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Avocado Facts

The avocado, also known as alligator pear, is a fruit that is thought to have originated in South Central Mexico. Recent discovery has shown avocados to have been present in Peru up to 15,000 years ago. Avocados grow on a tree in tropical and Mediterranean climates throughout the world. Mexico produces the most avocados with California being the second. Avocados are known for being one of the healthiest superfoods because they are very nutrient-dense healthy fat and are bursting with health benefits. Keep reading to find out why avocados are May’s featured superfood of the month!

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Benefits of Avocado:

  • high in dietary fiber
  • lowers risk of prostate cancer
  • helps lower cholesterol
  • contains twice the potassium as a banana
  • contains vitamin E, niacin, riboflavin
  • great source of healthy fat
  • stabilizes blood sugar levels
  • can improve eyesight
  • low pesticide levels because of their thick skin
  • helps with weight loss
  • good for sexual health and fertility
  • great for beauty treatments
  • can protect unborn babies
  • may help relieve symptoms of arthritis

Avocados can be transformed and used in various ways. Whether it be in guacamole, spread for toast, or a face mask, the benefits surpass just including them in your diet! Enjoy avocados and the perks that come with this healthy fruit, today!

Link to Ways to Use Avocado


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Understanding Portion Sizes

Article written by Freshman SAND member, Lakin Steedly 

With busy schedules and all day/late night studying, trying to keep a healthy lifestyle can be a struggle. This stressful college life can influence poor sleeping, exercise and eating habits. One of the biggest factors in weight gain or loss (healthy or not), is eating habits. With buffet style dining at most colleges, it can be hard to know just how much to eat. Remember this little trick to make sure that you stay within the portions for the food you eat!

Protein (meat, poultry, fish, tofu) – size of your palm
Fruits and Veggies – Size of a baseball
Frozen Yogurt – size of a tennis ball
Breads – 1 Slice of bread
Cereal – Size of a baseball
Butter – Tip of your thumb
Pancake – Size of a CD

When you have rushed days, try purchasing premade food at a market so you’re not rushing and grabbing more/less than you should. If you are not rushed to eat, take time to sit down and eat your meal with no distractions. This trick makes sure that you’re taking your time to digest and eat your food. Most times in buffet style dining, when we are serving ourselves, we feel the need to finish everything on our plate. If we take the time to eat slowly and digest our food we are able to recognize our bodies feeling full and we can learn just how much our bodies need to satisfy our hunger.

Whether you’re in a college dining hall or your at home making yourself a bowl of cereal, try to remember the little tips that can help you keep a balance of what portion sizes are!


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13 Foodie Approved Halloween Costumes

1. Dunkin Donuts

“Three Pointer! Nothin’ but net” – Aaron Carter

What do you need? – Basketball Jersey, Pool Floatie, Basketball (any size)


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2. Deviled Eggs

Hopefully your friends will get the yolk.

What do you need? – White T-shirt, yellow paper or felt cut into an oval, devil horns

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3. Hawaiian Punch

Talk about a punch line.

What do you need? – Hula skirt or hawaiian shirt, lei, boxing gloves

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4. Cereal Killer

Less H.H. Holmes, more Honeycombs.

What do you need? – Empty cereal boxes, plastic knife, fake blood (optional)

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5. Pig In a Blanket

It’ll hard to be humble like Babe with a costume as great as this one.

What do you need? – Pig nose, pig ears, blanket

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6. Spice Girls

Everyone will Wannabe in your squad.

What do you need? – Red Top Hat, Large paper with McCormick and Schmick spice label printed on it

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7. Taco Belle

People will taco bout this costume all year.

What do you need? – Belle costume or yellow dress, your favorite Taco Bell order

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8. Bag of Eminems

Better than mom’s spaghetti.

What do you need? – Trash bag, a variety of printed out pictures of Eminem

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9. Sushi

With this costume, you’ll be on a roll.

What do you need? – A pillow striped with washi tape, a black strip of cloth

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10. Croquembouche

Oh la la! This costume is à la mode.

What do you need? – Light brown fabric, pillow stuffing, sewing machine

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11. Bag of Jelly Beans

They’re not jumping beans, but people will be jumping for joy when they see you.

What do you need? – Clear plastic bag, balloons, printed out Jelly Belly logo

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12. Nutella

NuTELLa your friends about this fun idea.

What do you need? – Brown Shirt, Print out of Nutella Logo, White hat

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13. Morton Salt Girl

Don’t be salty because you don’t have a costume. Try this.

What do you need? – Yellow dress, Mary Jane shoes, umbrella

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