Freshman or not, avoid that 15.

As school quickly approaches, the busy time of running between classes, hammering out assignments, and failing to ignore the pressures of your ever-calling social life, is beginning to fall upon us. Needless to say, being a student and finding the time and money to eat a healthy well-rounded meal can pose as quite the challenge. We decided to come up with a list of 11 healthy, quick, cheap(ish) meals that can be some of your go-to’s while on the go:


Tomato Bagel

1. Tomato Bagel

Classic, delicious, and ready in under 30 seconds? Sounds like a plan! Try a bagel with tomato and cream cheese, it’s not only fast to prepare but surprisingly satisfying for your busy mornings.

Ingredients: whole wheat bagel, cream cheese, tomatoes, salt and pepper to taste

Get the full recipe here: http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipe/cheese/bagel-cream-cheese-with-tomato/


Tomato and Basil Omelette

Tomato Basil Omlette

Calling all Omelette lovers! This one is for you, the Tomato and Basil Omelette will become a new classic.

Ingredients: eggs, cherry tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper to taste

Get the full recipe here: http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/eggs-recipes/tomato-and-basil-omelette/


Pesto Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled Eggs w Pesto

Time for a change- the Pesto Scrambled Eggs will fill your body with protein for the day while allowing you to savour a unique twist to a timeless breakfast.

Ingredients: white or brown beans, cherry tomatoes, eggs, pesto, and whole wheat bread, salt and pepper to taste

Get the full recipe here: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/scrambled-eggs-beans-tomato-pesto

Spiced up Breakfast Wrap

Breakfast Wrap

If you’re looking for a new version of a breakfast wrap to try, look no further; the Spiced up Breakfast Wrap will not disappoint.

Ingredients: eggs, whole wheat wrap, cherry tomatoes, tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, (optional) chili powder

Get the full recipe here: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/a16288/south-border-breakfast-wrap-recipe-ghk0115/


Quinoa Greek Salad

Quinoa Greek Salad

Lettuce-less salads have blown up in the past few years, and with their healthy and cheap, yet delicious nature…We understand why! This Quinoa Greek Salad is perfect for any luncher on the go, and can be made even easier (and cheaper) by simply adding your own Greek dressing and seasoning, or you can indulge in the full recipe including olives, feta cheese, and more.

Basic Ingredients: quinoa, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, dressing and salt/ pepper to taste

Get the full recipe here: http://www.foodnetwork.ca/recipe/greek-quinoa-salad/13454/




Who doesn’t love a good sandwich? … I already know that answer which would be, well, no one. Since we have come to that consensus, allow me to introduce to you the BLAT- the Bacon Lettuce Tomato Avocado Sandwich, and yes, it is every bit as amazing as it seems.

Ingredients: whole wheat bread, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, – salt, pepper, cheese, mayonnaise, fresh chopped garlic ALL to taste

Get the fully dressed and basic recipe here: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/blats_bacon_lettuce_avocado_tomato_sandwiches.html



Pumpernickel Bread and Dip

Spinach Dip

When you’re craving bread or something heavier to fill your stomach, Spinach dip/red pepper dip/ hummus/whatever dip your heart desires, can be paired with fresh, baked or toasted pumpernickel bread. This bread is significantly healthier than white, whole wheat, and even multigrain bread, and will serve a different set of tastes. Many dips can be bought simply at the grocery store, but for those top chefs, we have included a fresh spinach dip recipe below.

Get the full recipe here: http://www.knorr.ca/recipes/detail/13140/1/classic-spinach-dip


Havarti Grilled Cheese

Havarti Grilled Cheese

With base ingredients as simple as bread and Havarti (or your favorite type of cheese), this recipe is perfect for people who love to customize their food- the rest of the sandwich left to be dressed up to your desire. Some suggestions include spinach, pesto, or turkey…Regardless of your choice, this one is self-tailored from head to toe for your personal taste buds!

Ingredients: Havarti, your choice of bread, butter or olive oil

Get various full recipes here: http://www.yummly.com/recipes/grilled-cheese-sandwich-havarti




A prime snack for all- Edamame is simple yet delicious, and can take the place of chips, crackers, or other typical carb-loaded snacks, to cure your afternoon munchies.

Ingredients: Green soy beans, salt

Get the full recipe here: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/edamame_nibbles.html

Greek Yogurt Popsicle

Greek Yogurt Popsicle

Once made and frozen, these Popsicle are the perfect summer treat! Greek yogurt Popsicle are not only healthy and refreshing, but also change up a typical summer go-to.

Ingredients: Greek yogurt, fresh fruit of your choice, sweetener of your choice- sugar, honey, etc

Get the full recipe here: http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2015/06/30/3-ingredient-blueberry-yogurt-swirl-popsicles/


Broccoli and Feta Pasta Salad

Broccoli and Feta Salad

And finally, we leave you with the Broccoli and Feta Pasta Salad; a mouthwatering pasta salad hitting many major food groups, catered to keep your energy on high without being too heavy. This is the perfect snack to satisfy you on those hot busy days, and you can even add chicken or another source of protein to beef up your protein intake, thus making the salad heavier.

Ingredients: Broccoli, cooked pasta, feta cheese, dressing and olive and salt and pepper to taste

Get the full recipe here: http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-broccoli-feta-pasta-salad-22620


Now that you have a mix of cheap and healthy snacks- no excuses! Eat healthy, live happy, and instead spend your money on all of the things that Montreal will tempt you with save your money.

Exploring Student Life In Montreal

Student life in Montreal Quebec Canada can be one of great bliss and discovery. Even if you’re traveling thousands of miles away to study in one of the large universities or smaller colleges, the area opens up to students and tourists in a way that most other cities don’t or can’t. This island has 19 boroughs and is the second largest city in Canada. It’s rich culture allows for linguists to have a fruitful adventure as it is the only French-speaking city in the continent of North America. There are incredible opportunities for international and local students staying in the city to explore, as it is one of the best locales to live, learn, and play in.

For students that are seeking diversity, the bilingual atmosphere is just the start. The city has been known as one of the happiest in the world, and has been ranked high in terms of celebration and diversity. The city hubs play a role in hosting some of the largest festivals of music, education, and more. Whether you’re studying deep academia or exploring the far reaches of art and music, you’ll find that the area is home to a wide range of events throughout the seasons, even in the cold.

When it comes to art, you will not be disappointed. The city comes alive with contemporary art, museums, and installations. From major festivals that celebrate cultural history, to pop art and much more. As far as exploring the arts, you’ll be home with the incredible options to explore. From the Montreal Planetarium, Centre d’historie de Montreal, Montreal Science Center, to the Redpath Museum, McGill University and others, you will never have a dull moment in terms of exploring the artistic history of the city and surrounding educational centers.

Economic development has been growing in the area, and recently has boasted large scale projects around the borders. While the global economies are struggling, Montreal has seen vibrant employment rises, and major engineering, research, development and academic projects. This is a good thing for students that fall in love with the area and decide to stay after graduating from their studies. With so many employment opportunities abounding in nearly every industry, sticking around may just very well be one of the keys to the success the city has enjoyed for many years.

Student life can be more than just about studying, as Montreal Quebec Canada boasts some of the largest shopping, tourist, and nature areas in the nation. Not only that, professional sports as well as collegiate sports thrive in the city. With large scale arenas that house just about every type of sport, you will find yourself lost in the cheers of the local favorites. Professional sports teams include major teams in the MLS, NBLC, CFL, NHL, Canadian Women’s Hockey League, USL W-League, and so many others.

No matter what brings you to study in Montreal Quebec Canada, you will find that student life can be filled with a diverse array of activities. You will not be holed up in a dorm room studying alone, as there’s so much to explore.

How to deal with reading assignments

Unless you’re a genius or very lucky, the most effective way to have a successful academic record is to get yourself ahead. Depending on your field of study, your teacher may assign dozens of chapters a week. Throughout your whole education, you will learn how to read faster and more efficiently, so here are a few tips that I have learned:
You have to do your readings everyday, so you don’t end up with hundreds of chapters to read for the next morning. Take breaks so you don’t waste your time being unfocused.
Before reading, you must assure you’re ready for it. Make sure you’re motivated, had enough sleep, understand the context by reading the subtitles and words in bold or underlined.
Whenever you can, try to have your readings with you so you can catch up a bit when you’re on the bus or metro or waiting for them, in a waiting room or during your breaks. If your textbooks are too heavy to carry all the time, you can take a picture of them and read them on your smartphones. Moreover, many books can now be found in electronic format so update your eBook or tablet regularly with your weekly reading assignments.
As soon as you’re done with an article or a chapter, develop the habit to always write its summary, it will save you time when you’re revising at the end of the term. The summary should include the main ideas and its supporting points or arguments. Try to make it as complete as possible and write it with your own words as much as you can— it will assure your own comprehension.
 Try to always have pen and paper with you if you don’t want to highlight in your books. Write down key words or main ideas and even the page reference if you’re writing a paper.
Good luck on your assignments!

Enjoying The Student Life in Montreal

Going away to college and enjoying the greatness of the city where you’ll spend your academic years can be tough. For those that aren’t familiar with a new city, things can be somewhat scary, and in some instances lonely. For those wondering about Montreal Quebec Canada, for instance, anxiety can cause a great deal of misconceptions about living and studying abroad. If you or someone you know is a bit worried about the next four years, and need a little bit of a push, consider some of the fine highlights about enjoying the student life in this beautiful city. Don’t worry about this, St Cathy’s residences is here to help you enjoying the student life in Montreal!

Happiness Reigns In Montreal

First and foremost, if you’re not from the area, you’ll be surprised to discover that the city has been named by many travel experts as one of the happiest cities in the world. Not only that, it’s been given awards for being safe, clean, and artistic. That’s a huge credential to have in a locale, and if you’re a student, you’re definitely not alone. The city has 4 large scale universities, and 12 other colleges in the area. If you’re wondering if you’re going to have a hard time meeting friends or finding others that are studying and trying to make sense of their academics, you are going to be in good hands.

Learn A New Language or Converse in Native Tongue

As far as student life in Montreal Quebec Canada goes, you will find that you can converse in both English and French. For those that are Bilingual this becomes a great location to learn how to speak a second language, as French is predominantly spoke throughout. Don’t worry though, English is not far behind as there are a great deal of English speaking locations, and of course people speak it throughout as well. However, if you wanted to converse in your native tongue of French or English, you have a diverse array of opportunities unlike many places in the world. If you’re a linguist, you’ll find the area to be a haven for communication.

The Ultimate Transportation Hub

Most major cities have a hard time connecting students with various local areas, and centers. Large cities around the nation and internationally are notorious for being hit or miss in this regards. However, you’ll find that in Montreal, the transportation hubs that connect students are second to none. Whether you look at the bus system, subway, trains, or perhaps something more adventurous, the area connects you to the rest of the city with relative ease. If you want to venture on two wheels, however, you’ll find that Montreal has a public bike sharing system most months known as the BIXI. This allows students to gain access to small to medium sized bicycles for free, or with a subscription. The city has been also named one of the more bicycle friendly cities in the world.

As you can see, if you’re a student that is venturing off to a new location, and aren’t sure about Montreal Quebec Canada, you’re going to be in for a lot of great opportunity. Whether it’s the culture, language, or travel, your studies will become illuminated with the beauty and complexity of this metropolis.

Discover the Golden Square Mile – If you want to get your bearings and explore Montreal, then check out the popular Golden Square Mile Tour. This self-guided tour can be easily enjoyed on foot, allowing you to stop off along the way for refreshments. Start at Rue St.-Catherine and head towards Rue Sherbrooke via Avenue McGill College. Make sure you have your camera or smartphone charged to capture some amazing photos.

Instagram our White Water Rapids – You haven’t seen Montreal until you have experienced our natural white water rapids. Located in the heart of Parc des Rapides, just a few kilometres away from the centre of Montreal, take a free trip by foot to the 30-hectare waterside park. While you’re there, also look out for the amazing Heron Island bird sanctuary located close by.

Meet a Dinosaur – If you enjoyed Montreal’s summer blockbuster Jurassic World, then you will love the exhibits offered from our very own Redpath Museum. This free venue has a collection of some of the best real Dinosaur fossils in the whole of Canada for you to enjoy a selfie with. The venue is open most days however will be closed between September 5th – 7th and as always, donations are welcome.

Want to be in the heart of the action?

St Cathy’s student accommodation is located just a short distance from all of these free activity outings. We are an established hub at the heart of Montreal’s student communities and offer a collection of rooms to match a range of student budgets. If you would like to have a free chat about how we can help with your student accommodation this semester, then call free today on 514-574-3336.