Monthly Archives: November 2013



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Gobble til you Wobble?

I ran across this saying while looking for a festive picture this morning and had to laugh. It wasn’t long ago that I lived by that motto throughout the holidays. From the time I woke up to the time my head hit the pillow, I thought about what bar or cookie, side dish, or “main event” I was about to indulge in. I ate until I was ready to burst, and usually had one more bite- JUST to be sure I wouldn’t feel hungry in 10 minutes.


I think about that mentality now, and I just think: Yikes.

Although our society often makes this time of year about the food, the expanding waistlines, the food comas, and the once-a-year delicacies we are about to indulge in… I challenge you to do a little reframing this year. For me, Holidays have become more about the togetherness, the fun traditions (like digging out my “Festive” Thanksgiving sweater vest), and love of others, rather than the food on my plate. Don’t get me wrong- I have my favorite foods that I enjoy as well, but now I try harder to concentrate on the conversation rather than the fork-to-mouth ratio.

One of my favorite things is now a bundled up brisk walk around the block with my aunts and cousins mid-afternoon. I know, it sounds crazy when you consider the temperature and quite often the wind, but it’s a great way to catch up with each other, get energized and burn off some of those extra almond bark pretzels I’ve enjoyed.

I want to hear from YOU!
Have you made any changes to the way you approach the Holiday season? How do you stay on track?


Vitamin B12

Keeps body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and helps make DNA. Prevents a type of anemia called, megaloblastic anemia (tired and weak)

Beef liver, clams, fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk, fortified grains (check your nutrition facts label) – a multivitamin is for those who may be vegetarian or vegan.

2.4 mcg/day

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Seasons DeLIGHTful Desserts

Feeling the season of Thanksgiving, DeLIGHTful Desserts class November 21st made some healthy “Pumpkin Softies” a mix between cookies and bars. What a recipe to feel festive and less weighed down. Choosing this healthy sweet treat can save you calories and fat during the holidays. Top it off with some scrumptious cream cheese frosting. (What a pair!)


Pumpkin Softies


1 cup canned pure pumpkin (like the kind by Libby’s)
1/4 cup brown sugar (not packed)
2 tbsp. granulated white sugar
2 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like Brummel & Brown)
2 tbsp. fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup raisins (not packed), chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine pumpkin, brown sugar, white sugar, butter, egg substitute, and vanilla extract. Mix thoroughly with a wire whisk or fork.

Add flour, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt, and thoroughly stir until smooth. Add oats and chopped raisins (make sure raisins don’t stick together), and stir until evenly dispersed. Spoon batter onto the baking sheet in 8 evenly spaced mounds. Use the back of a spoon to spread and flatten batter into circles about 3 inches wide.

Bake in the oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of a “softie” comes out clean, 12 – 15 minutes. Allow to cool and then enjoy!


Cream Cheese Frosting



2 oz. light cream cheese, softened, 2 teaspoons skim milk, 1 1/2 cup light whipping cream, 1/2 cup powdered sugar


1. In large bowl, mix cream cheese and milk until smooth.

2. Beat whipping cream and powdered sugar with electric mixer on high speed, scrapping bowl occasionally, until soft peaks form.

***Participants commented on the frosting and said it was the “Best frosting they’ve had!”

Cost of Living: Much More Than a One Time Fee.

After a year or two of living in the residence halls at UND, some students want to get away from the “random roommate” situation and want a place of their own. It is important to evaluate your options to ensure that your living situation supports your academic success, a healthy lifestyle, and finally, your bank account.


More than just a one-time fee.
Let’s face it, the UND Residence Halls provide just about everything a student needs once the bill is paid. A one-time payment through Campus Connection provides a furnished room for a semester complete with internet, cable, garbage, cleaning services, dining services, to name a few. When moving off campus, it is very important to understand what expenses will be incurred each month should you choose to move off campus.

Questions to ask:
What will my fixed monthly payment be?
What utilities are included?

What expenses will be variable each month and when will I be expected to pay?

From Dining Services to Ramen?

The dining centers provide all sorts of entrees, sides, and desserts with your one-time payment. Once paid, you will have a semester of either unlimited food or a blocked meal plan. Yet, the meal plans offered may not be the cheapest eating if you don’t utilize the service enough. On the other hand, living off campus brings a new set of obstacles. Unless you purchase a campus meal plan, you will have to grocery shop, plan meals, cook, and do dishes for yourself. These are costs and time commitments that must be accommodated to your lifestyle.

Questions to ask:
Do I have basic cooking supplies: bowls, plates, silverware, pans, cups, and cleaning supplies?

Can I resist the temptation to go out to eat and cook at home instead?

Will I make healthy meals at home, or will I eat Ramen every day?

Living in the Residence Halls includes a furnished room, bathroom, and shared living rooms. This means a bed, desk, and drawers are provided. When moving off campus, it is likely you will need to purchase some larger furniture to complete a bedroom, kitchen, and living room. For many students, especially upperclassmen, these are items that they will need to purchase after graduation any way and buying now is a head start. A great time to purchase used items is in May as many students are graduating or transitioning and don’t want their old stuff or at least don’t want to move it with them.

Questions to ask:
Do I have the funds to purchase larger ticket item living expenses?

Will I need to rent a moving van to transport furniture?

What will I do with these items when I graduate?  How much will it cost to move them?

How far can you walk?

Every UND Residence Hall is located within easy walking distance to the UND classrooms. When moving off campus, there are options near and far. Evaluate your transportation resources and account for the expenses that come with owning a car: repairs, gas, and maintenance.


Questions to ask:
Can my car survive the winter?

Is there a bus route nearby my place of living?

Can I carpool or will I need to purchase a parking permit?

Know what you are signing.

The Residence Hall contracts a student for a semester or full school year of living. A contract for an apartment or house will likely last for a year. For students staying in Grand Forks for the summer, this is a great option. Regardless of where you live, you will have to pay for these months unless you sublease to a different renter.

Questions to ask:

How long is my lease?

Will my roommates pay their rent on time and will they be present for the whole term of the lease?

Do I have enough money to pay the deposit?
Do I need to mow the lawn, shovel snow, and upkeep in general?

As you consider moving off campus, be sure to make a list of the different expenses you will have and ensure that you have the resources to pay for them! Both living on campus or off campus has a set of benefits and consequences. Need help determining what’s best for you? Set up an appointment with a peer consultant at Financial Wellness at

Running With Lynn Show

Good morning UND looking like another nice day with a cool breeze.

The movie of the week this week is every movie so make it a good one.

So, I was riding the city bus with a friend the other day and I said, “hey is that Tom Brady?” and my friend said “Why would Tom Brady be on the Grand Forks city bus?” Anyway, I yelled “Tom!” “Did he look?” I exclaimed. My buddy said “what?” Okay, well if I yell again you have to look, so I yelled again “TOM BRADY!”  he said no it’s not him.

have a nice day everybody

Better-than-takeout Fried Rice

Today at Cheap Fast and Healthy we made better-than-takeout fried rice.  We used brown rice to increase the nutritional value of the rice.  It is a pretty simple recipe to make and also very inexpenssive! All of the ingredients costed around $8 and it served 7 people! Come back next Tuesday at 5:30 and see what is cooking in Culinary Corner…. FOR FREE!

fried rice 1

Better-than-takeout Fried Rice


  • 4 cups brown rice, prepared
  • 1 cup peas & carrots, frozen
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce


  1. Prepare rice according to package instructions to yield 4 cups cooked rice.
  2. Heat sesame oil in a large skillet on medium heat.
  3. Add onion, garlic, peas, and carrots. Stir fry until tender.
  4. Crack eggs into pan and scramble, mixing throughout vegetables.
  5. Add rice and soy sauce to pan. Stir in soy sauce and remove from heat.

There’s HOW much sugar in that?!

Any student who has taken chemistry labs would testify that a ton of weight measurement are taken throughout the course. Even though I’ve taken soooo many weight measurements (with 3 chem labs under my belt, and anticipating 2 more), I still have a difficult time visualizing what one gram of a substance looks like.

While surfing the web (yay for outdated sayings! :)), I came across a great website: This website offers visualizations of sugar content in popular foods. I. Was. Floored. Being that my “one gram” visualization skills aren’t the greatest, these pictures helped open my eyes to the egregious sugar content in commonly consumed foods. I needed to share this! Below, I picked out some foods that typical college students consume. All of the pictures and sugar content information belong to

Rockstar 31g pers serving, 62g per can
31g pers serving, 62g per can
Arizona Iced Tea 24g in a serving, 72g in the can.
Arizona Iced Tea
24g in a serving, 72g in the can.
Watermelon slice - 18g sugar
Watermelon slice – 18g 
Strawberry Nutrigrain Bar - 13g sugar
Strawberry Nutrigrain Bar – 13g 
Snickers 18g, 54g, and 30g, respectively
18g, 54g, and 30g, respectively
Powerbar - 23g
Powerbar – 23g
2 Cherry Poptarts - 34g
2 Cherry Poptarts – 34g
Mountain Dew 77g and 124g, respectively
Mountain Dew
77g and 124g, respectively
One ear of corn - 5g
One ear of corn – 5g
Cherrios - 1g per serving
Cherrios – 1g per serving
Skittles - 47g
Skittles – 47g
PBJ 3g PB, 13g jelly, 18g sandwhich
3g PB, 13g jelly, 18g sandwhich
Orange Juice 24g per serving, 28g in a bottle
Orange Juice
24g per serving, 28g in a bottle
Small Oreo McFlurry 73g
Small Oreo McFlurry – 73g
Small Frappuccino - 47g
Small Frappuccino – 47g
Baby Carrots - 4g per serving
Baby Carrots – 4g per serving

WOW! It sure helps to see the sugar cubes stacked in front of the foods. Now what does this mean for calories? Since sugar is a carbohydrate, each gram has 4 calories. Let’s take the Rockstar energy drink that was pictured first. It has 62g of sugar per can. 62g x 4 calories per gram =  248 calories. 248!!! That’s only from sugar! Hopefully these pictures will help you get a mental picture of sugar content in foods.

TIP: when checking out the nutrition label on foods, always check the serving size and amount per serving. The label below shows its nutrition facts per 1 ounce serving size. However, if you eat the whole bag of food (I took this image from, I’m not sure what the product is), you must multiply the nutrients by 4 to determine what you actually consumed. For example, if you ate the whole bag, you actually consumed 620 calories (155 cals per serving x 4 servings per bag), not 155 calories. This can be deceptive, so be careful!

2013-nutritional-label-2 with highlight

Check out for the rest of their visualizations! And don’t forget to check those serving sizes. 🙂

***I do not own any of the pictures in this blog.

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