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Goodbye Stress

Hello Everyone,

With midterm season almost at a finish (thank goodness), it is never too soon to get a head start preparing for finals. There are simple steps you can take to reduce stress and keep calm this finals season.

Meditate-
Always give yourself room to breathe. It is important to set aside time for yourself to relax and wind down. Mediation can mean literally practicing breathing exercises, or simply allowing downtime to center your mind and body. There are even apps that help schedule a few minute long meditation exercises into your day. It is a simple way to stay calm, cool, and collected.

Time Manage-
Set up a calendar with your due dates for assignments and exams. Give yourself time to chip away at your work week by week. The less pressure you’re under, the more successfully you can perform! Beat procrastination before it can even become an issue.

Communicate-
If you are struggling, whether inside or outside of school, never be afraid to reach out. FIT has free Counseling Services for any full-time student who has personal or academic concerns. Communication is important, especial during high-stress situations. No problem is too big to too small to reach out.

Health is Wealth-
Being conscious of what you put into your body can make you feel better in the long run; fuel your body on healthy, clean food whenever you have the opportunity. Even spending an hour in the gym is a great stress relief to let you mind unwind. The better you are to your body, the better you will feel mentally! However… there is nothing wrong with treating yourself every so often . Which brings me to…

Treat Your Self!-
Every now and then, you deserve to treat yourself. Take an hour or two and watch that Netflix movie you haven’t gotten to watch yet. Meet up with friends for dinner. Have a cookie. You deserve to enjoy the simple pleasures of life!

I hope these tips help decrease stress as final season approaches in the near future. Never forget to take care of YOU.

Best,
Annmarie

Healthy Snacking for Fall Stashing

As Fall is in full force, the colder the weather gets, the more everyone eats. Fall is a perfect season for getting your diet on track, especially to get you through midterms. Here are some money-conscious healthy snacking tips, great for college students always on the go.

Snacking from Scraps

Sometimes you might have a lot of bits and bites floating around in your fridge. I usually have peppers and ends of cheese. I made a great snack by toasting a couple thin slices of laying around bread and topped them with the peppers and mozzarella. Hummus is another great snack if you have some sitting in your fridge, great with any veggie! Healthy snacking is a mindset, so get creative and feel strong!

Always Keep Snacks on Hand

Store carrots and celery sticks in water in the fridge as crunchy snacks. Keep some dips handy to liven up the vegetables. Nibble on low-calorie quick fixes to take the edge off of your hunger to prevent the temptation to overeat at dinner.

Eat a Fruit + Protein

Pairing a fruit with a protein is a hunger-fighting combination. Eating just fruit will have satisfied, but after you eat that banana, you’ll be hungry an hour later. Add a handful of peanuts to the banana, though, and you’ll go for hours on about $0.65.

Nuts for Nuts

Nuts get a bad rap because of the misconception that they are expensive and high in fat. Though they may be expensive per pound, an 1½-oz serving will fill you up, unlike three servings of chips. Remember, there are good fats and bad fats. Nuts are a source of good fat!

Brain Foods for Midterm Madness

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If anyone is currently gearing up for midterms or any other testing, I’m right there with you! My mind is all over the place now that midterms have begun at FIT, and if I’m honest, it’s a struggle to balance healthy eating when coffee and ramen are so easily accessible. It’s time to make a conscious effort to eat foods that will stimulate your mind. Here are my suggestions for healthy brain foods during midterm madness:

  1. Berries: Fruits such as blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries are full of Vitamin C and antioxidants, which have been shown to enhance brain performance and improve memory. The vitamin C in berries will boost your immune system and overall mental function — even improving your skin!
  2. Eggs: Eggs are rich in protein, vitamins, and antioxidants, all of which contribute to your overall physical and mental health. The choline in eggs is an essential building block of the brain’s memory function. They contain biotin, which contributes to healthy hair and nails! Hard-boiled eggs are an easy way to incorporate this brain-food into your eating habits.
  3. Dark Chocolate: Dark chocolate combines the energizing benefits of caffeine with the health benefits of antioxidants to provide you with some serious brainpower!  This sweet little combination will increase blood flow to the brain, which is necessary for good brain function.  Additionally, the caffeine will give you a short burst of energy, increasing focus and concentration.
  4. Spinach: Leafy green vegetables like spinach, kale and cabbage contain vitamin B12, B6, folic acid and iron, which help support memory function. An easy way to incorporate spinach into your diet is to consider using baby spinach leaves in your salad instead of romaine or iceberg lettuce.  You can also try spinach in a smoothie, where it’s blended up so much that you can’t even recognize it!
  5. Whole-Grain Cereal: Whole grain cereal makes for a nutritious, brain-powering breakfast. Whole grains contain fiber, vitamin E, and carbohydrates, all of which are good for your body and your mind because they contribute to healthy blood flow to and from your brain.  Carbohydrates are also an excellent source of fuel for the brain because they are your body’s preferred energy source.

Hope these suggestions help you power through testing!

MB

Restaurant Spotlight: Roti

Being constantly on the go, it is nice to find new fast casual restaurants that are in the area!  I came across Roti Modern Mediterranean, or Roti for short, on Instagram and I knew that I had to go and give them a try!  With 2 locations located in Manhattan, 100 Maiden Lane and 142 E 43rd, and locations throughout the east coast and Chicago, Roti is quickly growing, with new stores likely to open nationwide.

Similarly to Chipotle, you can customize your meal from your base of rice, salad, or pita (bonus: they have gluten free pita), then choosing your protein from falafel to chicken kabobs to salmon, there are options for everyone.  Then comes the fun part of picking all of your toppings and sauces.  A mediterranean restaurant isn’t complete without hummus and Roti has you covered there!  For people who are very mindful about what they are eating, they have a nutrition calculator online so you can plan out or see what you’re fueling your body with!  I opted for the salad with chicken kabob, fresh vegetables, and red S’hug sauce.  After one visit, I am hooked and I am looking forward to returning!  For more info, visit http://roti.com/

Happy eating!

Ashley

Upcoming Food Events

New York is known for the abundant amounts of food, restaurants, and the most outlandish food combinations.  With spring right around the corner, food festivals and events are popping up everywhere at the end of this month.  Here are some of the highlights of what you have to look forward to:

NYC Dessert Fest:
What: 20+ dessert vendors, a free candy bar, and a rooftop.  What more could you ask for?
When: March 25th-26th
Where: 64 Dobbin Street, Brooklyn
Price: $15-50

LIC Flea & Food Opening Day:
What: Food market vendors and handmade goods
When: Opening April 8th and 9th
Where: 5-25 46th Ave, Long Island City, Queens
Price: $0 for entry, varies from vendor

Smorgasburg Opening Day:
What: The iconic food flea market in Brooklyn is BACK, featuring over 100+ vendors
When: Opening April 1st-2nd
Where: Williamsburg’s East River Park (Kent Ave and North 7th Street) on Saturdays/Prospect Park’s Breeze Hill on Sundays
Price: $0 for entry, varies from vendor

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day:
What: The most wonderful day of the year where Ben & Jerry’s gives out free cones
When: April 4th, 12 PM – 8 PM
Where: Your local Ben and Jerry’s
Price: $0

Madison Square Eats Opening Day:
What: An outdoor food vendor market located in Madison Square Park
When: Opens April 29th, open 7 days a week
Where: Madison Square Park, 5th Ave between 26th and 25th St.
Price: $0 for entry, varies from vendor

Happy dining!

Ashley