Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Madison

cloverHappy St. Patrick’s Day Madison!  Students have just finished up midterms, the UW Badger Men’s Basketball team won vs. Virginia Tech last night, and it’s FRIDAY.  It can’t get much better than that, huh?  It’s time to celebrate St. Patty’s Day!  Although a lot of the bar hops and other St. Patty’s Day events happened last weekend, we’ve put together a list of places to go this weekend to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

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7 Tips for Healthy Eating in the New Year!

eating healthy2017 has officially arrived! Now that many of us have gained that dreaded “holiday weight” thanks to holiday parties, family meals, and the endless stream of sweets that just seem to appear in December, it’s time to start thinking about our goals for the New Year.  New Year, New You, right?

The most popular New Year’s resolutions involve living a healthier life.  One of the main factors that can determine how “healthy” you are, is your nutrition.  Now don’t get us wrong, we are not promoting some specific fad diet, or drastically changing things over night.  Large scale changes are only made possible by starting with smaller, more attainable goals.
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Home Cooked Meals

Welcome back to reality! We know exactly how you are feeling about being back to your routine, classes, homework, studying, the ups and downs of relationships, and stress. If you are like us, you are already missing that quality home cooking you had over the holidays. The ramen noodles, mac & cheese, subs, and pizza making up your current food pyramid are starting to taste bland. And let’s be honest, you are either way too lazy to create an extensive 5 course meal or you just plain don’t have the time. We totally hear you on that!

In the world of immediate gratification, it seems hard to cook. From experience, we can tell you it is well worth it to ditch the processed and prepackaged food for homemade meals. The health benefits are great, your pocketbook won’t feel quite as light, and your taste buds will be much happier with home cooking.

So how would we recommend implementation of cooking into your life? Just make a plan and stick to it! If you have one night a week to dedicate to meal prep, that is all it takes. We have friends who utilize one day on the weekend to cook all their meals for the week. It will take a little discipline and motivation to commit to cooking, but you can do it! The easiest way to have home cooked meals is via crock pot and advanced prep. When you decide to cook for yourself there are a few things you can do to make the process quick and pain free!

shutterstock_171205127First, create a budget.

Determine what you can spend on groceries, and create a list of what you need. (When shopping, buying similar things week in and week out helps you to keep your budget at a steady rate.

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Second, make time to prepare in advance.

If you don’t want to cook all your meals in one day, you can still chop fruits and veggies or measure out ingredients in advance so the process is much faster on the day you actually make the meal. There is one last thing we have learned from experience; sometimes you just won’t feel like cooking. Every once and awhile it’s definitely okay to break your new habit of playing top chef. Prepare for these days by keeping some staple items and easy meal options in your pantry. It’s never a bad idea to have plenty of healthy snacks around either 🙂

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Third, make meal time a fun adventure with friends or roommates.

Try new things and be creative! Heck, it might not be a bad idea to score some brownie points with your mom by asking her for that one recipe she makes so well. Feel free to share pictures of your delicious home cooked meals on our Facebook page Here. Maybe our like and share will be just the boost you need to keep up the good habit!

For more ideas check out our Easy Meals Board on Pinterest Here.

Bon Appetite!