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Brain Food: Smoothie On-The-Go

Good Morning Everybody!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it gets your metabolism running and your brain going after, hopefully, a good nights sleep.  A problem I face almost every morning is that I am in a rush do not have the time to prepare a good breakfast.  With finals approaching, I know I need to be on my A game so I came up with a cheap and easy solution.  For a while I was buying yoplait yogurts and taking them on the bus with me, but then I was stuck carrying around a spoon all day. I decided to do a little experiment, and it turned out great.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bananna
  • 1 yoplait yogurt
  • 1 cup ice
  • blender

Make sure to wash your blender before use it if it has been in a cabinet for a while. Then, put the cup of ice, yogurt and sliced banana into the blender and hold down the smoothie button.  After 30 seconds turn off the blender and mix it all around. Blend again with the smoothie button for about 30 seconds or until all of the ice is blended.

I actually made this smoothie last night right before bed, poured it into a disposable styrofoam cup, covered it in plastic wrap and hoped it would be perfectly chilled in the morning to grab on my way out the door. I definitely enjoyed the peach mango smoothie this morning and am going to try different fruit and yogurt flavors!

-Katie

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Guest Blog: Frittata- Breakfast Any Time, In No Time.

It’s as simple as scrambling eggs, cutting up veggies, and adding seasoning. My mom used to make this all the time when I lived at home. The smell of peppers and onions would fill the air as I barreled through the door, ravenous after expending most of my day’s energy at track, soccer, and/or dance practice. This Italian style dish is one of my favorite home-cooked meals, but I never took the time to try to recreate the deliciousness for most of my college career. It wasn’t until recently that I discovered how simple, affordable, and time-savvy this recipe really is. My mom typically served it as dinner, but is just as good between ciabata bread for lunch, and of course, as a protein-rich start to your day. It’s got the lightly crisped browness of a omelet and the fluffiness of a quiche, and it’s just as good cold as it is hot. Here goes.

Ingredients for Mama’s Zucchini Frittata:

  • Whip up about 8 eggs
  • Onion slided in rings
  • Orange and red Bell peppers sliced length ways
  • Zucchini sliced in coins
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation:

Heat the pan with olive oil and sauté the onions until they’re very brown with a just a dash of salt and pepper. Then, throw in the peppers, and when the peppers are soft, add the zucchini as a top layer. Continue to gently sauté all the ingredients. Once the zucchini is tender (but not over-cooked!), pat it all down, so it creates a flat pie-like layers. Then, pour the well-beaten eggs into the pan, completely covering the arranged layers of veggies, and let it sit. I repeat, do not stir! Then, lightly salt and pepper the ingredients, and cover it up with a lid.

When the eggs are completely puffed up (should take about ten minutes), slide it onto a big plate and flip it over on the other side onto the pan. Since the eggs are already cooked, the flip maneuver is just to brown the other side for a couple minutes. And that’s all there is! Put it on a plate, and serve in slices, like a pie.

About the Guest Blogger: Alicia Hesse

I’m a senior with SMAD major with a minor in Italian and British Communications, graduating in December 2012. I am a staff writer for The Breeze, in addition to having a health column for a year, and a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. I am a group fitness instructor at JMU, teaching boxing, cycle, body sculpt, and yoga, etc. Being an athlete my whole life, and now a coach, I’ve spent a lot of time studying and practicing nutrition and exercise. From a young age I learned this: it feels good to eat well. It’s a pretty simple equation.

My favorite food is definitely hot wings, I love spicy and ethnic food like Thai and Indian. Anything involving balsamic vinegar OR peanut butter (in addition to hot sauce) simply has to be delicious. I’m sort of odd in that I think in flavors first, and how to have those flavors second.

BYOBowl: Breakfast Bowl

A breakfast bowl is a simple, relatively quick fix in the morning before running to class or even for the all sacred breakfast for dinner.  All it takes is a few ingredients and a little preparation.

  • 1 or 2 eggs
  • Milk
  • Red pepper
  • Green pepper
  • 2 Sausage links
  • Salt/Pepper

First, chop up a little of onion, red pepper, and green pepper.  Then sauté the vegetables in a small pan for 1-2 minutes, or until cooked. Next, warm up the sausage links in the microwave for the amount of time specified on the box. When they are done, cut them up into small pieces. Then while the sausage is cooking, crack one or two eggs in a bowl, add a little milk, mix it up, and put it in the frying pan to scramble.  Add salt and pepper as needed. After the eggs are done put them in a bowl, add the vegetables and the sausage. Give it a little mix and enjoy! Feel free to add some hot sauce or salsa if that is what you like.

-Sarah

Fresh Fruit

Do you have a sweet tooth?

Fresh fruit is a healthy and easy way to satisfy the craving for sweets.

I bought a pineapple and a package of strawberries to eat for breakfast over spring break.  It is extremely easy to prepare.  Once you cup up the fruit make sure to refrigerate it!  It will last you at least a week.

The left overs could even be put into a fruity cocktail or frozen drink!  Enjoy this beautiful weather!

I was so excited to eat the fruit that this picture was taken mid meal.  Usually the bowl is a bit more full, oops! You can see my fork about to dig in.

Katie

Sloppy Seconds- Southwest Chicken Omelet

I found it quite appropriate that during our “Sloppy Seconds” leftover week I literally have no food in my apartment.  Well its dinner time once again and I knew for a fact that I didn’t have anything in my fridge to make, naturally I looked anyway.  All I could find is some leftover chicken I had from the other night, half an onion, eggs and one lonely bell pepper I felt I had to help out. I knew these few items, considering they are the only things left in my fridge, would be the basis for my meal.

If you are like me breakfast food is an anytime of the day food so I decided to make an omelet. Below is the list of ingredients and how to make my Sloppy Seconds Southwest Chicken Omelet. (Prep time: 5 min, Cook time: 5 min, Total time: 10 min)

What you will need:

1/2 cup of diced bell pepper (about half of a bell pepper)

1/2 cup of diced onions

1/2 cup of cooked chicken (chopped)

1/4 cup of shredded cheese

3 eggs

Salsa (to top omelet)

1. Dice the bell pepper, onion and chicken and make sure they are measured out properly.

2. After you chopped and diced the pepper, onion and chicken add them into a bowl with the shredded cheese and stir them together so that when you add the ingredients to the omelet they are blended evenly.  Set this bowl of ingredients aside for a few moments.

3. Crack the 3 eggs into a bowl and whisk them together so that it has a consistent look.  Pour the eggs into a heated stovetop pan and let them cook for about 2.5 minutes.

4. After the eggs are halfway cooked add the chicken and vegetable blend to the cooking eggs.

5.  Use a spatula to fold the omelet in half so that the contents of the omelet are covered.

6.  Carefully flip the omelet to its other side so that the contents don’t spill out and let that side cook for a few moments.

7. Remove the omelet from the pan and top it will Salsa to give it that “Southwest Kick.”

8. Enjoy.

I hope this guide is helpful and everyone enjoys the meal.  I made some for my roommates and they loved them. Leave comments let me know what you think and anyway you think we can improve the dish.

Thanks for reading,

-Ryan

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