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What I’ve appreciated most since coming to the 314 is the abundance of things to do and try! There is always something new to experience, whether the local music scene or an eclectic art show. My favorites have definitely been the awesome eateries. Here’s my top, nutrition-intern-approved spots to grab a bite. Click on the link to find out more about each restaurant.

 

1. Lulu’s Local Eatery 3201 S. Grand, St Louis, MO 63118

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2. Wildflower 4590 Laclede Avenue St. Louis, MO 63108

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3. Local Harvest Cafe  3137 Morgan Ford Rd, St Louis, MO 63116

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4. Seedz Cafe 6344 South Rosebury, Demun MO 63105

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5. Katie’s Pizza Cafe 6611 Clayton Rd, St. Louis MO 63117

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What’s your favorite STL spot for good eats? Comment below!

And don’t forget to check out my personal blog, The Wholey Trinity, for more health and nutrition topics!!

-XOXO Hannah

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Many things can effect your ability to study, like where you are or who you are with. But most importantly, what you eat can make or break a successful study session. Food can affect not only your ability to focus, but also your ability to retain whatever information you are trying to cram into your brain. So before you reach for that bag of Cheetos or Red Bull, consider these options. Here are my top choices when I need a little reboot.

1. Nuts

Nuts are an excellent source of Vitamin E, which helps keep your brain sharp and focused. They also contain a good amount of protein, helping you feel full and satisfied. Not to mention they contain omega-3 to help your memory. A bag of almonds ($4.50 at Trader Joe’s!!) are so easy to keep in your bag for whenever stomach grumbles interrupt you train of thought. Stick to about a handful of raw (not salted or flavored) nuts, like almonds,walnuts, cashews, and pistachios.

2. Hot Chocolate

I don’t know what it is about hot drinks, but they always help me to snap out of a foggy mood. Most people tend to guzzle down cup after cup of coffee, but too much caffeine can overstimulate the brain and make it even harder to focus. Hot chocolate still has a bit of caffeine to perk you up without the over kill. And as the days are getting colder, it is great to keep you toasty too!

3. Vegetable Soup

I am one of those odd people who tend to gravitate towards a carrot over a cupcake when I am stressed. Not that I just eat perfect all the time (trust me, I don’t!) It is more that when I am stressed, sweets and junk food tend to make me feel worse than feel better. Vegetables are rock starts when it comes to helping you study. All those vitamins and minerals keep you on your A-game and working for hours. As I said before, hot also tends to help me focus. So, soups are always a go-to!

4. Greek Yogurt with Granola

Sometimes, you just need a little crunch. Get that and a whole bunch more (nutrient-wise) with Greek yogurt and a spoonful of granola. The protein in the yogurt and fiber in the granola will help you concentrate. I also add a spoonful of chia seeds for the omega-3, to help with memory.

5. Water

Don’t deprive that ingenious cranium of life’s most basic necessity! Being dehydrated can immensely effect your concentration. Not to mention cause headaches and tire your eyes (how can you study your notes if you can’t see them!?) I always make sure to have a bottle of water next to me during any study session.

What are your favorite study snacks? Post them below!!

Also, check out my newly renovated nutrition blog, The Wholey Trinity. Be sure to like it on Facebook and follow me on Twitter!

Happy Studying!!

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I’ve always heard that it’s best to live in the present, and focusing too much on past and future events isn’t healthy for the mind.  While I do agree that focusing too much on the past is typically unproductive, sometimes it is productive to have an idea of what your future may look like.

Now, I’m no psychic, but I can tell you without a doubt that your future may not end up exactly as you planned…and that’s okay!  Planning still serves a purpose. It gets you thinking about what you want to do post-college, and possibly for the rest of your life.

For me, today is the perfect day to discuss where I see myself in ten years, because today I had my first real-client, nutrition counseling experience through my Medical Nutrition Therapy class.  Thankfully, other dietetics classes have prepared me for this experience. It was nothing brand new to me, but living the true client-counselor experience really gave me a fuzzy feeling inside. I absolutely loved it.

In ten years, I see myself working as a Health Coach in an outpatient setting or possibly a clinical setting. Health Coaching is a type of goal-oriented interviewing that helps motivate clients to create their own goals. More often than not, when people create goals themselves, they follow through with them. When someone other than the client creates their goals for them, it makes those goals less personal and less meaningful. If I could help my future clients make even the simplest of positive changes in their lives, I would feel accomplished with my day. I know I could do something like this for the rest of my life.

Fontbonne has helped me prepare for my future in so many ways. Since developing my own healthy habits, I have always known that I wanted to do something with nutrition, but I didn’t know exactly what to do. The dietetics program at Fontbonne does a phenomenal job at letting you explore different career choices out that are out there. I believe I have found my emphasis in the dietetics world. It’s nice to know that, even in the same major, there are so many different ways my classmates and I will be creating positive impacts on the health of communities and individuals.

 

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Our generation is constantly being told, “Stop looking at your phone!” But, these handy little devices are capable of much more than just sending a tweet. Here are some great health apps that can really put that smartphone in good use! And they are free (your “broke college student” piggy bank can thank me later!)

1. Fooducate

This app is your ultimate grocery store buddy! No more getting frustrated and confused looking at the nutrition label. Just scan the barcode of the food and Fooducate gives you the item’s rating from either an A+ to F. These ratings are derived from a logarithm that takes into consideration calories, fat, sugar, ect. It doesn’t just stop there though. It will alert you if the item is highly processed, contains certain additives, even if it contains GMOs. Not sure what that means? Fooducate will explain it to you! You may not be a nutritionist, but with this app you can certainly shop like one!

 

2. Whole Foods Market Recipes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have yet to visit the Whole Foods Market in the Brentwood Promenade, I highly recommend you take a gander around that supermarket (you try a free sample of their delicious gelato)! Well, the company also has this great recipe app! Not only can you search through thousands of recipes, you can even add the recipe ingredients to a mass shopping checklist. Or if you just want to use up what you have in your pantry, the app’s “On Hand” feature shows you recipes you can make with what you already have! This app is currently only available for Apple product, however the Andriod version is on its way!

 

3. Home Remedies (Lite)

This app is great for finding natural remedies for hundreds of health issues, from sunburn to headaches to dandruff. It is sorted by medical concern. Once you select one, the app will give you numerous options to combat it. You can even save your favorites for easy access. This app is great if you want to try more natural, budget-friendly options!

 

4. Fitness Buddy Free

Just as it states, this app is a great workout partner! Whether you want to track your progress, search for a new ab exercise, or find a whole new routine all together, Fitness Buddy Free has all this is one place! You can search exercises by muscle group or explore new cardio routines. While this is your ultimate workout companion, you will still need a spotter for that bench press…(safety first!)

 

5. Happier

One aspect of our health we often overlook is our mental health. Nothing drains you faster than negativity. That where Happier comes in! Much like Facebook, with this app you can share your status with your friends, only there is more emphasis on gratitude and happiness! It is a great spirit-lifter when you are feeling a bit down. And I don’t know about you, but somethings I get pretty tired from all the Facebook griping! So get this app and put some positivity back into your perspective!

What health apps do you frequently use? :)

Also, look for the new post on my blog, The Wholey Trinity, coming soon! (I’ve also been working on the look of the blog, so check it out!)

-XOXO Hannah

 

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Getting Back into the Routine

by Katie September 17, 2014

Getting back into the groove of things isn’t the simplest of tasks. This week, I really began to feel the impact of this semester flying by! I can gladly assure you that I survived my first few tests and papers, all while managing to be a part of campus life (SAFACS and STARS), and working […]

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It’s The Little Things That Count

by Hannah September 16, 2014

Happy Tuesday Everyone! We are about to that time in the semester where the newness is wearing off, assignments are piling in, and I am gradually starting to get behind on my laundry… Welcome back to college! I am very excited to have the opportunity to post for all of you this year! First, let […]

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Study Hard and Keep Your Cool!

by Katie September 9, 2014

This will be my third semester here at Fontbonne, but it seems like it was just yesterday I was brand new. My first impression of Fontbonne was how easy the transfer process was.  I continue to love the small, accessible size of the campus, and the staff and advisers that are always extremely helpful and […]

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A Good Way to Stay Fit

by Alumni Posts June 6, 2014

If you want to stay fit, playing sports is a good way to do it. It can also create many opportunities for you. My brother attends SLU high school and is on the track team. This has created many opportunities for him, such as going out of town, creating new friends, and college offers. Not […]

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5 Ways I Practice Healthy Habits

by Alumni Posts April 28, 2014

In college, it’s hard to keep up with, well, EVERYTHING. I’ve got your back; you know who you are, busy bees. Without further ado, I have made a list of 5 ways I have gotten into the habit of doing to progress and promote personal wellness! 1. Wake up at the same time everyday. Our […]

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How to stay healthy while on Campus

by Alumni Posts April 9, 2014

This topic is perfect for me right now. I’ve recently gained so much weight since I moved on campus and let me tell you, it is not pretty at all. My boyfriend kept trying to get me to work out and eat healthy, but it was so hard and I just kept getting bigger and […]

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