roasted vegetable pasta

You don’t need to work at getting healthy; health is something you already have if you don’t disturb it.
You may have disturbed your healthy body by overfeeding it, under-exercising it and overstimulating it with toxins or drugs that make it sick, fatigued, jumpy, anxious, depressed, bloated, ornery or an endless list of maladies. You can live a life of self-respect by honoring the temple that houses you. You know what to do. You don’t need another diet, workout manual or personal trainer. Go within, listen to your body and treat it with all of the dignity and love that your self-respect demands.

Pasta Primavera made with roasted vegetables, penne pasta, fresh cherry tomatoes and avocado and nooch.

Smith Dining

Everyone wants to know - what’s the deal with food at Smith? I’ve answered several questions about dining through SmithBySmithies but I figured it would be helpful to make a post once and for all about how Smith’s meal plan works, and what type and quality of food is served here. 

The official meal plan at Smith is that we get 10 “swipes” into dining halls every day. (1 swipe = 1 entrance into any dining hall - you can eat as much as you want once you’re inside) This allows for what we like to call “dining hall hopping” where you can get food from multiple dining halls in one meal. 

Meal times are 7:30AM-9:30AM for breakfast, 11:30AM-1:30PM for lunch, and 5:30PM-7:30PM for dinner (with some exceptions, such as Hubbard has late breakfast and Tyler has late dinner for athletes). Chapin and Hubbard have grab and go for lunch, meaning with one meal card swipe you can go and take one entree + five additional items of food with you (Chapin has cold food, meaning sandwiches, salads, yogurt, chips, cookies, fruit, etc. while Hubbard has warm grab n go food, such as breakfast sandwiches, chili, mac n cheese, etc.).

You also get $25 on your onecard for the Campus Center Cafe for snacks or if you’re not in the mood for what the dining halls are serving. There are several vending machines across campus too that also accept onecard money. You can always add more money to your onecard to spend at these locations (and for other things like printing, laundry, etc.)

Here are some more specifics about meals, as well as my favorite dining halls for each meal: 


Breakfast 

Breakfast at Smith is tried and true. There are always cereals, oatmeal, granola, yogurt, many types of milks (including vegan milks), eggs, bagels, bread, english muffins, breakfast meats, coffee, tea, juice, fresh fruit, etc. Sometimes there are also pancakes, french toast, hash browns, and/or some fancier egg dish. 

Favorite dining hall: Hubbard - not only does Hubbard have late breakfast (until 11:00 I think) every morning, but they also have amazing breads and pastries. My personal favorites are the vegan chocolate bread (my housemates and I are a little obsessed), banana bread, pumpkin bread, zucchini bread, and the blueberry scones. 

(The bread doesn’t look like much in the picture^ but I assure you it’s TO DIE FOR)


Brunch 

Brunch - every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 - 1:00 - is hands down my favorite meal at Smith. I think more effort is put into brunch than other meals here. It’s pretty special and delicious. Brunches often consist of pancakes, waffles, and/or french toast, hashbrowns, breakfast meats, a wide variety of types of eggs, gnocci (DELICOUS), cheese and potato pierogies (also DELICIOUS), muffins, breakfast breads, fresh fruit, and more. 

Favorite dining hall: Lamont or King/Scales - If I’m in the Elm Street area for Brunch, Lamont is the way to go (they have amazing whipped cream to put on pancakes/waffles/french toast). If I’m in the Quad, then I opt for King/Scales. Hubbard also has really good brunches, but I eat there every morning before class so I like to change it up on the weekends 


Lunch

Common lunches are grilled cheese, burgers (both meat and veggie options) and fries, different teriyaki dishes, pasta, tacos/burritos, mac n’ cheese, pizza and caesar salad, bulgogi, and a lot more. 

Favorite dining hall: Northrop/Gillet - Northrop/Gillet (or NorGil as my pals and I call it) is the vegan/vegetarian dining hall here. As a vegetarian, I know I can always eat everything they serve (it’s usually really good food!) - plus it’s located right in the middle of Elm Street, which is close to pretty much all of the academics buildings so it’s a great place to go for lunch between classes. 


Dinner 

Dinner is often similar types of food to lunch but usually has more roasted vegetables, rices, pastas, different types of cooked meats/tofu and sauces, etc.

Favorite dining hall: Tyler - Maybe it’s just because I eat here almost every week night with the Rugby team, but I’m particularly fond of Tyler for dinner. In my opinion, they have the best salad bar at Smith, and almost always have ice cream for desert :) Tyler serves some variation the same meal every night - lean protein like chicken or salmon, pasta, roasted veggies, and then a wide variety of options at the salad bar. They also always keep the bread products and toaster oven on, meaning, yes you can have a bagel and cream cheese for dinner if your heart desires. My one complaint about Tyler is their lack of vegetarian protein options - although whenever they do have one, it’s really good.

Here are some of my favorite dinner memories at Smith: 

Eating outside with my rugby friends during the end of our Spring season when the weather was simply beautiful:  

That time my friend Larissa and I stole a whole plate of mozzarella sticks from Northrop/Gillet: 

Apparently stealing food from the dining halls is a theme here, but here’s me with an entire bag of bagels I commandeered from Tyler for a rugby away game: 

Just in case you’ve had one of those weeks (lifetimes?) where you’ve been doubting the redeeming qualities of humans: remember my friend? The single mom whose asshole (now ex) boyfriend cheated on her and whose brother died out of the blue last week. I had taken her a bunch of food and gift cards and watched her kids and whatever last week to take some of that every day stuff off of her plate. But I saw one of the other guys on the unit leaving work in regular people clothes right as I was getting on shift last night. Turns out he and his wife had spent all of yesterday making food for her–taco fixings, roasted potatoes, pasta and vegetables, salad bags, cartons of fresh fruit, the works. She now has enough food to feed her whole family–including her parents who are driving down for the service–for at least a week. When I was helping her take it out to her car this morning she kept saying, “I can’t believe someone would do this.” And I said, “See? This is what good friends do for each other. So stop dating guys that aren’t at least this nice to you.” And she was like, “I didn’t even know there were people this nice IN THE WORLD.”

There are. There are good people looking out for each other in the world. Every day.

Compulsion

Here’s a little teeny tiny thing I wrote. The two same old warnings apply. 1. It’s Terry. Don’t read it and then bitch if that isn’t your kinda thing. I repeat, don’t come into my inbox and complain, just keep scrolling. We’ll all be happier. Now, 2. it’s rated M so again, if you’re not into that kinda thing I would ask that you just keep scrolling. 

For all of you who are left, I welcome any and all feedback. And a very special thank you, thank you, thank you to scandalbitchinheels. She’s awesome.

XO,

RG

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anonymous asked:

Hello , as a busy student , what do you eat throughout the day and do you cook for your self ( please say the food with the time ) :D

Hi anon!

As a student, it is not always easy to find the time to cook or even eat well, but we have to try! I’ll probably make a complete post about this one day, but essentially I make things that are really quick and simple. Here are some things I’ve eaten and posted about (that are not leftovers or meals cooked by my mom ^.^). 

Quick breakfast (for school mornings): 
- Cereal/oatmeal + fruits
- Toasts with nut butter/Nutella/jam + banana and/or other fruits 
- Frozen waffles with fruits (very rarely)

Breakfast (for when I have time)
- Smoothie or smoothie bowl 
- Breakfast burrito [1] [2]
- Berry oatmeal 
- Oatmeal + fruits
- Avocado toasts + egg

Lunch:
- Avocado + veggie patty sandwich  
- Avocado + smoked salmon toasts [1] [2]
- Sandwich wraps (with anything I have in my fridge/on my counter)

Dinner:
- Roasted vegetables 
- Pasta with anything I can find

Also, an important thing is to not feel bad if you spend time cooking (because I personally used to). It can bring joy, relieve so much stress and it’s such an important skill to develop. Food is brain fuel, you need it! 

I hope this was somewhat helpful. Making a real cooking as a student post is definitely on my to-do list (actually already started in my drafts), so keep an eye open for that! 

Good luck with everything! 

Rossi

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