Monthly Archives: May 2017

Gourmet Popsicle Recipes

If you can’t fully enjoy a beautiful summer day without  a refreshing popsicle, look no further for inspiration. Tired of the same old, same old generic fruit flavors? Try these gourmet twists on some of our favorite summer classics.

Cake Batter

For that birthday party vibe, try these cake batter flavored popsicles. These are a great way to get an ice cream-like thickness, but in the portable form of a popsicle. You can add whatever sprinkles you’d like for a colorful surprise. While they do take a bit of time to freeze, the outcome is worth it when you’re basically licking cake batter off of a stick (as opposed to the usual spoon).

Bomb Pops

If you remember those red, white and blue delicacies fondly, you’re sure to enjoy this more adult version. Using real fruit, this recipe certainly makes the ice cream truck classic a bit healthier. Basically, you make three different smoothies and freeze them together in bright, colorful layers for a delicious summer snack.

Key Lime Pie

If you’re anything like me, you know that a staple to any summer diet is key lime pie. The tangy sweetness of a key lime pie is the perfect complement to warm sunshine and the smell of saltwater in the air (if you’re by a beach that is). A good graham cracker crust is hard to pass up as well. Finally, you can bring the delicious tastes of Key Lime Pie to your popsicles with this easy recipe.

Peaches and Cream with a Twist!

Peaches and cream is a classic summer flavor combination. Put them together in a popsicle form and you can’t lose. But what if you want something with a little more pop? Just add basil and honey to really bring out the sweet flavors in this recipe.


Fudge pops were a lunch room classic growing up. Now you can use everyone’s favorite (Nutella) as one of two ingredients in these super easy fudgesicles. They will satisfy all of your chocolate cravings while keeping you cool all summer long.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

Mint Chocolate Chip is a totally refreshing flavor while cheesecake is rich and filling and deliciously creamy. Mix them together for this winning recipe. The instructions call for Magic Shell which gives this popsicle an added crunch.

Have a favorite new popsicle? Share your new love with us!

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Calorie Conscious Copycat Recipes

Eating out can be more expensive and, often, less healthy than whipping up something at home and with summer in full-swing, now is a great time to get in the kitchen! If you want the tastes of your favorite fast foods without the health risks — and wallet risks — you may want to try the copycat recipes curated below.


This copycat recipe for Chipotle chicken makes enough marinade for 10 pounds of chicken! Meggan, who writes the blog Culinary Hill, has fine-tuned this recipe over the years and offers helpful tips for different methods you might want to try. By cooking this chicken fresh at home, you can cut out a lot of sodium that often slips into fast foods. With the chicken, you can make your own burrito bowls, salads, tacos, burritos or quesadillas. Share with us your favorite variation!


Clocking in at less than half the calories of a regular Wendy’s medium Frosty, this copycat recipe definitely drew us in. What kept us reading was the fact that this recipe takes just 5-10 minutes to create. Additionally, you can make this recipe comply with a paleo diet. By substituting spoonfuls of sugar with honey and vanilla, this dessert is both healthy AND delicious.


Similar to a Frosty, our Starbucks copycat is for a Mocha Frappuccino. With just five ingredients, this recipe is easier than waiting in line at the “Starbs” around the corner. Coconut milk and Stevia make this coffee-based drink naturally sweet. Pour it into your favorite travel mug and get going!

Panda Express

Because you’re making this recipe at home, you can use whatever high-quality chicken you prefer, along with the other ingredients. You can also customize your spice level and how much or how little pineapple you want with your chicken to strike the perfect balance for you. This recipe takes just about thirty minutes to make. You can serve the chicken with rice if you’re really hungry!


This recipe shows you how to recreate Panera’s classic Mediterranean veggie sandwich at home. Making the sandwich at home means less sodium and fresher ingredients. The blog post included with the recipe also offers helpful tips for making sandwiches in general, which is essential information for students of any age.

Try these copycats at home and share any others you have with us on any of our social media accounts!

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Sushi

  1. ‘The word “sushi” doesn’t refer to fish at all—it refers to rice that has been seasoned with vinegar, sugar, and salt.
  2. Today’s sushi began as a type of fast food—the 19th-century Japanese equivalent of a McDonald’s drive-thru. It was originally served as a cheap, quick snack to eat with the hands while enjoying a theater performance. Forget the popcorn, pass the sushi!
  3. The knives used by sushi chefs are the direct descendants of samurai swords, and the blades must be sharpened and reshaped every day.
  4. The California roll, or the inside-out roll, was the first American-born type of sushi. Inside-out rolls are the mainstay of sushi in the United States —and are an American invention. They didn’t exist in Japan until recently, when they were imported from the United States.
  5. The priciest ingredient of modern sushi—bluefin tuna belly—was once so despised by the Japanese that it was only used as cat food.
  6. Sushi is supposed to be eaten with the hands. True to its origins as a simple fast food, the correct way to eat sushi is with your fingers. Chopsticks are typically only used to eat sashimi — raw slices of fish.
  7. Even fresh sushi Is frozen first. The United States Food and Drug Administration stipulates that all fish to be eaten raw (with the exception of tuna) must be frozen first, in order to kill parasites.
  8. Maki-zushi isn’t always rolled in seaweed. Although we are most familiar with sushi wrapped in black nori (seaweed), maki-zushi is sometimes wrapped in soy paper, cucumber, or egg in Japan.
  9. Originally, sushi rice was never eaten. Sour, fermenting rice was wrapped around aged fish only to aid in the process of creating umami — a unique, sour taste. Once the fermentation process was complete, the rice was discarded and only the fish was consumed.
  10. The oldest type of sushi in Japan tastes like cheese. Near Lake Biwa in Southern Japan, they still follow old-school, pre-refrigeration sushi techniques of filleting carp, packing those fillets in vinegar rice, and leaving them to age for up to three years. The result is a fermented local delicacy called funazushi that our expert said tastes similar to a pungent cheese.

Now that you’ve learned more about sushi and it’s humble beginnings, be sure to try our sushi offered at a la carte locations on campus. Yes, it’s even available at King Cafe for finals week! Share your favorites with us on any of our social media accounts.



5 Foods to Boost Your Brain Power

During finals week, you may be tempted to live off of what the vending machines offer in whatever building you’ve carved out a little study space inside of. But what if you used the calories you’re going to consume anyway to help you ace those exams? Here is a list of five foods that will help you boost your brain power and make finals week a little more bearable!


Whole grains will supply your brain with a slower, more constant stream of glucose to keep it energized while putting in work. Don’t want to zone out during your group study session? Grab a snack like a small serving of brown rice. Trying not to fall asleep during the exam? Choose a breakfast that includes whole grain, whether that’s in the form of a wholegrain cereal or an English muffin.


The omega-3 fatty acids in salmon aid in the high-speed processing of the brain. Our bodies can easily use the essential fatty acids present in oily fish like salmon and trout. The positive benefits don’t just stop at keeping brain fog at bay, the chemicals found in these fish can also help fight stress and increase production of serotonin.


Despite their size, blueberries are packed with good-for-you stuff like TONS of antioxidants which have been shown to provide a number of benefits when consumed. Blueberries also aid in the prevention of short term memory loss, so you’ll be less likely to blank during that big exam.


In some cases, kale and other leafy greens have been shown to help in the prevention of brain deterioration. They are also packed with vitamins A and K, meaning they help with inflammation and keeping strong bones as well as improving brainpower and cognitive function.


Similar to the leafy greens, broccoli is high in vitamin K which means more brainpower and higher cognitive function for you. Broccoli consumption can also slow the breakdown of certain neurotransmitters like acetylcholine. According to the BBC, Imbalanced acetylcholine levels are linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
Now that you know what to eat for more brain power, get out there and study. Good luck on finals everyone! Stay healthy and study hard.

Student Employee Spotlight: Sydney Kemp

Sydney Kemp is a sophomore information systems and business analytics major from Fishers, Indiana. She is a member of Miami’s club volleyball team and Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity. During the week, you can catch her at Maplestreet Station serving up some delicious foods. We sat down with her to ask her a little more about the girl behind the sneeze guard.

Q: If you could be any kitchen utensil, which kitchen utensil would you be?

A: I would be a spork. How can you beat that versatility?

Q: If your personality was a texture, which texture would it be?

A: The texture of those suuuuper soft blankets. You know what I’m talking about.

Q: What is the coolest place you’ve been?

A: I studied abroad in France last summer, so Toulon on the French Riviera in the south of France was probably the coolest. The Mediterranean Sea, with the pebble beach and villas along the coast was beautiful. Or Turks and Caicos, the water is so clear and beautiful there.

Q: What is the best gift you’ve ever received?

A: When my parents surprised my sisters and I with a cruise for spring break to the Caribbean back in high school. That was my first time out of the country, so that was super exciting and led to a lot of great memories with my family.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?

A: When I grow up, I wanna work in information technology for a Fortune 500 company. I also want to be an A+ parent someday!

Q: What is your favorite place to eat on campus?

A: Probably Maplestreet. Since I work there and see what people order all the time, I’ve made so many sandwiches and salads that look amazing and want to try new combinations. I just crave Americas and Delish all the time now.

Q: What would you want to be famous for?

A: Inventing something like a self-charging phone or hovercraft or something cool and techy like that.

Q: If your life was a book, what would be the title?

A: Here’s to Hoping it All Works Out

Q: What is your go-to fun fact? 

A: The average person eats 72 pounds of ketchup in a year.

Q: Who would you want to play you in a movie about your life?

A: Selena Gomez. 

Q: What is your go-to clean joke?

A: Why did the skunk cross the road? To get to the odor side!

Q: To where do you most want to travel?

A: Hawaii! I may be going next winter, which would be amazing. I’ve also always wanted to be Sydney in Sydney, Australia. That’d be cool.

Q: What one meal would you eat for the rest of your life?

A: Pan-fried pork dumplings from P.F. Changs. Arguably not a meal since it’s an appetizer, but they’re sooooo good.

Q: When are you happiest?

A: When I’m with family and friends.

Q: What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?

A: I don’t know if it’s the best, but I love when people compliment my handwriting.

Q: If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what song would it be?

A: Somewhere Only We Know by Keane

Q: What is your spirit animal?

A: A sloth, tbh.

Q: What are you currently binge-watching?

A: The Office! Always!

Q: If you could be anyone, dead or alive, for one day who would you be?

A: Barack Obama. He seems like a cool dude. And I’m sure he has had so many amazing experiences after being president for eight years.

Q: What would your band be named?

A: Skempp Inc.

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