4th of July Drinks!

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Happy Fourth of July weekend! We’re all going to be doing our fair share or celebrating this weekend, so here are some fun drink ideas for you!

  • Fourth of July Jello Shots

Ingredients:

1-3oz box any flavor Jello5 oz Boiling Water

Up to 19 oz of 80-proof alcohol but I recommend using only 16 oz (if you’re using less proof then you must use less alcohol)

25- 3 oz plastic Dixie Cups

Instructions:

Step 1: Bring water to a boil.

Step 2: Place jello packet in a heat safe bowl (preferably with a spout for easy pouring later) and add boiling water to mixture and whisk THOROUGHLY!

Step 3: Let sit a minute then add the alcohol, continuing to whisk thoroughly to get the gelatin incorporated.

Step 4: Pour into 3 oz plastic Dixie cups.

Step 5: Let sit for at least 6 hours or overnight.

  • Raspberry and Blueberry Mojitos!

I love, love, love mojitos and am 100% making this!!

Handful fresh mint leaves
3 whole fresh raspberries or a handful of fresh blueberries
Juice of 1 lime
2 teaspoons sugar
Ice
1 1/2 ounces spiced rum
Splash club soda

Directions

  1. In a highball glass, muddle the mint, raspberries, lime juice, and sugar.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice; add the rum and shake for 15 seconds. Pour into the glass and top with the club soda.

**I am not sure if I would use spiced rum for this; I always use Bacardi white rum in my mojitos!

Also, experiment with the technique of layering liquids based upon their viscosity. Grenadine is very thick and conveniently heavy, so put a little in the shot glass first to make it more festive! You can also experiment with layering blue curacao and peach schnapps to make this shot red, white and blue. The best technique is to pour slowly, onto a flipped over spoon, so the liquid pours in verrryy slow. Pour grenadine in bottom first, then pour peach schnapps, then carefully pour the blue curacao. Beautiful and deliciously citrus-y!

Have a great Independence Day weekend !

Healthy Muffins

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First off, this blog instantly reminded me of the FUNNY video Molly, Erin, Jax and I thoroughly enjoy. So I’ll just link to it and get it out of the way! betch.

So I’ve been trying the past few weeks to post a delicious and healthy muffin recipe, and was hoping to post the recipe up here. Problem is, the recipes I have tried so far all aren’t that great. When I do master it, I will share it.

I’ve been substituting white flour for whole wheat flour, and sugar with the brown sugar Splenda variety. I’ve also been substituting the eggs with applesauce, and have been packing in a bunch of fruits and veggies. I also have been trying to incorporate flax seeds. Clearly this is why I am having a little trouble, haha.

My first ones were okay, but not spectacular. I made apple-cranberry-carrot-walnut muffins, and they were great for breakfast, however I found them to be slightly not sweet enough. They rose properly and had the muffin top that looks delicious on food, but decidedly un-delicious on your stomach.

The second ones that I made were great flavor-wise, but I believe my downfall was in not squeezing excess liquid out of the zucchini. I made Carrot-Zucchini-Dark Chocolate Chip muffins, and they didn’t rise properly.

Comment with any ideas for my next attempt, and I promise when I perfect one I will share it!

Walk It Out

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Walk It Out

A big complaint of many college students is a general inability to manage their time. Juggling schoolwork, extracurriculars, friendships, and relationships all while maintaining one’s mind, body and spirit can prove to be taxing on an individual.

Unfortunately, this stress leads many to eliminate an area of their life in order to focus on the other areas. My friend Brian Haber told me last year on the I.B. porch during a heart to heart, “I don’t have a girlfriend this year. My ‘girlfriend’ is my schoolwork, applications, and finding a job. When I have that secure, maybe I’ll have time for a girlfriend.” While I admire his dedication, (and it will surely pay off), there is a non-cynical part of me that feels there IS a way to strike a balance.

One great way to find this balance I’m sure many of you practice already. Combining areas of your life to complete them in overlap is really a key strategy for holistic maintenance.

For example, studying in the library alone covers the academic sphere of your life, but studying with your sig. other or your friend(s) helps maintain two spheres in the time span of one.

Many couples struggle with the torn feeling of not spending enough time with your sig. other, and not spending enough time with your friends. A crucial part of a healthy relationship is not only being friends with your sig. other, but friends with his/her friends. The couple that plays together stays together 😉

Also, a great thing to do is to bring your friends to the extracurriculars you are interested in. Blending spheres can only enhance both experiences…

Regardless of what spheres of your life you are attempting to combine, there are ways to accomplish it.

A tactic I plan on using this year, as I live with 12 of my closest friends, is exercising together. It is great motivation, can be really fun, and if doing a low-impact exercise, can be an awesome way to stay in touch.

“Walkers have less incidence of cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other killer diseases. They live longer and get mental health and spiritual benefits.” [about.com]

Beautiful Geneseo, if you take your walk through campus and uptown, while avoiding Orchard, is a great and pretty area to unwind with a brisk walk. Throw in some high knees and butt kicks; Jax and have done this on a morning run and it is very funny. Grab a friend and hit the road, and end with a spectacular view of the sunset. This is also a great way to relax in between study sessions.

So Adorable. They're such BFFs after this walk!

Victoria’s Secret Models Regimens

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(Jayne’s Idea)

I (and my friends) are like guys when looking through VS catalogs… the clothes don’t catch my attentions first, the drop dead girls do. More specifically, their bodies and STOMACHS. ugh. Anyways, there’s alot about their workout / diet regimens out there, and the girls who have been quoted as saying it is “natural” are stone faced liars. Obviously, they were born with top notch genes, but they have to work every day to look that great. Of course, I’d like to imagine I’d look 10x better with a personal trainer, chef, makeup artist and hairstylist. Make that 40x. *Sigh* Maybe someday! Until then, I can just mimic their daily routines, and by the end of summer I’ll probs look like Adriana Lima.

“I love waking up; I box; I do a lot of resistance…three or four times a week,” Candice, the 21-year-old model from South Africa dished. Alessandra prefers a slower-paced workout. “I’ve been trying pilates now, and I think it’s amazing,” the 28-year-old Brazilian said. “I love yoga,” Miranda, 26, said, agreeing with Alessandra. “I’ve been practicing it now for about 10 years and I love it!”

Miranda:
“For breakfast — yogurt with blueberries, raspberries, apple, lemon after that. Sometimes some wheat-free toast with avocado on top. And then for lunch — some salad, vegetables, grilled fish, steamed vegetables. Almonds or almond butter.”

Her diet…
Miranda Kerr’s trainer encourages her to eat a lot of healthy carbohydrates and lean protein for breakfast – foods like old-fashioned oatmeal, egg whites, veggies, cottage cheese, muesli, yogurt and fruit. Then it’s salads and chicken or fish for lunch, and a combination of fish, turkey, vegetables and chicken for dinner.”

Her celebrity workout…
Miranda Kerr workouts of 3 to 4 times per week for 75 minutes at a time with trainer Justin Gelband.  Kerr tells StyleList she keeps her exercise regime fairly consistent, explaining that it “always involves a mix of yoga, low-impact cardio, resistance and functional exercise, combined with high energy training such as boxing or running.”

Alessandra:
“I like to wake up and have eggs benedict with a cappacino and orange juice. And then for lunch, I’ll have rice, beans and chicken or meat. And salad because I love salad. At nighttime I would have like Japanese food, like sushi, or some Japanese barbeque. And I love chips. Salt and vinegar – ah! I’ll go into the airport and buy like three bags of them. And I can’t help myself!”

Candice:
“I love a good breakfast. I love croissants. Eggs, bacon. I love vegetables, I like omelets. Raisins.”

3 bags of chips my (bigger than yours) ass.

Victorias Secret Models Diet
The girls also have their tricks to look fabulous as nutrition and workout is in fact the key to the Victoria’s Secret models’ diet.

Giselle Bundchen and co-angels, as Heidi Klum, Adriana Lima or Miranda Kerr swear by a complex exercise plan and a balanced nutrition system. This helps them to be constantly in shape. The main aim of the Victoria’s Secret models’ diet is to avoid processed food, instead they pamper their organism with lots of vegetables and fruits. Organic food, in the form of delicious salads is very important to offer hydration to both skin and the whole body.”

victoria's secret models diet

Heidi Klum – after pregnancy, the model adopted the New York Body Plan diet. It promises a radical makeover only in two weeks. Alcohol, bread, dairy products and sweets are totally forbidden. The max intake of calories must not cross the 1200 barrier.
The Victoria’s Secret model’s secret in fact is to have a meal every three hours. Metabolism is this way kept busy, Heidi’s organism is constantly working, as a result it effectively burns the extra fat. Eating after 8 P.M. is a great no-no for the Victoria’s Secret nymph. When it comes of snacks, apples are her favorite, to fight the starvation crises. The protein content of the fruit will keep you stuffed until the next meal. Moreover, you’ll benefit from vitamins and minerals, that act as antioxidants.

Post image for Victoria’s Secret Workout and Diet: Alessandra Ambrosio, Heidi Klum, Adriana Lima, and Doutzen Kroes

Doutzen Kroes is an avid jump roper, and that is great, great cardio to do!  Here’s a jumping rope workout routine.

I recently read a couple interviews of Justin Gelband who has developed what might be called the Victoria Secret model workout routine.  Justin is a trainer who has helped numerous models get in shape without resorting to over-the-top tactics.  I think a lot of his tips can be used in a good exercise plan for women.  Heck, even men could probably take away a few ideas!

Goal Setting

Justin is very realistic in his approach to training Victoria’s Secret models.  He treats each model uniquely and individually.  There isn’t one workout approach that will be effective for everyone.  He acknowledges that everyone has their own trouble spots and goals to get a near perfect body.  Justin even admits that most Victoria Secret models weren’t necessarily born with ideal bodies.  A lot enjoy eating just as much as the next person and have just as many insecurities as the average person.

Victoria Secret Model Workout Routine

Whether you’re male or female, the key to an effective workout routine is intensity.  In my opinion, the more intense your workout, the better results you’ll get.  Obviously this may result in injury if taken to the extreme, but generally speaking, a short, intense workout will help you burn fat while adding or maintaining muscle.

Some of the key tweaks Justin incorporates into the models’ workout routines are that he focuses on “lengthening and strengthening.”  He doesn’t think the models should bulk up so avoids most direct leg training.  In his opinion, lunges and other exercises involving leg weights have no place in a model’s workout routine.  Even plyometrics and stair running are barred.  Finally, he only allows the girls to use 5lb weights.

With all these limitations, what does a Victoria Secret model workout routine include?  Mainly exercises that feature resistance bands, a Bosu ball, and the occasional boxing workout or Pilates routine.  The goal of these is to “promote balance and stability” while working a variety of muscles that improve posture and core strength.  Generally, the workouts range from 45-75 minutes and are done 3-4 days per week.  The actual exercises are varied often to avoid boredom and focus on toning the hips, inner thighs, and stomach.

 

While it is unrealistic to try and look as great as these girls do, this advice is beneficial for anyone trying their best to look their best 🙂

 

Sites cited:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/403266-a-victorias-secret-models-diet/

http://www.notyouraveragefitnesstips.com/best-workout-routines/exercise-plan-for-women-victoria-secret-model-workout-routine-and-diet

White Chicken Chili Recipe

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My brah Trevor just asked me for my mom’s recipe for White Chicken Chili. Since his visits to our apartment (and now presumably our Sorority house this year :D) last for 5-6 hours at a time, I serve him whatever I make myself. He liked my chili, and wants his mama to make it for him (understandably so, it is sooo delicious).

The soup itself is really good for you! Leave out the dairy accompaniments if you want it to be healthy. You won’t though .. it is too good with them.

Barbie’s White Chicken Chili (with a twist from me)

(I don’t really measure, or follow directions too closely, so I don’t know how many people this will serve or whatever.)

Put a couple second pour’s worth of olive oil in a pan. Add a garlic clove or two, minced and chopped onion at your own discretion. Add 2-3 chicken breasts, chopped into chunks (aim for the size of a grape (?)). Saute these together until chicken is pretty much cooked. Stir in a can of chicken broth (maybe around 2 cups of it I usually use – I tend to buy the cardboard containers of broth and keep in the fridge), 1 chopped tomato, 1 can of Old El Paso (or whatever brand) chopped chiles in liquid – it is a teeny tiny can in the Mexican section of the grocery store [btw, these things are sooo clutch. They make my Queso dip delicious, maybe I’ll share that one soon], some cumin and chili powder, oregano,  salt, pepper, and a drained and rinsed can of white beans. Bring up to a boil, reduce heat to medium low/medium while stirring, and let cook for 7-8 minutes.

*At any time during cooking, if you get the hunch it needs a little more liquid, add a little water and stir.

*You can use canned chopped tomatoes if you want to, also if you have leftover salsa, pour that in. It’ll work. My sister buys Hunts fire roasted diced tomatoes, and those ROCK. Add corn, it’ll work as well. If you bypass the unhealthy stuff under me, at least add a little cornstarch to make it thicker. Actually, that’s not a bad idea regardless.

*You can cook this in a crock pot too for the day and have it when you come home from work.

*Anything in this recipe can be doctored up. Trial and error, but you won’t really make any errors however you make this. Add more beans, chicken, broth, jalapenos, etc.

Now, here’s where it gets super good. If you add a dollop of sour cream, or regular cream INTO the broth, it gets phenomenally good and a delicious light golden color.

(Don’t do this unless you plan on having no leftovers. It’ll keep better without dairy in it.) You probably won’t have leftovers though…

If not, serve with sour cream on top and shredded Mexican cheese. You’ll stir it in anyways once you sit down and it’ll be just as good. I’ve never done this, but I feel this would push it over the edge from delicious to out of this world, add crushed Fritos on top. OMG who suggested that….

Rabbit Food Yum Yum

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I just made a yummy to-go salad for myself at work.

Fill bowl with red leaf lettuce/Bibb lettuce

    (we had Bibb growing in our garden, and I bought red leaf)

Fresh Oregano leaves, ripped

Strawberry Slices

Thin Cucumber slices (I don’t peel cucumber, just wash.. I like the skin)

Raw Almond Slivers

Bell pepper slices

Reduced fat mozzarella (a chunk the size of a big strawberry)

Balsamic Vinegar (your discretion)

Olive Oil (1-2 tbsp, depending on how much lettuce you use)

Ground Black Pepper

Throw in tupperware, put top on, shake what your mama gave ya

The point is to add whatever you have on hand. If we had dried cranberries, or gorgonzola, or red onions, or blueberries, or walnuts, or baby spinach, or tangerines, or raw sunflower kernels, or cherry tomatoes, or heck even cherries, I’d throw all that deliciousness in. With a dressing as simple as this one, everything tastes great.

The other salad I love to make at school (I just got reminded of it), that my friends like too:

Cherry Tomatoes

Dried Cranberries

Walnuts

Gorgonzola crumbles

any kind of lettuce

Balsamic Grilled Chicken

This salad is best with Jackie’s moms homemade balsamic dressing (she should actually bottle and sell it because it is amazzzinnnnggg)!! Anywho, I throw chicken breasts or tenders in a bag with a little of this balsamic and salt and pepper, coat it (the dressing is thicker than regular balsamic), and grill it on a George Foreman.. or any grill. Slice it, throw it in with the other ingredients, drizzle with balsamic.

Since you don’t have the perk of Jackie’s mom’s dressing, regular balsamic would do just fine, I’d probably just marinate longer. You can also reduce it in a pot on the stove pretty easily.

YUM. If you have good aim, throw the hot chicken on top of the Gorgonzola so it gets alllll mellltttttyyyy

If you aren’t trying to trim up your waist, any of these salads would greatly benefit from Nori/Khloe/My invention of “RanchAlamic” (patented). Mix ranch and balsamic dressing together for a flavor explosion on the buds of taste. Not kidding.. this is made even better if consumed alongside 3 personal bottles of Merlot. We had it on a calamari salad fyi.

One last thing, if you have any fresh herbs, throw them in. They are soo yummy when you get a piece of a leaf and you have a flavor explosion. Make sure you like it first though, because if anyone ever surprised me with a hunk of dill or cilantro I’d have a mental breakdown, they are disgustingggg.

Cholesterol can be good for your body …?

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Last night I made a deep conditioning treatment for my damaged, dry hair. My hair feels great today so I’ll share what I did.

1 cup mayonnaise

1 egg yolk

2 tbsp olive oil

all ingredients ROOM TEMPERATURE

Mix together until all incorporated; lather into hair. Tip: if you have a hungry puppy, get him out of the room, or he will jump up and lick the combination off of your head. He is, however, great for drips.

Focus on ends (the oldest part of the hair) and face-framing pieces (which tend to get dried out the most). I’ve read to have hair damp, but I didn’t wet my hair beforehand because I forgot.) I then had my mother assist me by wrapping my head in saran wrap. She now thinks I am nuts, side note. A lot of what I read about this said to use a showercap, but the saran wrap held up quite well.

I then blow dried my saran cap with a diffuser attached, until it got hot. Then, take an old towel (that you previously put in the dryer to get nice and toasty), and wrap it around your saranny head.

Now, how long you leave it on is up to you. Some sights said one hour. I left mine on for 11 hours while I got a niiice reading session and sleep in. When I woke up, I smelt like a salad, and I immediately got this crap off. First, I rinsed my hair with ice-cold water (quite the way to wake up). After sealing the cuticle this way, I took a normal shower. Voila! I may do this semi-regularly, due to how annoyed I am with my damaged hair. However, this only smooths and hydrates the outer layer of your hair follicle. The only way to really get rid of damage is to cut it off.

However, prevention is the best medicine, so here’s a tip:

Try swearing off hair dryers, straighteners and curling irons for the summer! I only use heat styling once a week in the summer (fighting damage equally weighs against being lazy and not wanting to be any hotter). I also have hair that will lose all styling in a few hours anyways, so it just isn’t worth it. Try braids and natural waves!

❤ – in – healthy sexy hair