11 QUICK HEALTHY MEALS

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/

 

BLAT

BLAT2

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

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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

 

Edamame

Edamame

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.

The Benefits of Feng Shui at St. Cathy’s Residence

We all know as college students we can get a bit messy at times, especially after a long night out with friends. Here at St. Cathy’s Residence we thought it would be a great idea to shed some light on how to utilize the space within your room more effectively and turn it into your very own harmonious sanctuary.

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art of placement and spirituality. The ancient Chinese believe that placement of objects in your living space creates a harmonious balance with your inner energy. This strict discipline is based on the belief that decorating your surroundings affect us.

A few things we can do to better create a tranquil atmosphere in our living space is through the use of welcoming and calming colors. Color has a great impact on our psychology and physiology. Feng Shui practitioners recommend warm, rich earth and skin tones such as cotta, copper, coral, cream, peach, tan, and cocoa for creating a cozy welcoming atmosphere in the bedroom. Try decorating with candles in these colors or bed sheets for your mattress to drive color to the smaller quarters of your room that are more neutral.

In Feng Shui they say you should keep your bed as far away from the door as possible. Either turning your bed or turning the position in how you sleep, make sure to keep your feet in the direct opposite position of the door. This gives you a sense of safety and protection while you rest. This also allows from negative energy from entering.

We’re not fans of clutter but most college students fall victim to it because of their lifestyle and habits. Feng Shui is all about perspective. Clutter symbolizes something being incomplete or unfinished and hampers forward progress in life. Try to keep all clutter contained and away from furnishings. This enables chi to freely flow around the room creating positive energy. Minimize messes by keeping shoes and boots in the hallway and jackets in your closet or hung behind doors.

Keeping plants in the room is great energy and a great added décor to your living quarters. Placing plants on night stands creates a powerful Zen. Plants placed in corners help to prevent energy from stagnating there.

Another necessary part of Feng Shui is about the importance of natural light. We all know that many of our students at St. Cathy’s Residence live in the darkness with the curtains closed like they’re something out of a Lord of the Rings movie. Exposure to sunlight first thing in the morning influences serotonin levels and can help energize the rest of your day. They say to have natural light during the day, soft light in the evening and darkness while you sleep. With the winter hours putting a damper on our day light, make sure to keep the curtains open during the day to let the sun in and help energize you and your room while you do what you do best. STUDY!