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Happy Snow Day everybody! Instead of simply hibernating and sipping hot cocoa, why not take advantage of the great workouts the snow offers? Strap on your snow boots, sport your long underwear and watch the Vancouver olympics to garner enough motivation to leave the cozy confines of your home. Winter sports provide hard-core workouts that will burn numerous calories and tone your muscles (not to mention provide endless amusement as well). Some great examples are:

Snow shoeing: 500.09 calories per hour

Sledding: 476 calories per hour

Walking in the snow: 450 calories per hour

Shoveling: 408 calories per hour

You also cannot neglect dancing upon learning of class cancellation which burns 321.48 calories per hour, in case you were wondering;)

*** These values were obtained from Self magazine and are based on a 150 pound person.

Also, please take caution when exercising in the snow-laden park. Yesterday one person was killed from a falling tree branch in Central Park so try to stay in clear areas, such as Sheep Meadow.

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Hey all:

I have found a healthier (and more delicious) alternative to the classic stuffed baked potato.

It stars its cousin the sweet potato, which offers lots of Vitamin A. It is joined by our friend black beans (which I think are the most flavorful beans around), and which offer us protein and fiber.

I have adapted the recipe from EatingWell.com.

Sweet potatoes stuffed with black beans

Ingredients

  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup black beans, rinsed to remove the salt
  • 8 grape tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Preparation

  1. Prick sweet potatoes with a fork in several places. Microwave on High until tender all the way to the center, 12 to 15 minutes. (Alternatively, place in a baking dish and bake at 425 degrees F until tender all the way to the center, about 1 hour.)
  2. Meanwhile, combine beans, tomatoes, oil, and spices and heat in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  3. When just cool enough to handle, slash each sweet potato lengthwise, press open to make a well in the center and spoon the bean mixture into the well. Enjoy 🙂

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Ahh the ever-elusive mini fridge. At times the miniature insulator proves a venerable companion (hooray, I can store last night’s leftovers) and, at others, an epic disappointment (why oh why won’t my  head of broccoli fit inside?). Instead of just attempting to cram your dorm-sized fridge with as many adult beverages as possible, why not try storing salubrious items that can help fuel long study sessions and keep you energized. Some staple items to include in your fridge are:

1. Salsa- This low-calorie, vegetable rich condiment can serve as a salad dressing in addition to a burrito topper.

2. Crudite- Munch on raw vegetables instead of chips to achieve your daily dose of fiber and nutrients.

3. Hummus- This protein rich, Mediterranean dip provides a great source of protein that will keep you satiated for hours.

4. Fresh fruit- When your sweet tooth begins to strike, try reaching for some fresh fruit instead of that Snickers bar. Fruit provides a great source of immune system enhancing nutrients, and the water content will help keep you full.

5. Yogurt- As young women calcium constitutes an extremely important nutrient to ensure bone health. Look for yogurt with high protein and low sugar contents, such as plain or Greek yogurt, and sweeten with fresh fruit or a drizzle of honey.

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Hello to our readers!

We hope that you are having a great year and we are glad to be back writing for you again 🙂

I recently stumbled across a great (and healthy!) chocolate chip cookie recipe in a pretty unlikely place: a bag of muesli, a cereal that includes dried fruits, nuts and seeds in addition to whole grains.

The muesli that I used is pictured at left. It is Bob’s Red Mill Muesli and you can find it locally. I bought mine from West Side Market.

These cookies are delicious as well as low in fat and high in nutrition. Apple sauce is a great ingredient to use instead of butter, oil, or shortening. It gives baked goods a nice moisture and flavor. The cookies are pictured below. Here is the recipe:

Chocolate Chip Muesli Cookies

1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Muesli

3/4 cup sifted whole wheat flour

2/3 cup applesauce

6 oz. chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli semisweet)

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 egg

a dash cinnamon

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Sift flour, baking soda and salt together and set aside. Blend applesauce, sugar and vanilla together. Beat in egg. Add flour mixture and cinnamon and mix. Stir in Muesli and chocolate chips. Drop in tablespoonfuls on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Yields about 36 cookies. Enjoy!

**This recipe is adapted from Bob’s Red Mill.

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