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Collegiette Eats: Tropical Green Smoothie

Sick of eating cereal and ramen for lunch and dinner? Want to spend less money eating out and finally start cooking for yourself? Put down that frozen pizza, because HC’s Health Editor, Sammie Levin, is here to share her daily eats so you can get ideas for healthy, satisfying meals that are easy enough for any time-strapped collegiette to make. After you read Collegiette Eats, your taste buds, wallet and waistline will thank you.

Breakfast

For breakfast yesterday, I had oatmeal with sliced banana, blueberries and almond butter. I have further perfected my oatmeal preparation technique by adding one final step: adding an extra splash of almond milk at the end. It makes it extra creamy and cools it down a bit.  

Lunch

For lunch, I had a tropical green smoothie. I blended together the following ingredients and pretended like I was on a beach instead of stuck in below-zero weather: 

  • 1 6-oz container pineapple Chobani Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 2/3 cup frozen mango
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk 
  • 1-2 big handfuls spinach  
Dinner
 
 
For dinner, I had spaghetti squash with mushrooms, garbanzo beans, spinach, basil, marinara sauce and shredded cheese. I also sprinkled some pepper, basil and garlic seasoning and red pepper flakes on top. So yummy! And really filling; one of the great things about substituting squash for pasta is that you can have so much more of it for fewer calories. All you need is a little imagination to pretend it’s the real deal (this may require you to ignore your friends’ Instagrams of the unbelievable pasta they’re eating in Europe while studying abroad). 

 

Sammie is a student at the University of Michigan where she is pursuing a BBA. A foodie since birth, she enjoys cooking, eating, smelling, looking at, photographing, reading about, and playing with any and all types of food. Her idolization of culinary delights is complemented by her active spirit- she enjoys running, swimming, barre classes, and even spontaneous bursts of interpretative dance if the mood strikes her. She has completed two triathlons and a half-marathon and plans to tackle more races in the future. She also dreams of traveling the globe, saving the world, and marrying James and/or Dave Franco. 
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