Now that Labor Day has officially come and gone, it's time to put away the Hawaiian Tropic and pull out the Jan Sport buried deep in the closet. Yup -- it's back to school time, which means long days of learning filled with even longer nights of meeting and greeting (this is especially true in my grad program, where everything seems to be done over pizza and beer!).
Let's be real here, with all this eating, drinking and lack of sleep, it's super easy to gain the dreaded Freshman 15. Luckily, my older and wiser self (marred by a slower metabolism), has found some simple but effective foodie tips that have helped in keeping me trim and my the social calendar on a roll. Check out my tips -after the jump!
Foodie Tip #1: Diet Alcoholic Drinks
College is a mecca for drinking at all times and those two, four, seven drinks a day can really add up (case in point: an average sized pint of beer packs in more than 200 calories!). Plus, if you're a girly-girl like me, you probably secretly hate the taste of beer / liquor, and wish you were spending those 200 plus calories on something that actually tasted good -- like a cookie. My solution? Mike's Hard Lite Lemonade and Cranberry Lemonade (aka the Girl Beer). With only 109 calories per 12oz bottle, this all-natural and gluten-free beverage tastes just like a fruity punch -- you totally cannot taste the alcohol at all. Not to mention, it also looks super coordinated with my pastel swimsuit while chilling poolside!
Foodie Tip #2: Turkey Burgers
Most fully loaded beef burgers top out at over 800 calories, which spells trouble for the waistband. Therefore, whenever I attend a BBQ party, I always make sure to bring a box of Jennie O Turkey Burger patties for the grill. These babies, coming in at ~170 calories per patty, are much less fatty and caloric than the traditional beef burger, but just as yummy and juicy (and pre-seasoned too!). Topped with lettuce, tomato and ketchup (NO MAYO FOLKS!)-- this turkey burger makes one satisfying and fulfilling meal that doesn't break the calorie bank.
Foodie Tip #3: H2O
It's a proven fact that not staying hydrated can lead to weight gain, so I always make sure to carry a bottle of water with me wherever I go (in fact, I only buy handbags that are big enough to fit a 16 oz water bottle). Since I am deathly afraid of unfiltered water (sorry but I'm high maintenance), I rely on my Zero Water pitcher to provide clean, fresh and sediment free water to quench my thirst and keep the hunger pains away. This water filter, which I find far superior to my old Brita filter, remove both organics and the heavy metals dissolved in the water (ordinary carbon filters used by the Brita pitcher normally remove organics matters only). The result -- cleaner and crispier water that I happily imbibe. Plus, each pitcher set comes with a water testing meter that shows the Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) -- so rest assure, you water is for sure pure!
Congrats #78 - Harris!
Congrats #78 - Harris!
Jennie O Meats has teamed up with financefoodie.com to help one lucky reader start the school year (or Fall season) off healthy by giving away two $10 gift certificates good for any Jennie O retail or deli meat product.
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