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It’s important to stay active in the campus community while you’re at Fontbonne. Fontbonne is a small university, but it has a lot to offer, I promise!

I joined the Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences immediately when I transferred to Fontbonne and got to know more about what student organizations can do for the community. SAFCS focuses on helping the dear neighbor and as a group, we love to get involved in the community, including monthly events like cooking casseroles for the St. Patrick Center in St. Louis. One of my favorite volunteer events I did with SAFCS was on Fontbonne Day at Equine Assisted Therapy bathing horses and volunteering our help for the day. SAFCS has a lot of events going on this semester including a Farmer’s Market Tour in Soulard, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, and more.

Feel free to contact me if you would like more information on SAFCS. Here is a peek into what’s going on in SAFCS in October:

Saturday, October 17; 1-3pm
Farm Tour and Composting Class at EarthDance Organic Farm

EarthDance Organic Farm School in Ferguson, Mo., invites you to learn how to transform your food scraps and yard waste into “black gold”– compost. This is a FREE farm tour and interactive composting class. Register online at​

Contact Jordan Michaud @ (314) 677-7412 if you are interested in going. Lunch at Kathy’s Kitchen was suggested as a possibility.​

Thursday, October 22; 1:30-4:30
Farmer’s Market in Soulard

Tour the Farmer’s Market and check out all the fruits in vegetables in season this time of year. Two meeting times are available to accommodate class schedules: 2:00 and 3:30. The meeting place will be at the spice shop (there is only one) in the market

Contact Chelsea Crimi @ (314) 440-2946 and let her know which group you want to be a part of.

Saturday, October 24
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of St. Louis Walk

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We can all age can all agree that fall is a pretty spectacular time of the year. Cozy sweaters, warm drinks and hearty foods all remind me of the comforts of fall. Don’t forget to take a break from the chaos to enjoy some of the pleasures of fall.

This week, I’m going share a few fall recipes fit for a college budget!

$4 per Pumpkin Spice latte everyday? No thank you. Here’s on for pennies on the dollar.
1 cup strong coffee, brewed
1 Tbsp half & half or pumpkin spice creamer
1 Tbsp of canned pumpkin puree
1 tsp of honey, sugar, or sweetener (optional, amount as desired)
Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg.
Directions: Simple, combine ingredients and stir well!

Single-serving Pumpkin Pancakes.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get in the mood for pancakes for dinner, but I don’t want to waste an entire batch or have pancakes for the next 5 days! After learning you can make healthy single-serving pancakes that are high in protein and filling, I can now satisfy my pancake craving whenever I feel like it!

1/4 cup of flour (whole wheat, oat flour, OR protein powder for extra-filling “power”)
1 egg
1/2 mashed banana
2 tbsp canned pumpkin puree
1 Tbsp milk (Almond milk, soy, or regular)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg & ginger (optional)
Directions: Beat egg and combine ingredients until well mixed. Heat a pan on medium-low heat and spray with non-stick spray. Form four mini pancakes or two large pancakes. Flip after 1-2 minutes and cook on other side.

Sweet Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dip.
This pumpkin-y dip pairs well with apples, pears, crackers, toast and rice cakes.
1/4 cup of canned pumpkin puree
2 tbsp. of peanut butter
1 tsp each: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger
1 tsp sweetener of choice or as desired
Directions: Combine ingredients in a bowl and stir until thoroughly combined.



Coo-coo for Coconut Oil

by Katie on September 21, 2015

in Extracurricular

In the past year there has been a lot of hype around “coconut” infused items. While I admit to being a fan of coconut-y things like coconut yogurt and the versatile coconut oil, I want to emphasis that just because something has the word coconut on it- doesn’t mean it’s inherently the healthiest thing for you. This rule of thumb applies to other “superfoods” advertised for being miracle cures for weight loss, making you younger or washing your car for you (Overall, health = balance. There’s no one miracle cure.).

That being said, this post is going to share with you my favorite ways to use coconut oil. For starters, you can use coconut oil to cook, it stands up better to heat than olive oil…but my uses will be some you might not have thought of. If you enjoyed my last post about Money-Saving Tips for College Students, this post is for you. Using one product for a variety of things saves money too :)

1) As a hair mask. If my hair feels dry I’ll rub a few tablespoons of coconut oil through my hair and twist it up in a bun while doing homework. When I’m done, I’ll rinse it out in the shower, as usual. My hair always feels great after this!

2) As a moisturizer/lotion. I often put on coconut oil as lotion after my shower because my skin soaks up the oils better. With this, don’t use too much. A little goes a long way and you want your skin to feel soft, not oily.

3) As makeup remover. I learned this trick when I forgot make-up remover when spending the night at a friend’s house. Coconut oil takes makeup right off and moisturizes the skin in the process.

Interested in more coconut oil uses? Watch this video to find 26 uses for coconut oil !




Why Fontbonne, huh?

by Julia on September 21, 2015

in Academics

I think I’m becoming what you would call a professional student. I went to college straight out of high school, got my bachelor’s degree from UMSL in communications 4 years later, then continued to go back and take random classes because I still had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Eventually I found out what my true passion is…FOOD! I love cooking and have had my mind set on culinary school the past 2 years. After running into some health problems I did some research on diet and exercise and figured a slight lifestyle change was worth a shot. I changed my diet, joined a gym, and 8 months later I lost 25 pounds and was in the best shape I had ever been in a long long time. More importantly, my health improved dramatically! Since then I have been fascinated with what great things good food and exercise can do for your body.

I pondered long and hard about what I could do with my life that involved the two things I now love most, food and exercise. My mom is a diabetic educator and works with a lot of dietitians. One day she sent me a text saying, “Hey, I know what you can go back to school for — dietetics!” Just like a lot of other people I replied, “Ummm … what’s that?” Then I pulled up my trusty Google homepage on my iPhone and figured it out. Dietetics seemed absolutely perfect for me so I began researching some of the schools that offered the major. Sadly I’m 26 and still get homesick, so I knew I wanted to stay in St. Louis. I stumbled upon Fontbonne and SLU and had a decision to make. I decided I should probably attend any open houses or welcome opportunities at both schools to make my decision. I registered for Fontbonne’s open house last November, and that was all I needed — decision made. Not only was the campus beautiful but every single person I spoke with was extremely nice and all of the current students had nothing but positive things to say about Fontbonne. I was sold, and here I am now! 4 weeks in and loving it!


Non-Perishable Snacks When You’re Busy and On the Go

by Katie August 5, 2015

Finding good tasting, healthy snacks on the go has been a struggle for me since I began college. I always find myself on the go, needing something quick and easy to take with me during long hours in class or while at work. If you find yourself in a similar pickle, read some of these […]

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The Countdown Begins!

by Katie July 27, 2015

Only one month left until school starts back up again. For me, fortunately it will be my last semester 😀 For dietetics students, our education does not end with a 4-year degree. After graduation the goal is often to land an internship or graduate school (or both) and then become a registered dietitian working in […]

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Raising the Bar

by Katie July 6, 2015

Hey Fontbonne! This week has been such a bummer with all the rain and nasty weather we’ve been getting. Due to the weather and having a full work week, I’ve been finding things to keep me entertained indoors. One of those things has been making my own snack bars. Snack/protein bars are my go-to while […]

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Protein Pancakes!

by Katie June 29, 2015

Hey everyone! This week I’d like to introduce my new favorite thing to make for breakfast (and sometimes even for dinner!) – Protein Pancakes! To many of you out there that may have tried protein pancakes in the past that left a bad taste in your mouth… I encourage you to give these puppies another […]

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Dream Big!

by Kathy May 7, 2015

Hi everyone, Time really flies fast! It’s already been a year for me in St. Louis, studying in Fontbonne University. Back to the day from last year, I was in California and struggling with what I should do after graduation. It was a really scary thing to me when I thought that it seemed like […]

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Looking forward to This Summer!

by Kathy April 29, 2015

This summer is a period that I have been looking forward to for so long since I came to the United States, because this summer I will be truly having my dietetic internship and gaining experience in different areas of the dietetics field, including clinical, food service, and community nutrition. I’m very very excited because […]

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