5 healthy snacks on-the-go

By Alicia Deily

It’s 3’oclock and you’re starving. What do you eat?

The life of a college student can be stressful and is packed full of commitments and activities. Between classes, studying, part time jobs, extra-curriculars and friends, there can be little time left for food. Leading such a busy lifestyle can make it tough to find the time to eat healthy and balanced.

Often times students will end up spending more money purchasing snacks throughout the day then if they had taken the time to pack a few in the morning. Here are some great healthy and relatively cheap snack options that you can throw in your bag at 9 am and eat at 3 pm when you hit that mid-afternoon slump, no refrigeration or preparation required.

  1. Raw Almonds- Any raw nut will provide you with the quick nutrients that you need for your long days but almonds are one of the best and most affordable. Almonds are rich in protein and the healthy fats that your body needs to function properly. Make sure you avoid the roasted kind which contain the bad fat that you want to avoid along with other unhealthy additives.
  2. Air-popped popcorn– This delicious snack has only 40 calories per cup and is perfect for when you want to munch on something. Only when you add high-calorie oils and butter does this food become unhealthy. Popcorn is high in fiber so it will help you get your daily serving. it is also easy to carry around all day in a plastic bag.
  3. Bananas– Oranges, apples or peaches are all excellent and nutritious options for a portable snack. However, bananas have the most energy-providing nutrients to keep you going. They are made up of fiber and a mix of natural sugars that translate into instant energy that will keep you going longer than most energy bars and drinks. They also contain many nutrients like potassium that are essential for leading a healthy life.
  4. Cereal- Dry cereal is easy to pack and affordable but be careful you are picking a healthy kind. Make sure you read the labels and the ingredients. Choose a cereal with little sugar and avoid high fructose corn syrup. Those ingredients can easily turn a snack into a poor choice. Instead look for options with high fiber and vitamins.
  5. Raisins- Fresh fruit is delicious but when not eaten fast enough can easily go bad. For a college student with limited funds, dried fruit is an excellent option. Raisins tend to be one of the cheapest choices. They are packed full of vitamins like iron and B-complex. They also contain fiber. Like nuts, dried fruit can be calorie dense, so make sure you watch your portions.



Cooking show of epic proportions

By Zachary Gray

Cooking shows have always been about creating dishes that’ll taste delicious, look appealing, and impress friends & family. Emeril Lagasse, Bobby Flay, and Anthony Bourdain are a few of the celebrity chefs who strive to create impressive culinary creations. There’s a group of “celebrity chefs” who also strive to create impressive meals, but their creations would probably make Julia Child roll in her grave. Take a group of bacon-loving Canadians, mix in some a lot of alcohol, add the internet, and you get Epic Meal Time.

Making dreams come true, then eating them

Since 2010, Epic Meal Time has posted videos every Tuesday on their YouTube Channel. Each video is an abomination of a cooking show, as massive amounts of meat are used to create giant burgers, pizzas, or lasagnas. In some cases, it’s unknown what exactly has been created from the array of meats. Regardless if the meal is dessert, cake, barbecue, or chili, everything must have bacon. Many of the meals contain large amounts of Jack Daniels, various cuts of meat including lamb heads, and absolutely no vegetables (as EMT creator Harley Morenstein puts it, “carrots are for ugly people”). The video that lifted EMT above other YouTube channels was their 2010 Thanksgiving special. The EMT crew created their own version of a turducken with the TurBaconEpic:

Epic Meal Time is hosted by Harley Morenstein, a former high school substitute teacher from Montreal, Canada. Along with Morenstein, Epic Meal Time feautres Alex Perrault (aka Muscles Glasses), David Heuff, Tyler Lemco, Josh Elkin, and Ameer Atari.

Morenstein (top) with, from left to right, Perrault, Lemco, Heuff, and Elkin.

Along with the YouTube channel, Epic Meal Time has its own website, online store, and Twitter handle. Each cast member also has their own Twitter handle as well. High definition podcasts of the meals are also available on iTunes.

Bye Bye Newbury Street J.P. Licks

Newbury St. Location

By Cherai Mills

On Sunday March 10, 2012 the J.P. Licks on Newbury Street closed for the last time after 20 years. The building were the store was located was bought by a new owner who wanted to rent the entire building to one tenant rather than having a retail shop on the first floor and offices above. In a phone interview with Boston.Com owner Vince Petryk said, “There was no way we could sell enough ice cream to pay that rent.”

Vince Petryk opened the first J.P. Licks in Jamaica Plain Massachusetts in 1981 at the age of 26 after working several jobs in the food industry. As a graduate of Temple University with a degree in psychology owning an ice cream shop was not his first choice of career. When talking about how the business got started Petryk said,

“My first job as a college graduate was as a dishwasher at Hillary’s Homemade Ice Cream, next door to where I lived in center city Philadelphia. Though I figured the job would be a temporary one just to pay the bills, I worked my way up the ladder to being a scooper, then ice cream maker, and finally the manager of the shop. While at Hillary’s, I witnessed daily the power and magic of ice cream. I realized that ice cream connects you to some of the fondest memories of your childhood . . . the love you received from your parents and the happiness of times spent with family and friends. I knew what I was really serving wasn’t just a treat; it was love in a cone. I became a man on a mission . . . a mission to make really good, scratch recipe ice cream and to serve my customers well.”

To read the full story of how the business got started click here.

As soon as the news spread of the closing people were wonder what would take its place and what would be the future of Newbury Street. In recent years, many shops that had operated for many years on Newbury Street have since gone away and new, more hip shops have taken their places on Newbury Street. People who have been customers at the Newbury Street location are saddened by this loss. But you can still enjoy J.P. Licks at one of it’s other location including the original in Jamaica Plain and the newest location on Charles Street in Boston coming this April. For a complete list of J.P. Licks locations click here.

For more information on the store closing click here.