Posts Tagged ‘crisp’

Eat That Leaf

Posted: October 20, 2012 by jerkmagblog in CRISP -- health
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What’s crisper than a nice crunchy piece of lettuce? Not much. That’s why you should ditch the bread and start using it.

Take those amazingly addictive lettuce wraps at P.F. Changs as an example for a much healthier snack.  You could put your very own at-home spin on them, which is not only healthy but also cheap!

Now I’m a complete advocate for all things lettuce: salad, wraps, toppings and any everything else. I just don’t think people realize how great this is, so here’s a recipe that I love that is healthy, delicious, and doesn’t fill you up so you can eat a few of these and not feel like a fatty.

James Duigan: Ultimate Clean & Lean Lettuce Wrap
(Brought to you by me with help from

4 leaves iceberg lettuce
4 slices roast turkey
½ cucumber, sliced
250g hummus
Sprinkle of paprika

Put the toppings on the lettuce as if it were bread and roll it up! You can place a toothpick in the wrap to hold it together for easy keeping or just while you’re eating. You can also add other ingredients such as: cheese, garlic, seasonings, other meats, no meat, beans, etc.

If you try this out, comment below and let me know how it goes!

-Brooke Leone

Being Sick Sucks

Posted: September 17, 2012 by jerkmag in CRISP -- health
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This past week we have witnessed, yet again, the indecisive weather of Syracuse, NY. We spent our Sunday bundled in pants and sweatshirts, only to find ourselves in tank tops and shorts on Wednesday. Yeah it’s nice to have a random 90 degree day in the middle of September, but to be honest, it’s not very good for your health (and neither are those quesadillas you eat from Schine’s Cafe).

So to help you all stay above the weather, I have put together the top five, best ways to avoid catching the cold this fall.

#1. Wash your hands
Everything that you touch is carrying hundreds and hundreds of germs. The door handles in Schine? Infested. The bathroom door? Even more infested. Don’t be that girl who tries to sneak her way out of the bathroom without anybody noticing she didn’t wash her hands. It is as simple as carrying around portable hand sanitizer and you’re good to go.

#2. Stay away
Even if your best friend in the entire world has been sniffling the past few days, do not, I repeat, DO NOT share a drink with her. There is no better way of catching a cold than sharing, touching, kissing or breathing the same air as someone who is already under the weather.

#3. Sleep
If your body is tired, it is harder to fight off those nasty little germs who will gladly take over. It is recommended to get at least six to eight hours of sleep a night – not only will sleep help you stay healthy, but it will make sure those bags under your eyes don’t get any bigger.

#4. Get the shot
In about a month you can walk right down to the health center to receive a free flu-shot. You’d think they would give us something more exciting after all of the money we shell out for this campus. Anyways, it’s as simple as that and if you are afraid of needles, like myself, well then your shit out of luck.

#5. Get your butt to the gym
There is nothing better for your immune system than a hot, sweaty workout at the gym… or in bed. Look at it this way, not only will you be fighting off any germs that make their way into your body, but you are going to tone up the body you hide under large sweaters all winter. Win-win.

Happy cold season and may the odds be ever in your favor!

-Chelsey Perry

It’s 12am. You have an essay due at the start of an 8am class…today, and if you are anything like me, you will turn to food right now. Lots of food.

I often wonder as I am shove handfuls of “healthy” granola down my throat, if I am just asking to gain some jean sizes. Isn’t snacking supposed to be good for your metabolism? Does this change at night?

Articles such as, “Midnight Snack Won’t Pack Fat” suggest that our bodies can’t tell time, so don’t worry about late night munchies as long as they are healthy. However, this conclusion was made based on a study that used monkeys as the test subjects.

When it comes to fifty two human samples however, results showed in an Obesity journal study that eating late can lead to weight gain. Those who ate after 8pm gained more weight than those who stopped eating earlier. The cause is still uncertain, but it could be connected to the fact that the late-eating human guinea-pigs got less sleep and thus had slower metabolisms.

Eating certain foods late at night interferes heavily with your sleeping pattern. Like fuel in a car, sleep powers our fat-burning metabolisms. So if you want to get more of this fat-burning tool, avoid these foods according to Dr. Oz to get a good night’s rest:

The Sugary and Spicy: Yes, the good stuff. Obviously cakes and cookies (even Insomnia cookies, but I’ll admit they may be worth the extra pounds). Even my granola cereal contains so much sugar that it will cause a spike in energy that disrupts my sleep. Spicy foods can help you burn calories during the day, but stimulate your senses at night, making it much harder to sleep.

Meat: Red meat is the worst, but all animal-originating proteins tend to sit in your stomach and be tough for your body to digest.

Citrus Fruits: Oranges and lemons can be great tools for losing weight during the day, but at night they can lead to indigestion and more trouble sleeping.

Dr. Oz recommends not eating anything two hours before you plan on going to sleep to eliminate any chance of gaining weight. However, if you are like me and often just need something to nibble to get you through your work, you are not completely doomed.  Here are some healthy snacks that shouldn’t completely sabotage your diet if you keep them under 200 calories, according to Dr. Oz.

  • 1 Cup of Greek Yogurt with Blueberries
  • Sliced carrots with humus
  • A bowl of oatmeal with low-fat milk
  • 1 Banana with low fat peanut butter (The potassium and magnesium in the banana will relax your muscles after a long day)
  • An apple with almond butter

The bottom line is that it’s best not to eat late at night, especially if you’re going to be laying down shortly after. But, nobody is perfect. (especially when on a diet) So don’t fret if you really must indulge in that 1am snack to get your work done. If you are working that hard, you probably deserve it anyway.

-Shannon Hazlitt