sticks you can eat

I worked out so hard and everybody is like, “Oh, she looks so skinny blah, blah, blah.” But I think that if you just stick to something you can really achieve so much. I’ve been eating hard protein every day, and working out for three hours every day. It’s crazy but I think that you know if you set your mind to something I think you can succeed.
—  Bella Hadid on her recent weight loss and training for the VSFS
I worked out so hard and everybody is like, ‘Oh, she looks so skinny blah, blah, blah. But I think that if you just stick to something you can really achieve so much. I’ve been eating hard protein every day, and working out for three hours every day. It’s crazy but I think that you know if you set your mind to something I think you can succeed.
—  Bella Hadid
25 COLLEGE ESSENTIALS BY STUDYTOTHRIVE

FOR YOUR BACKPACK:

  • sturdy and durable backpack with at least one outer water bottle pocket, a laptop storage compartment, and plenty of room with organizational pockets to keep everything handy
  • reusable water bottle with or without a built-in water filter
  • noise-cancelling headphones
  • pencil pouch with plenty of highlighters, pens (Staedtler is my personal favorite brand), pencils, an eraser, whiteout, and post-it notes or page tabs
  • high-protein snacks like protein bars, fruit, nuts, or cheese sticks so that you can grab a bite to eat between classes
  • travel-size beauty products like deodorant, lip balm, oil blotting wipes, rollerball perfume, hand sanitizer, mini hairbrush, and dry shampoo so that you can stay fresh during the day without returning to your dorm room
  • a reliable and portable laptop (I’d recommend a MacBook) and your laptop charging cable

FOR YOUR DORM ROOM DESK:

  • have a binder, folder, and notebook for each subject to help you stay organized 
  • invest in a quality planner (I swear by the Erin Condren LifePlanner)
  • whether real or fake, add some greenery with cute little succulents or other types of potted plants to cheer you up
  • have a large pencil jar (this can be anything from a mason jar to an actual pencil container) to store all of your writing utensils 
  • tabletop fan to keep you cool while you study
  • bright desk lamp for those late night study sessions

FOR YOUR DORM ROOM:

  • make a DIY “medicine cabinet” filled with either travel-size or the very smallest packs of everything you might need: allergy medicine, Advil and Tylenol, cold and flu treatment, bandaids, vitamins and your own personal prescription pills, sleep aid pills, a thermometer, cough medicine, sore throat lozenges, decongestant, hydrocortisone cream, soothing eye drops, antacid, antidiarrheal treatment, flu face masks, vitamin C supplement, hydrogen peroxide, Neosporin, sunscreen and aloe vera gel, small first aid kit, and ace bandage
  • personal appliances like a microwave, mini fridge, Keurig coffee maker, and TV
  • stores that usually have a great selection of college bedding and supplies include Target, Ikea, Urban Outfitters, Walmart, The Container Store, Dormify (website), and DormCo (website)
  • check with your college to find a school supply list with prohibited and allowed items for your dorm room

FOR YOUR PHONE OR LAPTOP:

  • Quizlet website for online flashcards
  • iStudiez Pro app ($9.99 for MacBook and $2.99 for iPhone) for keeping track of classes and homework
  • myHomework Student Planner website and app (free for both MacBook and iPhone) for keeping track of homework 
  • Rate My Professors website to look up your professor before you sign up for their class (read real student reviews) 
  • Evernote website and app (free for both MacBook and iPhone) to take notes and sync them across your devices 
  • Google Drive website and app (free for iPhone) to store documents and easily collaborate with classmates
  • Flat Tomato app (free for iPhone) helps you study by using the Pomodoro technique
  • think about signing up for Amazon Prime for students (you can rent textbooks, stream music and video, get free shipping, and much more) as they offer a free 6-month trial plus a hefty 50% off membership discount making it only $49 per year

LEMON LAVENDER TRUFFLE BITES

When you’re vegan, health and sugar conscious but also extremely lazy or incapable of putting together anything that resembles edible food, it’s best that you stick with foods that you can roll (burritos), eat out of a jar or compile simply (microwave, sandwich layering, adding water).

So, here’s a dessert that I really would like to try. And by all means, if you find the ingredient to be foreign or unavailable, just substitute it with either NOTHING at all or something similar. For example, lavender will be a killer to find. So if you can’t? Don’t worry about it. Just work with what you have.

Recipe:

  • 1 cup cashews
  • 2 tbsp. coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. culinary lavender
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest + 1 tsp. for topping
  • 2 soft pitted dates (soak in warm water for 5 minutes to soften)
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

PREPARATION

  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Blend the cashews in a food processor until they become a cashew meal. Toss in remaining ingredients and process until well combined. Take a heaping tablespoon and roll into a ball in the palms of your hand and place on parchment paper. Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes. Top with remaining lemon zest and serve or store in the refrigerator.

Courtesy OGP. Laziness added by Yummy Vegan.

The dining hall is going to get really boring halfway through the semester. Most dining halls aren’t the best, but you could be lucky and go to a school with a great one. Usually universities have more than one option for places to eat, but I’m going to give you a few tips on how to eat when you really are just sick of the dining hall.

For Breakfast: 

  • BUY OATMEAL: I don’t care if you loathe oatmeal - Start loving it because you can buy a box of Quaker Oats packets that are fun flavors and eat them before class. You just stick them right in the microwave, and then you’re on your way. When you’re busy running out of your door eating granola bars, and then run out of those, and then run out of fruit for your nutri-bullet, and then also run out of yogurts in your mini fridge - OATMEAL will always be there, at the bottom of your food drawer, welcoming you home for a hot meal.
  • Other breakfast snacks mentioned above: Let’s face it, you’re not going to use your meal swipe for breakfast unless you are:

A.) a collegiate athlete and have to be up before 6am for lift or
B.) are going for brunch on a saturday/sunday morning solely for the unlimited orange juice for you hungover self and the man that makes customized omelets.

  • Buy yourself some high protein granola bars and if you’re bringing one of those tiny smoothie makers buy some fresh fruit from the local produce store/BUY FROZEN FRUIT (Remember to not make while your roommates are asleep, that’s just rude.) Yogurt + Granola is also a great option. IF YOU’RE A HUMAN THAT HAS TERRIBLE FOOD ALLERGIES LIKE ME and you just want to enjoy some granola in your life: Enjoy Life is a brand that is free from gluten, tree nuts, dairy, peanuts, eggs, soy, fish, and shellfish! How cool!
  • There’s also always your classic cereal and milk….I even heard about making eggs in the microwave? One of my hallmates my first-year did this, and she’s still alive.

For Tea/Coffee:

  • My roommate bought a french press. it’s a  way to make coffee without lugging a keurig into your dorm room/and might be cheaper since you wont have to buy k-cups, just a giant bag of coffee grounds. This also takes a lot of time though so if you need quick coffee a keurig might be your better option (You can buy single serve keurigs to take up less space). 
  • With the french press though you also need a hot water heater, or I guess you could heat water in the microwave, but the hot water heater is good for tea as well and it has an automatic shut off which is what most colleges look for so you don’t set fire to your residence hall. 

For Lunch:

  • You can keep a loaf of bread in your freezer and make sandwiches. If you’re a vegetarian like me you can buy Tofurkey bologna and use it to make your sandwiches. 
  • I was also fond of frozen chik’n nuggets, and garden burgers. Keep in mind you wont have a lot of space in your mini fridge with a roommate/or maybe two roommates, so choose what you keep in there wisely! You’ll make it work though. Me and my two roommates from first-year always piled our food in that mini fridge like it was our job! 
  • ORDER TAKEOUT: Most places in college towns will deliver right to your dorm! My hallmates sat in the hallway one day and ordered chinese food for lunch! This is also a great bonding experience. Knock on people’s dorms or peek your head in to open doorways and ask if they’d like to join you! You can do this with pizza too and even chipotle.
  • Eat at the cafe on campus or the burger place. My school had a place called The Chat that was for burgers and fries, sandwiches, hoagies etc! It was a better option for lunch, especially if you’re trying to eat quick between classes. Also the cafe on campus or local cafe down the road might have some small sandwiches or boxed meals that are also good for eating quick and on the go. 

For dinner: 

  • Okay, get this,  you can go to the dining hall and toast yourself a bagel, add creamcheese and then lettuce and tomato from the salad bar and voila you have a healthier and tasty sandwich if you’re not feeling rice pilaf, penne, and root vegetables for the third day in a row. Get crafty!
  • Go out to eat with your friends! This might be costly, try to make this for special occasions - like birthdays!!!  
  • Again you can order delivery with your hallmates/roommate(s).
  • The 24 hour diner nearby! My school was lucky to have a 24 hour diner across from campus, also great for those late night drunk cravings for cheese fries. 

For Snacks!: 

  • Okay this one is IMPORTANT. Find your snack for when you can’t get to the 24 hour diner for cheese fries at 2 am. Mine was salt and vinegar chips and also ramen. 
  • Ramen Ramen Ramen, I know you’re going to try to be healthy and not gain the freshman 15 but you will eat ramen when you’re hungry and out of snacks and your roommate offers you their last ramen. You will eat it, and you will love every second of it. (I actually may have cried a little, it happens. It’s okay). Also buy the Top Ramen kind not the Styrofoam cup kind because

A.) DON’T HARM THE ENVIRONMENT WITH STYROFOAM and
B.) Top ramen is seriously so much better. 

  • You can get mac and cheese microwaveable cups AND if you go to your local walmart they sell microwaveable mashed potato cups that are only like 69 cents or something and I know these are bad for you but just INDULGE. You’re going to want that mac and cheese snack while typing away at your English 101 essay due the next day. 
  • A giant jar of peanut butter is a great thing to have!
  • POPCORN: my university advises against the popcorn button, watch your popcorn because if it burns then it will set off the fire alarms and force everyone out of their dorm rooms in their jammies at 1am. 
  • Something sweet whether it’s ice cream or oreos. You’re going to want it at some point. 
  • Pretzels are also a great salty snack to keep. 

Go have fun your first-year and don’t worry about the freshman 15! It doesn’t happen to everyone, and if you’re really worried then make time to be active and go to the gym. I believe in you. 

It’s kind of funny how most people, particularly Americans,, upon meeting your dog, feel a sort of entitlement toward them, to the point of feeling personally offended if the dog doesn’t obey them, whereas Germans offer their respect toward a dog that listens to no one but its handler. 

We had two couples spending the night here last night, and the one couple is foreign (didn’t quite catch their country), whereas the other couple is from southern Germany. 

The foreign guy kept bugging the shit out of Daenerys. She was lying in her corner, chewing on her bully stick, minding her own business, and from the living room he kept calling her name, like, have you never heard the phrase “let sleeping dogs lie.”? Leave any dog that is lying down alone. Period. 

Anyway, Daenerys was ignoring him, because who wants to go up to the noisy stranger when you can chew on a bully stick? And I was just quietly eating my breakfast, because by now I’m playing “annoying visitor and Daenerys interaction” bingo and want to see how long it takes before he makes a smart ass remark. 

Meanwhile, the German couple is sitting there with me with these super serious faces as they are chewing their bread, and finally, after probably the seventeenth “Daaeeeneeeerrryyyyyssss”, they both finally just fucking lose it, and are wheezing with laughter. 

And the German just goes “Miiiichaaaaaeeeeeeel” in that same sing song voice, in between laughter, and the guy looks super confused and goes “yea?” and the German said, “you know you have to earn a dog’s respect, yea? A shepherd respects no one but its handler, and those the handler asks her to respect. You have not shown a respectful interaction with her handler, nor with her, and she will not come to you, no matter how many times you call her.”

At this point, I wanted to hug him because, yes, he totally gets it. And the foreigner got huffy and said “well our shepherd was never like that. I think the dog is just not trained very well. No offense of course. I mean, I know she’s still young and it will take a while to socialize her.” 

All this time I’m just sitting here, eating, because tbh the German’s got this pretty well under control, and he just sets his coffee cup down, sighs, and says “my friend, this shepherd is doing 100% what she is meant to do. And you can waste your breathe calling her, but she will not come, and all you will have achieved is having forced us to eat breakfast to the sound of annoying caterwauling. But do as you wish.” 

If I had had a mic, I would have given it to him to drop it. 

I took the puppy for a long walk/run, and so inevitably I was sitting in middle of the pathway having a discussion with him. Picture me sitting cross-legged on the ground, the puppy sitting in front of me. 

Me: “Look, you made this choice. You chose to drop your stick and try and eat a pebble instead. You did this. We can’t go back now, we can only go forward. We have to live with these choices, and you made yours. Do you understand? You have to live a stick-less life because of this. Do you get it?” 

Puppy: *Licks my face*

Me: “Alright. Good talk.” 

So I get up to continue the walk, and I turn around to see some guy laughing behind me. Like, he’s in fucking stitches. I had NO FUCKIGN IDEA HE WAS THERE. He probably saw the entire thing. He couldn’t even talk, he was laughing so hard. fucking hell