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Favorite Holiday Foods

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…. to eat! Each year during the holiday time you plan what gifts you are getting others and of course the holiday foods that make the season truly bright. Families arrive from all around, inevitable conversations about college and how you don’t have a future planned out yet, and a lot of gift-giving happens during this time. This season is either peaceful and exciting, or hectic and full of anxiety. What a better way to top it all off with a holiday dinner?

We surveyed college students asking which holiday foods are their favorite and we listed the top 10 foods to get you into the holiday spirit:

(87%) Potatoes (Sweet, Mashed, etc.)

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(82%) Christmas Cookies

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(82%) Hot Chocolate

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(72%) Bread (Any kind)

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(57%) Fruit

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(57%) Vegetables

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(55%) Corn

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(54%) Stuffing

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(53%) Turkey

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(45%) Ham

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Food for Finals

After you crammed for those midterms, you promised the end of the semester would be different and you would NOT cram.  But somehow finals have crept up on you, and now you’re essentially preparing to live in King library for exam week…we’ve all been there. If you find that finals season means living on extra-large iced coffees and late-night pizza deliveries for days at a time, this blog is for you.

Healthy eating through exams is not impossible. In fact, preparing nutritious study snacks might be easier than you think. Below are some amazing food ideas to pack when migrating to the library. These options are mostly accessible on campus, easy to pack, and provide essential nutrients to fuel your body and your brain.

Peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread – This simplistic sandwich provides protein, whole grains, and healthy fats.

Carrots and hummus – That crunch is oh so satisfying!  Other veggies like bell peppers and cucumber slices are great with hummus too.

Whole fruit – Some like to bring an apple or banana, but there are so many other portable fruit choices including peaches, oranges, grapes, strawberries, etc.

String cheese – Cheese can be a great source of calcium, protein, and additional vital nutrients. String cheese is made prepackaged, so no need to worry about portions.

Tips for studying and snacking:

Keepin’ it cool. Need to keep food cool but don’t have an insulated lunch box? Just freeze a water bottle the night before, insert it with your food, and things should stay cool for several hours.

Warm it up. Craving something warm like soup or fancy to heat up a cup of tea while studying? There is a microwave ready for students to use in King Library!

Take a break. When cramming for hours on end, try to stop and eat something every 3 to 4 hours. This can improve your energy level and give structure to your study sessions.

Keep your place well stocked. The answer to eating well when life gets disordered is to make it as simple and convenient as possible, which means having healthy foods nearby.


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Diverse Dining

Ready to travel the world now and try different food from different nations? Can’t afford the trip? Well, Miami University strives not only for various options in food but we add diversity in the food being presented. You might be hungry for stir fry one second, spicy food the next, and vegan options the following day. With over 15 dining locations, we provide over 12 different diverse food options such as Italian, Mongolian, Chinese, Greecian, Indian, and more!

There are la carte options that provide a variation in food selections for whatever you might be craving that day. For example, the delicious Mein Street is an Asian and Mongolian grill that will indulge your desire for stir-fry. Right next door to Mein Street is Haines Boulangerie, complete with Mediterranean-style food such as paninis and gyro flatbreads that allow for you to experience some unique flavors.IMG_4162 copy-min

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The most diverse locations include Bell Tower and Western Dining Commons with 9 different countries represented, so you can experience all the flavors around the globe in the small town of Oxford, Ohio. Bell offers American, Chinese, Italian, and Mexican food in an all-you-can-eat buffet, so dive right in. Western Dining Commons is a buffet that has a designated international station that completes everyone’s needs for food diversity. You can choose from items inspired by the cuisines of India, Italy, Greece, France, Thailand, China, Korea, Japan, Mexico, Jamaica and more. This concept also includes homestyle picks from the U.S. This station offers a mixture of customizable items and ready-made items

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Ready to taste the world right in your backyard? Miami Dining is the place to be.


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Eat Your Breakfast!

How important is breakfast?

Many studies have linked eating breakfast to good health, including better memory and concentration, lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, and lower chances of getting diabetes, heart disease, and being overweight. Without breakfast, your body could be without fuel for up to 16 hours from dinner to the next day’s lunch. Your body needs a consistent energy intake to maintain proper function and breakfast is also a great way to kick start your day.

Make your breakfast full of protein! This will help keep you full until lunchtime and prevent overeating due to excessive hunger.

Most people are busy bees and give the excuse of “I don’t have time to eat breakfast.” Even if a big breakfast isn’t possible, a quick bite can be beneficial. If you’re in need of some ideas for a quick, on the go breakfast, check out some ideas below, lots of the ideas can be found at to-go or market locations on campus!

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Easy on-the-go breakfast ideas:

  • Greek yogurt (found on campus)
  • Cereal bars
  • Peanut butter or avocado toast
  • Cup of fruit (found on campus)
  • Premier protein shake or Core Power pre made protein drinks (found on campus)
  • Banana or zucchini bread
  • Oatmeal or cereal cups (found on campus)

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Thanksgiving Recipes

Give thanks for all the glorious food you’ll be eating this Thanksgiving dinner! It arrives every year and we bet your mind is thinking about what food you’re going to eat rather than when your next exam is, and you know what? That’s okay! Everyone craves Thanksgiving food as soon as Halloween is over. Now you and your family have to start thinking of what you guys want to cook. Well, look no further, because we have a mini Thanksgiving feast below with ideas for food starting with appetizers all the way to desserts! (The turkey being the main feast, of course)

Appetizers:

Pumpkin Seed Flat Breads

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“Here’s a seasonal addition to your harvesttime feast. From its pretty orange color to the irresistible crunch of toasted pumpkin seeds, this flatbread is pleasing to the eye and taste buds. Using sunflower kernels instead of pumpkin seeds is a yummy change.”

Holiday Bacon Bites

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“This easy three-ingredient appetizer is a perfect bite for guests to snack on when they arrive. You top Club-style crackers with Parmesan cheese, wrap them in bacon and bake until crisp.”

Main dishes (other than turkey):

Classic Cheese Lasagna

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“A simple yet robust marinara and a trio of cheeses meld into an intensely flavorful lasagna. A classic, perfected.”

Turkey with Brown-Sugar Glaze

“This year, try a flavorful glaze made with orange juice, brown sugar, and vinegar on your Thanksgiving bird.”

Sides:

Corn Pudding

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“The pleasing flavor of this golden corn pudding side dish makes it real comfort food. And because the recipe calls for a packaged corn mix, it’s easy to prepare.”

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Cinnamon

Sweet potatoes with drizzled honey and a dash of cinnamon. The smell is so enticing and warm, which is perfect for this holiday season.

Dessert:

No-Fail, Homemade Pumpkin Pie Recipe

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“This is a classic, unfussy pumpkin pie. We take it plain or, when feeling feisty, with a dollop of softly whipped cream. The spices are not overpowering, here. If you like your pie spicy, increase the cinnamon and ginger a little.”

Orange Glazed Cranberry Bread

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“Moist & flavorful cranberry bread packed with orange zest, light cinnamon streusel, and an orange glaze.”


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Count on Dividends

Even if you haven’t been in the Farmer School of Business, surely you’ve heard of the iconic Dividends. And inside that iconic Dividends, everyone knows of the salad bar on the left-hand side. You might as well run over there now because that is home of a Traders’ Greens salad bar station.

Traders’ Greens offers a wide variety of options to place in a to-go salad bowl, which is a staple for Miami’s on-campus dining options. From tangy-flavored creations to loaded bowls of meat with a little amount of salad, you have countless possibilities and combinations. Just to start out, this salad bar has over 50 toppings to choose from! Just think about it. You could go there every day for months on end and get an entirely different salad combination. Talk about decisions.

Do you want fruit in your salad? Done. Do you want chicken, bacon, and ranch in your salad? Done. Do you want to feel like you can make it however you want it? Done. You can mix and match the type of lettuce you prefer, add toppings on toppings, then drizzle or douse your salad in whichever dressing you fancy. You might indulge in some salad bowls, or you might want to be a healthy salad eater for a day. Either way, it has you covered.

Now we know there are days where you are rushing to get to a meeting or class and you have NO time to stop and make your own salad. At every market and numerous dining locations there are convenient pre-made salads you can grab to-go with salad dressing choices galore on the side! Try not to get overwhelmed by the options available. Just grab it, swipe it, and you’re out of there.

Notice throughout this entire article the idea of variety and the endless possibilities are reassured. That is because Miami strives for excellence and perfection when it comes to the variety of options and choices in dining. We hope by the end of this article you are in line for a sensational salad bowl at Traders’ Greens or zooming through a market for a pre-made salad!


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Trick or Treats

One of the reasons why Halloween is such an enjoyable holiday is because it gives us some opportunities to get creative. Whether it’s turning your place into a haunted house, designing the perfect costume, or creating creepy and terrifying treats for your guests, Halloween gets our brain-goo flowing. Here are a few impressive Halloween food ideas for revolting, yet delicious, treats and meals you can serve to guests or just make it to scare yourself.

What’s cool about these foods is that they are all delicious AND they look absolutely disgusting/terrifying. Whether it’s a murdered meatloaf, some crunchy slithery snakes, or oozing skeletons, these recipes are sure to wreak delicious havoc.

Scary Snake Bites

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Dead Man Meatloaf

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Freaky Hot Dog Fingers

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Pizza Skulls

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Bloody Good Cheesecake

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Slimy Jell-O-Snacks

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Top 10 Dining Changes for Fall 2017

Summer is almost over and the school year is quickly approaching! A lot has been going on this summer with some new changes to the dining facilities here on campus. Here are the top 10 changes for dining this fall.

1. Nut Friendly

We removed all nuts from our facilities and no longer use nuts in production of food. Pre-packaged nut items will still be sold in the market locations.

2. Rebrand Buffets as “Commons”

To help you better navigate dining styles on-campus, all buffets have been rebranded as “Commons.” The locations are: Bell Tower Commons, Western Commons, Garden Commons, Martin Commons, and Maplestreet Commons.

3. Vegan Made-to-Order Meals

Your Miami Chefs have developed several vegan options that are cryovaced (vacuumed-sealed) and frozen in individual portions. You can choose from four options including spicy roasted cauliflower, artichoke and potato casserole, three sisters vegetable stew, and a quinoa bowl with mixed vegetables. To enjoy one of these vegan meals, visit the Comfort Thyme station at Garden Commons.

4. Nutritional Update

New to our team is Ashley Blust, a full-time registered dietician. She is part of several projects to that will make nutrition more accessible. This includes showing allergens, diet preference identifiers, and nutritional information on menus at both a la carte and commons locations.

5. Maplestreet

Maplestreet Commons, an all-new buffet location, will feature pizza, a deli, paninis, custom stir fry, pasta, burgers and allergen-friendly options. Encounter will be relaunched as Maple Grill with an expanded menu including quesadillas and quinoa bowls, formerly from Americas. The Q will be introducing dessert items that can be served traditional or smoked. Looking for something on the lighter side? The Q now offers a made-to-order salad station.

6. Western Express

Western Express, formerly Tea Hive, will be your go-to spot for grab-n-go sandwiches, salads, and sushi. Start your day off right with breakfast sandwiches and fresh pastries.

7. Bell Tower Market With a Fresh Look

Look forward to more options at Bell Tower Market. Stir fry to-go and a full Traders’ Greens salad bar will provide more convenient and nutritious items for a quick meal. Bell Tower Market will continue to offer hot breakfast sandwiches, pizza, customized deli sandwiches, coffee, and smoothies!

8. Armstrong

Three new locations will debut this fall at Armstrong Student Center. Cafe Lux—Envision the perfect cup of coffee in a European-inspired venue. Accompany your drink with a rotating selection of pastries, soups and sandwiches. The Toasted Bagel (formerly Traditions) offering a variety of breakfast sandwiches. Red Zone—Enter by way of repurposed flooring from the Withrow basketball courts and immerse yourself in Miami sports history while dining on arena favorites. Have-to-try items: Avocado & Turkey Club, Schnecken (Cafe Lux); (The Toasted Bagel); Grilled Mac & Cheese Sandwiches (Red Zone). Miami Ice will be your go-to place for gelato, ice cream, shakes, smoothies!

9. New Coffee Blends

Established in Columbus, Ohio in 1991, Crimson Cup Coffee and Tea Roasters was recently ranked as one of the Top 25 Best Coffee Roasters in America and is served at Café Lux in the Armstrong Student Center. Miami is proud to be partnering with a passionate company who’s mission is founded on the ideas of L.Y.F.E. (Leave you Feeling Energized) and L.O.V.E. (Leave Others Very Energized) — two mottos we can get behind.

A student taste test helped select a custom blend from Rooted Grounds Coffee Co. (owned and operated by Miami alumni). Now you can enjoy a cup of Miami Grind at Garden Commons, Red Zone, Miami Concessions locations (excluding Goggin), and through Miami Catering.

10. Enhanced Website

The Places to Eat section has been revamped to give more information about each location. This includes a staff listing with contact information, daily menus for commons locations, and a la carte menus in both English and Chinese. In each dining operation, you will find a QR code and link to connect you directly to these menu pages on our website.


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Finals Week Survival Tips

Finals week is here, but instead of freaking out, try these tips for staying healthy and sane during every college student’s favorite time of the year!

  1. Get enough sleep! The average college student requires 7-9 hours of sleep each night for maximum brain power. Close your textbook and take the extra hour of sleep. It will make you more productive in the morning.
  2. Eat a healthy breakfast. Jumpstarting your metabolism early on will help you stay focused throughout the day. Plus, who doesn’t love a good yogurt parfait?
  3. Try meditation. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take 10 minutes to put that stress out of your brain. There are many apps for guided meditation and Spotify even provides guided meditation for practically any time limit.
  4. Exercise! When you work out, endorphins are pumped into your brain making you happy, alert and ready to ACE those finals!
  5. Eat 5-6 small balanced meals instead of 2-3 heavy ones. Heavy meals require more time to digest, which can lead to tiredness. Small balanced meals will offer the nutrients and energy needed to carry you throughout the day!
  6. Wash your hands! Your immune system takes a toll when you’re stressed out. Make sure you wash your hands frequently and keep some hand sanitizer on deck. The last thing you need right now is the flu.
  7. If all else fails, coffee is there to wake you up. Just make sure you’re also drinking a TON of water so you don’t get dehydrated and keep the caffeine intake under control to avoid getting jittery. Green tea is a great alternative. 
  8. Let it go. Once the exam is over, it’s over. Don’t let the stress overwhelm you! Treat yourself after a hard exam with your favorite sweet treat, like ice cream from Miami Ice!