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July 4th Treats

Sun is out, fireworks are booming, and it’s America’s birthday! Other than some sunscreen and plenty of water, patriotic treats and desserts are necessities. Check out some easy desserts to bring to the cookout to impress your family and friends! (Click the titles for each of the recipes)

Red, White, and Blue Brownie Pizza

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Pizza made out of brownie batter – what else could you want? This dessert is easy to make and looks great. Talk about impressing your friends!

Strawberry Blueberry Yogurt Pops

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July 4th is fun and all, but it’s generally HOT in July. While you’re sweating and playing an intense game of cornhole, a cool treat like this will sure help you out.

No Bake Summer Berry Icebox Cake

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Since summer is in full swing, the last thing you want to do is heat up your house by using the oven. This no-bake cake just uses the freezer so it will keep you and your house cool!

Patriotic Pretzels

Don’t like strawberries or blueberries? Here’s a recipe for you! Chocolate covered, salty pretzels are a perfect portable snack for 4th of July festivities.

Oreo Pops

Dessert on a stick. Oreo Pops are a simple dessert that look very festive for the 4th. America’s birthday wouldn’t be a real birthday celebration without America’s favorite cookie!

July 4th S’mores Dip

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S’mores, minus the bonfire, but equally delicious. Check it out!

American Pie

This American Flag Pie is pretty simple to make and is the perfect centerpiece of your cookout. And it kind of makes you want to start singing the national anthem or shout “USA, USA, USA” while you eat it.

Give these recipes a try and make your family jealous of your baking skills! Happy 4th of July everyone! Whip up some of your favorite tasty treats, kick off your flip flops, and let the good times roll.


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Kitchen Hacks to Make College Easier

College is a place where time is of the essence. Going from class to class, balancing school, a job, and making time for a social life, can be crazy. It’s during those times when finding ways to make life easier, especially in the kitchen, is useful. Hopefully these tips will enhance your time in the kitchen or dorm room!

Cool Down Coffee Without Diluting it

Hot or iced, frozen or not, decaf or regular, coffee is a sensitive subject. It may sound like a first world problem, but watered down coffee is the worst. Now there is a solution.

Use an ice tray, pour coffee (or creamer) in it and freeze! No more burnt tongues when you need your coffee cooled down or watery iced coffee when you take an hour to drink it.

Reheat Your Food Without Drying it Out

Attention: don’t throw leftovers away. It’s never as good as the first time you eat it, but your meal can be less dried out if you just put a glass of water in the microwave while you reheat it. The cup of water inside the microwave provides some moisture in the air for the food.

Seal a Chip Bag Without a Clip

Chip clips are one of those things that never seem to make the grocery list and are easily forgotten until you actually need one. A quick and easy solution is not using them at all. Just use the bag itself! Check it out below.

Revive Stale Cereal

We’ve all done it before. You forget to seal the plastic bag before putting your cereal away and a week later you grab the Frosted Flakes only to find they’re stale. Well, there is a hack to help your forgetfulness!

Simply spread the cereal out on a sheet pan, pop it into a 375 degree oven for 5 to 10 minutes, let it cool, and enjoy some revived, crunchy cereal.

Frozen Capri Suns

There’s a twist for an alternative popsicle and it involves the beloved Capri Sun pouches. It’s not hard to reminisce on how great a Capri Sun tasted on a summer day when you were a kid. First freeze the Capri Sun, take it out, cut the top and enjoy. Easy and tasty nostalgia.


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QR Codes for Campus Dining

QR codes are placed at campus dining locations for those who might want to check the menu before going in and using a swipe. These codes can be useful if you’re allergic to something or just not in the mood for a certain menu item that’s being served.

How can you use QR codes?

According to the most recent reports from Apple, a QR code scanner will be integrated into the iPhone camera with the new iOS 11 update this Fall. Until then, downloading a free QR code reader in the App Store or Google Play store will have to do. Once you have download the app, you can scan any QR code you see at dining locations on campus and it will immediately direct you to that location’s menu online (which is updated daily with the newest menu).

The QR codes provide an alternative and efficient way to get the menu in your hand before entering a location. Download a QR code reader app today and get scanning!


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Freezer Smoothies

“Fresh, healthy, easy-to-prep, and cheap” – four things that college students love to hear. Freezer smoothies start your day off right and are the perfect snack to cool off from the heat. To make it a “freezer smoothie”, divide or mix fruits in plastic bags, seal the bags and place them in the freezer for up to 6 months. When you’re ready, mix the ingredients plus some milk or water in a blender until the consistency is smooth.

Here are just a few simple suggestions and recipes to help your freezer smoothies go to the next level.

Buy Frozen

According to ABC News, the minute fruits or veggies are picked, they begin to lose nutrients, so exactly when it’s plucked, and how long after harvesting you eat them impacts there nutritional value. Most frozen fruits and veggies are frozen shortly after they’re harvested, which means a lot of the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants are locked in. Buy frozen fruits and veggies when prepping smoothies because it’s healthy and makes your prepping a lot easier.

Look at the Label

When you buy frozen, look at the label. A lot of companies like to sneak in extra sugars or substitutes to freeze their products. The ingredients should be whatever fruit or veggie you are buying. Fruits already carry natural sugars and your smoothie will be sweet enough without extra sugars.

Buy a Blender

If you don’t have some sort of blender already, purchasing a decent blender isn’t going to break the bank! Check Target or Amazon for some affordable options. This Oster Classic Blender will do the job. Whatever you decide, shop smart. You don’t have to drop $200+ for a good blender!

Recipes 

Smoothies are highly customizable and you can replace ingredients easily.  You would be surprised with how many combinations people come up with once you do your research. A great site to research smoothies (and other recipes), is Yummly. It has tons of filters so you can narrow down what you are looking for. For example, if you are allergic or don’t like bananas in your smoothies, you can filter that out of your searches. Check it out!

Here are few recipes to get you started with your smoothie game.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie – This three ingredient recipe is easier than trying to spell “b-a-n-a-n-a-s” (it’s tough without a little help from Gwen Stefani).

Pineapple Mango Banana – If you can’t go to a tropical island this summer, replicate it in your kitchen. This video includes the Pineapple Mango Banana smoothie recipe and a few others! 

25 Quick and Easy 3-Ingredient Smoothies – A creative chart of some ambitious and unique combinations.


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5 Foods to Help You Stay Hydrated

Summer is in full swing and staying hydrated is the most important thing you can do to beat the heat. While drinking water and other hydrating liquids is crucial, foods can also play a part in helping you stay hydrated. Here is a list of five hydrating foods to help you out this summer:

Cucumbers

Fun fact: Cucumbers have the highest water content of any solid food. (96.7% to be exact). They are a great snack for a hot summer day and are available on salad bars throughout campus. Include some cucumbers in your next meal to help keep you hydrated!

Iceberg Lettuce

Iceberg lettuce tends to get pushed aside for options such as spinach or romaine lettuces, which both contain more vitamins and nutrients, but with 95.6% of water, Iceberg Lettuce is a great supplement and addition to your next meal. Use iceberg lettuce instead of bread for burgers and sandwiches, or instead of tortillas to make a lettuce wrap.

Celery

It may not have negative calories like many people believe, but with just 6 calories per stalk and 95.4% water, celery is a hydrating snack that helps curb your appetite due to it also being high in fiber. Add a little peanut butter or ranch, snack bliss without the dehydration.

Watermelon

Watermelon is 92% water. I mean, it has “water” in the name…

Various fruits (Grapes, cherries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries)

All of these fruits are made up of 80-91% water. Having a sweet treat is needed on a warm day. Any of these will be good for you when you are outside and hangry from the sun. Pro-tip: Freeze some grapes (the best way to eat grapes) for a portable, nutritious and easy to eat to snack.

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