keep you satisfied!
The Best Buffalo Chicken Pizza
1 whole wheat pizza crust
1/3 cup marinara sauce
8 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated
3/4 cup spinach or kale, shredded
1/4 cup red onion, diced
For the buffalo sauce:
1 tablespoon nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon Frank’s Buffalo Wing Hot Sauce
1. Preheat oven to 400-450 degrees F (depending on type of crust used.) Spray pan lightly with nonstick cooking spray and lay crust out flat on top.
2. Grill 8 ounces of chicken in skillet over medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Flip frequently and use salt and pepper as desired. Once fully cooked, remove chicken from skillet and lay to cool slightly on cutting board. Shred chicken into very small pieces.
3. Spread marinara sauce on crust. Add the shredded chicken, cheese, shredded kale/spinach, red onion, and any other vegetables desired. Cook in oven for 12-15 minutes (depending on crust) until lightly browned on top.
4. Make buffalo sauce to drizzle on top of pizza after baking by mixing 1 tablespoon nonfat Greek yogurt and 1 tablespoon Frank’s Buffalo Wing Hot Sauce together in small bowl. Use a spoon to drizzle on top and enjoy!
A protein based dish is always a good call too, particularly ones that are low in saturated fat and high in flavor! I’m a huge fan of turkey meatballs, and these are extra tasty due to the teriyaki glaze. A different twist on a classic is always a nice surprise for guests!
Terrific Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs
¼ cold cup water
1 tablespoon cornstarch
¼ cup light soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame seed oil
¼ cup water
3 tablespoons brown sugar
½ teaspoon fresh grated ginger
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon honey
1½ pounds lean ground turkey
½ cup panko bread crumbs
½ cup finely minced onion
½ cup finely minced green bell pepper
½ cup grated carrot
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon teriyaki sauce (see recipe instructions below)
For the teriyaki sauce
1. Whisk together the water and the cornstarch in a small cup or bowl, set aside.
2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the soy sauce, sesame seed oil, water, brown sugar, ginger, garlic and honey. Bring to a simmer, then slowly whisk in the water/cornstarch mix. Continue to whisk until the sauce starts to thicken, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
For the meatballs
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or spray with nonstick cooking spray).
2. In a large bowl, add the ground turkey, eggs, panko, onion, bell pepper, garlic, ginger, black pepper and teriyaki sauce. Using clean hands (or a wooden spoon), mix ingredients until well combined.
3. Form meatballs into 1½ inch balls and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until meat is fully cooked (a thermometer inserted into the center reaches 165 degrees F).
4. Remove meatballs from the oven and toss with teriyaki sauce. Garnish with sesame seeds, if desired. Serve immediately.
Watching football should be enjoyable, and everyone should take part in celebrating the Super Bowl. Just be mindful of the snacks you consume, and eat what you want in moderation. I’ll be the first to acknowledge my love for tailgating food and cannot wait to veg in front of the TV with family and friends to watch the game this year! After all, the Super Bowl is a time to celebrate no matter which team you’re rooting for!
Read More By Hillary:
Carbs. If a food could acquire a negative stereotype, this food group has. How often do we hear “Carbs make you fat” or “Low-carb diets are the key to losing weight?” Let’s be honest, neither of these statements are necessarily true. Carbs are just as important as any other macronutrient our body requires, if not more. In fact, our brain uses glucose, a simple form of carbohydrate, before it will use any other energy source. Take away point? Our brains and bodies love (and need) carbs! And as college students, we need our brains and bodies to be functioning at full throttle!
So let’s break it down. First of all, what are carbohydrates? Carbs are one of the three macronutrients our body uses to get energy (fat and protein are the other two). Secondly, there are different kinds of carbs (throwback to high school biology) .
- Sugars- The simplest form of carbohydrates, sugars naturally occur in foods like fruits,vegetables, and milk products. Sugars are frequently manufactured and added to our foods like high fructose corn syrup, granulated sugar, and other refined sources.
- Starches- These are a complex form of carbohydrates with lots of sugars or monomers bound together. This form of carbohydrate can be found in foods like vegetables, legumes, potatoes, and grains.
- Fiber- This is also a complex form of carbohydrates, but we often cannot digest it. This is why fiber is said to be good for digestive health, because it “scrubs” out the digestive tract as it moves through your body. It also gives food “bulk” which helps you feeling fuller for longer.
The Dietary Guidelines suggest that carbohydrates make up 45-65% of your daily caloric intake. Woah, that sounds like a lot! But let’s remember that not all carbs are created equal.
Definitely try to avoid foods with added or refined sugars that can be found in products like white bread and processed foods/snacks. However, it is totally okay, great even, to add unrefined and natural sources of carbohydrates to your plate. Focus on consuming naturally occurring sugars, and choose fiber-rich whole fruits and veggies, whole grains (check your bread for high fructose corn syrup), beans, and legumes- the simpler the better.
Key message here- Carbs are not the enemy! Carbohydrates are an important component to a healthy and balanced diet. They provide energy to fuel your busy day and despite what low-carb diets say, very few studies show that a diet rich in healthy carbohydrates leads to weight gain or obesity. So with that being said, eat your (healthy) carbs and enjoy it too!
Read More About Healthy Eating And Good Carbs:
Here’s what we talked about this week. Click any pic to find out more.
Read The Articles:
Meet The Writers:
I know, I know, this may be an interesting time to do a post on popsicles which are usually consumed (or at least in my house) during the summer months when the mercury is high… but I couldn’t wait to share these healthy, delicious pops with y’all! They contain minimal, wholesome ingredients and are the perfect refreshing snack or dessert!
The pops come in a variety of mouth watering flavors (literally…) that combine a variety of different fruity goodness in each treat! Here’s a little guide to help you choose one to your liking! (Disclaimer: I tried to choose just one and was unsuccessful ☺)
Super Detox: This bar combines the flavors of acai, noni, goji, and cherry. Acai boosts amazing antioxidant properties. Noni might be unfamiliar to some, but it is a superfruit that stimulates serotonin and melatonin, giving you antidepressant properties (hello, instant mood booster!). It also boasts properties to fight pain and infection. Goji is also high in antioxidants and has slow digesting sugars that will not make your blood sugar skyrocket; it’s also high in Vitamin C and fiber to satisfy your hunger.
Restore: The name alone was intriguing to me, as I am always looking to replenish energy stores with a tasty snack mid-day. The flavors consist of kale, banana, and pineapple, which pair very nicely together. Kale is known for its detoxifying properties and is high in vitamin A, K, B6, calcium and iron. Bananas are rich in potassium, and pineapple has loads of anti-inflammatory benefits and aids in digestion.
Nourish: Considering that I live by the term “nourish to flourish” and that peanut butter with banana is one of my all time favorite combinations, I loved this one before I even tried it! ☺ Peanut butter is high in protein and will keep you satisfied longer, and you’ll get that added potassium from the bananas! Paired with the amazing flavors of vanilla, agave, sea salt, and flax, this one for sure is a winner!
Green Detox: #givemeallthegreens. This pop is an antioxidant powerhouse of all the greens you could want in a snack! It combines kale, spinach, apple, pineapple, lemon, ginger, and cayenne. This pop is a little more adventurous in terms of taste, and it is a great source of soluble fiber to keep your digestion in check. It packs tons of flavenoids that act as antioxidants, protecting the body from all sorts of free radicals. It also contains Bromelain, which is a natural cancer fighting agent.
Glow: Who wouldn’t want to glow with confidence from the inside out?! This pop is flavored with carrot, mango, and pineapple. Don’t let the carrot scare you though; I promise the flavors blend together beautifully. Carrots are loaded with beta carotene which is shown to slow down aging and improve vision. Mangos have been shown to protect against cancer and help digestion as well as boost the immune system.
Cleanse: This one is especially great after a long weekend where you may have had one too many glasses of wine (we’re all human) and contains lemon, cayenne and agave. This pop will leave you feeling cleansed and energized, as it contains numerous antioxidants. One in particular, D-limoene, will activate enzymes in the liver that are part of the detoxification process. Cayenne and agave aid in healthy digestion and are also circulatory stimulants to get your blood flowing!
Activate: Last but definitely not least, Activate is flavored with beets, apple, and carrot, so it is a better choice for those looking for a not-so-sweet snack! Beets contain naturally occurring nitrites that have been shown to lower blood pressure. They also boost energy and are a great source of betanine which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and helps in detoxifying your blood and liver. These also pack soluble fiber to curb cravings and keep you full!
So next time you’re craving a good-for-you, refreshing frozen dessert or snack, treat yourself to an EatPop and feel the amazing benefits. I promise it will be love at first bite!
All photo credits EatPops Instagram. You can check it out [here]. And of course, follow She’s Fit to Lead on Instagram [here].
Read More By Hillary:
As we are in the midst of “Cuffing Season,” it’s important to remember that Cuffing Season has an end, and then Spring Break and bikini weather begin. Looks like all of those Netflix sessions with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s half- baked yogurt weren’t the best idea, after all.
In order to prepare for bikini weather, fruity drinks, and excessive Instagrams at the beach, here are a few food substitution suggestions:
- Banza — No, I’m not referring to a board game like “Yahtzee.” This amazing substitution for pasta- and my reason for existence-… Banza Chickpea pasta. It’s all I eat. It’s made out of chickpeas and is gluten-free and high in protein! It’s super easy to make and can be two nights worth of dinner. The entire box is just over 300 calories. Maybe I shouldn’t be publicizing it, because I basically buy out the entire supply of it at the grocery store, but it is definitely worth checking out!
2. Organic Edamame and Mung Bean Pasta— This is another substitute for pasta. It’s essentially edamame pasta. Although slightly flavorless, it will taste like whatever sauce you put on it, and it’s packed with protein and low in carbs!
3. Nutritional Yeast— Another great way to cut down on fatty foods is to drop all lactose products. I have stopped eating dairy, have felt a lot better, and have been dropping weight faster. Nutritional yeast is somewhat like a parmesan cheese alternative. I add it on dinners or even popcorn. It’s great if you need to add that additional salty/nutty flavor to something! It’s also low in calories!
4. If all else fails, Kayla Istines.
X’s, O’s, and a whole lot of squats,
Read More By Jess:
Gluten Free But Not Boring