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There are only 2 weeks left until the very end of this semester. After this is a 1-month break for all of us. Many of us may have cool travelling plans or just go home (if you are not from St. Louis) for Christmas. And of course, many of us would stay in St. Louis and enjoy the Midwest cold.

Food is of course an inevitable part of holidays. Holidays are to gain weight. But not necessarily if you have good AND healthy food – most famous Asian dishes are like that. Though Yelp is pretty helpful, the reviews are not always accurate. Now, I, as an Asian food lover that has tried many Asian restaurants since I first cam to St. Louis, have 3 recommendations to make your cold winter warmer.

  1. Hongkong Dimsum: WeiHong seafood restaurant                                                                                                                 Where: 7740 Olive Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130                                                                                                                         Why: Though are Not high-rated compared to Lulu and Wonton King, this place is my personal favorite. The Dimsum is served from 12-3pm and are all newly cooked. The place looked sketchy and old but it makes this restaurant look more mysterious. The Dimsum is the best compared to other places since its fillings are tastier. The service is also quite good during non-rush hours.
  2. Pad Thai: Pad Thai                                                                                                                                                                         Where: 12676 Lamplighter Square, Saint Louis, MO 63128                                                                                                  Why: I I I have to agree with Yelp on this one. I had the best.Pad.Thai.ever. There are lots of meats and beansprouts compared to the usually large portion of noodle. It is not too sweet like how they often make it in Thai restaurants in America. This restaurant gives a more authentic taste of Thailand and authentic is always best.
  3. Vietnam’s Bun Bo Hue: Truc Lam                                                                                                                                              Where: 3737 Gravois Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63116                                                                                                                  Why: You have the fullest, tastiest, hottest Bun Bo Hue here. Though Pho are generally more well-known as the signature Vietnamese food, Bun Bo Hue has been rising in popularity. I have eaten this dish at more than 5 Vietnamese restaurants including the famous ones, but this one here in Truc Lam got my heart. The portion is relatively bigger and there are more things to eat inside the bowl, compared to other places. Their service is fast, too. This place is a must if you want to try Vietnamese food.

Hope this list saved you some time choosing where to eat during your winter break!

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Although I have been quite a few times before, I thought I would let you all know of an amazing restaurant that I attended this past weekend. Crushed Red, located at 8007 Maryland Ave, St. Louis, MO 63105, is an “urban bake and chop shop” that serves cuisine that is fresh and delicious. The food is unique and satisfying and the price is even better. Almost of the items on the menu are under $10, which is great for college kids on a budget looking for a nice, fresh meal.

As per the main website page of Crushed Red:

“We believe food that’s served quickly should be great food, and great food should be good for our planet. We also believe that it takes experience and true artisan know-how to make this happen. Our chopped-to-order salads and hand stretched pizzas are prepared to exacting standards by people who have a deep understanding of food and care about what they serve. In addition to our commitment to quality, we’ve designed our restaurants to produce very little waste: because care about our guests, and the impact we have on our community and the world around us.”

Not only is the food they provide outstanding, but the atmosphere and ambiance of the entire restaurant is warm and welcoming. They also have soups to fill you up on these chilly fall nights. Whether enjoying a freshly chopped salad, or savoring a delicious slice of pizza, the food at Crushed Red is sure to satisfy your stomach and your wallet. Another also benefit of ordering from Crushed Red is that you can order it online so you just have to drive down and pick it up with no wait!

Crushed Red is also a part of the Green Dining Alliance as their website describes

“Crushed Red is part of the Green Dining Alliance. ‘Exceed industry norms for sustainable restaurant management & operations.’

We are proud that our restaurants produce zero waste and are 100% sustainable.

This has been very important to us from the beginning and we feel it’s also very important to our guests.”

Next time you’re looking for somewhere new for lunch, head on over to

Crushed Red at 8007 Maryland Ave, St. Louis, MO 63105,

or any of their other Saint Louis locations.

*I have linked their website below for you to look at the delicious menu and other locations (all images from Crushed Red’s website)*

http://www.crushed-red.com/

xoxo,

Claire

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Fontbonne University

Why Fontbonne, huh?

by Fontbonne University 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!

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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 suggestions. I know you’ll find a few ideas that will help you conquer your busy schedule.

1) Choose nature’s portable produce. The most portable fruits include: oranges, apples, avocados and bananas. Portable veggies include petite cucumbers, baby carrots, snap peas and celery. Any cut up fruit or veggie will need to be refrigerated, so invest in an ice pack (they’re about $1 at target) and you’re set! If not, stick to produce that doesn’t require cutting up or cooking.

2) Bag your own trail mix. This one seems like a no-brainer, but many students grab vending machine trail mix for convenience when they can make their own for pennies on the dollar! Here’s a quick idea for trail mix: 1 cup of your favorite cereal (I use Chocolate Cheerios or Trader Joe’s O’s), 1/4 cup dried cranberries, 1/4 cup dried apricots chopped, and 1/2 cup almonds. Divvy up into 4 portions and you have a great snack for between classes!

3) Make your own protein and/or fruit & nut bars. I have another blog post with my current favorite recipe for DIY protein bars. Also, I find a lot of my ideas on Pinterest. Not a protein bar fan? Make fruit filled muffins or veggie-packed zucchini bread. Just look for recipes with a lower sugar content and whole wheat flour.

4) UHT Milk. UHT (Ultra-High Temperature) Milk are those little cartons or bottles of milk that you see in the store that do not require refrigeration until opened. This is a great way to get in protein on the go when no refrigerator is nearby. Warning: these can be on the pricey side… so get a package from Walmart/Costco/etc. and save them for days when you know you’ll need them the most!

Advice: Plan ahead. One of my best pieces of advice has nothing to do with what foods to have, but rather with planning. Having a snack with you at all times will help you from becoming ravenously hungry by the 3pm mark, when most people feel a drop in blood sugar and is referred to as “hangry”. Being prepared will help you eat mindfully. In other words, you’ll be choosier about what you snack on versus grabbing the first thing in sight.

Have a happy summer! Apply these tips during summer and this fall semester to keep you fueled for your day.

-Katie

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Raising the Bar

by Alumni Posts 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 Alumni Posts 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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French Toast Love!

by Alumni Posts March 31, 2015

This semester I’m taking a class called Experimental Foods.  In that class, we choose an “alternative” style recipe to work with the entire semester to perfect.  For example, instead of mac n’ cheese-  dairy free mac n’ cheese or low sugar brownie made with black beans instead of a regular brownie. In my group, we […]

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March is the National Nutrition Month!

by Alumni Posts March 6, 2015

Hello everyone, Does anyone know that this month is the National Nutrition Month? Few months ago, the undergraduate students in the HES Department began planning different activities on campus for the National Nutrition Month. Some of you may have seen that there was food tasting at the library and there a food display in AB […]

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Let’s Fight Against the Seasonal FLU!

by Alumni Posts February 6, 2015

Hello Fontbonne students and faculty, How’s everyone doing? I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break and is now full of energy to work and study hard in this semester! Since I am a graduate student studying nutrition, this semester I would like to share some of my useful and interesting nutrition knowledge for you all! […]

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Fuel Up for a Good Semester!

by Alumni Posts February 3, 2015

I have to admit it’s been hard getting back into the swing of things this semester. Fortunately, after years of practice, (it is my senior year, after all..) I feel like I can roll with the punches and balance friends, school, and work better than ever. One thing that helps me stay sane during times […]

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