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Blog Review: College Cooking for Beginners

Hey everyone,

This week in class we are showcasing a fellow student’s blog to give them exposure and also (hopefully) gain exposure for our own blogs through social media and blogging. I decided to do a review on Hugo Garcia’s blog, College Cooking for Beginners.

Hugo’s posts are about learning how to make affordable and healthy meals throughout college. His objective is to stay on a budget of $10-$15 per meal he makes and I think that’s a really important concept, especially when your target demographic is students in college. Our blogs are similar in the idea that we both believe in educating people on how to establish healthy habits now before it’s too difficult to reverse later in life.

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A beautiful sneak peek at Hugo’s blog before you click the link above.

Hugo’s first post is about cooking salmon and is must-read to learn how to cook an easy weeknight meal. It’s also something you will never find my blog because I hate seafood with a passion, so go check him out and let him/me know what you think!

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Standard Workout & Favorite Recipe

Hey guys!

I have been sick this past weekend, so my workouts and healthy eating habits were severely lacking. Since this is my second post anyways, I figured I would update you on some things that I regularly include in my life to fit my schedule.

My boyfriend and I have started doing a workout circuit I found on my Pinterest (follow me here!) and it’s worked out pretty well for us so far. We do add some variations, but overall I think it really sets a standard for how we warm up and complete our daily circuit. The whole workout and the girl’s explanation can be found here.

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Toning Plan from Victoria_Anne7’s PhotoBucket

The second thing that I include in my weekly health routine is making one of my favorite recipes EVER – quinoa cooked in vegetable broth. I know quinoa is making it’s rounds in the health food industry and is probably looked at as a ‘fad food’ but it’s honestly so tasty when cooked correctly and really satisfying. I’m adding my recipe below; feel free to tell me if you cook it differently or if you know of any variations!

Easy Quinoa

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of quinoa to 2 cups of vegetable broth (that’s the ratio – you can cook as much or as little as you’d like)
  • half an onion (I usually use yellow or white)
  • 2 cloves of chopped garlic (more or less to taste)
  • olive oil
  • seasonings (I usually use Italian Seasoning and Kosher salt and black pepper)
  1. Add the chopped onion and garlic into a pot with the olive oil. Salt and cook until golden brown.
  2. Add the dry quinoa to the pot and brown for a few minutes, until the kernels (beans? grains? whatever) turn darker in color. You don’t want to burn them, but get them a little crispy.
  3. Add the vegetable broth to the pot and stir really well, making sure you get all of the onion and garlic off the bottom of the pot.
  4. Raise the heat on the stove to bring to a boil and add your seasonings.
  5. Once boiling for about three to four minutes, lower the heat and cover. Let the quinoa simmer for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. When the liquid has been absorbed, your quinoa is ready to serve!
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Ingredients. I usually use HEB.

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Browning the kernels.

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All done and ready to be devoured.

Thank you guys for reading!

-Kristina

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Intro to my journey

Hello everyone,

My name is Kristina, I am a sophomore at Texas State University and I’m beginning a new fitness journey that I would like to share with you and also as a project for my Fundamentals of Digital and Online Media class. The goal of this blog is an outlet to hopefully encourage people to chose a healthier lifestyle, whether that means more eating at home and clean(er) eating, working out or simply taking smaller steps to fit health into a hectic daily schedule.

Ever since I was little, I’ve always worked out. I’ve never been the most athletic, but I’ve always gave whatever sport I was in 110% no matter what (even if I was the last pick – not gonna lie when I say that happened quite often). I mastered International Tae Kwon Do though after eight years of practice, and I still use techniques I took from my training days to motivate myself when I work out now.

My JV Soccer wounds. Ha!

My JV Soccer wounds. Ha!

I hope this blog motivates not just myself in my own journey, but other people to explore their own passions in their lives and use healthy lifestyle choices to navigate. My audience can be ANYBODY, but it will be designed to inspire teens and college aged people.

Hopefully as this continues I will be able to include a list of helpful links I use on a weekly basis to fun things I enjoy on the internet.

And lastly, to anyone that visits my page and reads my content – thank you!

– Kristina

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