It's All About The Pockets
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I am about to graduate from college, May 2019, and I’ve eaten on campus less than ten times. I try to stick to a plant-based diet, and I find it easier and more healthful to pack my own lunch. But there are a lot of other benefits to packing your own lunch. You save money, consume less junk food, you can control your portions, so you don’t over eat, and it’s also a time saver because you don’t waste time walking to the food court or waiting in line. I usually eat in class or in between classes. Preparing a homemade meal doesn’t have to be time consuming or complicated. Here is one of my favorite salads to pack.
Balela salad is a healthy salad mixing garbanzo beans (chickpeas), black beans, tomatoes, onion, mint and parsley. Its dressed with a spicy lemon dressing. It’s incredibly simple to make and easy to take to school. It’s super flavorful and packed with lots of fiber and nutrients—perfect to power you through the rest of the day.
Balela Salad Recipe:
2 (15 ounce) cans garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained & rinsed
2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained & rinsed
1 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 cup chopped fresh mint
One small thinly sliced red onion
1 pint grape tomatoes cut in half
1 large jalapeño pepper roughly chopped
3 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
2 lemons juiced
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Salt & pepper to taste
In a large bowl, mix together the garbanzo beans, black beans, parsley, mint, onion, and grape tomatoes.
Dressing: Place the jalapeño pepper, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and red wine vinegar into a blender, and blend until thoroughly combined. (I use a NutriBullet. You can use an immersion blender too). Pour the dressing over the salad and toss. Season with salt and pepper.
I always bring a 32oz bottle of water, some fresh fruit, and some nuts with whatever I pack. If you’re looking for a quick on-the-go breakfast check out this Easy Overnight Oats Recipe.
Take the time to take care of yourself this semester!
My obsession with Star Wars started when I was 5. I stumbled into the game room and found my brother watching, Revenge of the Sith. I stopped in my tracks in awe. The movie captivated me instantly. All the action, the over the top characters and the futuristic world was enthralling. I also had a huge crush on Anakin. It didn’t take long for me to discover all the prequels and of course watch all the sequels.
I wanted to be apart of the Star Wars universe.The force became with me, always. There were endless lightsaber battles with my brother—until we were in our late teens. I’ve owned everything from bubbled bath, to pajamas, boxes of cereal, puzzles, pillows, and a slew of toys. As an adult my collection has grown to tracking down rare items and hording posters—which I refuse to open because I’m afraid they will be devalued. When I was 13 I dressed up as Padmé—I made my costume and it was so much fun.
More importantly, my love of Star Wars reminds me of my childhood. I had zero responsibility and my imagination was allowed to run wild. They were happy and carefree times. Snuggled up on the sofa with my brother and friends to stay up late and binge watching all the movies. Christmas stockings full of Star Wars goodies, hunting for Star Wars Easter eggs, trick or treating in a Star Wars costume and even sending out Star Wars Valentines. On Star Wars Day last year (May 4Th), I did R2D2 inspired makeup.
Every so often I hope you find yourself reminiscing about your favorite childhood movie.
I’m a senior in college—the assignments are endless. I’m currently working on developing an app—lots of meetings and decision making. I plan on testing for my second-degree black belt in a few months—heading to Japan this summer to meet the Grand Master of my martial arts style.
Experiencing exhaustion and burnout, I was told that I need to focus on self-care. I expect a lot from myself therefore, it’s important to be good to myself. I know one of the main excuses people have for not taking care of themselves is they simply don’t have the time. This was my excuse. I didn’t think twice about putting self-care on the backburner because I honestly didn’t feel that I was running myself ragged. I love all that I do, and I didn’t really feel stressed—and if there was stress, it was good stress. It’s worth noting my doctor told me the body doesn’t recognize good stress or bad stress as different—it’s all stress to the body. That was my wake-up call.
Self-care is different for everyone and it’s important to find what works for you. When I’m stressed and I need a quick way to decompress and relax I find the most beneficial thing I can do for myself is simply give myself a little alone time.
Here are a few small, simple self-care habits that I do:
- Go for a walk outside, just being in nature
- Meditate or do deep breathing for five minutes
- Chill with my dog or one of my cats
- Once a week try and meet a friend for lunch, movie, or to simply hang out
- Eat well everyday
- Learn to say ‘No.’
- Get a good night’s sleep
- Take time to read a book
Be good to yourself!
Prioritizing self-care is so important, the benefits can be felt emotionally and physically. Self-care is all about balance. You have to strike a balance between being a hard worker, being driven, and packing your days full of tasks and activities while also listening to your body when it tells you to take better care of it.