Category Archives: Health Foods

How to Save Money on Groceries: Don’t Put All Your Money Where Your Mouth Is!

The new year means keeping your resolutions and starting 2016 with money in your bank account.  We know it’s not always easy to save money on groceries, but if you follow these simple tips, you will have a little extra money saved at the end of the month.

Plan your meals out before you go to the grocery store.

We all know that if you go to the grocery store with a few items in mind you will end up buying more than those few items.  Be prepared!  Start each week with an idea about what meals you will make and what ingredients you need in order to make them.  If you plan out what groceries you are going to purchase, there will be no surprises.

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Don’t be afraid to go the frozen route.

There are a lot of foods that are organic, healthy, and delicious frozen.  Below are two frozen food options we love at Trader Joe’s. Try buying frozen fruit and making a smoothie or turkey meatballs to warm up for dinner.  These products are both easy to make and easy on your bank account!

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Don’t buy prepared fruit…prepare it yourself!

The number one easiest way to overspend at the grocery store is to buy prepared fruit.  You will spend half the money if you buy a whole watermelon and slice it yourself than you would if you bought pre cut melon.  We know it’s tempting but this easy switch will save you a lot of money in the long run.

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Experiment until you find a reasonably priced wine that you actually prefer.

Don’t settle for cheap wine that you don’t enjoy!  There is also no need to treat yourself to expensive wine that you cannot afford.  Try some wines out, ask questions, take pictures of labels you have tried and liked. We recommend Whispering Angel Rose.  It is delicious and costs less than $20.

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Cook meals that make great leftovers.

If you know certain dishes get soggy the next day and are not edible, try to avoid cooking those dishes.  When you make pasta, heat the sauce separately so the noodles stay fresh the next day.  Don’t mix the entire salad with dressing so that you can eat it again.  Leftovers are not the enemy!

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Stop buying water bottles.

Put your money towards a Brita water filter rather than buying water bottles every week or month. Ultimately, it will save you a lot of money, and it’s good for the environment!  If you really can’t stop buying water bottles, order them off Amazon Pantry, and find the 24 pack of waters for $5.

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Battle of the Thanksgiving Feast: What Your Favorite Dish Says About You

Roasted Tender Turkey

Some Thanksgiving goers show up to dinner with only one thing in mind: the main course. If you appreciate a delicious piece of turkey, you are definitely traditional and down-to-earth.  You are the friend that everyone goes to for advice because you always have your priorities straight.  The entire family can count on you to show up to Thanksgiving dinner on time this year!

Food Network's All-American Bird
Food Network’s All-American Bird

Deep Fried and Deeply Tasty Turkey

We’ve all heard of the new holiday trend: frying your turkey.  If this is the dish for you, you are definitely creative and open-minded.  The fried turkey appeals to you because you’re not afraid of expanding your horizons and switching things up.  Everyone at the table wants to sit next to you because you’re a great listener and totally non-judgemental.

Leite's Culinaria Deep Fried Turkey
Leite’s Culinaria Deep Fried Turkey

Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Do you take comfort in eating the always yummy mashed potatoes at family gatherings?  If you are the type of diner who looks forward to eating this dish, you are a sensitive soul.  You’re completely in touch with your emotions and definitely empathetic of other people’s feelings.  If you’re bringing a dessert to dinner this year, you will definitely consider everyone’s allergies and food preferences.

EyeWire's Mashed Potatoes
EyeWire’s Mashed Potatoes

Steaming Plate of Stuffing

If you’re stuffing your face with stuffing this Thanksgiving, you probably try a little bit of everything at dinner.  There is no adventure too daring for you and nothing you won’t try…twice.  You are an eclectic person with a lot of hobbies.  Everyone at the table loves hearing your stories because you lead a very full life.

Food Network's Oyster Stuffing
Food Network’s Oyster Stuffing

Juicy Cranberry Sauce

Instead of looking forward to the food on your plate, do you look forward to the sauce that accompanies it?  If you love the flavors of cranberry sauce, you are a passionate person.  You never do anything halfway.  When you commit to a job, relationship, or activity you go for it wholeheartedly and passionately.  During this year’s festivities, you will definitely mention the organization you are volunteering with.  Of course you can also be found covering your food in cranberry sauce.

The Nobler Experiment's Cranberry Cocktail
The Nobler Experiment’s Cranberry Cocktail

Buttery Sweet Potato Casserole

There’s nothing like the smell of sugary pecan-topped sweet potatoes on Thanksgiving.  You are kind and thoughtful if this is the dish that excites you.  Everyone loves to be around you because of your warm and caring personality.  You are every bit as sweet as this casserole, so it is no surprise that you enjoy it.  This Thanksgiving you will probably be sure to talk to each and every person at your dinner!

Chowhound's Sweet Potatoes Anna Casserole
Chowhound’s Sweet Potatoes Anna Casserole

Decadent Pumpkin Pie

We could never forget the classic pumpkin craze.  For the people who would rather eat the dessert over the dinner, you inspire.  Pumpkin pie lover, you are a leader and a role model.  You are the family member who always has their ducks in a row and is completely put together.  Skipping Thanksgiving dinner and going straight for the sweets is pretty much the only time you ever lack self control.

Bergen County's Dairy-Free, Low-Fat Pumpkin Pie
Bergen County’s Dairy-Free, Low-Fat Pumpkin Pie

No-Fat November Healthy Lunch Options

It’s that time of year where the holidays are approaching and your annual Thanksgiving feast is right around the corner. With an abundance of food and non-stop family gatherings for the next two months, there’s no better time to take a break from unhealthy foods and start your No-Fat November diet. With these quick, healthy, and easy lunch options, your day will start off on the right foot, and your holiday month will be that much better!

Caprese Salad

The Hills Bar Caprese Salad
The Hills Bar Caprese Salad

With few ingredients, there’s no easier meal to make. Add balsamic, onions, or pesto and give your salad some extra flavor!

Egg White Omelette with Whole Wheat Toast

Mr. Breakfast Body Builder Omelet
Mr. Breakfast Body Builder Omelette

Anything is possible with an omelette. Make yours simple by solely adding cheese, or get creative with your omelette by adding vegetables and protein, including tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, onions, spinach, ham, turkey, and more!

Avocado Toast

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Avocado Toast with Optional Egg
Avocado Toast with Optional Egg

This seems to be everyone’s favorite. All you need are two ingredients – avocado and toast – and you’re good to go! Use whole wheat toast to make your meal healthier, or add a sunny-side up egg to make your meal that much more tasty and delicious.

Cauliflower Pizza

iFoodreal's Cauliflower Pizza Crust
iFoodreal’s Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Buzz, Buzz, Buzz. The buzz around this meal is everywhere! With a healthier option to replace your go-to pizza, this low-carb and low-calorie pie is delicious. Don’t believe us? Try it yourself and see what the buzz is all about.

Fruit Smoothie or Acai Bowl

Kathy Petalsky's Acai Berry Smoothie
Kathy Patalsky’s Acai Berry Smoothie
Daily Burn's Acai Breakfast Bowl
Daily Burn’s Acai Breakfast Bowl

These healthy food options taste even better than they look! Whether homemade or take-out, these two meals take little time to make and will give you enough vitamins to survive the long day ahead of you. Simply add your favorite fruits and toppings to customize your smoothie or acai bowl just the way you like it!

Yogurt Parfait

Amee's Savory Dish Greek Yogurt Parfaits
Amee’s Savory Dish Greek Yogurt Parfaits

If you love fruit and yogurt, there’s also the option to make a yogurt parfait! By using Greek or low-fat yogurt, a variety of fruit, and adding granola, your yogurt parfait is not only inexpensive and easy to assemble, but it is also a great grab-and-go lunch.

No matter what healthy lunch option you choose, whether it be an easy home-cooked meal or a quick take-out meal, there are plenty of lunch choices that are both healthy and delicious. Try one of these meals and start your No-Fat November off right!

7 Brain Boosting Snacks for Finals

It’s finals season and you’re probably stuck in the library. But look on the bright side, the weather is picking and we’ve got a couple pointers to help you get through the next week. Check out these delicious snack tips below!

1. Dark Chocolate: contains caffeine which will boost energy levels…and you just can’t say no.

2. Popcorn: high in fiber and low in calories! Another great energy boosting snack!

3. Blueberries can enhance cognitive function and even fight off that lingering virus!

4. Been wanting to try the new rage? Avocados are good for lowering blood pressure and stress levels!

5. Boost your immune system with nuts!

6. Tomatoes are a powerful antioxidant!

7.  Looking to get something quick right on campus before you head over to the library? Check out Smoothie King and get a smoothie that’s high in antioxidants!

10 Munchie-Killing Snack Ideas

Whether you just got home from a wild night out, spent the whole day studying in the library, or are watching a movie with friends, the munchies always find a way to sneak up on you. With so many snack options it is hard to pick what to eat. Let us make it easier for you! Try these 10 munchie-killing snacks the next time you’re hungry.

1. S’mores Deluxe Cookie from Insomnia Cookies

This cookie perfectly combines two mouthwatering desserts.

2. Cinnastix from Domino’s Pizza

With Domino’s gooey, sweet icing you really can’t go wrong!

3. Two-Minute Nutella Cake

 Yes, it is possible to make a cake in just two minutes! Recipe here.

4. No-Bake Peanut Butter-Chocolate Bars

Its has greek yogurt in it so it is a healthy dessert! Recipe here.

5. Puppy Chow Snack Mix

The perfect snack for your sweet tooth! Recipe here.

6. Spiced Honey Pretzels

A satisfying snack without the fat and calories. Recipe here.

7. Latte Rice Krispie Treats

Mix your love for overpriced coffee drinks with a childhood favorite. Recipe here.

8. Popcorn with Lime and Chili

So much flavor with just 100 calories! Recipe here.

9. Pizza Crackers

Its like a bite-size slice of pizza. Recipe here.

10. Chocolate- Banana Treat

Banana and Nutella, one of the best pairs out there! Recipe here.

5 Meals for Students on a Budget

Here at EatCU.com, we are ALL about great deals and eating awesome food, without spending a small fortune. Food definitely does not have to be expensive in order to taste great. Healthy meals don’t have to break the bank, just use budget-friendly ingredients for low-cost, high-flavor meals. Here are six amazing recipe ideas for when you want to whip up a delicious meal, but don’t want to spend your last paycheck at the grocery store.

1.  Instead of going out for a fancy brunch, try this delicious, low cost breakfast option! Recipe here.

2.  Skirt steak is a low cost meat option but known for its satisfying beefy flavor. A marinade goes a long way in this recipe…you’ll soon think you are are dining at a 5 star steak house! Recipe here.

3.  This gourmet quesadilla will have you thinking you’re spending time at a Mexican resort…and all for $3.36 per serving! Recipe here.

4. Courtesy of Budget Bytes, this caramelized onion and artichoke flatbread pizza is gourmet, easy and delicious. It will make you happy on a budget or not! Recipe here.

5. Being on a food budget doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice anything, especially dessert. Try this single serving fudge brownie for $0.52 a serving! Recipe here.

6. ***BUT OF COURSE, you can ALWAYS order in and use our amazing deals and coupons to save everyday. When you order from EatCU.com, you can get a fish, tofu, or veggie burrito for $5.25. Order now!

 

5 Delicious Recipes for Taco Tuesday

Taco Tuesday can get a little boring…So we are looking to change things up. No more boring, simple tacos, how about some fun and flavorful recipes that will do justice to everyone’s favorite weekly holiday. AND all of these recipes and guilt free so that makes it okay to eat more than 3, right? Yes. Here are five easy and alternative ways to change up the best night of the week.

1.Double-Layer Beef Tacos: two layers of taco glory. Recipe here.

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2. Breakfast + Tacos = Match made in heaven. Start OR end your day right with delicious Huevos Rancheros Tacos. Recipe here.

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3. Living in the shadows of chicken and steak, shrimp often doesn’t get enough taco recognition. Fix that by trying these cajun-inspired shrimp tacos. Recipe here.

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4. For the brave vegetarians and vegans of the world, no fear, we have a tofu taco recipe that will delight your taste buds and keep you full and satisfied! Recipe here.

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5. Want to try something totally new? How does tacos for dessert sound? These delicious chocolate tacos are worthy of any special occasion, or you simply enjoy them on a Tuesday. You’re welcome for this one, these tacos are truly special. Recipe here.

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Take your taco game to the next level and try these fun and delicious recipes tonight! We guarantee you will want to start eating tacos every night of the week. Happy Taco Tuesday!

10 Quick and Easy Oscar Party Snacks

The 87th annual Academy Awards are right around the corner. Whether you are routing for American Sniper’s Bradley Cooper or the Imitation Game’s Benedict Cumberbatch for the best actor in a leading role, this is a night you won’t want to miss. Planning an Oscar viewing party? No matter how good movie stars look, food will always hold a special place in our hearts (and theirs). Here are some great award-winning recipes for your Oscar viewing party that will shock your guests just as much as Rosamund Pike shocked us in Gone Girl.

1.    Chorizo-Filled Dates Wrapped in Bacon. Recipe here.

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2.    7- Minute Salmon Caviar Sushi Bites. Recipe here.

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3.    Crab and Avocado Toasts. Recipe here.

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4.    Smoked Shrimp. Recipe here.

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5.    Potato Crisp with Chive-Sour Cream Dip. Recipe here.

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6.    Mini Brown-Sugar Cheesecakes. Recipe here.

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7.    Crispy Corn Tortillas. Recipe here.

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8.    Ice Cream Bonbon Pops. Recipe here.

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9.    Parmesan Pita Crisp. Recipe here.

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10.   Guiltless Guac. Recipe here.

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Healthy Eating During The Winter Months

It’s easy to fall into the winter blues; long, grey days spent wearing coats, sweatpants, and boots; days spent on the couch with Netflix (but that’s not that bad); and enjoying one too many bowls of mac and cheese. But don’t let the winter blues get the best of you, or keep you from eating healthy and satisfying meals. These are eleven snack and recipe ideas that will brighten you day and keep you feeling healthy and fit. And there is no way we are sacrificing flavor for function here. Enjoy eating all of these guilt-free foods that will keep you going all the way to Spring Break.

1.    Start your day off right with this delicious and easy breakfast. Grab a piece of toast and smother it with peanut or almond butter. Top with fresh fruit of your choice. Easy and delicious!

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2. “Pudding” cup. We can always dream. Grab some greek yogurt and add your favorite toppings. Dark chocolate, raspberries, and nuts are all healthy and satisfying options!

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3.    Avocado + Toast. Self explanatory.

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4.    Need a snack? Try this recipe for a healthy alternative to chips and pretzels.

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5.    Craving Chinese take out? How about this healthy alternative that is super easy to make!

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6.    Healthy veggie wrap? Why not. Recipe here.

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7.    Want a light lunch? Well not really, but this fill you up and keep you going. Cheese, crackers, tomatoes and veggies.

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8.    And because pizza will ALWAYS be worth it…try this Pita Pizza.

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9.    And we don’t plan on giving up Mac and Cheese any time soon. Try this recipe.

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10.   And for dessert? Peanut butter microwave cake. Recipe here.

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11. And for later? Healthy Caramel Popcorn! Recipe here.

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Eat Healthy. Be Happy.

With the holiday season upon us, and with New Year’s resolutions just around the corner, eating healthy may be on your mind. While many delivery and takeout restaurants specialize in pizza, wings, and other foods that are not necessarily considered “healthy,” there are places at the University of Illinois that have created healthy dishes for EatCU students who have dieting on their mind.

Interested in ordering delivery but looking for low carb, dietary, or light meal options? Check out these healthy dishes from some of your favorite restaurants in Champaign-Urbana:

Rainbow Garden – White Meat Chicken with Fresh Vegetables - All entrees are served with a single order of brown rice. These dinners are steamed and served with white sauce on the side. The sauce is made with 100% vegetable oil and roasted garlic.

Burrito King – Jugoso Salad - Seasoned grilled chicken breast or steak sliced and served on top of a bed of green salad with tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, cucumbers, sweet corn, bacon and croutons. Choice of dressing.

Auntie Lee’s Chinese Kitchen – Steamed Bean Curd with Mixed Vegetables - Substitute Bean Curd with Chicken, Shrimp, or Seafood Delight.